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Sermon: Pentecost

by CCCLampasas

Join us Sunday, May 20 @ 10:30 AM as we observe Pentecost Sunday.

No illustration can ever do the Holy Spirit justice. However, the Holy Spirit acts in a similar way often behind the scenes empowering believers to serve Jesus and glorify the Father. The Holy Spirit illuminates the Bible for us, assists us in prayer, uplifts our worship, deepens our fellowship, and enables our evangelism. Our texts describe the beginning of the church and the coming of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate, Counselor, and Guide.

Pentecost was the second of the three great annual festivals of the Jews, Passover being the first and the Feast of Tabernacles the other . The greatest number of pilgrims attended the Feast of Pentecost, as that time of the year was best suited to travel.

What happened at this Pentecost marked the beginning of the church. There were, of course, many believers before this, but only now were they constituted as the “body of Christ.” It easier for us to understand God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ than it is to understand the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is a mystery, but we can learn more about our Awesome God, three in one, by studying and applying Scripture.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 2:1-4  1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Sermon: The Sharing Mothers

by CCCLampasas

 

Pastor Nathan’s sermon for Mother’s Day focuses on Rachel & Leah.

Leah, by her father’s deceit, had stolen her sister’s blessing. Isaac had blessed Jacob, believing him to be Esau, and now Jacob marries Leah believing her to be Rachel. In the moment of his surprised discovery did Jacob remember how he had stolen his brother’s birthright by covering himself with a hairy skin and venison-smell, and making himself appear as Esau? Was this a retributive providence for his own deception of his blind and dying father?  Jacob showed favoritism to Rachael and loved her more than Leah.

Siblings like to compete, but can you imagine having to share a husband with your sister, feeling like you always had to outdo the other? However, God blessed both Leah and Rachel with children, continuing his covenant promise with Abraham. Leah and Rachel’s sons would go on to form the 12 tribes of Israel. What can we learn from this passage? How does this text apply to our lives?

Sunday, May 13, 2018 – The Sharing Moms — Genesis 19:25-28

 

Sermon: The Ascension

by CCCLampasas

The Ascension marked the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The period of human limitation was at an end. Jesus now rules with His Father in Heaven. His period of humility was coming to an end and he returned exalted in Heaven.

We do not have to wonder where Jesus is located. We know that He is in heaven reigning as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is praying for us now, leading our worship now, feeling our pain now, sharing our humanity now.  Jesus is alive.

Sunday, May 6th:  The AscensionLuke 24:50-53

 

Guest Preacher – Mark Perkins

Update: Sermon is at the bottom.

Sunday, April 29th we are blessed to have Mark Perkins from Outreach UK preaching.  Mark will be preaching on prayer and his bio is below.

Caleb, Sharon, Grace and Mark Perkins

Mark’s Bio.

I was born in 1963, in Chicago, where I fell in love with sport. I grew up watching the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears and would listen to Chicago Bulls and Blackhawk games on the radio.

But church bored me.

My family moved to San Antonio, where my love of sport increased and church boredom remained.

I received a Bible through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes while in high school. I read it and became convinced heaven and hell were real. I thought if I do more good than bad, I would be in heaven.

But I was not sure if I had done enough good, so I was scared.

A friend on my school basketball team opened the Bible and showed me salvation in Jesus.I believed.

I went on to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Through participation in the Baptist Student Union, my faith took off! And church boredom left!

At UTSA, God called me to serve Him in England. I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and arrived in England in June 1996.

I serve as an evangelist through Global Outreach Mission.

My wife is English; her name is Sharon. We have two children, Caleb (14) and Grace (12). I still love sports, love my wife and children and enjoy reading, board and card games, food (including cooking it!) and music. And, I love my ministry.

I visit door by door to tell people about Jesus, I preach, and I encourage Christians in their everyday witness.

Sermon Title: Jesus’ Example of Prayer

Passage: Luke 22:39-46

 

Ten Commandments – Timeless Truth

by CCCLampasas

The Ten Commandments is a summary of the unchanging moral law. They inform the Israelites on how to faithfully follow the Covenant between God and Israel.

The commandments cover two basic areas of human living; the first five concern relationships with God, the last five, relationships between people. The commandments were given first to Israel in the making of the covenant at Mount Sinai, shortly after the exodus from Egypt. Though we don’t know the exact date of the Sinai covenant, it was probably around 1290 BC.

The commandments are inseparable from the covenant. The making of a covenant between God and Israel at Sinai was the formation of a particular relationship. God made certain commitments to Israel and in return imposed certain obligations upon Israel. Although Israel’s obligations are expressed in detail in a mass of precise legal material, they are given their most precise expression in the Ten Commandments. The commandments set down the most fundamental principles of the covenant and how it applies to particular situations.

Thus, the role of the Ten Commandments in ancient Israel was to give direction to a relationship. Community and fellowship with God provide the context for the commandments. They are often misunderstood as a collection of do’s and don’ts. They should be understood as the foundation of the covenant relationship between the Lord and Israel.

The Ten Commandments, and the Law as a whole, help us realize that no one can perfectly follow God’s laws. We all need grace and mercy. We all need to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 — Our First Priority

Sunday, February 25, 2018 — A Jealous God

Sunday, March 4, 2018 — Honoring God’s Name

Sunday, March 11, 2018 — Divine Celebration & Rest

Sunday, March 18, 2018 — Honoring Authority

Sunday, April 8, 2018 — Value Life

Sunday, April 15, 2018 — Protect Purity

Sunday, April 22, 2018 — Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Sunday, June 3rd,, 2018 — Tell the Truth

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 — A Good Neighbor