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Sun, Dec 09, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 28 mins
Sun, Dec 02, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 26 mins
HopeFULL week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 3, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Our Deepest Fears 1. Failure 5. Losing a loved one 2. Death 6. Physical Pain 3. Rejection 7. The Unknown 4. Loneliness 8. Losing Control 2 Timothy 1:7 Fear is not from God… fear is from our spiritual enemy. God, the source of all, the all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful God has not given us fear! And yet, so many of us are consumed with it. We are always worried, always anxious, always overwhelmed, living paralyzed by something that God did not give us. For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Here’s a key thought for us when we focus on the topic of fear… Fear is being consumed with the “what if” questions Exodus 4:1 Your “What if’s” reveal… 1. What you value the most 2. Where you trust God the least Psalm 56:2-4 Psalm 34:4 Psalm 46:1-3 Mark 4:39 Psalm 46:10 But we have these words of “Be still and know that I am God” as a reminder that in the midst of the storm we have one with us who is greater than the storm. In the midst of our fears we have one who is greater than those fears. In the midst of temporary circumstances, we have one who reminds us to focus on Him and his eternal plan for our lives, which is full of joy, full of love, full of promise, and full of hope. He is with us and He will never forsake us. Romans 8:28,35,37-39
Sun, Nov 25, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Used
Duration: 30 mins
Used week ten message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 25, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The book of Esther is found in the Old Testament, that part of the Bible that covers the history of God and His people from Creation until shortly before the time of Jesus here on Earth. It is written like a modern day novel - driven by its characters with a blend of suspense, intrigue, betrayal, conspiracy and treachery. I would encourage you read the book of Esther this week for yourself. It doesn’t even take an hour to read the entire book. It’s one of my favorite books of the Bible, from the standpoint of how it is written and from the standpoint of the lessons that can be learned from Esther’s life. Esther 4:11 Finding your place… …requires great faith and trust. Esther 4:12-14 Finding your place… …requires great faith and trust. …requires great courage. Esther 4:15-16 When you are uncertain about your purpose, God has a place for you. God will put you in the right place at the right time to accomplish His purposes. But you have to be focused enough on Him to see the opportunities that are around you and you need to be courageous when your name is called upon to step up to the plate. Will you have the trust and faith of Esther to believe that God has a bigger purpose? Will you have the courage of Esther to do the right thing even when it seems overwhelming and scary? Will you have the joy of Esther, knowing that you stepped up and joined God in his redemptive story of turning hearts towards Him and giving them the hope of eternity with a God that is crazy in love with them? God puts the opportunities in front of you. You have to choose to step in to them.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Used
Duration: 33 mins
Used week nine message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 18, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When you read through the Bible it doesn’t take very long to see that it is filled with broken, imperfect, messed up, common people. In their stories of uncertainty, fear, anger, joy, sorrow and weakness we discover our own stories. Just like us today, these people were individuals that God was crazy in love with. In their imperfection they decided to follow after God’s plan and purpose for their lives rather than choosing their own plan and purpose. And it is in the stories of their obedience, and sometimes disobedience, that we learn from their example and apply it to our own faith journeys today. Today we are looking at the life of David. He trusted God when it made absolutely no sense to do so and He expected God to show up in amazing ways that most people simply don’t expect anymore. And I believe that David’s words to me and his words to you would simply be this… You need a bigger God Christian Scholar A.W. Tozer had these words to say about the importance of our understanding of God… “Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending upon her concept of God… the basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God.” 1 Samuel 16:6-7 Theologian Carl Henry (on the next generation of leaders): “Many of them are probably still non-believers. The next Billy Graham might be passed out drunk in a fraternity house at the moment and the next Mother Teresa might be managing an abortion clinic today.” 1 Samuel 17:11 1 Samuel 17:26 1 Samuel 17:45-47 Earlier we saw how terrified Saul and the rest of the Israelites were. And this is why… when your God is too small, you end up being fearful, and you end up being consumed by the “What if?” questions. *What if Goliath wins? *What if we have to serve them for the rest of our lives? *What if I can’t find a job? *What if it’s cancer? *What if I spend the rest of my life alone? What if, what if, what if… and when your God is too small, “what if” dominates your life. All you can see is the “what if” of the situation. David doesn’t see the “what if” of the situation, he sees the “who is” of the situation. From David’s perspective, this isn’t David vs. Goliath, this is God vs. Goliath. How big is your God? Kyle Idleman - “If you’re God’s job description is to make your life more comfortable and convenient, then you need a bigger God… if your God doesn’t call you to risk but tells you to play it safe, then you need a bigger God … if your God is a genie that is just here to grant your wishes, then you need a bigger God … if your God is a white guy who loves Americans more than He loves anyone else, then you need a bigger God... if your God is saying “come” but never saying “go” , then you need a bigger God … if your God never wrecks your schedule or messes up your plans, then you need a bigger God … if your God needs a particular person to be President of this nation to accomplish His purposes, then you need a bigger God … if your God has never filled your eyes with tears because of His grace or taken away your breath because of His power, then you need a bigger God … if your God’s dream for you is to retire and have a couple decades of just taking it easy, then you need a bigger God … if your God is just fine with just spending an hour a week with you on a Sunday morning service, then you need a bigger God … if your God says “You’ve worked hard enough on your marriage, I just want you to go and be happy now” , then you need a bigger God … if your God says that you are too old, or too young, or too broken, or too poor, or too late, or too guilty , then you need a bigger God …”
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Used
Duration: 37 mins
Used week eight message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 11, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. As we look at Joseph’s life and story I want you to keep this thought in mind… Even when God feels far away, He is always by your side Big picture vs. Little Picture ; Upper story vs. Lower story The Big Picture is the big overall plan of God. It is the big vision of God that sees where it all began, where everything is going and how it all ends. Genesis 39:2-4 Genesis 39:20-22 Genesis 45:4-7 Genesis 50:19-20 We gain humility through life experiences. - young people with tremendous talent, skills but no humility (star athletes), but don’t know how to be humble, just know how to be talented - you hope that in another 20 years from now life experiences will have shaped them into more of a humble and generous person - it’s why I pray for brokenness when I see arrogance in someone’s life - it’s why I encourage people to embrace suffering and pain instead of just asking God to take it away or for God to give us the easy path God doesn’t waste our time; God doesn’t waste our heartache; God doesn’t waste our pain James 1:2-4
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Used
Duration: 39 mins
Used week seven message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 4, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Thousands and thousands of people have gone before us in this race and many of their stories are captured in the Bible. Throughout the Bible we read stories of how God used imperfect, messed up, broken people and helped them to run the race of life with courage, hope, perseverance and purpose. Hebrews 12:1 In order to live by faith, you must often stop playing it safe When he was around 40 years old, Moses was walking about and seeing how his people the Hebrews were being treated. He saw an Egyptian foreman beating a Hebrew slave and it infuriated him. Looking around to make sure no one saw him, he killed the Egyptian and tried to hide his body. He had hoped that the Hebrews would see him as being used by God to rescue them, but they did not. And on top of that others did witness the killing and when he learned that the pharaoh was searching for him to kill him he ended up fleeing Egypt and running for his life. Moses then spent the next 40 years in the land of Midian as a foreigner. He got married and had two children and was a shepherd by trade. His lifestyle was certainly different in Midian than it had been in Egypt but it had become nice and safe, with nothing to push him out of his comfort zone. Then something quite unusual happened. One day while out taking care of his flock of sheep he saw a bush that was on fire but it was not burning up. He looked at it for a while and then had a profound response… “Huh! Will you look at that?” Ok, that might have been my response in that situation. All we are told is that Moses got closer to get a better look. It turns out that it’s the angel of the Lord appearing in the flame in the burning bush. Exodus 3:4 But there was something about that encounter, that calling of his name by God that had Moses’ full attention. It goes on to say this… Exodus 3:5-8,10 Playing it safe can have a lot of dangerous consequences. Safe will keep you… …trapped in the past. Isaiah 43:18-19 Playing it safe will keep you trapped in the past. Playing it safe will also keep you… … satisfied with today. Safe will keep us trapped in the past, it will keep us satisfied with today, and it will keep us… …afraid of tomorrow. Exodus 4:13 Safe is a place that will keep us from stepping out to where God wants us to be. If Jesus is calling you to do something that is going to require you to get out of your safe boat, to get out of your comfort zone, then know that He is already there waiting for you. You don’t have to say “Jesus come with me”, He’s already there… waiting for you to take a step out to where God wants you to be. You need to be reminded that Jesus is already there, waiting for you to step out in faith and join Him in what He is doing in the world around you, waiting for you to join Him in His ultimate purpose of changing the world and drawing people to Himself and to eternity with our Heavenly Father. Are you ready to take that step?
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
by Linda Evans
Series: Used
Duration: 34 mins
Used week three message from Linda Evans on October 28, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Few people really understand United States Internal Revenue Service income tax regulations and for good reason. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 the tax code had 73,954 pages of rules and regulations. That is over 4 million words! The tax codes have become so complex that even the experts have a hard time understanding everything. The leaders in ancient Israel did the same thing to their religious system. They made excessive laws to govern their relationship with God. These laws had increased to the point where even religious experts struggled to understand everything. There was often bickering back and forth among the experts about which laws were more important and which were less important. When one such legal expert asked Jesus what mattered most? Luke 10:25-28 Jesus broke it down into the simplest and easiest to understand terms. Love God. Love Others. Of all the stories that Jesus told, the parable of the Good Samaritan might be the best known. I’ve heard this story many times over the years and I love it when I hear something familiar but hear it in a whole new way. That is exactly what I hope to do with you this morning… help you hear this story in a brand new way… Luke 10:29-37 Those robbers had a “What’s yours is mine!” mentality. Next the priest and the Levite came upon the half dead man They had a “What’s mine is mine!” mentality. Next came the Samaritan… The Samaritan’s philosophy was, “What’s mine is Yours.” Compassion allows for interruptions. Compassion rearranges our priorities! Matthew 14:14 Matthew 15:32 Mark 6:34 Mark 1:40-42 Luke 7:11-15 The Message (MSG) 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Compassion is Jesus’ response over and over again. If the Devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. Today an innkeeper might have earned a degree in hotel management and hospitality or perhaps has had experience as a small business owner. He started with a dream and a business plan and had help from his Edward Jones representative to manage his money and eventually started living his dream of owning and operating a lovely inn that would get the highest reviews on Trip Advisor. I don’t know if the innkeeper in this story had a degree in business or marketing, or if he had a degree in culinary arts to make a fancy breakfast each morning or if he has a financial advisor. What he probably did NOT have was medical degree or a nursing license. I’m not sure if he had a card in his wallet stating that he had passed the American Red Cross’s course on first aid or if he was certified in CPR. Yet, he was being asked to care for a man who had been beaten and was half dead. It doesn’t sound like this was going to be a quick recovery. The innkeeper was being asked to take on a huge responsibility. Caring for this stranger was no small job on top of running the inn and seeing to all the other guests. Compassion comes with a cost… It can take a toll on your emotions. It can drain your energy. It might cost time. It might cost money. It might take you much longer to get from point A to point B. You may never even reach point B. The parable of the Good Samaritan shows us three philosophies of life. (1) "Beat him up"; (2) "Pass him up"; (3) "Pick him up." The Bible says love can be seen and touched-it's tangible. Love is a verb. Real love takes action. The challenge to be compassionate is for each of us! How do we begin? We pray for eyes that see others as God sees them. What breaks your heart? There is your answer. That’s your place to start. While you are traveling from A to B, look for those divine interruptions in your life and step up and be the hands and feet and arms and voice of Jesus. Ooze compassion. Someone somewhere needs you.
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Used
Duration: 32 mins
Used week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 21, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The Story of the Lions Den from the perspective of Daniel. As I look back on my life and those times I think of some major lessons and blessings from them. First, how we are always meant to remain faithful to God – no matter what this world may throw at us. Second, the power of prayer. In my story, I didn’t stop praying - It may have got me thrown in that den – but it also was what saved me from it. And finally, remember that to be used by God takes a complete trust. If we don’t trust him – how can he fully use us? I can’t imagine not serving this big God. I can’t imagine not desiring to be used by him. Don’t give in – Don’t bow down. Choose to welcome the den you might be thrown into. Know that through the power of God you can come out of it. My friends survived a fire. I survived Lions If our God can make that happen, He can use you through ANYTHING!
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Used
Duration: 1 hr 1 min
On October 14, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Pastor Chris Russell shared his heartfelt and difficult message that he would be resigning his lead pastor position. As difficult as the process may be, Chris is being obedient to the call of Jesus and following on faith toward the next step in ministry for him and his family. Also discussed was encouragement from Elder Chair, Galen Jay and Board Chair, Jim Evans on the leaderships outlook and hope for the future and the new lead pastor that will be searched for in the coming months.
Sun, Oct 07, 2018
by Linda Evans
Series: Used
Duration: 34 mins
Used week three message from Linda Evans on October 7, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. More…. I want to serve God MORE. I want to know MORE of His word. I want MORE out of my time with God which means that I have to be still MORE and listen MORE. I want to trust God MORE and worry less. I want MORE of God to pour through me to others. I want to be able to love and support those around me who need MORE love and support. I want MORE of my words and my actions to glorify God. Help me God to be MORE in tune with you and your desires for my life. Isaiah 58:11 Hebrews 6:19 There are 2 kinds of north… True North and Magnetic North. True North is a fixed spot on the planet. It has never and will never shift, move or change one bit. Magnetic North, because of the magnetic pull of the planet, changes constantly. Different yesterday, today and tomorrow. Psalm 136 When all else is changing within and around, In God and his love no change can be found. John 16:33 God sees your potential. 2 Kings 4:1-7 We underestimate God… • who He is, • what He can do, • how much He loves us… God never made a nobody. He never made a nothing. He wants to partner with us. Where is your anchor? What do you hold tightly? YOU CAN’T HAVE MORE UNTIL YOU SURRENDER AND OPEN YOUR HANDS! Open up your hands and Tell God that you want more of Him. MORE… MORE… Watch God fill you to overflowing. Hold your head up and set your eyes on True North. Anchor your soul in the Hope that we have through Jesus. Your MORE… it’s beginning.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Used
Duration: 38 mins
Used week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on September 30, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The Bible tells us about three young Israelite men who lived this kind of righteous life, this faith based prevent defense. They were confronted by evil, but did not give in, instead they challenged the situation. They made a choice. At first, things seemed to be getting worse, but as we will see, it didn’t end that way. They played the proper prevent defense. Just like them, at times, life is not easy on us and we get dealt a terrible hand. But we can find hope we can hold onto in their story, because just like them what we need is a miracle in the fire. To find your miracle in the fire, you gotta learn what that proper prevent defense is that they played. We have to learn what our faith based prevent defense is supposed to look like. These three, Rack, Shack and Benny figured it out and we should follow their example. Faith Based Prevent Defense: Persuaded Pressure Promise Protection Promotion Persuaded Daniel 3:16-18 Pressure Daniel 3:19 Promise James 1:2-4 Joshua 1:9 Isaiah 41:10 Daniel 3:20-23 Protection Daniel 3:24-27 Promotion Daniel 3:29-30 Romans 8:28 He wants to USE us – we are called according to his purpose – and he is ON OUR SIDE – do you get that? This is the power of the prevent defense. This is the power of faith. This is the power of his promises for our lives. This is the power of having a God bigger than anything that walks through the fire with us. Romans 8:31-39 Be fully persuaded. Believe the promise and when the pressure begins to increase and the fires begin to burn, you can know the protection that surrounds you and the promotion that waits when you walk out of it. Don’t give up! Remember – your miracle is IN the fire!
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Used
Duration: 36 mins
Used week two message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on September 23, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When we battle God for control, we essentially react based on what God does that we do or do not like. When we choose to start by accepting that God’s timing is always right, then we can truly begin to release control. How Are You Running? Running Choices: Running From God Running To God Running With God Running Ahead of God Running From God Jonah 1:1-3 Running To God Jonah 2:10 Running With God Jonah 3:1-3a Jonah 3:5 & 10 Running Ahead of God Jonah 4:1 & 5 Jonah 4:6-7 Whatever you are running from – STOP! Run to God – let his love take control, but don’t get ahead of it, Run WITH him. If you work for this, work toward this, give God control of your life, and let him use you, in the end, just like Jonah – it will be a WHALE of a story!
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Used
Duration: 36 mins
Used week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 16, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. In this new series we are recognizing that all of us are on a faith journey and every single day we make the decision on whether to open ourselves to being used by God that day. But what does that really look like? Through the ups and downs that life throws at us on a regular basis, what does it look like to live a life that is surrendered to God and open to being USED by Him? The great news is that in Scripture we have access to hundreds of people who have done the journey before us… so we can gain knowledge and understanding from them about what this journey of being used is all about? It should be of great encouragement to us that we have all of these examples that can speak in to our lives… telling us about the times in their lives when they struggled, when they were knocked down, how they got back up and continued to fight, how they kept pressing forward to the end and how they were used by a Creator that was crazy in love with them. We have access to these people all the time. Throughout the Bible there is story after story of imperfect people who have blown it… people like you and me who want to be USED by God for awesome things but who make the wrong decision… who had unfair things happen to them… who suffered… who didn’t understand what God was trying to do in their lives and through their lives… and their stories have been forever captured for us by the many authors God used to preserve their stories and how they intersected with God’s story, the greatest story of all. Hebrews 12:1 In our time with Abraham we will be reminded that those who have gone before us see things from a better perspective than those who are in the midst of the race currently. It’s always harder when you are in the midst of it, especially when it is difficult. Faith is the ability to trust even when we don’t completely understand As people who want to be USED by God we need to have the same confidence that Abraham has that believes… God ALWAYS does the right thing. Genesis 15:1-5 God ALWAYS does the right thing… …even if it takes a long time. Genesis 16:1-2 God ALWAYS does the right thing… …even if it takes a long time. … even if it seems absurd. Genesis 18:10-14 God ALWAYS does the right thing… …even if it takes a long time. … even if it seems absurd. …even if we don’t understand it. Hebrew 11:17-19 Psalm 9:10 If you want to be USED by God, really really USED by him in your time here on Earth, then you need to develop a faith like Abraham. A faith that is not easily shaken every time something bad happens… a faith that is not easily broken every time life doesn’t go your way…. a faith that is not easily shattered when something unexpected happens, and a faith that is not easily questioned just because your little brain can’t wrap itself around what is going on in your life. *2 questions – Is God still on the throne? Did this catch him off guard? Today we remind ourselves that God ALWAYS DOES THE RIGHT THING… and you need to let that truth marinate it’s way into whatever situation or relationship you’re thinking about right now. To become people who are USED by God we need to trust Him completely.
Sun, Sep 09, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Sync
Duration: 33 mins
Sync week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 9, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When Jesus was with his closest followers He was teaching all the time and they often had to have been wondering, “Out of all the information we are getting, what is the stuff we really, really need to get?… what’s the stuff that will be on the final exam?” …in other words… “Are we going to be held accountable later for what you are teaching us now?” The primary theme of chapter 25 is to Be Ready because we will have to give an account for how we lived our lives when Jesus returns. And one of the main questions we have considered in this series is… What do we need to do NOW so that we will be ready THEN? We live in a culture that has a “me, me, me” focus and a “mine, mine, mine” mentality when it comes to our money and resources. *closed fist vs. open fist mentality And we aren’t just talking about our finances when we say resources. We have resources other than that. Our relationships are a resource… our abilities are a resource… our possessions are a resource…our influence is a resource… we need to look at all of these areas and ask ourselves “How do we align these things, how do we sync these things up, with what matters to God?” Matthew 25:31-46 Ephesians 2:8-9 2 Corinthians 5:10 Is there enough evidence to show we truly believe? Consumer mentality – what does this church offer me? Here’s the problem with that… The Day of the Lord is coming… and we will be held accountable. Irony: this is how God judges the genuineness of our belief based on these verses; same way the world judges the genuineness of our belief. It’s what a cynical and skeptical world will pay attention to. If we are going to claim to be followers of Christ then we need to make sure we are in SYNC with what matters the most to Him. And that means that the poor, the disenfranchised, the overlooked, the broken, and the vulnerable need to become a top priority for us…. because they are already a top priority to God. Ask God to help you see people the way He sees them, make it your prayer to say, “God would you break my heart for the things that break your heart? Help me love others as much as I love ___________ in my own life… help me to care for people as much as I care for ___________ in my own life.” God will honor that prayer and will stir inside of you and begin to sync up your heart and mind with His heart and mind. Then God will show up in ways that only He can and do things in you and through you that will truly change the world… one person at a time.
Sun, Sep 02, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Sync
Duration: 36 mins
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Sync
Duration: 35 mins
Sync week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on August 26, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. This series is all about syncing up our resources with God’s priorities. We want to make sure that what we are doing here in our time on earth really matters in the scope of eternity. As we learn more and more about the things that matter the most and are the nearest and dearest to the heart of God, they should also become the things that matter the most and are the nearest and dearest to our hearts as well. We need to sync up our hearts and minds with the heart and mind of our heavenly Father. Because when we do that, incredible things happen and God shows up in amazing ways and does things that only He can do. You will never find more passion in your life than when your heart and mind and how you use your time and resources are strongly synced up with the things that matter the most to God. One of the biggest hindrances we have as American Christians in how well we sync up with God’s priorities is how we use our stuff… how we allocate our resources... bottom line is the problem we have with thinking that it’s “our” stuff to begin with. Matthew 25:14-30 Two key themes we need to get from this verse. One, it’s HIS wealth, not ours. Everything belongs to God. Second, everything that He gives to us is something that he is ENTRUSTING us with… in other words, He is expecting us to handle our resources in a way that reflects and honors who He is and would be pleasing to Him. The resources we have are never to be seen as being ours, we are the servants… so everything we do with those resources is supposed to be a reflection of what the Master Himself would do with those resources. However, if we do what most people do and see our resources as “ours”, then we don’t worry about trying to learn what the Bible has to say about how to use them faithfully because we have decided that our plan is better than God’s plan. When we understand that it all belongs to God then we don’t get caught up in the comparison game with others; instead we simply are grateful for that which he has entrusted to us. And when we live lives of gratefulness toward God for what He entrusts us with, we respond by being generous people because that is God’s desire for our lives and we desire to be in sync with God’s priorities for our lives. It’s all about intentionality. What if we decided to get crystal clear on those things that matter most to the heart of God and invest heavily in them with all that we possibly can? What would that look like for you? What would that look like for our church family? Imagine allowing God to stir in you in such a way that you experienced the passion that we heard from our youth last week and from Jessica today about a world issue that matters deeply to God. And then we decide to go AT ONCE and begin becoming a part of the solution, through the use of our time and our resources. It all starts with surrendering ourselves to the one who made us and has an amazing plan for our lives. A plan that involves drawing others to Him and getting invested in those issues that are near and dear to His heart.
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Sync
Duration: 51 mins
Sync week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on August 19, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. A wonderful time of sharing from our GenNext Youth with stories from their trip to the Dominican Republic! James 4:14 What are we doing with our time? Are we making the most of it? Are we using it for God’s purposes. This series is all about syncing up our resources with God’s priorities. We want to make sure that what we are doing here in our time on earth really matters in the scope of eternity. As we learn more and more about the things that matter the most and are the nearest and dearest to the heart of God, they should also become the things that matter the most and are the nearest and dearest to our hearts as well. We need to sync up our hearts and minds with the heart and mind of our heavenly Father. There are massive challenges and urgencies taking place in third world countries all over this globe when it comes to poverty, education, sex trafficking and other human rights, and it’s not ok for us to live our lives here with no concern for those things that are happening over there. One of the great organizations that we here at CCW partner with is Kids Alive International which has its world headquarters in Valparaiso, IN.
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: Sync
Duration: 39 mins
Sync week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on August 12, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When we look at what the Bible teaches we realize that we are told that we should always be living our lives with the end in mind…. in other words, we should always be living in a state of readiness, in a state of awareness that the end could come at any time. But we don’t think this way naturally do we? In fact, I would guess most of us don’t really like the idea of trying to think that way all the time do we? We don’t want to constantly think about dying and when that might happen. But the reality is we are all dying… the question is how will you live between now and then? James 4:14 What are we doing with our time? This series that we are calling SYNC is all about matching our resources with God’s priorities so that we will be ready when we stand before God someday. Matthew 24:42-44 Matthew 25:1-13 What do you need to do NOW so you are ready THEN? Matthew 6: 19-20 1 Timothy 6:17-19 What could I do without now so I can better match up my resources with God’s priorities? Matthew 19:29 When we live our lives and use our financial resources with the bigger end picture in mind it allow us to... *live open handed *desire to find ways to sacrifice now and give toward kingdom work *be intentional with increasing our giving over time (22%) *ask different questions…what would it look like if instead of asking “What’s the most we can spend?” that instead we asked “What’s the least we can spend?” so that we can use the rest for Kingdom purposes. Let’s look at our finances and our resources with the end in mind. There’s something off if we say that we trust Jesus with our eternity but we don’t trust him with our finances. *back to beginning story; guy realized it was a gift, because suddenly a lot of things came in to focus, he became real clear on some things in his life that needed to get aligned *you are on limited time here, make it count, not just for now, but for all of eternity. Go hard after God with your finances and your resources and store up treasures where it matters the most.
Sun, Aug 05, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Duration: 32 mins
Sun, Jul 29, 2018
by Linda Evans
Duration: 29 mins
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 32 mins
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Duration: 31 mins
Sun, Jul 08, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 28 mins
Sun, Jul 01, 2018
by Linda Evans
Duration: 25 mins
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Break Point
Duration: 42 mins
Break Point week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on June 24, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Breaking Free: BREAK THE CYCLE Psalm 34:17-19 Freedom Steps: Step One: Repent Definition – Forgiveness We must seek forgiveness from God We must forgive others We must forgive ourselves Acts 3:19-20 2 Corinthians 7:10 Ephesians 4:32 Matthew 18:21-22 1 John 1:9 Step Two: Release Definition – Control 1. Letting Go Starts Today For Tomorrow Matthew 6:34 2. Letting Go Starts With Trusting God’s Role Isaiah 41:10 3. Letting Go Starts With Acknowledging the Need to Release Philippians 4:6-7 Step Three: Rise Definition – To the Occasion Proverbs 24:16 Hebrews 12:1-2 Philippians 3:13-14 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Step Four: Restore Definition – Identity 2 Corinthians 5:17 Psalm 121 Romans 8:35-39 And there it is – FREEDOM! We are conquerors in Jesus Through him the chains are broken Through forgiveness we are made pure By the cross the enemy is destroyed Our weakness becomes perfected in his strength He is perfect because we are broken NOTHING will separate us And in Him and Him alone are we truly free…for… John 8:36 BELIEVE IT! KNOW IT! DO IT! CHOOSE IT! We need to be broken so that God can be seen as perfect When God breaks the chains, the chains become worthless When we choose forgiveness, admit our weakness, rise up in the strength of God and fight We are restored to freedom in the presence of Almighty God For if the son has set you free – you are FREE INDEED!
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Break Point
Duration: 38 mins
Father's Day message from Pastor Luke Aadalen with guest interviews on June 17, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” The Fatherhood Five: 1. A Father’s Courage Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." 2. A Father’s Compassion Psalm 103:13 “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” 3. A Father’s Wisdom Proverbs 4:11-13 “I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” 4. A Father’s Father 1 John 3:1 “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it--we're called children of God! That's who we really are.” 5. A Father’s Love 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Today, we celebrate. We remember the courage, compassion, wisdom and love of the men who have guided and continue to guide our lives,a nd we take that example with us – men – to lead in those same ways and to be the product of a God who desires great things for his children. We celebrate that we, as men, have been chosen to be that tool and to fill that role – and to do so far beyond the basic definition of fatherhood.
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Break Point
Duration: 44 mins
Break Point week two message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on June 10, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Our Role: The Fight Break Point Fighting Techniques: 1. Who we fight 2. When we fight 3. How we fight BPF Technique One: Who We Fight Ephesians 6:10-12 BPF Technique Two: When We Fight Psalm 139:23-24 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 BPF Technique Three: How We Fight Ephesians 6:13-18a God’s Role: Chainbreaker Acts 12:4-7 Acts 16:24-26 When God breaks chains, the chains become worthless
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Break Point
Duration: 27 mins
Break Point week one message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on June 3, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Psalm 51 Psalms Prayer Pattern • Plea and/or requests (vs. 1-2) • Brutal Honesty (vs. 3-6) • Plea and/or requests (vs. 7-9) • Seeking Direction (vs. 10-14) • Praise and Honor (vs. 15-19) David recognizes his lack of control. He recognizes his need and acknowledges his weakness shows the strength of God. Not only that, he cries out for it. David knows something that we need to discover. And that is this: Brokenness is not a sign of weakness, but an avenue of strength Just like David, we just need to accept the redemptive promises that God gives to us when we accept our break point. You don’t have limited resources Matthew 28:18-20 God provides you wisdom through His word Proverbs 2:6 Matthew 7:24 James 1:5 God NEVER ignores your cries for help 1 Peter 5:6-7 Matthew 11:28-30 Weakness is not a curse – it is a blessing 2 Corinthians 12:9 “I need to be broken, so God can be seen as perfect.”
Sun, May 27, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: This Is Us
Duration: 45 mins
This is Us week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 27, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Less Talk, More Action James 2:14-17 James 1:26-27 3 Commitments to “Get out of the House” 1. I will SEE 2. I will FEEL 3. I will ACT Matthew 14:14 I challenge you to think about what would happen if you were to join God in his work to lift up the name and the dignity of each person in the world. What would that look like for you? What could God be calling you to if you were to say “I will see, I will feel, and I will act.” What would it look like if you allowed God to really stir inside of you? “God, how do you want to use me? How can you use me to be part of joining you in your work in this world? How can you use me to make a difference in this world?” And watch God start to work in your heart and mind in a brand new way, because you are willing to SEE, to FEEL, and to ACT for those things that matter the most to Him.
Sun, May 20, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: This Is Us
Duration: 45 mins
This is Us week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 20, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. A message that we need to hear ourselves and the message we need to be sharing with those around us… You are one church family away from changing your world Acts 2:42-47 The world had never seen anything like this community of believers. The authenticity in which they lived out their faith… how they backed up their words with their actions… how they genuinely and sincerely loved one another… of course people were drawn to it every day! That’s what happens when we’re doing it right! People want to be a part of something like that! As Jesus’ representatives on this earth, the church is the hope of the world. On the other side of the battle is the Enemy whose sole purpose is to keep people from this love relationship with God at all costs. He doesn’t follow any rules. He does whatever it takes to make people feel worthless and hopeless. His native language is lies and deceit. He seeks to kill, steal and destroy everything that is God-honoring in this world. 1 Peter 5:8 We are one church away from changing the world. Let us be that church, let us be that people. When it comes to this kind of commitment, let it be said that you are this kind of person… let it be said that I am this kind of person…when others see how we support each other and treat each other and do life together and go to battle for one another and for those in our community let us be able to say “This is the real me, this is my real church, THIS IS US.”
Sun, May 13, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: This Is Us
Duration: 33 mins
This is Us week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 13, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The series we are in right now is called This is Us. It is a series that reminds us of who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do. I want us to look beyond the day to day grind and zoom out from the details of our broken relationships for a little bit and focus on God’s big picture for our lives. So let’s start off by having you finish this sentence…. My number one goal in life is ____________________. Let’s look at this first from a worldly viewpoint. Now what about for those of us who profess to follow after Jesus? 1 Corinthians 14:1 Why love? Because the Bible tells us that God is love…. not that He HAS love, but that He IS love… and God’s greatest desire is for us to be more like Him. People looking for meaning in their lives and usually ending up aiming their arrows and placing their trust at the wrong targets. Instead of love being their greatest aim, instead of love being at the center, they put something else there instead. Mark 12:30-31 If you go all through life it doesn’t matter how much you acquire, and how much you achieve, and how many accomplishments you make and how many rewards or how famous you become. None of that matters. One day you’re going to stand before God and he’s going to say, “Did you learn to love me? That’s why I sent Jesus so you could learn to love me. And did you learn to love other people? Because that’s what I put you on earth to do. It’s all about love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 These four words “Do everything in love” are easy to say but extremely difficult to live out. So how do we do everything in love? We follow the advice of… 1 John 4:7 There are no shortcuts here. You have to practice. The same goes for us in learning how to love God and one another. It’s easy to love people who love you. That’s no problem. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about loving the unlovely. Loving the difficult. Loving the irritable. Loving the people who are different, who are demanding. Loving people all around you who you don’t FEEL like loving. 1 Timothy 4:15 John 13:35 It is our signature in life. How we love one another is supposed to be the PRIMARY way that the rest of the world takes notice that we are for real, that we genuinely and sincerely believe that there is a God who is crazy about us and that He has an amazing plan for our lives and that that plan truly makes a difference, not just here on Earth but for eternity. John 13:15 John 13:34-35 No longer is it just “love your neighbor”… now it’s love one another. No longer is it up to us to define who we want to consider a neighbor, now Jesus is saying that love is the primary aim in how we treat EVERYBODY. This is the kind of people we want to be…. this is the kind of church family we want to be. When it comes to this kind of love, let it be said that you are this kind of person… let it be said that I am this kind of person…when others see how we love each other and treat each other and support each other and do life together let us be able to say “This is the real me, this is my real church, THIS IS US.”
Sun, May 06, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: This Is Us
Duration: 42 mins
This is Us week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 6, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. We have hit a new stage of that doing life together as we have been in the first part of our Ripple Effect Initiative for the past two months. The Ripple Effect Initiative is about seeking out what it is that God is calling us to do in the upcoming years and who He is calling us to be along the way. A component of this is the building addition you have been hearing about but the much bigger picture involves our goals of digging deeper together and reaching further into our community and into the global ministries that God puts in front of us to partner with. Luke 19:10 Matthew 28:19-20 But in order to reach others the way God wants us to, we have to be individually and corporately growing in our relationship with God and understanding of what it means to follow Him every day of our lives. We can’t take people to a place where we haven’t been ourselves. In other words, we can’t effectively tell others about our amazing God and what it means to follow Him on a daily basis if we don’t really know what that looks like because we aren’t sold out ourselves on the whole idea. It’s not enough for us to come together on Sundays, give out lots of hugs and kind words, and walk away saying “what a great church we have!” The stakes are just simply too high for that! Our goal has eternity on the line! There are people all around us that are far from God and are making the choice to spend eternity apart from God. There has to be a sense of urgency in our lives to want to let them know that there is a loving Savior who makes it possible for them to be restored to God and spend eternity with Him. God has given us the responsibility to be about this significant task at all times. Mark 1:16-20 Jesus’ goal for you and I is not for us to just simply try to become better people – people who are more holy and better fathers, mothers, bosses and friends. His goal is for you and I to follow and to do in the lives of others what someone has done in your life. And it all starts with an INVITE. It’s our first core value here at Waterford. My guess is that the first thing that you think of when you hear the word invite is the notion of inviting someone to come to our service here on Sunday mornings. And while that is certainly part of what we are talking about when we say we must be invitational kind of people, it’s not going far enough in it’s scope to cover what our mission is here at Waterford. Remember, our goal is to reach farther and dig deeper. One of the best ways to be an invitational kind of person is to find common ground with others. What is something you already love to do or talk about that can open the dialogue between you and someone you know that doesn’t know God? Think about how this Ripple Effect happened in your life - the people who God strategically used and placed in your life along the journey to point you towards Him and help you to fall in love with Jesus. It’s why you are where you are today, because someone was faithful in leveraging their sphere of influence and that influence included you. If you choose to seek after God with your whole heart and mind, God will continually position you in places where He can leverage your story and life to impact the story and lives and eternities of others around you… and you will get the honor of being a part of The Ripple Effect. Look at what we have and continue to create here. This is a place where people come and get their questions about God answered….this is a place where people don’t feel judged… this is a place where authenticity is encouraged and practiced…. this is a place where hope is birthed and forgiveness is realized…. this is a place where brokenness starts the healing process…. this is a place where people find their identity in Christ and line up their lives with His purpose not their own…. this is a place where friendships are birthed…. this is a place where God stirs and new ministries are formed… this is a place where eternities are altered and real life is realized. This is a place filled with messed up, broken people, but God is working powerfully in so many lives through us and in spite of us. This is Us.
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 39 mins
Winning at Marriage week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 29, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Now we could spend months covering all the topics related to marriage but today I want to focus in on two areas. I want us to be reminded of the importance of having fun together and I want us to know how when we aren’t having fun together and are in a tough spot to understand how to fight fair. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Marriage Fun: Face-to-Face This is where we get together, enjoy each other's company face to face, because so often in dating couples can talk and talk and talk for hours on end; then when they aren’t together they move on to texting for hours and hours, then later on they get on the phone and they talk. And if someone isn’t talking they are content to just sit quietly and hear the other person breathing. Marriage Fun: Side-to-Side This is where you're hanging out with your best friend; you're doing something you enjoy with your wife or your husband. It's enjoying time doing common activities. Marriage Fun: Belly button-to-Belly button Oh, he did not just say that! Oh yeah he did! You’ll remember that one! Now, let me give you some advice about this because I believe that one of the best things you can do for your marriage is have some physical and intimate fun. Now we all know that there are times in marriage when having fun is not a priority. Sometimes things get so tough and feelings get so hurt that having fun together is not something that’s even on the radar. Here’s the key thought I want you to have in your head as we talk about this more… Healthy couples fight for resolution, unhealthy couples fight for victory. *Unhealthy couples = one-up, get the final word in, verbally destroy the other person - the goal is victory; in this approach somebody has to lose so that the other one can win; sign of an immature marriage *Healthy couples = even though they are upset in the moment, their hearts desire is to become stronger as a result of going through the struggle - the goal is resolution; in this approach both seek to win so that nobody loses. James 1:19-20 Keys to Win-Win fighting 1. Stop to LISTEN carefully Proverbs 18:2 2. Guard your WORDS faithfully Proverbs 21:23 3. Handle your ANGER righteously Ephesians 4:26-27 Do you really want to win in your marriage? Then you can’t keep doing what so many other couples in this world are doing that are passively sitting by while their marriages are going into the tank. You’ve got to make intentional, daily choices to make your marriage a priority. You’ve got to be intentional with having the 3 types of fun we talked about, and you’ve got to be focused on fighting for a win-win outcome when things get difficult. For those of us that have chosen to follow Christ, our marriages are supposed to look different than those of the rest of the world. They are to show what can happen when a man and woman come together and allow God to be at the very center of their relationship… they are to show determination and resolve… they are to show compassion and grace and mercy… they are to show forgiveness and redemption…and they are to show humility and service to one another. When we surrender ourselves to the plan that God has for our marriages, then, and only then, do we find ourselves winning in marriage.
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
by Linda Evans
Duration: 39 mins
Winning at Marriage week two message from Linda Evans on April 22, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. It is easy to love what is lovely. Beauty in nature, things like flowers and trees. Michael Angelo’s paintings. Wonderful music. Opposites really do attract. Maybe we love something because it is valuable to us. We hang on to something because it has worth. We often start out in relationships as good performers. Are you still treating your spouse the same way you did when you were dating or when you were first married? There is an example and an expectation for us to follow in the Bible regarding marriage. Ephesians 5:21-33 Most people who read these verses like what the verses say regarding how your spouse is supposed to treat you. But most people aren’t thrilled with what the verses are telling them to do. When we are filled with the Spirit and living our lives by the power of the Spirit, we no longer need to look to others to fill our emptiness, and we don’t have to manipulate and control them to try to fill ourselves up! When we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit, we have the strength and the desire to submit to one another! The Greek word for “submit” has the meaning of coming underneath someone not lording over them. Everyone is different and knowing your spouse well and knowing what they need to feel loved and secure and respected is huge. Matthew 22:37 John 4:7-18 I think this woman was looking to people to fill that emptiness in her heart. She was looking to her spouse to be her be-all-end-all and it clearly wasn’t working, because she’d had 5 husbands and was living with a man that she wasn’t married to. Jesus was offering her living water… He was offering himself to her as her messiah. Put me first and you will never thirst again. Put me first and I can fill that hole inside of you. Put me first, and the rest of your life will fall into place. Put me first, you can count on me Every. Single. Time. God IS the Be-All-End-All. Home is what we long for and this is what HOME really stands for… H- Honor Romans 12:10 O-Others Philippians 2:1-8 M- Mercy Luke 6:36 Ephesians 4:32 E-Edify 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Is your relationship based on performance or value? HOME… HOME is what we long for. When we follow the example of Jesus, there really is no place like home.
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
by Linda Evans
Duration: 39 mins
Winning at Marriage week one message from Linda Evans on April 15, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. God hates divorce but he doesn’t hate divorced people. He loves them. There can be redemption, there can be forgiveness, there can be restoration, because we serve an incredible, powerful God. Malachi 2:16 I told a handful of people that I was giving a 2 week sermon series on marriage and asked for topic ideas. Here are some of the suggestions I got... 1. How to survive in a loveless marriage 2. How to survive a cheating spouse 3. How to not be lonely in your marriage 4. How to love someone who doesn’t love you like you hoped 5. How to keep going when your spouse stops cherishing you and just gives out demands like “keep the house clean and be a better mom”. People were wondering how to survive when what God intended is for us to thrive in our relationships. One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received was to think of you and your spouse as a team. What makes a teammate great? A great teammate develops real relationships with their teammate. A great teammate is willing to play any role on the team. 1 Corinthians 12:17-20 A great teammate is always willing to give maximum effort. Galatians 6:9 A great teammate works hard to improve their game. Matthew 5:41 A great teammate spends time studying the opponent. 1 Peter 5:8 A great teammate always leads by example and encourages. Hebrews 10:24-25 A great teammate understands the importance of good communication. 1 Peter 1:19 A great teammate understands their own strengths and weaknesses. A great teammate has a positive and energetic attitude and may glance back but doesn’t keep their eyes fixed on what’s behind. A good teammate doesn’t dwell on what happened earlier. Luke 9:62 A great teammate holds self and others accountable to the commitment they made to the team. A great teammate is willing to accept feedback and make necessary changes. Proverbs 27:17 A great teammate supports others when they are struggling. Never blames or finds excuses. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 A great teammate is reliable, respectful, honest, trustworthy and loving. Marriage (relationship) isn’t something that you get; it’s something that you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 44 mins
Grace is Greater week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 8, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Grace is greater than anything you walked in the door with this morning. And that takes us to our final emphasis for this series which is that God’s… Grace is Greater than our Circumstances Now what exactly are we talking about when we use the word circumstances? We’re talking about those things that happen around us. We sometimes like to think that we have more control then we do but in reality many of the things that happen around us are far outside of our control. When it comes right down to it, we don’t get to choose a lot of what happens in the circumstances around us. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 We think that if something would just change in our circumstances THEN we could be thankful and joyful. This is the happiness illusion that so many people buy into. We spend so much of our lives thinking that happiness will be determined by changed circumstances, and then we end up always having something to feel miserable about because there is always something that we want to change that we can’t change. 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 Grace is what allows us to look at our circumstances, whatever we experience, whatever the situation might be, and still be thankful, still be joyful. It’s us being able to recognize that what we have received by God’s grace is so much greater than anything we experience in our circumstances. Hebrews 12:15 This gets at the very heart of what kind of church we are striving to be together. We can be like a lot of other churches where people come trying to put on the best front possible so that they look all together and impressive from an outward perspective. We can do that and be primarily concerned with what other people think of us. OR we can do things differently. We can choose to put what God thinks of us before what others think of us. We can choose to be real and vulnerable instead so that we make room for God’s grace to show up in amazing ways. We can be open about our brokenness and the messiness of our lives so that others can relate to us and see the hope that we have in our God even IN THE MIDST of our challenging circumstances. If we do that, then people don’t miss out on the grace of God, they see it in all of its power and action and they are drawn to it and want to experience it for and in their own lives. There’s something beautiful that happens when people finally get that this life isn’t about them but instead it’s about a greater purpose of seeing God at work in us and through us so that the rest of the world is drawn to Him. And that only happens when Grace is shown in all of its beauty and power. SPA MINISTRIES: www.spaministryhomes.org
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 32 mins
Grace is Greater week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 1, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Today, all around the world, billions of people are celebrating Easter. It is the most celebrated event in history. It is the central event of history. All of history is divided into A.D. and B.C. by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So what's the big deal about Easter? I’ll tell you what the big deal about Easter is. It’s the best comeback story of all time! Nothing even comes close! What we’ve been talking about in this series these last few weeks has been that God’s grace is greater than anything we or anybody else can throw at it. Grace is greater than _________ *whatever you put on the other side of the equation, it’s bigger It’s greater than your mistakes…. greater than your weaknesses…. greater than your insecurities…greater than your sin….. greater than your shame…. greater than your infirmities…greater than your needs… and greater than your inabilities. And what we learn from the story of Easter is that in addition to all of these amazing things… Grace is greater than the Grave Easter teaches you that… 1. You are not enough… You are not enough. Plain and simple. One day you're going to stand before God and He’s going to decide if you will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Romans 3:23 1. You are not enough…. but Jesus is This is where God’s amazing love for us enters the picture. This is where God looked at our situation and realized that there was absolutely no chance that you and I could get to Him in our own efforts…. so God came up with another plan… and that plan was Jesus… a plan where we are able to be in God’s presence because of what Jesus would do on our behalf. John 17:3 2. You are never beyond His reach Some of us are convinced that we have done too much, that he have burned too many bridges with God, that we have things in our past that we are so ashamed of that we can’t possibly be helped. But God will NEVER look at you and think that you are too far gone to be saved. 3. This life is not just about you We get in trouble when we look at life from a self-centered perspective…when it becomes all about us and what we want and what we can do. We get in trouble when we believe we can do it on our own. How many of us live our lives that way? 4. You have a choice to make God will never force you to make a decision for Him. He has given you free will and you get to make your choices. But make sure you realize the ultimate consequences for making those choices. Romans 10:9 Revelation 3:20 Whatever your story is… Grace is greater than ________, whatever it is that you put on the one side of the equation, God’s grace is still greater. And He wants you to understand that at the deepest part of who you are so that your story can be redeemed and used for His purposes.
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 31 mins
Grace is Greater week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 25, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When we started this series, we looked at a verse in the book of Hebrews in the New Testament that gives us this straightforward directive…. Hebrews 12:15 In this series we are focusing on the truth that God’s grace is bigger than anything you walked through the doors with this morning. This week I want to focus on how… Grace is Greater than our Weaknesses 2 Corinthians 11:21-23 Throughout Scripture we see Paul view himself in a very humble and simple way. In fact on several occasions he simply refers to himself as a slave for Christ. He acknowledges that he had a very impressive resume. He had a fantastic education and he has all the right credentials. It would have been easy for him to be proud and confident in his own strengths. But he also talks about how God gave him a “thorn in the flesh” , a weakness, so that he would be dependent on God. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Let me ask you this…. how well do you celebrate your weaknesses? We don’t celebrate our weaknesses do we? Our tendency is to run from them. Our tendency is to hide them the best we can. Our tendency is to try to compensate by focusing on our strengths. Celebrating our weaknesses is pretty much a foreign idea for us. Grace is greater than our Infirmities (Physical or mental weakness) Grace is Greater than our Insecurities 2 Corinthians 1:8 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 Grace is Greater than our Inabilities Acts 4:13 Are you aware of your weaknesses? A lot of times the people around us know our weaknesses but we have trouble recognizing them. We have a hard time admitting them to ourselves. We don’t like being vulnerable. But here’s the problem with that… God’s grace meets us at that point of vulnerability. If you want to truly experience God’s grace then you have to be willing to be vulnerable.
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 43 mins
Grace is Greater week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 18, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Now we love the idea of receiving grace, don’t we…. but today we’re going to flip the coin… and we’re going to talk about messy grace. It’s fun to talk about receiving God’s grace, but when we’re talking about GIVING grace, that can be a lot tougher. Grace is only grace if it goes both ways I love this quote from pastor Kyle Idelman. It perfectly sums up this idea of grace going both ways. Here is what he says… “The extent to which we are willing to GIVE grace reveals the extent to which we have RECEIVED grace.” Matthew 18:21-35 You and I have to be honest enough with ourselves to recognize that what we owe God is far greater than anything anybody owes us. Pastor Jean Larroux sums it up well when he says these words… “If the biggest sinner you know isn’t you, then you don’t know yourself very well.” 1 Timothy 1:15 I want to give you a few more reminders about grace related to our topic today of offering grace to others. 1. Grace is greater than repayment – “They have to make it right” Matthew 18:27 2. Grace is greater than revenge – “I’m going to hurt the person the way that I’ve been hurt” Matthew 18:27 3. Grace is greater than resentment – “I’m going to quietly become more and more angry” The key to giving grace is to stop thinking about what’s been done TO you, and start thinking about what Jesus has done FOR you.
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 44 mins
Grace is Greater week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 11, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Did you know that every year new words are added to our dictionary? Because of such things as advances in technology, medicine, politics, sports and popculture , new words are needed to describe new things or new concepts. Last year, the Miriam Webster Dictionary alone added 30 new words that have become so regulary used in our day-to-day dealing with one another that they were officially recognized as their own words. These new words added included “binge-watching”, “photobomb”, “safe space”, “side-eye”, “weak sauce”, and even the expression “yowsa.” Different dictionaries have added different words through the years as they see them being relevant and used frequently. Here are a few that have made it through the years, see if you can figure out what they probably mean before I give you their definitions… Blamestorming - Sitting in a group and discussing who is responsible for the company’s problems instead of trying to solve them Intaxication - The euphoria of getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to begin with Phonesia - Act of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer Disconfect - The attempt to sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it On the flip side of new words is how we tend to not pay very close attention to words that have been around for a long, long time. The reality is when it comes to familiar words with familiar meanings we tend to overlook them, we don’t pay attention to them, we just assume we understand them. In this series, let’s approach one particular word like we’ve never heard it before – Set aside what you have thought about it and hear it for the first time with new ears… because while it is a word that we are fairly familiar with, and use from time to time, we miss the POWER of it all the time. So my hope is that after this 5 week series we all have a much deeper understanding of it then we have right now. That one word we are going to redefine for all of us is GRACE. In this series, let’s approach one particular word like we’ve never heard it before – Set aside what you have thought about it and hear it for the first time with new ears… because while it is a word that we are fairly familiar with, and use from time to time, we miss the POWER of it all the time. So my hope is that after this 5 week series we all have a much deeper understanding of it then we have right now. That one word we are going to redefine for all of us is GRACE. Hebrews 12:15 Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23 Romans 5:12 Romans 5:15 Romans 5:16-18 Religion: Our attempt to earn God’s favor by following certain rules and regulations Religion Grace Keyword: Do Done Focus: Outward Inward Foundation: Rules Relationships Motivation: Shame Gratitude Feeling: Fear/Frustration Freedom Outcome: Pride/Guilt Love Grace is GREATER than religion! “Grace can be dissected like a frog, but the thing dies in the process.” Story from John 8 Two things Jesus teaches us in this story… 1. Grace is greater than your secret. 2. Grace is greater than your shame Jesus wants the broken rose, and there’s a word for that, and it’s GRACE.
Sun, Mar 04, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 36 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 4, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. One of my greatest hopes for this series has been that you truly recognize the power of your words. We have been reminded that our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Since Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts, that means that everything that comes out of our mouths reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And if you are like me at all with the words you use, we have to recognize that sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent. Proverbs 18:8 Gossip, it happens all the time around us. There's an old saying that gossip can actually travel around the world and back before the truth can get out of bed and put its pants on. That's pretty true, isn't it? Especially today in light of all of the social media people use. It takes nothing more than a snap of the fingers or a push of the Post button and all of sudden everybody knows and it's shared and this and that is spread all over the place. For those of us that claim to follow Christ we just find ways to disguise the gossip… sometimes we call it "a prayer request." Who Does Gossip Hurt? The Person It's Spoken About The Speaker Proverbs 16:28 Proverbs 25:9 Gossip hurts everybody. So the goal then should be very simple. Stop it, or as I've been saying throughout this series, "Knock it off!" How do we do that? I'm going to give you two simple and practical ways to do this. Neither is extremely profound in itself, but if you actually put them in to practice, they will drastically change the way you interact with gossip on a daily basis. How to "Knock it off!" Guard Our Ears Close Our Mouth I came across an article that said you could stop gossip with one question. The question is simply this… "Why are you telling me this?" And I think there's another equally important question to ask at times like this and that is this… "Have you had a chance to talk to __________ about this?" Proverbs 20: 19 Proverbs 21:23 A good question to ask ourselves to keep us in check in this area is this… "Would I want someone sharing similar information about me if I were not around?" Luke 6:31 What if instead of getting caught complaining, criticizing, lying or gossip, we put all of that focus in to encouraging one another? That should happen the more and more we get to know Jesus. Because the more we recognize and understand who Jesus is, the more we will follow His example. Then all of a sudden our words begin to reflect those of our Creator, the one who sustains, who renews, who transforms our heart and in that transformation process our mouths cannot help but be transformed as well.
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 39 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 25, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Throughout this series we have been talking about the power of our words. We have been reminded that our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts. So everything that comes out reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And if you are like me at all with the words you use, we have to recognize that sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent. This week we are going to focus on the topic of lying. How many of you have ever lied before? Those of you that didn't raise your hand, you picked a bad week to not participate. How many of you think you may have lied in the last 72 hours at some point? Everybody who didn't have their hands up on the last question should have your hands up now. Proverbs 12:22 Ephesians 4:21 John 8:44 The Enemy's Plan: Get You Speaking His Language Get You to Lie to Yourself Live a Lie 1 John 2:4 1 John 1:9 James 5:16 Where are you at with lying? *some of you are carrying a lie right now *some of you might be lying to yourselves right now about something in life *some of you might be living a lie, thinking you are a Christian when the evidence just doesn't support it The enemy of our souls is a liar and there's nothing he wants more than you to follow in his footsteps. He wants to ruin your life, he wants to pull you away from God, he wants to lead you to a place of hopelessness and fear. But thanks be to God we have Jesus Christ, who is the source of all hope and redemption. Seek him for forgiveness for living a lie and talk with those who love you and love God so that you might find true healing and start down a path of great hope and restoration. The truth will set you free.
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 33 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 81, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Every day we make hundreds and probably thousands of choices of what comes out of our mouths. And the reality is, when things get more difficult and we feel life squeezing us, our true character comes out more clearly. And let's face it, sometimes we just come up short. We can tell a lot about ourselves and others by how we face difficult people and difficult circumstances. When we get our relationship with Jesus right, when it becomes the number one relationship in our lives, when we keep our focus on His plan and not our own, then the natural overflow from our mouths, regardless of the situation or circumstances around us, will be filled with hope, joy and promise. the problem of criticism is it's really difficult to see in the mirror because we often feel very justified in criticizing other if we believe that what they are doing is irresponsible, immature, or unwise. We are convinced that we know the right way to act in their situation and nobody can convince us otherwise. We all are guilty of doing this with family and friends, aren't we? We see how they spend their money, how they raise their kids, how they dress, how they talk, how they drive, and we jump to all kinds of conclusions about them that are critical and judgmental. This problem with being critical of others was nothing new to the early church. Galatians 5:14-15 There are many verses throughout Scripture that talk about the importance of the words that come out of our mouth. And these verses confirm the power that those words can have on people. Proverbs 12:18 Ephesians 4:29 What Kind of Person Will You Be? Fault Finder OR Hope Dealer Romans 15:13 What do you want to be? Do you want to be a fault finder? That's what the Pharisees were. That's what our spiritual enemy is too. The prince of darkness, the father of lies, the great deceiver, the accuser. But who is Jesus? He is the way, he is the truth, he is the living hope. He is the blessed hope. He is our hope. I want to be a hope dealer. How about you? There are power in words. Critical words sting. But you also forget how powerful one word of encouragement can be, how God can use that to change a life. Words of life, you have the power to use them every…single…day. When we choose to stay close to God we become less critical people. We are people of God. We are hope dealers. We are not fault finders. Anybody can be a fault finder. Pharisees are fault finders. The devil is a fault finder. We are followers of Christ. We speak words of healing, we speak words of life. We choose the better way that God has laid out for us to follow in the example of His son Jesus.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 40 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 11, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Throughout this series we are going to be talking about the power of words. Our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts. So everything that comes out reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent. Have any of YOU ever gotten in trouble because of your Big Fat Mouth? Now, complaining is nothing new is it? It is something that Christians and non-Christians all do far too often. God's people have been complaining since they were created. In the Old Testament, which is that part of the Bible that tells us about our history from Creation until before Jesus comes to earth, we read about the people of God and their interactions with God and with others. Many of you may know or are at least somewhat familiar with what God did at this time in history. The pharaoh refused to let the people go so God performed a series of miracles to get his attention. But, not long after God did something great they would begin to forget and the whining and complaining would kick into gear again. Exodus 14:11-12 Exodus 16:3 Exodus 16:8b What is it that you complain about the most? There are so many things that we complain about, both big and small. But there is something at the very core of complaining that we need to deal with. Because at it's very heart, complaining isn't about the weather, it's not about the traffic, it's not even about other people. The problem ultimately is that we've taken our eyes off of the goodness of God and we've placed them instead on ourselves. That is the problem that is at the heart of our complaining. Philippians 2:14-15 If you can't change your circumstances, then change your perspective. Philippians 2:17-18 Philippians 1:12-14 You can complain, you can gripe, you can whine all day long, and you may be justified. I know right now for many of you, there are some things going on that are just not pleasant. Or, you can change the way you look at it, and say, "I can't do anything about this, but I can choose to look for God in it. I can choose the way I speak about it. I can choose how I represent it. I can believe that this is the worst thing ever, or I can look for some sign that God's going to use me in it. EVEN IF. Even if my greatest prayer is never ever answered. Even if I never get out of this situation that I wish I was not in, I will still praise my God because he is good. He never leaves me. His presence is with me. His power is in me. Therefore I will praise him with everything that I have.

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