October 2017 - November 2017
Do we always truly know the meaning of the words that we use most often, or even the concepts that we embrace? Join us for the series, "Defined." Discover that our misconceptions sometimes need a little of God's truth!
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Duration: 34 mins
Defined week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on November 12, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
To be true champions for the cause of Christ we must live out that faith in action through the process of sacrifice. Sacrifice is not something we usually equate to our everyday life, but that is the problem with how we choose to define it. So, let’s first, once again, look at what Webster’s has to say about the word sacrifice…
Definition of Sacrifice – Webster’s Dictionary:
1. an act of offering to a deity something precious
2. something offered in sacrifice
3. destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else; something given up or lost
Two views of sacrifice
1. Word for it – Humanitarian
2. Usually done with recognition involved
3. Usually done for the sake of accolade
4. Usually done to make one feel good about themselves
1. Word for it – Servanthood
2. Usually done without need for recognition
3. Usually done for the sake of simply doing
4. Usually done for the sake of others
Don’t get me wrong – both can be twisted the other way
Three Roads of Biblical Sacrifice:
1. LIVING SACRIFICE - Jesus’ Life & Our Surrender
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
2. WILLFULL SACRIFICE - Jesus’ Choice & Our Thanks
Matthew 26:26-28, 39-42
3. SELF SACRIFICE - Jesus’ Death & Our Action
What we deserve we do not truly have to endure. What we have earned will not be collected on. We deserve death. What we have earned is eternal separation from God. But because of HIS sacrifice – living, willful and self, we get to make a choice to accept a sacrifice of our own – living, willful and self, and in turn receive eternal life in the presence of God Almighty.
Life is MORE than fair – why? Because of SACRIFICE
When we choose to surrender to Jesus we become a living sacrifice.
When we choose to be thankful in everything we offer a willful sacrifice.
When we choose to deny ourselves daily, taking up our cross and follow our self sacrifice will be evident.
So, what is most important?
Remember – we can choose sacrifice – we can selflessly give of ourselves – because the faith that we claim has HOPE for what has been, what is and what will be. It is alive and active because it is our God – it is the definition of who he is.
Now – how do YOU want to be DEFINED?
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Duration: 28 mins
Defined week two message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 29, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
What we say and how we say it, are only good if they can be backed up. So, if our faith is truly alive by those words, then action will accompany it. Faith requires ACTION!
The Action that defends faith is…SELFLESSNESS
It Starts…With a Willing Heart
1 Timothy 1:5
2 Timothy 1:6-7
It Builds…Beyond Your Comfort Zone
It Finishes…By Understanding our Place & our Purpose
2 Timothy 4:7-8
The start, build, and finish occur as a continual process for each of us in our faith. We are constantly presented with opportunity for selfless action – it’s all around us. But do we always see it? Are we looking for it? Also, are we willing to let others see the needs in us? Believe it or not, selflessness in action is a two-way street.
1. Selfless to Give: Humility of Self
2. Selfless to Receive: Humility of Self
It was considered one of the most hospitable acts of a host to offer a servant to wash the feet of guests as they came into their home. To remove the dust of weariness from travel and toil, cleansing the dirty feet and making them feel refreshed. Our feet are what lead us to action – they must be refreshed from time to time in order that they remain strong and solidified on the foundation of the purpose and mission that God sets before us.
Selflessness in Action – our Faith lived out – is a willingness to open ourselves up to things that may not seem to be in our ballpark and to follow through with the mission we are called to. When we do this, God begins to open doors for us to meet needs – selflessly – with no expectation of return.
What about the people around you? Next to you? Behind you? In front of you? Do you think there might be a need you could meet for them? Or maybe there is a need that you have that they may be able to meet for you?
Are you willing to humble yourself, to Start – Build – Finish – Humility for the sake of serving another, both selflessly to give and selflessly to receive?
Don’t deny yourself the joy that comes with serving others
Don’t deny others the joy that they feel from serving you
And in turn we will together choose not to deny the joy of our God whom we serve directly when we choose to serve others around us
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Duration: 37 mins
Defined week one message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 22, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
How do you define faith?
We have a tendency to overlook the primary definition or purpose in the word\concept.
Faith is a “Channel of Living Trust”
It is the assurance that stretches from God to us
Follow me here – it is the object of faith that makes faith faithful
The object of faith is God or the promises of God – the things we HOPE for
See, we trust God to fulfill his promises for the future (the unseen things)
And we base that on what he has already fulfilled in the past (the assurance of Hope)
So our faith as Christians is not truly a BLIND faith
It is formed on the foundation of God’s already proven faithfulness
Belief does not define faith – even demons believe
Belief is not enough on its own
True belief, true faith, comes from the HOPE of what has been and what is to come
Great example of living trust - The Centurion in Luke chapter 7
God is more concerned about how we respond to what we go through
Faith always involves assurance AND conviction
Faith always involves things that are still yet to come
Faith has as its object things that are presently unseen
Faith involves maintaining our focus on God
Let the object of your faith be the focus you put on Jesus
Be assured that HOPE produces evidence of the unseen
Hebrews 11:1 – Don’t overlook the primary definition in God’s word and plan for you