HopeFULL

HopeFULL

December 2018

Spend Christmas with us at Community Church of Waterford.

Sermons in this series
Sun, Dec 30, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 27 mins
HopeFULL week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 30, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Every day brings challenges and decisions that need to be made and we have to live with the consequences of those decisions, whether they are good or bad ones, whether they were made by us or whether they were made by others. And sometimes we need a refill on our hope meter. The Christmas season is a perfect time of the year to do just that because the Christmas season reminds us of one of the most vivid displays of bringing hope into the world by God in the history of humanity. Jesus’ very arrival was a great sign of hope for the people of His day and for all of us ever since. It redefined hope from being something that we simply WISH for to understanding it as something we can actually HAVE. Hebrews 6:19 So let’s turn our attention from these symptoms of hopeLESSness to those things that are the source of hopeFULLness. Sources of hopeFULLness 1. God’s presence Psalm 62:5 Isaiah 40:31 2. God’s promise Psalm 119:105 3. God’s process Romans 5:2b-4 Romans 8:28 (NIV) 4. God’s purpose Jeremiah 29:11 So here’s my question for you.....if you are lacking hope right now in your life, which of these four sources are you neglecting, and there’s a good chance there’s probably more than one that you are neglecting. If there is one thing we have learned through this journey our family has been on it is that our God is a God of hope. He is a God that can take the darkest moments and flood them with light. He is a God who can take the most broken of situations and turn them in to something beautiful. He is a God who can take us from a place of HopeLESSness to a place of HopeFULLness.
Sun, Dec 23, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 27 mins
HopeFULL week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 23, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. As a kid I just couldn’t get enough of all of the Christmas time activities. We had the countdown calendars we opened every morning as soon as we popped out of bed. We put out the nativity set, hung the stockings, set up the Christmas tree and put our newest yearly ornaments on it, drove around to look at Christmas lights and wrapped all of the presents. I just don’t remember any stressers when it came to Christmas as a kid. As an adult it’s a little different isn’t it? Some of us are thinking “Is it here again already?” Some are thinking “Did we budget for it this year… we just got done paying for last year!” Let’s face it, it’s usually easy for kids to have a sense of celebration about Christmas. The adults typically do all the work and the kids get to benefit from it. Somewhere along the line, as adults, we find that we go from thinking about Christmas as a time of celebration to seeing it as something to survive. That’s why I have to be careful of moving into survival mode during the Christmas season….it’s because I can often so easily overlook or forget about Jesus. You Really, that’s the message of today. That the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate Jesus. So let’s dig in. Luke 2:8-20 Now let’s talk about what kind of gifts you are giving others this Christmas. All of us have probably been participants or observers of re-gifting at some point or another. Re-gifting is popular for several reasons. First, because of various families economic situations, it helps to cut down on holiday expenses. Some people also see it as a form of recycling, helping to reduce the unwanted stuff that would otherwise be thrown out. But when we stop to think about it, re-gifting the Baby Jesus is EXACTLY what we should be doing at Christmas time and throughout the year. God wants us, not just in December, but all year round, to celebrate and share the greatest gift of all, when He sent His only son to earth for the ultimate purpose of saving us and restoring our relationship with God the Father. God’s Christmas Gift To You has three qualities that make it unique. First, it’s the most expensive gift you’ll ever receive. It’s priceless. Jesus paid for it with his life. Second, it’s the only gift you’ll ever receive that will last forever. Finally, it’s an extremely practical gift – one you’ll use every day for the rest of your life. John 3:16 Luke 2:10 Message of the Re-Gifted Jesus 1. God loves you 2. God is With You Psalms 139:7 Hebrews 13:5b 3. God is for you Romans 8:31b Jeremiah 29:11 Our world is filled with frustrated people who don’t know what they are looking for and wouldn’t know where to find it if they did. They just know that something is missing, something is incomplete in their lives. But the answer is not in a place, a program, or a pill. The answer is a person. It’s Jesus. What you’re missing is a relationship with the One who created you so he could love you.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018
by Linda Evans
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 20 mins
"Love Like This" Christmas service message from Linda Evans on the evening of December 19, 2018.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
by Linda Evans
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 27 mins
HopeFULL week three message from Linda Evans on December 16, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Matthew was written by a former tax collector, one of the 12 Apostles. It was written primarily for a Jewish audience and because of that, understandably, it has more Old Testament quotations and references than the other three gospels. Matthew emphasized Jesus as the King of the Jews. Matthew starts off with a genealogy lesson which I had read before but it always seemed a little dry to me. Matthew 1: 1-6 And this genealogy lesson goes on through verse 17. Remember that I said that Matthew was writing mainly to a Jewish audience? To a Jewish person, their lineage was tremendously important. Their ancestery gave them status and credibility and power and prestige. The thing that would have been shocking to the Jewish audience was Matthew didn’t try to cover over anything offensive or controversial. Matthew lists not only the important guys but also some gals (which would have been unheard of at this time in history). Women had no status, no power, no real significance. Matthew not only included women, he also included foreigners and some notorious sinners, too. Genesis 26:7 Matthew 1:6 Luke tells us WHAT happened. He gives us the detailed story and it is beautiful and amazing and leaves us breathless with wonder. Matthew tells us HOW it happened and it was messy! God used flawed, imperfect sinners time and time and time again and these were Jesus’ ancestors. Matthew 18:11 Jesus came from imperfect people, for imperfect people and in his ministry Jesus constantly associated with imperfect people and he continues to work in and through imperfect people today. GOD IS STILL IN THE BUSINESS OF RESTORATION AND HE IS DOING IT TODAY! RIGHT NOW! RIGHT HERE! Because he loved us enough to send the best gift imaginable…. His son, Jesus. This is the message of Christmas. Deuteronomy 32:4 Matthew 11:28-30 This first chapter of Matthew is so much more than a dull and boring list of names. It’s God saying… I loved these imperfect people with messy lives. I used them to further my kingdom. I love you. I can still use you. God says… 1. Bring me your mess. 2. Bring me your brokenness. 3. Bring me your discouragement. 4. Bring me your anxious heart. 5. Bring me your hopelessness. Love and peace and hope are waiting for you today and it began in the manger.
Sun, Dec 09, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 28 mins
HopeFULL week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 9, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. For many of us, no time of the year stirs up more hope than the Christmas season. But the reality is, for many, the Christmas season is one of the most hopeless times of the year. For many, it brings a lot of stuff to the surface. In my years serving as a pastor, the amount of people who struggle with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and hopelessness skyrockets around this time of the year. It amazes me how at a time of the year that should be so merry, so exciting, so hopeful, that there is often so much hopelessness. Proverbs 13:12 So how do you know if you are struggling with some hopelessness in your life? I want to quickly give you three symptoms that hopelessness produces in our lives when we are struggling with it. We may experience one of them or possibly even all three of them. 3 Symptoms of Hopelessness 1) Disoriented Job 17:15 3 Symptoms of Hopelessness 1) Disoriented 2) Drifting Isaiah 53:6 3 Symptoms of Hopelessness 1) Disoriented 2) Drifting 3) Despair 2 Corinthians 1:8 (NIV) The Bible doesn’t promise that when we give our lives to Jesus everything gets better. In fact, many people who make a decision to follow Jesus often find that life gets tougher for a bit after they make that decision. God never said He would keep us from trouble, He told us that we would be able to rise above that trouble. So what I want to do in the remaining time this morning is define hope from the Bible’s standpoint. So what is hope? Hope is a confident expectation based on something real. Hebrews 11:1 For most people, hope is something they do. Biblical hope is something that we have. So what makes an anchor work? Here’s three things... the first thing is… Anchor of Hope 1. Hope requires trust. 2. Hope is anchored to something unseen 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 Anchor of Hope 1. Hope requires trust. 2. Hope is anchored to something unseen 3. Hope is found in a relationship with God Isaiah 40:31 It’s the hope that gives us the wisdom to realize that when life gets tough the dumbest thing we can do is say “forget you God” ....the wisest thing we can do is hold on to that anchor even tighter. When we talk about Christmas we can’t help but talk about hope, not the wishful thinking definition we have tended to make it, but the hope that the Bible talks about, solid, secure, unwavering, and immovable.
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

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Community Church of Waterford
65154 County Road 21
Goshen, Indiana 46526


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