Used

Used

September 2018 - November 2018

Join us to learn how common people can be used in the hands of an uncommon God.

Sermons in this series
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.

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