Sun, Oct 29, 2017
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
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
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Beyond the Rear View Mirror week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on April 9, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Getting Past Your Past...
We should not grade ourselves, but live by a pass\fail system
We have to be willing to move past our failures and not let them burden us and weigh us down
3 Truth Steps to forgiving yourself:
1. Your sins are NEVER too big for God's grace
1 John 1:9
By continuing to punish yourself for your past, you are letting your pride get in the way
You are claiming that you can do God's job better than he can
God forgives and chooses not to remember - NO MORE
2 Corinthians 12:9
His grace is sufficient - perfected in our weakness
2. You are defined by your Creator, NOT your past
2 Corinthians 5:17
We tend to live our future by letting the sins of our past loom behind us
Our new name is Child of the One True King
We are no longer slaves to the things of this world
We are new, loved, courageous, conquerors, forgiven, free
3. You can't change your past but Jesus can change your future
We are broken and beautiful
This is how God loves to see us come - broken
This is how God's love then covers us - beautiful
What do you need to let go of and nail to the cross forever?
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." - L. Swedes
Get past the past and live your life for what is yet to come...
Broken and Beautiful - You are a CHILD OF GOD!
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Make it Count message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on January 1, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
MAKE IT COUNT!
To be salt and light we must effectively use our time, talent and treasure.
Two Concepts and Five Words:
Concept One: (2 Words)
Salt & Light
Concept Two: (3 Words)
Time, Talent & Treasure
1 Peter 4:10
Whose Game are you going to play?
How many loaves do you have?