May 6, 2017
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 18 – Checkpoint Charlie
P A R T  1 8 :
C H E C K P O I N T  C H A R L I E
 
During the Cold War, no one could get out of Communist East Berlin to freedom in West Berlin without passing through "Checkpoint Charlie".  You had to have your papers in order to do so.
 
In this week's message, we will see the heavenly version of "Checkpoint Charlie" from Jesus' words, "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 5:20
 
No one can go to heaven with "exceeding" righteousness but do we know what it is? 
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  • May 6, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 18 – Checkpoint Charlie
    May 6, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 18 – Checkpoint Charlie
    P A R T  1 8 :
    C H E C K P O I N T  C H A R L I E
     
    During the Cold War, no one could get out of Communist East Berlin to freedom in West Berlin without passing through "Checkpoint Charlie".  You had to have your papers in order to do so.
     
    In this week's message, we will see the heavenly version of "Checkpoint Charlie" from Jesus' words, "Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 5:20
     
    No one can go to heaven with "exceeding" righteousness but do we know what it is? 
  • Apr 29, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 17 – 5 Things God’s Law Can Do For Christians
    Apr 29, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 17 – 5 Things God’s Law Can Do For Christians
    P A R T  1 7 :
    5  T H I N G S  G O D ' S  L A W  C A N   D O  F O R  
    C H R I S T I A N S
     

    "We know the law is good, if one use it lawfully." - 1 Timothy 1:8

    Pastor Ray continues our verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount this week with a look at the Law and commandments of God and how it all relates to the New Testament believer. Knowing what the Law can do and cannot do is fundamental to your faith.
  • Apr 22, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 16 – 3 Things God’s Law Cannot Do
    Apr 22, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 16 – 3 Things God’s Law Cannot Do
    P A R T  1 6 :
    3  T H I N G S  G O D ' S  L A W  C A N N O T  D O
     
    "We know the law is good, if one use it lawfully." 1 Timothy 1:8
     
    Pastor Ray continues our verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount this week with a look at the Law and commandments of God and how it all relates to the New Testament believer. Knowing what the Law can do and cannot do is fundamental to your faith.
  • Apr 15, 2017WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?
    Apr 15, 2017
    WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?
    R E S U R R E C T I O N  S U N D A Y  :
    P A S T O R  C H A R L E S  C U R T I S
     

    The stone rolled away and the proof of Christ is God's message to us that no obstacle or problem is too difficult for God.  We will be examining the proofs of the claims of Jesus that He would rise from the dead after his crucifixion. 

  • Apr 8, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 15 – 2 Kinds of Righteousness
    Apr 8, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 15 – 2 Kinds of Righteousness
    P A R T  1 5 :
    2  K I N D S  O F  R I G H T E O U S N E S S
     
    "Truly I say to you, unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of God." - Matthew 5:20

    Only the truly righteous go to heaven. But there is a "counterfeit" kind righteousness that can't get you there. Pastor Ray continues our studies from the Sermon on the Mount this week with a message that is foundational to the Christian gospel. This is something you cannot afford to get wrong.
  • Apr 1, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 14 – How Christ Fulfills The Law
    Apr 1, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 14 – How Christ Fulfills The Law
    P A R T  1 4 :
    H O W  C H R I S T  F U L F I L L S  T H E  L A W
     
    Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to abolish the law and the prophets.  I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." - Matthew 5:17
     
    In this week's message, Pastor Ray shows "How Christ Fulfills The Law" and what it means for the Christian today.
  • Mar 25, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 13 – Christ, The Law, and The Christian
    Mar 25, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 13 – Christ, The Law, and The Christian
    P A R T  1 3 :
    C H R I S T ,  T H E  L A W ,  A N D  T H E  C H R I S T I A N
     

    "Do not think I am come to abolish the Law and the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." - Matthew 5:17

    If we are saved by grace, what still we have to do with God's Laws and commandments? The answer may surprise you! We continue our verse-by-verse journey through the Sermon on the Mount with a series of teachings that can revolutionize your Christian life and your understanding of the Gospel.
  • Mar 18, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 12 – You Are The Light Of The World
    Mar 18, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 12 – You Are The Light Of The World
    P A R T  1 2 :
    Y O U  A R E  T H E  L I G H T  O F  T H E  W O R L D
     
    Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world." He also said, "You are the light of the world!"  Which is it? Larry Tomczak unpacks this mystery to bring us fresh inspiration and motivation to live an abundant life.
  • Mar 11, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 11 – You Are The Salt Of The Earth
    Mar 11, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 11 – You Are The Salt Of The Earth
    P A R T  1 1 :
    Y O U  A R E  T H E  S A L T  O F  T H E  E A R T H
     
    Larry Tomczak, who serves nationally as a cultural commentator and is the author of 10 books, will speak on the subject, "You Are the Salt of the Earth." Learn the fascinating 5 uses for salt and how they apply to your life and those of Christians in these turbulent times.
  • Mar 4, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 10 – The Promise of Persecution
    Mar 4, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 10 – The Promise of Persecution
    P A R T  1 0 :
    T H E  P R O M I S E  O F  P E R S E C U T I O N
     

    "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake..."

    Matthew 11
    Pastor Ray concludes the section of studies on the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount as the series continues with an eye-opening look at the 8th, and perhaps least understood, of them all.
  • Feb 25, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 9 – Blessed Are The Peacemakers
    Feb 25, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 9 – Blessed Are The Peacemakers
    P A R T  9 :
    B L E S S E D  A R E  T H E  P E A C E M A K E R S
     

    We continue our verse by verse study of the sermon on the mount this weekend with the 7th beatitude: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God".

    In a time when wars and relational conflicts are in the news every day, God's people really need to practice this one!
  • Feb 18, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 8 – The Blessing of the Pure In Heart
    Feb 18, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 8 – The Blessing of the Pure In Heart
    P A R T  8 :
    T H E  B L E S S I N G  O F  T H E  P U R E  I N  H E A R T
     

    "To see God is the purpose of all religion".
    - David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

    We will continue our verse-by-verse studies of the Sermon on the Mount with an in-depth look at the 6th Beatitude, which reveals a dynamic connection between the purity of our hearts and our ability to "see" the Lord, both now and in eternity. 

  • Feb 11, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 7 – Mercy For The Merciful
    Feb 11, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 7 – Mercy For The Merciful
    P A R T  7 :
    M E R C Y  F O R  T H E  M E R C I F U L
     
    Pastor Ray continues our verse-by-verse studies in the Sermon on the Mount with the 5th Beatitude, one of the most probing and misunderstood of them all.
  • Feb 4, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 6 – Hungering and Thirsting For Righteousness
    Feb 4, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 6 – Hungering and Thirsting For Righteousness
    P A R T  6 :
    H U N G E R I N G  A N D  T H I R S T I N G  F O R  
    R I G H T E O U S N E S S
     

    Pastor Ray continues our verse-by-verse studies from the Sermon on the Mount with the 4th Beatitude, one of the most practical of the 8.

    "Happiness never comes to those who hunger and thirst after happiness. Happiness is the natural condition of those who hunger and thirst after righteousness."
  • Jan 28, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 5 – The Meek Shall Inherit All The Earth
    Jan 28, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 5 – The Meek Shall Inherit All The Earth
    P A R T  5 :
    T H E  M E E K  S H A L L  I N H E R I T  A L L  T H E  E A R T H
     
    We continue our verse-by-verse journey through the Sermon on the Mount with a look at one of the most quoted, yet least understood, of all the Beatitudes.  
  • Jan 21, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 4 – The Blessing Of The Mourning
    Jan 21, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 4 – The Blessing Of The Mourning
    P A R T  4 :
    T H E   B L E S S I N G   O F   T H E   M O U R N I N G
     
    We hope you can join us this weekend as we continue our verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount with a close look at the 2nd Beatitude. 
     
    Warning: it doesn't mean what you think!
     
     
  • Jan 14, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 3 – Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
    Jan 14, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 3 – Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
    P A R T  3 :
    B L E S S E D  A R E  T H E  P O O R  I N  S P I R I T
     
    Pastor Ray continues his series "The Normal Christian Life: Studies In The Sermon On The Mount" this Saturday as we get into the scripture text for Part 3: Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
  • Jan 7, 2017THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 2 – Overview Of The Beatitudes
    Jan 7, 2017
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 2 – Overview Of The Beatitudes
    P A R T  2 :
    O V E R V I E W   O F   T H E   B E A T I T U D E S
     
    How can I know if I'm living the "normal Christian life" if I don't know what it is?  Good question. The answer is you can't! Jesus provides the perfect picture of Christian character in the 8 Beatitudes that introduce the Sermon on the Mount. 
  • Dec 31, 2016THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 1 – The Normal Christian Life
    Dec 31, 2016
    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: Part 1 – The Normal Christian Life
    P A R T  1 :
    T H E  N O R M A L  C H R I S T I A N  L I F E
     
    We will kick off the New Year in a big way as we introduce the verse-by-verse study of the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5-6 & 7), which will be our theme for the next 6 months.  The series is called "The Normal Christian Life", the life Jesus intends for every child of God to live. Prepare to be amazed and transformed by what He has to say!
  • Dec 17, 2016THE WORD BECAME FLESH: Part 2 – Implications Of The Incarnation
    Dec 17, 2016
    THE WORD BECAME FLESH: Part 2 – Implications Of The Incarnation
    P A R T  2 :
    I M P L I C A T I O N S  O F  T H E  I N C A R N A T I O N
     
    Dorothy Sayers, a close friend of the great C.S. Lewis, once said:
     
     "The incarnation is the most dramatic thing about Christianity; and indeed, the most dramatic thing that ever entered the mind of man."
     
     But in recent years, the busyness of the Christmas season has tended to smother out our appreciation of the amazing account of the God who "became flesh " and the practical implications it has for how we live our lives today.