Spiritual Gifts

What are your gifts?  How do you know?  How will you use them?  This new tool is designed to give you an overview of what the spiritual gifts are and why they are important.  You will also find questions to help you in your search for your gifts.  Enjoy! Spiritual Gifts Descriptions For more on…

Bible Reading Resources

Here are a few of my favorite websites and links to good Bible reading plans:  ESV Website that has a number of types of one year reading plans you can download and print: http://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans-devotions/ Read the Bible for Life Chronological Reading Plan goes through the storyline of Scripture in one year: http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/readthebible/  (link to explanations of the system). http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/readthebible/downloads/RBL-reading-plan.pdf  (Link to the plan you…

Prayer Resources

This past week we put on an event called EQUIP.  This was for all of the leaders in our church to come together to get equipped for ministry this semester.  We offered a variety of workshops.  The one I led covered the types of prayer in the Psalms.  I wanted to motivate and encourage everyone in their…

We Are Perfect in God’s Sight!

God sees believers as holy, righteous, and perfect.  This is because our sin was placed on Jesus and he paid the penalty we deserved.  When someone believes in Christ, God sees him or her as completely righteous.  Why?  Because when we believe in Jesus, we are united with him.  This means that Jesus’ righteousness is…

Ransomed!

You have heard that Jesus said he was a ransom for many… but what exactly does this mean that Jesus was our ransom?  Most people think of kidnapping or the Mel Gibson movie or the movie Taken, but what does the biblical idea entail?  This resource explains the Old Testament idea behind ransom, how it is used…

Heart Idols

Idols of the heart are those pursuits that take precedence over God in our lives.  They are the sin beneath the sin.  They are things that we trust in more than God to meet our needs.  This chart is a listing of these idols.  Take some time to identify what you may be pursuing other…

Justice Satisfied!

Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross satisfied God’s justice.  Because God is perfectly just, he must punish sin, otherwise he would not be true to his holy character.  So instead of giving us the punishment we deserved, God sacrificed Jesus on the cross to bear the penalty of death in order to see justice done.  And so God is…

Why the Cross?

This past week we attempted to answer the question, “why the cross?”  Why was it necessary?  Why did Jesus die?  What was God demonstrating?  The short answer is that the cross demonstrates the glory and character of God, that he is both just and merciful.  It is where the love of God and the justice…

Would You Date You? Take the Survey.

In researching material for a series of talks on singleness, I came across this quiz.  I found it to be somewhat humorous, somewhat revealing, somewhat true, and somewhat cheesy!  Basically it is a questionnaire to take that is supposed to reveal if you would date you… are you ready for a relationship?! Preparing for a Permanent Relationship…