The Joy of Thanksgiving. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

Psalm 98: 1-6Psalm 100 (NIV )

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;  his faithfulness continues through all generations.

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  1.    Introduction
  2.   The Invitation to Thanksgiving
  3.   The How of Thanksgiving
  4.   The Motivation for Thanksgiving
  5.   Conclusion

Glory to God Alone. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

 

Psalm 57:11 (NIV) 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.Romans 3:24-26 New International Version (NIV)

24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[a] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

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I.Introduction

II.The Source of Our Justification is The Grace of God

III.The Ground of Our Justification is the Work of Christ

IV.The Means of Our Justification is Faith

V.Closing

Faith Alone. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

John 4:14Romans 3:24-26 New International Version (NIV)

24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[a] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

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  1. Introduction
  2. The Source of Our Justification is The Grace of God
  3. The Ground of Our Justification is the Work of Christ
  4. The Means of Our Justification is Faith
  5. Closing

 

Grace Alone. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

Ephesian 2: 1-10 (NIV)

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when   we were dead in transgression—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the in-comparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to  do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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I.Introduction

II .All Humans Benefit From God’s Grace

III. We Are Saved By God’s Grace Through Faith

IV. We Grow In The Christian Life By God’s Grace

V. Closing

What do we really need to have to be saved? By Richard Graham

28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Romans 3:28 (NIV)
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:18 (NIV)
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1.Paul stresses salvation through faith. Without faith we are lost.

2.James stresses faith thru actions. One goes with the other and you must have both.

3.Who is right? They can’t both be right? Or can they?

4.Paul & James’ views reconciled.

5.Examples from our own church.

Christ Alone. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

John 14: 1-7 NIV

                1”Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

                5Thomas said to him. “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

                6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7“If you really knew me you would know my Father as well. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

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Philippians 2:10I.Introduction

II.Jesus is the way

III.Jesus is the truth

IV.Jesus is the life

V.Conclusion

Scripture Alone (sola scriptura) By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

John 5:30-47

I. Introduction
II. The Church is Facing a Crisis of Authority Again
III. Jesus Lived and Died Under Authority
IV. The Authority of the Bible
V. How to Read the Inspired and Infallible Bible
VI. Conclusion

 

Perseverance. By Dr. Chuck Pedersen, Pastor

1 John 5:3Psalm 129, (NIV)

1They have greatly oppressed me from my youth—let Israel say—2they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. 3Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. 4But the Lord is righteous he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.

5May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. 6May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow; 7with it the reaper cannot fill his hands, nor the one who gathers fill his arms. 8May those who pass by not say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.

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I. Introduction

II. Perseverance Isn’t Fearing Failure

III. Perseverance Is Finding Your Purpose

IV. Perseverance Is Trusting God’s Faithfulness

V. Conclusion

True Happiness. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

The song Pastor Chuck played, at time index 23:04, can be found on You Tube @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOgsvZa68Rk

Mark 11: 9

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

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How the Church Grows? By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Scripture Psalm 127