2014 Sermons Online
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Welcome to Meadowood Baptist Church 2014 Audio Messages Online! All messages listed below are available on CD through the church office for one dollar each. They have been archived and are no longer available online.

December 28, 2014:
"The Future"
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  John 3:16-18 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Not only does mankind need deliverance from its sins, it also needs deliverance from the consequences of those sins. "The Future" details the differences of those who accept Jesus as Savior and those who do not, and addresses popular yet incorrect views about the meaning of the word 'perish' in John 3:16-18. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
December 21, 2014:
"Deliverance"
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  Romans 3:19-27; 5:1-11 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Mankind needs deliverance from its sins. The Holy Bible states that we all are accountable to God and that there is nothing we can do to deliver ourselves from the disaster sin imposes on our lives. “Deliverance” is about how Christ’s death and resurrection provides this deliverance. Jesus is our Redeemer. This free gift, provided by grace, is available to all. How does one receive this gift? Our pastor shares what God’s word states. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
December 14, 2014:
"The Reason For Christ's Birth"
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  Romans 1:18, 3:9-18; Luke 2:11; Matthew 1:21 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
“The Reason For Christ’s Birth” begins with mankind’s sin. Christmas is not a time we tend to think about our sin but it is the main reason why Christ came. The Holy Bible clearly describes the condition of mankind, and why sin is so grievous. Sin is also the reason why many do not see the need for a Savior. This message examines the sin condition, how people create their own concepts of God, and why we so desperately need a Savior. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
December 7, 2014:
"The Gospel of the Kingdom"
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  Matthew 24:14 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
“The Gospel of the Kingdom” discusses the ‘Kingdom of God’ or ‘heaven.’ Many may not realize that they are one in the same and scriptures can be found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Our pastor walks us through some of these passages and reveals the three dimensions of God’s Kingdom: The invisible one, the reign of Christ on earth, and the eternal kingdom of God. This message ends with a key question: Are you part of the kingdom of God? Click here to print message outline.
 
     
November 30, 2014:
"The Gospel"
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  Romans 1 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
“The Gospel” is the first in a series, beginning the discussion with God. He is the Creator. In order to understand the Gospel, one must understand God and His character. Family and religious traditions, our reasoning, and our personal experiences cannot help us. Biblical teachings show us that God loves us and is eager to forgive us. He will show mercy to those who come to Him. It also shows that He will not tolerate evil. He will execute judgment and administer punishment of evil. We are all accountable to God. As the Creator and Sustainer of our lives and all that is, He has every right to tell us how to live and hold us accountable. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
November 30, 2014:
"The Command To Be Thankful"
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  Ephesians 5:15-21 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"The Command To Be Thankful" can seem cold and cruel if a person's world is falling apart. How is a spirit of thanksgiving developed within us and how do we give thanks for "everything?" Click here to print message outline.
 
     
November 16, 2014:
"The Evangelist"
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  Ephesians 4:11 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The study on Spiritual Gifts continues with "The Evangelist ." This message reveals that all believers are to do the work of an evangelist. God's Holy Spirit may seem to empower some believers more than others in this gift but our task is the same: Share the gospel of Christ. Some evangelists employ manipulation tactics. This is not necessary and most often useless. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
November 9, 2014:
"Prophets"
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  Ephesians 4:11 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The study on Spiritual Gifts continues with "Prophets." The word 'prophet' may bring images of Bible heroes who performed miracles and spoke of future events. Does the gift of prophecy, in the sense that God reveals future events, still exist today? Our pastor defines the difference between the gift of prophecy as recorded in both the Old Testament and New Testament and the gift of prophecy which is listed in the spiritual gifts granted to believers today. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
November 2, 2014:
Guest Speaker - Alan S. Bandy
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  Recordings not available.  
     
October 26, 2014:
"The Apostles"
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  Ephesians 4:11 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The study on Spiritual Gifts continues with "The Apostles." When we think of the word 'apostle' it might remind us of the original twelve disciples that Jesus called into His service. However this word also appears in the list of spiritual gifts. It is also used to describe a messenger or representative. This revelation reveals that all believers, by being a witness for Christ, are apostles. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
October 19, 2014:
"The Reality About Spiritual Gifts"
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  Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"The Reality About Spiritual Gifts" reveals that just because one has or displays spiritual gifts doesn't mean that they are faithful to the Lord. Believers can have gifts and be distant in their relationship with God. Spiritual gifts can also be duplicated by the lost. The Scriptures warn that even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So how can we tell if someone is genuine? Click here to print message outline.
 
     
October 12, 2014:
"Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts"
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  Proverbs 3:5-6 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts" begins with trusting in the Lord. We must trust what God says is true, we must seek what He has given us, acknowledge and accept our spiritual gifts with gratitude, and to know what spiritual gifts are we must study the scriptures. Being an active member in a church is also important to discovering your gifts and using them. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
October 5, 2014:
"Talents, Fruits, and Gifts"
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  1 Corinthians 12 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Talents and spiritual gifts are not the same. "Talents, Fruit, and Gifts" takes a closer look at talents, the different gifts as explained in scriptures, and the resulting spiritual fruit. Our pastor also explains how non-Biblical teachings about spiritual gifts and the Holy Spirit can cause believers to be confused, discouraged, lose confidence in the Bible, and lose faith in the Lord. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
September 28, 2014:
"Spiritual Gifts" - Part 3
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  1 Corinthians 12 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The series on spiritual gifts continues with “Spiritual Gifts, Part 3”. Every gift is important. To hold one spiritual gift more important than the other is to elevate a person to a point of worshipping them, not God who provides these gifts. 1 Corinthians 12 describes how we all have gifts for the service of Christ, each just as important as another. To see “Spiritual Gifts” parts 1 and 2, see our messages from September 7 and the 14, 2014. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
September 21, 2014:
"Forty Years - Miraculous"
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  Acts 7:17-36 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
We celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Music Minister, Tom Poe. How does a believer's ministry last so long? "Forty Years-Miraculous" reveals what it takes to make leader and a believer a success. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
September 14, 2014:
"Spiritual Gifts" - Part 2
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  Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Every believer has, or will have, a spiritual gift. Our pastor explains the context of Paul's letter in 1 Corinthians 12 and discusses when believers receive a spiritual gift. Because of the condition of the human heart, this message also provides guidelines when praying about spiritual gifts and warnings about thoughts spiritually immature believers can have about these gifts. Click here to print message outline.
 
 
Spiritual Gift Test for Adults | Spiritual Gift Test for Youth: How it works: Complete the series of questions. Your results will be displayed immediately afterwards. Each spiritual gift will have a rating. Your strongest gifts will have a higher rating and will be displayed clearly at the bottom of the page. You will have the option to share your results with Meadowood staff in the form of an email.
 
     
September 7, 2014:
"Spiritual Gifts"
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  Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"Spiritual Gifts" is the first message in a series examining the spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament, beginning with the gift of teaching. God provides these gifts through the Holy Spirit to each believer and they are to be used. The work of Christ is accomplished when believers use their spiritual gifts. Click here to print message outline.
 
 

Spiritual Gift Test for Adults | Spiritual Gift Test for Youth: How it works: Complete the series of questions. Your results will be displayed immediately afterwards. Each spiritual gift will have a rating. Your strongest gifts will have a higher rating and will be displayed clearly at the bottom of the page. You will have the option to share your results with Meadowood staff in the form of an email.

 
     
August 31, 2014:
"Why The Death Of Christ Is So Essential"
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  Romans 3 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Before observing the Lord's Supper we reflect on "Why The Death Of Christ Is So Essential." The condition of mankind makes us incapable of keeping God's laws. While God's laws make us aware of our sin, we cannot be made righteous through our efforts to obey them. Only the crucifixion of Christ can atone for our sins. God makes righteous any who, by faith, receive Jesus as Savior. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
August 24, 2014:
"Self Control"
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  Galatians 5:23 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
We conclude our study of the "Fruit of the Spirit" with self control. The words "self control" may lead some to believe that this attribute is something that we can, or are expected, to achieve on our own. Scriptures clearly indicate that we cannot - ever. This message defines self control and how believers obtain it. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
August 17, 2014:
"A Sign of Strength"
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  Galatians 5:23 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our study of the Fruit of the Spirit continues with the attribute of gentleness, or meekness. When the Holy Spirit creates meekness in our lives it brings change, power, and joy. The changes in the life of Moses and Peter demonstrate this. The ultimate example of meekness is Christ. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
August 10, 2014:
"Faithful" - Part 2
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  Galatians 5:22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our study of the Fruit of the Spirit continues with "Faithful - Part 2." The lack of faithfulness in a believer's life is a sign of spiritual problems and the results can be devastating. How can you test your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and what are the blessings that believers receive when they remain faithful? Click here to print message outline.
 
     
August 3, 2014:
"Faithful" - Part 1
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  Galatians 5:22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our study of " The Fruits of the Spirit" continues with the attribute of faithfulness. This message discusses what it means to be faithful and the biggest struggles believers have trying to be faithful. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
July 27, 2014:
"Goodness"
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  Galatians 5:22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our study of " The Fruits of the Spirit" continues with the attribute of goodness, something that no one can achieve on their own. When speaking with the rich young ruler, Jesus made it clear that no one is good except God alone. So how does the attribute of goodness develop in a believers' life, and why it is important? Click here to print message outline.
 
     
July 20, 2014:
"Kindness"
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  Galatians 5:23 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our study of " The Fruits of the Spirit" continues with the attribute of kindness. Anyone is capable of being unkind, no matter their age. Jesus our Savior displayed kindness to all walks of life, but showing kindness does not mean ignoring sin or leaving sin unpunished. Jesus loved the sinner. Our response to sin and how we display kindness while confronting sin is important. Believers should never forget that they are to be leading others to Christ. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
July 13, 2014:
"Patience: A Virtue That Seems Elusive"
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  Galatians 5:22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Patience is a key virtue in the Christian life. With so many things that quickly push us toward anger, this attribute can seem difficult to obtain. "Patience: A Virtue That Seems Elusive" defines what is patience, provides examples of patient people in the Bible, and reveals how we develop the virtue of patience in our lives. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
July 6, 2014:
"Peace" - Part 2
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  Colossians 1:15-22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
In our personal lives we can experience such stress and trouble. On a national and on a global scale there is turmoil. The subject of peace is of great interest. Jesus spoke of giving believers peace through the Holy Spirit. The message "Peace - Part 1" examined the credentials of Jesus. In "Peace - Part 2" we examine what Jesus did to make peace possible. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
June 29, 2014:
"America, The Land Of The Free: How Long Will It Last?"
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  Psalm 127:1 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
America is not what it was in the past. As a nation we are sinking deeper into spiritual and moral decay, we are losing our freedoms bit by bit, we are not taking care of our own, our leaders are making outlandish decisions, and as a nation we have turned from the Lord. What is it that is great about America, and what can be done to reclaim it? Click here to print message outline.
 
     
June 22, 2014:
"Peace" - Part 1
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  Colossians 1:15-22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
In our personal lives we can experience such stress and trouble. On a national and on a global scale there is turmoil. The subject of peace is of great interest. Jesus spoke of giving believers peace through the Holy Spirit. Can we count on Him to keep His promises? The message "Peace" is the first part of a two part message. In part one we examine the credentials of Jesus. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
June 15, 2014:
"What Is Your Attitude About Life?"
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  1 Samuel 25; Ecclesiastes 2:11; Numbers 14:5-9 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Fathers play a vital role in families. Their attitudes can affect the way a family functions and develops, both physically and spiritually. On this Father's Day the message "What Is Your Attitude About Life?" is directed to our fathers, but it applies to anyone. Two devastating attitudes, selfishness and downcast, are discussed along with the harm that results. Being optimistic is what we should strive toward, but what does it mean to be optimistic and how does one achieve this? Click here to print message outline.
 
     
June 8, 2014:
Annie Moses Band In Concert
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  The "Annie Moses Band" led our worship hour. For more information on the "Annie Moses Band" click here to visit their website.  
     
June 1, 2014:
"The Joy of the Lord"
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  Galatians 5:22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Bible writers refer repeatedly to the subject of joy. There is a difference between joy and happiness. Nowhere in the Bible are we instructed to pursue happiness. Happiness is elusive. Happiness occurs when outward conditions, which are beyond our control, are favorable. There are many people in favorable conditions who are not happy. The joy of the Lord is different. This message explains how, and how to have it. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
May 25, 2014:
"War and Peace"
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  Joshua 23:6-13 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The Memorial Day weekend is a time of reflection, remembering those who died serving our country and honoring those who serve now. It is a holiday that may turn our thoughts to the subject of war and peace. Many believers can have questions about war: What is the cause of war? Is it sinful for anyone to participate in war? When is war justifiable? When is it not? These questions are addressed in this message along with how a nation can be a minister of peace. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
May 18, 2014:
"A Life Well Lived"
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  Matthew 25:14-30 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-30 is the basis for the message during Senior Graduation Sunday 2014. Our pastor begins with the different perspectives that graduates may have at this time in their life, and provides insights from the teachings of Jesus to both the young and the old. Continuing in spiritual growth is a critical life-long process. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
May 11, 2014:
"The Power of Women"
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  Exodus 1:15-2:10 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"The Power of Women" examines the women in the life of Moses. Through reverence for the Lord, courage, love, and faith, they saved lives and changed the course of a nation. Whether you are a mother or not, by placing your faith and trust in God, He can bless you and use your life to encourage, guide, and help those around you. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
May 4, 2014:
"Extreme Love"
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  Galatians 5:22 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The first attribute listed in the "Fruit of the Spirit" is 'love.' This message defines the difference between the three key words in the Greek language for love and four important reasons why we need God's 'agape' love in our lives. Only by the Holy Spirit can we create agape love in our lives. Without agape love we are not effective for Christ, we are not nourished, and relationships and marriages will fail. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
April 27, 2014:
"The Fruit of the Spirit"
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  Galatians 5:22-23 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
In the life of a true believer, the Holy Spirit will bring about all nine attributes found in Galatians 5:22-23 called "The Fruit of the Spirit." The transformation may be a gradual process but the Holy Bible assures us the transformation will happen. Followers of Christ can evaluate their relationship with God by the fruit they produce. The Bible warns those who do not produce the fruit of the Spirit and it also reveals how it is possible to have a non-saving faith. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
April 20, 2014:
"The Finisher"
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  John 19:30 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"The Finisher" explains the redemptive work of Christ and His continued work in believers. Redemption is defined and why the crucifixion of Christ is so important. After His resurrection, however, the work of Christ is far from over. Jesus will finish the work He has started in the lives of believers and the world until He comes again and establishes His kingdom. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
April 13, 2014:
"Devastation Then Deliverance"
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  Mark 14:17-42 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Hebrews 4:15 says, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin." Before He died on the cross, Jesus was in the depths of despair as He prayed in Gethsemane. He knew of the great things that would follow His death and ressurection, but it was not enough to comfort Him. How did He go from devastation to deliverance? How do we in times of great burden? Click here to print message outline.
 
     
April 6, 2014:
"Why Jesus Came"
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  Galatians 5:22-26 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Salvation is about change. With Christ Jesus as Savior your eternal destiny changes, the condition of your life changes, your standing before God changes, and the way you live changes. "Why Jesus Came" reveals that a true believer cannot remain under the control of the sin nature or remain stagnant in their relationship in Christ. We cannot effect these changes on our own. Only God's Holy Spirit can bring about these changes. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
March 30, 2014:
"Substance Abuse"
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  Galatians 5:21 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
This message begins with the question, "Isn't social drinking okay?" When you look at the Biblical examples of drinking, believers should think twice. Social drinking can lead to great harm in health and life: Addiction, uninhibited actions, crime, anger, abuse, immorality, poverty, and many others that destroy families, relationships, and lives. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
March 23, 2014:
"Relationships: The Challenge To Have Good Ones"
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  Galatians 5:20-21 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Our pastor continues his study on the sin nature with the subject of relationships. As we read further into Galatians 1:20-21, eight descriptions appear: Hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy. Each of these four attitudes and their results can distroy our relationships with others at work and at home and cause loneliness. These passages stress to believers the importance of continuing in spiritual growth. If the Holy Spirit is not in control of our lives, then the sin nature can bring about terrible results. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
March 16, 2014:
"Is Grace Really Amazing To You?"
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  Ephesians 2:1-10 | Jay Ramer, Minister of Adult Education
Christians often become dulled to the amazing grace of God, or they may not really understand it. This message explains why God's salvation is indespensable and how a believer's "selfless" good works can be "selfish." The definition, and the cost, of God's grace is humbling and there is nothing we can do as followers of Christ to earn it. After watching this message, ask yourself "Has God's grace changed your life?" Click here to print message outline.
 
     
March 9, 2014:
"The Deadliness of Darkness" - Part 2
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  Galatians 5:19-20 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Most people aren't too concerned about coming to church. Parents may even let their children or teens make this decision on their own. This may seem unimportant but it is extremely important. Church is a setting where we not only learn about the Lord but also learn what the Bible says about us. If we do not understand the simple truths about our sin nature we can easily become misled and confused. "The Deadliness of Darkness - Part 2," our study on the Holy Spirit, continues on the subject of the flesh. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
March 2, 2014:
"The Deadliness of Darkness" - Part 2
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  Galatians 5:19-20 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Sunday services were not held due to ice and snow.
 
     
February 23, 2014:
"The Deadliness of Darkness"
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  Galatians 5:19-20 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"The Deadliness of Darkness" is message one of a two part message and begins with the topic of idolatry. Idolatry comes in many forms, both in the past and in the present. Well-meaning believers can find themselves off spiritual track by not minding thoughts and ideas that are forms of idols. Do you have idols in your life? Our pastor poses three questions to help you make that determination. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
February 16, 2014:
"Pushing Back The Darkness"
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  Galatians 5:16-21 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
Do you allow God's Holy Spirit to control you or your sin nature? This has a direct impact on your service for Christ. Believers who think they can influence people for Christ while under the control of their sin nature are deceived. Each follower of Christ has the responsibility to push back the darkness in their spiritual life. Our pastor covers what spiritual darkness can do to you, the four areas of our lives that are affected by the sin nature as described in Galatians, and how to tell if your sin nature is in control. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
February 9, 2014:
"The Believer's Conflict"
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  Galatians 5:16-26 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The sin nature does not vanish once a believer accepts Christ as Savior. It remains with us the rest of our earthly lives. "The Believer's Conflict" is about the struggle between our sin nature and the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16-26 speaks of this conflict and reveals how we can "live by the Spirit" and starve out the desires of the sin nature. Click here to print message outline.
 
     
February 2, 2014:
"The Adventure"
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  Matthew 4:18-25 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
When we yield our lives completely to the call of Christ our adventure begins. What if Peter, Andrew, James, and John had refused to follow Christ. What would they have missed? How many of us say to Jesus "we love you, we will come to church and worship you, and give tithes" but never completely surrender to His call? The call of Christ may seem uncertain and a great sacrifice, but it is how believers live a fulfilling life. It is also our greatest adventure.
 
     
January 26, 2014:
"Consistency"
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  1 John 1:5-7 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
How can one live consistently for Christ? The greatest heroes of the Bible struggled with living consistently for God. One moment they achieve great spiritual feats, the next moment they are living in fear, despair, defeat, and sin. "Consistency" examines three such heroes and the unsuccessful methods believers may use attempting to live a consistent life for Christ. The passage for this message holds the key and we must employ the help of other believers.
 
     
January 19, 2014:
"Why Following Jesus Pays Off"
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  John 8:31-32 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"Why Following Jesus Pays Off" addresses the subject of truth. Many people struggle to find truth or decide for themselves what they think truth might be. Finding truth depends on understanding what God says is truth. Our pastor discusses what we must do to understand God's truth. Once we understand God's truth, we will discover how following Jesus pays off.
 
     
January 12, 2014:
"Who Are You Following?"
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  Acts 13:1-12 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
"Who Are You Following?" examines each of the three things we can follow: Our culture, our conscience, or Christ. This study discusses the results of following our culture or our conscience, and explains four challenges of following Christ.
 
     
January 5, 2014:
"God's Temple"
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1 Corinthians 6:19-20 | Bob Rutherford, Pastor
The temple of the Holy Spirit is the body of every believer. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19 our body do not belong to us, it belongs to God. The Bible also states we are to honor God with our body and we should offer ourselves as living sacrifices. How is it then that so many believers do not take care of their bodies? This study, delivered with love and concern, examines startling statistics of overweight Americans and the excuses confused believers use to treat their bodies however they want.