Nov 8, 2015
…And in Conclusion
In this final message in the Embassy Living series, Pastor Mike draws from Peter's closing instructions to the early church under persecution.  We have an enemy that threatens our peace and safety.  What, then are we to do? We must divert the attention by being humble, cast off worry, and resist the enemy. And the God of all grace will strengthen and establish us.
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  • Nov 8, 2015…And in Conclusion
    Nov 8, 2015
    …And in Conclusion
    In this final message in the Embassy Living series, Pastor Mike draws from Peter's closing instructions to the early church under persecution.  We have an enemy that threatens our peace and safety.  What, then are we to do? We must divert the attention by being humble, cast off worry, and resist the enemy. And the God of all grace will strengthen and establish us.
  • Nov 1, 2015Biblical Leadership
    Nov 1, 2015
    Biblical Leadership
    The early Church relied on the apostles to teach and lead them to be followers of Christ.  But as the Church spread across the known world, local congregations appointed "elders" to lead them.  In 1 Peter 5:1-5, the apostle encourages the elders to to be godly leaders.  Pastor Mike draws from this passage to encourage the church to pray for their leaders, and to encourage church leaders, as Peter does, to lead willingly, not grudgingly; eagerly, not greedily; and to be exemplary, not domineering.
  • Oct 25, 2015Looking Forward to the Future
    Oct 25, 2015
    Looking Forward to the Future
    In 1 Peter 4:7-9 the apostle speaks of the end of all things and how we are to conduct ourselves as we anticipate Christ's return.  God's redemptive plan has been moving forward throughout history, and the time of Jesus' return is near. We should be waiting, looking forward to His return, but at the same time doing His will and living for Him. As we watch and wait, we are to pray with clarity, love with consistency, share without complaint, and serve the church.
  • Oct 18, 2015Grace in Times of Suffering
    Oct 18, 2015
    Grace in Times of Suffering
    Suffering is an unfortunate part of life. As we live our Christian life, with our Christian worldview, we will collide with the world and its secular worldview.  Sometimes this results in persecution.  But some believers have an attitude of "gloom, despair, and agony on me."  We need to learn to find grace in those times when we suffer for the sake of righteousness.  We need to be persuaded that God is in control, be prepared to testify, yet be polite and respectful.
  • Oct 11, 2015Love Life and See Good Days
    Oct 11, 2015
    Love Life and See Good Days
    We have a tendency to separate our church lives from our daily lives.  But our lives should not be so compartmentalized.  Everything we do should be done to live out the gospel.  Jesus promised to give us abundant life, but there are many believers who are simply existing, not really living.  How, then, do you love life and see good days?  You bite your tongue, bless your taunters, and be in tune.
  • Oct 4, 2015Marriage Matters
    Oct 4, 2015
    Marriage Matters
    If there was ever an arena where Christ's presence needs to be seen it is in marriages. The world is full of bad advice concerning marriage. Because believers live under a different economy, our marriages need to reflect the love of Christ. In a Christ-like marriage, the wife is to live submissively, and the husband is to love selflessly.
  • Sep 27, 2015The Lord’s Supper
    Sep 27, 2015
    The Lord’s Supper
    In 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Paul reminds the church in Corinth about the significance of the Lord's Supper. We partake as a service of testimony, communion, and remembrance.  As a service of testimony, we proclaim Christ. As a service of communion, we share as a church family in His death and life.  As a service of remembrance, we praise the Lamb who was slain in our place.
  • Sep 20, 2015Do Work!
    Sep 20, 2015
    Do Work!
    What do you do when life gives you a raw deal?  As believers we should always seek to extend the same grace that we have received.  So when we are treated unjustly we should submit with respect, suffer without retaliation, and surrender to righteous judgement.  Glorify God in all ways and at all times.
  • Sep 13, 2015Living Right in a World Gone Wrong
    Sep 13, 2015
    Living Right in a World Gone Wrong
    People who wear corrective lenses understand how different the world looks with and without glasses.  Lenses affect the way we view the world. Believers need to view the world through the lens of Scripture.  But what happens when our biblical worldview collides with the secular worldview of others?  We must believe that God is in control, and behave as godly citizens.  Believers should be sure that the world knows what we stand for, not just what we stand against.
  • Sep 6, 2015Building a Spiritual House
    Sep 6, 2015
    Building a Spiritual House
    In scripture, the word "house" is often used to refer to the temple or tabernacle.  In 1 Peter 2:4-8, Peter uses it to describe both the church and individual believers.  We are being built into a spiritual house with Christ as the cornerstone.  As we align our lives with Christ, our spiritual house will be steady and strong.  We do this by giving God ourselves, giving Him our praise, and giving others our compassion.