Past Sermons

Life-Changing Teaching

Mountainview is committed to providing life-changing teaching that is drawn from the Bible. We believe that practical teaching is one of the keys to developing spiritual maturity.

October 31-November 1 – A Common Cause (Chris Wilson)

1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— 2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

God wants the church to be united behind a common cause. That’s why Paul uses family terms such as brother and sister; he refers to Philemon as his fellow worker and Archippus as his fellow soldier. All of this is because God is “our” God and we are united in him. These terms also speak to the nature of the church. We are family. Being in Christ involves work. And we also are in a battle – that’s what soldiers do.

November 7-8 – Partnerships (Ken Hensley)

4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

In the church, we experience a partnership unlike any business arrangement or sporting team. Our partnership is in the spread of the gospel and extending the kingdom. This kind of work ought to draw us closer together, rallied around our eternal mission.

November 14-15 – Motivated By Love (Ken Hensley)

8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9 yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus — that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. 12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever — no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord. 17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

Paul recognizes a fundamental truth about human nature: love is the best basis for action. Unlike guilt, coercion, or manipulation, love is the purest and most effective motive. This is what Paul is referring to in verse 14 when tells Philemon he wants his decision to be voluntary and not forced.

November 21-22 – Extra Mile (Chris Wilson)

21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask. 22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Does your character and track record lead people to same conclusion Paul had about Philemon: that you will do even more than I ask. In the customer service arena, this is referred to as outstanding service. We might call it going over and beyond, the extra mile, or simply – being like Jesus. Paul feels this way because he is confident of Philemon’s obedience. In the same way, do our actions instill confidence in those around us?

November 28-29 – Being is Believing (Jovan Barrington)

 

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