May 2, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — If you were asked the following question, ‘What are the core elements of a local church?’ what would your answer be? During the month of May, with the exception of Mother’s Day, we are going to take a look at the core elements of a local church from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians.
Apr 25, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — Wouldn’t it be great if that all that was needed for something to become real and make a difference was just to believe? It would be great, but that is not life. Faith or belief alone does not make anything happen. James reminds us that what makes a difference is someone who sees the opportunity to do something and makes the most of the time available to do good for God and for others.
Apr 18, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — We continue our series entitled ‘Faith in Action’ with the core point being that authentic Christian faith is a faith in action. As our faith mature and takes on action it is important to realize that there is a receiving end of our actions and that end is another person. Our faith in action is best realized in our approach to and treatment of other people. This morning we will be reminded that all of this is founded on love.
Apr 11, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — the Bible emphasizes the importance of faith in the life of a Christian in Hebrews 11:6. However, faith is not designed to be stagnant. Faith is to grow and it is to act. In the first lesson of our new sermon series, we turn our attention to the book of James and are challenged to by him to move our faith from a place of stationary to a place of action.
Apr 04, 2921 — Elisha Freeman — Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” ends with the author acknowledging the futility of the loss and the realization of hopelessness. Many of us know this feeling and reality very well as we battle hopelessness as a constant companion. The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that while the believer battles hopelessness there is not such thing as having no hope. Easter is about the revival of hope.
Mar 38, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — We reach our final lesson in our series entitled ‘Oneness’ which is a focus on unity, Our Scripture text brings the longest recorded prayer of Jesus to our attention. In this prayer Jesus makes a request for unity. If unity was important enough for Jesus to pray, it should be important to us to maintain.
Mar 21, 2021 == Elisha Freeman — We continue our sermon series entitled ‘The Power of Oneness’. The main focus being on unity in the Church. This morning we turn our attention to a very challenging and familiar passage. A passage that emphasizes the need for humility to be embraced by all members of the church. If we can/will embrace humility, unity in the church can prevail and the mission of the church can be accomplished.
Mar 14, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — God creates unity in the local church through Jesus. Once unity is created, it becomes the responsibility of the members to maintain that unity. In the final chapters of the Roman letter, the Apostle Paul teaches how we can maintain this unity. We do so with the transformation of our mind and our commitment to love.
Mar 07, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — Christians everywhere in our country are at a crossroads. Our church is no different. The crossroads is that we can choose to allow the events (i.e. Covid, Masks, Social Distancing, the Election, Politics, and others) to shape our hearts and our attitudes and make us cold, cynical, uncooperative, create division, etc or we will can choose to have a heart that focused on Jesus, the way He lives, the love, peace, unity that is promoted. This morning we will focus on these and be challenged to have a heart and attitude that promotes the way of God in our church and in our life.
Feb 07, 2021 — Elisha Freeman — What would you say was the most searched & underlined passage of the Bible in 2020? According to Amazon Kindle, it was Philippians 4:6-7. Anxiety/Worry/Concern impacts all of us. In our lesson this morning, we will break open this passage and learn what we can do as people of faith to manage anxiety.