This is God’s Church

June 4, 2017

June 3 & 4, 2017 
This is God’s Church
Acts 20:28

The Book of Acts documents how Christianity began to spread through the world shortly after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It shows us that history isn’t boring at all, but exciting and motivating! One of the most meaningful accounts is in chapter 20. It’s the Apostle Paul’s emotional farewell address to the Ephesian elders. As their former pastor, Paul shared some last words of encouragement and exhortation. We will see four practical principles in 20:28, the last of which emphasizes that the church is not built around any individual leader; it is God’s church! This lesson is ideal for us this weekend, as it is my last sermon at Dayspring. -Pastor Larry

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New Covenant Blessings

May 30, 2017

May 27 & 28, 2017
New Covenant Blessings
Pursuing God - His Covenants, Part 4

There's no better way to grasp the essence of the Christian faith than to understand the blessings of the New Covenant.  Jesus' sacrificial death inaugurated and established a New Covenant, which replaced the former covenant made at Mount Sinai.  The New Covenant contains blessings promised centuries earlier by the prophets.  To understand God's heart, we must appreciate the New Covenant and its superior promises.  The awesome blessings of the New Covenant are for you and me!  As we review them I know God will strengthen and encourage you with the wonderful blessings promised in the New Covenant.

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An Everlasting Throne

May 25, 2017

May 20 & 21, 2017
An Everlasting Throne
Pursuing God - His Covenants, Part 3

Jesus was often referred to as the “Son of David.”  Those who referred to Jesus this way knew of the covenant God made with King David (2 Samuel 7).  God promised a dynasty and an everlasting throne from where Messiah, the true Son of David, would finally reign. This weekend we will learn some life lessons that emerge from the story of God’s covenant with King David.  These life lessons are practical and relevant for today!

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On Eagles’ Wings

May 16, 2017

May 13 & 14, 2017
On Eagles’ Wings
Pursuing God–His Covenants, Part 2

Exodus 19 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible, yet few know about the covenant God made with His people at Mount Sinai.  The most important part, in my view, is the preamble: The LORD called to (Moses) out of the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.’ (Exodus 19:3-4)  What a powerful image!  God reminds a fledgling nation of His grace and their new role in His covenant with Abraham, their forefather. This weekend, we’ll saturate our souls with Gospel truth taken from the pages of the Old Testament, where God’s grace is boldly proclaimed.

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Blessed to Be a Blessing

May 10, 2017

May 6 & 7, 2017
Blessed to Be a Blessing

Pursuing God His Covenants, Part 1

     “Pursuing God” makes us think of our responsibility to seek God, to understand His will & His ways. This 4-week series, however, is about God’s pursuit of us. Instead of giving up on His creation amidst the continuing backdrop of sin & brokenness, God relentlessly pursues relationship with us through His sacred promises - His covenants. 

     Throughout this series, we will glean insights into the One who pursues covenant relationship. This weekend we’ll consider the covenant God made with Abraham, and be reminded that God calls us to bless us, and to make us a blessing to others.

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Out With the New, In With the Old

May 4, 2017
April 29 & 30, 2017
Out With the New, In With the Old
Digital Detox 2
 
    Last week we started talking about the way digital communication has changed our world and our lives. We want to respond to these changes with wisdom so we can take advantage of the benefits of technology without suffering from the drawbacks. This week we’ll continue the conversation, talking about four more shifts to make in our lives as we deal with the temptations and opportunities associated with living in a high-tech world.
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Shifting into Lower Gear

April 24, 2017
April 22 & 23, 2017
Shifting Into Lower Gear
Digital Detox 1
 
      Most Americans have cell phones that give them access to just about anything at anytime. Everyone takes this for granted these days, but if you are more than a few decades old, you’ll remember life before smart phones. You may even remember life before video games and personal computers. But that was a long time ago; if you remember what the term, “dialing the phone” means, then you may have ridden a horse to school as a kid, or even had brontosaurus for breakfast!
       Whether or not you have the perspective to see the dramatic ways that digital technology has changed our world, our culture, and our lives, you have probably realized that there are some risks associated with the exponential growth of our use of, and dependence upon, digital technology.
      Technology, like fire, is powerful and it can be used for good or bad. What we need is the wisdom to make proper use of the benefits without allowing the drawbacks to hinder our quality of life. Smart phones and other devices are to serve us; when we start serving them, something is really wrong.
      I’ll be teaching two messages on this topic. Join me this week as we worship together and talk about making shifts in our priorities.
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How To Miss Out and How Not To

April 16, 2017
April 15 & 16, 2017
How To Miss Out and How Not To
John 20:19-31
 
      Have you ever missed out on something significant? It’s not a good feeling. Maybe you missed out on a big promotion because you didn’t show initiative at work. Now you regret it. You may have missed out on a new relationship - you were too scared to take a chance; besides, the person seemed too good to be true. You were certain it wouldn’t work out, but in the end you ended up missing out. Maybe you missed out on the right timing in real estate. You didn’t buy when it was low or sell when it was high. If only you had another chance. Those are nice, when you get them. 
      In this weekend’s services, we’ll meet a man named Thomas who missed out on something huge. On that first Easter evening Jesus appeared to his friends, but Thomas wasn’t there. He had skipped the meeting and missed out on the miracle. Fortunately, Thomas got another chance to see Jesus alive, and when he did, his life was changed. 
      We will not only look at Thomas as an example, we’ll also learn principles applicable to us all and be challenged by what we experience together. 
 
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Good Friday

April 16, 2017

April 14, 2017
Good Friday

For those who follow Christ, Good Friday commemorates one of the most important days of the year. We pause to remember that our debt was paid in full when Jesus chose to shed his life-giving blood for us.

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Marks of Maturity, Part 2

April 9, 2017
April 8 & 9, 2017
Marks of Maturity, Part 2
Rooted: Deep Roots. Strong Character.
As we learned last weekend, just because you are an adult does not mean you are mature. Christian maturity isn’t found in age, appearance, or achievement, but in the development of deep roots, similar to the type of roots you find under healthy trees. This weekend we will continue our look at Christian maturity by investigating five more roots present in the lives of “adult” Christians. The journey to maturity is rigorous, but the reward of deep connection with God as we represent him the way he deserves is worth every step.
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