Sermons by Charlie Worley (Page 3)
Text: Selected passages Nobody likes changes unless those changes produce something that is better than what they have experienced in the past. So what’s ahead for us at OEFC in 2017?
Text: Luke 2:8-18 “Silent night; Holy night; all is calm; all is bright…” But was it so silent? In part of the Christmas story found in Luke 2:8-18, we find that it’s hard to keep silent when you are excited about some good news.
Text: Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 2:1-12, 16-18 Have you ever missed Christmas? Every year, many people miss Christmas, but for a variety of reasons. You might even miss Christmas even if you are at home for the Holidays with family or friends. Today we think of a couple of people who were around that first Christmas when Jesus was born, yet they missed Christmas. Let’s learn from them.
Text: Isaiah 9:6 There are over 200 recorded names of Jesus in the Bible, and all of them reveal something special about him. Five of them are mentioned in Isaiah 9:6, a special prophetic birth announcement given by the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before the first Advent of Jesus. These names also point to the Second Advent of our Lord that we are to expect.
Text: Hebrews 12:1-2 No one ever said living the life of a devoted follower of Jesus would be easy. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews in Chapter 12:1-2 likens it to running in a marathon race until we see Jesus face to face. The Holy Spirit coaches us through this Scripture passage by giving us three instructions on how to run.
Text: John 17:20-23 Unity in the church requires prayer, but it also requires much work. John 17:20-23 records a prayer from the heart and lips of our Lord and the focus of that prayer is unity in among believers and especially in the church. Take this prayer seriously, then pray like Jesus while you work toward unity.
Text: Ephesians 4:25-32 We live in a day when it is important that as Christians we walk the walk and talk the talk. But, unless we allow God to control us, we will never be transformed into the walk and talk mentioned in Eph. 4:25-32. Look at these verses to see what is possible with God’s grace.
Text: Ephesians 4:17- 24 If you are a follower of Christ, there should be a noticeable change between how you lived before you accepted Christ and how you are learning to live as a disciple. And, your “before and after” picture is based on the choices you make on a daily basis. In Ephesians 4:17-24, the Apostle Paul presents us with two choices.
Text: Ephesians 4:7-16 Being born again produces spiritual babies, but God does not want us to stay babies. He wants us to grow and mature as Christians and serve His church and kingdom. In Ephesians 4:7-16, the Apostle Paul talks about what God has given to us to help us become spiritually mature.
Text: Eph. 4:4-6 The church will only stand out and thrive for Jesus when it stands up in unity around a common identity. What this looks like is found in Ephesians 4:4-6.