Financial Disorder - Part 3: “Leaving A Legacy - Transfer Your Treasure”

We’ve established that God should be in control of our finances and that we should be good stewards of those finances. We said before that our money is personal, but it’s not private. Our money affects others. What kind of legacy are we leaving? When we invest in God’s kingdom, there’s always a return. This doesn’t mean a return like good health or absolute wealth. However, we can take something as meaningless as money and in God’s hands it can produce a spiritual harvest. What really matters in life is people and there’s always more we can do. Generosity produces joy; it’s more blessed to give than to receive (living upside-down). Generosity is not about giving equal amounts, but it is about equal sacrifice.

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Financial Disorder - Part 2: "Settling the Stewardship Issue"

In the first week, we talk about how God should be the master of our finances. For week two, we’ll talk about our responsibility to be good stewards of finances. That includes budgeting well and keeping track of our money. How am I implementing a financial vision for my part in God’s kingdom and where am I sending God’s money? Money serves as a litmus test for people’s hearts; where your money goes most easily reveals what you love. For some, the idea of tracking the details and implementing a financial plan is difficult. For those who are skilled money-managers, they have the opportunity to use their gifts and abilities to assist others in being good stewards. Are you tithing? God is willing to be tested. Try it out! It’s much better to have God 10% involved in your finances than to refuse giving to further His kingdom.

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Financial Disorder - Part 1: "Settling the Ownership Issue"

Money can be a destructive source when misunderstood or mismanaged, but when it’s handled wisely, it’s a source of immense good in our society. We often think of our money as being a private issue, something no outside force has a hand in. The truth is while our finances are personal, there’s nothing private about it. How we spend our money affects others. Who’s in charge of your finances? Jesus teaches that man cannot serve two masters. Either you’re in charge or God is. For instance, bad debt is simply the idea that I am unwilling to live under the current limitations God has set. Not all money is destructive, just like not all killing is murder. Money becomes destructive when it contributes to the spiritual kingdom of “self”. Are you clinging tightly to your money or have you entrusted your finances to God?

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The Promise of Christmas - Part 5: "Where can I find Wisdom?"

This week we took a look at the wise men and foolish kings. Jesus is constantly pointing out two ways to live. Herod is interested in power and sees Jesus as a threat, making him a foolish king. The wise men see it the opposite way; their lives are supposed to fit into His plan. This week we’ll talk about the contrast between the two. Jesus is seen as both a stumbling block on King Herod’s path to success and as the One the wise men choose to find and follow. When they find Him, unlike Herod, they take a knee.

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Basic - Part 4: "Understanding Salvation Fully leads to a Whole Life"

This week we are looking at what people believe about salvation and the assurance of salvation (Romans 8). Even after coming to faith in Jesus Christ, many believers often still wonder, “Am I really saved?  Can I lose my salvation?  How do I know?”  We believe that the Holy Spirit offers us assurance of our salvation.  When we feel unsure as to the status of our salvation, one of the ways we are assured is that the old, sinful nature in us is dead.  It was put to rest at the cross of Christ and we have victory over sin.  Now, we live as new men and women who desire the things of God rather than the things of the flesh.

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Basic - Part 3: the Bible is a Home for You

The popular belief is that the Bible is something of a legend, a cultural narrative that doesn’t directly relate to us today. But we believe the Bible is God’s Word incarnate, just as Jesus is God incarnate. John 1 talks about Jesus as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. Scripture is veiled Deity, just as Jesus is Deity who veiled Himself in human flesh.

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Basic - Part 2: "The Tragic Truth About You"

The popular belief is that man is basically good and capable of morality and self-fulfillment without belief in God. The Bible teaches that man apart from God is totally depraved. We are made in the image of God, but sin and depravity has put in place a cycle of blindness to the truth, darkening of our hearts from the light of truth, and a breaking down of our faith in God and relationship with others. Can you be good and not believe in God? If God doesn’t exist, can you be good?

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Basic - Part 1 - "The Right Relationship with the Real God leads to the Richest Life"

This week we will be looking at what people believe about God (Romans 1). People often believe that God is distant; He created the world and He wants people to be good, but He isn’t really involved. When someone is in great need, they can call on Him and He will be present until He is not needed again. God want us to know him - to be in relationship. In fact, the Right Relationship to the Real God will lead to the richest life.

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This is Emmanuel - Part 6: "Movement"

In history there have been times of revival and renewal that have raised the spiritual temperature of all of New England. We long to see the gospel have a transforming effect in every sector of society along the Boston to Providence Corridor. Beginning with a movement of real conversion and response to biblical preaching and teaching, a movement of God’s mysterious spirit, a renewed movement of public faith and transformation in society. This moment is bigger than just our church, we are also part of the worldwide Alliance movement to see conversion and change around the world.

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This is Emmanuel - Part 4: "Unique Prophetic Calling"

God knows us personally and before the foundation of the world He created us for specific good work. We call this our unique prophetic calling. Worship Evangelism - Using the arts, preaching, and relationships we worship God passionately and thoughtfully in the presence of our seeking and skeptical friends who we always assume are watching and listening.

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This is Emmanuel - Part 2: "Discover, Change, & Flourish"

He came that we would experience life to the fullest. This means that the fullest life is one that we discover. We do not naturally know God, so that the most important things in life we discover. Being a disciple of Jesus means that we can start from anywhere, but we cannot stay there, a vital relationship with Jesus will demand that we change. The signs of a real and vital relationship with Jesus will be seen as we flourish in a way that brings new life through us and to others.

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This is Emmanuel - Part 1: "Jesus Changes Everything"

The good news that in Jesus everyone, including you, can have the life you have been created for. No-one is so good that they don’t need it, and no-one is so bad they can’t have it. The gospel is not just the info you need to get started. It is the key to unlocking every part of life. It is inside out - It changes you from the inside and works its way through the whole person. It is upside down - It will turn almost everything that is common sense on its head. It is Forward Back - The future is already guaranteed. Jesus will win in the end and all his followers will part of His new world, and the surprising news is that it starts now! It is outward facing - It invites everyone to live beyond themselves!

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