Mayer Community Church

Mayer Community Church
By Mayer Community Church
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Serving God's Kingdom in Mayer, AZ!
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Jan. 14, 2018
Passage: Ephesians 2:14-18 Everyone knows what it means to feel alienation, perhaps from a once close friend or even from a family member. Alienation is descriptive of the human condition since the fall, between races, ethnic groups, economic classes, and the like. But the greatest alienation we have suffered is from God, as the fellowship we had in the garden through our head, Adam, has been replaced by enmity and rebellion. This seemingly hopeless condition has a solution, and Paul continues this amazing passage on the church by telling us exactly how Jesus Christ accomplished reconciliation for us through the cross.
Jan. 7, 2018
Passage: Ephesians 2:11-13 After a break for Advent, we return to our sermon series in Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church. This morning, we will take the first look at one of the most compelling passages on what the church should look like in all the New Testament. Paul takes a similar approach to that used in describing our salvation in 2:1-10. In our text, he informs Gentile believers of the seriousness of our predicament outside the covenant community of Israel, and then turns the tables with another “but God” moment that resulted in our being incorporated into the church.
Dec. 24, 2017
Passage: Matthew 1:18-25 Joseph may be the one person in the story of Jesus’ birth that folks are most likely to forget about or ignore. He isn’t even mentioned in the carol we have been using as our devotional piece for Advent, “What Child is This?”. But like each of the other people mentioned in this song, there is much we can learn about the true identity of the child born that night from his adopted father. In fact, Joseph reminds us of the incredible gift it is to be able to call God our Father.
Dec. 17, 2017
Passage: Luke 1:26-38 Continuing in our Advent sermon series entitled What Child is This?, we come to one of the most important characters in the Christmas story – Mary, the mother of Jesus. We can make two mistakes when it comes to Mary: we can make her out to be more than she was or we can fail to honor an incredibly faithful young woman. We want to look at Mary and see how her character helps us to understand more about the true identity of the child born to her that first Christmas.
Dec. 10, 2017
Passage: Matthew 2:1-12 This morning, we continue in our Advent sermon series entitled What Child is This? Our goal is to consider the true identity of the baby born in the manger that Christmas night so many years ago. Today, we look at the wise men who traveled great distances to see and worship the King who had been born and we will actually see a reflection of some of the attributes of these Gentile travelers in the life of Jesus that will help us to understand more clearly who this child really is.
Dec. 3, 2017
Passage: Luke 2:8-20 For the next month, we will be celebrating the season of Advent, a time for us to consider the significance of Jesus’ first coming and for us to prepare our hearts for his return. This year, we will use the beloved Christmas carol, What Child is This?, as a way to focus on the person and work of Christ. Today, we begin by looking to the shepherds who heard that amazing angelic announcement and went to see the world-saving baby in a manger. As we do, let’s remember that Jesus was born to be our Good Shepherd, our protector, provider, and Savior.
Nov. 26, 2017
Passage: Ephesians 2:10 Paul has spent a great deal of time speaking negatively of the role of works in our salvation. Now, in verse 10, we have a major shift. Works are now mentioned positively, as the very reason God saved us. To paraphrase Paul, we were not saved by works but we were saved for works. Our lives have a purpose, and that is to show God’s gracious handiwork in transforming us from children of wrath to trophies of grace. As one reformer put it, while we are saved by faith alone, the faith that saves is never alone.
Nov. 12, 2017
Passage: Ephesians 2:4-7 Having set forth the bad news of humanity’s condition without Christ, Paul now begins to rise in praise as he proclaims the good news of what God has done to save us in and through Christ. These are possibly the two best words in all of scripture: But God! Our hopeless condition in sin, slavery, and rebellion is overcome only because of God and his gracious, loving character. God’s grace actually reverses our fallen condition. This text should make our hearts soar in thanksgiving for what God has accomplished, just another example of the truth that God helps those who can’t help themselves.
Nov. 5, 2017
Passage: Ephesians 2:1-3 We have just finished celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and were reminded that the essence of the Reformation was the recovery of the biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ. The word gospel means good news, and it is certainly that. But before we can get to the good news, it is essential that we understand the bad news, namely, that our fallen nature due to the sin inherited from Adam has left us spiritually dead and unable to respond to God. Only when we grasp the bad news can we truly recognize the amazing grace of God that is ours through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Oct. 29, 2017
Passage: Romans 1:16-17 As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the event that commenced the Protestant Reformation this morning, it is only fitting that we focus on the passage of Scripture that God used to open Luther’s eyes to help the church recover the biblical doctrines of salvation that had been lost or distorted for centuries. This is also a wonderful time to be reminded that the need for these reformation truths has not passed us by. They are as necessary and relevant as ever and we must all hold firmly, passionately, and uncompromisingly to the true gospel of Jesus Christ.