Running from God (But Not Getting Away)


Rev. Lon Lorton

February 10, 2019

Jonah 1:1-17

An Important Old Testament Book

  • An illustration of God's forgiveness
  • An illustration of Christ's death and resurrection
  • An illustration for Christians in today's world

The Call of God to Save a City (Verses 1-2)

  • There is hope, even for people you don't like.

The Condition of Jonah's Heart (Verse 3)

  • God had more trouble with Jonah than with Nineveh.

The Chastening of Jonah (Verses 4-16)

  • God has a purpose in our trials. (Hebrews 12:4-11)
  • The sailors' interesting reaction

The Great Fish (Verse 17)

  • Notice the lengths to which God is willing to go:
  • to get Jonah right
  • to get us right?

Grace Before the Meal


Rev. Lon Lorton

February 3, 2019

2 Samuel 9:1-13

Good King David establishes his kingdom.

Enter Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth.

David offers an invitation to Mephibosheth.

The lame receive grace, and places at the table - but only if they accept the invitation.

Ekklesia: All Y'all Are Called Out!


Rev. Lon Lorton

January 6, 2019

1 Peter 5:1-7

From Peter, the seasoned church leader.....

To the elders among you.....

To the members.....

To all y'all.....

Corporate guru, Peter Drucker, has two questions to ask of any business:

  1. What business are you in?
  2. How's business?

So then, if our "business" is following Christ,

  1. How's it going for you?
  2. How's it going for us?

Keeping a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place


Rev. Lon Lorton

January 27, 2019

Philippians 2:1-7

When people say, "There's something about that church,"

  • They're usually talking about more than the church's name.

A sweet, sweet spirit is tied to the joy a church chooses to possess.

A sweet, sweet spirited church shows it's harmony.

A sweet, sweet spirited church shows it's humility.

A sweet, sweet spirited church shows it's happiness.

God keeps telling us we don't have to be "good enough."  That's what grace is all about.  We are loved more than enough.  Understand that, and remind each other.  We will keep a sweet, sweet spirit in this place.

Gospel Centrality


Rev. Rob Wilson

December 30, 2018

Galatians 2:14-16

Implication #1 - The Power of the Gospel

  1. The gospel is a living thing, like a seed or a tree that brings more and more new life - bearing fruit and growing.
  2. The gospel is "planted" in us so as to bear fruit only as we understand its greatness and implications deeply - understood God's grace in all its truth.
  3. The gospel continues to grow in us and renew us throughout our lives - as it has been doing since the day you heard it.

"All over the world the gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth."  Colossians 1:6

Implication #2 - The Sufficiency of the Gospel

  1. The gospel is not the first step in a stairway of truths; rather it is more like the hub in a wheel of truth.  The gospel is not just the ABC's, but the A to Z of Christianity.
  2. We are not justified by the gospel and then sanctified by obedience; rather the gospel is the way we grow (Galatians 3:1-3) and are renewed (Colossians 1:6).
  3. It is the solution to each problem, the key to each closed door, the power to take us through every barrier (Romans 1:16-17).

We renew every dimension of our lives - spiritual, psychological, corporate, social - by thinking, hoping, and living out the "lines" or ramifications of the gospel.  The gospel is to be applied to every area of thinking, feeling, relating, working, and behaving.

Notes from "The Centrality of the Gospel" by Dr. Timothy Keller