NBFMC Sermon Review (9/17/2017) – “John Wesley: The Gospel Goes Outside”

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September 17, 2017

Sermon:  John Wesley –  ‘The Gospel Goes Outside’

Scriptures:

Luke 14: 15-24; Acts 5:42; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 4:19

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

John Wesley – The Gospel Goes Outside

This week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as celebrate “Freedom Sunday“, giving towards and praying for the cause of eliminating slavery in our world.  We will also look at our Free Methodist legacy of “freedom” that started with B.T. Roberts.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (9/10/2017) – Grandparents Day: “A Godly Legacy”

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September 10, 2017                                   Grandparents Day

Sermon:  A Godly Legacy

Scriptures:

Genesis 5:21 – 7:16 ; Psalm 92: 12-14; 145:4

Isaiah 46:4; Hebrews 11:7

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Grandparents Day – A Godly Legacy

This week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we look at our Methodist legacy and how we can learn from the evangelistic passion of John Wesley.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (9/03/2017) – ‘Battle’ Series: “Keep on Praying”

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September 3, 2017

Battle Series:  Keep on Praying

Scriptures:

Dan. 10: 1-19; Luke 18: 1-8; 21:36; Rom. 12:12; 1 Corinth. 12:26

Ephes. 6: 10-18; 1 Thess. 5:17; Hebrews 13:13; 1 Peter 5: 8-9

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Battle – Keep on Praying

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we celebrate “Grandparents Day” as a church, honoring those that have a legacy of faith among us….and sharing how we all can strive for one!

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (8/27/2017) – ‘Battle’ Series: “Our Greatest Weapon”

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August 27, 2017

Battle Series:  Our Greatest Weapon

Scriptures:

Psalm 19: 7-8; 119:11; Matthew 4: 1-11

Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Battle – Sword of the Spirit

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we conclude our Sermon Series entitled “Battle.”  We will review “the full armor of God” Scriptures in Ephesians 6 and will explore how important prayer is to spiritual warfare.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (8/20/2017) – Church Picnic: “Grace at the Airport”

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August 20, 2017                             All-Church Picnic Sunday

Sermon:  Grace At The Airport

Coming back from the Philippines a few weeks ago, there were multiple delays in my flights… first with my flight from Manila to Seoul and then from Seoul to Chicago.  Originally, I had over 3 hours in between my connecting flight to Chicago back home to Pittsburgh.  But…because of all of these delays, my connection time had shrunk down to 45 minutes  (just about impossible to manage in most large airports).  I had to pick up my bags, go through customs and immigration, and then run to my departing Gate (which was on the far side of farthest away Terminal)!  There was NO WAY I was getting home tonight.  After spending 16 hours flying and close to 24 hours in the process of traveling, this was a bitter pill to swallow.

After getting off the plane as fast as I could, I noticed something (or someone) at the exit ramp.  Usually there are a few airline workers with name cards for some VIPs or medically-impaired individuals that will receive assistance to their next flight.  In my rush, I almost didn’t see that my name was one of the three that had been offered assistance!  Stunned, I went up to the young woman with the card and said “That’s my name.”  She quickly smiled and said, “Mr. Mackenstein, my name is Grace and I am here to help you make it to your next flight.  Let’s get you home.”

Grace –  The word comes from the Greek word charis, which is where the word charity finds its root.  It means “unearned favor or blessing“.

Unearned favor.  Out of all the people on that flight, only three had signs waiting for them.  Why me?  Why not someone else?  It was as if there was some lottery out there and I was selected to be blessed with this extra assistance that I didn’t pay for and didn’t earn… but certainly wasn’t going to turn down!   Only the arrogant and proud turn down such a free gift when faced with such a desperate situation.  I was humble enough to realize that, without Grace, I wasn’t going to make it home that night.

So… I gladly accepted her help.  And off we went!  Running!

I didn’t have to really think about anything.  I just had to follow Grace.  She knew the massive O’Haire Airport in Chicago well, so I just simply had to stay with her.

There were rules, of course.  I couldn’t skip through customs and immigration, but she was there to help me through it as fast as possible.  Apparently, Grace’s power had limits.

The penalty for our sin is death (Romans 6:23).  No way around that.  Even though God is God, there are rules that He has laid out in His Laws. Because He is True & Holy, those rules must be obeyed.  Someone (or something) has to die because of my sins.  In the Old Testament,  there were animal sacrifices that postponed the penalty of death for humanity (Leviticus 16).  However; much like paying the minimum balance due on a credit card, this just postpones collection.  This sacrifice does nothing to erase our “sin debt”.  At just the right time, fulfilling hundreds of Old Testament prophecies, Jesus Christ was born on Earth to live a sinless life and die a sinner’s death on the cross, paying our penalty and extending God’s saving grace to all who would believe in His name (Hebrews 9: 26-28; Romans 5: 6-9).

God’s grace is available to all… but there are still rules.

As I mentioned earlier, Grace was constantly leading the way for me at the airport.  She stood in line for me at Customs while I waited to pick up my bags off the plane.  After we caught the airport train that took us to the other Terminal, Grace could see that I was struggling with my bags in keeping up with her.  So she said, “I will run ahead of you and make sure that they hold the plane for you.”  I still had work to do…running that long hallway with my bags, but knowing that Grace was  going ahead of me… preparing the way and advocating for me… that gave me great peace on the journey.

God’s grace is the same, not simply biding its time until humans respond to it.  Grace is a dynamic, proactive, working principle: “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:11-12). Grace is God’s sovereign initiative.

My Grace at the the Airport made people curious.

“How did you get HER?”  

“I am running late with my flight, too!”  

“Miss, can you help me with my flight?”

Grace wouldn’t leave my side for anyone else and (honestly) I didn’t want to share her with anyone else.  Yes, it does make me ashamed to say that I was feeling pretty stingy with “My Grace”.  Even though I did nothing to earn her help and I knew that others could benefit from her assistance… I also knew that to share her would mean to decrease the odds of me making my flight home.

Despite me often preaching that Christians should behave in such a way… receiving grace SHOULD have made me more gracious, but it didn’t.  It made me happy and thankful, but not gracious to the point where it could COST me something.  Not at that time.  Not me.  At least not at first.

As I reflected on these thoughts repentantly on my flight back home to Pittsburgh, I had already decided in my mind that if my luggage didn’t make it, I wasn’t going to be upset.  Grace had warned me that such a situation was possible due to the hurried nature of my connection.  I had made it HOME when I know so many others hadn’t.  I would be kind and respectful to the baggage claim agent, when so many others were not.  I had received grace at the Airport that day and I purposefully looked for ways to extend it for the rest of my trip.

Grace is not a one-time event in the Christian experience. We stand in grace (Romans 5:2).   The entire Christian experience is fueled by and empowered by grace: “It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods” (Hebrews 13:9). Peter said we should “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

This should impact our relationships, with friend and foe, family and foreigner, those we love and those we have yet to meet.

Our graciousness should make them curious as to the Source of our abundant life. However; we need not be stingy.  There is more than enough grace for all!

Please join us next week as we resume our Summer Sermon Series entitled “Battle.”  Looking at “the full armor of God” Scriptures in Ephesians 6, we will explore how to live victoriously for the Lord in this dark world.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (8/13/2017) – ‘Battle’ Series: “Guard Your Mind”

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August 13, 2017

Battle Series:  Guard Your Mind

Scriptures:

Isaiah 59: 9-17; 61:10; Rom. 8:37; 1 Corinth. 2:16

2 Corinth. 4: 17-18; 10: 4-5; Ephes. 6:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Hebrews 7:25

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Battle – Guard Your Mind

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we continue our New Sermon Series entitled “Battle.”  Looking at “the full armor of God” Scriptures in Ephesians 6, we will explore how to live victoriously for the Lord in this dark world.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (8/06/2017) – ‘Battle’ Series: “Keep the Faith”

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August 6, 2017

Battle Series:  Keep the Faith

Scriptures:

Genesis 3; 15:1; Psalms 3:3; 28:7; 119:114; Proverbs 30:5

Luke 22: 31-34; Ephesians 6:16; 1 Peter 1: 3-9; 5: 8-9

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Battle – Keep the Faith

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week at Brady’s Run Park (Shelter #15) at 11:00 a.m. for our Annual Outdoor Worship Service and Church Picnic!

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (7/23/2017) – ‘Battle’ Series: “Be Ready”

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July 23, 2017

Battle SeriesBe Ready

Scriptures:

Psalm 34:14; Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 52:7; John 14:27

Romans 10:15; 16:20; Ephesians 6: 14-15; Philippians 4: 6-9

Colossians 3:15

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Battle – Be Ready

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as our Worship Leader Julie Durbin and her husband Fred share about their recent missionary trip to Japan this Summer!

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (7/16/2017) – ‘Battle’ Series: “Pursue Righteousness”

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July 16, 2017

Battle SeriesPursue Righteousness

Scriptures:

Proverbs 4:23; 13:6; Isaiah 61:10; Matt. 6:33; 2 Corinth. 5:21

Gal. 5:27; Eph. 4: 22-24; 6: 13-14; 2 Tim. 4: 7-8; 1 Peter 2:24

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Battle – Pursue Righteousness

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we continue our New Sermon Series entitled “Battle.”  Looking at “the full armor of God” Scriptures in Ephesians 6, we will explore how to live victoriously for the Lord in this dark world.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (7/09/2017) – ‘Battle’ Series: “Know the Truth”

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July 9, 2017

Battle SeriesKnow the Truth

Scriptures:

Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 33:4; 51:6; 119:160

John 3:21; 8: 31-32, 44-45; 14:6; 16:13; 17: 17-19; 18: 37-38

Ephesians 4: 14-15, 25; 6: 13-14; Titus 1:2

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Battle – Know the Truth

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we continue our New Sermon Series entitled “Battle.”  Looking at “the full armor of God” Scriptures in Ephesians 6, we will explore how to live victoriously for the Lord in this dark world.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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