New Series: The Miracles and Parables of Jesus, the Christ"
8-21-22 "Capernaum and Nicodemus" - Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) The Word of God is the means by which God gives faith. It is by that faith the need of the sinner is awakened unto his need of salvation. Much evangelism is driven by emotions rather than God’s Word which might explain why those who make a decision seem not to be born again by the Spirit, but rather still born spiritually. After salvation, it is by God’s Word that our faith grows and matures. Few Christians know the Word. Know the Word!
8-28-22 "Capernaum and Nicodemus" (Continued)
9-11-22 "Jesus Turns Water Into Wine" - Attending a wedding is something that most people can identify with. In fact, we have a couple of weddings coming up, and many of us will be in attendance. Weddings are focused on the couple and the vows they make before God and to each other. It is a serious institution, followed by a celebration. Jesus affirmed marriage by His attendance. Marriage is a good thing. So is celebration!
9-25-22 "The Parable of the Sower" - In the introductory message to this series, we looked at the reason Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. The parable of the sower is only one of two that Jesus explained to the disciples. The other parable is the parable of the darnel or the weeds sown among the wheat. Because Jesus explains this parable, we will have an advantage in knowing exactly what Jesus was teaching. Let’s learn from Jesus’ red words in our Bibles.
10-2-22 "The Healing of the Nobleman's Son" - “God never wastes a hurt.” Kenny Shadday coined this statement years ago. How a person responds to a hurt is something with eternal value. For some, a hurt creates a bitterness toward God. For others, a hurt awakens them to their need of God. For a Christian, a hurt is a means of God to refine and shape him. The key element in dealing with a hurt is faith.
10-16-22 "The Pearl of Great Price" - Matthew 13 is a powerful chapter. In this chapter there are two parables – The Sower and the Wheat and the Tares. Both parables are explained to the disciples by Jesus. In this chapter, there are also five metaphors – The Mustard Seed, The Leaven, The Hidden Treasure, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Dragnet. In this chapter, Jesus is illustrating the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.
10-23-22 "Healing the Man at the Pool of Bethesda" - In the miracles and the parables of Jesus, there are always other things taking place. That is more obvious in this miracle than in others. Jesus decided to perform this miracle on the Sabbath. He knows that doing that would raise the ire of the Jewish leaders. There are also two other things that need to be mentioned. First, the heart of Jesus was that of compassion. Second, the religion of the Pharisees had no compassion.
10-30-22 "The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares" - There are two parables about sowing in Matthew 13. The first is the parable “a Sower went forth to sow,” and the second “the parable of the wheat and the tares.” Both parables are presented to those Jesus is teaching and then later they are explained to the disciples. As disciples, we are blessed to have Jesus’ explanation for a better understanding. The parable of the wheat and the tares has much to teach us about the age in which we are presently living.
11-13-22 "The Miracle of Catching Fish and Catching Peter" - Paul’s letter to the Colossians gives us some vital information concerning Jesus’ miracles and parables. Paul writes, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him: And He is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17 Jesus Christ, the Son is the Agent and Sustainer of all creation. Therefore, He has the power over all things. Whether it is fish, or a man, Christ has the power to perform His will.
11-20-22 "The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats" - In Jesus’ teaching He has been presenting something that has been designated the Olivet Discourse. Jesus is teaching about those things that will take place in the future. The event that marks this time is the second advent. We are preparing for His first advent, which is the Incarnation, celebrated as Christmas. That advent marked the birth of Christ and His work of redemption. Jesus leaves the disciples and the Gospel to be preached to the world. The time between the first advent and the second advent is the church age. Jesus presents the parable of the sheep and the goats.
11-27-22 "The Miracle of the Healing of the Ten Lepers" -The miracles and parables are timeless glimpses into the mind and heart of Jesus. The accounts in the Gospels are rich in knowledge of how and why Jesus took on flesh and dwelt among men and women. The miracle of the ten lepers reminds us of our expected response to our redemption from sin and our gratitude for the One who has given us new life.
12-4-22 "The Parable of the Good Samaritan" - The story Jesus told here has become known at the parable of the good Samaritan. Some have questioned whether this story was a parable, an earthly story with a heavenly means, or an actual account. Surely the event shared about the road from Jerusalem to Jericho often happened, as it was an occurrence due to the thieves who robbed travelers on that road. Regardless, this parable is one of the best known that Jesus shared. We will explore the one asking Jesus the questions, the response of Jesus to the questions, and the story’s teaching for the lawyer or scribe. We will also see its truth for us the hearers today.
12-18-22 "The Miracle of the Incarnation" - It is easy to see that the world has made the coming of Jesus into something it was never intended to be. In fact, the early church never commemorated the birth of Jesus as a celebration at all. I am afraid that we as Christians have also made the coming of Jesus, God in flesh, something it was never intended to be. This message today is simply to look at the purpose of why and the promise to whom God sent with His Son. We need to read the card.
12-25-22 "Like Christ – Emulating Jesus Christ’s Offer of Peace" - At His birth, Jesus received gifts from the wise men that came to worship Him. The narrative doesn’t say there were three wise men, but it does tell the reader there were three gifts. The gift of gold was a gift fitting for a King. The gift of frankincense was a gift fitting for God. The gift of myrrh was a gift to be used in death. The gifts of the wise men were all symbolic of Who, what, and why Jesus Christ was born. Today, gift giving to one another is the big focus of Christmas. This series is about gift giving as well. The axiom of “Tis better to give than to receive” is something we all learn to be true as we get older. This gift of peace is truly a gift that blesses the giver, often more than the one who receives it.
1-22-23 "The Parable of the Rich Fool" - Luke 12 is a “loaded” chapter. This chapter is loaded with Jesus truths that come rapid fire. The main focus is the parable of the rich fool, but Jesus says much more, but we will need to listen fast.
2-19-23 "“The Miracle of the Demoniac of Gadara” - R. C. Sproul stated that there is nothing so frightening to man than the Holy. In expounding, man is a spiritual being and experience of spiritual evil is one of a person’s most terrifying experiences. Jesus had come to set the prisoners free from both physical and spiritual bondage. The account of the demoniac of Gadara was such an encounter.
2-26-23 "The Parable of the Great Supper" - Have you ever found yourself in an awkward social situation? If you have, you're in good company. In Luke 14, Jesus finds Himself in a setup social situation. Jesus has been invited to lunch at the home of a Pharisee and his friends who were Pharisees and lawyers. Jesus, knowing all things, took advantage of the situation to instruct and correct those present. May God give you the grace to do the same.
3-5-23 "The Miracle of the Woman Who Touched His Garment" from Luke 8:43-48 - Each of us believe something that’s not true. Do you recoil at that statement with the thought, I know the truth? The woman in this miracle believed something that wasn’t true, yet Jesus honored her faith. Does that mean that God doesn’t honor our faith? The things that we have wrong, God will use those to bring us to truth.
3-12-23 "The Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin" from Luke 15:1-10 - Many of us have dimmed spiritual vision. Because our vision is not vivid, we tend to not see things the way God does. Often, we need to allow God to change the way we see the things that really matter in our world and in our life. Consider the message today an eye exam.
3-19-23 "The Miracle of the Man Born Blind" from John 9 - There are two considerations that the reader of Scripture must remember concerning the miracles of Jesus. First, every miracle that Jesus performed was done by “divine appointment.” Second, with each miracle Jesus not only heals the physical ailment, but He also heals the spiritual ailment of sin that separates from God.
12-11-22 "P stands for Pray" - Our Small Groups, Inc. are embarking on a series of PEARL. This is the first video in the PEARL series featuring the letter P which stands for Prayer. The acronym of PEARL is P-Prayer; E-Eat; A-Ask; R-Reveal; L-Love. We will be presenting a video each month in our Sunday morning service.
1-29-23 "E" stand for Eat" - Our Small Groups, Inc. are embarking on a series of PEARL. This is the second video in the PEARL series featuring the letter E which stands for Eat. The acronym of PEARL is P-Prayer; E-Eat; A-Ask; R-Reveal; L-Love. We will be presenting a video each month in our Sunday morning service.
3-26-23 "A" stands for Ask"
3-6-22 Crisis in Ukraine Pastor Phil McKeown shared a special opportunity to help the refugees coming to Poland. We are always aware that God takes what we do and increases it. Pray for Ukraine / Support Ukraine - That in all things Christ would have preeminence! Today we received an offering of $6644. for the refugees in Poland and for the men remaining in Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion. ITMI added $5000 to that offering in matching funds. May God bless it and multiply it for his glory!
5-1-22 The Heart of Worship The church, the Body of Christ, is vital in the individual follower of Jesus heart. Jesus built the church to meet the needs of those He would call to eternal life. As His church, it is imperative that we do all we can, by His guidance, to serve those in His call. We have learned in the Purpose Drive ministry that there are five purposes for the church which include, worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and mission. All of these purposes are important, but today we will focus on worship.
6-12-22 "Being the Body" - Everybody has needs. Every day a portion of our time is preparing our body for the day ahead. The older you are, the longer it takes. The church is also a body. The church is referred to in the Scripture as the “Body of Christ.” As members of His body, we also have responsibilities to care for the church and minister through it and to it. Today’s message is a reminder of the needs of this body, the church. Once again, open your heart and hear what the Spirit says to you.
7-24-22 "The Dangers of Being Rich" - America has been blessed in so many ways. You have also been blessed in so many ways. Though many of these blessings seem to be in dire straights we are still living in the greatest country in the world. We often need to have our vision corrected. What we think we are seeing is totally different than reality. You are rich and your riches can have the ability to build a wall between what you want and what God wants. When is the last time you and the true Owner of what you possess had a talk about what He has given to your trust? Like Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
9-4-22 "Pastor Phil's Trip to Israel Report" Pastor Phil McKeown took us along on his journey through slides and exciting information about his recent trip to Israel.
11-6-22 "International Day of Prayer"
1-8-23 - "The Barnacles of the Devil" - Peter, Jesus’ right hand man, has some words of advice to the Christians as we start into our new year of 2023. In 1 Peter 5:8 Peter says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” This time of year we think of resolutions as we go forward. This time of year we need to be reminded that we have an enemy and his tactics.
2-5-23 - Missions Conference - This is the first service of our Missions Conference featuring Rick & Diana Wilson from World Venture. We will run our Missions Conference through Monday, February 6.
3-13-22 Your Spheres of Life - Make no mistake, the enemy is active in this present day. The battle must be acknowledged and adjustments made. We are totally dependent on our relationship with God. The result of a connection with the Holy Spirit is joy! Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I saw REJOICE!” Let’s be the people of God.
3-20-22 Priest - Who Me? - Baptists don’t know much about priests. We do know about Jesus Christ being our High Priest in Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One Who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin.” Every Christian has been called by God to be a priest in the Body of Christ. Most Christians don’t know that, let alone, know how to do that.
3-27-22 A Joyful Journey of Worship - Last week we spent time looking at our responsibility to serve as priests within our sphere of influence. Our calling as a priest is to love God first and serve others second. By that priority we will find the fulfilment Jesus promised of abundant life. John 10:10 Our calling is to be a priesthood and our attitude is to be one of gratitude and joy.
A Church With a Vision:
1-9-22 Vision 2022 - We will chart the journey as a church as God gave us His vision beginning in 2020. We will look back at the Vision 2020 and Vision 2021 and move forward to the new year that God is allowing us with the vision we believe God has provided us. The vision is only powerful as God’s people hear and commit to fulfilling in their life. Together we move into this new year and new vision.
1-16-22 Implementing the 2022 Vision - Last week we presented the third year of our Three Years of Vision for North Village. As we share in the implementing of this vision you are encouraged to take the vision personally. Listen, understand and visualize how you can make the vision a part of your call for this new year. Even if you can’t make a long-term commitment, please join us for this year and see what God does through your involvement.
1-23-22 The Grace of Giving One characteristic of spiritual growth and maturity is becoming and being active in the grace of giving. To become faithful in your Christian stewardship, you need to understand what God expects and how to fulfill that expectation under grace. This message is a reminder of our Christian stewardship.
Reminder of Vision:
1-15-22 - North Village Church Vision 2023 - The Scriptures tell us in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” In 2019 we were in Poland on a Crossing Missions trip and spent time with Piotr Zaremba at K5N. Piotr shared a ministry tool that they used in their church of a three-year vision. We can back an in 2020 we began using the same ministry plan by establishing a three-year vision. We are entering our second three-year vision at North Village. I will simply be sharing the first year, or the vision for 2023. Please tune your hearts today to receive what is shared.
12-25-22 Christmas Message - "Like Jesus - Emulating Jesus Christ's Offer of Peace" - At His birth, Jesus received gifts from the wise men that came to worship Him. The narrative doesn’t say there were three wise men, but it does tell the reader there were three gifts. The gift of gold was a gift fitting for a King. The gift of frankincense was a gift fitting for God. The gift of myrrh was a gift to be used in death. The gifts of the wise men were all symbolic of Who, what, why Jesus Christ was born. Today, gift giving to one another is the big focus of Christmas. You have probably come from that tradition to church this morning. This message is about gift giving as well. The axiom of “Tis better to give than to receive” is something we all learn to be true as we get older. This gift of peace is truly a gift that blesses the giver, often more than the one who receives it.
Special Day Messages:
4-17-22 Resurrection Sunday "In the Goodness of God" - The power of the first generation church was the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As powerful as the cross is in our salvation, the resurrection the power for those who became followers of Jesus. Paul wrote, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection. and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” Philippians 3:10
5-8-22 Mothers and Faith - MOTHER'S DAY - In 2 Timothy 3, Paul tells Timothy the trends of the last days. One of those trends is found in verse three when Paul writes, “Without natural affection.” The affection that mothers have for their children will be in jeopardy, partly because of another trend, “lovers of their own selves.” Mothers are in a battle today in this culture and we need to encourage them and pray for them. Mothers have one of the greatest responsibilities in this time and that is raising the next generation. Mothers need to know they are in this responsibility, not alone, but God has their back. If they don’t know Him, they need Him desperately.
5-29-22 Memorial Day - "What Happens When a Christian Dies" - Our early view of what happens after we die is veiled by the curtain of death. We who are left as our loved one dies, wonder what they are experiencing. Next to God, the dead are the only group of people who really know what happens when a person dies. Science tries to give us some perspective on the death of the body by telling us there are two phases of death. The first stage is called clinical death. This phase can last from four to six minutes when a person stops breathing. The brain still may have enough oxygen to function by hearing and understanding what is happening. The other organs may also remain alive during the time of clinical death. The second stage is dying is known as biological death when the cells of the body begin to degenerate, the body’s organs, including the brain, shut down. What then?
6-19-22 - The Importance of Just One Man" - FATHER'S DAY - Perhaps one of the enemy’s great ploy today is to make people feel insignificant – especially men, especially fathers. Men in general are suffering for lack of community. A man is blessed if he has good friends. In order for a man to have friends, he must make the effort to be a friend. Abraham is a great example for being a friend. Abraham received a distinction of being called “the friend of God.”
7-3-22 - "Dual Citizenship" - The world is not a Christian world. The nation in which we live is called a “Christian Nation” but that has ceased to be true. The Scriptures tells us that this world is at enmity with God. James 4:4. This weekend, we celebrate the founding of this nation. This nation was founded on Christian values and the belief in God. We have been fortunate to have been born in the United States, still our greatest allegiance is not to this nation, but to the Kingdom of God. We have dual-citizenship – one is temporary and the other is eternal.
2-12-23 "The Grace of Giving" - One characteristic of spiritual growth and maturity is becoming and being active in the grace of giving. To become faithful in your Christian stewardship, you need to understand what God expects and how to fulfill that expectation under grace. Today’s message was a reminder of our Christian stewardship.
2-27-22 Gary Howell, special speaker
7-10-22 Steve Evers, In Touch Mission International
7-31-22 Ray L'Amoreaux, Victorious Christian Living
8-7-22 Fred Paine, Victorious Christian Living "Don't Worry ... Be Happy!"
9-18-22 Craig Clapper "Jesus the Benefactor"
10-9-22 Gary Howell, special Speaker - The Five Truths of Break Throughs"
1-1-23 Kenny Shadday, special speaker - "Fresh Start" It's another day and another time and the Lord has made it new. Did you know our English word "new" appears 171 times in the Bible? The word new is filled with promise, with hope, and with potential. It signifies the ending of some things and the beginning of new things. The word new is a word in the Bible that is synonymous with God's grace. It is synonymous with God's power that can bring new life to those who He calls. Think on the new things God has given you.