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.
5-8-22 Mothers and Faith (Mother's Day) 1n 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?
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:
11-21-21 The Memorial of Vision - We forget. Sometimes I have a great thought and it is so great that I say to myself, “I’ll remember that!” Guess what? I forgot! Sometimes I dream great thoughts and when I wake up, I think, “I’ll remember that.” I forget! Then I say, “I am going to get a pad and pencil and put on my nightstand.” Guess what? I forgot! The same is true for the church. We at times have great thoughts that we think we will remember, but we forget! There are three things that we need to be reminded of: The Great Commandment and the Great Commission; the Vision given to our church; and the Five Purposes for our church. Today’s message is simply a reminder.
Christmas 2021 Messages:
12-12-21 God – YAHWEH – I AM THAT I AM - Our God is a God of miracles. One of God’s greatest miracles was in response to how He reveals infinite to finite. How doe the Creator reveals Himself to His creation. The focus of the message is who God is and how He has revealed Himself to His Creation. It is not easy for man to understand God and man’s only hope of doing so is by God’s revelation to him.
12-19-21 God - Before the Foundation of the World - God is not like you and me. God works all things according to His will and foreordains them while we are basically reactionary. A great comfort in all we deal with in life and we attempt to react to is that God knows and acts before events happen. Not only does He act beforehand, He acted before the foundation of the world.
12-26-21 God - In the Fullness of Time - God is eternal and the first we hear in His Word is a simple, “In the beginning God.” God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, the Three in One was totally complete without need of anything or anyone, but God chose to create by an act of His own will. Because of God’s omniscience He knew that the man created would become the victim of sin yet created with a plan in place before the foundation of the world. The plan of salvation was complete before God ever said, “Let there be light.” At Christmas we celebrate the Advent of Jesus, Who came in the fullness of time.
Dedication of Sanctuary:
10-3-21 "People of Refuge" God is amazing. We have not strength in ourselves but only the strength and direction that God gives. He has blessed us on His own will. Not because we sought a blessing, or that He needed to bless us in any way, yet He chose to do good to us. What a blessing we experience today to be in such a beautiful sanctuary. The term sanctuary means, “the dwelling place of God.” Next week we will focus on that aspect of God’s dwelling place, but for now we sense that God’s blessing on us requires a like response to do good for Him.
10-10-21 "The Wow Factor" Though God has never been in need of anything or anyone, being sufficient in Himself alone, He desired to create and reveal His glory to His creation - especially mankind. Though God doesn’t need man, He desired a people for Himself and longs to be with His people. That truth is the greatest basis of the “Wow Factor.” Please follow that thought as we move through the message today.
The Seven Letters to the Churches of Revelation Message:
8-1-21 "The Writer of the Seven Churches of Revelation" Someone has said, “We are living in unprecedented times.” We may feel like that, but that is not a true statement. In your lifetime you may not have seen things happen like they are in the present, but in the history of Christianity in the world, there have been very difficult and dark times. It will do you well to be reminded of the One who is the Alpha and Omega, the Lord God and the Almighty. We will begin today to read His instructions to historic churches and the church in general in its age. We begin today with the Writer of the letters.
8-8-21 "John's Flashbulb Memory" Have you ever had a “flashbulb” memory? What is it? Good question. A “flashbulb” memory is an event or experience that gets etched in your brain. It can be produced when something traumatic happens. Most Americans can tell you the exact minute, where they were and what they were doing when they saw the events of 9-11. Not only can you recall a “flashbulb” memory, you fell that memory as well.
8-15-21 "Welcome to Ephesus" It is difficult to understand a church if one does not know the setting where the church is located. Every place a church is established has a tendency to establish the ministry of that church in method. That was especially true of the Church at Ephesus. In this message we will explore the area and the city. We will take a tour of the culture of Asia Minor and the part that Ephesus played in that culture. We will explore the city itself and look at its draw and what people could expect to find with their visit. We will meet the people who lived in Ephesus and see the issues that Christianity faced in Ephesus. Welcome to Ephesus.
8-22-21 "Christ's Letter to the Church at Ephesus" The letters of Christ to the seven churches of Revelation are love letters. Christ say, “Those who I love I rebuke and discipline.” (Rev. 3:19) Remember, nothing happens in the life of the Christian by chance. When God brings correction and discipline to you, remember He is doing that because He loves you. It is Christ Who ministers through His churches and the churches are His tools - His means and methods.
8-29-21 "Love and Hate" The first generation church, of which the Church at Ephesus was a part, had many great qualities. They would have identified strongly with the Church at Jerusalem as if is described in Acts 2:42-47. The Church at Ephesus was taking shape the Body of Christ. As it was conceived and had come into existence, like a volcano, over time it began to cool. Christ addresses one of the evidences of that cooling.
9-19-21 "Three Dangers for the Church at Ephesus" The most important concern for the church is that it is empowered by Jesus Christ. We tend to think of the church as belonging to us, but it doesn’t. In the truest sense, the church is the possession of Christ and it is His means of working in the world as the Body of Christ. The church must always take concern when instructed that something is wrong and that something could cost the presence of Christ.
10-17-21 "Smyrna - the Second Church and the Second City" The Church at Ephesus had been admonished about “losing their first love.” Perhaps the key ingredient in the Christian life and structure must be and always will be love. Often, the quality of love slips away quietly until something brings it to the surface. The Church at Smyrna had not be admonished, but had been alerted to pending persecution. This church was reminded of the promises of the One who provides life over death.
10-24-21 "Smyrna - Love and Suffering" If the first mark of a true and living church is love, the second is suffering. The one is naturally consequent on the other. A willingness to suffer proves a genuineness of love. We are willing to suffer for those we love. The Christians in Smyrna had held strongly to their love for Jesus Christ and for each other. They were prepared to suffer for Jesus Christ because of their great love for Him. Like Peter and John, they were “rejoicing they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name, the Name of Jesus.
10-31-21 "Smyrna - The Suffering Church" There are those who believe that the seven churches of Revelation represent seven dispensations of the church age. This position is known as Dispensationalism. This position is not confirmed by the Scripture giving us what Jesus said, but rather, giving us what men think He said. One can draw some parallels, however, from the seven churches of Revelation to time periods, but at certain places you have to pound square pegs in round holes. In regard to the first two church of Ephesus and Smyrna one can find the first generation church of Ephesus that is found lacking in love and the church of Smyrna, the persecuted and suffering church.
1-30-22 "The Letter to the Church at Pergamum" (Part 1) The Writer of the letters to the seven churches is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The letters are dictated in a vision given to John on the isle of Patmos. These letters contain both praise and admonition. In our present day, we seem to care more what men and women think of the church than what Jesus Christ thinks of the church. May we be mindful that our purpose is not for man’s praise but for Jesus’s purpose and approval.
2-13-22 "The Letter to the Church at Pergamum" (Part 2) Satan is not a fictional character. He lives and dwells upon the Earth and does battle against the work of Christ and the Spirit of God. Many Christians don’t take the devil seriously. J.R.R. Tolkien said it like this, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” Pergamum was the place where Satan lives.
2-20-22 "The Letter to the Church at Pergamum" (Part 3) The Church at Pergamum was in a perilous location – where Satan lives. The church was constantly under attack by outside ideologies and pagan religions. No amount of outside attacks can destroy a church, but when the attacks come from the inside, the church is in danger. The guardhouse on the church must not just face outside, it must also watch what is happening inside.
4-3-22 "The Church at Thyatira" (Part 1) - Well, we’re back in Asia Minor. John, in exile on Patmos, has been chosen to write the letters dictated by Jesus Christ to the seven churches of Revelation. This is the fourth church. The first three churches were Ephesus, Smyrna, and Pergamum. Thyatira was the least important of the seven cities. How the church was planted we do not know, but that it was planted and active we do. In every place, Christ has His witness.
4-24-22 "The Church at Thyatira" (Part 2) - Three weeks ago we began our look into the letter to the Church at Thyatira. The church in the smallest city received the longest letter. We don’t know the size of the church but for sake of argument we will assume it wasn’t as large as some of the others. However, this church received some glowing praise from Christ. Christ writes of their love and faith, their service and perseverance and that they were growing in their service more and more. We tend to see ourselves as not as important as some churches, but Christ still watches and rewards by what He has committed to us.
5-15-22 "The Church at Sardis" (Part 1) - A church tends to reflect the city in which it is located. In the study of the Church at Sardis this is very true. The letter to the church is one of the more critical letters. Though the church did not have false doctrine, Nicolaitans, or a Jezebel, it had even greater issues, much like its city. The church is called to “…go out,” but the community in which the church is located tends to “…come in.”
5-22-22 "The Church at Sardis" (Part 2) - Last week we looked at the city of Sardis and how its history played in the history of the church. Today we will take a verse-by-verse study of the letter sent by Jesus Christ to the church. The message is straight forward and holds a warning for the church at North Village as well.
Special Day Messages:
5-16-21 "Holy Ground" - There’s a song I like called Closing Time. There is a line I always listen for that goes “…closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Fortunately, North Village is not closing, but we are involved in a “new beginning” which is built on all of those who had a part in building and being the church in this place. Today we will naturally remember those good events that made this place “Holy Ground” for this church.
7-4-21 "Living in a Post-Christian Nation" - America is embroiled in a spiritual and political revolution. In our country’s two party systems we find one holding to liberalism and socialism while the other advocates conservative values and democracy. A third group of people consider themselves as independent from these two parties. There are some obvious conclusions we can draw from what is happening. There is a political revolution that will stop at nothing for their side. Neither democrats nor republicans have the desire or the ability to fix America’s problems. Only God alone has the answers for the issues America faces, but no one is asking or listening.
11-28-21 "If the Foundations Be Destroyed" from Psalm 11 - We are living in precarious times. We are witnessing an erosion of what we hold to be divine values at an exponential rate. Every day we hear and see of values being attacked. In verse 3 David voices a concern when he says, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? He goes on to give divine counsel for the Christian living in his times and our times. May the Holy Spirit, through David, minister that counsel to us.
2-6-22 - This is our Missions Emphasis Sunday. We will have Jose Castaneda, Pastor of the Guatemalan church as our special speaker at 10:45 a.m. The Guatemalan church will run the entire service, taking us on their mission field. At 5:30 p.m., Joe Eriquez with Heart for the City will be sharing his ministry with "at risk" kids in the Phoenix area.
Special Days and Special Speakers:
1-2-22 - D.J. Mathews, special speaker (Reflect-Seek-Pray-Wait)
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