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Christian?: "What is 'Christian'?"

Randy Christian

Surveys consistently show 75-80% of the people in the US consider themselves “Christian”.  Of course, those surveys fail to define what they mean by “Christian”.  Is there a clear definition of “Christian”?  Is one person’s opinion as good as another’s?  We believe there is an authoritative answer to “What is Christian?”, and it is found in scripture.

CHRISTIAN? What is "Christian"? study guide

The Irrational God - Success

Stephen Ulangca

Anywhere in the world you will see people striving to be great. More money, more power, more influence, more fame—all more than others. These are the things we believe make people great. Even the greatness of churches are measured by whether they have more people, more buildings or more money than others. But Jesus said this was the world’s approach, not his. Instead, if we are to be great, we have to become the servant of everyone.

The Irrational God - Success Study Guide

I BELIEVE - In The End Times

June 22, 2014Randy Christian

Jesus is coming back! The world is going to end! Prepare for the end of the World! People who carry signs with these words, yelling out to those around them are generally considered to be mentally ill in our society. But are the signs right? What do we know about the end of all things? How should we respond to this? What we believe about the end will dictate how we live today, so join us as we focus on the end times!

NOT OF THIS WORLD: Life

June 30, 2013Randy Christian

The phrase “right to life” has traditionally been applied to the discussion of abortion–and it should be. But is abortion the only “life” issue we face? Euthanasia, managed health care, and capital punishment are all right life issues. What are our King’s views, and how should we express them?

NO DE ESTE MUNDO
Vida
La frase “derecho a la vida” se ha aplicado tradicionalmente a la discusión del aborto-y debería de ser. ¿Pero es el aborta la única cuestión de “vida” que afrontamos? Eutanasia, atención médica administrada y pena capital también son cuestiones de derechos a la vida. ¿Cuáles son las opiniones de nuestro Rey, y cómo debemos expresarlas?

NOT OF THIS WORLD: Homosexual Love

June 23, 2013Randy Christian

Few issues have separated people in America like the “equal rights” discussion. The Supreme Court is due to announce a decision on the legality of homosexual marriage. It will not tell us whether homosexual marriage is right, or how Christians should respond to this issue. For that we have to go to God’s word, and then we have to live it. What are out King’s views, and how should we express them?

NO DE ESTE MUNDO
Amor Homosexual
Pocos temas han separado a personas en Estados Unidos como la discusión de “igualdad de derechos”. El Tribunal Supremo próximamente anunciara una decisión sobre la legalidad del matrimonio homosexual. No nos dirá si el matrimonio homosexual es correcto, o cómo los Cristianos deberían responder a esta cuestión. Para eso tenemos que ir a la palabra de Dios, y entonces tenemos que vivirlo. ¿Cuáles son las opiniones de nuestro Rey, y cómo debemos expresarlas?

MYTHBUSTERS: The Greatest Love of All

May 5, 2013Randy Christian

If you want to love someone else, you first have to love yourself! Isn’t that what Jesus meant when he said we were to love others as we love ourselves? Aren’t we worth it? Don’t we deserve it? These affirmations of self sound very positive and encouraging–but are they based in reality? Is the love of self really the starting point for healthy and positive relationships with others and with God, or is that just a myth?

CAZADORES DE MITOS
El Amor Más Grande de Todos
Si quieres amar a alguien, primero tienes que amarse a uno mismo! ¿No es eso lo que Jesús quiso decir cuando dijo que debían amar a los demás como nos amamos a nosotros mismos? ¿No valemos la pena? ¿No nos lo merecemos? ¿Estas afirmaciones suenan muy positivo y consoladores, pero están basadas en la realidad? ¿Es el amor de sí mismo el comienzo para las relaciones sanas y positivas con los demás y con Dios, o es sólo un mito?

MYTHBUSTERS: God Will Take Care of You

April 7, 2013Randy Christian

A Sunday school teacher once asked why we are teaching our kids things that just aren’t true. He was referring to a curriculum for four year olds. The theme to be reenforced by the teachers was: “God will take care of you”. The idea, of course, was to help the children feel safe and secure in God’s love and care. The problem? Even the Sunday school teacher could see that God doesn’t always “take care” of us. People are hurt–even little children. So is this true, or is it just another myth?

CAZADORES DE MITOS
Dios Te Cuidara
Un maestro de Escuela Dominical preguntó una vez por qué estamos enseñando a nuestros hijos cosas que no son verdaderas. Se refería a un plan de estudios para alumnos de 4 años. El tema siendo reforzado por los maestros era: “Dios Te Cuidara”. La idea, por supuesto, era ayudar a los niños sentirse seguros en el amor y cuidado de Dios. ¿El problema? Hasta el maestro podía ver que Dios no siempre “nos cuidara”. La gente está lastimada; hasta los niños pequeños. Entonces, esto es verdad o solo un mito?

MYTHBUSTERS: That Doesn't Happen

March 31, 2013Randy Christian

Real faith makes sense-but what is real and what isn’t? This morning we begin a new sermon series called “Mythbusters” where we examine what is real and what is not in common beliefs about God. We’ll start with one of the most common: That Doesn’t Happen! If I don’t see it… if I can’t prove it… if it hasn’t happened to anyone I know or can find… well, doesn’t that make it a myth? On Easter we celebrate just such a “happening” and it is very important to know whether the resurrection is real, or just a myth. Join us as we examine “That Doesn’t Happen”.

CAZADORES DE MITOS
Eso No Sucede
Verdadera fe hace sentido, pero que es real y qué no? Esta mañana empezaremos una nueva serie de sermón llamada “Cazadores de Mitos” donde examinaremos lo que es real y lo qué no es real entre las creencias comunes acerca de Dios. Comenzaremos con uno de los más comunes: Eso No Sucede! Si no lo pudo ver… si no lo puedo comprobar… so no le ha pasado eso a alguien quien yo conozca o no lo puedo encontrar… entonces, no es eso un mito? Es muy importante saber si la resurrección es real o solo un mito. Únase a nosotros mientras examinaremos el tema “Eso No Sucede”.

YOLO: One Holiness

January 27, 2013Randy Christian

Peter is a saint, but not how or why most of the world thinks he is. “Saintly” is a synonym for holy. And the common view of holiness is based on worldly values and beliefs. Peter knew better, and we can too. There is only one holiness and it isn’t reserved for “special” people (because there are none!). Sainthood is for you!

Pedro es un santo, pero no cómo o por qué la mayor parte del mundo cree que es. “Piadoso” es un sinónimo de santo. Y la opinión común de la santidad se basa en los valores del mundo y creencias. Pedro entendía esto y nosotros también podemos. Solo hay una santidad y no esta reservada para personas “especiales” (por que no hay). La santidad es para ti!

CHRISTMAS TEXT: Birth

December 23, 2012Randy Christian

Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. We have all heard the story many times. Have we heard the story correctly? Is the Christmas story we’ve heard true? How do we know? This week we look at the scriptural text and what it actually says about Jesus’ birth, so that we celebrate the true birth of Jesus!

Woe Is Me?

August 28, 2011Randy Christian

The American Recession has produced a depression we aren’t aware of—not just economic, but emotional and spiritual. The economy has been really bad for years now, and many have struggled. And yet the Bible doesn’t seem to connect our joy with our economic status. So, when we are feeling “Woe Is Me”, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at what Jesus said about Woe and Joy and which one will color our life!

THE FOCUSED LIFE - Bible Study

Jared PrickettTHE FOCUSED LIFE
“Bible Study”
October 26, 2008

“Study” is a word many of us don’t like! Most Christians claim to believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Yet many of us are content to let others tell us what it says. We agree or disagree according to our own thoughts—but too often without actually searching the scriptures to see if what we are told us true. Is Bible Study really something each of us can—and should—do? Join us as we look to the Word to learn about looking to the Word!

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