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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 10

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X08EByCsRQg

Audio: Part 10a: 31min

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Audio: Part 10b:  26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2-18-11-11-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-10b-gen-1-2-jude-john-4-tah.mp3”

Audio: Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-11-11-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-10-gen-1-2-jude-john2-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4   Gen 1-2


This Specific Message in the Series Points to the Truth in Christ that: To be made in the image of God in Christ is to be male and female, to be in union, distinction, and with equality. This message points to the clarity we can have regarding love gender, marriage and sex because of being made in the image of Jesus (The true Image of God).

This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may see that the Church in general (especially if in the United States!), faces these same issues and also be helped by WHO and HOW He is proclaimed!

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witness as it relates to the Christian God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 9

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL6FScyA_Jc

Audio Part 1a: 20 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-11-04-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-pt9a-jude.-john4.-gen1-2-tah.mp3

Audio Part 1b: 21 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-11-04-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-pt9-b-jude.-john4.-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Audio Full Message: 

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Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4   Gen 1-2


 

This Specific Message in the Series Points to the Truth in Christ that: To be made in the image of God in Christ is to be male and female, to be in union, distinction, and with equality. It emphasizes how man corresponds to woman and how woman corresponds to man as created by the Father-Son-and-Spirit-God!

This series of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may see that the Church in general (especially if in the United States!), faces these same issues and also be helped by WHO and HOW He is proclaimed!

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witness as it relates to the Christian God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

Photo Compliments: http://www.tclministries.org/nt-scripture-gallery/

 

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 8

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Part 8a: 32min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8a-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 8b: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8b-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018.10.07.contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-8-jude-gen1-2-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4   Gen 1-2


This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may see that the Church in general (especially if in the United States!), faces these same issues and also be helped by WHO and HOW He is proclaimed!

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witness as it relates to the Christian God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

Photo Compliments: http://www.tclministries.org/nt-scripture-gallery/

 

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 7

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Part 7a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7a-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 7b: 27min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7b-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2018-09-30-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part7-jude1-john4-gen1-2-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4   Gen 1-2


This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may see that the Church in general (especially if in the United States!), faces these same issues and also be helped by WHO and HOW He is proclaimed!

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witness as it relates to the Christian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 6

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Part 6a: 30 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.09.02-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-6a-jude-john-4-gen-1-2-tah.mp3”

Part 6b: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.09.02-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-6b-jude-john-4-gen-1-2-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.09.02-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-6-jude-john-4-gen-1-2-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4   Gen 1-2


This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly and cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may see that the Church in general (especially if in the United States!), faces these same issues and also be helped by WHO and HOW He is proclaimed!

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witness as it relates to the Christian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 5

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Part 5a: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.12-contending-for-the-saints-once-delivered-to-the-saints-part-5a-jude-john-4-luke-10-tah.mp3”

Part 5b: 31min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.12-contending-for-the-saints-once-delivered-to-the-saints-part-5b-jude-john-4-luke-10-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.12-contending-for-the-saints-once-delivered-to-the-saints-part-5-jude-john-4-luke-10-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4  Luke 10


This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly and cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may, of course, see that the Church (maybe your local congregation!), especially in the United States, faces these same issues in general, and also be helped by WHO is proclaimed.

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witnessing to the Father and Son through the Christian faith.

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 4

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Part 4a: 31min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/18.7.29-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-4a-jude-john-tah.mp3”

Part 4b: 31min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/18.7.29-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-4b-jude-john-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/18.7.29-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-part-4-jude-john-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4


This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly and cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may, of course, see that the Church (maybe your local congregation!), especially in the United States, faces these same issues in general, and also be helped by WHO is proclaimed.

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witnessing to the Father and Son through the Christian faith.

 

Contending For The Faith Delivered To The Saints! – Part 3

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Part 3a: 32min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/18.7.22-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-pt3a-jude-john-tah.mp3”

Part 3b: 34min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/18.7.22-contending-for-the-faith-delivered-to-the-saints-pt3b-jude-john-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/18.07.22-contending-for-the-faith-once-delivered-to-the-saints-part-3-jude-3-john-4-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Jude 1  John 4


This message of God’s Good News urges believers to contend FOR the faith once delivered to the Church, in participation with Jesus Christ!, and AGAINST the ungodly and cultural pressures and influences of our current times!

This is a Gospel message to a specific congregation of our times facing issues similar to congregations in other times as seen in the scriptures, particularly the Books of Jude and John. In this series, we make Christ-centered comparisons with the congregation in Jude and the Samaritan woman of Jesus’ time in John 4 to our particular congregation. You may, of course, see that the Church (maybe your local congregation!), especially in the United States, faces these same issues in general, and also be helped by WHO is proclaimed.

In the light of Jesus and the God revealed in Him (and over the course of 12 messages), we address today’s big questions regarding relationships, race, marriage, love, gender/sexual identity, politics, and worship and witnessing to the Father and Son through the Christian faith.

 

Let’s Get TWO-gether With Jesus And Go!, pt.3

Two by Two Going Out With Jesus

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/15-12-27-lets-get-two-gether-with-jesus-and-go-pt-3-matt-9-10-tah.mp3”

In this last and year-end message in a series about discerning God’s vision for His congregation at New Life Fellowship of Baltimore. MD., we continue asking “How is Jesus speaking to us RIGHT NOW through these scriptures and directing us in His mission locally?”

This message of God’s Good News continues to get very specific about what participation with Christ looks like for us in this world! It asks and discerns: Where and with whom do we begin? How do we address healing in our day as we proclaim Jesus? How should we steward Jesus’ money, and how will we live in Jesus’ peace – on mission with him – as sinners in THIS broken world?

The message can be summarized in this quote:

“There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture, and can never be safe. Peace is the opposite of security… To look for guarantees is to want to protect oneself. Peace means giving oneself completely to God’s commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying down the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes. Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God. They are won when the way leads to the cross.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1934 [Renate Bethge’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Brief Life]

Come check it out and walk with us!

Five Reasons to Celebrate Communion Every Sunday

communion2Does your church celebrate communion every Sunday? If not, here are five reasons you should consider it:

1. Jesus gave us the bread and wine as the regular reminder of the gospel. The gospel is the good news that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has established communion with humanity, forgiving us of our sins and drawing us into the dance of God’s life. When Jesus took the bread and wine and said “this is my body and blood” he gave us an outward and visible sign of the gracious, but hidden, truth of our communion with God through Jesus. No other reminder of the gospel, such as sermons or songs, was given to us in the way that the bread and wine were given.

2. Jesus gave us the bread and wine as the means of thankful response to God’s grace. The grace of God is the gift of God’s own communion-life as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To such a magnificent and gracious gift we can only respond with thanksgiving. The bread and wine are often called the “Eucharist” because that is the Greek word for thanksgiving. Other forms of response to God’s grace – such as altar calls and sinners’ prayers – may have their place but they were not given to us by Jesus in the way that the bread and wine were given.

3. Jesus gave us the bread and wine so that we would have something tangible to take hold of. There’s a story about a small boy who was frightened of a thunder storm one night and jumped in bed with his parents. His Dad said “don’t you know that God will protect you?” and the boy replied, “yes, but sometimes I need someone with skin on.” Words, songs, prayers, and emotions are all real but intangible. The bread and wine give our bodies a much needed material and tangible encounter with the presence of God in our world.

4. Jesus gave us the bread and wine to remind us of himself and the story of his life on our behalf. St. Paul says that as often as we take the bread and wine “we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” In the Eucharist we are encountering the past (the Lord’s death) and the future (his return) in the immediacy of the present moment. No other act of worship enables us to experience the life of Jesus in that way.

5. Celebrating communion every Sunday will make it more special, not less. Almost all churches have music, prayers, and sermons every Sunday and no one ever says “we should only have a sermon once a month” or “we should only pray once a quarter.” Only communion receives such treatment. And yet, Christians for 2,000 years testify to the fact that the more we receive Jesus’ body and blood in the bread and wine the more deeply we appreciate it and the more we are shaped into his image.

How could your church begin celebrating communion every Sunday, if you wanted to? By making it “available” and not required. Simply say, “we’re going to conclude each service with bread and wine for the benefit of any who would like to receive it.” Don’t make a big deal out of trying to get everyone to participate, just offer the feast of the Lord’s table and see how the Holy Spirit moves among the people who are gathered there

~ Jonathan Stepp

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