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May 15, 2016  

Today's message, "Filled With The Spirit" by Pastor Chris Dyer, was the first sermon in the Series "Living the Filled Life."

Some Christians believe that what happened on the Day of Pentecost was an isolated event, but that's not the case.  Jesus made it clear that all of His followers should be filled with the Spirit, and this was not just a suggestion - it was a priority.

First, Jesus commanded His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Spirit.  Second, the filling of the Spirit is described as a gift, a promise, and a baptism.  Third, the filling of the Spirit is not about us - it's about the Kingdom of God.  Fourth, the filling of the Spirit is about God's power in our lives!  Fifth, God gives us His power to make us witnesses for Jesus everywhere.  Our words and our lives will tell the world about the Savior!

Rick Warren said, "Christ-likeness is not produced by imitations, it's produced by inhabitation."

Give yourself to God and receive His filling and power.  Let God start a revival in your heart.  Let's seek God for an outpouring of His Spirit in our families, our church family, and in our community.

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May 8, 2016  

Today's message, "What Should I Do When My Best Efforts Seem To Fall Short?" by Pastor Chris Dyer, was the fouth sermon in the Series "Christians & Uncertainty."

We cherish those who fill the role of mom.  Moms are all around us - whether biological, adopted, step, spiritual, etc...I (Pastor Chris) have had plenty of mother figures in my life and all of them have been frustrated with me at some time or another.  Parenting, just like many other areas of life, presents those times when no matter how well you do, your best efforts fall short and you are left standing in disappointment and confusion.  We're always taught that when you do things right, the results should be positive, but that's not always true.

Some of you have put forth your best efforts and they've still fallen short.  This happens in every facet of life, but it is especially disheartening in our relationships.  It's really painful when we're working with our children.

Seek God's wisdom to limit your regrets.  Even the best efforts of the best teacher or parent will fall short sometimes because we are working with people who will make their own decisions.  It's not over until it's over!  We need to trust God with our efforts.

Despite your best efforts, maybe your goals and dreams have been upended, suspended, or just ended.  People without hope are discouraged, defeated deflated, negative, cynical and faithless.  It's only when you've lost your trust in God that you will lose hope.  That's where the devil wants you.  God is asking you to trust and believe in Him!

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May 1, 2016  

Today's message, "How Do I Know God Has Not Left Me?" by Pastor Craig Burdick, was the third sermon in the Series "Christians & Uncertainty."

A depressed Christian tends to lose the ability to feel God's presence, cannot take comfort from His Word, and can no longer feel His love.  We cannot comprehend how God could still be with us and yet allow us to undergo such suffering.  We may become frustrated, worried and angry when it feels like God's Word no longer seems to be working, and when He does not seem to be honoring His promises.

Another common reaction is to fear that we have let God down in some major way, wondering if we have stepped outside His will by disobeying Him, or have committed an unforgivable sin.

God Promises to Never Leave Us!  God never changes, He is the one constant in an ever-changing world.

When we have learned to cope with or overcome difficult times such as depression, we will be able to look back upon the phase where we thought God had abandoned us, and we will recognize very clearly that He was with us and holding us safely in His hands the whole time.  We will also realize that it was during this time that we learned to rely upon and stand on God's Word instead of relying on our feelings.

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April 24, 2016  

Today's message, "What Should I Do When God's Plans Aren't Clear?" by Pastor Chris Dyer, was the second sermon in the Series "Christians & Uncertainty."

It is great to have goals and plans, but we can't always live life within the secure boundaries of a known plan.  In life, there are plenty of times when we are heading to places we didn't plan to go and when we are confronted with questions about what comes when we don't know the plan, we can't really see the end goal, and where we seem to be going just does not seem to make sense.

In the Book of Acts, we see that the Apostle Paul experienced a time when he didn't quite understand God's plan for his life and ministry.  He kept trying to go places where God didn't want him to go.

God's plans are not always going to be clear because He is God and we are not.  Pray and wait - anxiety will get you nowhere...good.  No matter how many walls you run into, keep living for Jesus and God will open up a door and give you direction.

Rarely is God's Plan really clear.  Rarely do we know what God is doing.

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April 17, 2016  

Today's message, "What Can I Do When It Seems Like Everything Is Going Against Me?" by Pastor Chris Dyer, was the first sermon in the Series "Christians & Uncertainty."

Life is up and down, isn't it?  Sometimes things are going extremely well and at other times it seems like everything is going against us.  This series of messages will help us focus upon the period of time between Jesus' resurrection and the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given to the church.  This was an unbelievable time of uncertainty for Jesus' followers.

When everything seems to be going against us, it's not always because we are doing something wrong - sometimes it's because we are doing something right.  Sin and evil are alive and well in this world, and try as you may, there will still be times when we will suffer from the existence and impact of sin on this planet.

While we are going through difficult times, when it seems like everything is going against us - maybe the best question to ask is not "why?" but "what?" or "where?"  God is trying to teach us the virtue of trust and the power of dependence.  God will use difficult times in your life to make you into exactly what He wants you to be - if you'll let Him do it!

The very things the devil will use to try to tear you down are the things God will use to build you up!  When it seems like everything is going against us we can fold under the pressure and give up or we can grow through the hardships and experience God's amazing grace and transformative power.  What will you do?

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April 10, 2016  

Today's challenging and encouraging sermon was delivered by Roy Hall, former OSU and NFL wide receiver and current chaplain for The Ohio State University Football team.

The heart of today's message focused on how we, as Christians, need to let God be God in our lives.  That includes trusting Him when things get difficult but also when we feel like we want to take charge and do things our way.  We often need to step back and let God be large and in charge.

Roy Hall is also the co-founder of the Driven Foundation based in Columbus, OH.  This organization has been responsible for caring for the less fortunate all over Central Ohio.  Roy was not paid for being with us, but a donation of 100 jars of peanut butter and 100 jars of jelly was collected by today's attendees and provided to the Driven Foundation for distribution later this year.

For more information about the Driven Foundation, visit their website at http://staydriven.org.

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April 3, 2016  

Today's sermon, "Resurrection Life," was delivered by Rev. Chris Dyer.

Baptism is an act of obedience.  When we are baptized, we are following the example of Jesus, who was baptized by John the Baptist.  When we are baptized we tell the story of God's work in our lives.  Baptism is the story of personal decision, and the story of spiritual empowerment through Jesus Christ.  Baptism is the story of our spiritual cleansing - it's not the water that washes our sins away, Jesus' blood does that, but it's the water that represents that cleansing.

But...the most dominant story in baptism is the story of resurrection.  We're baptized not only because we have been chosen to follow Jesus, but because He has raised us to new life and baptism proclaims that story.  Resurrection comes to every person who has placed their faith in Jesus.

Jesus came and died so that we could have life right now!  New life!  Life in Him!  Have you been resurrected to new life yet?

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March 27, 2016  

Today's Easter / Resurrection Sunday sermon, "Who Are You?" we delivered by Rev. Chris Dyer.

Jesus is enough!  How outlandish is that statement? Who is Jesus?  Haven't many good men and women died for good causes in this world?  People who want to make Jesus less than what He was can't get past 2 huge obstacles.  Pastor Chris shared those obstacles in today's sermon.

None of us deserve it, but God loves us; Jesus died for us.  You are God's creation and He is in the passionate pursuit of your soul.  (Psalm 23:6)  God pursues us with His love.  He desires to save us.  He desires to live within us.  He desires to give us power for life and power over death.

Today, God is calling you to come to Jesus to find the life He has for you.  He call you to the foot of the cross where He gave His life for you.  He calls you to an empty tomb that declares His power to save you, heal you, and to transform the way you live.  Let's come to Jesus.

For more information about Community Church, please log on to our website at www.cwcnewark.org.

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March 20, 2016  

Today's sermon, "Passionate Worship," delivered by Rev. Chris Dyer, is the third sermon in the series "Living the Passionate Life."

Worship is not about us.  It's about God.  The best worship experience is not really planned and it can happen in any place at any time.  The best worship experience takes place when we come before God humbly, sincerely, genuinely with repentance, adoration, and obedience, and there we meet with God and experience His love and holiness.

Worship was very personal for Mary Magdalene.  She did not hold back, she gave it all, she gave her best and she gave expensively and sacrificially.

When you give God your best, it brings glory to God & everyone is able to experience it.

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March 13, 2016  

Today's sermon, "Becoming Passionate About God's Glory" delivered by Rev. Chris Dyer, is the second sermon in the series "Living the Passionate Life."

We never want to neglect the most important things in life.  But, here's a radical thought: Is it possible that the most important thing in life is to live to glorify God?  If we can become passionate about God's glory we will see God - and the world will see God - in new and powerful ways.  We should be perpetual seekers of God's glory and everyone around us should see God's glory in us and should experience God's glory through us.

Last week we said that passion is desire amplified.  We should never get the idea that God's glory is only revealed through the victory parties of life.  His glory can be revealed in any and every situation.

The people with Jesus would not have seen the glory of God revealed through Lazarus' resurrection had they not first seen the glory of God in Jesus.  Like Jesus, we need to live to glorify God and people need to see His glory in our lives.  What is the most important thing in your life?

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