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Sun, Apr 22, 2018
by Linda Evans
Duration: 39 mins
Winning at Marriage week two message from Linda Evans on April 22, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. It is easy to love what is lovely. Beauty in nature, things like flowers and trees. Michael Angelo’s paintings. Wonderful music. Opposites really do attract. Maybe we love something because it is valuable to us. We hang on to something because it has worth. We often start out in relationships as good performers. Are you still treating your spouse the same way you did when you were dating or when you were first married? There is an example and an expectation for us to follow in the Bible regarding marriage. Ephesians 5:21-33 Most people who read these verses like what the verses say regarding how your spouse is supposed to treat you. But most people aren’t thrilled with what the verses are telling them to do. When we are filled with the Spirit and living our lives by the power of the Spirit, we no longer need to look to others to fill our emptiness, and we don’t have to manipulate and control them to try to fill ourselves up! When we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit, we have the strength and the desire to submit to one another! The Greek word for “submit” has the meaning of coming underneath someone not lording over them. Everyone is different and knowing your spouse well and knowing what they need to feel loved and secure and respected is huge. Matthew 22:37 John 4:7-18 I think this woman was looking to people to fill that emptiness in her heart. She was looking to her spouse to be her be-all-end-all and it clearly wasn’t working, because she’d had 5 husbands and was living with a man that she wasn’t married to. Jesus was offering her living water… He was offering himself to her as her messiah. Put me first and you will never thirst again. Put me first and I can fill that hole inside of you. Put me first, and the rest of your life will fall into place. Put me first, you can count on me Every. Single. Time. God IS the Be-All-End-All. Home is what we long for and this is what HOME really stands for… H- Honor Romans 12:10 O-Others Philippians 2:1-8 M- Mercy Luke 6:36 Ephesians 4:32 E-Edify 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Is your relationship based on performance or value? HOME… HOME is what we long for. When we follow the example of Jesus, there really is no place like home.
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
by Linda Evans
Duration: 39 mins
Winning at Marriage week one message from Linda Evans on April 15, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. God hates divorce but he doesn’t hate divorced people. He loves them. There can be redemption, there can be forgiveness, there can be restoration, because we serve an incredible, powerful God. Malachi 2:16 I told a handful of people that I was giving a 2 week sermon series on marriage and asked for topic ideas. Here are some of the suggestions I got... 1. How to survive in a loveless marriage 2. How to survive a cheating spouse 3. How to not be lonely in your marriage 4. How to love someone who doesn’t love you like you hoped 5. How to keep going when your spouse stops cherishing you and just gives out demands like “keep the house clean and be a better mom”. People were wondering how to survive when what God intended is for us to thrive in our relationships. One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received was to think of you and your spouse as a team. What makes a teammate great? A great teammate develops real relationships with their teammate. A great teammate is willing to play any role on the team. 1 Corinthians 12:17-20 A great teammate is always willing to give maximum effort. Galatians 6:9 A great teammate works hard to improve their game. Matthew 5:41 A great teammate spends time studying the opponent. 1 Peter 5:8 A great teammate always leads by example and encourages. Hebrews 10:24-25 A great teammate understands the importance of good communication. 1 Peter 1:19 A great teammate understands their own strengths and weaknesses. A great teammate has a positive and energetic attitude and may glance back but doesn’t keep their eyes fixed on what’s behind. A good teammate doesn’t dwell on what happened earlier. Luke 9:62 A great teammate holds self and others accountable to the commitment they made to the team. A great teammate is willing to accept feedback and make necessary changes. Proverbs 27:17 A great teammate supports others when they are struggling. Never blames or finds excuses. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 A great teammate is reliable, respectful, honest, trustworthy and loving. Marriage (relationship) isn’t something that you get; it’s something that you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 44 mins
Grace is Greater week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 8, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Grace is greater than anything you walked in the door with this morning. And that takes us to our final emphasis for this series which is that God’s… Grace is Greater than our Circumstances Now what exactly are we talking about when we use the word circumstances? We’re talking about those things that happen around us. We sometimes like to think that we have more control then we do but in reality many of the things that happen around us are far outside of our control. When it comes right down to it, we don’t get to choose a lot of what happens in the circumstances around us. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 We think that if something would just change in our circumstances THEN we could be thankful and joyful. This is the happiness illusion that so many people buy into. We spend so much of our lives thinking that happiness will be determined by changed circumstances, and then we end up always having something to feel miserable about because there is always something that we want to change that we can’t change. 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 Grace is what allows us to look at our circumstances, whatever we experience, whatever the situation might be, and still be thankful, still be joyful. It’s us being able to recognize that what we have received by God’s grace is so much greater than anything we experience in our circumstances. Hebrews 12:15 This gets at the very heart of what kind of church we are striving to be together. We can be like a lot of other churches where people come trying to put on the best front possible so that they look all together and impressive from an outward perspective. We can do that and be primarily concerned with what other people think of us. OR we can do things differently. We can choose to put what God thinks of us before what others think of us. We can choose to be real and vulnerable instead so that we make room for God’s grace to show up in amazing ways. We can be open about our brokenness and the messiness of our lives so that others can relate to us and see the hope that we have in our God even IN THE MIDST of our challenging circumstances. If we do that, then people don’t miss out on the grace of God, they see it in all of its power and action and they are drawn to it and want to experience it for and in their own lives. There’s something beautiful that happens when people finally get that this life isn’t about them but instead it’s about a greater purpose of seeing God at work in us and through us so that the rest of the world is drawn to Him. And that only happens when Grace is shown in all of its beauty and power. SPA MINISTRIES: www.spaministryhomes.org
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 32 mins
Grace is Greater week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 1, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Today, all around the world, billions of people are celebrating Easter. It is the most celebrated event in history. It is the central event of history. All of history is divided into A.D. and B.C. by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So what's the big deal about Easter? I’ll tell you what the big deal about Easter is. It’s the best comeback story of all time! Nothing even comes close! What we’ve been talking about in this series these last few weeks has been that God’s grace is greater than anything we or anybody else can throw at it. Grace is greater than _________ *whatever you put on the other side of the equation, it’s bigger It’s greater than your mistakes…. greater than your weaknesses…. greater than your insecurities…greater than your sin….. greater than your shame…. greater than your infirmities…greater than your needs… and greater than your inabilities. And what we learn from the story of Easter is that in addition to all of these amazing things… Grace is greater than the Grave Easter teaches you that… 1. You are not enough… You are not enough. Plain and simple. One day you're going to stand before God and He’s going to decide if you will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Romans 3:23 1. You are not enough…. but Jesus is This is where God’s amazing love for us enters the picture. This is where God looked at our situation and realized that there was absolutely no chance that you and I could get to Him in our own efforts…. so God came up with another plan… and that plan was Jesus… a plan where we are able to be in God’s presence because of what Jesus would do on our behalf. John 17:3 2. You are never beyond His reach Some of us are convinced that we have done too much, that he have burned too many bridges with God, that we have things in our past that we are so ashamed of that we can’t possibly be helped. But God will NEVER look at you and think that you are too far gone to be saved. 3. This life is not just about you We get in trouble when we look at life from a self-centered perspective…when it becomes all about us and what we want and what we can do. We get in trouble when we believe we can do it on our own. How many of us live our lives that way? 4. You have a choice to make God will never force you to make a decision for Him. He has given you free will and you get to make your choices. But make sure you realize the ultimate consequences for making those choices. Romans 10:9 Revelation 3:20 Whatever your story is… Grace is greater than ________, whatever it is that you put on the one side of the equation, God’s grace is still greater. And He wants you to understand that at the deepest part of who you are so that your story can be redeemed and used for His purposes.
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 31 mins
Grace is Greater week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 25, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When we started this series, we looked at a verse in the book of Hebrews in the New Testament that gives us this straightforward directive…. Hebrews 12:15 In this series we are focusing on the truth that God’s grace is bigger than anything you walked through the doors with this morning. This week I want to focus on how… Grace is Greater than our Weaknesses 2 Corinthians 11:21-23 Throughout Scripture we see Paul view himself in a very humble and simple way. In fact on several occasions he simply refers to himself as a slave for Christ. He acknowledges that he had a very impressive resume. He had a fantastic education and he has all the right credentials. It would have been easy for him to be proud and confident in his own strengths. But he also talks about how God gave him a “thorn in the flesh” , a weakness, so that he would be dependent on God. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Let me ask you this…. how well do you celebrate your weaknesses? We don’t celebrate our weaknesses do we? Our tendency is to run from them. Our tendency is to hide them the best we can. Our tendency is to try to compensate by focusing on our strengths. Celebrating our weaknesses is pretty much a foreign idea for us. Grace is greater than our Infirmities (Physical or mental weakness) Grace is Greater than our Insecurities 2 Corinthians 1:8 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 Grace is Greater than our Inabilities Acts 4:13 Are you aware of your weaknesses? A lot of times the people around us know our weaknesses but we have trouble recognizing them. We have a hard time admitting them to ourselves. We don’t like being vulnerable. But here’s the problem with that… God’s grace meets us at that point of vulnerability. If you want to truly experience God’s grace then you have to be willing to be vulnerable.
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 43 mins
Grace is Greater week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 18, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Now we love the idea of receiving grace, don’t we…. but today we’re going to flip the coin… and we’re going to talk about messy grace. It’s fun to talk about receiving God’s grace, but when we’re talking about GIVING grace, that can be a lot tougher. Grace is only grace if it goes both ways I love this quote from pastor Kyle Idelman. It perfectly sums up this idea of grace going both ways. Here is what he says… “The extent to which we are willing to GIVE grace reveals the extent to which we have RECEIVED grace.” Matthew 18:21-35 You and I have to be honest enough with ourselves to recognize that what we owe God is far greater than anything anybody owes us. Pastor Jean Larroux sums it up well when he says these words… “If the biggest sinner you know isn’t you, then you don’t know yourself very well.” 1 Timothy 1:15 I want to give you a few more reminders about grace related to our topic today of offering grace to others. 1. Grace is greater than repayment – “They have to make it right” Matthew 18:27 2. Grace is greater than revenge – “I’m going to hurt the person the way that I’ve been hurt” Matthew 18:27 3. Grace is greater than resentment – “I’m going to quietly become more and more angry” The key to giving grace is to stop thinking about what’s been done TO you, and start thinking about what Jesus has done FOR you.
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 44 mins
Grace is Greater week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 11, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Did you know that every year new words are added to our dictionary? Because of such things as advances in technology, medicine, politics, sports and popculture , new words are needed to describe new things or new concepts. Last year, the Miriam Webster Dictionary alone added 30 new words that have become so regulary used in our day-to-day dealing with one another that they were officially recognized as their own words. These new words added included “binge-watching”, “photobomb”, “safe space”, “side-eye”, “weak sauce”, and even the expression “yowsa.” Different dictionaries have added different words through the years as they see them being relevant and used frequently. Here are a few that have made it through the years, see if you can figure out what they probably mean before I give you their definitions… Blamestorming - Sitting in a group and discussing who is responsible for the company’s problems instead of trying to solve them Intaxication - The euphoria of getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to begin with Phonesia - Act of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer Disconfect - The attempt to sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it On the flip side of new words is how we tend to not pay very close attention to words that have been around for a long, long time. The reality is when it comes to familiar words with familiar meanings we tend to overlook them, we don’t pay attention to them, we just assume we understand them. In this series, let’s approach one particular word like we’ve never heard it before – Set aside what you have thought about it and hear it for the first time with new ears… because while it is a word that we are fairly familiar with, and use from time to time, we miss the POWER of it all the time. So my hope is that after this 5 week series we all have a much deeper understanding of it then we have right now. That one word we are going to redefine for all of us is GRACE. In this series, let’s approach one particular word like we’ve never heard it before – Set aside what you have thought about it and hear it for the first time with new ears… because while it is a word that we are fairly familiar with, and use from time to time, we miss the POWER of it all the time. So my hope is that after this 5 week series we all have a much deeper understanding of it then we have right now. That one word we are going to redefine for all of us is GRACE. Hebrews 12:15 Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23 Romans 5:12 Romans 5:15 Romans 5:16-18 Religion: Our attempt to earn God’s favor by following certain rules and regulations Religion Grace Keyword: Do Done Focus: Outward Inward Foundation: Rules Relationships Motivation: Shame Gratitude Feeling: Fear/Frustration Freedom Outcome: Pride/Guilt Love Grace is GREATER than religion! “Grace can be dissected like a frog, but the thing dies in the process.” Story from John 8 Two things Jesus teaches us in this story… 1. Grace is greater than your secret. 2. Grace is greater than your shame Jesus wants the broken rose, and there’s a word for that, and it’s GRACE.
Sun, Mar 04, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 36 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 4, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. One of my greatest hopes for this series has been that you truly recognize the power of your words. We have been reminded that our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Since Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts, that means that everything that comes out of our mouths reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And if you are like me at all with the words you use, we have to recognize that sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent. Proverbs 18:8 Gossip, it happens all the time around us. There's an old saying that gossip can actually travel around the world and back before the truth can get out of bed and put its pants on. That's pretty true, isn't it? Especially today in light of all of the social media people use. It takes nothing more than a snap of the fingers or a push of the Post button and all of sudden everybody knows and it's shared and this and that is spread all over the place. For those of us that claim to follow Christ we just find ways to disguise the gossip… sometimes we call it "a prayer request." Who Does Gossip Hurt? The Person It's Spoken About The Speaker Proverbs 16:28 Proverbs 25:9 Gossip hurts everybody. So the goal then should be very simple. Stop it, or as I've been saying throughout this series, "Knock it off!" How do we do that? I'm going to give you two simple and practical ways to do this. Neither is extremely profound in itself, but if you actually put them in to practice, they will drastically change the way you interact with gossip on a daily basis. How to "Knock it off!" Guard Our Ears Close Our Mouth I came across an article that said you could stop gossip with one question. The question is simply this… "Why are you telling me this?" And I think there's another equally important question to ask at times like this and that is this… "Have you had a chance to talk to __________ about this?" Proverbs 20: 19 Proverbs 21:23 A good question to ask ourselves to keep us in check in this area is this… "Would I want someone sharing similar information about me if I were not around?" Luke 6:31 What if instead of getting caught complaining, criticizing, lying or gossip, we put all of that focus in to encouraging one another? That should happen the more and more we get to know Jesus. Because the more we recognize and understand who Jesus is, the more we will follow His example. Then all of a sudden our words begin to reflect those of our Creator, the one who sustains, who renews, who transforms our heart and in that transformation process our mouths cannot help but be transformed as well.
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 39 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 25, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Throughout this series we have been talking about the power of our words. We have been reminded that our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts. So everything that comes out reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And if you are like me at all with the words you use, we have to recognize that sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent. This week we are going to focus on the topic of lying. How many of you have ever lied before? Those of you that didn't raise your hand, you picked a bad week to not participate. How many of you think you may have lied in the last 72 hours at some point? Everybody who didn't have their hands up on the last question should have your hands up now. Proverbs 12:22 Ephesians 4:21 John 8:44 The Enemy's Plan: Get You Speaking His Language Get You to Lie to Yourself Live a Lie 1 John 2:4 1 John 1:9 James 5:16 Where are you at with lying? *some of you are carrying a lie right now *some of you might be lying to yourselves right now about something in life *some of you might be living a lie, thinking you are a Christian when the evidence just doesn't support it The enemy of our souls is a liar and there's nothing he wants more than you to follow in his footsteps. He wants to ruin your life, he wants to pull you away from God, he wants to lead you to a place of hopelessness and fear. But thanks be to God we have Jesus Christ, who is the source of all hope and redemption. Seek him for forgiveness for living a lie and talk with those who love you and love God so that you might find true healing and start down a path of great hope and restoration. The truth will set you free.
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 33 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 81, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Every day we make hundreds and probably thousands of choices of what comes out of our mouths. And the reality is, when things get more difficult and we feel life squeezing us, our true character comes out more clearly. And let's face it, sometimes we just come up short. We can tell a lot about ourselves and others by how we face difficult people and difficult circumstances. When we get our relationship with Jesus right, when it becomes the number one relationship in our lives, when we keep our focus on His plan and not our own, then the natural overflow from our mouths, regardless of the situation or circumstances around us, will be filled with hope, joy and promise. the problem of criticism is it's really difficult to see in the mirror because we often feel very justified in criticizing other if we believe that what they are doing is irresponsible, immature, or unwise. We are convinced that we know the right way to act in their situation and nobody can convince us otherwise. We all are guilty of doing this with family and friends, aren't we? We see how they spend their money, how they raise their kids, how they dress, how they talk, how they drive, and we jump to all kinds of conclusions about them that are critical and judgmental. This problem with being critical of others was nothing new to the early church. Galatians 5:14-15 There are many verses throughout Scripture that talk about the importance of the words that come out of our mouth. And these verses confirm the power that those words can have on people. Proverbs 12:18 Ephesians 4:29 What Kind of Person Will You Be? Fault Finder OR Hope Dealer Romans 15:13 What do you want to be? Do you want to be a fault finder? That's what the Pharisees were. That's what our spiritual enemy is too. The prince of darkness, the father of lies, the great deceiver, the accuser. But who is Jesus? He is the way, he is the truth, he is the living hope. He is the blessed hope. He is our hope. I want to be a hope dealer. How about you? There are power in words. Critical words sting. But you also forget how powerful one word of encouragement can be, how God can use that to change a life. Words of life, you have the power to use them every…single…day. When we choose to stay close to God we become less critical people. We are people of God. We are hope dealers. We are not fault finders. Anybody can be a fault finder. Pharisees are fault finders. The devil is a fault finder. We are followers of Christ. We speak words of healing, we speak words of life. We choose the better way that God has laid out for us to follow in the example of His son Jesus.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 40 mins
My Big Fat Mouth week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 11, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Throughout this series we are going to be talking about the power of words. Our words have the power to give life and they have the power to take life. Jesus tells us that we speak from the overflow of our hearts. So everything that comes out reflects something that is going on at a deeper level inside of us. And sometimes we just do a horrible job of reflecting the faith we profess to have and the savior we claim to represent. Have any of YOU ever gotten in trouble because of your Big Fat Mouth? Now, complaining is nothing new is it? It is something that Christians and non-Christians all do far too often. God's people have been complaining since they were created. In the Old Testament, which is that part of the Bible that tells us about our history from Creation until before Jesus comes to earth, we read about the people of God and their interactions with God and with others. Many of you may know or are at least somewhat familiar with what God did at this time in history. The pharaoh refused to let the people go so God performed a series of miracles to get his attention. But, not long after God did something great they would begin to forget and the whining and complaining would kick into gear again. Exodus 14:11-12 Exodus 16:3 Exodus 16:8b What is it that you complain about the most? There are so many things that we complain about, both big and small. But there is something at the very core of complaining that we need to deal with. Because at it's very heart, complaining isn't about the weather, it's not about the traffic, it's not even about other people. The problem ultimately is that we've taken our eyes off of the goodness of God and we've placed them instead on ourselves. That is the problem that is at the heart of our complaining. Philippians 2:14-15 If you can't change your circumstances, then change your perspective. Philippians 2:17-18 Philippians 1:12-14 You can complain, you can gripe, you can whine all day long, and you may be justified. I know right now for many of you, there are some things going on that are just not pleasant. Or, you can change the way you look at it, and say, "I can't do anything about this, but I can choose to look for God in it. I can choose the way I speak about it. I can choose how I represent it. I can believe that this is the worst thing ever, or I can look for some sign that God's going to use me in it. EVEN IF. Even if my greatest prayer is never ever answered. Even if I never get out of this situation that I wish I was not in, I will still praise my God because he is good. He never leaves me. His presence is with me. His power is in me. Therefore I will praise him with everything that I have.
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 37 mins
Born to Party week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 4, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. In this series we have learned that from the beginning of humanity, God intended for His people to be known as a people who celebrated on a regular basis… to be known as a people who took intentional time out of their schedules to take the focus off of themselves and instead focus in on the bigger picture that God had for their lives… to be a group of committed followers who would reflect on the goodness and faithfulness of God in their lives so that they would not get too overwhelmed or fearful of the daunting and sometimes downright scary circumstances that surrounded them in their daily lives. We are being what the church is supposed to be… a group of people that, even in the midst of challenges and heartbreak in this world, can come together and find strength in one another and in the Lord. That's what we've been talking about in this series…. we can celebrate because of who God is, because of what God has done, and because of what God will continue to do in our lives when we seek after Him. New people should be able to come through our doors and see that regardless of what the circumstances are that are going on around us in our lives, that we are never defeated. We're not anxious, overwhelmed, pessimistic or negative, because we know who our God is, we know where our hope lies, we know the source of our strength, we know the depth of His love, we know the power of his mercy, we know the grace of his forgiveness, and we know the true source of our joy. And because we know all of these things we can celebrate as we were created to celebrate. Psalm 46:1-3 Luke 15:1-2 Now let's get in to the 3 stories. You'll notice a rhythm to the 3 stories as each one talks about something being lost, something being found, and a celebration for what is found STORY #1 Luke 15:4-7 STORY #2 Luke 15:8-10 STORY #3 Luke 15:11-32 The story isn't finished yet. It will be determined in the upcoming days, weeks, months and years. What will the party look like, who will be at the celebration. How the story ends? We'll have to wait and see.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 40 mins
Born to Party week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 28, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. It's not easy to watch people be joyful when you are feeling about as joyless as possible at the time, is it? We have things going on in our lives sometimes that we get so consumed with that we lose focus of the bigger picture and instead of living lives of joy we live lives of fear, hopelessness, and despair. And we get confused when we meet people who always seem to be full of hope and joy. Too many churches today fall under the definition of Christianity that was offered by journalist H.L. Menkin… he described Christianity as being this… "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time." - H.L. Mencken From the beginning God designed it for his people to be known for joy and celebration; God wants us to come together and celebrate life together on a regular basis, and it should show on our faces as well. Luke 2:10 Luke 5:27-32 So Jesus is at this house party, enjoying food and beverage with tax collectors and sinners. The religious leaders should have been experiencing the joy but because Jesus didn't meet their expectations, they missed out. They, of all people, should have been anticipating the coming of the Messiah, but because he didn't fit into their understanding and expectation of who and what the Messiah would be, they missed out on the party altogether. We see over and over again in Scripture that Jesus wasn't that worried about tradition for traditions sake like the religious leaders of the time were. They wanted everything to stay the same but Jesus was wanting to do something brand new. And they couldn't celebrate because they were so caught up in how they had always done things before. John 2:1-7 And Jesus does his first miracle, turning water in to wine. And they take some of it to the master of ceremony, who doesn't know where it came from, and he tries it and he can't believe how good it is. The party has been saved. They had crunched the numbers and miscalculated on how much they needed and they had run out. They had run out of joy. What do you do when you run out of joy at the wedding celebration? It's the difference that Jesus can make in our lives, in our churches, in our friendship, in our marriages, at our jobs, in our neighborhoods, in our communities, in our country and in our world. we serve a big, big God. He's in the business of redeeming stories; how did he redeem you?
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 35 mins
Born to Party week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 21, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Let's start off with a moment of just blunt honesty… how many of you have been around a person that is so full of joy, so happy about life, so excited about what is going on around them, so full of smiles and giggles, that you just want to walk up to them… and smack them upside the head? "What are you so darn joyful about all the time?... Knock it off!" Psalm 122:1 1 Thessalonians 5:16,18 It's important for us to understand that joy is not a denial of reality; as Christ followers we still see the realities around us. We see the injustices, we see the racism and sexism, we see the immorality and the corruption in people and in governments. As Christians we don't pretend that everything is ok when it's not ok…we're not afraid to engage with some of the challenging aspects of the world that we live in…we fight for justice, we walk humbly with God…but we are able to do so with a spirit of joy, not because everything is good and great, but because of WHO God is and because of WHAT God's done, and because of what God WILL DO one day when Jesus returns and says "Enough, I'm making all things new now." Leviticus 23:1-2 "Party is sacrament." - Alan Hirsch Sacrament: a sacred act instituted by God Himself. Leviticus 23:3-4 1 Corinthians 5:7b So it was a foreshadowing of what Jesus would do. In reality, each of these festivals that God had appointed for His peole was at the same time a… Commemoration and Anticipation commemoration: looking back at God's faithfulness anticipation: looking ahead WITH faith to what God WILL do How well do you practice your gratitude? What connects gratitude to joy is the practice of it. If you want to experience more joy in your life then up your gratitude game and practice it regularly. John 10:10 God desires more for your life here and now than you can possibly wrap your head around. He wants you to know Him and trust Him so completely that you can't help but practice gratitude all the time… He wants you to so completely understand who He has created you to be that you can't help but live out gratitude by celebrating it with those you love. He wants you to so completely understand who we are supposed to be as a church family that we together can't help but reach out to those who don't know His love and help them meet the God who is passionate about them and celebrate like crazy when they give their lives to Jesus Christ. We are a people who were born to party. No other group of people on the planet has as much reason to celebrate.
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Life Goals
Duration: 35 mins
#LifeGoals week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on January 14, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Here are three attitude adjustments we can use when we get caught needing the second chance because our follow through fell short. Adjustment One: Failure is NOT Final 1 John 1:9 Hebrews 4:16 Adjustment Two: Bad Decisions Can Be Redeemed Adjustment Three: Next Time is Still Possible Lamentations 3:22-23 Our decisions also affect our attitude toward situations and goals C.A.R. Decision Making 1. Consequences Luke 22:54-62 2. Application John 8:2-11 3. Recognition Matthew 5:16 The best part about all of this process – the adjustments we make and the decisions that affect them – no matter what – a second chance is ALWAYS possible. Our God is with us no matter what – no matter the decision made – no matter how many times we need to try again. Through EVERYTHING he is faithful.
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Life Goals
Duration: 29 mins
#LifeGoals week two message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on January 7, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. “Free Throws: Form, Function, Follow Through” Philippians 3:13-14 Idea One: FORM: LIVE FREE AND DIE HARD Philippians 1:21 Definition of Live Free: Living a life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Definition of Die Hard: Putting off selfish desires – Setting God and Others before yourself. Idea Two: FUNCTION: DEAD POET’S SOCIETY: O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN Romans 1:16 Idea Three: FOLLOW THROUGH: HARRY POTTER: THE ROOM OF REQUIREMENT Micah 6:8 Chris Tomlin – “The Way I Was Made” pg. 35 “I didn’t ask God to make me happy or good or famous. I didn’t ask Him to make me a musician or to put me on stage. And I’m so glad now that I didn’t. I just handed over my life. I wanted to be His man.” • What does my form look like? Is my technique working? • What does my function look like? Am I standing on truth? • How is my follow through? Am I walking how I am talking? • Here is the true test for this year and the challenge: “Look Just Like Your Daddy”
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
by Linda Evans
Series: Life Goals
Duration: 30 mins
#LifeGoals week one message from Linda Evans on December 31, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. I saw an article that listed the top 5 most popular resolutions that are made year after year. #5 Take up a new hobby #4 Make more money #3 Improve relationships #2 Stop smoking #1 Lose weight My guess is that there isn’t much follow through when it comes to new year’s resolutions and that’s why they remain the same top 5 resolutions year after year. Maybe resolutions work for you but most tend to be self-focused. Maybe a special word will work for you. Or maybe you do better with goals. So, let’s replace those 5 common resolutions that I listed earlier with 5 worthwhile goals that we might consider for 2018. #5 Forget your failures #4 Give up grudges #3 Restore Relationships #2 Improve your worship #1 Grow your ministry Isaiah 43:19 Psalm 103:12 Colossians 3:12-14 Romans 12:17-19 1 Corinthians 10:31 Phil 1:6 John 10:10 Keep asking God these questions… What is my calling? What are my gifts? What is my purpose? Where do you want me, God? How may I best serve you? What breaks your heart? Chances are that same thing breaks God’s heart, too and He is hoping that you will make a difference. 1. Forget your failures 2. drop your grudges 3. restore relationships if it is within your power to do so 4. live your everyday life as worship 5. and pay attention to what your ministry is or could be. He wants us to live a life where we know with certainty how much he loves us, forgives us, helps us and wants to use us to further His kingdom. Start right now.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 32 mins
Who Needs Christmas week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 24, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. What amazes me about Christmas is how much attention it receives from everyone. While other holidays like Easter, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving are significant to us, we only give them one day. But Christmas really gets focused on for about a month. During the Christmas season, billions of people set aside their normal routines to decorate their homes, send out cards, buy gifts, go to parties, attend church services, sing Christmas songs, watch Christmas TV specials and Christmas movies, and many even travel long distances to be with their families. Unfortunately, with all of these activities, it gets difficult to figure out how to get them all in during the month and that leads to a lot of stress in our lives that ends up taking away from the purpose of Christmas. We go in to the season with high expectations of a wonderful time of the year and often end up finding it becomes so difficult instead. What should be simple gets very, very complicated. Luke 2:8-14 John 3:16 John 17:3 John 3:17 The Story of Christmas is so much more than what we see at first glance… *not just some sweet little nativity scene – God’s story *not just a baby – savior of the world *not just Mary & Joseph’s son – Son of God *not just hope for a select few – hope for all who believe *not just a better life – eternal life (relationship) The Christ child is the most amazing gift of all time. So what do we do with such an amazing gift? 2 things: 1) Receive it – thankfulness/humility/truth/perspective 2) Pass it on – God loved, so he gave; Jesus loved, so he gave; we love – so we give You and I need Christmas, God needed Christmas, and the world needed (and continues to need) Christmas. We can’t keep all of this good news to ourselves. We have a responsibility to share it with everyone around us. Luke 2:15-20 Isaiah 6:8 Over 2,000 years ago, in the midst of a dark world full of brokenness and hopelessness, hope burned brightly in a manger in Bethlehem... the hope of the Christ child had arrived. He brought the hope and the light in to the world, and He entrust us to pass it on. Let’s commit ourselves this morning to passing on this message of hope by using what God has given each of us. Let us take what He has planted in our hearts and share it so that the whole world will know that there is a God who is passionately in love with them and wants to spend eternity with them.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 33 mins
Who Needs Christmas week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 17, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. All of those Old Testament stories that many people see as being irrelevant today were actually the stories that birthed the promise of God. They were in essence the cocoon that birthed the hope of the world. Over thousands of years people had lost sight of the promise but during that entire period of time God was behind the scenes working… getting the world ready for the thing He ultimately had decided to do after sin had entered in to the world. The WORLD needed Christmas. But as it turns out it wasn’t just the world that needed Christmas, but God needed Christmas as well. God wanted to do something amazing so He needed to do something very relational and He needed Christmas to make that happen… and because it was going to be something so powerful, so life-altering, so eternity changing… it required God to show up in person. God was going to show up in an up close and personal type of way so that people could get close to Him and realize just how much He loved them, just how much He cared, and just how much He had an amazing plan for their lives and for their eternities, allowing them to completely put their trust in Him for good. Romans 5:6-8 You cannot demonstrate great love without sacrifice God needed Christmas. He needed Christmas to demonstrate his great love and document it for us, otherwise how would we have ever known? Matthew 1:20-23 John 1:12 Romans 8:15-17 Galatians 4:4-5 You can change your status with God TODAY… you can be adopted in to the family of God TODAY… your eternity can be changed TODAY. And the reason you can do this is because of the story of Christmas. God had to show the world that He was with us so that we could know that he was for us. The world needed a demonstration so God needed Christmas to do it.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 23 mins
Who Needs Christmas week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 10, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. I don’t know how things are for you as we hit the final two week stretch to Christmas but I know for us we are always wrestling with keeping the right things in focus at this time of the year. We are surrounded by a culture that has a “I want, I want, I want… I must have, I must have, I must have” mentality. What is everybody asking each other right now as they are busy shopping and planning for Christmas? …. “What do you WANT for Christmas.” It’s all about the wants. But thank goodness God is about a much bigger purpose and plan than simply meeting our wants. When He put together the whole story of Christmas His primary goal was not about meeting our wants, it was about taking care of our biggest NEED. It’s not that God isn’t concerned with some of our wants, He often provides those to us, but His biggest focus at Christmas is something much, much more important than our simple wants. Genesis 12:1-3 Malachi 1:11 Galatians 4:4-5 Luke 1:28 Luke 1:31-33 So who needs Christmas? The answer to that question is actually quite simple…. God decided that the WORLD needed Christmas and He would work out the story of Christmas on the world’s stage involving some of the most significant people ever known in history.
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 29 mins
Rich at What Matters Most week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 3, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Why did God make us rich? 2 Corinthians 9:11 1 Timothy 6:18 God-honoring rich people give: 1. Strategically 2 Corinthians 9:7 Malachi 3:10a God-honoring rich people give… 1. Strategically -Tithing teaches me to put God first Deuteronomy 14:23b -Tithing increases my faith in God Malachi 3:10b God-honoring rich people give: 1. Strategically -Tithing teaches me to put God first -Tithing increases my faith in God 2. Sacrificially & Extravagantly Luke 21:1-3 People who desire to be God-honoring with their riches give strategically and they give sacrificially and extravagantly. Don’t be a below-average giver. Take God at His word that He will bless you when you put him first. Do what’s necessary to adjust your lifestyle to put yourself in a position to be obedient to God’s instructions on how to use your finances. Put yourself in the position that when you see opportunities come up that require additional giving above your 10% that you can step up to the plate and give with a joyful and grateful heart. Choose to be really, really good at being rich.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 31 mins
Rich at What Matters Most week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 26, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Challenges of Being Rich: 1. Harder for us to depend on God 2. Distracts us from true priorities 3. We have a greater responsibility Jesus told many parables, or stories, that illustrated a truth about God and what it meant to live for God. On one occasion he told the people about a farmer who went out to sow some seed. Some of the seed flourished but most of it failed to produce a crop because it was choked out by thorns or eaten by the birds. Matthew 13:22 So I want to build on this idea of the deceitfulness of wealth. The reality is the world wants you to serve money. It wants you to serve money instead of God. Jesus knew the powerful pull that serving money had on the people He was talking to in His time here on Earth and for us today. Matthew 6:24 Money promises what only God can provide: Happiness Security 1 Timothy 6:17-19 People who love and trust money: Never Have Enough Find it increasingly difficult to give big Ecclesiastes 5:10 Proverbs 18:11 If we love and trust money, we never had enough…. and we find it increasingly difficult to give big… the third challenge we have is rich people might… Have money in the bank but no peace in their hearts Proverbs 15:16 More money is not going to keep your kids off drugs. More money is not going to make your marriage better. If you don't love each other when you have no money, you're going to fight about money when you do have it. More money is not going to cure the person you love of cancer. More Jesus is what you need. More Jesus brings intimacy, it brings healing, it brings focus, it brings power, it brings a purpose, it brings the divine into this world. What we need is more Jesus. So stop saying, "I want more money," because you're never going to have enough. What we should be saying is "I want more Jesus. I want more Christ. I want more of his purpose. I want more of his direction. I want more of his peace. I want more of his comfort… I want less of me and more of him. And I don't want to be distracted by the things that do not last. At whatever level you are, whatever "giving big" means to you, give big wherever you are. Give big somewhere… give like rich people give. Be generous, not later, but be generous now. And don't walk around with money in the bank, or stuff in your closet, but have no peace in your heart. Give your heart and finances to Jesus today and know that Jesus is the real peace that you need.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 35 mins
Rich at What Matters Most week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 19, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. How many of you when you were a kid hoped that you’d be rich when you grew up? So how many of you would say your filthy, mega-rich? So where’s the line to being rich? You never get paid on the 15th of the month and go, "Oh, I just crossed the line. I mean, yesterday, I wasn't rich. And today, woo-hoo, I'm rich. I finally got there." And if you do cross an imaginary line, once you get to the other side, you kind of think, "Well, the rich line just moved again. I thought it was here but suddenly it feel like it's way up there now." So what I want to do, over the next few weeks, is help many of you see that you’ve already crossed the line. I want you to realize and be able to say “I'm actually already rich and since God has blessed me with more than I need, I want to be rich in what matters most. I want to be rich in a way that honors God." 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Ecclesiastes 5:19 If you make $33,000 or more you are in the top 1 percent of wage earners in this world. You're a 1-percenter. You are in the top 1 percent of people alive on earth today; that's how rich you are. That's perspective when you don't just compare to rich people in our country, but rich people all over the world. You are one of them. Some of you, you didn't realize this but you are mega ,mega rich. If you earn $80,000 a year or more, you are in the top point 1 percent of wage earners in the world. In other words, you're in the top 1/10th of 1 percent. That's how crazy rich you are. 1/10th of 1 percent of everybody alive today; you are rich. The challenge is many of you still don't believe it, and some of you are even embarrassed to say that; which is interesting. But I want you to start paying closer attention to your day-to-day life and all of the rich people luxuries you get to enjoy that just aren’t a reality for 99% of the rest of the world. The good news is you're rich. The bad news is you're rich. Luke 18:24-25 Challenges of Being Rich 1. Harder for us to depend on God 2. Distracts us from true priorities 3. We have a greater responsibility We are rich. God has blessed us with more than we need. So God says, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant," because every blessing we don't turn back to praise has the potential to turn into pride. Command them to be generous in good deeds, and willing to share. And when they do, they will lay up for themselves treasures in heaven and experience the life that is truly life. We are going to be good at being rich because God has blessed us with more than we need, and we will be rich in what matters most.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Defined
Duration: 34 mins
Defined week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on November 12, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. To be true champions for the cause of Christ we must live out that faith in action through the process of sacrifice. Sacrifice is not something we usually equate to our everyday life, but that is the problem with how we choose to define it. So, let’s first, once again, look at what Webster’s has to say about the word sacrifice… Definition of Sacrifice – Webster’s Dictionary: 1. an act of offering to a deity something precious 2. something offered in sacrifice 3. destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else; something given up or lost Two views of sacrifice Society: 1. Word for it – Humanitarian 2. Usually done with recognition involved 3. Usually done for the sake of accolade 4. Usually done to make one feel good about themselves Gospel: 1. Word for it – Servanthood 2. Usually done without need for recognition 3. Usually done for the sake of simply doing 4. Usually done for the sake of others Don’t get me wrong – both can be twisted the other way Three Roads of Biblical Sacrifice: 1. LIVING SACRIFICE - Jesus’ Life & Our Surrender Romans 12:1 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 2. WILLFULL SACRIFICE - Jesus’ Choice & Our Thanks Matthew 26:26-28, 39-42 3. SELF SACRIFICE - Jesus’ Death & Our Action Matthew 16:24-25 Mark 12:41-44 Luke 23:26-46 What we deserve we do not truly have to endure. What we have earned will not be collected on. We deserve death. What we have earned is eternal separation from God. But because of HIS sacrifice – living, willful and self, we get to make a choice to accept a sacrifice of our own – living, willful and self, and in turn receive eternal life in the presence of God Almighty. Life is MORE than fair – why? Because of SACRIFICE When we choose to surrender to Jesus we become a living sacrifice. When we choose to be thankful in everything we offer a willful sacrifice. When we choose to deny ourselves daily, taking up our cross and follow our self sacrifice will be evident. So, what is most important? Remember – we can choose sacrifice – we can selflessly give of ourselves – because the faith that we claim has HOPE for what has been, what is and what will be. It is alive and active because it is our God – it is the definition of who he is. Now – how do YOU want to be DEFINED?
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 56 mins
Vision Sunday Presentation from CCW Leadership on November 5, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. God has been moving over the past two years and we have a responsibility to respond. Our needs are growing and our ministry goals grow with it. We have an opportunity to begin moving forward in a direction that we feel has been deeply rooted in prayer, discussion and research. The future of CCW looks bright and we are excited for what God is going to do! A few questions you can ask yourself after viewing this video: What questions, concerns, and recommendations do you have about this project? In your opinion, what has been the most significant information revealed today? What else do you feel is important for church leadership to consider as this proposal continues to unfold? What one thing excites you most about this project? How evident to you are the facility needs that are addressed by this proposal? Any additional information you require or questions you may have can be directed to anyone of our leadership team or staff!
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Defined
Duration: 28 mins
Defined week two message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 29, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. What we say and how we say it, are only good if they can be backed up. So, if our faith is truly alive by those words, then action will accompany it. Faith requires ACTION! James 2:14-17 The Action that defends faith is…SELFLESSNESS It Starts…With a Willing Heart 1 Timothy 1:5 2 Timothy 1:6-7 It Builds…Beyond Your Comfort Zone It Finishes…By Understanding our Place & our Purpose 2 Timothy 4:7-8 The start, build, and finish occur as a continual process for each of us in our faith. We are constantly presented with opportunity for selfless action – it’s all around us. But do we always see it? Are we looking for it? Also, are we willing to let others see the needs in us? Believe it or not, selflessness in action is a two-way street. Two Ways: 1. Selfless to Give: Humility of Self 2. Selfless to Receive: Humility of Self John 13:3-9 It was considered one of the most hospitable acts of a host to offer a servant to wash the feet of guests as they came into their home. To remove the dust of weariness from travel and toil, cleansing the dirty feet and making them feel refreshed. Our feet are what lead us to action – they must be refreshed from time to time in order that they remain strong and solidified on the foundation of the purpose and mission that God sets before us. Selflessness in Action – our Faith lived out – is a willingness to open ourselves up to things that may not seem to be in our ballpark and to follow through with the mission we are called to. When we do this, God begins to open doors for us to meet needs – selflessly – with no expectation of return. What about the people around you? Next to you? Behind you? In front of you? Do you think there might be a need you could meet for them? Or maybe there is a need that you have that they may be able to meet for you? Are you willing to humble yourself, to Start – Build – Finish – Humility for the sake of serving another, both selflessly to give and selflessly to receive? Don’t deny yourself the joy that comes with serving others Don’t deny others the joy that they feel from serving you And in turn we will together choose not to deny the joy of our God whom we serve directly when we choose to serve others around us
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Defined
Duration: 37 mins
Defined week one message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 22, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. How do you define faith? We have a tendency to overlook the primary definition or purpose in the word\concept. Hebrews 11:1 Faith is a “Channel of Living Trust” It is the assurance that stretches from God to us Follow me here – it is the object of faith that makes faith faithful The object of faith is God or the promises of God – the things we HOPE for See, we trust God to fulfill his promises for the future (the unseen things) And we base that on what he has already fulfilled in the past (the assurance of Hope) So our faith as Christians is not truly a BLIND faith It is formed on the foundation of God’s already proven faithfulness Ephesians 6:16 James 2:19 Belief does not define faith – even demons believe Belief is not enough on its own True belief, true faith, comes from the HOPE of what has been and what is to come Great example of living trust - The Centurion in Luke chapter 7 God is more concerned about how we respond to what we go through Application Points: Faith always involves assurance AND conviction Faith always involves things that are still yet to come Faith has as its object things that are presently unseen Faith involves maintaining our focus on God Let the object of your faith be the focus you put on Jesus Be assured that HOPE produces evidence of the unseen Hebrews 11:1 – Don’t overlook the primary definition in God’s word and plan for you
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
by Linda Evans
Duration: 34 mins
It's Not Me, It's You week three message from Linda Evans on October 15, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Today, we are going to wrap this up by talk about whether or not you are the captain of your ship or a crew member. God has a dream for us--- His kids. God has a plan and purpose for you. He wants your life to bring honor and glory to him and he wants us to live a selfless life and have a deep and meaningful relationship with him. Romans 12:1-2 • He wants us to be in real relationship with him. • He wants us to present our whole life—all of it—as an offering to him. Not just our Sunday morning selves, but our Monday morning selves and our Friday and Saturday night selves. Our everyday selves. God expects us to arrange our lives, our relationships, and our priorities around • His will • His plan • His purpose • His dream • His word. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God is going to force us to comply with this. There is no force. God doesn’t make us do anything. He offers. • He offers his love • forgiveness • mercy • grace • he offered his son as a living sacrifice to atone for our sin • he offers the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and guide us on our journey here. Psalm 13:1-2 Psalm 13:5-6 God’s plans for my life are so much greater than my own. Deuteronomy 31:6 Psalm 37:7 Surrender means to yield ownership, to relinquish control over what we consider ours: our property, our time, our "rights." When we surrender to God, we are simply acknowledging that what we "own" actually belongs to Him. Surrendering your life means: • Following God's lead without knowing where he's sending you; • Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come; • Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide; • Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances. Instead of trying harder, you trust more. Jesus, my captain, my soul’s trusted Lord. I surrender! Take me and use me. All my allegiance is rightfully yours.
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
by Linda Evans
Duration: 34 mins
It's Not Me, It's You week two message from Linda Evans on October 8, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Selfishness: There are lots of examples of selfish people in the Bible and if we look at some of those stories, it didn’t usually work out well for the selfish person. Cain: (Genesis) Cain had no concern for others. His selfishness led him to murder his own brother. Ahab: (1 Kings 21) We learn that King Ahab was concerned about things more so than people which led to his wife Jezebel having an innocent man killed so that Ahab could have a piece of land that he wanted for a garden. David: (2 Samuel ) He was more interested in seeking his own pleasure rather than doing what was right. He wanted another man’s wife and finally got what we wanted but it involved lying, plotting, deception and murder. God did not honor that and there were serious consequences. So, you would think that we might heed caution when it comes to selfishness in our lives but even though we know these stories, we often give way to selfish choices. Of course there are examples of selfless people in the Bible and we can certainly learn from those people: 1. Abraham (Genesis 13) When the flocks and herds of Abraham and his nephew, Lot became too large for them to live at the same location, instead of telling his nephew where he could take his animals, Abraham told Lot to take first pick of land to have for his animals. According to the world’s standards, Abraham should have chosen first. He was older, much of Lot’s wealth could have been attributed to Abraham, God had promised all the land to Abraham. Instead, Abraham deferred to Lot. Because of this, the Bible tells us that Abraham was richly blessed. 2. Joseph (Genesis 45) Even though his brothers betrayed him and sold him in to slavery, Joseph treated his brothers with love, compassion and mercy. He could have had them killed but instead gave them food when they were starving and he forgave them. 3. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10) helped a stranger in need using his own money and time and knowing he would gain nothing in return. 4. Barnabas (Acts 4) He sold all that he had and gave the money to the Lord’s cause to help those in need. 5. Jesus! What better example of selfless living could we ever have! The son of God left heaven and came to Earth to give himself as a sacrifice to pay for our sins. Even with all these great examples, there are times when I still struggle with selfish living. Have you ever begged? Have you ever really begged? Philippians 2:1-4 The symbol that many associate with Christians is a cross. It was the biggest act of selflessness ever committed. Jesus took ALL of it so that we can stand before God someday as white as snow. The cross--- a symbol of God’s plan of salvation and the symbol of Jesus’ love and obedience. Let humility and selfless be words that describe you. Sounds great, but it can be tough. Philippians 4:2-3 Whatever it was, Paul was worried enough that he was on his knees begging for unity. Paul understood how important it is for Christians to work together and what can happen when people adopt their own agenda and get stuck in a hurt or disappointment. A community driven by selfishness will become a fractured, self-serving nightmare. What can I do? How do I get back to Less Me and More God when selfishness starts to kick in? Look both directions! Matthew 10:39-42 Look both directions. Develop your peripheral vision. Look both directions. Live your life so it reflects the love of Jesus and those watching see more of God and less of you. Look both directions! Embrace a selfless life! Oh God, change us from the inside out and help us say, “It’s not me; it’s you God!” Less me. More God.
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
by Linda Evans
Duration: 27 mins
It's Not Me, It's You week one message from Linda Evans on October 1, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. LESS ME - MORE GOD It’s so easy to think we are at the center of it all, but God doesn’t exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of God. We can start to believe our greatest asset is us and our own ability. John 3:23-30 Matthew 10:7-10 Colossians 3:1 Hebrews 1:3 John 12:27-28 1 Chronicles 16:14 Max Lucado said, “When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or the favor or God but God himself, we cross a threshold.” The question we should all ask each morning is, “How do I shine a light on your glory today, God?” Here is the truth: Why does the Earth spin? For God’s glory. Why do you have talents and abilities? For God’s glory. Why do you have money or poverty? For God’s glory. Why do you have strength or struggles? For God’s glory. Why are you a CEO or a stay at home mom? For God’s glory. Everything and everyone exists to reveal God’s glory. God help us to decrease so that you might increase in us. Keep us from getting in the way, so that others can experience the love and joy of Jesus. Help our words and actions point others to your full glory God.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: My Story
Duration: 35 mins
My Story week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 24, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Our focus in this series has been on the fact that each of us has a life story to tell. The decisions we made in previous years determined what our story is today and the decisions that we make today will directly determine the story that we tell tomorrow. Words fill the page. Pages fill the chapter. Chapters fill a book. Every decision we make, big and small, writes the story of our lives. Hebrews 12:2 God wants me to… START STOP STAY.. GO Sometimes, the best decision you can make is to go when it would be easier to stay. There’s a story in the Bible that illustrates this key decision very well. It’s the story about a husband and wife named Abram and Sarai, who later became better known as Abraham and Sarah. They lived in a place called Harran, which was a city in what is now modern day Turkey. While living there, God gave Abram some instructions that would have certainly gotten his attention. Genesis 12:1-3 Making God the Author of Your Story What Does God Want You to Want? What Step of Faith Do You Need to Take? God has so many amazing plans for our lives if we will just trust Him. So why don’t we go when we think we’re supposed to? For many of us it comes down to fear. We are afraid, we are insecure, we aren’t sure how it’s going to work out so we get paralyzed, we push it off to the future. The bottom line is we lack faith. I hope that this series has helped you to identify some areas in your life that need to be addressed now so that you can have the best possible story in the future. By faith, I pray that you'll have the courage to decide to START a discipline that will change the direction of your story. By faith, I pray that you will have the faith to STOP doing something that would hinder your story from being what God wants it to be. By faith, I pray that you have the courage to STAY the course and be faithful to where you've been planted when it's easier to throw in the towel and walk away. And when the time is right and God calls you, I pray you will have the faith to go and take the step of faith when it would be easier to stay. Because the decisions you make today determine the stories you tell tomorrow. And because we want to live a story worth telling, we will fix our eyes on Jesus who is the author and the perfector of our faith.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: My Story
Duration: 34 mins
My Story week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 17, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. STAY As we focus on our word for today, we realize that during this season of life that we are in, we’re going to run up against some obstacles or challenges. It might be a job that you don’t feel like you can stand anymore… it might be a relationship that is falling apart… it may be a goal you are trying to achieve but it’s just gotten so difficult you are considering throwing in the towel. And in all of these situations you have to decide, “Do I stay the course or do I walk away?” Now let’s acknowledge that there are certainly times where we should walk away from a situation or circumstance in our lives. There are times in our lives where we need to let a chapter end and start a new chapter. But far too often people walk away before they ever really sought out God’s wisdom and insight in to the situation. They walk away because it just feels too hard. And what I want us to focus on today is that many times the best decision you can make is to stay the course when it would be easier to walk away. The Bible provides an excellent example of staying with the story of Ruth. Ruth 1:16 Ruth 2:11-12 The big question that we have been asking in this series of messages has been… Making God the Author of My Story What Does God Want You To Want? It might be he wants you to spend more time with your family, or for you to grow more spiritually. Or for some of you, it maybe to stop pursuing your own dreams and surrender something to God. Or it may be to stop living for things that don't matter. It might be to spend more time at home. Whatever it is, what does God want you to want? It’s a question that you need to wrestle with for a while and see how God stirs in your soul. Then, in light of determining what God wants you to want, our application question for today is… Where Does God Want You To Stay? Where does God want you to stay the course so that you can live the story that God wants you to tell? Where does God want you to stay the course when it would be so much easier to just walk away? There are going to be times in your life where the way forward doesn’t look easy, where another path will seem to look so much more appealing and easier. But there are going to be many of those times where God is going to call you to stay the course when you would rather go a different direction. In light of what God wants you to want, where does God want you to STAY? Maybe you’re working and taking classes at the same time and you’ve gotten to the point where you just don’t feel like you can keep going – it’s just too hard, it’s too expensive, it’s too time consuming, it’s just too much. What about those who are tempted to give up on church. Then there are others who make the decision to STAY anyways. They know that that is where God is calling them to be at this season in life and they do the work necessary to repair the relationships and clear the air on what is going on and seek to grow as a result of it. Or you might decide to stay with God as God will always stay with you because he will never leave you nor forsake you. Some of you, it will be in your marriage. I don’t know what area of your life you need to apply today’s message to, but I want you to know this beyond a shadow of a doubt… sometimes the greatest act of faith is faithfulness…. staying where you are planted. The decisions that we make today determine the stories that we tell tomorrow. And sometimes, the best decision you can make it to stay when it would be so much easier to walk away.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: My Story
Duration: 35 mins
My Story week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 10, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When it comes to each of our lives, all of us have a story. Each season of life adds another chapter to the overall life story we are telling the world. Some of those chapters are pretty awesome and some of those chapters are ones that we would gladly rip out and burn if we could. In his book titled The Principle of the Path, author and pastor Andy Stanley has this great quote that really speaks a lot of truth about the stories that are being written about our lives. In talking about what really matters the most in how our lives will turn out he says this… Direction, Not Intention, Determines Destination The overriding questions for this series is simply this… How do we live a story that is worth telling? Hebrews 12:2 God wants me to… START So our focus was on starting just one habit or discipline that God is stirring inside of you and committing to make it a new direction for your life. Now, God wants me to also... STOP Moses - Exodus 18:17-19a Exodus 18:23 Reasons to STOP 1. You’ll never know what you are missing if you don’t stop 2. You don't know what it will cost you if you don't. As you are thinking about what this might be for you, I want you to think about it from two viewpoints. Some of you need to stop something externally. These are the habits or addictions that many of the times others see and easily recognize as being negative for your life story. Maybe you need to focus on stopping an addiction, or your road rage, or how you treat others, or being so consumed with your looks, physically and financially. Meanwhile some of you may need to stop something that is more internal, which can be the really dangerous ones because they aren’t as easily seen by others and therefore they are easier for us to hide or deny. Maybe it’s a bitter attitude, or a critical spirit, or negative self-image, or a lack of confidence. Whether it’s an internal or external thing, in light of what God wants you to want, what does God want you to stop? In light of what God wants you to want, pick one thing, what does God want you to stop? The decisions that we make today determine the stories that we tell tomorrow. Direction, not intention, determines destination. If you're writing the wrong story, it’s not too late to stop. We serve a big, big God and He is here today, waiting for you to surrender yourself to Him so that He can start writing the best chapters yet.
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: My Story
Duration: 37 mins
My Story week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 3, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. How many of you enjoy reading a good book? Chapter after chapter, page after page of gripping tales of adventure, tragedy and triumph. You could hardly wait to see what was going to happen next. The author had a way of just taking you on the journey with them through it all. A great author has the ability to do that. The story they weave just hooks you and you are along for the ride. The greatest story ever written was mine because it was written by me – I was the hero, I was the one who had all my dreams come true, I was the one who won the race, I was the one who came up with the greatest invention of all time, I was the one who was rich and famous, I was the one that everybody else wanted to be like…. my stories were simply awesome! But then something happened…. I grew up…. and I later realized that the greatest stories were never meant to be written by us – they are written and are meant to be written by God alone. So... How do we live a story that is worth telling? Hebrews 12:2 When we fix our eyes on Jesus we become fully aware that you and I were never intended to be the authors of our own lives. God’s purpose and plan for our lives is so much better than anything you and I could possibly write and when we turn the pen, or pencil, or (screen) typewriter or keyboard over to Him, our life starts to make much better sense and the stories just keep getting better and better. Today’s single word is… START The reality is there are certain habits, certain disciplines, that when you practice those habits and disciplines, they have a way of spilling forward into positive momentum and other positive habits. However, in the same way, the absence of those very key and specific habits and disciplines can cause your undisciplined lifestyle to unravel and spiral out of control. Sometimes when we don’t have a healthy habit or discipline in our lives, our lives can unravel in very bad ways and lead to some bad chapters in our stories. Daniel is such a powerful example in the scripture. Daniel 6:4-5 Daniel 6:10 Making God the Author of My Story What does God want you to want? What Do You Need to Start? The decisions that you make today will determine the story that you tell tomorrow. 1 Kings 20:13-14 Seek God, fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, He will help you author the right story.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: Celebrate!
Duration: 41 mins
25 Years & Counting week three message from Pastor Chris Russell with Matt Parker, President of Kids Alive International on August 27, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Where We Are Going! Nearly 25 years ago God stirred in the hearts of a handful of men and women to start this new church family where the primary focus was reaching people who were far from God and helping people realize that nothing they do can change just how crazy God is in love with them. God has continued to stir in the leadership and individuals of this family and as a result of being obedient to those stirrings, we continue to see God do amazing things among us and through us. 1 Timothy 1:6 As we look to the future, it will be largely determined by how well we sense God’s stirrings and are faithful in following through on them that determine what kind of church CCW will be when it comes together to celebrate 50 years. President of Kids Alive International - Matt Parker But this stirring from God that Kids Alive is all about goes way beyond statistics and rankings. At its heart and at our heart here at CCW we have the same desire… to see people’s lives be transformed by the hope that is found in Jesus Christ alone.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: Celebrate!
Duration: 41 mins
25 Years & Counting week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on August 20, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Where we are at today! STIR!!! 2 Timothy 1:6 1 Timothy 4:12 In the 7 years that I have had the privilege to be a part of this church family, God has stirred a number of times in my heart and a ton of times in the hearts of this church family. And when I think about where we are now it is those stories of stirred up hearts that I think best display who we are as a church family and who we are trying to become not just inside these walls but especially outside of these walls. Sometimes the stirring God starts in us is to do something to get our families more involved in service. One of the things I love about how we do ministry here is that we value what God is doing in everybody, regardless of their age. You’re never too young to get started, and if you’re not dead, you’re not done.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: Celebrate!
Duration: 55 mins
25 Years & Counting week one message from Pastor Chris Russell with Reed Juday on August 13, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. We celebrated 25 years since the founding of CCW! Through pictures, stories, laughter, tears and a lot of joy, we went through the memories of what God did to bring us here. Though we celebrate the church family, what we truly celebrate is the power of Almighty and Sovereign God who was able to accomplish more than we could imagine through some truly miraculous situations. THANK YOU DEEPLY from the bottom of our hearts to all those who 25 years ago listened, heard and followed the heart of God, allowing us to be here in ministry to the Kingdom today!
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
by Linda Evans
Duration: 19 mins
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 22 mins
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Duration: 32 mins
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
by Linda Evans
Duration: 21 mins
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 31 mins
Sun, Jul 02, 2017
by Luke Aadalen
Duration: 28 mins
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: Unfair
Duration: 36 mins
Unfair week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 25, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The message that Habakkuk was hearing from God was just very difficult to wrap his head around. He didn't feel like God was being fair. If we are honest, we all have times in life that we feel like that. Look back at "The Dip" Getting Beyond the Dip: 1. Stop and Listen 2. Write and Remember 3. Wait and Trust James 1:2-4 Habakkuk 3:2 He is saying that he remembers and understands all that there is to God, but that he feels as though God is not following through on who he is in that moment. So if he as well as us at times are in the dip - we have to... Climb out of the the dip! Climbing Out of the Dip means: 1. Recall God's track record 2. Accept what God is doing 3. Trust what God is going to do Habakkuk 3:16-19 When you find yourself in the dip in any area of your life, choose to trust…. choose to trust and lean in to a God who is so passionately in love with you… a God who so desired to be with you for eternity that He gave His only son to take the penalty that we deserve for our unfaithfulness. Choose to trust a God who is FOR you, who has a plan for your life, who desires to have an intimate relationship with you. Trust the God who has an amazing track record and trust that what He is doing currently in your life and what He wants to do in your future is for your good and for your growth. And if you keep leaning in you will find that He shows up… time and time again. And your trust in Him will grow and grow and grow. And you will eventually get to the point, not that’s easy to do all the time, where you will trust your tomorrows to the God who has shown up time and time again in your yesterdays. And you’ll realize that’s there’s nothing unfair about Him after all.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
by Chris Russell
Series: Unfair
Duration: 36 mins
Unfair week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 18, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The message that Habakkuk was hearing from God was something that he just couldn’t wrap his head around. What God was telling him was that the people were going to be punished for their disobedience. He was looking around at life and just didn’t feel like God was doing what He should be doing, He wasn’t being fair. Have you ever felt that way toward God? Have you ever looked around at all the things that are happening in your own life and in our world today and started to question how fair God is being? My guess is some of these questions and thoughts are ones that you’ve had somewhere along the line in your story and experiences. Habakkuk 1:2-4 If you fast-forward from this Old Testament book to today, people ask these same questions all the time, “God, why is it that the evil people, they seem to prosper, but the good people, all these bad things happen to them? Why is it that I work hard at work and I’m honest, and then the jerk over there that’s being dishonest and manipulative gets promoted? Because it sure seems like in all of these situations that God COULD do something, and that God SHOULD do something…but often He doesn’t. Why? Why doesn’t God seem fair?” Habakkuk had the same kinds of questions. And Habakkuk loved God dearly. Unfortunately, many of us grew up in environments that said it wasn’t ok to question God. So when we get to those seasons of doubt, we have important decisions to make… because what do we do when what we see isn’t consistent with what we believe? We follow the example of Habakkuk who took his honest questions to God. The Dip: Perseverance James 1:2-4 Habakkuk 2:1 Now he’s doing something that so many of us are terrible at doing… he’s waiting on God. Getting Beyond the Dip 1. Stop and Listen 2. Write and Remember 3. Wait and Trust Habakkuk 2:2-3 When we find ourselves in the waiting period in The Dip we need to draw strength from the first two steps of getting through The Dip… take our questions, take our doubts to God and then be intentional about stopping and listening for His response, and then we need to write and remember so that we are reminded on a regular basis of all the times that God has come through in our lives and how faithful He is and how much we can rely on Him to fulfill His promises in our lives, even if it’s not in the timing we desire. 2 Corinthians 5:7 For those of us who have made a decision for Jesus, we will live by faith. You live by faith. You don’t walk by what you SEE; but instead, you live by faith in what you KNOW to be true about God.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 33 mins
The Ripple Effect week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 11, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Pastor Andy Stanley simplifies the gospel message by pointing out that when it comes to figuring out what we need to share with others in regard to our faith it ultimately comes down to two questions: 1. What does a person need to know? 2. What does a person need to do? What makes this encouraging is that when it comes down to it, becoming a Christian is always the same process for everyone. Our circumstances and reasons for coming to faith may be different but the process we go through tot step into that faith is the same. John 3:16 Let's break this down... For God so LOVED the world: God's primary motivation in the relationship is not anger or indifference - it is LOVE! He GAVE his one and only Son: By God's giving of what was the most precious to him, it proves that He was in love - that he was motivated by His love! So look back at the first question - what people need to know... GOD LOVED and GOD GAVE Whoever BELIEVES in him shall not perish: It is about believing in what God sent Jesus to do on our behalf. We can have complete confidence in that knowledge. Now look at the second question - what people need to do... WE BELIEVE But John has not completed the entire thought yet... But HAVE eternal life: If God is on the giving side of the gift, then that means that we are on the receiving side of the gift! Now, consider the whole idea - what to know and what to do... GOD LOVED - GOD GAVE - WE BELIEVE - WE RECIEVE A connection story with the Old Testament: 2 Kings 7:3-4 This is a rough point of decision making - but something had to be done. 2 Kings 7:5-8 God changed drastically the events before these men - but something else presented itself for a decision... 2 Kings 7:9 In the midst of the joy and happiness, they had forgotten of the others who were in desperate situations as well - but they realized that they needed to share the joy that they had discovered. Look at this connection: Life Before Jesus to what drew us to Jesus The changes to fighting temptation to stay in the fun and glow We get caught up in what God is doing in and for us and we forget to share that with the others around us Like the Spider Man quote says: "With great power comes great responsibility" Maybe for us it should say: "With great discovery comes great responsibility" We have to to and take what we have discovered and what we have been given and share it with the world and community around us. That is what being a part of the Ripple Effect is all about. Take advantage of every opportunity because God has already put us in a prime position to change the world because he changed us. Will you join us and LIVE LIKE THAT??!!
Sun, Jun 04, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 33 mins
The Ripple Effect week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 4, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Our church family honored Sue Juday on this Sunday as she begins her retirement after selflessly serving at CCW for 25 years! We wish her all the best and all our love! There is a difference in how we understand and learn to understand when we are young and when we grow and mature. Many of us want to share our faith, have that strong relationship with Jesus that makes it possible to share it with others - but we get nervous and we struggle...but we have to stop thinking about it like it is a solo mission. Reaching others was NEVER meant to be a solo expedition. Matthew 16:13 Jesus could ask this question because everybody back then, just like they do now, had an opinion about Jesus. Matthew 16:14 What the disciples were pointing out is that people tended to believe that Jesus was FROM God and had a message from God, but were fuzzy on who exactly he was. Matthew 16:15 Jesus was being more DIRECT... Matthew 16:16 What Peter says here is based upon his understanding - what he has learned from following Jesus around. Matthew 16:17-18a Jesus says he didn't come to this on his own, but it was given to him by revelation and eye opening experience by God. Matthew 16:18 Then he gives the name change from Simon to Peter... The names changes in the history of scripture represent the important changes in the direction and purpose of their lives. Now Jesus is going to take this understanding that Peter and the others have been blessed to know and basically says that he is going to create a movement - a RIPPLE EFFECT - that will be defined by their belief in who Jesus really is! Now, today, our responsibility is to involve people as much as we can with a community of believers because that's where the resistance begins to break down. The church is the most powerful, persuasive environment on the planet. We have the ability and gift to partner with Jesus in this RIPPLE EFFECT - but to get people involved it only takes a simple two words... COME AND SEE! First, we answer the call of Jesus - FOLLOW ME Then we bring others along by simple asking - COME AND SEE Catch the vision of what God is doing in the world and join in on it with him and with the church that he has built.
Sun, May 28, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 34 mins
The Ripple Effect week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 28, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Why do we hesitate, why do we shrink back, why do we come up short in sharing our faith? FEAR! Early on, the followers of Jesus may have seemed like cowards. But after his death and resurrection, we see a major change... Remember Acts 4:20 - They could not help but speak about what they had seen and heard You wonder - did they think each run in with the religious leaders that it could be the last? Did that stop them? Acts 4:23-24a What do you think they were praying for? Acts 4:24b-28 They understood the power of Almighty God. They knew exactly what had occurred with Jesus. They knew that the leaders had gone so far as to appeal to the Roman government to get Jesus crucified and then they realized that they had ALMOST missed it. Imagine the "light bulb" moment! They started to understand that God was up to something and that He had invited them to be a part of it with Him. Acts 4:29 They begin to shift thought seeing that God shows up even greater in the trials and uses them. Now they are starting to understand a deep desire to ACTUALLY BE A PART of what God was planning. This is the new concept, the new realization... BOLDNESS! Boldness is about you knowing that you have been perfectly positioned in someone's life and as God creates opportunities for you, you take advantage of those opportunities for the sake of seeing that person eventually place their faith in Jesus Christ. If we know we serve a Sovereign God - what is there to fear? Commit yourself to prayer and boldness and look for the opportunities that He will give for you to be a part of the Ripple Effect!
Sun, May 21, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 32 mins
The Ripple Effect week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 21, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Ripple Effect: Message + Messenger + Unique set or circumstances in life Why is it so important to be a part of the Ripple Effect in the Christian faith? Acts Chapter 4 - Peter and John are headed to the Temple to pray and they come upon a crippled beggar. The beggar is always seeking money as he has done for what must have been years. But Peter tells him he doesn't have money - however, he has something else to give him. He heals him by the power of Jesus. He saw the opportunity, while people were watching and observing and he saw the chance to grow the ripple effect... The uproar caused the leaders of the temple to not desire dealing with Peter and John at that moment so they threw them in prison for the night with plans to take care of them the following day. Or so they thought... Acts 4:18 They tell Peter and John it's fine if THEY believe it but to quit talking about it. Acts 4:19 But Peter and John propose who they are to follow, God or man Acts 4:20 Peter and John could NOT keep silent because they had SEEN and HEARD with their own eyes and ears the truth It wasn't about explaining everything to everyone - it was simply about sharing what they had seen and heard - thus the importance of this lesson for us today... Being a part of the ripple effect isn't about having so much knowledge that you can answer all the skeptics you will encounter - the purpose is to simply SHARE what we know - what we believe based on scripture and the history that is keeps! Acts 4:12 Acts 4:13-14 The reason we must join in on the ripple effect is because our faith is grounded in history and you don't know history unless somebody talks about it and tells you. We share this information, this story, this belief, this ripple effect because it is in our job description as followers of Christ - people desperately need to know about the forgiveness and joy that comes through relationship with Jesus!
Sun, May 14, 2017
by Chris Russell
Duration: 35 mins
The Ripple Effect week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 14, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Imagine the stories the followers of Jesus would tell you about how they got from where they were to where they ended up in their faith journeys. Certainly things changed along the way! Jesus told them and tells us that he wants us to follow him and in doing so he will turn us into something that we are NOT already! If he asked you, "Follow me and I will make you _______________." What would you fill in the blank with?? The actual answer was probably a little confusing to those he actually spoke it to and is most likely a little hard to understand at first by us even now. Mark 1:14-15 Repent - turning away from your own desires\path It's what we do in order to prepare for God to do something... Like looking for Morell Mushrooms... *people looking for them don't make them happen, but those looking for them are the ones most likely to see them when they show up. *same with God: because we are earnestly looking for his activity in our life doesn't make it happen, but it helps to ensure that when He shows up we see it, because we are actively looking for it Sometimes we are so focused on our own thing that we miss it... Mark 1:16-20 Jesus says they will become "fishers of men." They start sharing Jesus They do so because they understand that to follow is to FISH It continued from generation to generation Thus why 2000 years later we are still here doing it It started with Four and spread like wild fire This is the RIPPLE EFFECT There is no excuse you can make not to be a part of it. It is a three-part dynamic: Message + Messenger = Unique set of circumstances in our life = RIPPLE EFFECT MOMENT God wants to use each of us to draw others closer to him. God wants to use each of us in the most important Ripple Effect of all time!

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Community Church of Waterford
65154 County Road 21
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