May 17, 2015
“Make a Difference” – Speaker: John Langley
Series: (All)
5.17.2015
"Make a Difference"
By: John Langley
Scripture: Matthew 6:5-13
With the last few weeks with loved ones going on to meet Jesus. With Policeman being shot during routine checks. Yes, and even when racial bias creates racial tension… What is a person to do? Where is a person to turn? How do we change things? How do we bare up under the loss of our loved ones? How do we curb the violence in our streets? How do we make sure that everyone no matter what their background or where they come from has a chance to know Jesus and the salvation he offers each one? Even Wednesday we witnessed the derailment of a train and the loss of life. It just doesn’t seem to stop. How do we do something positive that will make a difference? Our most powerful tool in all these situations is prayer! Prayer is specifically given to us to communicate with God almighty. If we knock on the door the Bible says it will open. If we seek we can find. If we ask it will be given, Luke 11:9-10. Our necessity is to believe and to act. May you change our world and yours as well, through prayer.
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  • May 17, 2015“Make a Difference” – Speaker: John Langley
    May 17, 2015
    “Make a Difference” – Speaker: John Langley
    Series: (All)
    5.17.2015
    "Make a Difference"
    By: John Langley
    Scripture: Matthew 6:5-13
    With the last few weeks with loved ones going on to meet Jesus. With Policeman being shot during routine checks. Yes, and even when racial bias creates racial tension… What is a person to do? Where is a person to turn? How do we change things? How do we bare up under the loss of our loved ones? How do we curb the violence in our streets? How do we make sure that everyone no matter what their background or where they come from has a chance to know Jesus and the salvation he offers each one? Even Wednesday we witnessed the derailment of a train and the loss of life. It just doesn’t seem to stop. How do we do something positive that will make a difference? Our most powerful tool in all these situations is prayer! Prayer is specifically given to us to communicate with God almighty. If we knock on the door the Bible says it will open. If we seek we can find. If we ask it will be given, Luke 11:9-10. Our necessity is to believe and to act. May you change our world and yours as well, through prayer.
  • May 10, 2015Mother’s Day – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    May 10, 2015
    Mother’s Day – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
    5.10.2015
    Mother's Day
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Proverbs 6:20-22
    There are a few special days each year when we honor specific groups of people. When we do this, we run the risk of communicating that those groups are more important or more loved than those who don’t get special recognition. I hope, however, that all of us realize that we are significant and important parts of the body here at East Point. If Mother’s Day is difficult for you, please understand that we are not trying to be insensitive. But we don’t want to miss a great opportunity to thank not only our moms but all the ladies without whom we could not function as a church. Ladies, whether you are a mom or not, we want to honor you and thank you for the blessing you are to us.
  • May 3, 2015“Send the Light” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    May 3, 2015
    “Send the Light” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
    COC MISSION POSTER FINAL
    In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3And they were calling to one another:
    “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”   Isaiah 6:1-8
  • May 3, 2015“Super Missions Sunday Presentation” – Speaker: Bob Rives
    May 3, 2015
    “Super Missions Sunday Presentation” – Speaker: Bob Rives
    Series: (All)
    COC MISSION POSTER FINAL
  • Apr 26, 2015“Be Recognized” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 26, 2015
    “Be Recognized” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
    4.26.2015
    "Be Recognized"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Romans 12:9-13
    In the late-1930s in the German-occupied portions of Europe, Jews were made to publicly identify themselves by wearing a variety of insignia. The most famous was the yellow Star of David. The Nazis, however, were not the first to publicly identify those whom they hated. And they haven’t been the last.  Marking certain people as outsiders has been a part of many cultures and communities for centuries. There are a number of stories in the New Testament gospels that relate Jesus’ concern for outcasts and “marked” people. We know that he ate with prostitutes. He touched lepers. He socialized with Samaritans. The popular social and religious boundaries did not keep Jesus from going about his Father’s business. Boundaries shouldn’t keep us from working to advance God’s mission, either. In our case--as was true for first century Christians--we should live in ways that preempt societal or governmental attempts to label and mark us as distinctive. The things we say and do should make it crystal clear to the world around us that we are different. We should be more caring, more sacrificial, more involved, more peaceful, more benevolent, more gracious, and above all more loving. It is by marking ourselves in these ways that we show the world that we are God’s people.
  • Apr 19, 2015“New Life Begins” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 19, 2015
    “New Life Begins” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
     4.19.2015
    "New Life Begins"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture - Luke 24:36-53
    If you don't believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, then being here today worshipping with his people seems like a strange place for you to be.  You could be golfing, fishing, sleeping, or whatever it is you do to relax. But you're here. And this is a messy place to be. Because this is a place made up of diverse people who are unified in their belief in a God that turns darkness to light and who gives the dead new life. We worship a God who speaks of glory and sacrifice at the same time. He's a God who wants us to find peace, joy, and contentment but won't allow us to paper over our failures and sins. He's a God who pushes us into growth even though he knows that growth is painful and disruptive and scary. Because growth means change and change means uncertainty.
    Still, if you're uncertain about whether you fit here with us or even with God, you've come to the right place after all. This is a place filled with people who understand your fears, who've asked your questions, and who in spite of our limitations have chosen to trust in the God who raised Jesus from the dead. We're here today, together, and it's my prayer that this can be a place where your new life begins.
  • Apr 12, 2015“Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 12, 2015
    “Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
    4.12.2015
    "Untitled"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9
    Do you know what Scripture's most repeated command is? Do you think it's love? Wrong. Maybe something about holiness? Nope. Well, then it's got to have something to do with worship, right? Not even close. It might be better to call it an exhortation rather than a command, but it has to do with fear. We find it in both the Old Testament and the New Testament in instructions given to people who lived in different places, cultures, and times--even separated by thousands of years. And it absolutely applies to us, too. Last week we talked about the resurrection of Jesus and how it changed everything. One exciting way it changed Jesus' disciples is seen in the way their lives moved from fear to growing faith. When we learn that Christ has overcome sin and death, we begin to realize that to be in Christ means we are already on the winning side. Death may claim us for a time, but Christ will ultimately have us for his own. As we learn the implications of that truth, we begin to become less encumbered by our fears and more faithful in the power of God in our lives. That's how we live resurrected lives--by faith in God's power. When the Apostles learned that lesson, it changed everything for them. When we learn that lesson, it will change everything for us, too.
  • Apr 5, 2015“Road to Resurrection” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 5, 2015
    “Road to Resurrection” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
    4.5.2015
    "Road To Resurrection"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
    Welcome. We are happy to have you with us today. Whether you’ve been here before or not, I believe that you are here at East Point for a reason. This is not a perfect place, but we are a people being formed by God into the image of Christ. If you are not a Christian, or if for some other reason this is one of those rare times when you find yourself with the church on Sunday, it’s good that you are here on this Easter Sunday. I’m here because I believe that nearly 2000 years ago, the man Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and buried but was subsequently raised from the dead by the power of God never to die again. That’s not a fairytale or a moralistic parable. Jesus actually rose from the dead and was exalted to the right hand of God according to the witness of Scripture and the testimony of those who were martyred for their belief in the risen Lord. That truth confronts us in ways we cannot ignore and challenges us to live in ways that most of the world cannot understand. Ways that lead to life. Ways that include sacrifice and loss. Ways that define us as not simply people who “go to church” but as people who have become the very body of Christ in a world that needs so desperately to know resurrection. If you need to know resurrection, it’s good that you chose to be here today.
  • Mar 29, 2015“Live to Die” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
    Mar 29, 2015
    “Live to Die” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
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    3.29.2015
    "Live to Die"
    By: Devin Schadegg
    Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
    The cross has become a symbol of nostalgia to many of us. It’s a place where we remember Jesus died for us. It’s the place where the gap between our sin and  God was bridged, a place where the relationship between humanity and God was restored. But there’s more to the cross than that amazing truth—the cross is an example of how we should die as well. We are called as Christians to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Not to just simply believe in Him. Believing and following Jesus are two different things. Following isn’t easy. Following Jesus costs us something. The cross isn’t just where Jesus died. It is where we come to die with Him. In order to have life, we have to lose our lives.
  • Mar 22, 2015“When the Lepers Lost Their Spots” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Mar 22, 2015
    “When the Lepers Lost Their Spots” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
     3.22.2015
    "When the Lepers Lost Their Spots"
    By" Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 123
    Have you ever heard the story about (no, this isn't a joke) the ten lepers who were cleansed by Jesus? You know the one in Luke 17. Jesus heals all ten of them but only one returns to say "thank you." You've probably heard that story before. I know I have. Lots of times. But it wasn't until reading it again this week that I realized I'd been reading it wrong for years and years. I used to think that this story was about thankfulness and gratitude. I'm pretty sure I remember hearing it taught that way by people emphasizing how important it is to thank God for the good he does in our lives. Jesus even seems to point to that application when he asks, "Weren't there ten who were healed?" Now, thankfulness is important, and it's certainly a part of this great story from the life of Jesus. But thankfulness isn't the biggest thing this story teaches. This story isn't simply praising a thankful attitude; likewise, it isn't shaming the nine who didn't return to Jesus. That's just not the point. The point is that, well, I guess it won't hurt to wait and tell you in the sermon.