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Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 17, 2018

Sermon Title: Love God. Love People. Change the World. Text: Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Click here to listen to or watch the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?): Every organization…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 10, 2018

Sermon Title: Living in Unity and Peace Text: Psalm 133:1-3 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) David uses two analogies to describe why unity among brothers is both good and pleasant: (1) The anointing oil of the high priests; (2) The dew of Mount Hermon. He tells us that unity “is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard.”…

Love God. Love People. Change the World.

Every organization must constantly reexamine its reasons for existing, why it “does business,” so to speak. If it doesn’t, it’ll wake up one morning engaged in frenetic activity that has little to do with its purpose. A company that provides products or services may find itself on the wrong side of changes in the market and may be left behind its competitors. Sales fall off, revenue decreases, and the company goes out of business. A similar problem faces churches. We’re…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on January 3, 2018

Sermon Title: Your Identity in Christ Text: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) There’s a tendency for us as Christians to hide the things we’re struggling with, especially the sins that are often considered to be particularly “bad.” In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul mentions many “bad” sins that these Christians had formerly practiced: sexual immorality, idolatry, homosexual practices, theft, drunkenness, etc. Many of these…

Resources for December 31, 2018 Singing Service

Hi friends, We’ll be learning some new songs for this service and we wanted to share with you some videos of the songs being sung to help you prepare and become familiar with the melodies before the Sunday service. You’ll find some videos below, and we encourage you to watch so you’ll be more comfortable participating in our final service of the year! Songs Darrell will be leading Highly Exalted Oceans Let It Rise Songs Drew will be leading Here…

Resources for Discussion Class Hour on December 27, 2017

Sermon Title: Immanuel: God With Us Text: Matthew 1:18-25 Click here to review the sermon Download tonight’s complete study guide. Brief summary (what’s the point of this text/sermon?) The birth of Jesus gets a lot of attention this time of year, and that’s good: Scripture strongly emphasizes it, including a lengthy account in Luke, a shorter one with different details in Matthew, and a deeply theological one in John. When cultures appropriate biblical stories, though—especially with something as commercialized as…

Jesus Christ Was Born

The article below has been edited to fit in our bulletin; the complete original can be found here: http://www.pvcc.org/blog/2016/12/16/christmas/ We are again at that time on the calendar when much of the world pauses to acknowledge that Jesus Christ was born in the world. The date makes little difference. And we heartily agree that some other time of year suits the occasion best, but that makes little actual difference. We also agree that the celebration of a special religious holiday has…