Annual Theme

Annual Theme

2016-2017: Walk As Children of Light

Key Verse: Ephesians 5:8-14
 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
     “Awake, O sleeper,
      and arise from the dead,
      and Christ will shine on you.”

Purpose of the Theme:

This year’s theme is set apart from previous years because there is a strong emphasis on our personal moral choices. The theme is a challenge to all of us to ask: Where do I need to make changes in my life to be a greater Light in the world? It is our desire that the them will help us... 

  • To be more aware of and committed to our identity as God’s children and therefore share in the holiness of Christ.
  • To work more diligently in finding out what is pleasing to the Lord in all things, particularly in moral choices.
  • To understand and acknowledge the unfruitfulness of sin so that we will not be attracted to it but will grow in our hatred of it.
  • To strengthen our resolve, wisdom, and ability to resist temptation to sin.
  • To live and speak in ways that expose darkness so that sinners can be saved.

Please look over the monthly theme lesson topics and make your plans to be a part of this special study.

Sermons on the Theme:

Each month we will have a sermon focused on a topic suggested by our theme verse.  These are excellent opportunities to invite guests who will learn of God’s wisdom and plan.  Please mark the dates and plan to ask someone to join you.

 

Sermon Title Sunday Evening at 6:00 P.M.
Children of Light September 11, 2016
Light & Darkness October 16, 2016
The Wrath of God November 20, 2016
Walking in the Light of Love & Wisdom December 18, 2016
Sanctification v. Sexual Immorality January 15, 2017
Edification v. Corrupt Speech February 19, 2017
Generosity v. Covetousness March 19, 2017
Kindness v. Anger April 16, 2017
Sober-Mindedness v. Drunkeness May 21, 2017
The Fruit of the Light June 18, 2017
Christ Will Give You Light July 16, 2017
The Inheritance of Light August 20, 2017

 

2015: Sharing the Hope That Is In Us

Key Verse:

I Peter 3:14-15 - 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

 

Cross references:

Luke 6:40 : See Matt. 10:24
Luke 6:40 : 2 Cor. 13:11; Heb. 13:21; 1 Pet. 5:10; [1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Tim. 3:17]

 

Purpose of the Theme:

To help us as a congregation and as individuals to be more aware of what we believe and how to teach others.  Primary focus will be on the hope that we have in Christ.  Lessons and activities will be designed to explain that hope and to further confirm what we believe and why.  Additional emphasis will be placed on effectively teaching others through the right spirit (gentleness and respect), accordingly the theme will focus internally (understanding our hope) and externally (explaining our faith to anyone who asks).

 

Sermons on the Theme:

Each month we will have a sermon focused on a topic suggested by our theme verse.  The initial two lessons will focus on the passage followed by three lessons that explore the foundation of the faith we are to defend.  Subsequent lessons will deal with helping us prepare to share our hope or explain aspects of what we believe and why.  These are excellent opportunities to invite guests who will learn of God’s wisdom and plan.  Please mark the dates and plan to ask someone to join you.

 

Sermon Title Sunday Evening at 6:00 P.M.
Sharing Our Hope September 13, 2014
Honoring the Lord as Holy October 19, 2014
There is a God November 16, 2014
The Bible is God’s Revelation December 21, 2014
Jesus is the Resurrected Son of God January 18, 2015
Teaching With Gentleness February 15, 2015
Can We Be Lost? How Are We Saved? March 15, 2015
Nature of Our Hope (Solid Foundation)  April 19, 2015
Nature of the Church May 17, 2015
The Sanctity of Marriage June 21, 2015
Roles of Men and Women July 19, 2015
Value of Our Hope (Confidence) August 16, 2015