The Real Jesus Series

Friends in Faith will begin a new sermon series on June 26th about the life of Christ.  "The Real Jesus" will focus on what the Bible has to say about the most important person in history.  Topics include:

God's Witness

In our search for the real Jesus, how do we know where to go?  This message looks at how the four gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - are God's witness to His Son.  It does this by:

  • First discussing who the men were that God used to write these four books

  • Second, discussing what these books are and why they were written, and

  • Third, showing why we can trust these books to give us God's witness of His Son.

His Birth

It's Christmas in July!

In our search for what the Bible says about Jesus, looking at His birth out of season gives us a chance to see things from a fresh perspective.  Was Jesus' virgin birth real?  Is it really that important?

In this message, Pastor Lee discusses how the Bible plainly teaches that Jesus was virgin-born and how it shows who Jesus really is - the Son of God who came to save us.

This segment looks at the miraculous conception of Jesus from Joseph's perspective.

This segment looks at the miraculous conception of Jesus from Mary's perspective.

This segment looks at how Jesus' miraculous conception shows how He is God the Son and the significance of it.

This segment looks at why Jesus' miraculous conception matters to us.

His Testing

Would you be surprised to hear that one thing we have in common with Jesus is temptation?  Yes, Jesus was tempted, just like we are, but He didn't sin.

The story of how Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness not only shows how He overcame temptation, but also how He proved He is the Son of God who can save us.

This segment looks at the story of Jesus' temptations.

This segment looks at how Satan tempted Jesus and points for how we can resist our temptations.

This segment looks at how passing these tests shows how Jesus has the moral authority to be the Messiah.

This segment shows how Jesus is qualified to be our Redeemer because He passed these tests.

His Message

Jesus was a great preacher and teacher, but what did He say?  This message looks at the main theme of Jesus' message, which was repentance, and how people responded to it.

This segment looks at what Jesus' travels and what His overall message was.

This segment looks at what Biblical repentance is and how it can relate to us.

This segment looks at Jesus' preaching at the synagogue in Nazareth and how that relates to repentance.

This segment discusses how Jesus' message of repentance was simply an acceptance of God's plan and how people reacted to it.

His Disciples

Doesn't the phrase "Jesus and His Disciples" go together as well as "peanut butter and jelly?"  You can have one without the other, but it just doesn't seem the same!

The message "His Disciples" looks at who the disciples were and a little of how they were called.  But most importantly, it looks at what it takes to be one today.

This segment of the message discusses some common misunderstandings of Jesus' disciples.

This segment of the message talks about what a disciple really is and how a person can be one today.

This segment looks at the calling of Matthew (Levi) and shows how acknowledging sin is necessary to be a disciple.

This segment looks at the calling of Simon Peter and how faith and obedience are necessary parts of being disciples.

His Miracles

Jesus performed many miracles during His time on earth, but why?  Were they simply acts of compassion, or was there a greater purpose for them?

This message looks at what the miracles were supposed to show - that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah and that He has authority on earth.

This segment talks about what miracles are and why Jesus did them.

This segment talks about the story of Jesus healing the paralytic in Mark chapter 2.

This segment discuss what Jesus' healing of the paralytic what supposed to mean to the people watching - He had power over sin because He was the Son of God.

This segment discusses what miracles mean to us today - that Jesus still has the power to heal our spiritual lives, which is the greatest work of all.

His Opposition

Jesus was compassionate and caring - how could anyone be opposed to Him?  They were.  Even to the point of conspiring to put Him to death.

This segment relates how the story of Jesus healing on the Sabbath day lead to how the Jewish leaders started to persecute Him.

This segment discusses why healing a man on the Sabbath day would make the Jewish leaders want to kill Jesus.

This segment discusses the real issue of Jesus' opposition - the conflict of sin, righteousness, and judgment - and how that same situation is still in the world today.

His Parables

Why did Jesus teach in Parables?  Was it to make His teaching clearer to those hearing, or did Jesus have another reason?  This message looks at that question, and goes into how our heart toward God affects how we understand His Word.

This segment looks at the circumstances behind Jesus' teaching in parables, and discusses what a parable is.

This segment goes into the answer Jesus gave to His disciples of why He taught in parables.  The answer might surprise you!

Parables have a benefit to those who want to know what they mean.  But to do that, a person's heart must be good.

His Presentation and Rejection

Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding the colt of a donkey.  He was presenting Himself as the Messiah for the Jewish nation.  Would they accept His authority?  Would they reject His claim?

In this message, Jesus illustrated His rejection by the Jewish leaders with the parable of the vineyard.

This segment discusses why Jesus spoke the parable, which was the events following His triumphal entry.

This segment discusses the parable and how it related to the nation of Israel.

This segment discusses the point that Jesus was trying to make - that their rejection was a fulfillment of prophecy.

His Purpose

What was Jesus' purpose in coming to earth?  Was it to start a religion?  Was it to be a good teacher?  Really, it was to be a sacrifice.

In this message, Pastor Lee discusses what it means for Jesus to be a sacrifice and what Jesus' sacrifice can really do for us.

This segment discusses what "Jesus' Sacrifice" means.

This segment discusses what Jesus' sacrifice did.

This segment discusses what Jesus' sacrifice can mean to those who trust Him.

His Victory

Usually, the bigger the victory means the greater joy.  Jesus' resurrection from the dead was the biggest victory in all of human history.  But, for the disciples on that first day of the resurrection, they were afraid, confused, and grieving.  Why?

This message looks at Jesus' conversation with two disciples traveling to Emmaus, and discusses how we avoid being downcast when we don't understand what is going on.

This segment discusses how these disciples were afraid and confused the day Jesus rose from the dead.

This segment discusses why they were downcast.

This segment discusses what the solution is for being downcast.

Next week:

  • His Return

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"Thanks for What God Has Done" (June 14th)

Have you ever wondered what God has done for you?  When you consider the blessing of eternal life, He's done it all!  In the message, Pastor Steve talks about how God qualifies us for the Kingdom by what Jesus has done on cross.

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"Following God's Will" (June 21st)

Have you ever wondered what God's will was for you?  From Colossians 1:9-12, this message discusses how God's will is important, how it pleases Him when we follow it, and how we can know when we follow it.

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"Who Is Jesus?"  (June 28th)

Who is Jesus?  A great man?  A wise teacher?  Sometime far greater?  From Colossians 1:15-18, Pastor Steve discusses how Jesus is God revealed to us, how He is the Creator, how He is the Sustainer, and how He is the Head of the Body.

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"Back to God"  (July 5th)

Our country is facing many problems, many of which would be solved if people would simply come back to God!  But how?  In this passage (Colossians 1:19-23), we see how God used Jesus' sacrifice on the cross to reconcile anyone who responds to Him. 

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"Complete in Christ"  (July 26th)

What else, if anything do you need other than Jesus?  In Colossians 2:8-15, Pastor Steve discusses how a believer is complete in what Jesus did.

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"Instructions for a Changed Life, Part 1"  (August 16th)

When a person accepts Jesus, tremendous changes happen within that individual.  But, sometimes those changes don't come across on the outside.  From Colossians 3:5-11, we are encouraged to get rid of certain actions and attitudes that are against who we really are.

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"Instructions for a Changed Life, Part 2"  (August 23rd)

Many times, Christians tend to focus on what they don't do.  In this message, Bro. Steve gives instructions for those who are alive with Jesus on what we are supposed to do.  From Colossians 3:12-17.

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"Instructions for Christian Families"  (August 30)

Since God made the family, wouldn't it be wise if we followed His instructions on how it needs to function?  Colossians 3:18-21 tells Christian husbands, wives, children, and parents how we need to act with each other.

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"The New Birth, the Start of Living" (January 25th)

Everything has a beginning, including our Christian life.  From 1 Peter 1:3-5, Pastor Lee discusses the new birth, namely:

  • What the new birth is

    • How the new birth is possible

    • What the new birth does

    • What makes the new birth unique

  • Anyone wanting to live for God must first have this new beginning and the living hope that comes along with it!

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  • "Living in Trials" (February 1)

    Is the Christian life supposed to be full of joy or grief?  From 1 Peter 1:6-9, Pastor Lee talks about how it is both!  Just as fire purifies gold, trials purify our faith.

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    "Living with Reverence"  (February 8)

    What's wrong with thinking God is the big man upstairs?  From 1 Peter 1:17-19, Pastor Lee discusses how our time on earth needs to be in reverence and why we should concern ourselves with it.

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    "Living as Strangers" (February 15)

    Have you ever felt like a round peg trying to fit into a square hole?  As Christians, this feeling is ... normal!  From 1 Peter 2:11-17, Pastor Lee talks about how this world is not our home for Christians.  We live in the world, but we are not to be of the world.  Instead, we should understand how we should live falling under the authority of human government.

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    "Living with Injustice" (February 22)

    Life isn't fair.  It isn't just either.  With Jesus as our example, 1 Peter 2:18-25 advises us that as Christians, we have a commendation if we suffer while trying to serve God.  Because of this, we should submit to authority while commending ourselves to God.

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    "Living with Virtue" (March 1)

    Contrary to what some people think, "virtue" is not a four-letter word.  "Moral excellence" is found with 5 traits every Christian should have.  Being harmonious, sympathetic, having brotherly love, and having humility are not only things that God wants in our lives, they are also things that are best for us.  From 1 Peter 3:8-12.

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    "Living with Trouble" (March 8)

    So, you've been trying to do right and all you've gotten in return is trouble from those around you.  Why?  Is it because you're doing something wrong?  In this lesson from 1 Peter 3:13-17, Pastor Lee talks about how this can be and what can be done about it.

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  • "Living with the End in View"  (March 15)

    If the end of the world were coming, would you do anything different with your life?  Although no one can know when Jesus will return, it is a fact that He will return.  In 1 Peter 4:7-11, Pastor Lee talks about - in spite of the world's indifference - Christians should be focusing on doing four things.

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    "Living with Perspective"  (March 22)

    It's all about perspective ... God's perspective, that is.  In this message, Pastor Lee discusses how a Christian's perspective should be different than the world's, and how that perspective will translate into seeking God's will instead of doing what our sinful flesh wants.  From 1 Peter 4:1-5.

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    "Living with Grace"  (April 12)

    Grace is God's gift to humanity that brings us new life.  Grace is also God's gift to Christians giving them the ability to serve Him.  In this message, Pastor Lee talks about four things that living with grace does for Christians.  From 1 Peter 5:5-11.

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