Getting Your Mind Right: From Fear to Hope

TJ Osborn

10/15/17

Description:Fear can easily be an obstacle in our Christian life. This week's message talks about how we move from fear to hope. As Paul was imprisoned in Rome, he could very easily have focused on the fears that accompanied his circumstances. Instead, he rejoices in the expectation that, no matter how his circumstances turned out, he would not be ashamed of the gospel and that Christ would be exalted whether he lived or died. We can have hope no matter the circumstances because of Jesus Christ.

Right Thinking About Serving God

Pastor Rob Wheeler

10/8/17

Description:When Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians, he was imprisoned, facing a trial that could mean his death.Yet, rather than focusing on the misery of his circumstances, his focus was on serving God and turning his circumstances into an opportunity to do so. How do we gain that kind of perspective? Making the opportunity to serve God an ultimate priority, even when hardships come, do we allow ourselves to be used of Him?

Right Thinking About God's Church

Pastor Rob Wheeler

10/1/17

Description:Partnering in faith, love, and prayer in your believer community. People will come and go in and out of our lives as we share in the partnership of the gospel. Our journey with them begins the moment they believe and it continues throughout not only our time on this earth, but throughout eternity. As we reflect on this passage it raises a question. Who do you seek to influence for Christ? Who have you invested your time, passion, and commitment to in seeing to the spiritual growth of others? All of us can have the joy of being used by God to help others along in their spiritual journey. When someone finds Christ they become a part of our fellowship in the gospel. We share a common faith and a common connection because of our spiritual union with Jesus Christ. We are partners in the gospel!

Changed Minds - Changed Lives

Pastor Rob Wheeler

9/24/17

Description:Isn’t it easy to formulate our own plans and stubbornly hold on to them no matter what comes our way? We are to plan, but we are to accept changes in our plan when God leads us in a different direction. At times we are privileged to have God bring us across the paths of those who are seeking to find the truth about God. We need to be obedient to go where He sends us.

Authentic Christian Living

Pastor Rob Wheeler

9/17/17

Description:God wants us to know that we have eternal life, that we can approach Him boldly in prayer, but that we should strive toward living holy lives in gratitude for all He’s done for us. Believers aren’t to compromise by adopting the attitudes and actions of the world around them. They aren’t to blend in to the society to where there isn’t an observable difference between them and the lost. As we live in this world we need to remember that while we are in this world, we aren’t to be of it.

The Authentic Jesus

Pastor Rob Wheeler

9/10/17

Description:Many attempt to redefine Jesus and put in to question who he is and in doing so, attempt to rob the gospel of its power which at its core is about Jesus. We know the truth!Jesus is God who came in the flesh and died for us to bring forgiveness and eternal life. He is who the scripture presents Him to be and because of this we can come into a relationship with the almighty God and have the hope of eternity!

Authentic Power

Daniel Sexton

9/3/17

Description:True Faith in Jesus brings true life - By believing and receiving Jesus we become children of God. True Life demonstates itself in True Love - By abiding in God and loving one another and keeping His commandments. He abides in us by the Spirit He has given us.True Love is empowered by True Victory - Who do we need to share God's love with? In the way that God has shown us. And how? God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Rebuilding with Commitment

Pastor Rob Wheeler of Osterville Baptist Church

8/27/17

Description:Special speaker Pastor Rob Wheeler of Osterville Baptist Church, and son of Pastor and Paula Wheeler. Here to visit and share with us the word from the book of Nehemiah.

Live What You Believe

Pastor Rob Wheeler

8/20/17

Description:Abide in God because He has given us His spirit. Agree that Jesus is the Son sent to be Savior of the world. Accept that you are loved by God and need to abide in Him. Allow God’s truth and love to change you and approach the day of judgement with confidence. Avoid fear by being perfected in God’s love and apply the love of God to how you love each other.

Love Like God Loves!

Pastor Rob Wheeler

8/13/17

Description:God’s love should be our model in how to love, but more than that He is the power behind our ability to love as we depend upon Him. God wants us to have an ever-deepening love that seeks to love as He loves. We show the world what a deep intimate relationship with God looks like as we reflect the love of God to those around us.

Overcoming Self-condemnation

Pastor Rob Wheeler

7/30/17

Description:Where are you in your walk with God? Are you struggling with doubt and uncertainty? Questioning your relationship with God? Turn to His truth and respond to it by yielding to His commands and depending on what He says and what His Spirit does to gain victory in these struggles.

VBS Celebration Sunday

Pastor Rob Wheeler

7/23/17

Description:God, the creator over everything, wants a relationship with us! He wants us to know Him. He sent Jesus to show us who He is and made it possible for us to have a relationship with Him. We can choose to restore our relationship with God by redemption through Jesus!

Call to Authentic Christian Love

Pastor Rob Wheeler

7/16/17

Description:What is love? Love is a decision, a commitment to seek the good of another and choose to actively benefit them no matter what. It is the foundation of all that we as believers are to do as we interact with one another and with the world around us. Christian love is important to God!

Whose Child Are You?

Pastor Rob Wheeler

7/9/17

Description:Who does our character best reflect? Righteousness or Lawlessness? Lawlessness resents God’s boundaries, rebels against them. We are all sinners but even though we rebel, God reached out to us in love by sending His Son into this world to take away our sin., By accepting, he changes us from within, changing our minds and giving us a new nature that seeks righteous behavior - reflecting Him.

Live Authentically Waiting for Christ's Return

Pastor Rob Wheeler

7/2/17

Description:Are we looking forward to Christ"s return or are we in some way shrinking back from it because we’re out of fellowship with Him? His word explains that when we abide in Him and are in close fellowship with our God we will be excited about His return!

Authentic Teaching

Pastor Rob Wheeler

6/25/17

Description:John warns us about a world system that stands opposed to God. We are to be aware of the existence of antichrists who seek to deceive, confuse and draw us into bad doctrine through media, books, broadcasts, etc. Dependence on the Spirit of God is the key to keeping from doctrinal error.

Don't Love This World System

Pastor Rob Wheeler

6/18/17

Description:Passionately loving the things of this world is harmful to us. Pursuing this world and God is impossible. We cannot have it both ways. Listen to what the word has to say on how we are not to be conformed by this world, but transformed by the renewal of our mind.

Authentic Encouragement

Dan Sexton

6/11/17

Description:Have you ever believed something that was not true? Have you ever believed something that wasn't true about you? We need to encourage one another by affirming truth about our position and life in Christ.

Authentically Knowing God

Pastor Rob Wheeler

5/28/17

Description:The difference between knowing about and really knowing God. A personal relationship with God brings change. We are given a new nature, transformed by the Spirit of God. Genuinely knowing God is a result of our new life, the desire to keep His commandments through our decisions and actions. This obedience comes from our love for God.

Our Authentic Advocate and Propitiation

Pastor Rob Wheeler

5/21/17

Description:John's purpose in writing this letter was not to give believers a pass when it comes to sin, in fact, quite the opposite - the goal of every believer ought to be not to sin. God's provision for sin delivered us from the condemnation due to sin, but He also delivers us from our ongoing struggle with sin as we strive to live obedient lives.

Authentic Holiness

Pastor Rob Wheeler

5/14/17

Description:Holiness is beyond an absolute definition because God transcends our ability to fully comprehend Him. The idea behind holiness is that there is none like God.

The Authentic Life

Pastor Rob Wheeler

5/7/17

Description:We are beginning a new series in the book of 1 John, a series titled The Authentic Life. John begins his letter by talking about how, in order to become an authentic follower of Jesus Christ, we need to know who He is. And we can only know who Jesus is through God's revelation - Him speaking the truth through His Word.

The Voice of the Gospel

Pastor Rob Wheeler

4/30/17

Description:During a conference in Orlando I attended last week, I was reminded that the gospel has the power to transform lives, but we must go to where people are and share the gospel - WE ARE THE VOICE OF THE GOSPEL. Paul gives testimony to this in his letters. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, we find a record of Paul's ministry as he shared the gospel in a Greek city know for its idolatry and immorality. Even in a place that many would find 'too far gone', the gospel went forth, changed lives, and saw a church planted that would become a testimony to other churches and stand as a beacon of God's grace.

Gone Fishing: Finding a Fix for Failure

T. J. Osborn

4/23/17

Description:Today we are going to look at Peter, a man who failed like no one else because he walked with Jesus-seeing the miracles he performed, being given power and authority to do more than he was capable of, and yet when the opportunity arose for him to stand up for Jesus. . .he failed. If we are honest with ourselves - we see a lot of Peter in ourselves.

Easter Sunday-Christ's Resurrection Brings Change

Pastor Rob Wheeler

4/16/17

Description:In the passage we are looking into this morining, we see a huge change in the life of the Apostle Paul. Before he met the resurrected Christ, he counted on his personal performance to be right with God. He lists his credentials and he shares his approach to knowing God. But according to Acts there was a huge change in his life when he met the resurrected Jesus on a road and saw that he needed to depend on Jesus rather than his own personal performance to know God. The same can be said for us. I am convinced that until a person recognizes that they are a helpless sinner in need of deliverance, they aren't ready to receive Christ as savior. Savior means deliverer. How can one be delivered if they don't recognize their need?

Share God's Good News

Pastor Rob Wheeler

4/9/17

Description:The work of sharing the Gospel is something every Christian ought to engage in - it isn't just for pastors and evangelists. But there are considerations believers need to bear in mind as they seek to be obedient in this - people wil look at how we live and they will use that as a filter through which to consider what we say.

Understanding Authority

Pastor Rob Wheeler

4/2/17

Description:The Bible is very clear about roles in the home. Although our society has changed its views toward the roles of men and women (and now there is even confusion about what constitutes being a man or a woman), the scripture is unambiguous. Let's look at the roles God has laid out for leadership in the home.

Choosing to Live as God's Chosen

Pastor Rob Wheeler

3/26/17

Description:As the people of God we are chosen by Him, holy to Him, and we are dearly loved by God. We are also commanded to clothe ourselves with 5 Christian virtues. Today, we'll talk about those 5 virtures.

Putting Off and Putting On

Pastor Rob Wheeler

3/19/17

Description:Last week we saw the importance of seeking things above. We also saw that we belong to Christ and that we have His return to look forward to. In light of these truths, as beleivers we need not only think about things above, but we need to consider the things of this earth that would lead us to sin. Paul uses two pictures of dealing wit sin. Considering ourselves dead to the sins of the flesh, and taking off the old clothes of sin and putting on the new clothes of godliness.

Keep Looking Up

Pastor Rob Wheeler

3/12/17

Description:Almost a quarter of traffic accidents involve people texting while driving. Factor in other distractions, like spilled coffee or something on the side of the road, and the statistics go up. Why? Because people take their eyes off the road. If you aren't focused on where you're headed, you easily go in the wrong direction or miss a hazard right in front of you. That's very much like what happens with our spiritual lives when we take our focus off Jesus. Eventually, our spiritual lives crash!

Delivered!

Pastor Rob Wheeler

3/5/17

Description:We have been delivered from sin! Jesus paid the price - He took it away by mailing it to the cross. And God has made us alive through being with (in) Christ. Apart from Jesus, there is no spiritual life. He is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life - no one comes to the Father except through Him."

Jesus Is All We Need

Pastor Rob Wheeler

2/26/17

Description:In our world, there are many who feel that simple faith in Jesus is unsophisticated and superstitious. We are in hostile territory and our belief system is going to come under assault. So how do we avoid the pitfalls of many around us who would pressure us to abandon our faith? We must be careful to fix our eyes on Jesus in order to avoid becoming captives to the empty and deceitful philosophy of the world around us.

Growing Deeper in Your Walk

Pastor Rob Wheeler

2/19/17

Description:This morning we are going to be looking at the importance of living out the faith we have in Christ. If we have received Him, we need to live as those who have. We'll also see the importance of developing our walk with Christ through being grounded in Him, by growing in Him as we are strengthened in our faith, and by expresing gratitude and overflowing in that expression - so that we all may continue to live in Christ just as we received Him.

The Law of Diminishing Returns

T. J. Osborn

2/12/17

Description:Paul writes to encourage the Colossians to be united in love and to stay true to the Good News of Jesus Christ - they are to invest in Christ.

Growing Together as the Church

Pastor Rob Wheeler

2/5/17

Description:Paul's commitment to Christ's church was because of a commission given to him by God to present His Word. Paul's response to his suffering throughout his ministry was - JOY! The idea Paul shares is this- the church is profoundly important to Jesus Christ, so I will suffer or do whatever I need to do to serve His church, placing the needs of the church above my own. Many in our culture have lost perspective on this. We have a consumer mentality that looks at the church and asks "What's in it for me?"

The Blessing of Reconciliation

Pastor Rob Wheeler

1/29/17

Description:The truth about our reconciliation with God: it isn't something we've earned or can even try to earn. God did the work of reconciliation for us through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. It is now our responsibillity to be established and firm in our faith, to stand strong on a foundation of faith that holds to the gospel, and to proclaim the gospel to others.

Magnify The Lord

Pastor Rob Wheeler

1/22/17

Description:The clear teaching of scripture is that Jesus is more than man - He is God and He should be magnified as our God. As God, He is the creator!

Grow in Knowledge, Conduct, and Grace

Pastor Rob Wheeler

1/15/17

Description:We carefully monitor the grown of infants and toddlers by watching for markers for physical and mental development. In the same way - we can monitor our spiritual growth! This morning, we are going to look at a passage that gives us three important things new believers (and even believers who've been around for a while) can monitor to check our spiritual growth.

Core Values of a Community of Believers

Pastor Rob Wheeler

1/8/17

Description:As Paul writes this letter to Colossae, he is imprisoned in Rome. He himself had never visited Colossae; the church was planted by people he had discipled. The letter comes to encourage this young church to grow in their faith which is the overall point of Paul's letter.

Humbly Entering The New Year

Pastor Rob Wheeler

1/1/17

Description:God's Word calls on the whole church to clothe itself in humility toward one another. Part of the beauty of the church is the varying levels of spiritual maturity we find in the body of Christ. It is such a blessing to find those we can learn from, but in order to learn from them we have to place ourselves under them and be teachable enough to learn - we must humble ourselves.

Unto Us A Child Is Born

Pastor Rob Wheeler

12/25/16

Description:Isaiah wrote over 700 years before our Lord came to fulfill the words of prophecy. In his writing we find first the idea that Jesus would be given to provide for the needs of the world in general and the people of God in particular. What must have been amazing to those who heard Isaiah's prophecy was that this deliverer would come as a child!

Christmas Conspiracy

T. J. Osborn

12/18/16

Description:Let's conspire to bring about a different take on Christmas this year.

The Return of the King and the Day of the Lord

Pastor Rob Wheeler

12/11/16

Description:Zechariah Chapter 14 describes the second coming of Christ and the personal, present 1000 year reign of Christ on earth after His return. God's enemies will be destroyed, God's people will be delivered. The Lord will hold dominion over the whole earth and everything will be dedicated to Him.

Getting Right with God

Pastor Rob Wheeler

12/4/16

Description:God invites us all to become His people and to make Him our God. The path that many follow awaya from God plays out and never delivers what we had hoped. God fills the vacuum that exists in oour heart and we only find our fulfillment in Him.

The One Who Was Pierced Protects

Pastor Rob Wheeler

11/27/16

Description:Chapter 11 of Zechariah spoke of a terrible time for Israel as the people of God when they will foolishly follow the wrong shepherd. But God is not through with His people even after they show such foolish behavior. Chapter 12 returns us to the hope of the people of God - not because of their failthfulness - but because of God's! The chapter starts with a reminder of who God is - the creator of everything above us, below us, and in us - and worthy of our faith and trust. He will see to faithfully bringing to pass all that He has promised.

Foolishness of Following the Wrong Shepherd

Pastor Rob Wheeler

11/20/16

Description:After the rebuilding of the temple, God would send the good shepherd mentioned in the tenth chapter. Israel will ultimately receive Him as their good shepherd, but that will be at His second advent-not His first. When Jesus offered Himself as the King of Israel, the leaders (their shepherds) rejected Him and crucified Him to protect their greed and desire for power and influence. But that would be taken away in short order. After Jesus' crucifiction in 33 AD, Titus invaded Jerusalem and utterly destroyed it in 70 AD. As a result of this national departure from God and His Shepherd, God was no longer protecting His people. While Israel rejected the true Messiah, they will, at a time in the future, initally follow the foolish shepherd - the one who stands against the truth of God-the Antichrist. Prophetically, we know that Israel will initially respond to the Antichrist during his ascent to power. Daniel prophesided that the coming beast would make and then break a covenant with Israel during a period which we know as the Great Tribulation. God Himself will see to the overthrow of this foolish shepherd and the true Messiah will reign justly after he is vanquished.

The Way Things Ought To Be

Pastor Rob Wheeler

11/6/16

Description:The first 8 verses of the ninth chapter of Zechariah mentions the conquering of sereral cities but upon closer examination, we find the prophesy that would change the course of the ancient world in a significant way - the rise of the Greek empire. How would this prepare the world for the Messiah? First of all, it would provide a uniform languare for the then known world - Greek - the language that the New Testament would be written in with all of its precision. The Greek empire set the stage for the Roman empire. The Roman empire would bring the cenus that had Mary go to Bethlehem and take the Messiah to the cross-the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy. What we can find encouraging in prophesy is that God will have what ought to be come to be in His time. Our world is a mess that is getting messier as mankind tries to solve problems apart from God. But there is hope! God will reorder this broken world and what ought to be will be - He promises this!

God's Faithfulness is Our Strength

Pastor Rob Wheeler

10/30/16

Description:The people of Zechariah's day were facing the monumental task of rebuilding the temple while facing opposition from enemies. They could easily become discouraged, but the prophet wanted to remind them that God was with them and they still had a future because of God's faithfulness. Future hope forges strength today.

Reviewing Past Mistakes

Pastor Rob Wheeler

10/23/16

Description:The people of Zechariah's day were looking for the bare minimum in maintaining a relationship with God, just as their ancestors had done. This is never the way to pursue a relationship with anyone - especially God. Any relationship based on duty rather than devotion is doomed to fail.