The Promise of Peace for Those in Christ

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God loved us before time so we could love Him in this present time.–Wil Owens

So much is going on in our world today–inviting us to worry. But there is another invitation. An invitation to become one of God’s people–not exempt from trouble but guaranteed to be carried through each day with tenderness and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Are you in this place of safety? Please join Teaching Pastor Wil Owens as he leads us through John 16 and teaches us about the promise of peace for those in Christ.

 

When the Helper Comes–The Spirit of God and the Gospel of Christ

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The work of redemption is not on man alone–it won’t be incomplete or unfinished. God Himself will come to ensure and complete the work of redemption. –Wil Owens

 Acts 1: On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor at Clovis Evangelical Free Church explains in this two-part sermon series how the Holy Spirit not only comforts believers inwardly in all their struggles but also empowers us in the work of sharing the gospel.

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A Simple Act of Profound Significance

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Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet. Artist, Ford Madox Brown. 1821-1893.

When you know who you are–that’s when you can really serve.

“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13

Even in the company of his betrayer and even to his betrayer Jesus rendered the most humbling of services.

He washed their feet.

His identity wasn’t challenged by Judas’ scorn or His disciples’ pride. He had the power to stay true to His mission, to humble Himself among His closest friends all the while knowing that he would also bear the humiliation of the cross before the eyes of all Jerusalem.

Follow along with Teaching Pastor Wil Owens as he walks us through this most precious of suppers…Jesus’ last with His disciples. Pastor Wil unpacks the beautiful significance of Jesus’ actions on this singular night.

Just Who are You Really Rejecting?

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If you are rejecting God, do you really know Who you are rejecting? Follow along with Pastor Wil Owens to get a picture of God as He reveals Himself to us in Psalm 36.

“The world views an unbeliever as one who has courageously broken the chains of religion and has set himself free to live his life to the fullest by walking according to his own interests, agenda, and desire. The world celebrates the one who denies the authority of any person or any god above him. But that’s not how God sees the one who rejects Him.

Psalm 36 says to the unbeliever, ‘If you are going to reject God, look at who you are rejecting. You don’t see the true God, you see a God of your own making. Look upon the true God. Look, behold, and live!’ God is not anything like you think Him to be. God is a great God.

Often, the unbeliever sees himself as unrestrained, unencumbered by the rules and ways of God. He or she is self-made with no need of a god. Religion is for the weak. He is strong enough and wise enough to find his own way. God is only there to take away his happiness, so he seeks to do away with God, convinced that his way is much better and far more rewarding than allegiance to God. But that’s not how God sees the one who rejects Him.” 

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

Photo Credit: Thomas Bush

Good Friday: The Believer and the Cross

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“‘Christ died for our sins’…it is the very essence, the very centerpiece, the very core of our faith. It is the bedrock upon which every precious truth of salvation rests. If that one statement were to be removed from the Bible, there would be no Bible. If that one statement were to be removed from the gospel, there would be no gospel. If that one statement were to be removed from the faith, there would be no salvation. Christ died for our sins, my friends, is not just a wonderful something, it is a marvelous everything.”–Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

Oh, the GOODness of Good Friday! It’s the day that stands at the center-point of history–the day in which Christ, by dying in our place, secured every heavenly blessing for us.

In a special Good Friday sermon, Teaching Pastor Wil Owens shares the joy we find when we really grasp the greatness of Christ’s saving power and the magnitude of our sin.

“Atonement means that since my sins have now been paid for, since my sins have now been cleared from my record, since my sins have now been washed away, I now have been made right with God. I have been reconciled to God. I have been made righteous before my holy, righteous, Creator. He is now my Father…What this means then is that since Christ took all the ugliness of my sin upon Himself and paid for it with His death, I now have and enjoy all the beauty of every gospel grace given to me freely in Christ.”–Wil Owens

The Son and the Cross

 

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‘The Crucifixion’. Rubens, Pieter Paul (1577-1640)

These few days before Easter are a precious time to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for His children through His crucifixion.

Pastors Dave Parker and Paul Micu team up to deliver a message about the heart of Christ for God the Father and for His children.

Jesus Christ’s redemption of us through His death enables us to draw near and rejoice that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Is yours?

The Father and The Cross

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What questions does the crucifixion of Christ raise in your mind?
Is God loving or is He cruel?
Is God a cosmic child-abuser? Did Jesus have to beg the Father to love us?
With clarity and passion, Pastor Sam Musgrave answers these questions and gives us a fresh look at the crucifixion from God the Father’s viewpoint. Don’t miss a chance to better understand God’s love for you!
Sinful man saw an insurrectionist crucified as a criminal. The Father saw the eternal Word who was in the beginning with Him; the fullness of His own deity in flesh; the visible image of His own invisible nature; God Himself obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross…Never has the Father seen such faith, such love, and such glorious, resplendent, manifold witness to the greatness of God!– Pastor Sam Musgrave