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Receive Grace / Extend Grace

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1 Corinthians: The Lord's Supper
Is there a wrong way to do a Communion Service? What are we supposed to think about during a Communion Service? What does it mean to take the Lord's supper in an unworthy manner?  Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
October 14, 2019
Receive Garbage Extend Grace
We receive many good gifts from God, but life is also filled with much pain and sorrow. That pain has the power to make us bitter, and that bitterness can seep out in our relationships with other people. David Brooks says that “pain that is not transformed is transmitted.” If that’s true, then how can the pain we all experience be transformed? Peter spoke to a congregation experiencing severe trials, but he saw in those trials the possibility of redemption.
October 8, 2019
Receive Mercy, Extend Mercy (Matthew 18:21-35)
Both the religious world and the secular world can be unforgiving places: “Adhere to the external standards or you don’t belong. Fail, and don’t expect a second chance.” But God is “rich in mercy.” He loves to give it away, an offer of free grace, to those who don’t deserve it. Christians are those who have received mercy. And, having received it, extend it to others.
October 1, 2019
1 Corinthians: Head Coverings
Did you know that angels are attracted to women? Did you know that angels once came to earth and had mighty descendants through human women? Well, neither of those statements are true – but a lot of people think those kinds of things are in the Bible! Where do those ideas come from? Let’s talk about that today, as we look at the often confusing text about women wearing head coverings in church.
September 23, 2019
Receive Jesus, Bear Jesus Fruit
John 15:1-17 We need to receive grace upon salvation, but God keeps giving us gifts in Jesus. Receiving grace comes from daily abiding in Jesus. When we abide in Jesus, we will bear spiritual fruit, which is a “natural” process of the supernatural life. What does it mean to remain in Jesus? What does it mean to bear fruit? 
September 16, 2019
Receive Grace / Extend Grace
This is the sermon in a series by the same name. In this sermon, we focus on the nature of grace, and the God of grace, in the book of Ephesians. 
September 10, 2019
Text: Hosea 1-3 There aren’t many books in the Bible that are more “R-rated” than Hosea. It’s ugly. It’s shocking. But that’s the point! The prophet Hosea’s life, while rather scandalous, can teach us a whole lot about sin, unfaithfulness, and the absolutely unrelenting love of God. So, while it might be a bit embarrassing to modern sensibilities, let’s dive into the book of Hosea and see what it can teach us today.
September 2, 2019
1 Corinthians: Disputable Matters
Christians are a people of the truth. We stake a lot on things that we believe are absolutely true. But what if another believer thinks differently about something that we think is important? Are we both right? Is there more than one truth? How do we agree to disagree? Let’s talk about disputable matters like this today as we study God’s Word from 1 Corinthians. Text: 1 Cor 8:1-11:1
August 26, 2019
Mark: God on the Move - The Secret of the Kingdom
It can be easy to get discouraged. Prominent leaders fall away. A majority of churches declining. We have personal struggles and failures.   Christians confess that God is always at work in the world, but sometimes we see what appears to be counter evidence. Instead of progress, we see what looks like regression.  The parables in Mark show us the inevitability of God's work through Jesus = but they also show us the mysterious and surprising ways in which he works.   
August 19, 2019
1 Corinthians: Separation and Divorce
Under what conditions is it Ok to break up a marriage? What does God want us to think about separations and divorce? Text: 1 Corinthians 7:10-24
August 12, 2019
Mark: How will you respond to God's actions in Jesus? (God on the move)
God is at work in Jesus: Bringing the life of God's reign, calling followers into his presence, forming a new people.  How will we respond to this movement? Will we be open to his words or will we dismiss him as dangerous or crazy?  Text: Mark 3:7-35
August 5, 2019
2019 Vacation Bible School Report
Becki Watson reports on this past week's Vacation Bible School (i.e., Young Travelers).  Our God is so big! 
July 29, 2019
1 Corinthians: Singleness and Marriage
Is it good to be single? Is it good to be married? Which is better?  In this sermon, Pastor John looks at Paul's instructions to the Corinthian church on the matters of singleness and marriage.  Text: 1 Corinthians 7:1-9; 25-40
July 29, 2019
Jeremiah: Idols, Nations, and false gods
"Idolatry." Outside of a religious context, this word is mostly meaningless. Even in religious circles it can be ambiguous. But getting a handle on idolatry matters for faith. We need to be able to identify idols so that we can truly worship the Creator God and so that we can be freed from the sway of their power.  Text: Jeremiah 10:1-16
July 22, 2019
Jeremiah: The Crossroads
Jeremiah 6:16 “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. "
July 15, 2019
Did you know that it’s possible to go to church, to pray, and to regularly read your Bible but not actually have saving faith in Jesus? Especially in a place like West Michigan, it is relatively easy to adopt the culture of Christianity while denying Christ at a heart-level. The prophet Micah has a bit to say about this. Let’s see what his book might say to us today. Text: Micah 6:1-8
July 9, 2019
Jeremiah: The Search
Are all sins the same? Are some sins worse than others? Sometimes we emphasize how heinous some sins are, but sometimes we emphasize that we’re all guilty before God? Which is it? Do we have to choose? In this message we look to the prophet Jeremiah for insight. He has words for the entire sin, but he calls out a select group. In the end, we rejoice that God is the God of justice and mercy.
July 1, 2019
Jeremiah: The Nature of Judgment
Title: The Nature of Judgment Text: Jeremiah 4:5-31 Wrath. The fierce anger of the Lord. Judgment and destruction.  What emotions emerge when you read these words and phrases? Do they make you uncomfortable? Embarrassed? Defensive?  In this sermon, we look more closely at the nature of judgment. Can judgment be "good news"? In what way? We try to clear away misunderstandings while, at the same time, taking the harsh language of Jeremiah's plea to Wake Up!
June 24, 2019
1 Corinthians: Honor God with Your Body
Text: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 "My own body; Sometimes I love it. Most of the time I hate it. Sometimes I control it. Often it controls me!" What does God think about our bodies? Does he love them? Does what we do with and to our bodies matter to him? In this message study what God has to say about our bodies.
June 24, 2019
1 Corinthians: Better to be Wronged
Is it Ok to allow someone else to win, even if they cheat to do so? Is it Ok to let someone take something from us that does not belong to them? What if that person is a fellow believer? Shouldn’t they be brought to justice? Maybe not! Let’s think about this today as we consider another difficult situation in the Corinthian church. Text: 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 Speaker: John Dubois
June 10, 2019
1 Corinthians: Proud of the Wrong Things
Text: 1 Corinthians 5 Since Jesus forgives all of our sins, even the ones that we will commit in the future, why should we take sin so seriously? Is it really a big deal? What about God’s grace? Doesn’t grace cover everything?
June 3, 2019
Jeremiah: Return (3:1-4:4)
Text: Jeremiah 3:1-4:4 Series: Jeremiah - The Exchange Outline: (1) God's love is radical (2) Because of his live, he calls us to repent (3) When we repent, he saves and he restores (4) So repent, not just with words, but with your heart. 
May 27, 2019
Jeremiah: The Exchange
It's crazy to trade God for anything else.  The people of Jerusalem traded Everything for Nothing, the Living water for broken cisterns,  sonship for slavery, salvation for destruction, and their faithful husband for faithless lovers. In short, they traded the glorious presence of God for worthless idols.  Have we made the same exchange? Is there a remedy?  Text: Jeremiah 2:1-3:5
May 20, 2019
1 Corinthians: Not Just Talk, but Power
We live in a time when everyone has a voice and every idea is regarded as equally valid and worthwhile. But, is that true? Paul’s words are weightier than others (or even ours), not because he is a better person (even though he might be), but because of who he is speaking for, as an apostle.
May 13, 2019
Minor Prophets: Obadiah
Does pride really come before a fall? According to Obadiah it does.   It is somewhat ironic that the smallest book in the Old Testament deals with a nation that had one of the biggest egos. Edom’s pride and arrogance, especially against Israel, was very much unwarranted. And this prophet promises that Edom will not have reason to boast for long.   But what can Obadiah teach us about our pride today? Let’s find out together.
May 9, 2019
1 Corinthians: Praise from God
 What makes us feel important?  How do we know that we’re doing well in our lives?  Whose approval really matters?  Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
May 1, 2019
Easter 2019 Q&A
Pastor John and Pastor Steve spent some time answer questions about Easter. What are the best arguments for the resurrection? How would you respond to some of the objections? If Jesus's death paid for our sins, why does it matter that Jesus was raised?
April 22, 2019
Palm Sunday 2019
In a world often devoid of peace, and full of counterfeit offers, we meet Jesus, the King on a mission of peace.  He achieves that peace in a surprising way: Through sacrifice.  How will we respond to this King? Will we suppress Him? Will we fail to see Him? Or will we rejoice that He has come to set all things right? Here's the good news: Jesus will be praised, and we can join in the praise of all creation.  Text: Luke 19:28-44
April 16, 2019
1 Corinthians: Build with Care
Does it matter how we live? If Jesus forgives all of our sin, and we’re already perfect in Christ (which we are), then what difference does it make how I live my live now? We know that we love Jesus, and we do want to please him out of our gratitude for what he has done for us. But is there anything more than that? Text: 1 Corinthians 3
April 10, 2019
Jesus and the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-3:6)
God has given us rest as a way to preserve our lives. Jesus saw the Sabbath as a good gift of God for our flourishing.  He did not break the Sabbath law. He fulfilled it. As the one who fulfilled the law, he is able to give and save life.  Passage: Mark 2:23-3:6
April 1, 2019
The Minor Prophets: Amos
The prophet Amos makes his way to Bethel, the city at the heart of the Northern Kingdom’s religious and political power, and he begins pronouncing judgement on all of Israel’s neighbors. But he does not stop there. At the climax of his judgement-list lies the harshest judgement of them all, and that one was pointed directly at Israel itself. However, if the people of Israel turn from their injustice and seek YHWH once again, they will find life and redemption. Date: 3/24/2019 Speaker: Colby Hetcel Text: Amos
March 25, 2019
Fritz Stucki's Life Story
Fritz Stucki's Life Story
March 18, 2019
1 Corinthians: The Mind of Christ
Text:  1 Cor 2:6-16  Is there anything that you can’t learn if you study really hard?  Is it possible for something to be so clear that even a child can understand it, and yet a mature and educated adult cannot understand at all?  That’s exactly the way it is.   Let’s learn more about it today. 
March 18, 2019
1 Corinthians: The Power and Wisdom of God
Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 We’re often afraid to share our faith with our neighbors. And if feels like there’s good reasons to be afraid, because what we have to say about Jesus really seems like foolishness – especially in the eyes of the unbeliever. But, that’s one of the things that makes the Gospel so beautiful! It is foolish to people, but it’s also the wisdom and power of God! Let’s see how that is true as we study together today in 1 Corinthians.
March 4, 2019
1 Corinthians: Follow Jesus, Not Others
Text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 People often disappoint us.  Sometimes we’re disappointed when we see a Christian leader behave in competitive or jealous ways.  It can really hurt our feelings.  Or, if a gifted and loved leader falls morally, we’re also deeply wounded and grieved.    These kinds of tragedies can almost ruin our faith! But God wants us to follow Jesus alone.
February 27, 2019
Jesus with Tax Collectors and Sinners (Mark 2:13-17)
What happens when we divide the world into groups: Two types of people, the "good guys" and the "bad guys"? In this short story from Mark, Jesus both challenges the Pharisees tendency to do this, and provides us with a different lens by which to view the world and our relationship to him. 
February 18, 2019
Jesus in Conflict: The Son of Man (Mark 2:1-12)
Text: Mark 2:1-12 Title: The Son of Man Date: 2/10/2019 Quiz: Finish these lines: “Luke, I am your…” “Four score and …” “Life, liberty, and…” “I’ll never let go, Jack…” Pop culture is steeped in iconic quotes and imagery. We can say just a few words of a speech or a movie and a whole world comes into view. Now try this one… “The son of man has authority to…” For people in Jesus’s day, the expression “son of man” called to mind fantastic images and supernatural hope.  This message explores what the phrase "son of man" has to do with Jesus' identity and mission, and our identity and mission. 
February 11, 2019
Darwin Buist's Testimony
At the end of this week, WPBF will be sending a team from our church to serve at The Pines Orphanage in South Africa. In preparation for the trip the team members have been sharing their testimonies and how that fits into this mission trip. This Sunday we got to hear from Darwin Buist. 
February 11, 2019
1 Corinthians: Confidence in God
What can we know for sure?  Can we be certain about anything?  The Bible certainly says so.  This message starts a new series in the book of 1 Corinthians. Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 You are invited to join our church for worship Sunday mornings at 9:30 at 2260 Porter St. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 www.wpbiblefellowship.org
February 4, 2019
Charlotte Stucki's Testimony
We were blessed on Sunday to hear Charlotte (Char) Stucki's testimony.
February 1, 2019
Genesis 22: God Will Provide
Genesis 22 is the heart-wrenching story of Abraham's near sacrifice of his dearly loved son Isaac. On the mountain, God provided a sacrifice of his own. He spared Abraham's son.  From here we can look through the lens of Genesis 22 to the story of Jesus where, on another mountain God again provided a sacrifice not sparing his own dearly loved Son. In this sermon we look at the cost of the cross to the Father, the cost to the Son, the cost to the believer, and the help of the Spirit. http://www.wpbiblefellowship.org/
February 1, 2019
Zechariah (1/20/2019)
Text: Zechariah 3 Zechariah is a weird book. There’s flying scrolls, angelic visitations, bizarre dreams in the night, and Satan himself even makes an appearance. At first glance, this Minor Prophet might seem more like reading a science fiction novel than scripture.   However, Zechariah is one of the most quoted books in the New Testament. It might be odd, but it has a lot of important things to say about God’s grace and the work of the Messiah.
January 23, 2019
Jesus in Conflict with Spiritual Evil (Mark 1:21-46)
Jesus comes as the Messianic King proclaiming the nearness of the Kingdom of God. This immediately sets him in conflict with rival kingdoms, those who have set themselves up in opposition to God. In this sermon on Mark 1:21-40, we see how Jesus shows his power over one of those rival kingdoms - the demonic spiritual world.  Date: 11/13/2019 Series: The Book of Mark: Jesus in Conflict
January 14, 2019
The Gardening Church
How can we get the results we’re looking for? Are results guaranteed if we follow the right formula, or are they basically random, the products of a world completely outside of our control?   Asked theologically, does the outcome depend on us or does it only depend on God’s sovereignty?   In this message we explore the biblical metaphor of gardening to shed light on these questions. We ask what this means for us personally, and what it means for us as a church. Sermon date: 1/6/2019. Speaker: Steven Kopp. Primary text: 1 Corinthians 3:5-15.
January 7, 2019
Christian Unity (12/30/2018)
Jesus' followers are unified in the gospel, in essence, in purpose, and in love. Text: John 17:20-23
January 1, 2019
Christmas by the Book
We know so much of the Christmas story from carols and story books.    But, are those things really in the Bible?  What parts of the story do we know for sure, and what parts of the story have been added on by traditions?
December 27, 2018
Genesis 20-21: Trust God's Leading in Your Life
It often seems like our lives are out of control. We don’t understand why things happen to us. It is helpful to remember that God is in control of all things, and he is working in all things for his purposes and the maturity of believers. We can see this hand of God in Abraham’s life from the stories in Genesis 20-21.
December 17, 2018
Jeremiah in Jerusalem - Demolition and Reconstruction
Jeremiah was given the task of sharing some very bad news with Israel: armies were about to pour in from the north to bring about unparalleled destruction.    But he also brings a message of hope and restoration, of a great reversal that will happen… in God’s time.    In this exposition of Jeremiah 1:10-16 we look at how Jeremiah's message of destruction and hope, uprooting and replanting, demolition and reconstruction, work together, and how both point to Jesus.
December 10, 2018
Jeremiah in Jerusalem - Jeremiah the Prophet (12/2/2018)
God doesn't always ask us to do easy things. Sometimes he asks us to do things that threaten our comfort, security, or approval of others. The call of Jeremiah is unique, but it also gives us a pattern of responding to the costly call of following God.
December 3, 2018
Do I need to forgive someone right away?
"Do I need to forgive someone right away?" This post is Pastor Steve's attempt to answer the question above. It depends a little on what we mean by forgiveness. Do we mean releasing internal anger and hurt, or restoring a relationship, or both? What if it's not possible to restore the relationship? Does the nature of the relationship need to stay the same?
November 26, 2018
1 John - Assurance: The Nature of God (11/25/2018)
The phrase “Love Wins” has a lot of traction in our culture today. It represents the idea that in the end, God’s love will overcome anything and everything else in order to bring us good. Is that what it means when the Bible says, “God is love”?
November 26, 2018
1 John - Assurance: Assurance of Eternal Life
Have you ever doubted that you were saved? What do we do with those kinds of doubts? Can we really know for sure? This sermon looks at what the book of 1 John has to say about these important questions.
November 19, 2018
Minor Prophets: Haggai
Have you ever been excited for something to happen that didn’t quite live up to your expectations? At home? At church? The people in Haggai’s day were excited to return to their land after 70 years in exile. But when they returned, their expectations were not met. And because of it, they responded with disobedience. How do we respond to disappointment, and what can Haggai teach us about this today?
November 12, 2018
Jeremiah in Jerusalem - The Spiral (11/4/2018)
This sermon explores the series of decisions and events that led up to the destruction of Jerusalem at the time of Jeremiah. As the Assyrians raided the land once again and sent the people into exile they would have asked, "how did we get here?" The author of Kings wants us to know the answer to that question.
November 5, 2018
Jeremiah in Jerusalem - Judah's Reformers (10/29/2018)
Reform: To make a change for the better.    Israel’s history is bleak: A divided kingdom, unrelenting pressure from violent neighbors, and a long series of corrupt kings.   But there were a few bright spots too: Kings that brought much needed reform.    Could these kings save Israel?   What can we learn from their example? This sermon summarizes the reigns of Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah.
October 29, 2018
1 John - Assurance: The Works in Jesus (10/21/2018)
Are we even able to do good works at all? Do our works ever please God? It depends. Let’s think about it today.
October 26, 2018
1 John - Assurance: The Work of Jesus (10/14/2018)
Title: The Work of Jesus Text: 1 John Series: 1 John - Assurance Speaker: John Dubois Date: 10/14/2018
October 26, 2018
Mark: Prepare: Follow Me (10/7/2018)
Title: Follow Me Text: Mark 1:14-20 Series: Mark: Prepare Speaker: Steven Kopp Date: 10/7/2018
October 26, 2018
1 John - Assurance: The Nature of Sin (9/23/2018)
Title: The Nature of Sin Series: 1 John - Assurance Text: 1 John Speaker: John Dubois Date: 9/23/2018
October 26, 2018
Mark: Prepare: Baptism and Temptation (9/26/2018)
Title: Baptism and Temptation Series: Mark - Prepare Text: Mark 1:9-15 Date: 9/16/2018 Speaker: Steven Kopp
October 26, 2018
Jonah (8/26/2018)
Title: Jonah Series: Minor Prophets Text: Jonah Date: 8/26/2018 Speaker: Colby Hetcel
October 22, 2018
Mark: Prepare: Prepare the Way (8/19/2018)
Title: Prepare the Way Series: Mark - Prepare Text: Mark 1:1-1:8 Date: 8/19/2018
October 22, 2018
1 John - Assurance: The Person of Jesus (8/12/2018)
Title: The Person of Jesus Series: 1 John - Assurance Text: 1 John Date: 8/12/2018
October 22, 2018
1 John - Assurance: Special Fellowship with God (8/5/2018)
Title: Special Fellowship with God Series: 1 John - Assurance Text: 1 John Date: 8/5/2018
October 22, 2018
Mark: Prepare: Jesus Messiah (7/15/2018)
Sermon Title: Jesus, Messiah Text: Mark 1:1 Summary: Jesus isn't always who we expect or want him to be, be He is exactly what we need him to be.
October 19, 2018
1 John - Assurance: Word of Life (7/29/2018)
Text: 1 John 1:1-4. Series: 1 John: Assurance Speaker: John Dubois The coming of Jesus, into the world, is the greatest good news of all. Jesus came clearly and tangibly. His followers really saw him and heard him in time and space. They touched him, and he was really there! The basis for our faith is grounded in the certain reality of the coming of Jesus. We therefore have great confidence in God through Jesus.
October 12, 2018
Jeremiah in Jerusalem - Israel's Road to Exile (9/30/2018)
Pastor Steve's first sermon in his series on the book of Jeremiah. This sermon examines the Northern Kingdom's road to destruction and exile. It serves as a warning for us today and establishes the context for Jeremiah's prophetic word to Judah.
October 12, 2018
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