GotMercy Weekly Sermons from Mike Nelson of Mercy Vineyard Church in Raleigh, North Carolina

November 19, 2017  

Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you ... the Apostle Paul, 1st Thessalonians 5:18

In our culture we see so much negativity, so much thanklessness.  The virtue of gratitude and thankfulness is highly valued by God. It is only right to bless God for His goodness and recognize that all we have is a gift from His generous hand!

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November 12, 2017  

Gospel of John 5:19-20

Jesus said He could do only what His Father was doing. He also said that He knew His Father loved Him and would show Him what He was doing.

Jesus went on to say (John 15:5 & 9) that we too should learn to do what the Father is doing ... and that we can be confident that our heavenly Father will tell and show us all He is doing because Jesus loves us!

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October 29, 2017  

The Problem of Pain and Suffering ... The Book of Job Chapter 3.

Job has been suffering for a long time at this point.  Chronic pain changes people.  Now Job begins to vent revealing in a raw way that he is deeply depressed. This is one of the reasons God included this book in the scriptures ... because so many encounter the emotional malaise labeled depression.

This message centers on this common affliction.

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October 22, 2017  

Job Chapter 2

How should we RESPOND to those who are hurting and in pain?  Job's 3 friends provide a model of what to do and what NOT to do so we can grow in compassionate wisdom.

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October 15, 2017  

The book of Job chapter 1.  

Why me? That is the question many ask when in the throes of suffering. And while there are biblical answers for why we suffer ... humanity's rebellion against God, spiritual evil, indifferent creational upheaval, others' sin against us, or foolish choices ... a healthier and more beneficial focus is to consider how we should RESPOND to God in pain. 2 choices lie before us in those times ... we can move toward God in trust even if we don't understand, or we can harden our hearts and walk away.

Job is a great model for us!  In his unbearable pain, Job: 1. Grieved and mourned honestly;  2. He bowed down and submitted his broken life to God; and 3. He refused to accuse or blame God for wrongdoing.

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October 8, 2017  

Job 1:6-12

God is good. God is omnipotent. But there is real evil in His world. CS Lewis states that there are 2 opposite yet equal errors people make when it comes to the reality of evil: 1. Either people become obsessed with evil blaming everything on Satan and looking for a demon behind every bush or 2. People are naive and dismiss Satan and the realm of evil.

Jesus did neither. In fact Jesus claimed that His authority over evil was a sign that He had brought a new in-breaking of the Kingdom of God.

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October 1, 2017  

Job Chapter 1:1-5

For as long as we know people of faith and people with no faith have been wrestling with the issue of THEODICY.  Theodicy is captured by the following 3 line heading:  God is good and all loving, God is Omnipotent and able to do all things, the history of the world is filled with evil, pain and suffering.  Why?

This is the first message in a series which looks at the issue of pain and suffering from a Biblical perspective.  We begin with Job, a man who is described as upright and blameless, a man who fears God and shuns evil.   Yet he suffers horrendously.

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September 24, 2017  

1st Timothy 6.

We're finishing up on Paul's letter to Timothy on leadership.  Today Paul identifies several marks of a bad leader ... 1. A bad leader does not hold to solid doctrine based on the teaching of Jesus.  2. A bad leader constantly stirs up conflict and division. And 3. A bad leader views the gospel, church, and ministry as a way to make a buck. The LOVE of $$$ is a root of all kinds of evil.

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September 17, 2017  

1st Timothy 6:1-2: What do we do with statements like these uttered by the Apostle Paul at a time when there were 60 million slaves in the Roman empire?  And many were slaves and masters side by side in the church!

What do we do?  We read Paul's words in context and apply biblical tools of interpretation knowing that 1. God has created ALL people equally in His image ... knowing that 2. Paul urged slaves to secure their freedom if possible ... 1st Corinthians 7:21.  And knowing 3.  the Un-equivocal condemnation of slave traders ... 1st Timothy 1:10 / Deuteronomy 24:7.

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September 10, 2017  

In 1st Timothy 5:17-24, the Apostle Paul states that pastors should be honored with respect and remuneration. They should also be protected against slander and accusation. And if need be, they should be disciplined for sinful behavior.

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