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

July 16, 2017  

Matthew 19:-9. What God has joined together let no man separate ... Jesus.

With the US divorce rate consistently high, Jesus presents a high view of marriage.  He states the reason behind divorce is hardheartedness.

So how do we keep a soft heart toward God and our spouse in order to experience God's desire and plan?

This practical message offers a path to a strong foundation for the relationship between a husband and wife.

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July 9, 2017  

In Jesus' great commission in Matthew 28:16-20, He commanded His disciples to go make other disciples in every nation.  And He commanded them to baptize them into the revealed Triune Name of God . . . Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Baptism is not necessary for receiving forgiveness or salvation.  Why then is baptism so important to Jesus and His followers?  And who should be baptized?   This message will seek to answer those questions.

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July 2, 2017  

Every two years our youth take a 10 day service trip to Mazatlan to encourage the people of 6 Vineyard Churches and 9 Community Centers. 600+ people are fed, children are taught and leaders are trained.
 
This morning the members of the team share how the trip impacted them ...

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June 25, 2017  

Galatians 6:1-5 Growing in Community
Plants and people need the right environment to grow. Christians fail to grow because of individualism that keeps them from having deep relationships with other Christians.

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June 18, 2017  

Galatians 5:16-26. Learning to walk in the Spirit and not give into the deeds of the flesh. The Apostle Paul teaches that anyone who is IN Christ is a new creation ... a person with a new nature, a new heart, and the Spirit of Jesus dwelling within

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June 11, 2017  

In Galatians 5:13-26, the Apostle Paul reiterates one of the great gifts of Jesus' good news . . . Freedom!  But how are we to use our gift of freedom?  Paul tells us we are to use our freedom to serve others in Love.  Love fulfills the requirements of the entire law.    Paul also urges us NOT to use our freedom as an opportunity for the sinful flesh.  We are instead to "crucify" the flesh and its sinful desires and follow the leading of God's Spirit.   The key to growth as a Christian is to put to death the flesh and allow the life of the Spirit to transform us day by day.

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May 28, 2017  

It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us FREE!  It is God's desire to lead His people into an ever-increasing freedom.

That freedom comes only through the grace of Jesus.  The Apostle Paul loves to boast of the awesome gift of freedom offered to all. 

Is there any area of your life where you need to experience the freedom of Jesus Christ? 

"Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom".

2nd Corinthians 3:17

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May 21, 2017  

King David writes Psalm 16 describing 7 habits that contribute to a life filled with God's joy . . . #1. Consistently deepen trust in God / Christ as Savior;  #2. Stay in fellowship with other believers, valuing Christian community as high priority;  #3. Purposefully avoid those things that take your focus off of knowing and serving Jesus;  #4. Practice being content and acknowledge God's goodness poured into your life;  #5. Seek God, His will, and His wisdom BEFORE making decisions;  #6.  Praise God often!;  #7. Understand and pursue the truth that fullness of joy in life is found in God's Presence alone.

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May 14, 2017  

Scripture:  1st Samuel 1:1-11  The Model of Hannah, a barren woman who wanted to be a mother

Hannah models for us 2 primary characteristics of a Godly woman / mother . . .
#1. She suffers and struggles, longing to have a child and in that struggle she turns to the Lord and pursues Him.  Hannah suffered with the cultural shame of barrenness in her day.  And she suffered at the hands of a tormentor, a thorn in her side -- her husbands' jealous 2nd wife who did have children. But where did she turn?  She turned to persistent prayer.

#2.  Hannah had confidence in her prayers because she knew to Whom she was praying -- The Lord God Almighty!  The Living God Who is able to do all things  And her prayer was simple . . . Lord "remember" me.   This is a great, pregnant word inviting God Almighty to "act on our behalf", to "rescue", to "help".   It's the same word used when God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah promising he will not "remember" the sins of His people ( He will not act to punish them ).   It is the same word uttered by the dying thief on the cross next to Jesus:   "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom"  ( Act on my behalf, save me, forgive me ).   A simple, powerful prayer . . . remember me, God Almighty.

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Galatians 2:1-10 / Acts 4:32-37. A person we hear very little about in the church today is Joseph from Cyprus.  He was nicknamed Barnabas (son of encouragement) because after being transformed by the Grace of Jesus, his life became characterized by exhortation / comfort / encouragement of others.

His encouragement was shown through unity in the midst of diversity, great financial generosity, and a powerful influence on the life of others ... especially on the life of Paul.

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