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

February 11, 2018  

The Lord's Prayer. Matthew 6:9-13. Forgive US OUR Debts

Catherine O'Kobrick teaches on Jesus' instuction on forgiveness which is both individual and corporate.  It is a radical prayer asking God's forgiveness to be dependent on the manner in which we forgive others who have hurt, offended, and betrayed us personally.

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February 4, 2018  

The Lord's Prayer, Part 4.  Give US this day OUR daily Bread.
Matthew 6:9-13       February 3rd, 2018

This section of Jesus' prayer focuses on 3 applications ... give US this day OUR daily bread can be a prayer for our personal needs including food, health, employment, relationships, peace etc.;  it can also be a prayer for the reception of SOME of the coming Kingdom benefits to be experienced NOW!  Benefits like a deeper awareness of God's unconditional love for us, hearing His voice in a clear way, a profound sense of peace and well-being, etc.;   and it applies in a broader sense as Jesus calls us to pray for the needs, Kingdom benefits for OTHERS. 

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January 28, 2018  

The Lord's Prayer Part 3.  Let Your Kingdom Come ...
Matthew 6:9-13

The first recorded words of Jesus are found in Mark 1:15:  The Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent and believe the good news!  Powerful words! Life changing words!

But Jesus also taught us to pray for the kingdom to COME.  It is not here in its fullness yet.   Followers of Jesus live in between the already and the not yet and that affects greatly how we are to live out our faith!

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January 21, 2018  

Unlike any other religious leader, Jesus can tell us about God, He can tell us what God is like, and He can tell us how to relate to God, because Jesus came to this earth as God in the flesh.  He is able to uniquely tell us about our Heavenly Father (ABBA) because He has existed with ABBA for eternity!  No one knows Jesus but the Father.  And no one knows ABBA but Jesus!  Allow Jesus to lead you into a new intimacy with your Heavenly Father.

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January 14, 2018  

Introduction to the Lord's Prayer ... Matthew 6:1-8

Prayer can be a frustrating spiritual endeavor. One day, likely because of their own frustration, the disciples came to Jesus and said: Lord, teach us to pray! (Luke 11). They had heard the intimacy Jesus shared with the Father. They had seen the Kingdom of God manifest when Jesus prayed ... healing, new faith, miracles, authority over evil. They wanted to know how to pray!

Jesus gives instruction first on how not to pray calling us to check our motives.

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December 31, 2017  

The Christian relationship has often been compared to a foot race, a race in which it is important to begin well, but it it far more important to run well and finish well.  The Apostle Paul was able to say at the end of his life that he had run and finished well (2nd Timothy 4:7-8).  Paul also offers direction on how to run well in his letter to the Philippian Church -- Philippians 3:12-13.  He tells us it is important to leave the past in the past . . . no regrets, no unnecessary baggage being dragged into the future.  We are to instead STRAIN forward making every effort to grow, mature, and make progress spiritually.

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December 24, 2017  

William Dix was an insurance salesman until he suddenly became deathly ill and bedridden.  On his deathbed William began to read the New Testament and learned about Jesus and the hope He offers.  Faith filled his heart and he became a Christ-follower!  Soon after his conversion his health was restored and he began to write Christmas Carols.  William wrote "What Child is This?"  That is the most important question at Christmas!  Who is Jesus?  Many say Jesus was just a great teacher or a prophet like John the Baptist.  But Jesus and the New Testament do not allow that limited perspective.  Jesus is called Immanuel, which means God is with us.  That is the truth and the mystery of the "Incarnation", that God took on flesh and lived among us to show the way to forgiveness and eternal life.

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December 17, 2017  

December 17th, The 4th Sunday in Advent, LOVE

The Apostle John tells us that God is LOVE (1st John 4:8).  In fact, John was so overcome by the LOVE of Jesus that he began referring to himself as "the one Jesus loved" (See the Gospel of John, chapter 13, 19, 21 etc).  His identity was in the knowledge and experience of Jesus' LOVE for him.

We encounter or experience the LOVE of Christ in two primary ways . . . 1. we experience Jesus' LOVE through others kindness and mercy towards us (1st John 4:7);   and 2. we experience the LOVE of Jesus through the Holy Spirit Who pours the LOVE of our Heavenly Father into our hearts (Romans 5:5).   This is written with the hope that you may know and experience the amazing love of Jesus!

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December 10, 2017  

3rd Sunday in Advent -- Experiencing the Joy found only in knowing Jesus.
Psalm 16; Ephesians 2:11-13

When the Kingdom of God breaks into our lives through a genuine physical healing, or a powerful release from something or someone who has bound and enslaved us, or simply when we encounter Jesus and the salvation He offers, the common reaction is great Joy!  There is nothing like the experience of God's joy ...

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December 3, 2017  

2nd Sunday in Advent ... God's promise and offer of PEACE.  Luke 2:6-14

Humanity has a life-threatening problem ... all have sinned and rebelled against a holy and pure Creator placing all of us in a position of being God's enemy (Colossians 1:21).  As a result of that hostility there is a barrier, a wall between us and God.

Jesus came to remove that wall and reconcile men and women to God through the cross.  Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the source of peace with God. Through the cross our relationship with God is restored and healed!  (Romans 5:1).

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