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

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!

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 ...

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).

November 26, 2017  

1st Day in Advent ... a time of preparation and expectation of encountering Jesus.

Luke Chapter 1 -- Holding onto our Living Hope in an age of increasing despair.  The example of Elisabeth.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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