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

August 6, 2017  

1st Timothy 2 is one of, if not THE, most controversial passage in the New Testament.  Much ink has been spilled writing about whether or not the Apostle Paul is teaching a "creational mandate" that women should never teach or have authority in the church . . . OR . . . if Paul's words were a "situational" prohibition due to heresy and false teaching being spread by women coming to Christ out of a massive cult of goddess worship (the cult of Artemis).

Going upstream against the prevailing Rabbinical and religious opinion of his day (the 1st Century Rabbi, Rabbi Eliezer, wrote in the Jewish Talmud:  " Let the words of the Torah (Jewish law) rather be destroyed by fire than imparted to woman") the former Pharisee Apostle Paul states that "A Woman MUST learn ...".  This is a very radical statement for Paul's day!  No doubt Paul observed Jesus' love and respect for women and Jesus' willingness to teach them Torah (Mary sitting as his feet learning).

This message is the first of a 2 part message on women in leadership based on 1st Timothy 2

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July 30, 2017  

In 1st Timothy Chapter 1, the Apostle Paul writes to a young leader in a church in Ephesus passing along principles of Christian leadership:

1. Stay committed to God's church even with the good, the bad, and the ugly! Jesus loves His imperfect church and so should we.
2. God has entrusted His saving message to us. Guard and share it well as you focus on the main things.
3. Keep a clear conscience. By doing so you will hear God speak to you and keep your relationship with Jesus vital and alive.

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July 23, 2017  

From 1st Corinthians 7, God considers singleness a special gift. It affords followers of Jesus an unique opportunity to know Jesus well and to serve Him with undistracted devotion. God would have single people take full advantage of their calling!

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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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