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

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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April 30, 2017  

Amazing Grace -- Paul's Letter to the Churches in Galatia / Turkey
Chapter 1, Verses 11-24

The Apostle Paul spent much of his life seeking to earn God's approval and acceptance through obedience to the law.  That striving led him into deception, thinking that violent persecution of Christians and the Church was actually service to God.   But then God intervened and transformed Paul's life!   Paul's encounter with Jesus brought a complete life change -- Paul was converted.  One of the profound changes is seen in Paul's passion and commitment to tell others about the love and Grace offered through Jesus.  That passion is a reflection of the very heart of Jesus who came to seek and to save lost people.   Are you converted?   Do you have that same passion to share the good news you've found in Jesus?

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April 23, 2017  

The Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians, Part 1, The Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ

Paul begins his letter to a group of churches in Turkey (which he founded) by reminding them of two of the greatest gifts received through faith in Jesus . . . Grace and Peace.  Grace is the unique gift of God offering us unconditional love, forgiveness, acceptance and eternal life.   It is a gift that cannot be earned.  Peace is the cessation of hostility and alienation with God caused by our sin, as well as an internal calm and well being that can be experienced even when the storms of life are raging all around us.

The Galatians began their relationship with Jesus by fully embracing His Grace and receiving His Spirit.  But, "false brethren" came in preaching Grace AND additional requirements . . . circumcision, following dietary laws among others and thereby perverted and distorted the Good News of Grace.  Paul writes to call the Galatians back to where they began . . . in Grace living by the power of the Jesus' Spirit.

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April 16, 2017  

As Jesus hung on the cross darkness covered the entire land (God's judgment) and an earthquake shook the earth.  Jesus spoke quoting Psalm 31 as He had from childhood saying:  "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit".  Father, Abba . . . that is how Jesus taught us to relate to God.  Our Father is a good Father who loves to give good gifts to His sons and daughters.  This is an essential foundation for our relationship with God.  With this foundation we can commit our lives into the strong hands of our Heavenly Father at every stage of our lives.

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