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September 26, 2016

Our Eternal Rewards - Revelation 4

Throughout Scripture, we find references to "crowns." Let's take a look at these eternal rewards for a victorious Christian life and a strong relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Crown of Victory. To finish life well, believers need Olympic endurance. Athletes in those ancient games received a perishable circlet of laurel leaves. But when we are effective in our God-given ministry and triumph over sin, we'll be given an imperishable crown (I Corinthians 9:25-27).

The Crown of Exultation. The believers that we had a hand in bringing to Christ will be "our glory and joy" before the Lord (I Thessalonians 2:18-20). Just imagine how you will rejoice in heaven upon seeing and talking with the people who recognize your contribution to their spiritual development.

The Crown of Righteousness. The Christian life is not easy, but there is great reward for living righteously when facing temptation or hardship. Believers who pursue godliness are always thinking about the life to come and striving to meet God with a pure conscience (II Timothy 4:5-8).

The Crown of Life. Heartache and pain are unavoidable in this life, but we can take heart because much spiritual growth happens in adversity. Hang in there to receive the crown of life that the Lord promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).

In heaven, what will we do with the crowns we have earned? We will cast them before Jesus' feet (Revelation 4:10), laying them down as a tribute to the One who saved us, gifted us, equipped us, and lived in us. Everything good and right came to us through the Lord, so He deserves our crowns.

Current Sermon Series
      As you scroll through your day, does it feel like everyone else has it all together? Someone always has the best job, cutest kid, or happiest relationship. We're pressured to measure up to other people's social media status updates and left with more #struggles.
      This five-week series studies what it's like to live a Christ-focused life in a selfie-centered world. Topics include finding compassion, authenticity, relationships, contentment, and rest among all the pressures and distractions of social media.

Last Week:
      Discontentment is a sin according to God's Word. We need Christ's strength in order to gain victory over this sin. We can do it 2 ways. 1) By killing all comparisons, and 2) cultivating gratitude..
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Next Week:
      Lord willing, we will continue out series on #Struggles by digging into the aspect of Intimacy in Relationships. We will start this message by looking into the words of Christ from John 13.

Upcoming Events

October 2, 2016 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

October 3, 2016 - Ladies Small Group at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house

October 13, 2016 - Men's Small Group at 7 PM at the church. Please read chapters 11-13.

October 19, 2016 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM.

October 22, 2016 - Fall Festival at 4 PM at the Hopper Homestead. More details to come. Hope to see you all there!

October 30, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

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