Better Caught Than Taught

Sermon:  9/25/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
1 Corinthians 12:  1-11, 28-31

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Sermon: 9/18/2016

Sermon
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is Coming to Aldersgate

Aldersgate is excited to announce that we will be hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University! FPU is a 9-session workshop focused on teaching people how to attain true financial peace in their lives. Lessons include great information and coaching on how to make a budget, savings, how to get out of debt fast, the role of insurance, retirement and college planning, real estate, and giving! The class also dives deep into issues of dealing with relationships around money, the current culture and climate of spending, and what it means to be Godly with our money. The class is based on Biblical principles and common-sense and focuses on our behavior and mindset more than the actual techniques. Ramsey says that getting right with money is 20% math and 80% behavior.

Dave Ramsey is an evangelical Christian who has helped millions of people with their financial situation. He has a nationally syndicated radio show and has written several best-selling books, such as the Total Money Make Over, The Complete Guide to Money, and the Legacy Journey. Financial Peace University has been taught for over 20 years and the average person who takes the class, pays off $5,300 of debt and saves $2,700 in just the first 90 days.

Aldersgate’s FPU will begin on Sept 18th. Each interactive session will run every Sunday from 3PM-5PM and will conclude on Nov 13th. With shipping of the materials, the cost is about $100 per couple to attend and includes a life-time membership which allows you and your spouse to attend any FPU in the future, as many times as you want.

To register, or if you have any questions, please go to www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1024701 or contact Wayne Maury.

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Faith Is Essential

Sermon:  9/4/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
Hebrews 11:1-6

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Our Acts of Service and Sacrifice

Sermon:  8/28/2016
Dr. Bill Click
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

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The Word and Power of God Bring the Kingdom of God

THE WORD AND POWER OF GOD BRING THE KINGDOM OF GOD

It has been said that if you have the Word without the Power you dry up. If you have the Power without the Word you blow up. But if you have the Word and the Power you grow up. For many, Christianity is only cerebral, ever learning about the Word but never experiencing it. For others, experience is the proof of everything. “If it makes me feel good, it’s got to be true.” With one or the other, faith dies. With both, faith grows.

To the Sadducees Jesus said, “You are mistaken not knowing the Scriptures nor the power to God”. The Sadducees knew the Scripture academically but not experientially. They also failed to believe what they knew. There are many today who know the Bible but do not believe what it says. Jesus said that not one jot or tittle shall pass away without fulfillment. And all the promises of God are “Yes and Amen” in Christ.

We must ask ourselves if our lives in Christ reflect promises unfilled or promises experienced. Do our lives reflect the promise of Christ to give us life “and that abundantly”? Or do we slide by on a wing and a prayer? If we take the Bible seriously, to know and experience what it says, we will find ourselves growing in the Kingdom of God. It is not up to us to make the promises in the Scriptures alive for God’s sake. God wants to make the promises in the Scripture alive in our lives for our sake. The question is, will we truly seek first the Kingdom, and allow God to add all these things to us? With the Word and the Power, let us grow in the Kingdom.  —  Ben

 

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Be Set Free

Sermon:  08/21/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
Luke 13:10-17

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If We Are In The Light, What Do We Look For?

Sermon:  08/14/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

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Take. Eat.

Sermon:  08/07/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
Mark 14:  16-26

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Some Things About General Conference 2016

There are always controversial issues at General Conference (GC) and this was no exception. Concerning the issue of sexuality, all pertinent resolutions were tabled and a commission was formed to study more. GC also voted down a motion to have a special Conference in 2018 to decide this issue. This kept the Discipline as is.

Concerning abortion, General Conference voted to end United Methodist membership in the pro-abortion group Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. A resolution supporting the RCRC was defeated. A resolution opposing gender selection abortions was readopted. This kept the Discipline as is on the issue with only our support of RCRC changed.

Other actions include adding 5 more bishops in Africa starting in 2020, starting two provisional annual conferences; one in Rwanda and one is Southeast Asia/Mongolia passed 715-56. (Yes, taking the Gospel around the world is something United Methodists still have great agreement on.) The United Methodist Church in Africa is growing by leaps and bounds. We “boasted” an increase in membership worldwide because their gains are greater than our losses. By the year 2020, there will be more United Methodists in Africa than in North America. We must ask what we can do, not only to help their growth, but turn around our decline. Maybe they know something we don’t or practice something we shun. Let’s learn from them.

The GC voted to allow supplemental ministries for men and women in the local church. (Under the present Discipline only United Methodist Women’s program’s and resources are to be used in the local Church.) I take it that UMM did not have that restriction. In a move to affiliate with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, the GC voted to mandate the General Board of Church and Society to devote the time of one staff person to the cause of persecuted Christians everywhere.

This is a small tip of the iceberg of all GC did this year. Know that our church is active around the world; not just as “us” reaching out to “them.” WE are around the world as US, United Methodists, a growing part of the church of Jesus Christ. — Ben

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