Posts by Michael Nelson

Posts by Michael Nelson

Update – April 29th, 2021

Over the last few weeks, we have begun to see more and more people returning. This past Sunday almost felt like we were getting back to normal. Then with Mayor Lucas keeping the mask mandate, but getting rid of the social distancing and capacity limits for Kansas City, it seems as though we are on a good path. Hopefully Jackson County will follow his lead. Either way, we can be thankful for the Lord’s sustaining grace over the last year…

Update – April 22nd, 2021

For the second week in a row, we will be talking about prayer in our Sunday morning service. Last week was a warning from Jesus about how not to pray from Matthew 6:5-8. This week, from Matthew 6:9-15, we will see what we might call “The Model Prayer.” As we continue through this subject, I think it would be helpful to look at what some of the purposes of prayer are. Therefore, consider these three purposes: First, prayer is vital…

Update – April 15th, 2021

On April 23rd, beginning 6:00pm at the church, we will join David Platt via simulcast for an intense evening of Bible study and prayer. The goal of this event is to simulate the experiences of churches who are persecuted for the Word of God, but yet hungry for it at the same time. We will join with thousands of other people from all over the world for this 6 hour night. Come and join us for some of it, or…

Update – April 8th, 2021

After 19 weeks we will return to The Sermon on the Mount this coming Sunday. That is a longer break than we usually take in the middle of a sermon series, so let me take just a minute and highlight for you where we have been and where we are going on Sunday mornings. The first part of The Sermon on the Mount, specifically in chapter 5, can be divided up into three sections. The first section is the Beatitudes…

Update – April 2nd, 2021

One of the most significant days in the life of the church is Easter Sunday. Regardless of what we do to celebrate this special day, the events of this day remain the cornerstone of our faith. In reality, every Sunday that we gather is in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but this day in particular is pivotal, for without it, there would be no point in gathering any other Sunday. The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:14,…

Update – March 25th, 2021

At last night’s members’ meeting, it was announced that I would be taking a sabbatical this coming summer. In light of this announcement, I want to take some space in this update to try to answer any lingering questions you might have about this time period. First, what is a sabbatical? A sabbatical is a focused time for rest, rejuvenation, and can be, a devoted time to study or other type of ministry. A sabbatical is not a vacation. A…

Update – March 18th, 2021

This week we will look at Mark 7-10 and consider “The Response to Jesus.” Leading up to chapter 7, Jesus has been clear on His mission and in His ministry. His mission is to proclaim the Kingdom of God by calling all to repent of their sins and believe in the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. His ministry was filled with teaching and power to confirm this proclamation as His teaching further explained what His…

Update – March 12th, 2021

Last week we considered “The Mission of Jesus” as we took at look at Mark 1-3. It was a fairly large section, larger than we typically examine on a Sunday morning, but nonetheless, the theme of his mission was clear. Jesus Christ came to this world to usher in His kingdom through calling men and women to repent and believe. This week we will look at “The Ministry of Jesus” from Mark 4-6 as we consider his teaching and his…

Update – March 4th, 2021

As we approach Easter in the next several weeks, we are going to center our focus on the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In reality, every Sunday should a celebration of the resurrection, but for the next several weeks we will specifically focus on the gospel of Mark. We will take 5 weeks and do an overview of who Jesus is, what he has done and how that affects us. For weeks 1-3 we will highlight, “The…

Update – February 26th, 2021

For the last year now, we have heard updates and warnings almost continuously about the danger of Covid 19. For a period of time, these updates were coming to us from the President and other health officials about what we needed to do to protect ourselves and how significant of a threat this virus is to us. As we approach the year anniversary now, we find that this warning is still the same, even as we have become a bit…

Update – February 18th, 2021

Well, lets try this again. Last Sunday we called off all activities due to snow, extreme temperatures and slick conditions. We were planning to have Sam Bierig with us to preach. Thankfully Sam is willing to join us this Sunday instead. Sam will be preaching for us from the book of Jonah. He is married with three kids and serves as the Dean of Spurgeon College at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you would like to know more about him,…

Update – February 12th, 2021

There are two items that I want to highlight for you this week. First, this past Sunday I preached a sermon from 1 Timothy 4:1-10 titled, “Disciplined for Godliness.” This was the final message in our series titled, “Growing in Your Faith.” The basic idea here is that though the Spirit of God is alive within every believer, we are still called to pursue the Lord through the spiritual disciplines. If you would like to grow in understanding more about…