Rise Up

We're going on a spiritual journey together, through the book of Nehemiah, asking "God, what do you want to do through me?". Learn more at wccnc.org/riseup

Catching the Vision

January 13, 2019

The people recognized that their city of Jerusalem was in trouble. Its gates were ruined and its walls were broken down. When they heard the vision God had given His servant Nehemiah to rebuild, they caught the vision and said, “Let us rise up and build.”

Whenever God wants to get a work done, He lays hold of a people who are willing to rise up. The walls of Jerusalem had been ruined; a small remnant had returned; and there was much work that needed to be done. In 536 BC, Zerubbabel had taken about 50,000 Jews back and by 516 BC had rebuilt the temple. In 457 BC, there had been a small revival under Ezra, but now it was 445 BC, and God was looking for someone to go to the ruined city and restore safety and order. Nehemiah was that person. In the book of Nehemiah, God caused Nehemiah to rise up and catch a vision for his city, Jerusalem.

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Resolved

When the calendar changes to a new year, we tend to reflect on the past year and look towards the new year. In these sermons, we look at New Years resolutions from an eternal perspective.

Resolved – To Go Where God Sends

January 6, 2019

Instead of making resolutions focused on ourselves, what if we recognized God for who he is and just made ourselves available to go wherever he sends us? In Isaiah 6:1-8, Isaiah is so overwhelmed by the majesty of God that he volunteers to go wherever God sends.

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Prayer.

December 30, 2018

Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. Instead of jumping onto self improvement plans and goals to hit the gym and lay off the sweets, we can look ahead to a new year and pray like Jesus taught.

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Christmas Unwrapped

Have you unwrapped the gift yet? It’s been sitting under the tree for you for some time. But it’s not really yours until you open it. Have you unwrapped the gift of the Son of God, Jesus Christ and received Him as your Lord and Savior? It’s not enough to guess at the contents, to shake the box and even hold it in your lap. It’s not really yours until you open it.

Unwrapping the Story

December 23, 2018

Have you unwrapped the story? Have you joined the shepherds by seeing and hearing it for yourselves, believing the good news about Jesus? A gift isn’t really yours until you unwrap it. In the gospel of Luke, he recorded the story of the good news of Jesus’ birth which an angel of the Lord announced, revealing the true identity of Jesus to the shepherds. We can unwrap the story of Jesus’ birth that reveals the good news of His true identity.

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Unwrapping the Sovereign

December 16, 2018

When we unwrap Christmas, we see that Jesus is the Sovereign King. Having anyone else on the throne of your heart means that you have not yet understood the gift of Christmas. In the gospel according to Matthew, the child Jesus was revealed to the wise men to be the one truly born king of the Jews. We can recognize that Jesus is truly the one born king, not only of the Jews, but the Sovereign over all.

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Unwrapping the Savior

December 9, 2018

The first Christmas was a humble one. Jesus was not born in a royal palace, but in an animal pen. He was not born as a prince, but as a pauper. His birth was not announced before high society, but before lowly shepherds. He slept not on a bed with sheets, but a manger filled with straw. Jesus came not as a Sovereign, but as a Servant. Jesus came to save us. He came to be our Savior.

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he described the humble mind of Christ which moved Him to come to us as Savior. We can understand the humble mind of Christ which moved Him to come to us as Savior.

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Unwrapping the Son

December 2, 2018

Some of us like to give hints to see if the recipient of our gift can guess what’s inside. It builds the anticipation. That’s what God did. Centuries before offering us the gift of His Son, Jesus, He gave “hints” to the prophets of Israel concerning the coming of the Messiah. One of those prophets was Isaiah. God gave Isaiah many of the over 300 Messianic prophecies found in the Old Testament.

In Isaiah 9, God gave him a Messianic prophecy of a promised Son that would be given. We can recognize that Jesus is the promised Son that would be given. He is the Son of God given unto us.

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Thankful

In our Thanksgiving message for 2018, we contemplate everything we have to be thankful for.

Thankful

November 25, 2018

Do you thank God in all circumstances? Can you thank Him when things are up and also thank and trust Him when things aren’t? It’s easy to be grateful in prosperity, but what of the storm? We need a heart set on gratitude, mind intent on giving God His due praise.

In Psalm 100, the psalmist instructs all people to offer thanksgiving to the Lord for He is good, eternally loving and He is faithful. We too can offer thanksgiving to the Lord.

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Righteousness Revealed: An Exposition of Romans

As we go verse by verse through the book of Romans, we learn how God wants to make us right with Himself and each other.

God’s Justification By Faith

November 18, 2018

The claim of Christ is not only for “Christians.” It is for everyone. This may go against today’s culture, but we believe that faith in Christ is the only way to be made right with God. Christ is the only path to God. In other words, the only way to receive God’s justification is by faith in Christ Jesus.

In Romans 4, the apostle Paul put forth the Old Testament examples of Abraham and David as evidence that God’s justification has always been by faith alone.

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God’s Righteousness Through Faith

November 11, 2018

Are you right with God? Every religion asks this question. And all of them but one, give the same answer–– it depends on your spiritual report card. If you have good moral and religious grades, then God will accept you. But this is not the answer given in Christianity. Authentic Christianity actually informs us that we are not right with God and that there’s no way that we can get right with Him on our own. So, God sent His Son Jesus to take the test of life and got a perfect score. His spiritual report card has straight “A”s! And God offers to exchange Christ’s perfect report in place of our failing one. In Romans 3:21-31, the apostle Paul told the Romans that the only way to receive the righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ. We can understand why the righteousness of God can only be received by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.

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