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Living Life Together - Proverbs 18:1;Acts 2:41-47

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The word fellowship is one of the most overused and undervalued words in the church. More than a social activity, fellowship should be a spiritual activity in which we all take part. As we draw some principles from Scripture and learn from the example of the early church, we see that being in community is essential for spiritual health.

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Living Life Together
Proverbs 18:1;Acts 2:41-47
Skip Heitzig
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The word fellowship is one of the most overused and undervalued words in the church. More than a social activity, fellowship should be a spiritual activity in which we all take part. As we draw some principles from Scripture and learn from the example of the early church, we see that being in community is essential for spiritual health.
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Gilligan's Island was a television sitcom about seven people who were stranded on an uncharted island for three-plus years. The church is similar to Gilligan's Island: all of us are on the same boat and island, from various backgrounds, learning to live life together, and waiting for rescue—in our case, for the Lord to come. This is why fellowship is so essential. The Bible mentions the Greek word for fellowship and community, koinónia, nineteen times. However, fellowship is not just hanging out in Jesus' name—it is so much more, and to illustrate this, Pastor Skip gave us a principle from Genesis 2, a proverb from Proverbs 18, and a people to consider from Acts 2.

First is a basic principle from Genesis 2:18, where for the first time in Scripture, God said something was not good: man's aloneness. Consider that in all the perfection of Adam's world before the fall, God said it was not good that he should be alone. This is because we are more than just physical beings; we are also spiritual, and that means we need to interact with other people. In fact, it's how God made us to function best. Unless we have other people around us, we will not grow emotionally or spiritually as much as we need to. "Community is the divine norm," Pastor Skip said. Read Romans 12:4-13. What did Paul say about community? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Both personality types need fellowship; why is this? How can you bring who you are to a small group?

Secondly, we have a proverb from Proverbs 18 that speaks about isolation (see vv. 1-2) and integration (see v. 24). There are events in life that tend to drive us toward isolation: past hurts, rejection, health issues, hurtful relationships, etc. But in these cases, isolation is not the answer—integration is, because we need fellowship. However, fellowship involves letting down our guard and being vulnerable. In Luke 4, Jesus announced that He came to the poor, brokenhearted, captives, blind, and oppressed—and that's all of us in one way or another. So, fellowship can be messy as we interact with the people Jesus came to set free and heal. Why is isolation considered seeking your own desires and railing against all wise judgment (see Proverbs 18:1)? What are the challenges of living life together? What are the advantages?

Lastly, let's look at Acts 2:41-47 and consider the people within the church. We learn from Acts that the early church of 120 people exploded to 3,120 after a single altar call. These believers were predominantly young in their faith, yet they lived life together. They understood that fellowship is not just a social gathering, but primarily a spiritual gathering—it's being social about spiritual things. Notice that the fellowship included all believers (see v. 44). The Bible teaches that to fail to participate in local church life is to disobey direct commands of Scripture. Living out our relationship with Christ with other people is the only way to provoke one another to "love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24). Notice also that through fellowship, the needs of all those believers were met. This provision was voluntary, not compulsory. As John Stott said, "Christian fellowship is Christian caring, and Christian caring is Christian sharing." Their fellowship had a two-fold structure: they met "in the temple" and "from house to house" (v. 46). They had their formal church service in the courts of the temple, and intimate fellowship from house to house. It was in homes where these believers worked out the principles that they learned in the temple. Homes are better than restaurants and cafes, because that is where families gather; this is Bible study in the context of community. Consider that the church in Jerusalem grew to 20,000 to 25,000 people, so breaking it into home gatherings was essential to ensure fellowship, much like Calvary. The size of the gathering doesn't matter; the Jerusalem church proved that intimate fellowship is attainable in a church of any size. Everyone in the early church experienced fellowship because they were devoted to it. What does devoted mean? How can God provide for us through fellowship?

Consider why geese fly in a V formation: 1) it adds 71 percent greater distance to their journey than if they flew alone; 2) the geese from the back honk to encourage the leaders up front to keep the time and speed; and 3) if one falls out of formation because of injury or illness, two other geese follow it to be with it. Like geese, do you need an uplifting experience? Do you want to go further? What steps can you take to connect with people you can live life with?

Adapted from Pastor Skip’s teaching

The BIG Idea
God made us to live in community, so take the opportunity to connect in small groups with brothers and sisters from your large group.

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  1. Introduction
    1. We in the church are all in the same boat, on the same island, and called to live life together, all while waiting for the Lord to come and rescue us
    2. Though it's messy and difficult to deal with human beings, we're part of the best outfit in the world
    3. Greek word koinónia
      1. Means fellowship
      2. Appears nineteen times in the New Testament
      3. Other words that we get from it include communion, community, participation, contribution
    4. There is no word more overused and undervalued than fellowship
      1. We think we can sanctify any activity as long as we add fellowship to it
      2. To fellowship has come to mean to hang out together in Jesus' name
  2. The Basic Principle
    1. Genesis 2:18-20
    2. The Hebrew construction of verse 18 accentuates the negativity
      1. "Not good, not good is man alone"
      2. The first time that God said something was not good
    3. For Adam, certain things were good about his life
      1. The simplicity: a direct relationship with God, few rules, a perfect environment
      2. His responsibility, his job
    4. God created us for companionship
      1. Spirituality, the social element
      2. People require other people
      3. "The human being is the only species that can't survive alone. The human being needs another human being" —Dr. Leonard Cammer
    5. Community is the divine norm
    6. You won't grow emotionally or spiritually unless you have other people
  3. A Bolstering Proverb
    1. Proverbs 18:1-2, 24
    2. There are things that happen in our lives that cause us to tend to be isolated
      1. Past hurts, being rejected, physical ailment, painful relationships
      2. People build walls to protect themselves, but this alienates and isolates them
    3. Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich: Hitler did exactly what this proverb warns us of
    4. There's been a debate about solitary confinement
      1. It never improves a person; it always worsens them
      2. We need, by design and experience, fellowship and interaction
    5. Fellowship is messy business
    6. Luke 4:17-18
      1. Poor, brokenhearted, captive, blind, oppressed
      2. This is a messy bunch, but it's the church of Jesus Christ
  4. The People of God Is Born
    1. Acts 2:41-47
    2. There was no church building or properties, no staff—but there were people
    3. The word for church, ekklésia, means a group of people called out of the world
    4. Fellowship is not primarily a social activity
      1. It is primarily a spiritual activity
      2. It is getting social over spiritual matters
    5. The fellowship of the early church
      1. It included all believers: verse 44
        1. Acts 20:7
        2. To fail to participate in a local church goes against a direct command of Scripture and the pattern laid out in the New Testament
        3. Hebrews 10:24-25
      2. All the needs in the congregation were being met: verse 45
        1. This pooling of resources was voluntary
        2. "Christian fellowship is Christian caring, and Christian caring is Christian sharing" —John Stott
      3. It had a two-fold structure to it: verse 46
        1. In the temple
          1. Solomon's Porch, where any group could gather for instruction and inspiration
          2. The formal meeting place
        2. From house to house
          1. The temple says, "The apostle has something to say"; the house to house says, "You have something to say, and we want to hear it"
          2. The temple says, "God is most high"; the house to house says, "God is most nigh"
          3. Homes are better than cafes, restaurants, etc.
            1. It's a family setting
            2. A more intimate, controlled, and safe setting
          4. Bible study in the context of community
    6. The church was getting large
      1. Went from 120 to 3,120 people in one day
      2. In Acts 12, had upwards of 20,000-25,000 people
      3. Yet they all had fellowship and their needs were being met
      4. This was only possible with the two-fold structure
      5. And they devoted themselves to it: verse 42
    7. "The church today is suffering a fellowship crisis.... One seldom finds within the institutionalized church today that winsome intimacy among people where masks are dropped, honesty prevails and there is that sense of communication and community beyond the human.... 'Our churches are filled with people who outwardly look contented and at peace but inwardly are crying out for someone to listen...just as they are'" —Howard Snyder, The Problem of Wineskins
    8. You can be surrounded by God's people and still be alone
  5. Closing
    1. We are going to achieve our goals better with a group than on our own
    2. Do you want an uplifting experience? You need the large-group and small-group dynamic
    3. That's spiritual health

Figures referenced: Dr. Leonard Cammer, Albert Speer, John Stott, Howard Snyder

Greek words: koinónia, ekklésia

Cross references: Genesis 2:18-20; Proverbs 18:1-2, 24; Luke 4:17-18; Acts 2:41-47; 12; 20:7; Hebrews 10:24-25


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Introduction: Hello and welcome to this teaching from Skip Heitzig pastor of Calvary Albuquerque. Skip's messages are shared around the world and we're grateful to hear how God is using them to transform lives. If this message brings you closer to Jesus, we'd love to hear about it. Email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org. And if you'd like to support this ministry financially, you can give online securely at calvaryabq.org/giving. When we give our lives to Jesus, we become part of God's family. As we connect with him through worship and the Word, it's also important to connect with other believers. We invite you to open your Bibles as Pastor Skip begins the message "Living Life Together."

Skip Heitzig: Good morning. How many of you remember Gilligan's Island? Really? I want to---keep those hands up just a little more, because some of you would have to see reruns because it was a long time ago. Well, congratulations. I remember Gilligan's Island. I hardly ever missed an episode. And, you know, it was about the Skipper and Gilligan. Those were the crew members. And they took five passengers on [singing] "a three-hour tour." And what began as a three-hour tour ended up as a three-year sitcom, ninety-eight episodes. The premise of it was simple. They left Honolulu and they were taking five people out on a nice little excursion. A Pacific storm came their way, they ran aground on an uncharted island, and for three years they were trying to get off.

But what you saw in the episode is how they, from different walks of life and age groups, learned to get together, and how to manage life, how to live their lives together. All the while they were waiting to get rescued. Well, I have thought that the church of Jesus Christ is somewhat like Gilligan's Island. We're on the same boat. We're all on this island called "the world." Some of us feel isolated because of our position in Christ. We are all called to integrate and live life together. All the while we are waiting for the Lord to come and rescue us, so to speak, and take us to heaven, which he will one day. So it's sort of like Gilligan's Island. Now I read one commentator who said he thought the church was more like Noah's ark, that were it not for the storm on the outside, you may not be able to stand the stench on the inside.

I hope that's not true for you. And though it is messy and difficult to deal with human beings, because we are imperfect, still we're part of the best outfit in the world. The church of Jesus Christ was the great idea that Jesus put together and we celebrate that. I want to talk to you about that a little bit today, and principally about interacting with one another, a word we know as "fellowship," a Greek word we also know, koinónia. Most Christians, I've discovered, though they don't know the Greek language, know that word, koinónia. They know a few others, agapé, and a few others. But koinónia is one of the principle words that means "fellowship." It's a word that appears nineteen times in the Greek New Testament.

And it shows up in our word fellowship, communion, community, participation, contribution---all of those often come from the same word, koinónia. But I don't think there's a more overused word or undervalued word like the word "fellowship." We think that we can sanctify any activity at all, as long as we add the word "fellowship" to it. And so we have the Weight Lifters Fellowship. We don't have it, but there conceivably could be. Or the Left-Handed Basket Weaving Fellowship. Or the---[congregant whooping] Oh, all right! [laughter] We've got one in the fellowship out there. [laughter] But it has come to mean in evangelical circles to fellowship means just to hang out together in Jesus' name. "Oh, yeah, we're having fellowship."

It usually includes eating a meal in Jesus' name, having coffee in Jesus' name, maybe a little bit of dessert of gossip in Jesus' name. But I want to speak you to about living life together. I want to begin with a basic principle, I want to show you a proverb, and then I want to look at a group of people in Acts, chapter 2. But I want to begin with a basic principle in Genesis, chapter 2, in the eighteenth verse where we read these words: "The Lord said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.' Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature that was its name.

So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not a helper that was comparable to him." The principle is in the eighteenth verse. "It is not good that man should be alone." The Hebrew construction of that verse accentuates the negativity, so that the negative part is placed at the head of the verse. So it should literally be rendered thus: "Not good, not good is man alone." It's the first time notably that God ever said something was "not good." If you know the story of Genesis, you know that God created different things on different days, and after each time he did it, he said, "It is good," until now, "It is not good that man should be alone." So to fix the problem, God did something very good. Adam would agree. Her name was Eve.

And the Lord brought Eve, that woman, to that man. Before I was married, I thought it was good to be alone. In fact, I thought it was pretty great to be alone. I had a good life. I lived three blocks from the ocean. I had a very quiet roommate, and I had a cat named Scissors who showed up every three weeks, [laughter] a stack of surfboards in the corner---life was good. I'm sure that for Adam certain things were good about life. The simplicity for Adam was good. He had a direct relationship with God his Creator. Very few rules. He had what most guys dream of---a perfect environment, no traffic in the garden of Eden, no taxes, no mortgage. And so life was simple, and that part was good. His responsibility load was pretty good, right? He had, like, the best job ever. He got to name animals.

I read an article this week about the ten best jobs in the world the article said. Now I think they were just talking about jobs in our country, but there was a list of best ten jobs. I won't tell you all of them, but among the best jobs in the world, they say, is being a personal trainer, a photographer, a songwriter, a massage therapist, and an optometrist. I would rank what Adam did as being in the top ten. And I've always enjoyed the concept, the idea that he began the day very ambitious. And so, "Hip-po-pot-a-mus"---long, scientific sounding word. By the end of the day he was just bone tired---"Dog, cat." [laughter] But, "God said, 'It's not good that [he] should be alone.' " What does that mean?

It means, among other things, that God created us, wired us for companionship, that there is another dimension to human beings other than just physicality. There is spiritualty. There is the social element. People require other people. It's how we're made. Dr. Leonard Cammer, a psychiatrist who for thirty years has specialized in treating depression, said, "The human being is the only species that can't survive alone. The human being needs another human being." So, community then is the norm; it's the divine norm. It's how we grow. It's how we develop. You don't grow emotionally, and you won't grow spiritually, unless you have other people. You know, before I was married I thought I was the most wonderful person in the world.

When I was alone, I mean, I was nice to me, kind to me. And because I didn't really have to deal with anyone except a very quiet roommate and a cat named Scissors, I could afford to think that way. And so what happened? God brought the woman to the man and that companionship caused me to realize I'm not so much what I thought I was. And it was that tough interaction of getting along together that honed and still does hone, as sandpaper, taking off the rough edges and the flaws. So that's the basic principle: "It is not good that man should be alone." I want to follow that up by a proverb, a bolstering proverb to this truth, and that's in Proverbs, chapter 18. The first verse says, "A man who isolates himself seeks his own desires; he rages against all wise judgment."

Followed up by verse 2, which I think is part of the context. "A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart." And then now go down to verse 24 of Proverbs 18, which is really the antidote to it all. "A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Here's the proverb, the first verse: "A man who isolates himself rages against all wise judgment." That verse tells me, among other things, that there are events that occur to all of us in life. There are things that happen in our lives that cause us to tend to be isolated. That's the first reaction. We want to be alone. We want to be isolated. We don't want people around.

What are those events? Past hurts, being rejected, a physical ailment that you're dealing with, painful relationships that you have been involved in. And it gets a person to a place---I've seen it time and time and time again---where that person says, "Why should I ever be vulnerable again? All that happens is I get hurt." So what that person learns to do is a coping mechanism. They put walls up around their lives. They build high castle walls, like a medieval castle, and it protects them, but it also alienates and isolates them. And they find themselves rattling around in that castle to their own peril. And that's how they live their entire lives.

The name Albert Speer will be familiar to you, if you've studied World War II history. He was the closest associate to Adolf Hitler. He was an architect and Hitler admired him for his skill. And he was sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials. He was placed in prison and after prison he wrote a book called Inside the Third Reich. He talks about Hitler and his relationship with him. He said, "Probably I would be called Hitler's closest friend," he said, "if that's even possible." For according to Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler couldn't respond to friendship. He repelled human interaction and friendship. He did exactly what this psalm warns us of---he isolated himself and he sought his own desire. "It's not good that man should be alone." "A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire."

There's been a debate raging for years in the justice system, especially the prison system, about solitary confinement. It is a type of punishment in a prison system where a person is completely alienated from human being interaction, and that social depravation was intended to break a person. However, in almost every case they've studied, it never improves a person; it always will worsen that person. If you're trying to fix a person, they say all that will do is just break him and turn him almost into an animal. So we need---by design, by experience---fellowship and interaction. But I'll warn you---you need to know this---fellowship is messy. It's messy business. It is not clean. It is not benign. It is not tame. It is not easy.

It's dangerous, because it means that you will have to risk actually lowering the walls that you have erected, and letting people in, and sharing perhaps---not the first night, not the first time, maybe down the road, but at some point---who you really are, the baggage. You'll discover something, however, when you bring up the baggage---they already know about you and that baggage. You'll be surprised that they have already accepted you. When Jesus spoke about the people he had come to redeem, he listed it in the synagogue that he went to preach in, in Nazareth. And we know the text, but I think we overlook the group and the description.

Here's the passage. Jesus stood up and said, " 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach to gospel to the poor,' " quoting the prophet Isaiah. " 'He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.' "Beautiful passage, but did you get a load of the description of the people? "Poor," "brokenhearted," "captive," "blind," "oppressed"---does that sound like a messy bunch? It does because it is. That's our description. That's the church of Jesus Christ. That's who we are. We come redeemed, but we come warts and all, this way.

Basic principle: "It's not good that man should be alone." The proverb: "A man who isolates himself does so to his own hurt or seeks his own desire." Now, Acts, chapter 2, I want you to look at a few passages with me. Acts, chapter 2, the people of God, the church of God is born in chapter 2 of Acts. It's a few years before 40 AD. Takes place at this huge festival in Jerusalem, a Jewish festival called Pentecost where thousands upon thousands of people have gathered. And in one day the church grows from 120 to 3,120 people. Three thousand people respond and this little church in Acts is overwhelmed.

Verse 41, Acts 2, "Then those who gladly received his word," Peter's preaching, "were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continue steadfastly," [or perhaps a better way to put it is they devoted themselves wholeheartedly], "to the apostles' doctrine," [so it's a learning church], "and fellowship," [so it's a loving church], "in the breaking of bread and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need."

"And so continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." Now this early church that we're reading about in Acts didn't look anything like this church. There was no church building. There were no church properties at the time. There was no staff of people. But there were people, and that's what a church is, it's people. The word church, ekklésia, means a group of people who are called out. We're called out of the world. We're called to integrate together.

We are the church and we must have fellowship with each other, and a that's the---that's the second category in verse 42, "And fellowship," partnership, community, commonality, the sharing of the life of Jesus together. Now fellowship is not primarily a social activity, it is primarily a spiritual activity; that is, it is getting social over spiritual matters. That's what it is---getting social over spiritual matters. There's a few things I want you to notice about the fellowship of the early church. First of all, the fellowship included all believers. All believers had it. Verse 44, it says, "Now all who believed," and I checked that in the Greek, by the way, the word "all" does mean all.

Just in case you really want---"Well, what does the Greek say? Maybe it means 'most all.' " No. It means all. "All who believed were together and had all things in common." So every one of them got together, and as we keep reading in the book of Acts, we find out they got together on the first day of the week (Acts, chapter 20), to celebrate the resurrection. "Now as was their custom, on the first day of the week they came together to break bread." To fail to participate in a local church will go against a direct command of Scripture and against the pattern laid out in the New Testament. I've heard it. You've heard it. "Well, God is everywhere. Why do I need to go anywhere?"

Because you and I need something that can't be provided on an Instagram post, or a tweet, or on the Internet, or watching a service (a church service) on the computer, or hearing it by radio, or seeing on television. You and I need something that comes with a group dynamic. And in Hebrews 10 we're told that "We ought to consider each other to stir up love and good works, and not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some." So the fellowship included all believers; that's the first thing I want you to make note of. Second thing about their fellowship is that the all of the needs in the congregation were being met. All the needs were being met.

Verse 45, "And they sold their possessions and goods, and they divided them among all, as anyone had need." This is a loving church. Now this pulling together of resources was voluntary. It was not mandatory. It was not compulsory. They took it upon themselves to share what they had with other people and meet the need of believers. As John Stott said, "Christian fellowship means Christian caring, and Christian caring means Christian sharing," and they did that. It included all believers. The believers' needs were met. And the third thing I'd like you to notice about their fellowship is that it had a structure to it, a twofold structure: first part, in the temple; second part, from house to house.

We notice that in verse 46. "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart." Now the temple---you have to just picture in your mind a forty-five-acre complex with buildings and humongous courtyards. And they would meet in the temple courtyards, specifically they met in Solomon's porch. They didn't have coffee like we do. This was the courtyard, the portico called Solomon's porch or portico. And that was the place where anybody could gather, any group could gather for instruction and inspiration. And so thousands of people, the church gathered in Solomon's portico, the temple for inspiration and instruction.

That's the formal meeting place. The informal meeting place is the next part of the structure, from house to house. Now, those two structures that go together give two different messages. The first structure, the formal structure, the temple structure says, "The apostle has something to say." They gave themselves to the apostle's doctrine. The house to house says, "You have something to say and we want to hear it." The first structure, the temple, says "God is Most High," while meeting from house to house says, "God is most nigh," he is close, he is intimate. So they did it in the temple and they did it from house to house. That's how their fellowship was structured.

Homes are better than cafes, restaurants, Starbucks, Teavanas, or wherever you want to hang out---all of those are good. And we have Connect Groups, by the way, that meet in a variety of places. But why is a home better? Because that's where the family is. It's a family setting. It's a more intimate and controlled setting. It's a safer setting. And so this twofold structure was Bible study in the context of community. Two quick facts I want you to make note of. Number one, the church was getting large. They went from 120, as I mentioned, to 3,120 in one day, by the time we get to Acts, chapter 12, before the scattering abroad through Judea happens.

New Testament scholars tell us the church has upwards of twenty to twenty-five thousand people, much larger than our church. Twenty-five thousand people, and yet they all had fellowship and needs were being met. How is that possible? It's only possible with the twofold structure: temple and house to house. And it's possible because they devoted themselves to it, Acts 2:42 tells us. They made it their deal. "They gave themselves wholeheartedly to the apostles' doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers." Now I want to address something. I want to say something, and I can because I have a microphone, so I shall. [laughter]

I've heard this before. It goes like this: "Well, this church a just too big. I'm going to leave and find a smaller church." I understand that. We all have the freedom to do that, of course. However, when I hear that, I say, "Well, you must also pray that the church you find never grows." They're usually shocked by that. "Well, why would you say that?" "Because if it grows too large, you're going to feel uncomfortable again, and you're going to need a smaller group to go to." And on and on and on and on it goes. Listen, you can have a church of twenty people, two hundred people, or twenty-five thousand people. And you can be isolated and disconnected, or you can be connected and integrated and find fellowship. You can.

And I will agree, there is "a fellowship crisis" in this nation in the modern church. A book that shaped my thinking, I still have it and I read it from time to time, it's called The Trouble with Wineskins by Howard Snyder. This is what he writes: "The church today is suffering a fellowship crisis. One seldom finds within the institutionalized church today the winsome intimacy among people where masks are dropped, honesty prevails, and there is that sense of communication and community beyond the human. 'Our churches are filled with people who outwardly look contented and at peace, but inwardly they are crying out for someone to love them . . . just as they are.' "

You can be sitting here this morning and be surrounded by God's people this morning and still be alone this morning deep inside. And so we have Connect Groups, the house to house fellowship. They're not mandatory; they're voluntary. We're not going to check your small group fellowship card at the door before you're allowed to come and worship with us on the weekend. You can take them or you can leave them. I suggest that you take them, and try this out. We're going to start a series in a couple weeks called Jesus Loves People. Just commit to Connect Groups during that series---that's all I'm asking, just that series---and see if it doesn't benefit and change your Christian dynamic.

One of the things I notice every year around fall, even early winter, is the geese that fly from north to south, and they fly in a 'V' formation. And you can hear them. I mean, I'm inside the house, door shut, I hear them and I go outside to look at them. They fly in this wonderful 'V' formation. And the way it works is that the goose in front is actually providing lift for the ones behind. And the 'V' formation enables geese to fly 71 percent further than if they were to try to go it alone. They can go that much further in a group than on their own.

If when they're flapping their wings and flying in formation, if one gets out of formation, gets too far away from the crowd, he notices immediately because of the resistance, the air drag, and so he'll get back in to take advantage of the lift. The lead goose, when he gets tired, will just sort of go back in formation, and someone else will step in and do the flapping as the lead one, and then get tired, and someone else will take it, and on and on it goes. The honking that you hear, by the way, those are the ones in the back who are encouraging the ones in the front to keep the pace, to keep the flight, to keep the time, so to speak.

Something else I learned about the formation of these geese: if one falls because it's hurt, it's injured, it's sick, two will accompany it. Two will accompany it and stay with that injured goose until it dies or it gets better and then join the rest. You know, I read that and I thought, "We need some practical goose sense around here." [laughter] We are going to achieve our goals better more with a group than on our own. If we share a common direction and a sense of community, we're going to be able to make it better with the thrusts of other people. So, do you want an uplifting experience? Truly, you need both the large-group and the small-group dynamic. I just think that's spiritual health.

Let's pray for that. Father, thank you for the pattern that is given to us. We don't even have to find large books on the purpose and meaning of the church, we just look at your Book and find the pattern given to us by the first ones who do it. The prototype is there. And we learn that they gathered and they committed themselves to learn Scripture through the teaching of the apostles. They were a learning church. And we have that in so many different Bible studies availabilities. But beyond that they had fellowship, they broke bread, and they prayed together. So, Father, we thank you that you've given us so many leaders, and we pray for hundreds more in the leading of these groups. We pray in Jesus' name, amen.

Closing: The body of Christ encourages, comforts, and challenges us as we grow closer to the Lord. How will you engage in community and discipleship? Let us know when you email us at mystory@calvaryabq.org. And just a reminder: you can give financially to this work at calvaryabq.org/giving. Thank you for listening to this message from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.

Additional Messages in this Series

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1/21/1982
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The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:1-9
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6/27/1982
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Peter's Homecoming
Mark 14
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3/27/1983
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The Purpose of Worship
Romans 12:1-2; Revelation 4:10-11
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The Purpose of Worship - Romans 12:1-2, Revelation 4:10-11, Psalm 84 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/29/1983
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Demon Possession
Luke 22:31-32
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10/30/1983
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Happiness is...
Psalm 1
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1/7/1984
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Jesus Who?
Deuteronomy 11:10-16
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2/19/1984
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Keep Going, Keep Growing
2 Peter 1:1-11
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3/10/1984
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The Antioch Church
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4/1/1984
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The Marathon Christian
1 Corinthians 9
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4/1/1984
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India Review
Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:19
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India Review - Acts 13:1-3, 14:19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/17/1984
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From Despair to Joy
Habakkuk 3:17-19
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From Despair to Joy - Habakkuk 3:17-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/8/1984
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The Sheep and the Shepherd
John 10
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10/21/1984
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The Decline of Discouragement
Numbers 21
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10/28/1984
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Living on the Border
Numbers 32
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5/12/1985
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Make Up Your Mind - Today!
1 Kings 18
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6/16/1985
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Daniel's Seventy Weeks
Daniel 9
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11/17/1985
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Preparing for Service
Isaiah 6:1-9
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2/15/1986
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The Prodigal Family
Ruth 1:1-14
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2/22/1986
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Portrait of a Radical Rabbi
Galatians 1:13-21
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3/1/1986
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The Flesh and The Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26
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4/11/1987
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Doctrinal Questions - A Foundation
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5/9/1987
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Hey, What's God Like?
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5/23/1987
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Security or Insecurity
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8/7/1987
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Growing Strong, Becoming Mighty - King Jotham
2 Chronicles 27:6
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8/15/1987
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When God Withdraws - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 32:21
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8/23/1987
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Stubborness that Alienates
Luke 15:11-32
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8/29/1987
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Approaching Those with Heavy Hearts
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
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9/5/1987
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Completing a Long Task
Ezra 6:14
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9/19/1987
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined
Ezra 9:1-4
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Separation: What God Has Not Joined - Ezra 9:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/5/1987
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For a Time such as This
Esther 4:13-14
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12/12/1987
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Bringing God to the Marketplace
Titus 2:9-10
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12/28/1987
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The Untrodden Path
Joshua 3:1-10
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1/2/1988
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Jesus Answers Job
Job 16:19-21
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1/9/1988
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What Sustains a Weary Soul
Job 23:8-12
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What Sustains a Weary Soul - Job 23:8-12 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/16/1988
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God Rebukes a Spiritual Man
Job 40:1-14
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9/24/1988
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Jesus Came
Mark 1:1-20
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2/16/1989
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The Nazarene
Matthew 2:23
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2/23/1989
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The Carpenter
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The Carpenter from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/24/1989
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success
Joshua 1:1-9
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Joshua's Sweet Smell of Success - Joshua 1:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/30/1989
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85!
Joshua 14:6-15
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Caleb: Fully Alive at 85! - Joshua 14:6-15 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/26/1990
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Psalm 3
Psalm 3
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Psalm 3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/18/1991
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God's Plan for World Evangelism
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
George Sanchez
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8/22/1991
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The Problem of Suffering
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The Problem of Suffering from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/23/1991
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Life's Not Fair!
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5/28/1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992
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School of Ministry Graduation 1992 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/19/1993
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How to Be Used by God
Romans 12
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4/16/1994
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Sex In The Scriptures
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Sex In The Scriptures from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1994
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The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23
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5/19/1994
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A World without Foundations
Psalm 11
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8/25/1994
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The Church and It's Mission
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The Church and It's Mission from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/28/1995
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The Assault of the Cults
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The Assault of the Cults from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/14/1996
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Israel Update 1996
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Israel Update 1996 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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3/28/1996
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change
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Israel: God's Plans Don't Change from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/26/1997
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Connection Celebration 1997
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Connection Celebration 1997 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/2/1997
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National Day of Prayer - 1997
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5/6/1999
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National Day of Prayer - 1999
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2/9/2000
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Salvation Message
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9/14/2001
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National Prayer Service for September 11, 2001 Attack on America
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11/14/2001
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2001
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5/2/2002
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National Day of Prayer - 2002
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9/11/2002
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Where Are We Now?
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Where Are We Now? from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/1/2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003
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National Day of Prayer 2003 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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12/21/2003
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque
Hebrews 11:8
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Skip Announces His Departure from Calvary Albuquerque - Hebrews 11:8 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/1/2004
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I've Just Gotta Go to Church
Psalm 84
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2/21/2004
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs
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A History of Calvary Albuquerque as Skip Departs from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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4/17/2004
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What are you Hungry for?
Matthew 5:6
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6/3/2004
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Vision Casting - Upreach
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Vision Casting - Upreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/4/2004
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Vision Casting - Inreach
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Vision Casting - Inreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/5/2004
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Vision Casting - Outreach
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Vision Casting - Outreach from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/26/2004
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Special Dedication Message
1 Kings 8
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12/28/2004
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Worship in Spirit and Truth
John 4;Psalm 95
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Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4, Psalm 95 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/23/2005
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Worship
Isaiah 6:1-4
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Worship - Isaiah 6:1-4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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5/18/2005
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Ministry Fair
Nehemiah 4
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Ministry Fair - Nehemiah 4 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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6/12/2005
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Forecasting Your Future
Philippians 1:19-21
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8/17/2005
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A Special Evening on Israel
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A Special Evening on Israel from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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9/27/2005
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The Folly of Running from God
Jonah 1:1-3
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The Folly of Running from God - Jonah 1:1-3 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/22/2006
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque
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A Special Message to Calvary Albuquerque from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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2/25/2006
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Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis
Psalm 27
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When in the midst of crisis, where do you turn for comfort? Do you seek the Lord and allow Him to work through the crisis? David experienced many times of crisis, but he remembered that the Lord was his beauty and light. Pastor Skip Heitzig outlines Five Firm Steps for Hearts in Crisis and shares the insight the Lord gave David in Psalm 27. When you are in frightening times of crisis, focus on God who is above all circumstances.
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6/25/2006
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Has God Got A Plan For You!
John 3:16
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What plans do you have for today? Tomorrow? The rest of your life? Eternity? You may not have an answer for all of these questions, and even if you do, circumstances may arise that keep you from executing your plans. But God has a plan for you and for all of humanity that is sure and steadfast. No circumstance can arise that will change the course of it. Join Pastor Skip Heitzig as he lays out the details of God's plan for mankind and discover how you can be part of a sure future in Him.
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7/8/2006
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure
Genesis 12:1-9
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Buckle Up! Your're Going On An Adventure - Genesis 12:1-9 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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7/15/2006
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Trusting God for Better or Worse
Genesis 22:1-19
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Trusting God for Better or Worse - Genesis 22:1-19 from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/30/2006
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Rekindling Our Vision
Acts 2
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10/11/2006
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Rejoice!
Deuteronomy 12
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11/6/2006
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Ready 2 Serve
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Calvary Chapel Men's Conference 2006
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5/20/2007
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25 Years—A Divine Paradox
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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Many of you know by now that these verses from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians have become my "life-text". They describe the paradox of a perfect God using imperfect vessels to carry His name and perform His work. Over the last twenty-five years I have both seen and experienced God’s faithfulness. Today we stand in awe of His great work among us, in us and through us. To God be the glory, great things HE has done!
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5/20/2007
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25th Anniversary celebration, To God Be The Glory
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2/18/2008
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Abiding In The Vine - Session 4
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Southern California Regional Pastor's Conference 2008
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4/16/2008
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Why Christians Love Israel
Ezekiel 36-37
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This message is a video of the teaching, "Why Christians Love Israel" (Ezekiel 36-37) from Pastor Skip, that he taught in Israel at the Epicenter Prophecy Conference on April 10, 2008.
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9/21/2008
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Marks of Greatness - Christ's Vision For His Church
Acts 2:36-47
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11/14/2008
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BGEA Team and Staff Conference 2008
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12/10/2008
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Hanukkah
John 10:19-33
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3/11/2009
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Special Message from Skip in India
Nehemiah 1-13
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9/16/2009
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Why Jesus Needed to Die
Hebrews 9
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All of us have experienced spiritual slump, when we just didn't feel like worshiping. But times like that provide the perfect opportunity to walk by faith not by sight and to experience sacrificial worship. The once for all sacrifice of Jesus should stir us up to fervent praise in spite of our earthly circumstances.
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5/9/2010
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Live from the Land
Matthew 24:1-8
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Earthquakes, wars, disease; the evening news offers a frightening and fascinating look at world events. What does the Bible say about the turmoil the world is facing? What is the resolution to the conflict? Join us as we consider what Jesus told his disciples about these signs of the times, in this special message by Pastor Skip from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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5/10/2010
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Live from the Land
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Time and again, we hear that one of the favorite highlights for those on a Tour of Israel is the on-site teaching. Now you can be a part of it from your very own living room. Watch the Live from the Land TV special that aired on Monday May 10, 2010 on KCHF TV-11 as we join Pastor Skip Heitzig LIVE with a message from the Mount of Olives.
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8/12/2010
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training
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Can You See It? - Rapid Responders Training from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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8/13/2010
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His Presence In Crisis
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His Presence In Crisis from our series of Topical Teachings with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.
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1/5/2011
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Service with Skip Heitzig
1 Corinthians 12:12-18
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Churches across America are closing their doors. How can we ensure a thriving Christian community? As we consider what God intended for the church, we'll uncover four essentials to a healthy church: God's People, God's Principles, God's Purpose, and God's presence.
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9/11/2011
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A Soft Pillow for a Tired Heart
Romans 8:28
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We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 when we heard the news of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the downed plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The terrorists who crashed these aircraft brought the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. Mass confusion, anger, despair, and depression predictably followed as survivors sought to frame so devastating an event. Ten years later, we remember September 11 to honor those who died, those who have fought in the war on terror, and especially to be reminded that in the midst of a conflict-filled world, we serve a God who works His good purposes and promises to one day eradicate evil.
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11/30/2011
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Points about Prayer from the Sermon on the Mount
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Self reliance is esteemed in our culture - but it's not the example Jesus gives to us. In a life marked by continual prayer, the Son of God demonstrates His dependence on the Father. Let's consider what Jesus teaches about prayer and its role in our lives, remembering that prayer is a privilege, not a duty.
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1/4/2012
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Day of Prayer and Fasting Service
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Communication has changed dramatically over the past fifty years. In just seconds, we can now email messages, photos, important documents, and more. We easily communicate with cell phones from almost anywhere. But, what is your communication with God like? Are you responding to his invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace? Are you letting your requests be made known to Him? Remember, the Lord is willing and God has commanded that we ask, seek, and knock.
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5/6/2012
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How Does Your GPS Work?
Proverbs 3:1-8
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This passage in Proverbs is one of the most well-known and bestbeloved in the entire Bible. Believers have read it, memorized it, shared it, prayed over it, preached from it, and relied on it for centuries. Why is that so? It's simply because we all want to know God's will for our lives. Discovering God's will is one of the dominating pursuits for Christians. Let's see how it works.
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6/27/2012
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Expound Expressed
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Revealing Himself through His Word, the Lord invites us to delight in Him—to worship Him for who He is. Join us as review highlights from the book of Matthew and respond to the Lord in worship during this special expound expressed service.
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9/23/2012
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30th Anniversary: Love the Past, Live the Future
Deuteronomy 8:1-10
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In Deuteronomy 8, we learn what the Lord taught the Jewish people—to remember what the Lord had done, to know and keep the commandments, and to bless the Lord. Moses would say, "Love the Past, Live the Future." Through the text, we are reminded what the Lord had done and are given hope for what the future holds.
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3/17/2013
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Living With Vision
John 17:1-26; Acts 2:1-47
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Every life should have purpose. All people should know why they’re here and what God’s intention is for them. So should every church. This weekend we want you to discover and celebrate with us what we believe, who we are as a church, and what we do as a church body. Beyond that, we want you to know why.
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5/5/2013
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The World's Most Important Comma
Isaiah 61:2
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In Isaiah 61:2 we discover a tiny comma. This comma represents a 2,000-year period of time: the age of grace that we are currently living in. It is during this time that we have been saved; it's the church age, and world-wide evangelism is taking place. But we are just one day away from the end of that comma. One day that comma will become a period. At the end of that comma comes the rapture of the church and then the day of vengeance of our God on this earth.
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6/22/2013
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Navigating Another Year
Ephesians 5:15-17
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What is the will of God? It can seem so elusive, but in this study, we learn five things that are the clear will of God for each of us. As children of God, as a church body, let's make a pact to preach to the lost, to be set apart for Jesus Christ, to be humble, to be submissive and honoring to the people around us, and to be thankful in all things. Taught in Ocean Grove, NJ.
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Not Done Yet
Joshua 14:6-15
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At 85 years old, the faithful Caleb desired to keep growing and being used by the Lord. In this passage, he takes hold of God's promises, and his story of God's faithfulness unfolds. By examining his courageous life, we learn that as time goes on, we must not slow down in doing the Lord's work; we must boldly look ahead and realize we are not done yet!
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 4
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The apostle Paul spent a large amount of time pouring into his disciple Timothy's life. And in his second letter to Timothy, he encouraged him to do the same for others. In this message, Pastor Skip Heitzig expresses the importance and process of training up responsible leaders.
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South East Calvary Chapel Pastor's Conference – Session 7
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In his second letter to Timothy, Paul the apostle motivated Timothy to continue to be faithful in his ministry to the Lord. As we study 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Pastor Skip Heitzig exhorts believers toward faithfulness by sharing four helpful principles to cultivate this supreme attribute in their lives.
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iThirst
John 19:28-30
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The world is filled with Apple's i-technology, which delivers on its promise to make connectivity and information readily accessible. But there is a deeper need within everyone, a thirst to be right with God, that no app or gadget can fulfill. How ironic that Jesus, the great Thirst-Quencher, would Himself be thirsty. It was part of the great exchange—His temporary thirst enabled yours to be quenched eternally!
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9/28/2014
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Skip Heitzig Interview with David Eubank
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In this interview with Pastor Skip, Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers explained how the Lord called his family to Burma and what the Free Burma Rangers do to help people who are caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Dave's wife, Karen, also talked about the Good Life Club, the relief arm of the Free Burma Rangers that aids mothers and children, and that Reload Love, our church-wide initiative, is raising funds for.
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10/5/2014
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How Does The Gospel Work?
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
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The book of 1 Thessalonians is a letter from the apostle Paul to a young church in Thessalonica, whom he commended for their faith, love, and endurance. As we study the first ten verses of this book, we learn from their bold example what evangelism looks like and what the normal flow of the gospel is: it comes to us, works in us, and then comes from us.
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12/28/2014
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Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Lamentations 3:22-31
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The prophet Jeremiah looked on as the city of Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed. But even as he mourned over the destruction of his city, he realized the living God was at work. In the same way, though our world is filled with a great amount of uncertainty, we can still find certainty in the Lord and confidently tell Him, "Great is Your faithfulness."
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2/15/2015
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Jesus Loves Children
Matthew 19:13-15; James 1:26-27
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The most vulnerable among us are often children. Lacking the power and means to be anything except completely dependent on parents and society, they sometimes fall through the cracks. Today we look at how Jesus loved children and consider our mandate to care for those who are most helpless. Through this message, along with a special effort by Reload Love, we aim to bring God’s freedom to many more children around the world.
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3/4/2015
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Skip's Iraq Trip Update
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As ISIS spreads throughout the Middle East, millions of people continue to flee the growing violence—and children have been hit the hardest. In this special update from the Reload Love team, Pastor Skip, Jarrett Petero, and Murray Byrne share stories and photos from their recent trip to Iraq. While there, they reached out to organizations that are helping displaced children, and they were able to share the hope and love of Jesus with the kids.
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9/27/2015
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The Power of an Invitation
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There is something special about receiving an invitation; it makes us feel wanted, special, and significant. As we examine an invitation found in the book of Revelation, we are challenged to be part of God's work as instruments of change for the gospel, and we are reminded not to underestimate the power of a simple invitation.
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10/28/2015
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Defying Normal
Daniel 1:8
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The Bible calls us to a holy defiance of the status quo—Paul the apostle said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2). Perhaps no one in the Old Testament did this better than the prophet Daniel. In this message, we look at four truths about the Christian life and learn how Daniel was able to rise above his society to defy normal.
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6/12/2016
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United in Pursuit
Acts 6:1-7
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Acts 6:1-7 lays out God's vision for the church. At Calvary Albuquerque, we want people fitted for heaven and outfitted for service. As with the early church, we must overcome problems by establishing priorities and participating in order to progress.
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9/18/2016
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Christians and Politics
Jeremiah 29:1-13
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Don’t worry, I’m not preaching politics, nor am I endorsing a candidate today. I realize that both political parties go to church and that Christians have a wide variety of political notions. As a registered independent, I am aware of the flaws that exist on both sides, and so I am not taking sides today. But I want to call the body of Christ to be informed of the policies, engaged in the process, and active in the promotion of godly discourse. Furthermore, I am asking that we be united this week in prayer and fasting for this nation.
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1/1/2017
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Culture Weekend
Deuteronomy 8:1-2;1 Corinthians 12:31
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God did amazing things in 2016 at Calvary Albuquerque. In the video "Our Year in Review," Nate Heitzig summarizes 2016 and introduces fourteen Calvary culture axioms for 2017. In a short message, Skip Heitzig discusses Calvary’s past and future and reminds us that though lots of things have changed in our culture, Jesus has not.
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4/12/2017
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Special Message from Skip Heitzig
Luke 22:7-23
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The night before His death, Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples in the upper room. In this message, we examine the progression of that Last Supper and learn both the traditional meanings behind the meal as well as the practical life applications for us as we live under the new covenant of Christ.
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7/23/2017
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Interview with Dave Eubank
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After making national news with his relief work and sustaining a gunshot wound while combating ISIS in Mosul, Dave Eubank continues his work through the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). In this interview with Skip Heitzig, Dave gives an update on his family's ministry to bring help, hope, and love to people in conflict zones.
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9/3/2017
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Your Amazing Bible
2 Timothy 3:14-17
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The Explosive Power of Real Love
John 13:34-35
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We have the opportunity to show love to those who need the expression of love the most—those who have been hurt by the hatred of others. In countries scarred by past and recent terrorism, Reload Love is arming other believers with hope and healing in the name of Jesus. Today we will examine one of the most famous sayings Jesus ever spoke and explore three components of real love—what we should do, and then how and why we should do it. My prayer is that God’s love would be “poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:5).
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2/17/2019
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The Heart behind the Hand
Luke 15:1-7
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None of us can reach everyone. We can’t touch and change every person in the world. But we can pray for, be patient with, love on, witness to, and reach just one. When we talk about our vision to reach the world, perhaps we need to think smaller. Maybe we should think about one person we can pursue for the glory of Jesus Christ. Today we consider that as we look at one of Jesus’ most famous parables: The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
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11/3/2019
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Three Steps to a Generous Life
Matthew 6:19-24
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Today is a celebration. We celebrate what God has done through you! Your love for God, His Word, and His work are evident by your generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure. I encourage you to continue. In Jesus’ most famous of sermons, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the most practical ways to live unencumbered and fruitful lives. God works through people to change the world. The real question becomes, How do we become those kind of people?
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12/29/2019
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2019 Year in Review
Joshua 4:1-8
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The end of a year is a natural time to look back and thank God for what He has done in the past. As we pause to look back and look around, it's important to evaluate and commemorate what God has done in and through us and recalibrate our priorities. Then, we can look ahead and focus on the specifics of what God wants us to do in the future. Pastor Skip reminds us that God has proven Himself time and time again, so we can look to the future with great hope and anticipation. Watch the full service video here.
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2/9/2020
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Gather, Love, and Act: Bombard the World with Love
Hebrews 10:24-25
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Reload Love’s mission is to convey God’s love by fighting back with tenderness toward children who have been impacted by terror. For six years, Reload Love has provided trauma relief, medical supplies, academic programs, and playgrounds and other safe spaces for children caught in the crossfire of terrorism. Now, the vision has expanded to include supporting church plants and in-country evangelists. On this Love Bomb weekend, Pastor Skip shares the need to come together as a family to act upon God's great love.
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3/18/2020
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Should I Be Worried?
Matthew 6:25-34
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3/22/2020
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Sure Steps for Uncertain Times
Psalm 27
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This worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus (COVID-19) did not take our God by surprise. And it won’t last forever! David talked about walking through the valley of the shadow of death (see Psalm 23), not living there indefinitely. Until then, life seems extremely inconvenient and indeterminate. So how do we proceed? By taking these five steps:
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3/25/2020
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The Quarantined Life
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Our country has become more focused on health during this COVID-19 crisis. We understand the need to stay healthy physically and mentally, but our spiritual health is more important. Cultivating a strong Christian life is akin to training the body for a marathon (see Hebrews 12:1-2). In this message, Skip Heitzig encourages you to build up your spiritual life by setting aside the busyness, constant noise, and security of this world and by putting your trust in God.
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3/29/2020
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Why Should I Suffer?
1 Peter 1:6-7
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One-third of the world population is presently on lockdown; they are restricted by their own governments and kept (by force if necessary) from gathering together in groups. Though infection rates from the coronavirus seem to vary from region to region, one thing is common to all—everyone is suffering in one way or another. But did you know that suffering can be a good thing in the hands of a good God? Consider four truths:
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4/1/2020
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God and the Coronavirus
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When a situation like the coronavirus pandemic occurs, it's only natural for us to ask questions: Why would God allow something so small to stop everything and affect everyone around the world? And what do we do now? This virus is further evidence of the fallen world we live in; this is not the world God intended to create. But this is a time in which the church can truly be the church—the hands, feet, mouth, and heart of our Savior. In this message, Skip Heitzig teaches how this current crisis can move you from acknowledging and believing in God to clinging to God.
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4/5/2020
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I Feel Your Pain!
Luke 19:28-44
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I have often been drawn to this biblical text over the years for Palm Sunday because the events indeed did take place on a Sunday and Jesus was greeted with happy song and palm branches. But in light of the present situation with the entire world suffering the spread of the coronavirus, I want to look at it through the lens of suffering: our own suffering, Jesus’ personal suffering, and the future suffering predicted. In so doing I think we will see Jesus in a very different light.
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There are 135 additional messages in this series.