Think, Act, Be Series

Pastor Terry Lewis

“The Mind of Christ”


“What matters is not the accomplishment you achieve; what matters is the person you become.” – Dallas Willard

Narratives of Jesus

When we match ours to his, the virtues of Jesus will grow in us

Who is God?

Salvation / Apprenticeship

The Bible

Heaven and Hell




Let Me Clarify
Pastor Terry Lewis
The Church and Politics

Matthew 20:25-29


What should the relationship between the church and the government look like?

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-29

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Power vs Power

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Phil 2: 3-8

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Street Smarts
Dr. Jay Martin
First Fruits

Proverbs 3:9-10



 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10

Proverbs 3:9-10 is a statement and not a . 

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Giving our is a way of God that helps us keep him first in our lives. 

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True is to God.

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How do we apply this verse to our lives today?

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What is truly at the top of your desires? Is it really God?

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Street Smarts
Pastor Tom Houser
How to Face Down Your Fears


We are all afraid of something.
  • How do we face down those fears?
  • How do we manage them, move past them?
  • How do we conquer them?
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What does ungodly fear look like?
  • Proverbs 28:1 (ESV) – The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
  • Proverbs 29:25 (ESV) – The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.
  • We live at the mercy of whatever we are afraid of.
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What is the opposite of ungodly fear? The fear of the Lord.
  • Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
  • Fearing the Lord means two different things at the same time:
    • : An awareness of God’s perfect purity and power that makes us genuinely afraid to disobey Him.
    • : An awareness of God’s perfect love and grace that makes us genuinely want to love, revere, trust, worship, obey and serve Him.
  • Isaiah 8:11–13 (ESV) – For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
  • Luke 12:4–7 (ESV) – “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
  • Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV) -Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
  • Others: Acts 9:31, 2 Cor 5:10-11; 7:11, 1 Peter 1:17.
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What happens when we fear the Lord?
  • He gives us  and satisfaction and ultimate safety: Proverbs 14:27 (ESV) – The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
  • He gives us : Psalm 23:4 (ESV) – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • He shows : Psalm 103:13 (ESV) – As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
  • He gives us Psalm 118:6 (ESV) – The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
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What does it look like to fear the Lord? How do we do it?
  •  to it:  Proverbs 18:10 (ESV) – The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
  • Find  who fear the Lord: Psalm 119:63 (ESV) – I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.
  •  Him: Psalm 22:23 (ESV) – You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
  •  Him: Ecclesiastes 12:13–14 (ESV) – The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
  • Be : Luke 12:32–34 (ESV) – “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
  • Become His : Romans 8:15 (ESV) – For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
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A blessing for us all:
  • 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NLT) – Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.


Street Smarts
Pastor Terry Lewis
Purity: The Bait and Switch

Proverbs 5:1-23

The Opener

Vs. 1,2: “My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.”

The Bait

Vs. 3 “For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.”

The Switch

4-8 “But in the end, she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to hell; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house.”

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What is at Risk?


9 “Keep your way far from her lest you give your honor to others.”


10 “Keep your way far from her lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.”


10 “Keep your way far from her lest at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed.”


14 “I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.”

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How did it happen?

12-13 “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.”

The Answer

15-20 “Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?”

The Closing

21-23 “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.”

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Italy Mission Trip Interest Meeting



Clarity is Kindness
Pastor Terry Lewis

Current Cultural Topics that would be kind to bring clarity to in 2024

  • Gender Identity
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Sanctity of life
  • Women pastors
  • Racial reconciliation and the church
  • Politics and the church

In essentials there is

In non-essentials there is

In all things there is

Church ought to be a place to hear a message.

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Topic #1: Women Pastors


men and women are created equal in their being, value, and personhood, yet they complement each other with different roles and responsibilities as image-bearers of God as lived out in marriage, family life, and in the church.

Gen. 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God

he created him; male and female he created them.”

Gen. 2:18 “God said it is not good that man should be alone.

I will make him a helper fit for him.”

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men and women are created equal in their being, value, and personhood. There are no unique roles for men in the home and church. Men and women have interchangeable roles and adhere to mutual submission toward each other.

Gen. 3:16 “Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

Gal 3:28 “There is no longer a division between Jew and Greek, slave or free and there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ.”

1 Cor 11:3 “The head of man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband and the head of Christ is God.”

Headship: one who is responsible to the ground for others to be heathy, grow and flourish.


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Diving into Friendship with God
Pastor Tom Houser
John 15:12-15


Who is God?
  • God is Creator, Savior, Lord, King, Father, Teacher, Provider, Protector, Rock, Fortress, the Good Shepherd, Lamb of God and Lion of Judah.
  • God is not less than these, but He is also more than these.
  • God is also a .
The word ‘friend’ (philos) describes someone with whom you have a close bond of mutual .
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Matthew 11:19 (ESV) – “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
John 15:12–15 (ESV) – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
  • As Christians we are friends of God.
  • We are not equals.
  • We are not buddies.
  • We are friends…we are intended to have a close bond of mutual affection with Him.
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James 4:4 (ESV) – You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
  • We cannot be friends with the world and a friend of God at the same time.
  • Why? Because the world’s invitations are in direct opposition to God’s commands.
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What kind of friend is God?
God is a friend who’s . (John 6:69)
God is a friend who . (John 13:34)
  • Love is working for the good of another person, even (or especially) when it costs you something.
  • Loving someone isn’t the same as being nice to them.
  • Loving someone means being good to them.
God is a friend we can . (John 14:27)
God is a friend . (John 11:25)
God is a friend for . (John 3:16)
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Street Smarts
Pastor Terry Lewis
The Harvest of Hard Work
Proverbs 12:24


“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” Proverbs 12:24

The Hard Way” by Colonel Sanders

It is comparatively easy to prosper by trickery, the violation of confidence, oppression of the weak, sharp practices, cutting corners, all those methods we are so prone to condone as business shrewdness. It is difficult to prosper by the keeping of promises, the delivery of value and goods and services with sound merit and good ethics. The easy way is efficient and speedy, the hard way arduous and long. But as the clock ticks away, the easy way becomes harder, and the hard way becomes easier. As the calendar records the years, it becomes increasingly evident that the easy way rests upon a hazardous foundation of shifting sands, whereas the hard way builds a solid foundation of confidence that cannot be swept away. Thus, we build it.”

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Prov. 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took Adam and put him in the garden of Eden to work and keep it.

Prov 6:6-11 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Prov. 14:23 All hard work brings profit.

Prov. 13:11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

Prov. 16:26 It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.

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Prov 21:25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.

1 Tim 5:8 If anyone does not provide for their relatives, and especially their own household, they have denied the faith, and are worse than an unbeliever.

Neh. 4:6 So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Prov 21:5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Prov. 10:5 He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.

Prov. 18:9 Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

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Prov. 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Gal. 6:9 Let’s not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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Street Smarts
Pastor Terry Lewis
The Power of the Tongue

Selected Proverbs

Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She raises her voice in the public square. At the head of the noisy street, she cries out. In the gateway of the city, she makes her speech.” Proverbs 1:20-21

“Life and Death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21

Ways our words can be used for life

1. Life-giving words of

  • Prov. 12:25 “Worry weighs a person down, an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
  • Prov. 15:4 “Gentle words are a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
  • Prov 16:24 “Kind words are like honey; sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

2. Life-giving words of

  • Prov. 10:31 “The tongue of the godly person gives wise advice.”
  • Prov. 15:7 “The tongue of the wise spreads knowledge.”
  • Prov. 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way of death.”

3. Life-giving words share with others

  • Prov 10:21 “The tongue of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of knowledge.”
  • Prov. 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and the one who is wise saves lives.”

Ways our words can be used for death

  • Prov. 10:19 “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”
  • Prov. 17:28 “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.”
  • James 1:26 “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.”
  • James 3:5-10 “A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises God, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”

4 ways to help tame the tongue

1. Realize how you are and how God is.

  • Prov. 30:1 “The skeptic says, “There is no God! I can do anything I want! I see no evidence of a holy God. The believer replies, “Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help.”
  • Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

2. Speak life giving words to

  • Prov. 3:12 “The Lord reproves those whom he loves, as a parent corrects the child they delight in.”
  • Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord rejoices over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
  • I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights. I live in the unshakeable kingdom of God. The kingdom is not in trouble, and neither am I. – James Bryan Smith

3. Chose to never speak negative words in .

  • Prov 17:9 “Whoever covers an offense seeks love. But he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”
  • Matt 18:15 “If your brother or sister sins against you, go and tell them their fault, between you and them alone.”

4. Look for something to in every person

  • Prov 16:21 “The wise of heart is called discerning and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”



Mother’s Day
Pastor Terry Lewis
Rise Up and Praise Her
Proverbs 31:28-31

“Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:28-31

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How does praising help?

Praising someone builds

Praising someone improves

Praising someone

Praising someone builds

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