Saving Faith

Pastor Ryan kicks off our new sermon series From Darkness to Light.

Scripture: John 12:42-46

Fighting for Faith

Pastor Ryan finishes our series Life in God’s Family by telling us what Paul says of unhealthy influencers, finances, and fighting the good fight of faith.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:3-21

The Disciples’ Prayer

Pastor Mark starts the new series on prayer focusing on the first part of The Lord’s Prayer and what it means to seek God in prayer for who He is, not what He gives.

Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13

 

The Gospel is for Everyone

Pastor Mark describes the 3 main characters in Acts 16 and shows us that no matter who we are, Jesus can meet our needs.

Scripture: Acts 16:11-40

 

Saved by Grace… To Serve

This portion of Ephesians reminds us over and over about the ‘us’ and ‘we’ in the church. The church was multi-cultural and having problems as times ‘getting along.’ The church then and the church today is reminded that nothing we do, or say, or did or didn’t did keeps us away from God’s Grace – His Grace is for each and every one of us. Now let’s get over it and remember that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Most people focus on verses 8/9, “For it is by grace we are saved” and forget verse 10, “Our good works don’t make us right with God.” Verse 10 says it’s because of God we do good works so others will have the opportunity to open their hearts to Jesus.

Scripture: Ephesians 2: 1-10

Disciples Making Disciples

Warren Wiersbe says, “Discipleship (and ministry) is the responsibility of every believer, and not just a small group of paid church staff or a group who have been ‘called’ to go.”  Warren said this 37 years ago and yet many people continue to feel the pastors should do it all. God reminds us that every one of us – from the youngest to the oldest – is a disciple. We are all following someone. If you aren’t following Jesus, then who are you following? Jesus has given the call for each of us be disciple makers. This message is a reminder that we are all disciples making disciples. It’s how God intended the ‘church’ to be.

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Counting the Cost

As we enter into the new year let’s prioritize experiencing God this year. There is a cost, but it will be worth it.

Scripture: Luke 14

Hope

How is hope in Jesus different from hope in anything else? The ancient church in the Old Testament, Israel, asked the same question. They put their hope in everything else–neighboring nations, magicians, and their own ways–ignoring God altogether, and plunging their nation into dark captivity. Yet, God promised to bring light to the deep darkness that invaded this region.

How did this light come?

Not through a victory over their enemies, a new government, or a smashing leader. Nothing they expected whatsoever. This light came through a revolutionary baby boy: Jesus of Nazareth. The people of Israel found true, unexpected hope in Jesus because he delivered them from darkness and fulfilled God’s promise to rescue them in a way nothing else could.

What areas in your life do you need the unexpected, redemptive hope of Jesus to invade this Christmas season?

Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:12-16

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Many people have friends with different beliefs – which is wonderful. In a season of trying to be politically correct, Jesus tells his followers that he is “the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by him.” Such a bold statement when we would prefer to be so accepting of others. This message unpacks the words of Jesus and reminds us of the invitation that He provides the only way, the only truth and the only life. The urgency to be people with a mission has never been clearer!

Scripture: John 14:1-6; John 13:33, 34, 35

I am… The Resurrection

In the middle of the story where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, he says “I am the resurrection and the life”. We take a look at our core belief in the resurrection on the last day, but also emphasized that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us today. This means that God is currently working to resurrect the dead parts of our life, now.

Scripture: John 11:17-27