Living Out Faith

Pastor Juno continues our series The Christian Hypocrite by telling us the importance of being joyful, patient and faithful.

Scripture: Romans 12:12

Joy

To continue our Advent series, Pastor Juno looks at what the bible says of joy.

Scripture: Luke 1:5-25; 41

The Spirit Filled Church

Pastor Ryan shares about the four key elements of the early church — and our call to live those out today.

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47

Joy

Pastor Rachel continues our Christmas series as we look at the third theme of Advent: joy.

Scripture: Isaiah 35; Luke 2:8-12

Christmas Eve Service

For this Christmas season, we have followed the traditional Advent themes of hope, joy, peace and love. On Christmas Eve, we explore how Jesus climatically began to fulfill all of these in his birth affecting our real lives now. On this special night, we look back to Jesus’ 1st coming (his birth) where he launched God’s rescue project and we continue to long for his 2nd coming where he comes back to finish what he started at his birth.

Christmas Day Reflection

We believe that one of the greatest ways to honor and encourage the Christian development of our families and be intentional with our friends and neighbors is by celebrating Christmas morning at home this year. In fact, the very first Christians held their ‘worship services’ inside their homes!

Because of this, we have made this short Christmas day devotional to watch with your friends and family. We hope that it will encourage meaningful conversation and lead to deeper relationships with God and others.

We are praying that your family and friends can encounter the ultimate hope, joy, peace and love that Jesus alone can bring this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!

Joy

Madison Avenue and the Church both share a high value for joy, yet for a different reason. At times life is difficult, death knocks on the door of our life often and sooner or later we will all experience broken dreams, shattered relationships, and failed goals. Yet during this Advent season of waiting and preparing, we are drawn into God’s story with some keywords, one of them being joy!

This message will look at how Scripture unfolds the recipe for joy – even in the some of the most fearful and uncertain times. We will look at a guy in Scripture who reminds us that joy begins from the inside of our souls and works its way out. It is not made possible by accumulating more and more ‘stuff’ which creates a false sense of joy and security.

Scripture: Isaiah 35, Matthew 11:3-5, Philippians 1:20-21, 2:3-4

The Secret

Out of context, Philippians 4:13 is used as a blank check promise for whatever is desired – hitting a homerun, running a marathon, scoring well on a test. But in context, it’s a verse about contentment as Paul writes that in both the good times and the bad times he has learned the secret to finding contentment – not looking for it in himself or in his circumstances, but in Jesus alone. Really, Philippians 4:13 is about God’s strength enabling us to live in contentment in whatever situation is before us – particularly the more troublesome ones.

Hence, readers are left asking: Do you believe Jesus is enough for you?

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

The Wise Men

A group of Magi Astrologers travel months to visit the new “King of the Jews” born in Bethlehem. We take a look at the Christmas Story through their eyes. As we see their sacrifice, joy and worship, we too are reminded of what this holiday season truly means.

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

The Prayer of Faith

It’s interesting that the book of James starts with the author, James, calling Christians to pray! In the fifth chapter, he says to pray in times of struggle and in times of joy. Prayer is needed in all circumstances on life and God’s Word is a constant reminder of that. No matter the season or why you find yourself in prayer, gratefulness is the key to healing and living a life in the way God would want us to live. The opposite of gratefulness is grumbling – and that’s a sin – and that leads us far from God’s best for us.

Scripture: James 5:13-20; Roman’s 8:26; Numbers 11:14, I Thes 5:15-17; Psalms 106:1