A Lasting Faith

Student Ministries Director Ryan Bogert talks about faith that lasts and the importance of investing intentionally in the next generation.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Called to Leadership

Pastor Ryan continues our series through 1 Timothy by looking at what it means to lead and serve in the church.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-16

Growth and Leadership

Lead Pastor Juno Smalley continues our series through the book of Acts – this time looking at how we can grow more in our faith and become leaders.

Scripture: Acts 6:1-7

Looking Beneath the Surface

Emotions are like an iceberg: we only see 10% of them, yet it’s the 90% that drives us relationally and causes us to respond in ways that surprise everyone. This sermon gives 4 tips on how to dive under to see and begin to take a look at the 90% of your emotions that are causing you to be who you are.

Most people don’t want to “Look Beneath the Surface” because they know of a situation in their life that is painful or shameful. As we look beneath the surface, it’s important to remember, “The gospel says you are more sinful and flawed than you dared believe, yet you are more accepted and loved than you ever dared hope because Jesus lived and died in your place.”

Has anything ever happened when you’ve responded in a way that was overboard? That you’re not sure why you responded in such a way, but realized something was triggered in you. It’s an indicator for you to slow down and spend time thinking and praying as to, ‘Why did this just happen’? To be emotionally healthy requires hard work, but it also requires you have a trusted friend with you who can share in the journey as to why you responded in such a way. While this may be painful and scary, it’s critical to remember that, as John 8:32 says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” 

Scripture: John 8:32; Proverbs 4:23

Rethinking Parenting

The role of the Church isn’t to be the primary spiritual influencer in the life of your child – that’s the parents responsibility. Parenting can get confusing these days. It’s natural to want to get the best things for your kids, provide them inspiring vacations, and to help them participate in events that will allow them to grow and test their skills. Yet Paul, in Ephesians 6:4, reminds us what’s most important, “Parents do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Our top priority is to be a disciple maker of our children and of those that the Lord brings into our sphere of influence. Ephesians 3:32 reminds us how we fullfil that calling, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Scripture: Ephesian 6:1-4; 3:32

Remembering: For the sake of the Kingdom

Have you ever wondered why we need to tell stories about our life experiences? And when we tell them, what do we share? The Psalmist reminds us of the importance to tell the stories of God’s movement in the life of the church. Although it is natural to want to focus on the good stories, we are reminded to tell the stories about the blessings and the challenges. New Life’s story for 79 years has been focused on the community God has placed us in. It’s never been about ‘us’, it has always been about reaching out to the people of God.

Scripture: Psalm 78:1-7

Fasting: For Who and For What?

We all like to eat, some of us more than others – so fasting is not a popular past time. “Some have exalted religious fasting beyond all Scripture and reason; and others have utterly disregarded it.” – John Wesley.

While there are many legitimate reasons that some people may fast, we need to remember that fasting is a special tool that allows us to be intentional so we can find a place to listen to God and to what God would like to say to us. Many people are afraid of the subject, yet throughout the bible and church history the people of God and spiritual leaders have fasted.

Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18