What Defines You?

Guest Speaker Dan Van Gorp looks at what it means for the church to be a movement, not a monument.

Scripture: Matthew 28: 18-20

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

Palm Sunday

Jesus intentionally made His “triumphant” entry as thousands of pilgrims entered Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover Festival. Freedom was in the air. People were once again chanting ‘Hosanna, Hosanna!” – come save us, now! – wanting and expecting a war-like, conquering Messiah to rescue them from their slavery to their Roman oppressor.

Yet, instead of making His royal procession like that of Rome, or the earlier Jewish Revolt, where the King comes in on a horse symbolizing military strength and power – Jesus comes in on a meek, humble donkey signifying peace.

Hence, the religious Jerusalem crowd was confused and disappointed. This gentle, peaceful, donkey-riding Messiah isn’t who they were expecting. They understood this to be a kingly entrance, it just wasn’t the type of king they wanted or expected.

See, that’s what Palm Sunday is all about. Palm Sunday tells us who the King is and how He reigns. Palm Sunday isn’t necessarily about how the crowds got Jesus wrong, as much as it’s about the kind of King Jesus we follow.

Will you receive Jesus the way He is or the way you want Him?

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11; Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 20:20-28

Following Jesus on Mission

As we continue our Picture This series, taking a look at the big picture of where we feel God is calling New Life to focus in 2015, this morning’s message focuses on the second of our Big Three areas – Mission, or if that feels like too odd of a word at first, Service. We’re all drawn to things for different reasons, and that includes our spiritual life. Whatever is drawing you to New Life, whatever is drawing you to Jesus today, he wants to help you continue to grow deeper in that relationship, to move from superficial fan to committed follower. Consider with us how he first makes that invitation to his disciples in Galilee and continues to invite us today. Let this be the week you take a practical step closer to God by following Jesus in mission!

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Who Do You Think You Are?

We can spend a lot of time and energy trying to manage how other people perceive us, our sense of identity and status. But God offers us a better way, the way of humility and unity. These are big themes in Paul’s epistle, Philippians, and they really get fleshed out as we explore the lives of two of Paul’s co-workers, Timothy and Epaphroditus (aka Charming). Let’s look at how their lives reflect Jesus – and ours can, too.

Scripture: Philippians 2:19-30

Unity & Obedience

This passage tells the Christmas and Easter story and continues with the themes of humility, unity, and serving others. Emphasis is made about how whining, grumbling and complaining can destroy marriages, relationships, employment and especially the church.

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-18