Matthew 9:9-13. What should our motivation be in fulfilling the Great Commission? Obedience simply for obedience is insufficient to satisfy our Lord’s directive. No, we must have the right motivation, we must view people as Jesus viewed them. We must love them as Jesus loved them. We must be a friend of sinners just as Jesus was a Friend of sinners.
Philippians 3:12-16. Identity is core of who we are, the foundation for how we act and feel. An identity rooted in the wrong things can lead to all sorts of suffering and depression. Paul tells us what we should be rooting our identity in as Christians. Our identity is in Jesus which enables us to move to Jesus through Jesus.
Revelation 5. We all love a good story. A common theme runs through many of the stories we love – redemption. These redemption stories remind us of what Christ did in order to accomplish salvation and redemption for His people. Revelation 5 is about the climax of this story of redemption and the focus is all on Jesus. Why? Because He alone is worthy.
Psalm 32. David is known as hero of the faith, but this hero did some pretty evil things. Much like many of us, David didn’t want anyone including God to know about his failures. So what did he do? He kept it all inside and did whatever it took to keep his sin from being found out. The guilt of his sin caused David extreme pain. We too have sin in our hearts so how can we be free from the guilt and pain of sin? David shows us in this Psalm.
I Corinthians 1:26-31. We all know weird Christians. We all know needy Christians. When we look around the church, it becomes clear that the vast majority of Christians would fit into these categories. Why is this? Is Christianity a crutch for the weak or does God have a purpose in how He has composed the church? And should Christiniaty be rid of the weird aspects of our faith in order to get more people in the doors?
Corinthians 9:19-23. What does it mean to live on mission? We know the mission is to make disciples from Matthew 28, but how do we make that a priority in our lives? Paul shows us in I Corinthians 9 that the mission was the reason for his many sacrifices.
Psalm 42. Spiritual depression might not be talked about among Christians, but it is a major problem in our churches. So many Christians silently struggle with spiritual depression due to being fearful or embarrassed about their emotional state. Yet, David writes about his depression in Psalm 42 and gives us much insight into how a Christian is to battle their spiritual depression.
Jonah 4. Everyone wants to have an impact for Christ, but we cannot reach our community without a heart for the city. In the book of Jonah we see a beautiful example of a heart for the city, although not from the prophet.
Philippians 2:3-4. We all need community. We were created with that deep need to be in relationship with other people. The local church is supposed to be where we can find healthy community. Many churches are far from it though, so how can we help our church be a healthy community?
Matthew 16:18-19. Who is the Rock of the Church? What is the power of the Church? Many of the foundational questions regarding the Church are answered in Jesus' first words on the matter to Peter.
Romans 12:1-2. All of us want to know what God's will is? Yet, many of us think of His will as lost and in need of being found. Is God's will lost? Or is it right in front of us?
On this reformation Sunday we discuss the importance of this day in particular what was accomplished 500 years ago by men like Martin Luther who taught justification was by faith and faith alone. We are unable to add anything to the salvation that was made possible by Jesus and accessed by us through faith. Text is Romans 5:1-2.
We examine Joshua 4 and challenges us to consider what are the "monuments" in our life where we can testify to God's grace.
Today we focus on the importance and Biblical command of baptism and church membership. This is so important as we see our culture being absolutely devoid of all commitments. The Life of a Christian is commitment.
As we celebrate Easter Sunday, we need to realize that not everyone was joyous on that Easter morning. Some of the disciples had given up hope on Jesus and had left the city. Yet, Jesus seeks these disciples out and reveals to them the ramifications of the Resurrection. Luke 24:13-35
This Good Friday, we will examine how Christ was substituted for Barabbas. When we look at Barabbas it becomes clear that he was a sinner, guilty, deserving of death, and without hope much like us before Christ. Luke 23:13-25
Palm Sunday is often celebrated because of the words spoken by the crowd, but few understand the motivations behind their words. This was not a spiritual welcoming to the Savior as He arrived in Jerusalem, rather this was a political rally. The Israelites, specifically those who were from Bethany, were facing their expectations on Christ. Do we do the same today? John 12:12-18
In order to accomplish our purpose of unconditional worship, unconditional love, and unconditional outreach we must be dedicated to being a doctrine church, a family church, and a neighborhood church.