In It to Win It

April 16, 2018

April 14 & 15, 2018

In It to Win It
Everyday Joy - A Study of Philippians

Nobody wins a race by accident. We enter a race with a goal in mind, with intentionality, focus and purpose. This week, in our study of Philippians, we’ll be taking a look at the second half of chapter 3. In this passage, Paul challenges the church at Philippi to get rid of distractions and to press on toward the goal of knowing Christ. As believers, this is our bullseye, the goal for which we must aim! To know Christ, growing in maturity, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Set your eyes on the prize of knowing Jesus more deeply! 

- Pastor Chris

00:0000:00

Prank or Promise?

April 3, 2018

Prank or Promise?
Easter 2018
March 31 & April 1, 2018

We celebrate Easter this weekend on April 1st. Which means it’s also April Fools' Day. Have you ever been pranked? We’re taking a fresh look at the empty tomb in our Resurrection Weekend services. Was Jesus’ missing body an outrageous prank played or the ultimate promise fulfilled? Today we celebrate the hope we have because of Jesus' triumph over death and sin.

- Pastor Chris

00:0000:00

Workout of the Stars

March 26, 2018

March 24 & 25, 2018
Workout of the Stars
Everyday Joy - A Study of Philippians

No, this weekend’s message is not about aerobic exercise or weightlifting. Paul writes the beloved Philippians, instructing the church to "work out" their salvation, trusting God was working within them “to will and to work for His good pleasure." Although written to a first-century church, Philippians was written for us, as with all Scripture. This weekend, we’ll consider a significant life lesson: as the Lord works in us, He promises we will shine brighter than any fading Hollywood star. We will be "stars" shining in the darkness!
 
This is my final message as part of the pastoral staff at Dayspring Fellowship. Like the servants we will cover in Philippians 2, who were sent to serve others in need, I am called to be a faithful servant, going where He sends. 
 
It has been my great honor and privilege to have served you these 12 ½ years. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God. I hope you are blessed by this message, as I have been blessed by God and by you, dear saints.

Serving the King with you,
Pastor John

00:0000:00

Make My Joy Complete

March 24, 2018

March 17 & 18, 2018
Make My Joy Complete
Everyday Joy - A Study of Philippians

This week we continue our series in the book of Philippians by looking together at Paul’s appeal to the church of Philippi in Philippians 1:27-2:11. What I love about Philippians is that it is a friendship letter, meaning that throughout it runs themes of partnership, joy, and unity.

We often refer to the Church as the family of God; and, like any family, we have been blessed with great diversity. But how can we experience unity within this diversity? How can we live together in a manner worthy of the Gospel? How does Christ’s example shape the way we live in relationship with one another? These are just a few of the questions we discuss this weekend as we open God’s Word as a church family.

 
- Pastor Nathan

00:0000:00

Jailhouse Joy

March 11, 2018

March 10 & 11, 2018
Jailhouse Joy
Everyday Joy - A Study of Philippians

Some of you had a fabulous week, others made it through ok, and then there are those of you who are just hanging on. Regardless of your circumstances right now, the apostle Paul has something to say to us about what it means to choose joy. Writing from his jail cell, Paul helps us understand why he chooses joy in the midst of his suffering. We have a choice as well. This week we look at how joy breaks the bonds of that which would hold us captive and frees us to walk in faith and unity.
 
- Pastor Chris

00:0000:00

Christ-Centered Life

March 6, 2018

March 3 & 4, 2018
Christ-Centered Life
Philippians - Part 1

This weekend we are starting our study of the Letter to the Philippians. Paul wrote this letter from prison in Rome where he was awaiting opportunity to appeal his case to Caesar. Even with Paul’s bleak circumstances, this letter to the Philippians is overflowing with Paul’s joy and love for his friends in Philippi. Paul had traveled to Philippi with Silas, Timothy, and Luke some 10 years before writing this letter. During his ministry there he led many people to faith in Jesus and established a strong church. His time ministering to and with the Philippian people created an indelible bond and partnership between Paul and this local church in Philippi.The Philippian church regularly supported Paul financially and physically in his trials. It is due to the many blessings of this long-term partnership that Paul writes in such a personal tone. In expressing his heartfelt gratitude for their partnership and support, Paul continually points to Jesus as the center of all of this. In these first eleven verses alone Paul points to Jesus by name seven times. Paul never tires of talking about Jesus, the Gospel, and the new life in Christ. Even in his trials in prison Paul is pointing to Jesus as the source of all that is good in the church at Philippi.

All of Paul’s ministry and letters are filled with this singular focus and purpose on Christ. For Paul, it all comes from and points to Jesus. The same is true for each of us. A life centered on Christ is full of challenges, blessings, and victories. Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a letter of joy celebrating Christ’s work in our lives. 

- Kap Otten

00:0000:00

Giving Away Our Faith

March 6, 2018

February 24 & 25, 2018
Giving Away Our Faith
CrossFit – Part 8

The passing of the Reverend Billy Graham reminds us of a life of faithful service to God, proclaiming the message of Jesus with conviction and grace. Dr. Graham’s life and message remind me of the Apostle Paul’s famous quote, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). If the Gospel (Good News) of Christ is indeed the message that reconciled us to God, and if we, God’s people, have been entrusted with this glorious message of salvation, it is good to evaluate how we are doing with the task of giving away our faith. It is not as scary to share the hope of the Gospel as many imagine; but it does require a willing heart, prayer, and a little preparation.
 
In this message we wrap up the CrossFit series with a reminder that we have all been commissioned by the Lord to take the message of forgiveness and new life to those in need.

-  Pastor John

00:0000:00

A Beautiful Mess

February 20, 2018

February 17 & 18, 2018
A Beautiful Mess
CrossFit – Part 7

As we continue into the month of February, we move from practices of solitude to more communal disciplines to engage in together as a church family. Like any family, we are at times a beautiful mess. And what I mean by that is we together are a beautiful mess of hurt and grace, honesty and love, disappointment and accountability. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we seek to love one another unconditionally; but we can’t. We at times expect one another to be perfect, but we aren’t. So what do we do with that? What do we do with hurt or disappointment or conflict within the family of God?

In a recent article I read by Henri Nouwen, he exclaims that “community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.” I love the honesty and hope that shapes the heart behind that quote.

In this message we seek to develop the practices of truth-telling, confession, and forgiveness to learn what it means to live by grace and to walk together in the light of the Lord’s forgiveness. 

After the message, Pastor Chris continues our discussion of Dayspring's strategic plan, including our new mission statement.

-  Pastor Nathan

00:0000:00

Live Love

February 13, 2018

February 10 & 11, 2018
Live Love
CrossFit – Part 6

Over the last few weeks we’ve been learning together about spiritual disciplines that help us deepen our connection to God. But there is another facet of our lives as believers that can be enriched and strengthened by practicing spiritual disciplines - our connection to one another. This week we shift our focus to “horizontal” disciplines, habits of life that help us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other and to the world around us. Join us as we begin to explore what it looks like to live out the love of Christ in our daily lives.

At the end of our message, we continue reviewing the strategic planning that our leaders engaged in last month.

--Pastor Chris

 
00:0000:00

His RESTorative Purpose

February 7, 2018

February 3 & 4, 2018
His RESTorative Purpose
CrossFit – Part 5

I’m tired. These pasts several weeks have been particularly challenging for me. I have found myself in some challenging meetings at work. The need to meet expectations and resolve issues has also meant I need to spend extra hours there. One week I worked nearly 60 hours and another I spent 50 hours at work or working on my "weekend." Thankfully, this week was shorter. Still, I am exhausted. My emotional and physical tanks are running on "E." Added to this is the irony that I am preaching on the spiritual disciplines of "Rest and Retreat" this weekend. It’s funny how rest can take so much work sometimes.

God has truly ministered to my heart in the past weeks as He has strengthened me in the hustle of an overflowing schedule. He has also begun to fill my tank as I have studied and reflected on His Word in preparation for this weekend. As I read about Jesus’ teaching and practice of Sabbath rest, I find my desire for truly restorative rest growing. You see, I often don’t rest well (confession). Sabbath rest is both my favorite discipline as well as my most poorly practiced discipline. I regularly long for rest. But too often, I find "healthy" distractions during my day off that fail to fully refill me. In my study this week, I have discovered that God has always had a plan and practice for His people to experience His truly restorative work. In this message we discover together God’s RESTorative Purpose for rest in our lives.

Following the message, Pastor Chris continues our walk through Dayspring's StratOp.

- Kap Otten

 

00:0000:00