October 17, 2017
October 14 & 15, 2017
Together as One
Life on Purpose, Part 5
Within each of us lies a deep desire for belonging and purpose. This weekend we seek to understand the importance of community as we continue in our series, “Life on Purpose.” We seek to answer some of the core questions we, as believers, ask about community today: Why is community important? Why does it seem so difficult to experience authentic community in our present-day context? In what ways does Jesus restore community, and what practices does He invite us into to experience community together as a church?
I ask these questions because I believe Jesus invites us into a much deeper community than many of us experience in our lives today. Join us as we learn what it means to live into this community together as a church.
October 8, 2017
October 7 & 8, 2017
Discipleship - You Are Made for This
Life on Purpose, Part 4
In the calling of His disciples Jesus said simply, “Come, follow Me." As each disciple answered this call, he left his old way of life behind and followed Jesus learning His way of life. With every passing day, they lived together, traveled together, ate together, studied God’s Word together, and prayed together. In this daily following of Jesus, the disciples drew closer to Him, and in the process discovered more of who they themselves were created to be. This was a life altering experience for these men. Following Jesus set their lives on an entirely new course and gave them the true purpose God had intended for them. Since that time, many millions of people have answered Christ’s call to follow Him. Many people have come to know who they are as God’s children through the process we now call Discipleship. God has a purpose for your life and the process of Discipleship is key to discovering and living out this new identity. In the fourth part of our sermon series “Life on Purpose” we look at God’s purpose for Discipleship in our lives and in the life of our church.
- Kap Otten, Elder
October 1, 2017
September 30 & October 1, 2017
Can I Get a Witness?
Life on Purpose, Part 3
The Bible doesn’t provide detail about how the Apostle Peter died. It’s a commonly accepted church tradition that Peter was crucified in Rome upside-down on an inverted cross, per his request. Because he had denied his Lord, he did not consider himself worthy to die in like manner. The Bible doesn’t confirm or deny the story although we know Peter’s death was prophesied by Jesus in John 21:18-19. Peter’s denial of our Lord stands in such strong contrast to this week’s lesson about living as a witness for Christ. This week we discuss 4 Ways to be an Effective Witness for Christ from the Apostle Peter. It’s part 3 in our series: “Life On Purpose.”
September 12, 2017
September 9 & 10, 2017
Can You Hear Me Now?
Life on Purpose, Part 1
This weekend we’re launching a new series called Life on Purpose. Join us as we set out on a 6-week journey together, looking at what it means to live out our calling as Christ followers.
- Pastor Chris
September 6, 2017
September 2 & 3, 2017
Catch My Drift
Rebuilt: Truths from Nehemiah to Build Your Life On, Part 10
This week we’ll wrap up our series in the book of Nehemiah. The wall’s been built. The celebrating is done. With this incredible accomplishment in their rearview mirror, we see the Israelites lose focus and drift into a life of compromise. We’ll look at the intentionality it takes to walk in relationship with God and live a life of obedience to Him.
- Pastor Chris
August 27, 2017
August 26 & 27, 2017
A Repentant Lifestyle
Rebuilt: Truths from Nehemiah to Build Your Life On, Part 9
This weekend we look at Nehemiah 9, which follows last week’s story of when God’s people heard God’s Word and wept because of the realization their sin separated them from the holiness of God. However, this grief occurred at the same time appointed for a prescribed feast. That’s why Nehemiah and other leaders exhorted the people not to weep at that time, saying “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (8:10).
Now, after observing the Feast of Booths, the people gather again. This time they come fasting, clothed in sackcloth, and sprinkled with dirt as an expression of grief over their sins. Spiritual renewal involves an ongoing process - a lifestyle - of repentance. Spiritual renewal involves trust in God’s infinite mercy again and again. There are powerful lessons in Nehemiah 9 about a divine paradox; those who are filled with the joy of the Lord are those who regularly admit their failings before God.
I look forward to sharing this message to you as a fellow sojourner and repentant Christ follower, as we are reminded of our need for God’s mercy and the price Jesus paid for our sins.
August 13, 2017
August 12 & 13, 2017
First Things First
Rebuilt: Truths from Nehemiah to Build Your Life On, Part 7
We’ve reached the mid-point in our journey through the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. The huge task of rebuilding the wall has been completed. The question of “where” the Israelites would live had been settled. Now we turn our attention to looking at “how.” In this message we examine God’s priorities for His people and consider how well our lives are aligned with the things that matter to God.