December 20, 2017
December 16 & 17, 2017
Pondering the Advent
What Child is This? - Part 3
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
What makes Mary a model of faith is not only her willing submission to God's will, but the way she treasured and pondered the revelations about Jesus. Mary’s ponderings serve as a model for us; we desperately need to consider the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. Mary’s life was not easy before or after her encounter with an angel. She would have many more opportunities for questioning and pondering the life of Jesus. Yet, in her encounter with God’s announcement, Mary found favor with God. Like her, we find favor with God when we respond with searching questions, deep ponderings, and obedient submission.
- Pastor John
December 12, 2017
December 9 & 10, 2017
What Child is This? - Part 2
Ever since His birth, men and women have been seeking the answer to life’s greatest question, “What Child Is This?” We could undertake no greater journey than the one that leads us to the answer. The wise men of old followed a star on their journey, and allowed the answer to change them. We may not have a star to follow this Christmas, but maybe we can learn something from their perspective.
- Pastor Chris
December 5, 2017
December 2 & 3, 2017
What Child is This? - Part 1
This weekend we enter the season of Advent with a series called What Child is This? The term advent is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming." Many Christian churches take the month of December to focus and prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Many of us grew up thinking the story of Advent began in a manger. But the story began in a Garden. Amid the darkness, God spoke a word of hope: a Savior would come, born of a woman, to defeat the enemy and deliver God’s people (Genesis 3:15). This is a great time for us to consider the greatest question ever asked…what child is this? It’s a question asked by kings, magi, shepherds, and Roman rulers long ago. It’s a question we must answer as well. Let’s turn to the pages of Scripture to discover what heaven revealed long ago about His long awaited birth; truths so amazing our lives can be transformed for time and eternity.
November 29, 2017
November 25 & 26, 2017
Stewarding the Gift of Grace
The Ghost, Part 4
As we transition from a season of thanksgiving and into a season of gifts it seems only fitting that we would conclude our series on the Holy Spirit by talking about the gifts the Spirit entrusts to us to share in together as a church family.
This weekend we turn to 1 Peter 4:10-11 and 1 Corinthians 12 to view our gifts through the lens of grace and stewardship. The Spirit has given each of us a gift to contribute to the common good of the body and each of these gifts point others to the glory of the Lord we serve.
Let us not neglect what the Lord has instilled in each of us, and let us learn what it means to steward these gifts by His grace.
November 20, 2017
November 18 & 19, 2017
Keep in Step!
The Ghost, Part 3
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Since every genuine believer has the Holy Spirit, we must understand what it means to walk by the Holy Spirit. God wants us to know that through the Holy Spirit’s guidance & empowerment, we can live a life pleasing to God, we can avoid the pitfalls of sin, we can experience a life truly blessed! Who wouldn’t want these things? Yet, many of us fail to recognize the importance of walking by the Spirit; some may not understand what this means. To “walk by the Spirit” means we live each day, from waking in the morning til our head hits the pillow, by the enabling power of the Spirit. How is this accomplished, practically speaking? How do we “walk by the Spirit”? In this message we attempt to answer these questions in our continuing series on the Holy Spirit.
November 13, 2017
November 11 & 12, 2017
Fill ‘Er Up!
The Ghost, Part 2
The phrase is familiar to most of us, we find it throughout both the Old and New Testament. But what does it really mean to be “filled with the Holy Spirit”? How does it happen? What difference does it make? And how are our lives impacted?
We’re returning to our study on the Holy Spirit this week, in which we look at what God’s Word has to say about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit and how we respond to that filling in our daily lives.
- Pastor Chris
November 6, 2017
November 4 & 5, 2017
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine? Won’t you be mine?” We all remember the familiar lyrics, but what does it really mean to be a neighbor? We’re taking a break from our series on the Holy Spirit this week to look closely, along with hundreds of other churches across the country, at the refugee crisis that is impacting our world. What does God’s Word have to say about what it means to be a neighbor and how we might make a difference, right here in our own community, for those trying to build a new life in this place that we call home?
- Pastor Chris
October 31, 2017
October 28 & 29, 2017
The Breath of God
The Ghost, Part 1
The Christian's life in all its aspects -- intellectual and
ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship
and outgoing in witness -- is supernatural; only the Spirit
can initiate and sustain it. So apart from him, not only
will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations,
there will be no believers and no congregations at all.
- J.I. Packer -
The Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, as earlier Christians referred to Him, is critical to the life of every believer and the church. Why do we so often neglect Him and take His presence for granted? We have the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead living in us, and He is ready to help us thrive for His glory.
In this message we learn about the role God intends for the Spirit to have in our lives.
- Pastor Chris
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.