Can I Get A Witness

“As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20 

When we experience amazing things, we simply must share those experiences with others. It is impossible to keep them to ourselves. Consider how impactful the interactions that Jesus had with people were. His brief life changed the world, because His encounters with people left them changed! People could not stop talking about Jesus then and they still can’t today. Why? Because He is still working miracles and changing lives. Can I get a witness?

Decentralized

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” - Acts 8:4 

Things are changing fast. Change often produces fear, but if we are prepared to make the most of change then fear is held at bay. The internet is sparking world-wide change. Governments are toppling, institutionalized hierarchies are crumbling and power is moving away from centralized sources into the hands of people. Information can now be consumed, processed, refined and shared from anywhere, anytime with anyone in the world. The pace of change is mind-blowing and will only go faster from here. 

This decentralization of power is fantastic news for the Church. It might feel like bad news for traditional power structures in the realm of Christianity, but overall it is fantastic for the gospel. The news of Jesus can spread faster and further than ever before. We are entering into a third wave of Christian expression that God will use to save the world.

Welcome to the War

Love is a war. Love is worth fighting for. Love that is not fought for will always fade and fail. Love has an enemy and he wants to stop the flow of love in our world. The enemy is generally subtle and masquerades as an angel of light. We become convinced that pure evil is the reason behind things like mass shootings and genocide. By marginalizing evil like that, we can easily begin to assume that we are not evil. If we do not hate like that then we must be loving…right? Wrong. Love is active not passive. It is not something that happens to us...like falling in love. It is something we pursue and go after. 

The series is four sermons from 1 John 4.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. - 1 John 4:7 

OR

“God, show me if I trust you OR money.”

It is going to be one or the other. It cannot be both. We tend to play a game with money and God where we say we trust God, but money is what is really calling the shots. Where is your hope? Where is your security? Where is your peace? If it is all truly with God, then PROVE it! Put your money where your mouth is. Don’t prove it to me or to God. Who cares what I think and God already knows. Prove it to yourself!

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”- Matthew 6:24

24/Seven

This series covers some basic doctrinal concepts by looking at some awesome scriptures that can carry you through every moment of every day. God’s truths about who He is, who we are, how we relate to Him and His eternal plan provide sustaining hope. 

Memory Verse: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” - Joshua 1:8

Trivial Pursuit

Memory Verse:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

The Bible is a complete book. It includes wisdom and encouragement for every aspect of life. It is a living book in that we can communicate with the author while reading it. Different scriptures speak to us in different ways at different times. It is an exciting, life-giving book that enhances our relationship with God. Reading scripture is not a trivial pursuit. It is an amazing journey that has tremendous value.

If God Could

 

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27

How many of God’s blessings do we refuse simply because we do not have faith that He is able? We are deceived into thinking that there are things God cannot do. We think God can’t save me, change me, heal me, use me, restore me, etc. Our lack of faith in Jesus causes us to leave some of His greatest blessings untouched. 

 

Stones

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5

 

This series focuses on who Jesus is and who we are in Him. It builds to the stone in front of the tomb being rolled away and His Church being living stones. 

This & That

We live in a divisive world. There is a constant pull to pick a side…to choose this OR that.  People are convinced that everything is an “OR” decision, not understanding that through a relationship with Jesus we have access to AND. We do not have to fight and devour each other over foolish controversies. Instead, we are free to acknowledge this truth and the that truth. There would be far more unity and strength in the church if we embraced the places where God gives us AND instead of OR.

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Titus 3:9

“Mayhem"

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

 

There are all kinds of mayhem in this world. Trouble and chaos happen for a variety of reasons. Most of these reasons are out of our control, but the most overlooked and probably most important driver of mayhem in our lives is the issue of “me.”  This series will provide biblical guidance for dealing with the issue of self in everyday mayhem.

This Christmas

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

 

We have amazing opportunities to experience the most amazing Christmas ever. This Christmas Jesus will be everything and He will be enough. Each message will focus on a Christmas action that will encourage us and challenge us to make the most of this Christmas opportunity.

 

Scoffers

“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” 2 Peter 3:3

 

Scoffers do not grow. They do not add anything to faith, because they have no faith. Without true faith, there is no foundation to build on. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see. Scoffers are unsure and uncertain. They are incapable of adding to faith, which ultimately keeps God’s love from flowing out of them. They cannot love the Lord their God or their neighbors as themselves.