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Greenville Oaks Church Message Podcast
This audio podcast features the weekly messages of the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ. We inspire people to follow Jesus. Visit us online at greenvilleoaks.org
Jul 26, 2020
Discipleship in Exile
Message Text: Psalm 137:1-4 How does one continue to grow spiritually when everything associated with worship has been stripped away? Explore lessons from the Psalms sung during the Babylonian captivity to learn how to intentionally drink deeply of God to bear healthy fruit and thrive.
Jul 19, 2020
Calming the Storm
Message Text: Job The biblical story of Job provides an example of a man who remained devoted to God despite the suffering we experienced. Through this story, we learn that trusting God is more important than understanding God.
Jul 12, 2020
People of the Future
Series: Disrupted Message Text: Acts 1-15 The invitation in our disruption is to accept God’s invitation to grow more into the church God desires for us to be. God is ahead of us inviting us forward. Let’s accept His call!
Jul 5, 2020
Welcome to the Revolution
Series: Disrupted Message Text: The Gospels Our expectations of how God will appear carry the danger that we might miss the presence of God in this disruption. Pay attention! God shows up in the most unexpected ways.
Jun 28, 2020
Series: Disrupted Message Text: Jeremiah 29:4-14 Don’t be idle while you wait. Plant trees others will sit under. Build houses others will occupy. Sow what you will not reap. The New Jerusalem awaits!
Jun 21, 2020
Game of Thrones
Series: Disrupted Message Text: 1 Samuel 8-2 Chronicles Longing for a king "like all the other nations" will lead you to look "like all the other nations." Human rulers will fail us. God will never fail us.
Jun 14, 2020
Sinai, Samson, & Samuel
Series: Disrupted Message Text: Exodus 1-16 God’s laws were given to Israel to rehumanize them after slavery. In the same way, the commands of God remind us who we are to be after sin has done its work on us. The way of Jesus is the way to an abundant life.
Jun 7, 2020
A Failure to Remember
Series: Disrupted Message Text: Exodus 1-16 We can remain rooted in the bitterness and anger of our past or we can choose to follow God into the beautiful uncertainty of His path for us. Stay on the path. There are better days ahead!
May 31, 2020
The Fruit, The Flood & The Unknown
Series: Disrupted Message Text: Genesis 1-12 Disruption often includes an invitation into the unknown. But on the other side of disruption is a blessing and a mission.
May 24, 2020
Message Text: Numbers 6:22-26 The Lord longs to bless His people. The world was created with original blessing. The people of God were blessed to bless the world. The ministry of Jesus was rooted in blessing as well. May you receive the blessing of the Lord.
May 17, 2020
The Quarantine Letter to Philippi
Series: The Quarantine Church Message Text: Philippians We can do all things - even be content in the middle of quarantine - through Christ who gives us strength.
May 10, 2020
The Quarantine Letter to Ephesus
Series: The Quarantine Church Message Text: Ephesus The peace you battle to find is within your grasp because God has made available to his holy people his mighty power. Out of his glorious riches, may he strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Apr 26, 2020
The Quarantine Letter to Philemon
Series: The Quarantine Church Message Text: Philemon Paul changed the trajectory of slavery while under house arrest. We have the same opportunity to help people see the image of God in every human being during this pandemic. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Apr 19, 2020
The Quarantine Letter to Colossae
Series: The Quarantine Church Message Text: Colossians Jesus is enough. Jesus is the cosmic Lord, the mystery revealed, the firstborn over all creation, and our reconciler. Any gospel that requires anything beyond Jesus is no gospel at all. May we allow this epidemic to deprive us of our dependence on anything other than Jesus. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Apr 12, 2020
Series: Nothing to Fear Message Text: 1 Corinthians 15 The resurrection of Jesus changed our relationship with the Great Enemy, Death. "Hey Death, where is your victory?" [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Apr 5, 2020
Putting the Fear in Fearmongers
Series: Nothing to Fear Message Text: Philippians 1:20-24 The one thing that puts fear in fearmongers is fearlessness. Fear is a useless weapon when we have been freed from the slavery to the fear of death. Jesus and Paul showed us how to live like that. It’s our job to show the world the same kind of fearlessness. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Mar 29, 2020
The Art of Dying Well
Series: Nothing to Fear Message Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Christians ought to be the best at dying because we can die with confidence that death is not a period. It's a comma. If we believe that at our core, we have nothing to fear! [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Mar 22, 2020
Fear Is a Liar
Series: Nothing to Fear Message Text: Hebrews 2:14-15 Fear lies to us. Fear isolates us and can make us hopeless. But throughout Scripture, God commands us not to fear. Why? Because he promises to be with us throughout whatever comes our way. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Mar 15, 2020
It's Been a Week!
Message Text: Matthew 28:18-20 [Access all message assets, audio, and video]
Mar 8, 2020
In It to Win It
Series: Coaching the Next Step Message Text: Matthew 28:18-20 We're called to make disciples, not churchgoers. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Mar 1, 2020
The Game Plan
Series: Coaching the Next Step Message Text: Mark 1:15-20 Everyone has a next step on their lifelong journey to becoming like Jesus. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Feb 23, 2020
No Pain, No Gain
Series: Coaching the Next Step Message Text: Mark 8-10 The path to significance comes through sacrifice rather than success. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Feb 16, 2020
Series: Coaching the Next Step Message Text: Luke 15 & 19; John 3 & 19 We will be a church that loves first and celebrates transformation. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Feb 9, 2020
Series: Coaching the Next Step Message Text: John 13:34-35; 2 Peter 1:3-9 We will be a church that loves first and celebrates transformation. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Feb 2, 2020
This Is a Football
Series: Coaching the Next Step Message Text: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 As we move forward, we will continue to value Scripture, Jesus, unity in diversity, and our focus on equipping families. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Jan 26, 2020
Redefining the Win
Series: Coaching the Next Step Message Text: John 10:10 We exist to inspire to follow Jesus because His way is the best way of life possible. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Jan 19, 2020
Learning To Enjoy
Series: Ecclesiastes Message Text: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 The way to enjoy the gifts of God is to acknowledge the giver of the gifts. Fear God and keep His commandments. Then, you'll be able to enjoy all of God's gifts. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Jan 12, 2020
Series: Ecclesiastes Message Text: Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 Ladder climbing can lead to despair or melancholy. Make sure your ladder is propped against the right wall. The abundant life isn't found over every wall. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Jan 5, 2020
A Meaningful Life
Series: Ecclesiastes Message Text: Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 A meaningful life will never be found in the acquisition of things, experiences, people, or pleasures. Ultimately, all of these things are meaningless in themselves. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Dec 26, 2019
Love Comes Close
Series: Love Came Down Message Texts: Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23 Christmas was God’s decision to show His love by coming close. In the birth of Jesus, God chose not to look on us from afar. Instead, he chose to live among us. Thanks be to God! [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Dec 23, 2019
Love Always Stoops
Series: Love Came Down Message Text: 1 John 4:1-11 Love isn't proud. Love doesn't teach or preach above people's heads. Love is willing to get on another's level. Love always stoops. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Dec 15, 2019
God's Crazy Plan
Series: Love Came Down Message Text: Matthew 1:18-25 [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Dec 8, 2019
Love Came Down
Series: Love Came Down Message Text: Matthew 1:1-17 The Creator of the universe came to be born as a baby in a manger. Why? Because love is best communicated up close. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Dec 1, 2019
Learning to Love on Another Level
Series: Stand Alone Message Message Text: Luke 6:22-30 [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Nov 24, 2019
Gratitude as Spiritual Weapon
Series: Gratitude Message Text: Matthew 17:1-5 Gratitude is the way we learn to stay in the moment. It's the way we train our muscles to look for joy in this moment rather than longing for the past or future. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Nov 17, 2019
Flowers & Fires
Series: Gratitude Message Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Gratitude is an invitation. Giving thanks is the path to rejoicing always. May we thank God for the flowers and the fires. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Nov 10, 2019
We Do Hard Things
Series: Called Out Message Text: Matthew 14:22-33 We don't do things because they're easy. We do hard things. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Nov 3, 2019
Out of the Boat, Into the Arena
Series: Called Out Message Text: 1 Kings 19:1-18 You are not alone. You are not a victim. You've just exited the boat and entered the arena. It's not easy, but it's exactly where you've been called. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Oct 27, 2019
If You Weren't Afraid
Series: Called Out Message Text: Matthew 14:22-31 God has called everyone out of their comfort zone and into his exhilarating and sometimes dangerous Mission. Greenville Oaks wants to help you step out as you are Called Out! [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Oct 20, 2019
A Peace Ahead of Its Time
Series: Ahead of Their Time Message Text: Leviticus 24:17-20; Matthew 5:38-42 "Eye for an eye" was an extraordinary way to limit violence in its time. But Jesus gave us a higher standard, to love and pray for our enemies. We must train our imaginations for peace rather than violence. And that is a struggle in 2019 in America. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Oct 13, 2019
A Sacrifice Ahead of Its Time
Series: Ahead of Their Time Message Text: Genesis 22:1-19 All of the other gods demand that you give more and more. With those gods, you never really know where you stand. But YHWH is different. Our God draws near, gives of himself, and lets us know we're loved and saved. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Oct 6, 2019
A Law Ahead of Its Time
Series: Ahead of Their Time Message Text: Exodus 20 When Israel left Egypt, they had to relearn how to be human. They had to learn how to be God's tribe. And the Law was God's way of introducing them to that life. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Sep 29, 2019
A Liberation Ahead of Its Time
*Series:* Ahead of Their Time *Message Text:* Exodus God hears the cry of the forgotten, the enslaved, the abused, and the marginalized. God remembers His covenant. And God liberates those who cry out to him for relief. May we join him in liberating all of God's children. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Sep 22, 2019
A Covenant Ahead of Its Time
*Series:* Ahead of Their Time *Message Text:* Genesis 8 & 15 Other gods seem to be fine with wiping out humans again and again. But YHWH won't do it. YHWH can't do it. YHWH loves the humans He created and covenants with them for the good of the world. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Sep 17, 2019
A Tribe Ahead of Its Time
*Series:* Ahead of Their Time *Message Text:* Genesis 12:1-3 We are a part of a tribe that has always existed for the sake of blessing all of the other tribes. And yet, the temptation we face is to turn inward toward self-preservation. Let's follow Jesus' example to love and bless the world as God intended. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Sep 8, 2019
A Creation Ahead of Its Time
*Series:* Ahead of Their Time *Message Text:* Genesis 1-2 God is not behind us trying to take us back to a perfect moment in the past that we strayed from. God is ahead of us inviting us forward into God's perfect future. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Sep 1, 2019
*Series:* Unitable *Message Text:* Luke 24:13-35 We long for a mystical encounter with the divine. Yet, far too often, we settle for hearing about the mystical encounters of others. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Aug 25, 2019
Simon & Matthew & Stone & Campbell & Us
*Series:* Unitable *Message Text:* John 17:20-23 We gather around the table together, despite our differences and disagreements, for the sake of all our neighbors, so they might find themselves at God's table. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Aug 18, 2019
What Unity Isn't
*Series:* Unitable *Message Text:* Ephesians 4:1-6 Unity isn't uniformity or the absence of conflict or discomfort. Unity is a gift of God that we are called to maintain so that we can show the world God's future in this present moment. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Aug 11, 2019
What Unites Us
Series: Unitable Message Text: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 It's not agreement on beliefs or principles that unites us. What unites us is our commitment to Jesus and sharing in his table together. [Access all message assets, audio, video, and notes]
Aug 4, 2019
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* 1 Corinthians 12-14 We should excel in the gifts we've been given in order to build up the church.
Jul 28, 2019
The Real World
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* Ephesians 6:10-17 If we would only open our eyes, we would see the armies at war!
Jul 21, 2019
The Road Less Traveled
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* James 5:13-26 Through Christ, we are free to choose to walk a path that is different and better than the path that every human since Adam took: the way of the Spirit.
Jul 14, 2019
Discerning God's Will
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* James 1:5-6 God is less concerned with the decision you make and more concerned with the person you are becoming.
Jul 7, 2019
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* John 14:25-27; 15:26-27; 16:12-15 The Holy Spirit empowers us to join in his work: completing Jesus's mission to bring in the kingdom of God. Since we have received the gift of the Spirit, we have work to do in the world.
Jun 30, 2019
More Than A Feeling
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* Acts 8:9-25 The Holy Spirit is not a force or a power to be harnessed for our agenda. The Holy Spirit transforms us to accomplish God's program, the Kingdom of God.
Jun 27, 2019
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* Acts 2 Something happened. Actually, I take that back. Someone happened. And that someone changed everything!
Jun 16, 2019
The Reason You Are Here
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* John 17:20-21 As humans created in the image of God, we were made to exist in community with God and one another. When we do things that destroy these relationships, it breaks God’s heart. But when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into the kind of community that reflects the nature of relationships in the Trinity, it brings God great pleasure and allows us to experience that for which what God created us.
Jun 9, 2019
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 We've forgotten about the Spirit because we were too afraid of dividing over the Spirit. That's not an option! It's the Spirit that unites us!
Jun 2, 2019
*Series:* Connected *Message Text:* John 14:12; 16:7 We're better off with the Holy Spirit in us than having Jesus among us. We've better open the incredible gift of the Spirit that's ours in Jesus.
May 26, 2019
One Small Step
*Series:* Launching Disciples *Message Text:* Matthew 13:31-32 Your choice to make a small step to impact a young person can have a massive impact on the trajectory of his or her life. Just take one small step!
May 19, 2019
*Series:* Launching Disciples *Message Text:* Ephesians 3:14-20 We celebrate the graduating class of 2019, counting down until their launch into the world at this life milestone.
May 12, 2019
How To Build A Rocket
*Series:* Launching Disciples *Message Text:* Deuteronomy 6:4-9 We don't launch rockets on Day 1. We build a rocket piece-by-piece, stage-by-stage, phase-by-phase. Don't get ahead of yourself. Every phase is vital.
May 5, 2019
*Series:* Launching Disciples *Message Text:* Proverbs 22:6 Start your children on the path to faith. If you never start them, they'll never finish the journey.
Apr 29, 2019
Houston, We Have a Problem
*Series:* Launching Disciples *Message Text:* Nehemiah 4:13-14 We’ve got a problem that needs to be named and addressed. We’re not launching our kids into the world with stable faith. But we’re not going to sit on our hands. We choose to be a church with a launchpad that increases the chances of launching faithful disciples who thrive in the world.
Apr 21, 2019
*Series*: Easter According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 24:1-12 Joy is found in wonder and awe. The resurrection has changed everything in our world. May we live our lives in wonder at the resurrection of Jesus.
Apr 20, 2019
*Series*: Easter According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 23:56 Christians rarely discuss Saturday. Jesus was dead and had been buried. Saturday was the Sabbath, but that "day of rest" was not very restful. They did not know the resolution that God would provide the next morning. So what did the disciples do? They waited. Had they just wasted their time? Were the Jewish leaders and the Roman government coming for them next? What was going to happen tomorrow?
Apr 19, 2019
*Series*: Easter According to Luke *Message Text*: Matthew 5:4 The Crucifixion was over. The tomb was sealed. Jesus’ friends and followers thought this was the end, that they had failed in their mission. They entered into a time of weeping, mourning Jesus’ death.
Apr 14, 2019
*Series*: Easter According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 22:66-23:25 Evil lurks and conspires against God and his kingdom. Rather than becoming unsuspecting actors in Satan's tactics, an awareness of Satan's schemes allows us a prime opportunity to subvert his plans and promote truth and justice for all.
Apr 7, 2019
Judas, Peter, & All the Rest
*Series*: Easter According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 22:1-6,21-65 Betrayal has the ability to cause us to want to lash-out or check-out. But Jesus wants to free us so that we can show the same response that he did to his betrayers.
Mar 31, 2019
*Series*: Easter According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 22:7-20 This simple meal with simple food reminds us of our story and gives us a taste of what the future will be like when God comes to make all things new.
Mar 24, 2019
Encountering the Living God
*Series*: Easter According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 9:18-36 If you're struggling with doubt or wondering about the path ahead, you don't need to know more information about God. You need an encounter with the living God. You need to hear who you are in Him so that you can live out his calling on your life.
Mar 17, 2019
Poor Excuses, Good Seats, and the Best Party Ever
*Series*: Gospel According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 14:1-24 The “insiders,” who are caught up in pursuing the things that measure what the world considers success, are the outsiders where God is concerned. While those who are considered the outsiders, the poor, the disenfranchised, the disabled, the undesirables as the world views them, are the ones who will enjoy the true significance found only in Jesus Christ.
Mar 10, 2019
Jesus and the Female Disciple
*Series*: Gospel According to Luke *Message Text*: Luke 10:38-42 Anyone can choose to "sit at Jesus' feet." All of the barriers that prevented you from following and leading are removed in Jesus. So, sit at his feet and join the revolution.
Mar 3, 2019
Jesus and the Demon-Possessed Man
*Series:* Gospel According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 8:26-39 We've still got demons today. They go by different names and appear in more subtle ways. We must not allow them a comfortable place in our lives. Let's allow Jesus to cast them out.
Feb 24, 2019
Jesus and the Woman of the City
*Series:* Gospel According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 7:36-50 We miss out on so much when we fail to look closely into the eyes of people. When we truly become curious with people around us, much becomes possible that isn't otherwise.
Feb 17, 2019
Jesus and the Centurion
*Series: *Gospel According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 7:1-10 Words are powerful. Words created the world. Words on stone spelled out the Law. And the words of Jesus calmed storms, raised the dead, and replaced the words on stone with love. "Say the word!"
Feb 10, 2019
Jesus and the Tax Collector
*Series:* Gospel According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 5:27-32 Doctors were meant to spend their lives with the sick. Jesus is the doctor. We're sinners healed by Jesus pointing other sick people to Jesus.
Feb 3, 2019
*Series:* Gospel According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 6:17-49 Jesus' message to those willing to listen is absurd, counterintuitive, and the kind of radical message that if lived out could change the world for the better. What if we lived this way?
Jan 28, 2019
*Series:* Origins According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 4:31-41; 5:12-15 Jesus came to demonstrate and announce the kingdom of God. "Going viral" wasn't the goal because Jesus "why" shaped his "how."
Jan 21, 2019
Preaching That Will Get You Killed
*Series:* Origins According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 4:14-30 Jesus wasn't considered dangerous for preaching about the exclusivity of the kingdom. Jesus was considered a threat because of how inclusive his message of the kingdom of God was.
Jan 14, 2019
Owning Your Origin
*Series:* Origins According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 3:1-4:13 We all have an origin story. Some choose to own that story. Others choose to forget it. Either way, baptism is an invitation to plant ourselves in a larger and greater story.
Jan 7, 2019
*Series:* Origins According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 2:39-52 Growth requires curiosity, putting yourself in a place to learn, and owning your true identity.
Dec 31, 2018
Those Who Wait
*Series: *Christmas According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 2:25-38 As you prepare to begin 2019, in the midst of whatever you are currently dealing with, wait for God as you walk through your pain. Stay in the presence of Jesus. Claim the promise of God. Walk into God's purpose. You pain can lead to His purpose.
Dec 25, 2018
There's More Going On Here
*Series:* Christmas According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 2:1-21 Is the world merely made up of molecules, atoms, neurons, and laws of nature that hold us in check? Or is the world filled with the movement and action of God? Christmas is an invitation to believe that there’s more going on that what we can smell, feel, taste, see, or hear.
Dec 24, 2018
An Unlikely Lullaby
*Series: *Christmas According to Luke *Message Text: *Luke 1:46-55 Mary was more than the mother of Jesus. This woman formed Jesus to see the upside-down kingdom from the time he was in her womb. Do we see the world like Mary?
Dec 17, 2018
Series: Christmas According to Luke Message Text: Luke 1:26-38 You can seek to secure the favor of God or you can receive the favor of God. It's your choice. But favor cannot be earned. Favor is the gift of God.
Dec 10, 2018
To Make Ready a People
*Series:* Christmas According to Luke *Message Text:* Luke 1:1-17 John was sent to prepare a people for the arrival of the best news the world has ever received. Are you ready for Jesus?
Nov 25, 2018
Having Said That
Leviticus 19:16-18 Dustin Bartee encourages us to speak the truth ... in love.
Nov 18, 2018
A Commitment to Growth
2 Peter 3:17-18 Growth will look different for each of us because God has gifted us in our diversity to fulfill the roles played by each part of the body. Let's grow together!
Nov 11, 2018
So Will I
*Series:* So Will I *Message Text:* John 20:21 God has called us to "make disciples of all nations." God's mission is our mission, to share the Good News of Jesus. God is actively sharing His love. The question is if we will respond to His call with the answer "So Will I."
Nov 4, 2018
Don't Miss Out!
*Series:* So Will I *Message Text:* Mark 10:17-23 The failure to be generous isn't going to delay God and the growth of God's kingdom. The question isn't if God's going to get it done. The question is if we're going to miss out on the opportunity to be in on it. Don't miss out!
Oct 28, 2018
The Future of Mission
*Series:* So Will I *Message Text:* Hebrews 13:11-14 Though the church has experienced a millennium and a half at the center of power and influence, we find ourselves in a new place, at the margins. And this new place holds all kinds of promise for the future of God's mission.
Oct 21, 2018
*Series:* Back to the Bible *Message Text:* Genesis 32:22-29 The Bible offers a blessing to those who are willing to enter its story and wrestle with the God who still breathes life into its pages.
Oct 14, 2018
*Series:* Back to the Bible *Message Text:* Hebrews 11:39-40 God isn't behind the times. God is ahead of us. God is pulling us forward a click at a time. The new heavens and the new earth aren't far from us now.
Oct 7, 2018
Snowplows & Easy Mac
*Series: Back to the Bible* *Message Text:* Hebrews 6:1-3 The Bible is an incredible library of books. There's always more to discover when we go back to the Bible. Study it and you'll discover its treasures.
Sep 30, 2018
How Jesus Read the Bible
Back to the Bible Matthew 5:17-20 The Bible points to Jesus. And Jesus teaches us how to properly read the Bible. The lens Jesus gives us is one of love. When we love God and our brothers and sisters, we fulfill the Law and Prophets.
Sep 23, 2018
It's All About Jesus!
Back to the Bible John 5:31-40 Life is found in Jesus. The Bible serves as a witness to Jesus. It points us to Him for the life found in His name.
Sep 16, 2018
Back to the Bible 2 Timothy 3:14-17 God has breathed into Scripture for two purposes: to lead us to Jesus and make us more like him.
Sep 9, 2018
Back to the Bible
Back to the Bible 2 Kings 22:1-13 It's time that we go back to the Bible. But as we do so, let's read well and read with curiosity about the treasures we may discover that may just change everything.
Sep 2, 2018
Jesus Sends His Disciples
The Way John 20:19-23 Our primary mission is to become disciples who make disciples.
Aug 26, 2018
Jesus Equips His Disciples
The Way 2 Peter 1:3-11 Our God has equipped us with everything we need for a godly life. And that equipping is meant to lead us to maturity, to do the good works God has given us to do, and to give glory to God.
Aug 19, 2018
Jesus Teaches His Disciples
The Way Matthew 5-7 Jesus' teaching was revolutionary. It was unlike the other teachers of his day. He taught as one who had authority. He knew how to correctly interpret the Law.
Aug 12, 2018
Jesus Calls His Disciples
The Way Matthew 4:18-22 You've been called. The invitation has been extended. Don't miss out!
Aug 5, 2018
What is Discipleship?
The Way Matthew 7:24-27 We often talk about Jesus giving the great commission or emphasizing the great commandment, but he began his ministry with what we might call the great invitation: "Follow me." And those who followed him became his disciples.
Jul 29, 2018
Look at the Heart
Choosing Kingdom Leaders 1 Samuel 16:7 What if choosing leaders is less about getting our agenda accomplished and more about creating the best intervention squad in case we need it one day?
Jul 22, 2018
Not So With You
Choosing Kingdom Leaders Mark 10:35-45 Choose leaders who are servants because the Kingdom of God is a kingdom of power-under, not power-over.
Jul 15, 2018
The One with the Wheat & Weeds
Sidedoor Stories Matthew 13:24-30 Thank God that He's the judge and we're not. Let's entrust that role to Him. We're not nearly as good at it as we think we are.
Jul 8, 2018
The One with the Persistent Widow
Sidedoor Stories Luke 18:1-8 We spend a great amount of time talking about what we believe, but often how we act doesn't reflect what we claim to believe. What might it look like if we lived like we actually believed the things that we say we believe?
Jul 1, 2018
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like
Sidedoor Stories Luke 13:1-25 The Kingdom of Heaven is something that must be sought. It holds the power to change hearts. Connect with the Kingdom to move your dialogues with others from a sharing of life together toward spiritual forming conversations that point to God, helping others to do Kingdom life in the middle.
Jun 24, 2018
The One with the Rich Fool
Sidedoor Stories Luke 12:13-21 The challenge of this parable is to refuse to step aside from Jesus' words. It's to assume that Jesus is calling us out. Don't be a fool. Listen to the story.
Jun 17, 2018
The One with the Shrewd Manager
Sidedoor Stories Luke 16:1-9 Our interpretation of parables often says more about us than it does about God. God, help us to see what you see!
Jun 10, 2018
The One with the Father & the Sons
Sidedoor Stories Luke 15:11-32 This parable is at the heart of the gospel. It's the clearest picture of God in a culture desperately lacking in examples of love and forgiveness. So, turn in your lesser stories about God and accept who you are in the father's eyes.
Jun 4, 2018
The One with the Lost Coin
Sidedoor Stories Luke 15:8-10 Parables are so much more than they seem. They invite us into a world, disrupt our expectations, and invite us to live in a new way.
May 27, 2018
Wired for Connection
Ephesians 5:22-6:9 There may not be a more prophetic message in our time than a message about submission.In a culture that is obsessed with rights and power, Josh Ross shares a message that is a call to the church to be different, to submit to one another out of reverence to Christ.
May 6, 2018
How To Be Here
Tech@Home series Mark 1:35-39 We are constantly nudged by external forces to live a life of distraction. But the abundant life Jesus offers is a life focused on learning to be present.
Apr 29, 2018
Tech@Home series Galatians 5:13-26 What does your technology and social media usage produce? Does it make you more vice-filled or Fruit of the Spirit filled?
Apr 22, 2018
No Mo' FOMO
Tech@Home series Genesis 3:1-5 We're so afraid to miss out on what's on our screens that we're missing out on what's going on right in front of us.
Apr 15, 2018
Tech@Home series Genesis 11:1-9; Exodus 1:8-14 Technology writes checks it can't cash. Technology makes promises it can't keep. Technology without boundaries will eventually make us slaves.
Apr 9, 2018
To the Full
Tech@Home series John 10:9-10 Despite the way many of God's messengers have delivered God's message of good news, Jesus came to offer a life lived to the full.
Apr 1, 2018
He Is Risen!
Easter Season series Matthew 27:45-53; 28:1-7 To put your hope in power over others is to misunderstand the Christian story. When we say "Hosanna!", we can only shout it at Caesar or Jesus. But never both.
Mar 25, 2018
Easter Season series Mark 11:1-11 To put your hope in power over others is to misunderstand the Christian story. When we say "Hosanna!", we can only shout it at Caesar or Jesus. But never both.
Mar 18, 2018
Just As I Am series Mark 9:21-24 Anything is possible. There are far too many examples of God's action in our world to lose hope for the future.
Mar 11, 2018
Just As I Am series Luke 18:9-14 If there is one thing we as a church really need to get, it is this truth: that no one is perfect. Jesus has started a new community, His church. It is a place where we're going to keep it real, because it's only when you're really known that you can be really loved.
Mar 4, 2018
Just As I Am series Matthew 9:9-13 The people farthest from God were drawn to Jesus. Too often, we find that is not the case with the body of Christ, the church, today. To fulfill our mission, we need to be a place where everyone is welcome.
Feb 25, 2018
You Have a Church
Good Work series Ephesians 4:10-16 You don't go to church. You are the church. You're a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, go find your church and minister to them well.
Feb 18, 2018
6 & 1
Good Work series Exodus 20:7-11 Relax. Rest well. Your life does not consist in meeting the quotas you're given. Work hard. And rest well.
Feb 11, 2018
In But Not Of
Good Work series John 17:15-18 We are called to be in the world, but not of the world. We must continue to resist the extremes of separation and assimilation.
Feb 4, 2018
God Is Calling
Good Work series Luke 10:25-37 Discovering your calling is one of the most important and difficult quests in a person's life. May you see what you are called to do and do something about it.
Jan 28, 2018
Working From the Blessing
Good Work series Ephesians 2:8-10 Healthy work isn't accomplished in a frantic search for the blessing. It's done from the clear acceptance that is already ours in Christ.
Jan 21, 2018
Reverse the Curse
Good Work series Genesis 1:28; 2:15 Your work is more than the task at hand. Your work is an invitation to participate in God's work of cultivating the good earth he has given to us. And that's a high calling.
Jan 14, 2018
Work Isn't a 4-Letter Word
Good Work series Colossians 3:23-24 Work isn't a necessary evil or a 4-letter word. We were created in Jesus Christ for good work.
Jan 7, 2018
Matthew 28:16-20 A change in the calendar doesn't mean a change in purpose. In 2018, we're going to fulfill a commission that's been around for thousands of years. We want to make disciples who make disciples.
Dec 31, 2017
Don't Get Too Comfortable
Exodus 14:5-12, 16:1-3. The temptation to remain comfortable is powerful, especially in our modern world. This can be a dangerous and unhealthy path to fall into, however. God’s call for our lives does not include our comfort, and this thought should guide our approach to beginning another year.
Dec 24, 2017
The Celebration of Light
Illuminate Series John 1:1-9 We come to celebrate light. We come to shine our lights in defiant hope that darkness will not win.
Dec 17, 2017
The Promise of Light
Illuminate series. Isaiah 8:19-9:7. The world is a dark place. Nevertheless, God has brought light before and he promises to do it again.
Dec 10, 2017
Children of Light
Illuminate series. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8; Isaiah 58:1-10. The world is illuminated when the children of God shine our lights of love, mercy, and justice.
Dec 3, 2017
Let There Be Light
"Illuminate" series. 1 John 1:5. Where God is...there is light. The darkness must flee. Night will be no more.
Nov 26, 2017
God's Plan For You
Nov 19, 2017
Hebrews 12:14-17. Do not let the root of bitterness grow in your life. Instead, feed the root of gratitude.
Nov 12, 2017
Looking For People Who Are Looking For God
3rd of 3 week series on Missions. Luke 10:1-12. Helping people better understand the mission of God and what it means to be on mission.
Nov 5, 2017
Pray Give Go
2nd of 3 week series on Missions.
Oct 29, 2017
We Call Them Books of the Bible
1st of 3 week series on Missions. Do you know what we call the toughest cities to reach with the gospel in the 1st Century? We call them books of the Bible.
Oct 22, 2017
The Simple Truth About God's Mission
The Simple Truth series. Genesis 12:1-3. God's people are called to bless the world God loves.
Oct 15, 2017
The Simple Truth About Baptism
The Simple Truth series. Galatians 3:26-28. Baptism unites us where the world divides us. In baptism, our primary tribe becomes the kingdom. All other identifiers become secondary.
Oct 8, 2017
The Simple Truth About the Holy Spirit
The Simple Truth series. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7. The Holy Spirit gifts believers to edify and empower the church.
Oct 1, 2017
The Simple Truth About Jesus
The Simple Truth series. Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-20. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus! He is the image of the invisible God.
Sep 24, 2017
The Simple Truth About God's Grace
The Simple Truth series. Ephesians 2:4-9. We are saved by grace through faith. And this leads us to gratitude rather than boasting. His grace covers it all!
Sep 17, 2017
The Simple Truth About Humans
The Simple Truth series. Genesis 1:26-27. All humans are created in God's image. Every one of us. That includes you. That includes your greatest enemy.
Sep 10, 2017
The Simple Truth About the Bible
The Simple Truth series. The Bible. The Bible tells the truth. The Bible refuses to be propaganda. If God's comfortable with the Bible telling the truth, we ought to grow more comfortable with admitting the truth in our lives.
Sep 3, 2017
A Place to Be Transformed
Life Is Better Connected series. 2 Corinthians 3:18. Our Community Groups are places where transformation takes place.
Aug 27, 2017
A Place To Be Cared For
Life Is Better Connected series. Philippians 2:25-30. Our Community Groups are places where care is given and received. Circles are better than rows because our circles call us to take care of one another.
Aug 20, 2017
A Place to Belong
Life Is Better Connected series. 1 Corinthians 12:12-20. Our Community Groups are places to find belonging. Everyone needs a circle. Everyone needs their people. Community Groups are where you go to find a place to belong.
Aug 13, 2017
Beasts of All Kinds
Believers In Babylon series. Daniel, chapters 7-12. Regardless of the details down through the centuries, God's kingdom will outlast all of the other kingdoms.
Aug 6, 2017
Believers In Babylon series. Daniel chapter 9.
Jul 30, 2017
Just As He Had Done Before
Believers In Babylon series. Daniel chapter 6. We need practices of faith that we return to when things get crazy. What spiritual practice would your opponents create a law against to throw you to the lions?
Jul 23, 2017
The Writing on the Wall
Believers In Babylon series. Daniel chapters 4 & 5. One day, every ruler will bow their knee to King Jesus. The best leaders are the ones who don't wait for their knees to be forced to bow. They bow to King Jesus in every moment.
Jul 16, 2017
Even If He Does Not
Believers in Babylon Series. Daniel 3. When we take our stand for God, we may experience difficult struggles. God can deliver us, but even if He does not, we must continue to trust and serve Him.
Jul 9, 2017
Believers in Babylon series. Daniel chapter 2. Don't wait to praise God until the outcome is as you want it. Praise God before He brings the victory.
Jul 2, 2017
You Are What You Eat
Believers In Babylon series. Daniel chapter 1.
Jun 25, 2017
After You Serve
Summer of Service series. Luke 10:17-18. It's vital that we reflect on and celebrate God's action in our lives. But let us never assume we see everything God is doing in the world. He's always doing more than we can see.
Jun 18, 2017
While You Serve
Summer of Service series. Matthew 25:31-46. Keep your eyes open. When you serve, those with eyes to see, just might come across Jesus himself. We don't take Jesus to people. We discover Jesus among people.
Jun 11, 2017
Before You Serve
Summer of Service series. Luke 10:1-12. Put yourself out there. When you serve, take on the role of a learner and wait for what God will teach you.
Jun 4, 2017
Summer of Service
Summer of Service series. Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 5:13-16. We serve in order to imitate Jesus and to direct people's glory to the Father. We invite you to join us in our Summer of Service.
May 28, 2017
You Are Not Alone
Declaration of Dependence series. 1 Kings 19. You are not alone. There are people all around you every day who need your story because it's their story. They need to know they are not alone as well.
May 14, 2017
Family Dedication: Three Things To Remember
May 7, 2017
Isolated By Fear
Declaration of Dependence series. John 9:18-23. Many of us are isolated because we fear our greatest moment of doubt, revelation, or secret won't be received by the community of faith. That has to change!
Apr 30, 2017
The Greatest Defense
Declaration of Dependence series. Proverbs 18:24. Isolation weakens our defenses against sin. And sin leads us into greater isolation. Spiritual community is one of the great weapons in our arsenal against the power of sin.
Apr 23, 2017
It's Not Good
Declaration of Dependence series. Genesis 2:18; Ecclesiastes 4:7-12. It's not good to be alone. Literally, it's killing us. Countercultural community is what we have to offer a world dying as a result of independence.
Apr 16, 2017
The Weekend series. 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. Death and resurrection shouldn't come as a surprising ending to Jesus' story. Death and resurrection is the very rhythm of the universe. It didn't just happen. It happens every single day.
Apr 9, 2017
The Weekend Series. Matthew 27:45-46. The ache of Saturday is real. We know Saturday. We live after Friday. We long for Sunday. But we know the story is not complete. There's more to the story . . .
Apr 2, 2017
The Weekend series. Colossians 2:15. Friday reveals that the story of sacrificial love is the way of God's kingdom.
Mar 26, 2017
Worship Wars series. Joshua 24:14-15. It's the time for a decision. Burn the scrolls. Torch the ships. Choose God. Go all in! He won't disappoint you.
Mar 19, 2017
A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action
Worship Wars series. 2 Corinthians 7:8-10. False apologies, regret, and remorse will get us nowhere when it comes to our idolatry. God desires true repentance.
Mar 12, 2017
Worship Wars series. Genesis 3:6. Idolatry is the attempt to use things or people to meet our deepest needs. Until you deal with your deep idol, you'll never gain mastery over your surface idols.
Mar 5, 2017
Worship Wars series. Acts 1:1-6. God doesn't play favorites. He doesn't do partisanship. His tribe is to be a blessing to all other tribes.
Feb 26, 2017
A Tale of Two Rulers
Worship Wars series. Luke 18-19. Sermon money and God isn't a real option. We choose every day. We seek our security in bank accounts or in God. One option can run out. The other never will.
Feb 19, 2017
What More Do You Need?
Worship Wars series. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. God's good gifts are meant to be enjoyed, but never worshipped. Things make great servants, but terrible taskmasters.
Feb 12, 2017
Too Great a Burden
Worship Wars series. Genesis 29:16-35. No human relationship can bear the burden of godhood in your life. We love others best when we love God most.
Feb 5, 2017
The Order Matters
Worship Wars series. Genesis 1:26-28. When humans worship created things rather than the Creator, chaos is always the result.
Jan 29, 2017
Built to Bow
Worship Wars series. Exodus 20:1-5. The question is not if you will worship. The question is what or whom you will worship. We are made to worship. We are built to bow.
Jan 22, 2017
The Sermon on the Mount: A Contemporary Interpretation
Matthew 5 - 7.
Jan 15, 2017
Rich Toward God series. 1 Timothy 6:17-19. God doesn't pour financial blessing into our laps to be accumulated. He blesses us so we will decumulate his blessings to others.
Jan 8, 2017
Save The Corners
Rich Toward God series. Deuteronomy 24:19-22. Before Israel had land of its own, God commanded them to set aside margin to be generous with. Your overflow is someone else's necessity.
Jan 1, 2017
Dec 25, 2016
Don't Waste the Gift
Wait For It series. Hebrews 11:39-40. We live in an amazing time. We live after the birth of Jesus, the time all of the heroes of faith were waiting on. Let's not waste the gift of Jesus!
Dec 18, 2016
Sowing What You Won't Reap
Wait For It series. Jeremiah 29:1-14. Sometimes you wait and don't receive. Sometimes you sow and others reap. But rest assured, God is making all things new.
Dec 11, 2016
What Are You Waiting For?
Wait For It series. Genesis 6:5-22. Periods of waiting don't excuse us from action. While we wait for God, God often waits for us. Sometimes he calls us to build boats. What might God be calling you to do while you wait?
Dec 4, 2016
Don't Waste the Waiting
Wait For It series. Genesis 37-50. The question isn't if you will wait, but how you will wait. The value of waiting depends on our outlook. Wait expectantly. First of 4-week advent series focused on "learning to wait well."
Nov 27, 2016
When the Saints Go Marching Out
Nov 20, 2016
Make A List
Psalm 136. Train your eyes to see all that God has done. Gratitude is the greatest factor in our happiness and our righteousness.
Nov 13, 2016
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Nov 6, 2016
Congrats to Those Worthy of Persecution!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:10-12. Congratulations to those whose lives are worthy of persecution! As a credible threat to the way things are currently, we have our lives set on God's future kingdom.
Oct 30, 2016
Congrats to the Peacemakers!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:9. Congratulations to the peacemakers, to the ones who choose to actively make peace when it would be much easier to keep the appearance of peace.
Oct 23, 2016
Congrats to the Single-Minded!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:8. Congratulations to the single-minded! When you desire God with everything you have, you get the very thing you desire most.
Oct 16, 2016
Congrats to the Merciful!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:7. Congratulations to those who remember the mercy they have received. These are the ones who offer mercy lavishly to those they could just as easily look down on.
Oct 9, 2016
Congrats to the Hungry & Thirsty!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:6. Congrats to the hungry and thirsty...to those who can't seem to get enough of God.
Oct 2, 2016
Congrats to the Meek!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:5. Congratulations to the meek! You know who you are and what you inherit, so you have no reason to use manipulation, violence, or power to help God in establishing his kingdom.
Sep 25, 2016
Congrats to the Tear-Filled!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:4. Congratulations if you've stepped out of denial and have much to mourn. When you name that pain and mourn the loss, you are ready to receive comfort that comes in no other way.
Sep 18, 2016
Congrats to the Nobodies!
Right Side Up series. Matthew 5:3. Congratulations if you’ve come to see yourself as you actually are. If you step out of denial and acknowledge your spiritual poverty, you’re in the exact place to receive God’s kingdom in its fullness.
Sep 4, 2016
Fully Known, Fully Loved, Part 2
Aug 28, 2016
Fully Known, Fully Loved
John 1:14. We all want to be fully known and fully loved. And no group of people ought to offer that combination like the local church.
Aug 21, 2016
Napkins Are For More Than Messes
Rooted series: Renewal. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9. We are all ministers of this gospel. It's good news. And our world needs it. Get out of here! Go! Pastor the flock God has given you.
Aug 14, 2016
Why It All Matters
Rooted series: Renewal. Luke 10:1-20. What we do today has implications that will ripple throughout eternity. In fact, our earthly actions can have cosmic implications. Just as the disciples caused Satan to “fall like lightning,” our actions matter in this world.
Aug 7, 2016
The Flames of Heaven
Rooted series: Renewal. 2 Peter 3:10-13. Heaven is a place to be enjoyed by those who learn to love heaven on while on earth. If you traffic in the ways of the world, heaven might not be paradise. Its flames may be hotter than the flames of hell.
Jul 31, 2016
Come, Lord Jesus
Revelation 22:17-21. What does it mean to pray "Come, Lord Jesus" believing that Jesus is coming again? What does it mean to believe in "heaven"? For some, this is reassurance that everything works out in the end so we should just hang in there until that time. From this perspective, the work is to do everything possible to not get too messed up by the world until we can escape it all. But what if our belief in heaven is actually a reality to be received, embraced, even constructed right here - right now? What if the prayer for Jesus' second coming is a posture for welcoming his dominion and his reign right here in our midst? What if forever is now!?! This way of seeing eternity, of believing in heaven, of praying for Jesus' return was crucial for the earliest Christians. When John writes his apocalypse, he is inviting those who believe in the return of Jesus to be fully in the world in two ways: (1) To be fully in the world as it is, and (2) To be fully in the world as it will be. Th…
Jul 24, 2016
Don't Forget the Bookends
Rooted series: Renewal. Genesis 1-2; Revelation 21-22. When you leave out the beginning and ending of the gospel, you get a truncated version that leaves out God's ultimate purpose. It's not just about me. It's about all of creation.
Jul 17, 2016
Home Sweet Home
Rooted series: Renewal. Isaiah 65:17-25. Heaven is not our home, we'll just be passing through...
Jul 10, 2016
We Are Ministers
2 Corinthians 5:16-20
Jul 3, 2016
The Right Perspective
Jun 26, 2016
Spiritual But Also Religious
Rooted series: Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 12-14. We live in a culture focused on what can be done for us. But the Spirit is given to us in order to build up the church.
Jun 19, 2016
How to Decide How to Decide
Rooted series: Kingdom. James 1:5-6. Walk through Door #1 or Door #2. The Spirit isn't found on the other side of the door. The Spirit lives in you, which will remain true whichever door you choose.
Jun 12, 2016
Rooted series: Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10. We've forgotten the Spirit because we were fearful of dividing over the Spirit. That's not an option! It's the Spirit that unites us.
Jun 5, 2016
Rooted series: Kingdom. John 14:12; 16:7. We're better off with the Holy Spirit in us than having Jesus among us.
May 29, 2016
Worth the Wait
Rooted series: Kingdom. Acts 1. The "wait" is more than something to get through as quickly as possible. The "wait" can be the most formative part of the process of what we are becoming.
May 22, 2016
The Kingdom Jesus Preached
Rooted series: Kingdom. Mark 1:15; Matthew 6:9-13. We don't sit on our hands until Jesus returns. Jesus established a kingdom for us to welcome, celebrate, and enjoy. What a moment we live in!
May 8, 2016
Rooted series: Life. John 3:1-10. God is making all things new. He’s rebirthing, restoring, and remaking it all. Don’t settle for one birth. There’s always another birth awaiting us all!
Apr 24, 2016
Rooted series: Life. Deuteronomy 30:11-14. The abundant life isn't a moment to remember or look forward to. It's right in from to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
Apr 17, 2016
Consider the Possibilities
Rooted series: Life. Romans 8:11. Far too many of us have settled. We don't live in a time where we have the luxury of settling. We are called to fearless risk believing the good news is still good.
Apr 10, 2016
Life to the Full
Rooted series: Life. John 10:10. Jesus came to offer us life. Who wouldn't want in on that?
Apr 3, 2016
Planet Earth Without Jesus
Rooted series; Life; : Acts 17:6-7; The church has skeletons in our closet, but this world would be unrecognizable were it not for the life of Jesus and his followers.
Mar 27, 2016
He Is Risen? Now What?
Rooted series. Mark 16:1-8. It's just the beginning of the good news. There's more to come. And we get to be a part of it!
Mar 20, 2016
Rooted series. Hebrews 4:15. We want explanations for our suffering. But answers do us no good in our pain. We need someone to walk with us and say, "Me too!" The cross is God's way of doing exactly that.
Mar 13, 2016
On the Way to Jerusalem: Act 2
Rooted series, Acts 20:22-24, Paul went from using death to control others to no longer fearing death in his own life. God wants to do the same in our lives.
Mar 6, 2016
On the Way to Jerusalem: Act 1
Rooted series; Luke 9:51; The path to becoming like Jesus includes more losing than most of us are comfortable with.
Feb 28, 2016
Rooted series. 1 John 4:18. As Christians, love is the only driver worthy of the keys to our driver's seat.
Feb 21, 2016
Death and All His Friends
Rooted series. Matthew 4:1-11. We are tempted to be relevant, spectacular, and powerful when our identity is not firmly planted in Jesus.
Feb 14, 2016
The Old Ball and Chain
Rooted series; Hebrews 2:14-15; Much of our lives is dictated by our slavery to the fear of death.
Feb 7, 2016
The Longest Distance
Generations series; Mark 12:28-31; We will be at our best as a church when we value loving God with all of our hearts, souls, minds, AND strength.
Jan 31, 2016
Jan 24, 2016
Generation to Generation
Jan 17, 2016
Incarnation Precedes Proclamation
Rooted series; John 1:14; Good mission is patient, relational, and local.
Jan 10, 2016
Rooted series; 1 Corinthians 15:12-23; We're not animals or angels. We are humans. It's time to stop using our humanity as an excuse. Our humanity is a high calling to live into.
Jan 3, 2016
The Scandal of the Particular
Rooted series; John 14:6-11; Most of the time, incarnation is bad news. But with Jesus, it's the best news possible. What about with us?
Dec 27, 2015
So What Now?
Dec 20, 2015
Good News of Great Joy?
Rooted series; Luke 2:10-11; Jesus is Lord. Caesar is not.
Dec 20, 2015
The Soul Felt Its Worth (Candlelight Service)
Luke 1:26-38; The incarnation isn't just a doctrine. It's a story of passion that gives our souls worth.
Dec 13, 2015
Rooted series; Isaiah 9:6; Violence and evil are not defeated by trumping them with more violence and evil. The only cure for violence and evil is self-sacrificing, absorbing love.
Dec 6, 2015
Rooted series; Psalm 1; "North America is in desperate need of "rooted" Christians who will be able to stand firm no matter what is ahead."
Nov 29, 2015
Thankfulness Because Of Hope
Nov 22, 2015
The Outcome Of Gratitude
Break Bread series; Acts 2:42-47; People are drawn to people who are filled with gratitude.
Nov 15, 2015
A Table Of Protest
Break Bread series; James 2:1-13; The Lord’s Supper gives us a glimpse into the future. This is not a meal of preservation. This is a meal of protest against the status quo.
Nov 8, 2015
Break Bread series; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; The Lord's Supper isn't about me and God. It's a meal that reminds us of the miracle of the body of Christ that partakes around us.
Nov 8, 2015
Receive (p. m. Message)
Nov 1, 2015
Trading Altars For Tables
Break Break series. Hebrews 9.
Oct 25, 2015
A Party Waiting To Happen
Party@Home series, John 12:1-8
Oct 18, 2015
Who Is My Neighbor?
Party@Home series, Luke 10:25-29, Sometimes loving your neighbor means loving your neighbor.
Oct 11, 2015
Check The Guest List
Party@Home series, Luke 14:15-24, If your guest list only includes people who look, believe, and sound like you, it's not a kingdom party.
Oct 11, 2015
The Problem With Screens (p.m. Message)
Oct 4, 2015
Jesus Throws the Best Parties
Party@Home series, John 2:1-11, The first sign Jesus gives to point people to the kingdom is a wedding celebration filled with wine.
Sep 27, 2015
Don't Forget the Tambourine
Party@Home series; Exodus 15:1-21;The world parties to forget. But we party to remember.
Sep 20, 2015
Come Join the Party
Party@Home series. Luke 15:25-32.
Sep 13, 2015
Dancing You Can Hear
Baggage Claim series; Luke 15:11-25; Ultimately, this story isn't about sin or the son. It's about the Father who can't wait to receive us home and celebrate our return.
Sep 13, 2015
God Is Here (p.m. Message)
Deuteronomy 30:11-14; We settle for telling stories of God's action in the past. But what we long for is an encounter with God today to prove the stories we've been told are still true.
Sep 6, 2015
Baggage Claim series
Aug 30, 2015
Hurts, Hang-Ups & Habits
Baggage Claim series. Matthew 12:43-45. You won’t find healing by ending your addictions. You find healing when you deal with your hurts and find healthier addictions.
Aug 23, 2015
Anything Is Possible
Baggage Claim series. Mark 10:46-52. Stop settling for heaven when you die and start experiencing the abundant life now.
Aug 16, 2015
Lighten Your Load
Baggage Claim series; Matthew 11:28-30; "Religion often heaps heavy burdens on people. Jesus’ yoke is light. It’s ok to drop the heavy yoke your church handed you growing up."
Aug 9, 2015
Everyone is Welcome?
Baggage Claim Series. Mark 2:113-17. The church, at its best, is a hospital for sinners, not a country club for the "well to do."
Aug 9, 2015
Dig A Well (p.m. Message)
Aug 2, 2015
Forgiven and Healed
Baggage Claim series. James 5:16. If you want do be healed, it’s going to take more than a simple prayer to God. It’s going to mean sharing your secrets with others.
Jul 26, 2015
No One Is Perfect
Baggage Claim series. Luke 18:9-14
Jul 19, 2015
Shine Like Stars series; Philippians 4:4-7;
Jul 12, 2015
The Reason For My Letter
Shine Like Stars series; Philippians 4:2-3; "Whatever happened...have the same mind."
Jul 12, 2015
God Is For You (p.m. Message)
1 hr 3 min
Jul 5, 2015
Sing Your Song, Church!
Shine Like Stars series; Philippians 2:1-11;
Jun 28, 2015
Shine Like Stars
Shine Like Stars series; Philippians 2:14-15; Grumbling isn't a speech problem. Grumbling is a memory problem.
Jun 21, 2015
Shine Like Stars series; Philippians 1:12-26; "Fear is as imaginary as the monster under your childhood bed. Call its bluff."
Jun 14, 2015
Look To The Heart
Choosing Kingdom Leaders series; 1 Samuel 16:7; What if choosing leaders is less about getting our agenda accomplished and more about creating the best intervention in case we need it one day?
Jun 14, 2015
What I'm For (p.m. Message)
Jun 7, 2015
Not So With You
Choosing Kingdom Leaders series; Mark 10:35-45; Choose leaders who are servants because the kingdom of God is a kingdom of power-under, not power-over.
May 31, 2015
High School Senior Recognition
May 24, 2015
Milestones series; The Book of Ecclesiastes; "We get the greatest fulfillment when we pour into other people. That's the secret to enjoying the abundant life God has given us."
May 17, 2015
May 10, 2015
Genesis 1-3; Milestones Series; The places we learn to stake our identity cannot sustain what we ask of them. Eventually, they will fail. And it’s ok. It’s only the first half of the race, so pace yourselves.
May 3, 2015
Help My Unbelief
Apr 26, 2015
God Will Restore All Things
Matthew 19:28; All Things series; Restoring the church is a small vision when God is working to restore all things. And He will do it!
Apr 19, 2015
God Makes All Things Possible
All Things series; Job 42:2; There's a large gulf between confessing that God can do all things and knowing by experience that God can do all things.
Apr 12, 2015
God Has Made All Things
All Things series; Jeremiah 10:16; God is the maker of all things. And since he made it all, we should trust that the way of life he commands is the best way to do life.
Apr 5, 2015
God Works In All Things
All Things series; Romans 8:28; "Our God isn't doing everything in the world, but he is doing something with everything in the world. He's working for our good."
Mar 29, 2015
A People of the Cross
Palm Sunday; Mark 11:1-11; Our victory comes through suffering rather than power and violence. It’s time for our lives to show we believe that.
Mar 22, 2015
Just GO series; 2 Corinthians 8:1-12; We give financially to remind us that we are dependent on one another.
Mar 15, 2015
Just GO series; Romans 10:13-15; "We are most like God when we are sent on mission."
Mar 8, 2015
The Book of Jonah; "The experience of short-term missions changes us. Often, in surprising and unexpected ways."; Focus on short-term mission trips
Mar 1, 2015
Just GO series; Jeremiah 29:4-7; "Our church is called to be good for our city. Are we?
Feb 22, 2015
Meals@Home: Hearts Burning
Meals@Home series; Luke 24:13-35; May our meals be more than meals. May our tables be more than tables. May your eyes be opened. I do not wish heartburn on you. But I pray our hearts will burn because God is our host.
Feb 15, 2015
meals@home series; 2 Samuel 9 - Hospitality: Opening our table beyond our tribe.
Feb 8, 2015
Meals@Home series; John 21; Meals are powerful events. May we never let busy schedules, fast food, and TV trays keep us from creating memories and strong families.
Feb 1, 2015
iGive: Back to Basics
iGive series; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Tithing isn't the ultimate goal. It's the training wheels of giving. Let us all begin our journey toward excelling in the grace of giving.
Jan 25, 2015
iGive: I Can Do All Things
iGive series; Philippians 4:13; There's no need to "get rich". We already are. The trick is learning to be content with what you have. We need God's help for that.
Jan 18, 2015
iGive: It's Not Yours Anyway
iGive series; Psalm 24:1; Every one of your resources is on loan. You're a steward, not an owner. And the owner has enough to go around. So, spend recklessly for the kingdom.
Jan 11, 2015
iGive: The Good Eye
iGive series; Matthew 6:19-24; Invest your resources well. Because according to Jesus wherever you place your treasure will soon be the obsession of your heart.
Jan 4, 2015
Dec 28, 2014
Uncommon: Good News of Great Judgment
Message from special guest speaker Eric Gentry
Dec 21, 2014
Candlelight Service: O Holy Night
Carols: Songs of Anticipation; O Holy Night; Candlelight Christmas Service;
1 hr 1 min
Dec 21, 2014
Carols: Silent Night
Carols: Songs of Anticipation; Silent Night;
Dec 14, 2014
Carols: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Carols: Songs of Anticipation, Matthew 2
Dec 7, 2014
Carols: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Carols: Songs of Anticipation
Nov 30, 2014
The Greatest in the Kingdom
Nov 23, 2014
Uncut - Paul
Uncut series; The New Testament; God's power is made perfect in weakness. And Paul was weak. But no one is beyond the scope of God's redemption. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Nov 16, 2014
Uncut - Elijah
Uncut series; 1 Kings 17-2 Kings 2; God speaks powerfully in mountaintop contests and in gentle whispers. It may just be more difficult to hear him in the painful moments where he whispers.
Nov 9, 2014
Uncut - David
Uncut series; 1 Samuel 16 - 1 Kings 2; Judging is difficult business. We judge by what's on the outside. God looks at the heart. David's sins would have excluded him from our list of great leaders. But the condition of his heart prepared him for great impact.
Nov 2, 2014
Uncut - Esther
Uncut series; The book of Esther; Even when God seems absent (the name of God isn't found in the book of Esther), he's never far from us. Esther is a reminder that even in the most difficult circumstances, God is hidden in the details.
Oct 26, 2014
Uncut - Abraham
Uncut series; Genesis 12-25; Faith doesn't remove questions. Faith creates questions. The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty, and Abraham's faith leads him into uncertain circumstances.
Oct 19, 2014
Uncut - Peter
Uncut series; The New Testament; Often, conversion isn't a moment. It's a process. When was Peter converted? How else might God want to convert you?
Oct 12, 2014
Uncut - Moses
Uncut series; Acts 7:17-36; Your current stage of life is prepping you for your next stage ...if you let it. Your ability to be used by God is not often found in your resume or success. Often your failures are the very thing needed to humble you so that God can use you.
1 hr 23 min
Oct 5, 2014
Uncut - Ruth
Uncut series; Book of Ruth; Ruth isn't just about loyalty, it's about how one's past affects one's present. Boaz has eyes to see Ruth because of his childhood. Our past can embitter or empower us.
Sep 28, 2014
Uncut - Noah
Uncut series; Genesis 6 - 9; "Sin is more than a simple mistake. It is a power at work to destroy. We often underestimate the damage sin can do in our lives and in the world.
Sep 21, 2014
Don't Just Sit There...Do Something
Prayer at Home series
Sep 14, 2014
Don't Just Do Something...Sit There
I Samuel 5:1-6; I Kings 18:29,36-37; Habakkuk 2:18-20; Prayer at Home series
Sep 7, 2014
It's Not Magic
Aug 31, 2014
Becoming a Church of Christ
Aug 24, 2014
Aug 17, 2014
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Aug 10, 2014
Keep It Simple
Aug 3, 2014
The Church of Christ Welcomes You
Jul 27, 2014
Welcoming Servant: Humility
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
Joining A Restoration Movement
Jul 6, 2014
Message from Dr. John Siburt
Jun 22, 2014
What is Right With the Church
Jun 15, 2014
What Kind of Father is God?
Jun 8, 2014
Stephen Minister Commissions & New Preaching Minister Announcement
Stephen Minister Commissions & New Preaching Minister Announcement
1 hr 28 min
Jun 1, 2014
May 25, 2014
I Was Just Preaching
May 18, 2014
Family Dedication Service
May 11, 2014
Mother's Day Message
May 4, 2014
Overcoming Motion Sickness
Apr 27, 2014
It's Still About People
Apr 20, 2014
When Hope Comes
Apr 13, 2014
Faith@Home: Building Strong Homes
Matthew 5, 6, 7;
Apr 6, 2014
The Contest Between Faith and Magic
Faith gives us the courage to face our giants.
Mar 30, 2014
Qualified to Serve
Mar 23, 2014
Night and Day
Mar 16, 2014
I'm Here for the Party
Mar 9, 2014
Asking the Right Question
Mar 2, 2014
The First Great Commission
Feb 23, 2014
We Are In This Together!
Results of the Family Needs Survey
Feb 16, 2014
1 John 4:16-19, Ephesians 5:1-2;
Feb 9, 2014
Faithful Family in a Frantic World
Feb 2, 2014
Ideal or Idol: Putting the Family Back in its Place
Mark 3:20-21; 31-34;
Jan 26, 2014
It Starts At Home
Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 78:1-7; Mark 3:21; Mark 3:33-34; John 15:12; Psalm 71:17-18;
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
1 John 4:19-21
Jan 5, 2014
Philippians 3:4-14; The "Love God" portion of the Go Boldly directive: "Love God, Love People, Serve Others".
Dec 29, 2013
Presumption or Submission?
Dec 22, 2013
Joy to the World! A Savior is Born!
Luke 2:1-20;The amazing story of God becoming flesh and living among us for a while. The joy of His coming and what that means for us is indescribable!
Dec 15, 2013
A Parent's Surprise by Surprising Parents
Dec 8, 2013
The Shepherds and the Angels
Dec 1, 2013
A Perfect Love for Imperfect People Like Us
Nov 24, 2013
I Am Thankful!
Psalm 103:8-18; "I am thankful for God's,,,Long fuse ("slow to anger", v. 8); Short memory ("nor will he harbor his anger forever"); Thick skin ("he doesn't treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities"); and Big Heart (" as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him).
Nov 17, 2013
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Luke 19:1-10; Jesus Sees You in the Crowd. He knows all about you...hurts, anxieties, etc. Let's remember what we are to be about. We are to do as he did...seek and save what is lost. To the degree we remember what business we are in will we be successful in accomplishing the task He gave us.
Nov 10, 2013
Eyes to See, Ears to Hear and a Heart to Love
Nov 3, 2013
John 14:1-3; How can you beat Heaven for what awaits us! First: When you don't understand...trust! Second: When your heart wavers...remember the room that awaits you. Third: When your heart doubts...remember WHO awaits you.
Oct 27, 2013
Get Out of the Boat!
Matthew 14:22-33; What are you trusting God to do in your life that if He doesn't come through, you're through? It's a challenge to our faith and trust in the Savior when we find ourselves up against it. What Peter did that night should be an encouragement to all of us to risk something for God and trust Him to come thru for us.
Oct 20, 2013
Change Is In The Air
Mark 12:28-31; While methodologies & strategies change, some things never change...love God, love your neighbor!! No matter what changes are made to be relevant with the gospel, this message never changes...and you can trust that!
Oct 13, 2013
Revelation 1:9-18; Jack Hayford wrote the song "Majesty" after meditating on this passage. We serve a majestic Savior who comes to us in the midst of our troubles--we need not be afraid! Even when change & transition come, we need not fear for He is with us & He is awesome!! The message of this passage is: stop fearing, for I am your King!
Oct 6, 2013
Jesus Shops the Clearance Racks!
Luke 5:1-11; Jesus shops the clearance racks! It's about the fact that he chose this rag-tag group of men to follow him because he believed they had it in them to "be like him." Application: He still shops the clearance racks...he sees the potential in you & believes in you. He believes you have the potential to be like him! Question is...do you believe him? Do you see what he can make you into?
Sep 29, 2013
Faith@Home: The Plan and God's Heart
Sep 22, 2013
Faith@Home: The Next Generation
Sep 15, 2013
Faith@Home: Living a Better Story
Sep 8, 2013
What It Is Really All About
Go Boldly series; Focus on Vision, part 2
Sep 1, 2013
Becoming a Restoration Church (Again)
Go Boldly series; Focus on Vision, part 1
Aug 25, 2013
Connecting Point Groups Extravaganza
Jump In & Get Connected series; John 13:34-35
Aug 18, 2013
One Anothering, One Another
Jump In & Get Connected series
Aug 11, 2013
Jump In & Get Connected
Jump In & Get Connected series; Matthew 16:18
Aug 4, 2013
A Profile of a Prospering Church
Jul 28, 2013
A Light Where You Live
John 8:12; Matthew 5:14; Luke 11:33;
Jul 21, 2013
John Scott, Minister of Mission Effectiveness for Christian Care Center
John Scott, Minister of Mission Effectiveness for Christian Care Center
Jul 14, 2013
It's About Relationship: You Can Learn a Lot About God from a Dog
Jul 7, 2013
I Will Make You Come Back To Life
Ezekiel 37: 1-14;
Jun 30, 2013
Jesus' Mission For The Church
Jun 23, 2013
Matthew 25:14-18; Parable of the Talents
Jun 16, 2013
Making A Difference
Jun 9, 2013
Unstoppable Power series
May 26, 2013
Unstoppable Power series
May 19, 2013
Seeing The Light
Acts 22; Unstoppable Power series
May 12, 2013
The One Who Stands Beside Us
Acts 21:17-36; Unstoppable Power series
May 5, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
Acts 20:6-12; Unstoppable Power series
Apr 21, 2013
Missions Sunday Caleb Beck
Apr 14, 2013
Missions Sunday Kevin Vance
Apr 7, 2013
Missions Sunday Galon and Greg
Mar 31, 2013
Easter Changes Everything
Matthew 28:1-8; Easter service
Mar 24, 2013
Acts 17:16-34; Unstoppable Power series
Mar 17, 2013
Acts 17:1-15; Unstoppable Power series
Mar 10, 2013
Acts 16:16-34; Unstoppable Power series
Mar 3, 2013
Let's Get Ready to Rumble
Acts 15:36-41; Unstoppable Power series
Feb 24, 2013
The Real Question
Acts 15:1-35; Unstoppable Power series
Feb 17, 2013
Acts 14:8-20; Unstoppable Power series
Feb 10, 2013
Acts 13:1-52; Unstoppable Power series
Feb 3, 2013
Acts 12:1-19; Unstoppable Power series
Jan 27, 2013
Peter Has Some Explaining To Do
Acts 11:1-26; Unstoppable Power series
Jan 20, 2013
A Tale of Two Visions
Acts 10:1-48; Unstoppable Power series; Cornelius and Peter
Jan 13, 2013
Transformation Of A Terrorist
Acts 9:1-18; Unstoppable Power series; The Conversion of Saul
Jan 6, 2013
Getting Past the Barriers
Acts 8:26-39; Unstoppable Power series; Philip and the Ethiopian
Dec 30, 2012
His Eyes To See
Dec 23, 2012
Songs of Christmas: The Angels Song
Luke 2:8-14; Songs of Christmas series
Dec 16, 2012
Songs of Christmas: Zechariah's Song
Luke 1:68-79; Songs of Christmas series
Dec 9, 2012
Songs of Christmas: Mary's Song
Luke 1:39-56; Songs of Christmas series
Dec 2, 2012
The Miracle for Us
Jeremiah 23:5,6; Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 2:1-14
Nov 25, 2012
Lessons I Am Learning About God: Love is Amazing
1 John 3:1
Nov 18, 2012
The Man Who Stood
Acts 6:8 - 8:1; Unstoppable Power series
Nov 4, 2012
Divisions, Distractions, and Delegations
Acts 6:1-7; Unstoppable Power series
Oct 28, 2012
Look At Me
Acts 5:1-11; Unstoppable Power series
Oct 21, 2012
They Call It Church
Acts 4:32-37; Unstoppable Power series
Oct 14, 2012
Extraordinary Power for Ordinary People
Acts 4:1-31; Unstoppable Power series
Oct 7, 2012
Refreshment in a Fallen World
Acts 3:17-21; Unstoppable Power series
Sep 30, 2012
His Power...Your Hand
Unstoppable Power series
Sep 23, 2012
Growing God's Way
Acts 2:42-47; Unstoppable Power series
Sep 16, 2012
Power At Pentecost
Acts 2:1-12; Unstoppable Power series
Sep 2, 2012
Worship in All We Do
Aug 27, 2012
The Grip of the Grace Giver
Pictures of Grace Series
Aug 19, 2012
The Heart of Jesus
John 8:2-11; Pictures of Grace series
Aug 12, 2012
The Confession of a Sinner
2 Samuel 11:1-9, 14-17, 26-27; Pictures of Grace series
Aug 5, 2012
The Abolitionist Apostle
Galatians 1:1-2, 6-10; 3:1-5, 26-28; 5:1, 4-6; 6:14; Pictures of Grace series
Jul 29, 2012
Kairos Moments: When God Comes Near
Jul 22, 2012
Building Bridges: The Ministry of Reconciliation
Jul 15, 2012
You Are the Light of the World
Jul 8, 2012
The Acceptance of Family
Pictures of Grace series