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The Arbor Church Podcast features weekly messages and more from the teaching team at Arbor Church in Woodinville, Washington.
2 days ago
Summer with Jesus: Retreat, Restore, Return
This week on Summer with Jesus, Scott Hetherington speaks on a pattern of living that Jesus taught his disciples and modeled throughout his ministry: retreat with Jesus, restore with God … and return with purpose.
6 days ago
The Followup: A Summer With Jesus: The Samaritan Woman
Alison, Bryan, Hayden, and Scott sit down to discuss Bryan’s message from Sunday.
Jul 25, 2021
Summer with Jesus: Talking with Jesus
From John 4, Bryan teaches on the story of Jesus’s conversation with the woman at the well. What happens when we’re confronted with a sin or change we need to make in our lives?
Jul 21, 2021
The Followup: Worship
Alison, Cliff, Hayden, and Michael sit down to discuss worship.
Jul 21, 2021
The Followup: Worship
Alison, Cliff, Hayden, and Michael sit down to discuss worship.
Jul 18, 2021
Summer with Jesus: Draw Near to God
Special guest and longtime friend of Arbor Mike North delivers today’s message. Our mission at Arbor is to help the hurting… and to do that we must first address our own hurts, habits, and hangups. Mike challenges us to examine ourselves honestly and with humility, and to draw near to God for help and healing.
Jul 14, 2021
The Followup: A Summer With Jesus Week 1
Alison, Cliff, Hayden, and Michael sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
Jul 11, 2021
Summer with Jesus: Healings
Today, Cliff starts a new series, Summer with Jesus, in which we’re looking at things that apply to us personally based on what Jesus did and what Jesus said. Today, from Matthew 8, the story of Jesus healing a man with leprosy.
Jul 7, 2021
The Followup: Personal Devotions
Alison, Bryan, Cliff, and Hayden sit down to discuss how they spend our time in the Bible.
Jun 30, 2021
The Followup: Family Values
Alison, Bryan, Cliff, and Hayden sit down to discuss Arbor’s family values.
Jun 23, 2021
The Followup: Father's Day
Ben, Bryan, Hayden, and Jon sit down to discuss Bryan’s message from Sunday.
Jun 20, 2021
In this special Father’s Day message, Bryan teaches us about about the influence fathers wield, whether they intend to our not, and – from the familiar story of an official with a sick son – shows us how to be intentional with that influence.
Jun 16, 2021
The Followup: Priorities: Go Ye
Alison, Cliff, Hayden, and Michael sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
Jun 13, 2021
Priorities: Go Ye
Today, Cliff teaches us from Matthew 28 that “all authority has been given to Jesus in Heaven and on Earth. Go ye therefore…” Will you trust Jesus? Will you go?
Jun 9, 2021
The Followup: Priorities: One Job
Alison, Bryan, Cliff, and Hayden sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
Jun 6, 2021
Priorities: One Job
“You had one job!” … We’ve all heard it, especially when that one job isn’t done well. Today, Cliff teaches from the Parable of the Ten Minas: as followers of Christ, what is our One Job?
Jun 2, 2021
The Followup: Priorities: Battle Strategies
Alison, Cliff, Hayden, and Michael sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
May 30, 2021
Priorities: Battle Strategies
This Memorial Day weekend: a message from the book of Job, not about the earthly wars we often remember at this time but about another kind of warfare entirely. We win these spiritual battles when we use God’s strategies, and Cliff reveals the 3 strategies that He has given us to be victorious over the Enemy.
May 26, 2021
The Followup: Priorities: Neither
Alison, Bryan, Cliff, and Hayden sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
May 23, 2021
Priorities: God's Way
New series this week! Cliff opens Priorities with a fresh take from the life of Joshua. Say it with us: It’s not my way or your way … it’s only God’s way.
May 19, 2021
The Followup: Good News: Access
Alison, Cliff, Hayden, and Scott sit down to discuss Scott’s message from Sunday.
May 16, 2021
Good News: Access
Scott wraps up our Good News series with a message on our access to God: why do we have access to God? what privileges does this access bring? … and how can we use this access in the way He intended?
May 12, 2021
The Followup: Good News: Appreciation
Alison, CJ, and Darcy sit down to discuss Alison’s message from Sunday.
May 9, 2021
Good News: Proverbs 31
Today, Alison with a word not just for mothers but for women everywhere, from Proverbs 31. This chapter doesn’t read like good news to those of us who see it as an unattainable standard for women. But … what if Proverbs 31 is about who we are, not who we aren’t?
May 5, 2021
The Followup: Good News: Love
Alison, Bryan, Cliff, Hayden, and Michael sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
May 2, 2021
Good News: God's Love
This week in our Good News series, a message about God’s love – truly the greatest news ever told. From 1 John 4, Cliff teaches us about God’s love, and what it means for us to be on the side of love.
Apr 28, 2021
The Followup: Good News: Forgiveness
Alison, Cliff, Hayden, and Scott sit down to discuss Scott’s message from Sunday.
Apr 25, 2021
Good News: Forgiveness
Today, Scott uses Paul’s letter to Philemon to outline the good news of God’s forgiveness … and who we are because of it.
Apr 23, 2021
The Followup: Good News: Broken Pieces to Masterpieces
Alison, Bryan, Cliff and Hayden sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
Apr 18, 2021
Good News: Broken Pieces into Masterpieces
From John 6, Cliff tells the well-known story of Jesus feeding a crowd with loaves and fishes, and invites us along the way to stop and reflect on what Jesus can do with whatever we are willing to offer to Him: He alone can take broken pieces and from them create masterpieces.
Apr 14, 2021
The Followup: Good News: Lost and Found
Bryan, Cliff and Hayden sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
Apr 11, 2021
Good News: Lost and Found
Cliff opens our Good News series with a message on Jesus’ mission to seek and save what was lost. Along the way: a sheep, a coin, a son, distractions, carelessness, and a simple truth: Jesus doesn’t care how you got lost. He just wants you to be found.
Apr 4, 2021
This Easter Sunday, Bryan takes us a walk with two men on the road to Emmaus… reflecting on all that’s happened, reflecting on this last year for all of us, and listening to what Jesus has to say about Himself through His own words.
Mar 31, 2021
The Followup: Galatians 6
Alison, Hayden and Scott sit down to discuss Scott’s message from Sunday.
Mar 28, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: Galatians 6
Scott closes our series Letters to a Young Church with Paul’s final exhortations to the Galatians, on the topics of bearing each others’ burdens, sowing and reaping, and the art of gentle restoration.
Mar 24, 2021
The Followup: Galatians 5
Alison, Bryan, Hayden and Michael sit down to discuss Bryan’s message from Sunday.
Mar 21, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: Galatians 5 (Part 2)
*…Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. * – Galatians 5:13b. Today, Bryan looks at our freedom in Christ from another perspective. Along the way: shoulder demons, shoulder angels, logs, specks, spiritual fruit, and a man named John Baker. How will you use your freedom?
Mar 17, 2021
The Followup: Galatians 5
Alison, Bryan, Hayden and Scott sit down to discuss Scott’s message from Sunday.
Mar 14, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: Galatians 5
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. – Galatians 5:1. Scott shows us what the Scripture has to say about how to stand firm in that freedom and avoid the yoke of slavery.
Mar 11, 2021
The Followup: Galatian 3-4
Alison, Bryan, Cliff and Hayden sit down to discuss Cliff’s message from Sunday.
Mar 7, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: Galatians 4
New interim pastor Cliff Tadema continues our series Letters to a Young Church with a message on Galatians 4 and our freedom in Christ.
Mar 4, 2021
The Followup: Galatian 2-3
Alison, Scott and Hayden sit down to discuss Scott’s message from Sunday.
Feb 28, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: Galatians 2-3
Thessalonians was a letter of encouragement, but Galatians is a little more confrontational. The early church, barely a few years after Jesus founded it, had already begun to suffer a division as legalism and tradition took the place of grace and freedom. Scott digs into the story of the Galatian church and shows us why this story sounds so familiar. (Plus, he says the word circumcision a lot.)
Feb 24, 2021
The Followup: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Alison, Bryan and Hayden sit down to discuss Bryan’s message from Sunday.
Feb 21, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: 1 Thessalonians 5 (Part 2)
In the his closing thoughts in 1 Thessalonians, Paul admonishes the young church to build … with their leaders, with each other, and with God.
Feb 10, 2021
The Followup: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:12
Alison, Scott and Hayden sit down to discuss Scott’s message from Sunday.
Feb 7, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: 1 Thessalonians 5
On this Super Bowl Sunday, Scott opens Thessalonians to the last part of Chapter 4 and the first part of Chapter 5, and speaks to the hope that Christians have of life with Christ in death.
Feb 3, 2021
The Followup: 1 Thessalonians 4
David and Bryan sit down to discuss the message from Sunday.
Jan 31, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: 1 Thessalonians 4
The Apostle Paul did some stuff that was downright crazy from the world’s perspective. And as God works in us to sanctify us… well, that can look a little crazy, too. Today, David speaks from 1 Thessalonians 4 on the beautiful, crazy life of the Christian.
Jan 27, 2021
The Followup: 1 Thessalonians 3
Alison, Scott, and Bryan sit down to discuss Scott’s message from Sunday.
Jan 24, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: 1 Thessalonians 3
The culture is a little different than it was in Bible times, but some things about the life of a Christian haven’t changed. As we look at the 3rd chapter of 1 Thessalonians, Scott outlines the trials we can all expect … as well as strength, encouragement, and a life of love and steadfastness.
Jan 20, 2021
The Followup: 1 Thessalonians 2
Alison, Hayden, and Bryan sit down to discuss Alison’s message from Sunday.
Jan 17, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: 1 Thessalonians 2
In the second chapter of 1 Thessalonians, Alison leads us through the establishment of Paul’s credibility and outlines both the pastor’s part and the church’s part of the worthy walk that God has called us into.
Jan 13, 2021
The Followup: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Alison, Hayden, and Bryan sit down to discuss Bryan’s message from Sunday.
Jan 10, 2021
Letters to a Young Church: 1 Thessalonians 1
Bryan leads us through 1 Thessalonians 1 and Paul’s encouragement to the church to continue in their faith, love, and hope.
Jan 3, 2021
Alison and Bryan wrap up our Still series with a message for the Arbor family, about who we are, what our church means, our family values, what’s changed, what hasn’t, and where we want to go together. It’s been one crazy year … but we are still Arbor.
Dec 24, 2020
Still: With Us
A special Christmas Eve message reminding us that we can be still … because God is still with us.
Dec 21, 2020
The Followup: Still... Moving
Alison, Hayden, and Scott sit down to discuss Scott’s message from yesterday and the Christmas story.
Dec 20, 2020
The short story of Mary and Joseph, though just a prelude to the bigger story of Jesus, reminds us that in the midst of uncertainty and waiting, God is still moving – and when God moves, we need to get moving with him.
Dec 14, 2020
The Followup: Still... Working
Alison, Bryan, and Hayden sit down to discuss Bryan’s message from yesterday and the intertestamental period.
Dec 13, 2020
This Christmas, in all the chaos in our world and in our lives, we’re exploring the idea of Still. Bryan opens with a look at a time in the history of God’s people that’s rarely part of the Christmas story: the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments. Reduced to a comma in sentences, a single blank page in your Bible – where was God during these centuries of silence?
Dec 7, 2020
The Followup: Helping The Hurting: Ourselves
Alison, Bryan, and Alison sit down to discuss Alison’s message from yesterday and everything from grief to Gilmore Girls.
Nov 30, 2020
The Followup: Christmas Traditions
Its Alison and the boys! This week Alison, Bryan, Hayden, and Michael talk about Christmas traditions and what they grew up doing every December.
Nov 8, 2020
Today, Mike Howerton introduces us to a radical, over-the-top, expansive love … a beautiful, outrageous, outlandish kind of love that could only come from God.
Nov 1, 2020
Homesick: Living with Heaven in Mind
How we think about eternity determines how we live today. If that’s true and I’m living with my eternal end in mind, what does life practically look like? How does living with heaven in mind affect my calendar, my contentment, and my conversations? Heaven is our home, and scripture tells us that it’s worth looking forward to!
Oct 25, 2020
Homesick: Living in Heaven
Today we tackle all the big questions about the eternal heaven: What will it be like? Will I know and recognize loved ones? Will I receive a new body? Do I get wings? Will there be dogs in heaven? If I’m really there for eternity won’t I eventually get bored? The Bible has answers that may surprise you.
Oct 18, 2020
Homesick: Eternal Heaven
Just when you thought heaven couldn’t get better, it does. All things will be made new, including heaven and earth. The work of Christ’s restoration plan is much bigger than we could’ve ever imagined. He’s not only redeeming our souls, he’s renewing all of his original creation.
Oct 11, 2020
Homesick: Intermediate Heaven
Have you ever wondered what your loved one is doing in heaven right now? Can they see and hear you on earth? When we die, we are immediately with Jesus for all eternity, but at some point in eternity… heaven is going to move. And until that happens, our loved ones are in what theologians have termed the “intermediate heaven”.
Oct 4, 2020
Homesick: Heaven Our Home
How often do we think about heaven? Typically we don’t, unless we receive a difficult diagnosis or lose someone we love, the afterlife is usually an afterthought. The writer of Hebrews says that this world is not our home… heaven is our home. How would our lives be different today if we really believed we were going home tomorrow?
Sep 27, 2020
The Life You Were Made For: Part 2
Mike Howerton concludes our two-part series on The Life You Were Made For with message on overcoming the one obstacle that often looms largest: our own fear.
Sep 20, 2020
The Life You Were Made For: Part 1
A young Mike Howerton walks a into a classroom to see a big question (maybe the biggest question) written on the chalkboard: what is the good life? Jesus spoke of it: I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10); what did He mean? Mike shares the 8 areas of life in which we need to live with purpose and intention in order to experience this good, full, and abundant life.
Sep 13, 2020
Who Needs Church?
As pews sit empty for months in the wake of a global pandemic, some are beginning to wonder for the first time if we truly need to fill them again… but long before the first COVID-19 case, a generation had already begun voting church non-essential with their feet. This week, Jake answers the tough question: who needs church?
Aug 30, 2020
Worship: What will Worship be like in Heaven?
Alison Acone makes her debut with a message about what worship is like in Heaven.
Aug 23, 2020
Worship: Why Are You Here?
Scott Hetherington takes us through two different accounts of the story of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple, where He overturned tables and fulfilled prophecy. What would the Temple be today?
Aug 16, 2020
Worship: Syncing Your Heart and Habits
Mark 7 tells the story of a confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees … on hand washing, of all things, something we’re all thinking about more often. Guest speaker Jesse Butterworth contrasts the Pharisee’s outside-in view with Jesus’ inside-out perspective, and asks some tough questions about modern-day hypocrisy.
Aug 9, 2020
Worship: Lift Your Voice
As we’re discovering this summer, worship is about a lot more than just singing – but singing is still a big deal to God! From Acts 16, Jake shares the story of Paul and Silas’s miraculous release from prison, encourages us to worship rather than worry, and reveals which Thanksgiving food singing would be if singing were a Thanksgiving food.
Aug 2, 2020
Worship: True or False?
In Jesus’ famous conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well, he told her that “true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23). Today, from Scott Hetherington: what it means to worship in Spirit, what it means to worship in truth, three kinds of false worship, and an awkward conversation with an English teacher.
Jul 26, 2020
Worship: The Widow's Mite
This week, from Luke 21, Mike Howerton brings us the story of the widow’s mite – the two very small coins she offered to God that Jesus declared to be worth more than all the riches that had been offered before them. Along the way: generosity, money, happiness, and what it really means to worship through giving.
Jul 19, 2020
Worship: An Overflowing Heart
Bryan continues our summer Worship series with an in-depth look at the story of the woman who poured out a very expensive bottle of perfume at Jesus’ feet, from John 12. What can it teach us about what it means to worship with lavish love?
Jul 12, 2020
Worship: An Invitation
This week we begin both Tent Church and a summer series on worship. Jake opens the series with an in-depth look at Psalm 95 and the meaning, motive, and modes of worship. (Did you know that it used to be called worthship?)
Jun 28, 2020
Somehow, in the midst of a global pandemic, the church has – instead of facing the challenge together – become more divided than ever. Jake echoes the pleas of Jesus and Paul for unity and shares the two things we need in order to come together again.
Jun 21, 2020
The Strange, Sad Story of Samson
This Father’s Day, Mike Howerton brings us the story of Samson, one of the Old Testament’s tragic heroes – a man devoted to God but mastered by his desires, and a man who could have benefited from some coaching. Mike shares some thoughts on who and what we allow to master us, and the everyday mantras that keep a life in alignment with God.
Jun 14, 2020
Begin Again: Life After Death
This is the story of the most famous verse of the Bible, John 3:16. It’s the story of that verse in its proper context, a nighttime conversation with a certain Pharisee, who had some questions about the kind of Beginning Again Jesus had been talking about. Jake takes 5 truths from Jesus’ answers … and one simple question.
Jun 7, 2020
Begin Again: A Conversation About Racism
In light of George Floyd’s death and the nationwide protests it has ignited, Scott Hetherington pivots this Sunday to address the topic on everyone’s minds. He speaks from personal experience as a man with Black mentors and a servant on a diversity and equity committee, and leads us in a difficult conversation about the Bible, the Church, racism, and each one of us.
May 31, 2020
Begin Again: Life After Loss
This week, we embark upon a new series, Begin Again, and Jake teaches from the story lovingly painted on hundreds of church nursery walls but somehow regularly passed over by grown-ups: Noah’s Ark. Everyone knows the story of how the world ended, but less well know is what came after – how Noah started again.
May 24, 2020
Peter: The Wise
This week, Jake concludes an epic 12-week series in which we’ve sought to understand Jesus through the life of Peter. We remember who Peter was, who he became, and why, and learn from the wisdom he expressed later in his life in his epistles – 1 and 2 Peter.
May 17, 2020
Peter: The Dreamer
Today, from Acts 10, Scott recounts the story of Peter’s bizarre dream at Simon’s house: a sheet full of animals is lowered from heaven, three times. What did it mean for Peter? … And does it mean anything for us?
May 10, 2020
Peter: The Liberated
Ten years after the Resurrection, Peter was finally the faith-filled follower of Jesus that he was meant to become. Today, the story of his miraculous liberation from jail, and a tough question it raises concerning God’s character.
May 3, 2020
Peter: The Healer
Peter didn’t have money, but he did have a God-given gift of healing. After God healed a lame man through Peter, people would place the sick where Peter’s shadow would fall on them, believing that even this would heal their loved ones. Today, we explore the theology of God’s gift of healing in Peter’s day … and ours.
Apr 26, 2020
Peter: The Preacher
Today: How an uneducated, impulsive fisherman became a fisher of men.
Apr 19, 2020
Peter: The Restored
After Jesus’ resurrection, John chapter 21 tells the story of Peter’s restoration. How could the man who denied Jesus in His darkest hour possibly be restored to His side?
Apr 12, 2020
Peter: The Forgiven
In Easters past we have looked at the reality of the resurrection. This year, we look at its result, through the eyes of Peter.
Apr 11, 2020
Peter: The Failure
In this special Good Friday message, we remember and reflect on a blood-stained cross, and enter the next chapter of Peter’s story: the awful truth of the three times he denied Jesus.
Apr 5, 2020
Peter: The Rock
This week, we discuss what Jesus meant when he referred to Peter as the Rock, and Peter’s answer to the most important question Jesus ever asked: who do you say that I am?
Mar 29, 2020
Peter: The Learner
This week, we’re excited to welcome Mike Howerton to our regular speaking team! Mike continues our series on Peter with a message on three of most important lessons Peter learned in his short time with Jesus.
Mar 22, 2020
Peter: The Bold
One of Peter’s defining moments was when he walked on water with Jesus. Today we read that story in Matthew 14 carefully, verse by verse, to learn what enabled Peter to look past his fear and take that step. During this time of global pandemic and turmoil, can we learn to trust Jesus in the same way?
Mar 15, 2020
Peter: The Ordinary
This week we start a new 10 week (yes, 10 week!) series on Peter. He was just an ordinary man who lived what was in most ways an ordinary life, a big-hearted fisherman who Jesus loved. Our aim in this series is not just to learn about Peter himself but to learn more about Jesus as we see him through Peter’s eyes.
Mar 8, 2020
The Story of Mark
Today, the story of John Mark, better known in Scripture as simply “Mark.” Like most of us, Mark was just an ordinary man. But God loves ordinary men, and God used him (and He can use us) for extraordinary things.
Mar 1, 2020
Scott Swan joins us for Arbor’s first Gospel Sunday to speak on how Jesus miraculously saved him and how Jesus can also save every one of us.
Feb 23, 2020
Discover: The Who?
It’s graduation day! In the final week of our class, we’re completing our discussion of Arbor’s purpose by talking about WHO accomplishes that purpose. Week 4 Booklet (PDF)
Feb 16, 2020
Discover: The How?
In the first two weeks, we covered what our purpose is and why we’re here. Now it’s time for the nuts and bolts: how, exactly, do we go about accomplishing our purpose? What’s our strategy? Special guest appearances from people behind the scenes at Arbor, including the leader of our Groups ministry and someone who’s witnessed firsthand what God’s been doing through our care team. Week 3 Booklet (PDF)
Feb 9, 2020
Discover: The What?
Last week we talked about why Arbor exists, and now we’re answering the next big question: what is our purpose? The answer is a simple phrase … but sometimes even a simple phrase can mean different things to different people, so today we’re going deep and talking practically about how we live out our purpose. Week 2 Booklet (PDF)
Feb 2, 2020
Discover: The Why?
In our new series class, we’re learning about the fundamental principles on which Arbor is founded, starting this week on Arbor’s 3rd birthday with the Why: Why a new church? Why now? And most importantly, why are we here? If you’re watching or listening online (and especially if you enjoy filling in blanks), we encourage you to download and print the booklet so you can follow along: Week 1 Booklet (PDF)
Jan 26, 2020
Choose: Important over Urgent
Scott wraps up our Choose series by asking us to make the hard choice to chose what’s truly important when our lives are full of urgency.
Jan 19, 2020
Choose: Surrender over Control
It’s hard to give up control. It’s scary to give up control. And we often feel unsure of where we should give up control. Jake shares some stories from Scripture that illustrate the consequences of hanging on to the reins too tightly, and gives us three questions to ask to determine if we should let go.
Jan 12, 2020
Choose: Discipline Over Regret
Scott Hetherington continues the Choose series with a talk on how we should choose discipline in our life rather than eroding ourselves with regret.
Jan 5, 2020
Choose: Purpose over Popularity
Our new series is about the handful of critical choices we all make in life. In this first message, Jake asks us to consider whether we’re choosing to please people … or to follow the purpose God’s given us.
Dec 29, 2019
We celebrate our first Family Sunday with a message from our Student Director, Bryan, who has some words for the kids in the audience – and their parents – from Ephesians, and the story of a young Jesus’ disappearance in Jerusalem. (Can you imagine losing the Son of God?)
Dec 24, 2019
A special Christmas Eve message featuring … Mephibosheth. This story of this little-known man’s journey to the king’s table is also our story – and the story of Christmas.
Dec 22, 2019
Just Like Jesus: Forgave
Garrett closes our series with a look at how Jesus taught us to forgive – and not just in the Sunday school sins-of-the-world sense, but in a part of his teaching about prayer that’s often overlooked.
Dec 15, 2019
Just Like Jesus: Preached
Jesus may be the most famous preacher ever to have lived. And if you don’t think of yourself as a preacher, that’s okay… because telling the story of Jesus is something anyone can do. Today, we learn from how He did it.
Dec 8, 2019
Just Like Jesus: Prayed
This, then, is how you should pray, said Jesus, and what follows is the most famous prayer in all of Scripture. Today, rather than turn it into a formula or checklist, we walk through each of its verses and phrases, looking for the heart and intent as we study how Jesus taught us to talk to our Father.
Dec 1, 2019
Just Like Jesus: Washed Feet
Imagine it, the Son of God washing the feet of His disciples: it was shocking, intimate, outlandish, and probably a little awkward. Jesus told us to go and do likewise, to wash each other’s feet. Today we’re looking at that strange, powerful encounter verse by verse to learn what it means to truly serve each other.
Nov 24, 2019
Just Like Jesus: Loved
They will know we are Christians by our love: What does that love look like? Jesus’s love was … well, a little different. Guest speaker Scott Scruggs explains.
Nov 17, 2019
Just Like Jesus: Walked
From now until Christmas, we’re going back to the basics and looking at the life of Jesus so we can simply learn to be like Him. Jake opens the series with a look at how Jesus walked – and not, of course, in the pedometer sense.
Nov 10, 2019
Resentment isn’t easy baggage to put down. It often weighs us down for years and years, sometimes to the point where we even start telling ourselves we’re comfortable with it. Scott teaches us how to confront it, using lessons from Paul’s letter to Philemon concerning Onesimus.
Nov 3, 2019
What does the Scripture have to say about debt? How should we prioritize our spending when there doesn’t seem to be enough to go around? Garrett asks these tough questions and offers hope as we look at one of the biggest killers of marriages, relationships, and freedom. Links to resources Garrett mentions in his message: Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace University, EveryDollar Budget App
Oct 27, 2019
Our new series is all about baggage. Our hope is to identify the different kinds of baggage we’re carrying – and how to drop it. Jake opens the series by talking about the heavy burden of secrets.
Oct 20, 2019
Ghost: the Power of
Jesus said that we would “receive power” from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)… but what kind of power, exactly, does the Spirit give us? What’s a spiritual gift, and how is it different from the Fruit (or, of you will, Produce) of the Spirit? Jake tackles these tough questions and more in the conclusion to our series on the Holy Ghost.
Oct 13, 2019
Ghost: the Produce of
You’ve heard it called “the Fruit of the Spirit,” we’re calling it the Produce, and one translation even calls it the Harvest of the Spirit. No matter what you call it, Paul’s famous list helps understand what it means to live a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led life. Bonus: lessons from a French Press.
Oct 6, 2019
Ghost: the Promise of
Jesus promised us a Helper. Today we’re talking about the fulfillment of that promise, in detail: How has the role of the Holy Spirit changed since the days of the Old Testament? When does He begin to dwell in the heart of a believer? What does it mean for Him to dwell in us in the first place? And – what if He’s supposed to be present, but we just don’t feel it?
Sep 29, 2019
Ghost: the Person of
Yes, we’re going there: our new sermon series is all about the Holy Spirit. This week, Jake talks about who, exactly, the Holy Spirit is, finally addressing from the pulpit the question Christians have been asking for so many years: what is the one difference between the Holy Spirit and essential oils?
Sep 22, 2019
Together: Like a Mosaic
Maybe you feel like you’re on the outside looking in when it comes to the church – not a perfectly fitting Lego but some sort of melted or misshapen blob. Thankfully, though, you don’t have to be perfect to fit… and sometimes a shape that’s not perfect is exactly what is needed to create something beautiful. Scott explains.
Sep 15, 2019
Together: Like Family
It’s hard to imagine a more apt metaphor for our togetherness as a church than a family – in fact, it’s not a metaphor at all; we are a family! Jake shares the three blessings we receive as adopted children of God, and specific ways we can support our siblings in Christ.
Sep 8, 2019
Together: Like Legos
Our new series Together starts this week! (Did you know that Arbor Church was almost “Together Church”?) Jake opens it up with a few lessons we can learn from the humble Lego.
Aug 25, 2019
Psalms: Psalm 30
Guest speaker Phil closes our series in Psalms with Psalm 30 and his own remarkable testimony.
Aug 18, 2019
Psalms: Psalm 51
Scott teaches us about Psalm 51, where David shows us how having a broken and contrite heart when asking forgiveness brings us closer to God.
Aug 11, 2019
Psalms: Psalm 23
“The Lord is my shepherd…" Thus begins David’s 23rd Psalm, one of the most oft-quoted and beloved Psalms in the Bible; a comfort to martyrs, cited by presidents, simple enough for a child, yet full of theological depth. Garrett helps us understand the rich imagery in this beautiful poem.
Aug 4, 2019
Psalms: Psalm 140 & 141
David’s Psalm 140 and Psalm 141 mirror each other, and both teach us about the awful power of tongue. Some words are helpful; some words are hurtful–but all words are consequential.
Jul 28, 2019
Psalms: Psalm 1
Today we go back with Scott to very first chapter of Psalms, which centers around the power of God’s word – the best self-help book ever written.
Jul 14, 2019
Psalms: Psalm 42 & 43
Garrett talks us through Psalms 42 & 43 and how we can praise God even when we are experiencing “Spiritual Depression”
Jul 7, 2019
Psalms: Psalm 150
Today we’re embarking on a new series in the book of Psalms, and Jake kicks it off by opening to Psalm 150 – a short Psalm that nevertheless lays a kind of framework for praise.
Jun 30, 2019
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. (Galatians 5:1). On a week when we’re celebrating the freedom of our nation (by blowing stuff up, of course), Scott asks what it means to free – and how we’re to live inside that freedom.
Jun 23, 2019
Given that our days are numbered, how do we savor the time we have left? Jake reveals a surprisingly simple answer based on his own limited time with his daughter Maggie, the wisdom of Moses in Psalm 90, and some insight from an interview with Aaron, a member of our family who has received some of the worst news you can from a doctor.
Jun 16, 2019
Savor: God's Word
Do you have a Bible collecting dust on a shelf? You’re not alone – only one in five Christians are in God’s word daily. Bryan exhorts us to take our Bibles off our shelves and savor the incredible, living word of God.
Jun 9, 2019
We’re all so busy all the time – we even take pride in it. Do we really need to abstain from every little bit of work on a “Sabbath” day to experience the rest that Jesus spoke of? Garrett starts with the resting God did back in Genesis and works through the Bible to see what it truly means to rest in Him.
Jun 2, 2019
Jake speaks on how to savor peace and where it is found.
May 26, 2019
Our new series is about savoring some of the things God’s given us, starting with the biggest and best–salvation.
May 19, 2019
What's the Point: Prayer
Are we missing the point of prayer? Guest speaker Neely McQueen speaks about not just how to talk to God but how to listen to Him.
35 wks 9 hr 18 min
May 12, 2019
What's the Point: Pain
It’s one of the most enduring questions Christians wrestle with: Why does God allow so much pain – in the world, and in our own lives? What’s the point?
31 wks 6 days 17 hr 44 min
May 5, 2019
What's the Point: The Church
Guest speaker Nate Hettinga continues our What’s the Point series, and today we’re asking what the point of church is. To get some answers, Nate turns to the place where it all started.
Apr 28, 2019
What's the Point: My Life
Is the point of our life to be happy? Maybe there’s something more than just that. How do we discover our specific purpose in life? A good place to start is by listening to this podcast.
Apr 21, 2019
Easter: Mary Magdalene
Even though Jesus foretold his own resurrection, it caught everyone off guard: nobody expected no body. Jesus chose to reveal the best news in the history of the world to … a woman who couldn’t even legally testify in court? Today we visit the old story through new eyes: hers.
Apr 19, 2019
On Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, but this Good Friday, we must first walk with Him through the final days before His death on a cross.
Apr 14, 2019
There are few people in Scripture who were put through a more difficult trial than Job, from whom was taken almost everything that can be taken. Job’s story, full of suffering that seems senseless, reminds us of Who is in control, and helps unravel the age-old mystery: how do we reconcile a loving God with a world full of pain?
Apr 7, 2019
Tested: Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego
Guest speaker Mike Howerton continues the series with a reminder that God is with us in our tests… and that He will bring us through them, just as He did for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego in the fiery furnace.
Mar 31, 2019
Tested: Rich Young Ruler
If you’ve ever failed a test, you’ll relate to this message about The Rich Young Ruler and his encounter with Jesus. Tests reveal the contents of our heart, and in this case, there was more love for wealth than for Jesus. Listen and imagine what your response might’ve been.
Mar 24, 2019
Our new sermon series looks at people in the Bible who were tested, starting with Jesus himself – a man who endured a trial directly from the enemy himself. What can we learn from how Jesus handled his trials, and from the shapes and patterns they took in His life?
Mar 17, 2019
Name Changers: Simon to Peter
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter.) – John 1:42. But Simon’s name change wasn’t so simple; like ours, his story is messy, full of ups and downs and slips back to his old identity, ready to defend Jesus to the death one day and denying him the next. Scott outlines the four basic phases he went through (and we go through) as Jesus defines who we are.
Mar 10, 2019
Name Changers: Saul to Paul
In Saul’s story, we see a name change become a LIFE change. This story speaks so much hope to those of us who feel we’re too far gone for God to love us or have a purpose for. If He could do it for Saul, He can do it for us.
Mar 3, 2019
Name Changers: Jacob to Israel
Just like Jacob, we struggle to surrender our future and identity to God. In this message, Pastor Garrett shares how to rest, not wrestle, in who God says we are.
Feb 24, 2019
Name Changers: Abram to Abraham
In our new series, we’re studying some people in Scripture who were so wholly transformed by God that that He commemorated the occasion by giving them new names. Abram (or, as he’s now more commonly known, Abraham) was the first of these, a man of faith whose new identity as a father of nations must have seemed, at first, a cruel joke…
Feb 17, 2019
What Would Jesus Undo: Greed
Most of us don’t think of ourselves as greedy people, but we all struggle with it to some degree – and perhaps more than we realize. What exactly is greed? Why is it wrong? And how in the world can we undo it?
Feb 3, 2019
What Would Jesus Undo: Spiritual Pride
We’ve all heard the saying “Pride comes before the fall.” Perhaps that’s why the scriptures have so much to say about pride… because God doesn’t want us to experience the pain associated with falling. This week Garrett walks us through a story Jesus told that highlights how spiritual pride can get in the way of us experiencing the fullness of life that God intends for us.
Jan 27, 2019
What Would Jesus Undo: Spiritual Indifference
If you were in the church scene in the 90’s, you can’t have missed the WWJD bracelets everyone was wearing – What Would Jesus Do?. In our new series, we’re turning that question on its head: What would Jesus undo? And this week, it’s that spiritual meh, the “enough Jesus to get me by” doldrums we’ve all walked through at one time or another. Jake shares one simple thing you can do to undo spiritual indifference in your life.
Jan 20, 2019
Making Disciples: Part 2
What does it take to help someone find and follow Jesus? Do you have what it takes? You might not feel like it, but as a follower of Jesus – you do. Scott analyzes find and follow, and unearths the old flannel-graph story of Zacchaeus.
Jan 13, 2019
Making Disciples: Part 1
If you’ve been to Arbor, you’ve seen our enormous Making Disciples … Together sign. It’s not just a slogan: it’s one of the things that makes Arbor what it is. In this new series, we’re going to explore what we mean by this simple phrase, and what it practically looks like to make disciples today.
Jan 6, 2019
You’ve probably got some expectations about what’s going to happen when you walk into church – or play this podcast. Today, though, is a little different. We’re going to break some of those expectations and talk about the expectations we have for ourselves, for our church, and for God Himself.
Dec 30, 2018
Hope: when I Feel Abandoned
The Good Book tells us that we should pitch our tents in the land of hope (Acts 2:25-28), but how are we supposed to do that when it feels like God’s left us to suffer alone? Dave Swenson offers three tent pegs.
Dec 24, 2018
Hope: for the Future
In this special Christmas Eve message, Jake closes out our series on hope with a message about … Simeon. “Who’s that?” He only gets a passing mention in the Christmas story, but if there’s one character in the drama who knew something about hope, it may well be this man, who spent most of his life waiting for God’s promised Messiah.
Dec 23, 2018
Hope: for our Present
We’re continuing our series on Hope with Joseph’s story. The Bible doesn’t say much about Jesus’ earthly father, but what we do know paints a picture of a man who had hope when things weren’t looking so good in Bethleham.
Dec 16, 2018
Hope: for our Past
Ever felt disqualified because of something in your past? Because of where you’re from? Think your family’s just too messed up to be worth anything? Well, today we’re looking at that long genealogy in Matthew that you’ve probably skipped over once or twice to take a look at Jesus’ family tree. And if you think your family is a train wreck, wait until you hear about His!
Dec 9, 2018
Overwhelmed: by People
Sometimes the most overwhelming part of the holidays is just the people around us. What is it about those close to us at holidays that can make us feel as though we can’t take another minute? Bob Lee digs into Philippians 2 to help us understand why we so often feel that way – and what we can do about it.
Dec 2, 2018
Overwhelmed: by Pace
You might not admit to being overwhelmed by money or fear, but many of us are somehow proud of being overwhelmed by the pace at which we live. We take pride in being busy and filling our time with activities and responsibilities. We’re certainly doing a lot – but is that really the life Jesus is inviting us into?
Nov 25, 2018
Overwhelmed: by Money
Money is one of the biggest things we fight about, one of the most frequently discussed topics in the New Testament, and yet still somehow a taboo subject. You’ve probably felt overwhelmed by finances at least once in your life – and odds are you find them overwhelming now. So, today: straight talk about money, from a spiritual perspective (via Pastor Jake) and from a practical perspective (via our own Mr.
Nov 18, 2018
Overwhelmed: by Fear
If you ask someone how they’re really feeling as we enter the holiday season, “overwhelmed” is likely to be an honest answer. Why does it feel sometimes like we’re drowning when we’re just trying to make it through the day? In this series we’re looking at what overwhelms us – and today Jake talks about fear.
Nov 11, 2018
Dangerous Prayers: Send Me
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me." – Isaiah 6:8. It’s easy enough to say these words, but when it comes down to it, most of us have a lot of excuses and qualifications around this prayer. Guest speaker Pat Swanson breaks these down and shows us what it means to pray this prayer and mean it.
Nov 4, 2018
Dangerous Prayers: Break Me
“Break me." – another prayer that should come with a warning label. When Jesus showed us how to pray this prayer, it was at what we now call the Last Supper. What can we learn from His prayer in this hour?
Oct 28, 2018
Dangerous Prayers: Search Me
Our new series is about some of the prayers in Scripture that … well, let’s say they shouldn’t be prayed lightly. We’re starting with David’s dangerous prayer in Psalm 139: Search me, O God, and know my heart…
Oct 21, 2018
Text: Question the Book
We’re wrapping up our series on the Bible with the tough questions you sent in over the last few weeks. What do we mean when we say the Bible is inerrant–isn’t it full of inconsistencies? How do we know the right books made it into the Bible? How can we reconcile the wrathful, genocidal tribal God of the Old Testament with the loving Father of the New Testament? Wally Kowalski joins us for a chat about these questions (and more!
Oct 14, 2018
Text: Study the Book
If the Bible’s a text message from God, it’s certainly an awfully long and daunting one – and anyone who’s tried to read it cover to cover knows that isn’t the best way to do it! This week, Bob gives us some simple tools for reading and learning from Scripture. You might say it’s as easy as using soap.
Oct 7, 2018
Text: Trust the Book
The veracity and authenticity of the Bible may have been unquestioned in earlier years, but lately there are lots more skeptics challenging the idea that we can trust it completely. Unfortunately, many of us only have faith-based answers to their fact-based questions, so today we’re going to the facts! Jake blazes through those facts today, laying down the overwhelming case for the Book.
Sep 30, 2018
Text: Read the Book
This week we start a new series called Text. It’s about the Bible, and today and Jake exhorts us to actually open it up and read it, addressing one by one the 7 most common excuses people give for letting the dust gather on their Bibles. (#6 will shock you!)
Sep 23, 2018
Splitting Logs: Outreach
Garrett wraps up our series on splitting logs with a look at what we’re doing – together – for the grieving, addicted, and lost.
Sep 16, 2018
Splitting Logs: Teams
What if the teams serving in our church … didn’t? Well, on this special Sunday .. they don’t. We set up our own chairs, there’s no band up front, we’re looking everywhere for coffee that was never brewed, and Garrett interviews the leads of each team about what they do.
Sep 9, 2018
Splitting Logs: Serving
“He who splits logs is endangered by them. If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.” – Ecclesiastes 10:9b-10 (ESV). This week we start a new sermon series based on this verse. For starters we’re talking about splitting the log of serving, and Jake shares some wisdom from Scripture (and his father) on focus and burnout.
Aug 26, 2018
Bob Lee tells us the story of Saul/Paul’s conversion as an example of how God treats outsiders that are hostile towards Christianity.
Aug 19, 2018
Outsiders: The Woman at the Well
Neely McQueen from Overlake drops by to talk in our latest message from the Outsiders series about the woman at the well and how Jesus showed great love and compassion to her.
Aug 12, 2018
Outsiders: Woman Caught in Adultery
Garrett talks about how Jesus fully embodies grace and truth when confronted with the dillemma of a woman who was caught in the act of adultery: uphold the grace He speaks of in His teachings and save her, or uphold the law of Moses and stone her.
Aug 5, 2018
Continuing with the Outsiders series, Jake speaks on a group of people not usually thought of when the term “outsiders” is used: Children. He shows us what Jesus had to say about children and how we can act like Jesus by focusing on and blessing children both near and far.
Jul 29, 2018
Outsiders: The Man with Leprosy
Lepers were quit literally outsiders in Jesus’ day, feared and banished from society. That Jesus guy, though… well, he didn’t treat this leper the way everyone else did.
Jul 22, 2018
In our new sermon series, we’re focusing outward rather than inward, not at ourselves but at those Jesus has called us to serve and reach. Zacchaeus was unquestionably an outsider–a short, unethical man despised even among his own people. Bob walks us through the short story of Zacchaeus’s encounter with Jesus and explains the 6 thing Jesus did to invite him in.
Jul 15, 2018
Questions Jesus Asked: Could You Not Keep Watch With Me for One Hour?
In Jesus’s last hours, he asked his disciples to stay awake and pray with him… but it wasn’t easy! How can we, too, stay woke?
Jul 8, 2018
Questions Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say I Am?
Jesus asked a whole lot of questions, and we’ve studied some of the more important ones together over the last few weeks. In the penultimate sermon in this series, Jesus asks the most important question: who do you say I am?
Jul 1, 2018
Questions Jesus Asked: Which of Them Will Love Him More?
“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?" Jesus asks Simon Peter this simple question with an obvious answer. Like the questions of Jesus we’ve been looking at in this series, though, there’s more beneath the surface…
Jun 24, 2018
Questions Jesus Asked: Which Was His Neighbor?
Maybe you’ve heard the parable of the Good Samaritan, the humble man who stopped to help a fellow traveler others passed by. Do you remember, though, that his parable was in response to a question, and that Jesus finished it with a rhetorical question of his own? Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?
Jun 17, 2018
Questions Jesus Asked: Do You Love Me?
Jake talks on how none of us are past the point of restoration as long as we have love for Jesus.
Jun 10, 2018
Questions Jesus Asked: For What Does it Profit...?
Bob talks on what Jesus says we will (or won’t) gain by pursuing things of this world vs. pursuing Him.
Jun 3, 2018
Questions Jesus Asked: Why Are You So Afraid?
You can learn a lot about someone by the questions they ask. Jesus might have already known the answer to every question he asked, but they can still teach us quite a lot about him. This new series explores some of those questions, starting with the deceptively obvious one Jesus asks to his disciples in a storm: why are you so afraid?
May 27, 2018
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift… – Matthew 5:23-24. In today’s special message Jonathan Wolfgang challenges us to actually go out and do what Jesus said.
May 20, 2018
“I am the vine… you are the branches.” Scott dives into this verse from John 15 to help us understand what Jesus really means when he exhorts us to “remain in me.”
May 13, 2018
You may have read the verse that describes us as God’s “masterpiece”. Today, Jake looks at some different kinds of masterpieces (and other passages in Scripture) to show us what that really means.
May 6, 2018
The Bible often refers to us as “sheep”… which doesn’t feel much like a compliment. Garrett helps us look past our culture’s obsession with leadership to see why this metaphor is used so often.
Apr 29, 2018
Our new series explores what God’s made us to be, and in this first message Jake unpacks the frequent Biblical metaphor of clay in the potter’s hands to help us understand how God shapes us – cracks and all.
Apr 22, 2018
God's Will: Hearing God's Voice
In the last sermon in this series, we ask the biggest questions left on the table: how does God speak to us today? And, just as importantly – how can we know, for sure, whether we are hearing His voice?
Apr 15, 2018
God's Will: Wise Counsel
Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, wasn’t so great at listening to wise counsel. Scott looks at Rehoboam’s life and his own and talks about how to seek and hear wise counsel to help find God’s personal will for our lives.
Apr 8, 2018
God's Will: Surrender
This week, we start a new series about God’s will, starting with one of the toughest questions people ask: how can I know God’s will for my life? … And if God wants me to follow His will, why does He make it so difficult to find it?
Apr 1, 2018
Easter: Jesus on the Road
One of the first things Jesus did after his resurrection was to … take a walk with two men who didn’t recognize him. This might not be part of the Easter story that you learned in Sunday school, but those men are a lot like us. What can we learn about Jesus on the road to Emmaus?
Mar 30, 2018
Good Friday: Jesus on the Cross
Before Jesus’ resurrection, he had to suffer the agony of the cross. In this Good Friday service, we remember His sacrifice.
Mar 25, 2018
Helping the Hurting: Lost
Helping the lost is both harder than you think … and easier. Guest speaker Jonathan Wolfgang explains the paradox.
Mar 18, 2018
Helping the Hurting: Addicted
It’s tough to talk about addiction, but it’s a reality in our communities and in many of our own lives. Two Arbor members share their stories and Garrett leads a conversation about the effects of addiction–and how to break free.
Mar 11, 2018
Helping the Hurting: Grieving
Have you ever wanted to help someone who’s going through a difficult time… but just don’t know what to say or do? Jake launches our new series on helping the hurting with a very practical message on how to walk with those who are grieving.
Mar 4, 2018
Sermon on the Mount: Forgiveness
Guest speaker Mike Howerton from Overlake Christian Church closes our Sermon on the Mount series with a message about one of the most radical teachings in the whole Sermon: that of a counter-cultural, cheek-turning, mile-walking, outlandish forgiveness.
Feb 25, 2018
Sermon on the Mount: Fasting
Fasting is just for super-spiritual people and crazy prophets … or maybe something they did in the Bible that we don’t do any more … right? And if fasting is for us – do we have to? In today’s message Jake looks at Jesus’ teaching on fasting in the Sermon on the Mount and answers all these questions, laying out the what, how, and why of fasting.
Feb 18, 2018
Sermon on the Mount: The Fulfillment of the Law
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called himself the fulfillment of the law. What’s that all about, and what law is he referring to? Garrett helps us understand what he was talking about and what it means for us.
Feb 11, 2018
Sermon on the Mount: Judging Others
Judge not, lest you be judged! It’s one of the few Bible verses that almost everyone seems to know, and many take it to mean “just don’t judge anyone at all, ever”. This isn’t actually what the Bible says, however, and Jake walks us through Jesus and Paul’s teachings on the why, who, and how of judging.
Feb 4, 2018
Arbor's First Birthday!
Arbor Celebrates its first birthday and Jake shares Arbor’s mission for the next year.
Jan 28, 2018
Sermon on the Mount: Worry
We know worrying isn’t usually helpful… but we often find ourselves caught up in it anyway. Jesus had some words to say about worry in the Sermon on the Mount, and Scott helps us understand His wisdom for dealing with worry.
Jan 21, 2018
Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes
Our new series is about Jesus’ most famous sermon. We start at the beginning by looking at the famous Beatitudes, which are all those statements that start with blessed are the… What is Jesus talking about when he says blessed here, and what’s the common thread that ties them all together?
Jan 7, 2018
Making of a Movement
What does it take for a movement to start? What would it take for us to start a movement? We look at one of the most successful movements in history (the one started by Jesus himself) to see what a fearless follower looks like.
Dec 31, 2017
Giving Up to Gain
Dave Swenson looks at the Scriptures that talk about the cost of following Jesus, and the four things that make it such a struggle for us to fully release that which we hold tightly.
Dec 24, 2017
Immanuel: The Shepherds
On Arbor Church’s first Christmas Eve Service, Jake tells us about the shepherds whom the angels first told of Jesus’ birth and how Immanuel, God with us, ensures that we will never be lonely, even if we are as alone as a shepherd with only his or her sheep for company.
Dec 17, 2017
Jonathan Wolfgang visits from Northsore Community Church to speak on Mary and how responding to the stress of life’s unexpected, and potentially unwanted, gifts with worship and trust magnifies God.
Dec 10, 2017
Immanuel: Zechariah & Elizabeth
Jake tells us about Zechariah and Elizabeth, a faithful and blameless couple without fault yet are unable to bear children in a world of an extended silence from God. However, a dramatic change leads to the beginnings of Immanuel: God with us.
Dec 3, 2017
Money. We love it, we hate it, we fight about it, and Jesus talked about it … a lot. Drawing inspiration from the way we balance things in the physical world and from Scripture, Jake talks about the three things we need in order to achieve balance and margin in our financial lives.
Nov 26, 2017
Our message today is from guest speaker Tom Regan from Imprint Church, and it’s about making room in our busy lives to balance our activity with rest.
Nov 19, 2017
This week, we start a new series on finding balance. Jake digs into a Psalm written by Moses (yes, Moses wrote a Psalm!) to uncover a principle that will change your perspective on your time and how you choose to spend it.
Nov 12, 2017
Miracles: Faith of the Centurion
Garrett wraps up our series on miracles with a unusual healing that Jesus performed on behalf of a man who wasn’t a Jew … miles away from the man who needed to be healed. Can our faith do that? And, a tougher question: can we influence God?
Nov 5, 2017
Miracles: The Pool of Bethesda
Jesus meets a man who’s been unable to walk for 38 years and asks him a very curious question: do you want to get well? Is the miracle we say we want really what we’re looking for?
Oct 29, 2017
Miracles: The Raising of Lazarus
The raising of Lazarus is one of Jesus’ most famous and most impressive miracles, but on close examination it’s also one of his most puzzling. Jesus doesn’t race to the scene when he hears that his beloved friend is dying. Why?
Oct 22, 2017
Miracles: Questions with the Professor
Today we’re honored to be joined by Professor Wally Kowalski, professor of theology at Northwest University, to help us answer some of our toughest questions about miracles.
Oct 15, 2017
Miracles: Blind Man from Bethsaida
In this series, we’re going to talk about miracles–why? when? and do they happen today? Jake opens by looking at one of Jesus’ lesser known miracles, in which he restores the sight of a blind man in a very unorthodox manner.
Oct 9, 2017
Felt Needs: Freedom
If you’re a Christian, you probably know that you’re free… and yet you’ve also probably felt stuck, helpless, and in bondage. How do we get unstuck? And why don’t we feel free?
Oct 1, 2017
Felt Needs: Succeed
Even the most successful people in recorded history often feel unfulfilled. Why don’t we ever feel as though we have what it takes?
Sep 24, 2017
Felt Needs: Belong
We all feel the need to belong from a young age. Where does that need come from, and what do we try to do to fill it? Can we ever feel as though we truly belong?
Sep 17, 2017
Felt Needs: Known
This week, Jake opens our new series about “felt needs” – needs we all have but that that we don’t often talk about – with a message about our need to be known, and how God can meet that need even though He often feels distant.
Sep 10, 2017
Living Missionally: Missional Communities
Jake and Garrett team up for the last message in this series: a sobering rundown of what isn’t working in today’s churches, and a proposal for how we hope to make a real difference by doing things really differently. Plus, your questions about groups answered!
Sep 3, 2017
Living Missionally: One, Not Everyone
The amount of pain and need in the world can be completely overwhelming. We can’t help everyone – but as Christians we can’t turn a blind eye and help no one, either. Jake shares a simple principle that we can use to make a difference.
Aug 27, 2017
Living Missionally: Lamp on a Stand
We’re a church that says that we believe in missional living … in fact, we believe it’s the key to making disciples. Jake kicks off the series by unpacking some of the Biblical metaphors that call us to let our faith be known.
Aug 13, 2017
Ruth: Part Three
Bob wraps up our series on Ruth with the story of Ruth’s redemption through Boaz, and the ways in which it parallels our own redemption through Jesus.
Aug 6, 2017
Ruth: Part Two
Ruth’s story is about both providence and redemption, and today Jake brings these themes together to talk about the way God provides for us in ways that often aren’t at all obvious at the time.
Jul 30, 2017
Ruth: Part One
In the first of a three-part series on Ruth, Bob teaches through the first chapter of Ruth, and talks about the bitterness and sweetness of following God.
Jul 23, 2017
One Anothers: Forgiveness
Do we have to forgive those who’ve wronged us? If so, why? And, more importantly … how can we ever do it, especially when the wrong is repeated and the offender unrepentant? How do you know if you’ve forgiven someone? Jake tackles these questions and more in his final message on the One Anothers.
Jul 16, 2017
One Anothers: Encouragement
Guest speaker Rory Eldridge tells us what’s up with all of the passages in Scripture that tell us to encourage each other, and illustrates just how powerful our words can be.
Jul 9, 2017
One Anothers: Unity
The scripture often exhorts us to “be unified” – but what does that even mean? Garrett takes a look at what unity is (and isn’t) and why it’s so important in a time when the church and nation are more divided than ever.
Jul 2, 2017
One Anothers: Truthfulness
Guest speaker Todd Arrambide talks truth: the right context for telling it, and the truth we tell to each other, to our culture, and the world.
Jun 25, 2017
One Anothers: Humility
Jake kicks off our new series on the “one anothers”–phrases used throughout Scripture that teach us how to live life, be a community, and accomplish great things together. We start with humility, one of the most frequently mentioned “one anothers” (if not the most popular!).
Jun 19, 2017
Thomas is a disciple so famous for his unbelief that he’s often referred to as Doubting Thomas, but his faith wasn’t always weak. Jake paints a more complete picture of Thomas from the handful of other accounts of him in the Gospels, revealing a man who was also courageous, and from whom we can learn a lot about true discipleship.
Jun 11, 2017
Disciples: Matthew & Simon
Bob Lee talks about Matthew the Tax Collector and Simon the Zealot and how we are united under Jesus, no matter the differences we have with each other.
Jun 4, 2017
Jake Goetze talks about the lesser-known disciple Andrew and his very important role in bringing others to Jesus.
May 28, 2017
Peter is one of the most famous disciples, known both for his boldness and his collapses. In the second message in the Disciples series, we take a deeper look at who he was and what we can learn from him about being a disciple of Jesus.
May 21, 2017
Bob Lee opens our series on the disciples of Jesus with some background on what it meant to be a disciple in Jesus’s day, and then focuses on one disciple in particular: John, the “disciple whom He loved.”
May 14, 2017
Heaven: Living for Eternity
In the final message in the Heaven series, we learn how to live in the light of our new Home: how the reality of Heaven can and should affect our day-to-day lives here on Earth.
May 7, 2017
Heaven: Eternity Eventually
What will the new Heaven be like, exactly? Are we going to be young or old? Will it be like an eternal church service, or are we going to float around with harps? Will we remember our life, or become bored with eternity? Drawing from Scripture and the best resources we have, Jake answers some of the most frequently asked questions about where we’ll spend eternity.
Apr 30, 2017
Heaven: Eternity Apart
Heaven will be wonderful… but it has an opposite. Bob tackles the hard question of why a place exists apart from God, and how anyone could deserve to be sent there.
Apr 23, 2017
Heaven: Eternity with God
What will Heaven be like? Jake opens the series by collecting hints from Scripture about what we can expect after we die, focusing in this first message specifically on Heaven as it exists today, before God makes all things new at the end of history.
Apr 16, 2017
The Reality of the Resurrection
You’re at a coffee shop with Jake, and he’s got 20 minutes to convince you to follow Jesus. What’s his pitch? (Hint: the resurrection of Jesus, and the overwhelming evidence for its reality, is a centerpiece.)
Apr 14, 2017
Pain: Redeeming Pain (Good Friday)
In this special Good Friday service, we are invited to remember a unique and holy pain: the redeeming pain of Jesus as he suffered his final hours.
Apr 9, 2017
Pain: Reflections of Pain
Stories of deep pain and redemption told firsthand by Arbor Church members: chronic physical pain, loss of loved ones, broken families and marriages, and God’s faithfulness.
1 hr 3 min
Apr 2, 2017
Pain: Responding to Pain
How do we–and should we–respond to pain? Jake discusses the three typical responses to pain, and Davy joins him to talk about how they are responding to the pain in their lives. We learn some practical ways to respond to pain from the apostle Paul, who was no stranger to it.
Mar 26, 2017
Pain: Realities of Pain
Jake launches our series on pain by talking about the reality of pain, drawing from his own experience walking through some of the deepest pain any parent can feel. God can feel very absent in these times, and Jake uses the unlikely example of John the Baptist to illustrate this difficult response.
Mar 19, 2017
Special guest Pat Swanson uses the story of Dorcas to teach us how to excel at the art of neighboring by knowing and loving those who live near us.
Mar 12, 2017
Acts: The Dispersion
Bob shares from Acts 8 about how God uses really difficult circumstances for good.
Mar 5, 2017
Acts: The Cost
Jake talks about the cost of following Jesus and what is given in return.
Feb 26, 2017
Acts: The Mistakes
Jake teaches about the mistakes made during the early days of the early church and the lessons embedded within them.
Feb 19, 2017
Acts: The Community
Bob shares from Acts 2 and compares the early church to the modern church. How could our community become more like theirs?
Feb 12, 2017
Acts: The Message
Today Jake discusses the message shared in Acts 3. What exactly was said, how was it shared, and what does that mean for our world today?
Feb 5, 2017
Acts: The Promise
In our first sermon series as a new church, Jake teaches from the book of Acts about the early days of the church and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Jan 29, 2017
Why We're Here
Launch Sunday! Why we’re here, how we got here, and where we’re going … together.
Jan 10, 2016
Jake tells the story of how he and his family walked through every parent’s worst nightmare: their 3-year-old daughter Maggie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.