Love that Disrupts the Chaos

Sorry for the audio quality. We had some technical difficulties this morning. PC's message this morning addressed how we should respond to the chaos that often accompanies the Christmas season.

In the midst of the chaos, Jesus calls us to come to him, listen to his voice, and never give up hope. We should not only do these things, but encourage the faith of others, and share the joy we find in Christ with those who do not know him.

The Church as a Community

The strength of any community is found in its ability to help people focus on the things that matter most. The problem is: We have to decide what matters the most.

Any personal opinion, preference, or agenda that becomes more important than our real purpose will destroy the community God intends for the church. The church was created to glorify God and to bring people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It's not that hard. We're supposed to live so that people see God in us and live constantly on a mission to bring people into God's kingdom.

Over-Thinking and Under-Praying

Many people struggle with over-thinking many things in their life. This can lead to two different things: 1) They can suffer paralysis by analysis and 2) They can think too much and pray too little. Does this mean we shouldn't use our minds as Christians? Of course not. God expects us to use our minds in conjunction with the power of prayer. The possibilities of what God can do are endless, if we simply surrender.

Living in the Past

Pastor Craig discusses how, as believers, we should handle the past. He delves into how people handle the past and why the way people handle it is problematic. He then gives us four suggestions from scripture and closes with how to be free from your past and the benefits that brings.

This episode also includes Alice M. giving an introduction to Stephen Ministries. A new ministry which equips members of the church to care for people going through tough times.

Learning Jesus

If Jesus is my greatest influence, do I live like him? Do I feel like he does? Do I teach and love like Jesus? Do I pray like he did? Is my greatest desire, my soul mission in life, to see people re-connect with the God who created them? To see them saved? To see them experience the transforming power of God’s grace? The greatest need in our world today is for people to see Jesus. The love, the presence, and the power of Jesus are transformative – and the world should see Jesus in the people who call themselves Christians. If we want to surprise the world, we need to live and love like Jesus!

Changing Our Eating Habits

Changing Our Eating Habits

As simple as it sounds, we can engage in God's mission to redeem his creation by changing our habits of eating. Much of Jesus ministry was spent eating with all kinds of people. One author went so far as to say that "Jesus literally ate his way through the Gospels."

Pastor Chris challenges us to surprise the world by eating with 3 people this week - at least one of whom is not a member of this church.

Encounter

In this sermon, Pastor Zack wraps up his series How to Worship a King. Over the previous four weeks, we discovered that worship properly ordered is worship that please God and is worship that he accepts as true and proper. Today we enter into the throne room, before the God of the universe and find the entirety of the gospel message.