Additional Sermon Series
I Love My Church
When you hear the word church, what first comes to mind? For some people, this word stirs up painful memories. For others, its a word marked by stories of joy and incredible transformation. The Church of Jesus Christ is made up of imperfect people, but we serve a perfect Savior who has a world-changing purpose for us. When we follow after Him as a redeemed family, Jesus will challenge our preconceived notions of what a church is, exceed our expectations for what this community can be, and leave us saying with a smile, I love my church!
From the thoughts that keep us awake at night to the pressures that meet us each day, our lives are often plagued by anxiety. This struggle isn't only confined to the 21st century, however. Jesus had a lot to say about how we can deal with anxiety effectively. For followers of Christ, it looks less like gaining control and more like surrendering control to Him, trading our white-knuckled grip on life for His full life of peace—a peace that guards our hearts and minds even when the battle rages on.
Life throws many challenges and difficulties at us, and often we simply want a quick fix. Wed like all the problems in our finances, relationships, and career to get solved immediately so that our lives can take the shape we think will most honor God. But at the end of the day, its not about what were facing; its about where were looking. Gods Word teaches us that the secret to true joy and perseverance is not to wait for our problems to be fixed, but to fix our eyes on Jesus in the midst of them.
Sync: Aligning Your Resources with God's Priorities
Whether youve followed Jesus for most of your life or youre brand new to faith, its easy to let your life fall out of line and grow out of sync with God. This is why, in Matthew 25, Jesus preaches one of His final sermons on the topic of God's design for our everyday lives. When we align our decisions, time, and money with Gods priorities, we give Him the honor He deserves and discover a full, healthy life with Him at the center.
180: Time for a Turnaround
Jesus specializes in making things new. When we place our faith in Him, Christ covers our sin and reconciles us to God, writing the greatest comeback story our lives have ever known. But our experience of renewal doesnt end here. Gods work of redemption continues in our lives as His Spirit empowers us to make major turnarounds, pursuing a life that honors Him. As we begin a new year, lets search Gods Word to see how Jesus repairs whats broken in us to prepare our lives for His glory.
Gods goodness and faithfulness have triumphed throughout 2017. Before we step into a new year, lets look back with worshipful wonder on the amazing things He has done.
The Other Side of Christmas
Sometimes our strained budgets, holiday busyness, and family bickering can turn Christmas into a dramatic day wed like to put past us. But this isnt merely a day to endure so we can get back to normal lifeGods people eagerly anticipated Christmas for centuries! When Jesus finally came into our broken world to make things right, He gave us access to a transformed way of life. Now, we dont need to wait in order to have true hope, peace, joy, and love. Here on the other side of Christmas, we have access to these blessings today, because we have Christ Himself.
God invites us on a mission to bless the world with the good news of Jesus. First, He works in us, filling us with His message and His truth. Whenever God blesses us, its so His blessing can flow through us to others. As He sends us out, God goes with us, and because of that we can live out the mission with confidence, knowing that He is for us. God works in us, through us, and for us so that every person can experience His glory.
Wisdom in a World of Chaos
The Bible isnt antiquated or out-of-dateits full of practical advice that guides us toward a life worth living. In a world wanting to choose its own way, make its own rules, and steer its own direction, the Word of God holds out an alternative: wisdom that transforms our lives not only because its helpful, but because its true.
In the book of Genesis, the story of Joseph begins with a dream. But in order for that dream to become reality, Joseph must overcome some obstacles in his life, moving from where he is to where hes meant to be. The same is true of us: God created us for a purpose, but obstacles fill the road between where we are and where Hes calling us to be. So, whats holding you back?