In this sermon series, we will address what it means to face our fears by faith, just as each of these characters learned to do. We’ll talk about some of the heroes of faith who faced their fears and learned to fearless. As followers of Jesus, we are called to walk by faith in the face of a fearful and uncertain world where we live today. This requires us to listen to the Lord’s voice, submit to His leadership, trust Him to protect and provide, and be empowered by His Spirit. Hopefully, in the process, we will become more fearless as we learn to fear less because our God is with us.
Prayers aren’t empty words hurled at the sky. They’re conversations—in fact, they’re the most important conversations of our lives. This series will examine some of the Prayers that Paul Prayed for the church. Our goal is to deepen our knowledge and our love for God and others. We want to hear God speak to us today as we dig into the things Paul talked to God about on behalf of His Body.
Most people, if they believe in God, want a God that they can control-a God who will give them what they want when they want it. But, the God of the Bible is not that God. He is the God that we need at this moment in history. This series will seek to challenge and deepen our understanding of God and His Character. Our thoughts about God and who He is will impact every part of our life. He’s not a God that we can control, he’s not a God who will simply give us what we want. He is the God that we need in our lives every day.
We’ll take a detailed look at the Gospel of Mark. In this account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we see him fulfilling in himself the Old Testament hopes for a coming king, the Messiah, yet we also see the stark ways in which Jesus confounds public expectations of what this king will do: He will suffer and he will serve.
What is Communion, and why is it important? What do the symbols of Communion represent? Who should receive Communion, and how often? Is church the only place I can receive Communion? We’ll take a close look at Communion, and then we invite everyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ to participate.
We all love to get gifts. Advent is a time of the year for us to be reminded of the gift of God’s Son coming into our world in Bethlehem in the most unexpected way and in the strangest of circumstances. We will take the month to look once more at the great gifts that come to us through God’s amazing gift and remind ourselves what really matters in our world today.
Whether the issue of the day on Social Media, in the coffee shops or on cable news is about sexuality, political squabbles or some argument about faith and science, we often line up for a battle. What often happens is that we just end up farther apart and angrier than ever. Jesus taught there is a better way. It is possible to hold fast to God’s truth and still love others with humility. It is possible to be people of integrity and serve those who disagree with us. In this series, we will address some of the “touchy subjects” that often divide and seek to help us take a different perspective on how we deal with them and love those who agree and disagree with us.
Most people have to deal with toxic thoughts – thoughts that are slowly destroying their lives and relationships. For some reason, we all seem to struggle with negative thoughts about who we are. Our thoughts influence our emotions and our actions. We need to learn to identify the source of our thoughts and deal with toxic thinking in our lives.
Gilbert Foster is a Scotsman who has spent many years helping people and churches. With the uncanny knack of causing people to rethink who they are and what life is all about he calls everyone to avoid apathy and embrace the adventure of life. Gilbert is the co-founder of the nonprofit children’s charity When I Grow Up. He lives and breathes the achievable goal of kicking extreme poverty off the planet in our generation – and churches being at the leading edge of the work of justice and empowerment. Gilbert is also the Director of Recruitment & Development for Growing Healthy Churches.
From the tree in the garden to the guy or girl with the cute smile to cutting corners for the business deal to the pull of the pornography and the desire for more, we all face temptation. But why is it so difficult to just walk away-to just say no? We will take a close look at the temptations Jesus faced in the desert in order to identify some of the driving forces behind the temptations we face every day. Once we realize what is behind temptation, and what is going on when we’re tempted, we may be able to find the confidence to respond as Jesus did and learn to say no.
False teachers were trying to chip away at the deity and authority of Christ, seeking to convince the church at Colossae that Christ wasn’t sufficient for their lives-they needed more. Paul wrote the book of Colossians, giving us concentrated teaching on the theology of “Christ.” Jesus is the answer to everything. He is supreme. He is sufficient. He is the one who has saved us from sin and changed us into new, living creatures. We have a new life because of Him. We need these truths today to give us a clear view of who Jesus is that can lead us to heartfelt obedience to Christ, greater confidence in Christ and larger influence in our community and ultimately the world for His glory.