Message Series Archive
Below you will find a listing of messages/series from January 2008 to the present.
Join us in coming to terms with the coming of Jesus Christ during the season leading up to Easter Sunday. We will begin with a surprising look at the cross from a Jewish Rabbi. We will then journey through 2 Thessalonians and discover how final judgment is good news and how to connect our work with God’s work. We will conclude our journey by celebrating Good Friday with our sister churches and joyfully worshiping the risen Christ on Easter Sunday. Coming to terms with His coming may be the wisest thing you have ever done.
The apostle Paul, and his team brought the gospel of Christ to people living in Thessalonica, Greece in 49 AD. The people who believed the gospel were transformed by it. When persecution forced Paul to leave the young church, he prayed for them, sent Timothy to strengthen their faith, and wrote them a letter (1 Thessalonians) calling them to be genuine followers of Christ. Paul's letter answers six vital questions about authentic Christianity.
New Year, Renewed Hope (Matthew 2:1-23) (December 30, 2013)
Jesus insisted that the Old Testament Scriptures are about Him; "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that bear witness of Me . . ." (John 5:39). After His resurrection from the dead, He told His disciples that the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms, all spoke of Him (Luke 24:44-47). We will explore four Old Testament portraits of Jesus. Come and behold Him!
The Bible tells why we long for relationships, why our relationships fail, how to restore them and how to keep them healthy. In this series we will discover how a change in our hearts can result in healthy relationships with our parents, our brothers and sisters in Christ, our marriage partner and even those who hurt us.
The God of amazing grace is on a chase. As we open the book of Jonah together we, will see how God tracks down his disobedient prophet, corners some hardened sailors and captures the hearts of the entire pagan population of Nineveh. But God’s grace chase does not end with Jonah; it continues to this day. He is pursuing each of us for our good and His glory. Join us as we journey through Jonah.
There are seven tough topics that I believe our church family needs to tackle in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reason for addressing some of the issues will be obvious--for example: how we think about sex and marriage in light of the radical shift in perspective in our culture. It will not be as immediately obvious why other topics, such as how we think about baptism and communion, were chosen. However, after prayer and careful observation of the matters our church family is facing, I believe all 7 of these topics are subjects God is calling us to engage. Join us on the journey!
Large cracks suddenly appeared on the twentieth floor of a New York skyscraper. Building engineers discovered that a janitor had been stealing bricks from a sub-basement wall over a period of five years and actually used them to build a garage! His theft from the foundation revealed itself in cracks twenty floors up. If cracks appear in the walls of our lives – we should check our foundations first! Jesus Christ came to be the unshakable foundation of our lives. Join us in a seven week journey in the Scriptures to discover foundations for rock solid living.
The grace invasion was announced in advance and is taking place every day around the world. Those who know about it and yield are provided for, made whole and disturbed to the core.
Mark, the first and shortest gospel is a fast-paced narrative of the reason for hope; Jesus Christ. When we learn who Jesus is and why He came we are forced to come to terms with His call on our lives. He longs to infuse us with hope!
The Bible's 150 Psalms comprise the song and prayer book of the people of God which is held together by one thread - a hunger for God. The Psalms are designed to shape our thoughts and affections as we express our faith in God through the realities of life.
The Journey (April 3-24, 2011)
Jesus Christ profoundly altered the course of history, dividing it into B.C. and A.D. All of the Old Testament builds up to and all of the New Testament builds upon that period of human history in which He was crucified and resurrected from the dead. We will take a journey with Jesus Christ through the gospels, focusing on those history-altering events of His death and resurrection. If we truly behold Him, He will re-write our history too!
(January - March 2011)
How can we be whole and at the same time incomplete? The Book of Colossians answers this paradox with specific Christ-saturated insights that can satisfy our longing for hope and confidence.
(September 5 - December 12, 2010)
James, the half-brother of Jesus Christ, wrote his book sometime between 40-45 AD (the first New Testament book) and just 10-15 years after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Like an experienced trainer at the gym, James makes us face the truth and takes us through daily workouts to get us in shape spiritually.
A five-week journey through the conclusion of Hebrews and three Old Testament masterpieces - Ecclesiastes, Esther, and Malachi.
(February 7 - June 27, 2010)
Hope and confidence can be ours if we treasure Jesus Christ above all else. After all our only options are between God and idolatry. Join us in a journey through this inspired book designed to capture our hearts with the superiority of Jesus Christ.
(December 27, 2009 - January 31, 2010)
Every believer in Christ is a bridge, built by Jesus Christ, to transport His compassion and grace to the world. To effectively fulfill our mission we need to trust our "master engineer", see ourselves as His bridges, understand why bridge building is necessary, know what good bridges are like, discover the unique bridge God wants each of us to be and join God in His mission.
(November 29 - December 20, 2009)
Jesus’ lowly birth signaled the great reversal that He would bring into the world – a peasant baby would make rich kings bow, provoke a powerful monarch to jealously, cause invisible angels to appear and headline unknown shepherds as His well known heralds!
Jesus’ short ministry smashed long held assumptions and ushered in the great reversal of values – the first will be last; the proud will be humbled; the humbled will be exalted; the greatest are the servants of all; those who find their lives, lose it; those who lose their lives, find it; sinners are declared righteous; the righteous are called sinners!
In our own lives, Jesus’ arrival is designed to end our journey into destruction and bring about the great reversal into His abundant eternal life!
This advent season we will examine four “Great Reversal Stories” from the gospel of Luke. We will find Jesus to be good but not safe – He intends to bring about the great reversal in us!
(August 9 - November 22, 2009)
Imagine having immediate access to the most reliable source of wisdom for every aspect of your life. Consider being able to daily connect with the One in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Think of the inner stability, contagious joy and unstoppable perseverance that will become yours if you acquire wisdom from God. Together we can acquire priceless wisdom for everyday life.
(July 5 - August 2, 2009)
Followers of Jesus Christ are by definition, people of influence. That is why Jesus called us the light of the world and the salt of the earth. And the influence cuts both ways. Only if we are daily having our thinking and behavior shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ, will our influence honor Christ.
(April 19 - June 28, 2009)
Nehemiah was one of the greatest leaders in history because he "aligned himself" with God and His purposes and learned how to help others do the same. His inspired book teaches us how to cooperate with God in His "alignment mission". Only when we are living in agreement, in line with God and His purposes, do we fulfill our purpose in life!
(April 12, 2009)
(March 1 - April 5, 2009)
Though unseen, God longs for us to "see" both His sovereignty and goodness in our daily lives. He invites us to enter into Ruth's short story so that we can discover His good and strong hand in our long story. Even though Ruth's story takes place in a dark time of moral collapse, national disunity and foreign oppression; the light of God's redemption for those who trust Him, shines bright.
According to Jesus, it is not the example of the religious who teach us how to pray but rather that of children relating to their good Dad. With 65 brief words, Jesus forms a mold and invites us to pour our hearts into it whenever we pour our hearts out to our heavenly Father.
(October 2008 - January 2009)
Think of getting in shape spiritually and building a solid foundation for your faith. We will explore eleven foundational doctrines of the faith; the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, Angels, Satan and Demons, Church and Prophecy. Make the commitment to feed your faith and grow strong in the Lord!
(August 10 - September 28, 2008)
None of us can escape criticism, pain, and disappointment, but all of us can learn to experience Christ through them.
We were blessed with the following as guest speakers during the summer: John Fischer, author and songwriter (July 6); Tim Sullivan, PIONEERS/Heart Craft Missionary (July 13); Bob Glahn, Executive Pastor, Cherrydale (July 20); David M. Erickson, COO, World Hope International (July 27) and Dee Walker, HCJB Radio (August 3).
(March 30 - June 29, 2008)
God longs for our journey together through 2 Corinthians to turn us into people who, "do not trust in themselves, but in God who raises the dead." (2 Corinthians 1:9).
(February 6 - March 23, 2008)
Augustine said, "There can be only two basic loves, the love of God unto forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness of God." Jesus came to infuse us with the first and set us free from the second by being the center of our lives. Join us as we journey with Jesus from His arrest to the empty tomb. We will study John's gospel and pray that His purpose is fulfilled: "these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you may have life in His name."
(January 6 - February 3, 2008)
The new year often compels people to make fresh starts . . . but the majority fall back into the same old rut. The root of the problem is what we believe about ourselves and God . . . because belief is the mother of all behavior. That is why we need to go beyond resolutions to a paradigm shift . . . a fundamental change in what we believe. Jesus is the ultimate paradigm shifter.