January 28th, 2018 UNITY
God has called us to cast out our divisions, yet our culture trains us to be individualistic and carve our own path. Instead of facing division and fighting for unity we often take our negative opinions, gossip, slander, and division and spread them around like bad seeds. Instead of facing the division in our own hearts and fighting for unity, we allow the negative seeds in our hearts to grow up and divide us. in John 13:35 Jesus said the world will know that you are my disciples by this, IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER. If we are not loving one another then we are no different than the world and our Christian witness is compromised. Above all else we need to stand up and fight for unity. To stand up and face our differences. As Christians we should never cover up bad seeds in our hearts, and never spread those bad seeds around like manure onto others. We shouldn’t ruthlessly spread information, we shouldn’t get upset when people try to correct us, and we should not gossip behind other peoples backs. Together we must stand firm in humility and love, trusting that as we lovingly exhort one another we will be sculpted in Unity.
January 21st, 2018 CONSUMERISM
Weeding out the Consumerism Culture in Us: Just like the church in Corinth, we consume the latest information, consume possessions and things, strive for status, and even bring a consumer mindset into our Christian lives. Our culture promulgates information into our hearts and minds, leading us towards fleeting promises and unfulfilling paths. Paul emphasizes the we have a new life in Christ Jesus. One that is centered in Christ and finds its value therein. Not in our status, not in our belongings, not in our achievements, but in Christ, our center.
January 14th, 2018
This week we talked about how desperately our Spirit needs nutrition. How constantly we feed our bodies, yet how rarely we give ourselves the nourishment from heaven that Jesus talked about in John Ch. 4 Jesus said my nutrition comes from doing the will of the Father, Jesus said I am the bread of life, Jesus said man does not live on bread alone but on every Word that proceedith out of the Word of God. These are our sources of true nutrition, yet so often we distract ourselves with fleeting pleasures and fleeting promises that cannot satisfy, false forms of nutrition.
January 7th, 2018: Our church is focusing on prayer, digging into prayer both in our quiet time as well as together as a church. We believe that prayer can and will transform city. We believe that faith moves mountains, but prayer moves God. We are determined to stand up in prayer and cry out for his kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. If your prayer life is dry, if you need encouragement listen to this message and let it breath fresh inspiration in your heart.
ADVENT 2017: Advent is a season where we celebrate Christ’s coming. It is derived from the latin word adventus, which means coming. This is the time of the year where we celebrate that GOD came into the world, He bridged the gap between creatures and himself forever. The infinite and invisible God (Collosians 1: 10-17) made himself finite and visible in the form of Jesus Christ that the world might no longer be estranged from Him, stuck pondering if God is even real or not. The God of the universe, the alpha and omega made himself material in the person of Jesus Christ so that we, as material beings might tangibly see and believe in Him. God went to infinite lengths to reveal himself to us, to bring Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love into this world in ways that cannot be denied. Listen to the Series below to hear more!!
Dec 24th Christmas Eve Candlelight Evening Service. What Does it Mean For God to Become Flesh and Dwell Among Us?
We had a wonderful group show up for our candlelight service on Christmas Eve, the church was packed to the brim and overflowing with people and praise. Each of the Christmas Hymns echoed through the room and up into the heavens as we all sang with joyous excitement. Towards the end of the service everyone in the room was given a candle (which represents Christ’s light, hope, and love, coming into our lives), we dimmed the lights so that the only source of light in the room was the one hundred small candles that we lifted above our heads as our soft singing and worship gently pierced through the dim, stillness of Christmas night.
Pastor Mike preached a gripping sermon as he outlined the fantastic depth of what it means for the one who is life itself to become flesh and dwell among us. Together we looked at the disciples personal testimony in 1 John 1 , Luke 2, The prophecies of Simeon and Anna, The shepherds and the angels, the physical and spiritual authority of Jesus, and the reason why it all matters to you and to me.
Dec 24th Christmas Eve Morning
Christmas Eve morning we had as more gentle service that touched our hearts in a slightly different way. Denise shared a very heart touching Christmas story that brought many to tears and reminded us all about the genuine and unparalleled love that marks the Christian life and the birth of Christ. The story was followed by a short teaching on five of the names that Jesus was given at his birth. We looked at the Greek and Hebrew meaning of these titles, and talked about the significance of the only one who could ever bear them; Jesus Christ, savior, Messiah, and Lord, God With Us!!
Dec 17th 2017 3rd Week of Advent JOY!!!
What is the Source of Joy in Our Lives? How Often Does Our Joy Run Dry?
There are many times in life where our situations simply suck. How are we supposed to find joy in these moments? What sources of joy do we invest in that divert us from where our efforts might best be invested?
Dec 10th 2017 2nd week of Advent PEACE!!!
What John the Baptist promised, Jesus brought. John promised repentance and forgiveness of Sins, a new way of life. Jesus brought the means to make that new life possible by not only dying for us but also bringing a baptism of Fire and the Holy Spirit. When we repent our lives are emptied of ourselves, our selfish motives are swept away under the beauty of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our empty lives must be filled, our clean start must be re-written, and the Holy Spirit was given by Jesus to give us hope on this new path. John promised change, that the lowly would be exalted, that the prideful and haughty would be cast down, Jesus brought forth these changes, but he also brought forth the perfect provision of God.
Dec 3rd 2017 Advent: Hope is Coming and has Come! Let’s Abide in It!
John the Baptist paved the way for Jesus Christ by proclaiming that the way to receive Christ is to make crooked roads straight. There are a thousand roads and diversions that distract our attention each day. Many of them are crooked. Our world loves crooked roads, it even broadcasts them as being the most delightful and intriguing paths to venture out on. While many paths lead us away from True Hope, True Peace, and True Joy, Jesus beckons us to rise above the tide and adventure together with Him on the straight and narrow. John the Baptist makes it clear that the only way we can bear fruit is by abiding in Christ and abiding in repentance. “keep fruit in bearing with repentance” Luke 3:3. There is a myth in the church these days that repentance is for unbelievers. John however, is speaking to Gods chosen people telling them that if they want to bear fruit in their lives, there is only one way to do it, to repent continually. Repentance is a freeing act, not an act of self condemnation. Repentance is the very attitude that says “I must become less, that He might become Greater.” And as we lean less on ourselves we begin to find freedom, joy, and abundance flowing in to fill the lowly.
The seven weeks of sermons below go through specific details of Ezekiel’s vision of the Temple in Ezekiel 40-48! This series is filled with information about the temple, the inner courts, the outer courts, the river of life, the altar, and many other fascinating topics. During this series God was speaking a lot about personal prayer life and beckoning us into deeper intimacy with Himself. Start with (1) below and go through to (7) each sermon is 20-35 minutes and can be downloaded and listened to on the go.
(7) Nov 26th What Idols are We Bringing into Gods House? The sad news is that some of us are so caught up living the American dream, striving to make something out of our lives, that we have no time to stop and think about our purpose here in life. Why has God created us, why are we floating on this rock, what does it all mean? Our idols have made their way into the core of our being. Many of the philosophies and constructs that we subtly adhere to as guiding truths in our lives have no basis in scripture and no nutritional value for our core, our Spirit, our eternal nature and inner being. While our flesh gluttonously appeases itself on various non-constructive truths our Spirit seeks Truth with a capital T, the Truth of life. Ezekiel 42-44 rebukes the Israelite’s for bringing idols into the temple. Sometimes we bring our idols into the church with us. We let them speak into our ears, distract our attention, and divide our hearts from hearing what God wants to say to us. God has much more in store for His church than this. Together, lets clean house, lets give God what he deserves, and lets take back what the enemy has stolen from us.
(6) Nov 19th The Altar: Where Are You Seeking Refuge?
God is calling us to be intimate with Him. This week we learned about Adonijah the son of David who got himself into a lot of trouble when he tried to glorify himself and exalt his own life. Often Satan tries to trick us into believing that we have a right to certain things. He coerces us into claiming these things and the result is that we often fix our hope in these things and not in God. We find ourselves angry when God does not give us what we feel we deserve. What is your heart and hope fixed in? Adonijah found that his own plans and schemes only led to his own demise. He ended up running from the law, running as a fugitive, yet in his desperate state he found hope at the horns of the altar. No matter how messed up we think we are or how great we think we are, our hearts need some serious re-calibration.
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 1; Matthew 9:10-13
(5) Nov 12th The Altar: The Place Where Sin and Sinner Are Made New; A Look Into the Old Testament
This week we talked about the burdens that build up within people over the years. Sometimes we hang on to struggles or experiences for 5, 10, 15 years. These struggles or experiences build up and become an unbearable weight. The altar, is the one place we can come to lay down these burdens. The only problem is that after we lay down our burdens we often find ourselves picking them up again the moment we leave God’s presence. Jesus says “come to me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is the only one who can give us the rest, hope, and relief that we need. But we need to learn how to approach Him, and how to lay these things down for good. This message will present you with tools for approaching the altar and making sure that the burdens and pains that you leave at the altar actually stay there!
Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22; Genesis 31:44-48; 51-52
(4) Nov 5th The Altar: The Place Where Sin and Sinner Are Made New; An Overview
This weeks message was from Ezekiel 39, which talks about taking responsibility for our shame and unfaithfulness. In guilt and shame people often try to hide their faults and struggles, but in these verses God clearly describes that in order for us to enter into His peace and His promises, we must be able to be open about our faults and struggles. WE MUST NOT LIVE ASHAMED LIVES!!! Paul said i’m not ashamed of the gospel. Paul was not ashamed to call himself the least of all the apostles, Paul was totally accountable for his shame and unfaithfulness, He wasn’t trying to hide it. The gospel is the good news about Jesus, not us. If the gospel were about us and our performance it would not be good news at all. The gospel is that I COULD NOT, but CHRIST COULD. The gospel is that I am rotten but Christ is righteous in my behalf. The gospel is good news precisely because its not about us. Church is the one place where confessing our shame and unfaithfulness should actually be good news. BECAUSE IT’S NOT ABOUT US!!! Praise God!!
Scripture Ezekiel 39:25-29
(3) October 29th PSALM 1; EZEKIEL 1 Planting Our Roots Where They Won’t Wither
This week Pastor Mike talked about how God has called the church to be set-apart (holy). How God doesn’t desire perfect people, but set-apart people. Jesus Christ broke down the barriers that stood in-between us and God. Jesus Christ removed the need for the temple structure. Jesus Christ redeemed a people that they might be filled with God’s very own Holy Spirit. A regenerated people, not caught up in civilian affairs, but totally preoccupied in their devotion to the one who died to give them new life.
We talked about the process of daily rooting ourselves in God as well as some of the various ways in which God makes himself known to us in daily life.
Scripture: Psalm 1; Ezekiel 1
(2) October 22nd EZEKIEL 47 DWELLING DEEPER: “Now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen. . .a river that no one could cross.”
Beloved, there are two currents that tug at us each moment of every day. One of them is the current of this world, the chaos, the stress, the busyness, and the overbearing demands. There is another current however that is more gentle, one that beckons us deeper, one that TRULY SATISFIES. God is calling us to dwell deep. To push against the tides of this world, and devote ourselves to dwelling in Him.
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 47
(1) October 15th EZEKIEL 41 God is calling us as a church to dwell in deeper intimacy with Him!! Lets step together into His Inner Courts!
Beloved church, I believe that God is calling us to come and dwell in His inner courts. He desires to commune with us in profound and meaningful ways. There are many things hindering and preventing us from living in this type of intimacy. Together lets stand up, and claim the abundance, peace, and true rest that the world has stolen from us. Together lets stand up and give our private life, our work life, and our inner thoughts towards dwelling in God’s abundance and meeting Him in the quiet place!
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 44
The Following 13 sermons posted below speak about Identity, who we are in Christ. What it means to be a son or daughter of God. This series wrestles with what it means to be a creature wrestling with sin and pride. It gives insight and tools for realizing and claiming the abundant life that Christ died to give us. If you are wondering why you keep sinning and struggling, and who you are to Jesus Christ and God the Father, listen to these heart felt messages and let God create something new in you!! Start with (1) and go through to (13), each sermon is 20-35 minutes and can be downloaded and listened to on the go.
(13) September 3rd Romans 8 Children of God: Learning to Rule and Reign in our thoughts About Ourselves by Learning to Die to our Sinful Nature.
Scripture Reading: Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
(12) August 27th. Learning to Let our True Self be True to God: Wrestling with the Flesh in the Authority of Christ. This weeks topic contains some really difficult stuff to wrestle with, but I pray that it will be a challenging lesson that will spark life, encouragement, and tremendous strength within you so that you can step with God together towards breakthrough!! Click Here to Listen
Scripture Reading: Romans 7
(11) August 20th Sonship, Daughtership, and Servanthood: Dare to be a Disciple! The gift is free, Maturity is Expensive. Click here to listen to yesterdays Sermon. I pray and hope that it will bless you tremendously!
Scripture: John 14:5-27
(10) AUGUST 13th, 2017. . . Hey all, if you missed yesterdays message please check it out here! I pray and believe it will bless you tremendously!! It continues on the theme of what it means to be a son or daughter of God and speaks heavily about the role of the Holy Spirit in both enabling and guiding through this process. MAY YOU BE BLESSED BY THE POWER AND THE BEAUTY AND THE MIGHT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!!
SCRIPTURE READING: GALATIANS 4:1-13
(9) AUGUST 6th , 2017 PT. 3 SONSHIP, DAUGHTERSHIP, AND SERVANTHOOD.
Two weeks ago (July 23rd) we started talked about Sonship vs. Servanthood. Our first message was about what it means to be citizens of Christs coming Kingdom. The Second Message (July 30th) was about Christ the son, the Incarnation, and His accomplishments on the cross which have brought us into adoption as children of God. This week focuses heavily on the Father and how to operate as sons and daughters. What role does the law play? How do we find the balance? Click Here if you would like to hear the message !
Scripture Reading: Galatians 3 and Luke Chapter 15
(8) July 30th, 2017 PT. 2 Sonship, Daughtership, and Servanthood:
Escaping from a Servant Mentality and Living as Children of the Inheritence. Click Here
Scripture Reading: Galatians 3
(7) July 23rd, 2017 PT. 1 SONSHIP, DAUGHTERSHIP, AND SERVANTHOOD.
OVERCOMING THE POWER OF SIN PART 4: What it Means to be a Son or Daughter and Not a Servant, An Intro to Servanthood and Sonship. Click here to Listen
Scripture Reading: John 8:31-47 & Galatians 4:1-9
(6) July 16th, 2017 OVERCOMING THE POWER OF SIN PART 3: Fighting for Faith that Leads to Transformation. No Longer Under the Domain of Darkness but Raised to New Life in Christ, Placed in the Kingdom of Light, Equipped and Trained with the Authority of Christ. Click here to Listen
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:19-2:10, Romans 6:1-23, Collosians 1
(5) OVERCOMING THE POWER OF SIN PART 2 July 9th, 2017: Re-defining Sin as that Which Separates us from God, our Busyness, our Work, our obligations. Is He Really First in Our Lives, First in All That We Do? Click Here To Listen
(4) FOR OVERCOMING THE POWER OF SIN July 2nd, 2017: Jesus Sacrificed His Life on Your Behalf, Whats Your Response? Click Here To Listen To the Message
Scriptures: Genesis 22:1-14; 15:4-10 ; Romans 6:12-23 ; Hebrews 11:8-12; 17-19
(3) FOR PENTECOST SERIES June 25, 2017. . . Equipped, Empowered, Restored, and Commissioned: Humankind’s Fall at Babel and its Restoration at Pentecost. Click here to listen
(2) FOR PENTECOST SERIES June 18th, 2017: The Last Adam, The Last of The Broken Lineage, and The New Creation Initiator. Click here to listen SCRIPTURES: Genesis 3-4, Romans 5.
(1) FOR PENTECOST SERIES June 11, 2017: Trinity Sunday: Mankind is made in the image of the Trinity, Eikons, God-bearers. We are made in the image of unity, eternal, and divine love. We have been entrusted with the task of reigning over Gods creation and mediating His presence to the world around us. Click here to hear more. SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1, Psalm 8, Jeremiah 23:9, Deuteronomy 32:11
The Holy Spirit
- Who is the Holy Spirit and why is he important to me? What has been the role of the Holy Spirit in History? What does it look like to walk with the Holy Spirit? Click here to hear Sermon
Advent Season (CHRIST IS COMING BACK AGAIN!!)
- Faith and Hope: The natural disposition of mankind is not faith, it is doubt. How do thoughts of doubt subconsciously plague our hearts? The bible teaches that the battle for our souls takes place in the Spiritual. God’s desire is to win over our heart of hearts, the deepest part of the human sould. How does the gospel bring us hope in every situation? And what is preventing us from experiencing the Hope that God promises to His children? BEFORE LISTENING TO SERMON PLEASE READ THE ASSOCIATED SCRIPTURES: Hebrews 1:1-19 Click here for sermon
- Faith and Love: What if the number one thing that is preventing us from receiving and walking in God’s love is our strenuous efforts to be pious and pure? The Gospel is not about us, if it were it would not be good news. BEFORE LISTENING TO SERMON PLEASE READ THE ASSOCIATED SCRIPTURES: Hebrews 11:32 – 12:11 Click here for sermon
- Faith and Joy: Satan’s greatest weapon is not sex, drugs, addiction, money or power. His greatest weapon is discouragement. Discouragement plagues the soul and cuts us off from the joy of God. BEFORE LISTENING TO SERMON PLEASE READ THE ASSOCIATED SCRIPTURES: Matthew 2:1-12; John 6:1-15 Click here for sermon
- Christmas, the incarnation of Hope eternal, Peace unending, and Love manifold: The Christmas message is that God went to infinite lengths to be with us, that somehow, someway, we might go to some length to be intentional about living in Him. Christmas means that Christ is with us. God came down into the midst of our messyness and chaos. He placed himself here on our planet in a way that our finite human minds might tangibly conceive Him, that somehow we might see and understand what it means to love. Christmas means that God almighty, made Himself dependent on man. The universe maker, dependent on us. Christmas means that the gap is bridged, hope has arrived, and God will stop at nothing short of infinite lengths to bridge the gaps into our hearts and lives. BEFORE LISTENING TO SERMON PLEASE READ THE ASSOCIATED SCRIPTURES: 1 John 1: 1-4; Matthew 1:18- 25 Click here for the Sermon