A message from the series “Cross Culture.” In today’s message, Pastor Phil looks at 2 Corinthians, chapter 5, where we are reminded of the hardship we face, our hope in eternal life, and the call we have from God to live for Him.
A message from the series “Life is Meaningful.” The book of Ecclesiastes instructs us to enjoy our lives, and at the same time, to know that God will bring every deed into judgment. In today’s message, Pastor John explores both of these points–that we should live enthusiastically, and that we should live responsibly–knowing that in following God, we can have true freedom.
A message from the series “Life is Meaningful.” The first chapter of Ecclesiastes lays out in unflinching detail the futility of life’s pleasures and pursuits under the sun. In today’s message, Pastor Phil explores the meaning of this chapter, and the hope offered for meaning in Jesus Christ.
A message from the series “Ressurecting Hope.” When we have good news, we tend to share it with others. But we often find that the greatest news–our hope in Jesus Christ–is the hardest for us to share, even though Scripture gives all believers a command to make disciples. In today’s message, Pastor Phil explores practical ways for us to share the good news of the Gospel with the people around us.
A message from the series “Ressurecting Hope.” On Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ reminds us of the assurance of the promises of God. Pastor Phil examines the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection through the eyes of his disciples and how their story mirrors ours: in difficult times, we too can lose sight of the things we know, and we need to be reminded of the promises of God to those who believe in Him. And if you don’t know Jesus, the truth of Jesus’ resurrection calls you to place your hope and trust in Him.
A message from the series “Ressurecting Hope.” How can we have hope? By remembering always that our Savior Jesus Christ willingly stood in our place. In today’s message, Pastor John examines the wrongful conviction of Jesus at the hands of high priest and religious leaders, and then before Pilate–and how Jesus’ willing sacrifice provides hope for us.
A message from the series “Love in Action: A Study in 1 John.” Are you sure? If you died today, are you sure that you would go to heaven, and that you would spend eternity with God? Pastor Phil preaches from 1 John 5, where we read how we can know that we have eternal life.
A message from the series “Love in Action: A Study in 1 John.” Pastor Phil preaches from 1 John 4. Because God loved us first, we can love God, and by God’s power, we can love one another. And it is only by God’s power that we can do so: we need to stay connected to God–we need to walk walk with Him daily. And when we know that God’s love abides in us, we don’t need to live in fear.
In 1 John 3:16, we read the definition of love: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. In today’s message, Pastor Phil explores what it looks like for us to lay down our lives for others.
A message from the series “Love in Action: A Study in 1 John.” Pastor Phil preaches from 1 John 2:28-3:3 and reflects on our status as children of God, our anticipation for Christ’s return and our hope for eternal glory. Our status, our anticipation and our hope should change the way we live, day by day.
A message from the series “Love in Action: A Study in 1 John.” In the second chapter of John’s first letter to the church, John refutes the subtle deception of the Gnostic heresy, which claimed that believers needed a special anointing, and a “deeper knowledge” than what they already had. Today, the church must continue to stand on guard against the lies of Satan, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide us in discerning the Truth. From this passage, we also see an affirmation of the assurance of our salvation.
A message from the series “Love in Action: A Study in 1 John.” Justin Yob studies the command in 1 John 2:15, “Do not love the world…” and how we can reconcile this command with a verse like John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” We should be rooted in our love for the Father, we need to recognize the worldly desires in our own hearts, and we should be looking forward to Christ’s return.
A message from the series “Love in Action: A Study in 1 John.” Pastor Phil preaches from 1 John 1:8–2:2, and reviews the many different ways that we tend to respond to our own sins. When we sin, we should repent, and confess our sin to God right away, knowing that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NIV)
A message from the series “Love in Action: A Study in 1 John.” Pastor Phil begins the “Love In Action” sermon series preaching from 1 John 1:1-4, in which the Apostle John affirms the bodily incarnation of Jesus Christ not only as an eyewitness, but as one whose life had been forever changed by Jesus. So too, we need to hold firmly to the truth of the gospel we have received, and we need to proclaim that truth!
Ken Floyd studies the parable of the fig tree from Luke 13:6-9. Are we rooted in our relationship with God, and are we bearing fruit?
A message from the series “Love Is….” From James 3:13-18, Larry High explores the differences between wisdom which comes from God, and the “wisdom” which is “earthly, unspiritual, demonic.” (James 3:15) What kind of life are we living before the world? Are we pursuing the Truth? And are we growing as peacemakers?
A message from the series “Love Is….” It is our natural inclination to be selfish. Pastor Phil shares from 1 Corinthians 13 the many ways that Agape love is not self-seeking, and encourages us that we need to show Agape love in the church, as well as in our other relationships.
A message from the series “Love Is….” Pastor Phil explains from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 that, as a church, we need to have empathy for one another–rejoicing with those who rejoice, and mourning with those who mourn (Romans 12:15)–and that empathy should move us to action.
Pastor Phil shares about the comfort we have in Christ in the midst of grief and encourages us to consider: are we sure that when we die, we will go to heaven to be with Jesus? And are we leaving a legacy of service to Christ?
A message from the series “The Songs of Christmas.” Larry High shares from scripture the humble, joyful response of Simeon to seeing Jesus Christ. We are encouraged to consider: do you know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? What do your main passions in life consist of? What are you looking for? And do you long for heaven?