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I AM the True Vine

How do you grow as a Christian? If you are a Christ follower, you want to know that, because no one likes to stagnate. In John 15, Jesus tells us that He is the vine, and we are the branches. We grow by remaining, abiding, in Him.

Finding Your Way Home

What is the right way to live life? We all want to know the answer to that question. According to the Bible, the answer to that question isn’t found in a self-help booklet or how-to formula, but in a person. In this message, we look at John 14, where Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Contentment is Found and Lost

Paul writes some of the most famous statements we read in all of Scripture about contentment.  Inside of those verses, we see where contentment is found and where it is lost.

I AM Teacher and Lord

Did you know that Jesus told his followers to wash each other’s feet? While that may seem weird to us, there is incredible meaning to what Jesus said. He was telling his disciples (and us) to love one another, and to live in radical humility.This is only possible when we draw from the source of love and humility itself — Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord.

Lazarus Returns

Can you still trust God, even when you don’t understand what is happening or why? In this message, we return to the story of Lazarus once again to see how God works in all things for his glory and, at the same time, for the good and joy of his children.

Lazarus Lessons

The story of Lazarus challenges believers to remain loyal to Jesus even while facing death.

I AM the Good Shepherd

How would you describe what it means to be a Christian? Does the word “joyful” come to mind? If not, consider again the words of Jesus. He said that he came, and died and rose again, that we might have life and have it abundantly.

Two Sides of Freedom

On this Memorial Day, we remember the sacrifices made for the freedom we enjoy.  Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to provide for us the ultimate freedom.  Today we look at the two sides of freedom, that we are set free from but also set free to.

I AM the Light of the World

Because of sin, and apart from Christ, we live in darkness. The darkness of shame, the darkness of guilt, the darkness of self-loathing, the darkness of separation from God. But there’s good news: Jesus told He is the Light of the World, and that by following Him we can have new and eternal life.

Confidence in God’s Care

What if I told you that no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, you can have confidence that the God of the Universe is personally caring for you? That’s exactly what Psalm 23 tells us. If you have trusted Jesus Christ with your life, the Lord is your Shepherd, and you need not want, but the Shepherd watches over your soul.

I AM the Bread of Life

Jesus was a master at using physical things to illustrate spiritual truths. In John chapter 6, Jesus uses physical hunger and bread to teach us about eternal life. His point was that while bread can temporarily satisfy our physical hunger, only faith in Him can eternally satisfy our spiritual hunger. We were made to be in relationship with God, and it’s only through a relationship with Jesus that we find our satisfaction. 

Jesus, the Messiah

The brokenness, the barriers, and the pain that exists in the world today points to the fact that we have a worship problem. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the Messiah who breaks down the barriers of division and offers unity in one spirit and eternal satisfaction to those who believe in him.

Born Again

Can you be moral enough, religious enough, disciplined enough, or good enough for God? According to Jesus, we all need to be “born again.” In this message, we explore the meaning of that often used phrase and how it is that we come to new life.

I AM the Lamb

Who is Jesus? Who are you? These are some of life’s most important questions. In the gospel of John, we get a clear picture of who Jesus is through multiple “I Am” statements. In this message, we learn that Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away our sin.

I AM the WORD

The Gospel of John is a focus on who Jesus is and in this passage, John makes it clear that Jesus is the Word, the ultimate expression of God.

Back from the Dead

Nearing the end of his life, Jacob has one more tragic incident–the seeming loss of his beloved son, Joseph. In the end, Jacob receives Joseph “back from the dead” and discovers God was working triumph out of tragedy. In their story, we see a foreshadowing of the greatest story–when God the Father gave up his beloved Son Jesus to die for our sins, and then to raise Him to new life on the third day.

Family Reunion

God has told Jacob to return home. But to do so, he has to face his older brother…the same brother who threatened to kill him 20 years before. The night before their encounter, Jacob “wrestles” with God and receives his blessing. His story is a reminder to all of us that what we ultimately need in this life are God’s blessing, presence, and love.

The Bridge

Jacob has left home and everything familiar. But for the first time, he has an encounter with God. God becomes personal for Jacob, and He promises to bless him and be with him. It’s the same for you and for me—we need a personal encounter with God the Father through his Son, Jesus.

Sibiling Rivalry

 Jacob was not a perfect person. Not even close. His family was far from perfect. His decisions were far from perfect. And yet God chose to user him and to bless him. In this message, we see the first part of Jacob’s story, and encounter the truth that God uses imperfect people to accomplish his perfect plans.

Justice League

The Christian life would be impossible without the Holy Spirit. We see in today’s passage, not only does God want for you a Spirit filled like, but we are commanded to be Spirit filled.

Star Wars

In the movie The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker fears ever training another Jedi because he failed the last time he tried. We may not be Jedi, but we have something far more valuable to share…our faith in Jesus Christ. In this message, we talk about the heart of God the Father toward the lost, and how his heart should shape ours.

Ferdinand

Follow your heart. Only you know what will truly make you happy. That’s what our culture tells us. While it’s true that you shouldn’t let your parents, your friends, your coworkers, or societal expectations define who you are, the Bible offers a different answer. Maybe the best person to define what’s best for you isn’t you, but the One who made you.

Sweet Home Alabama

What does the character Melanie from Sweet Home Alabama have in common with Joseph from the Bible? Both of them have a rough past. For Melanie, it’s mostly things she has done. For Joseph, it’s things done to him. In this message, we discuss God’s sovereignty over our past, and His wondrous ability to use even our broken pasts for his glory and our ultimate good.

Personal Ministry

Is church something we “go to,” or something to which we belong? According to the Bible, it’s the latter. God’s church is a body, and each one of us is a member of that body with a meaningful role. In this message, we discuss how serving in the context of our local church is a way to move from attending to belonging.

Spiritual Intimacy

Why do you spend time with those closest to you? It’s probably not to check a box or because you feel like you have to. It’s because you want to. The good news is that it can (and should) be the same with God. He’s our heavenly Father, and he delights for us to spend time with Him.

Authentic Community

In Scripture we often times see the Christian life described as a “walk” but Christian community says “no one walks alone”.

Reaching Priority

Should a church be missional and outward thinking, or all about “discipleship” and deep relationships? The answer is both. And, when done with the right heart, the two actually feed one another. In this message, we take a special look at God’s heart for the “outsider,” and the church’s mission to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Gospel Identity

 How do you grow in your relationship with the Lord? One step at a time. In this message, we discuss the first crucial step — understanding and embracing your gospel identity.

The Word of God is Worth It

In today’s passage, we see that the word of God is worthy of desperately seeking after and that HIS plan is greater than our own.

Look Again

Many of us have grown in or around Christianity. We’ve heard a lot about Jesus. But do we know him? In this message, we take a second look at the message of Christmas and the gospel.

Glory to God

 What is Christmas really about? Luke 2 shows that Jesus’ results in the glory of God and peace on earth.

Christ the Lord

Who do you think Jesus is? According to Luke, Jesus is the Savior, the Christ, the Lord. In this message we dig in to the concept of  Messiah and learn the Jesus is the one we’ve been waiting for.

The Rescue

It’s Christmas time again. And of course that means Santa and reindeer, trees and decorations, shopping, family and more. But for the believer in Christ, this season is ultimately about on extraordinary reality : our King came to our rescue.

Kingdom Violence

In today’s passage, Jesus teaches us that there is an intensity about the Kingdom of Heaven.

How to get to Heaven

 A wealthy, powerful, moral young ruler once asked Jesus what had to do to get to heaven. Jesus’ answer was shocking, and it challenges us to reconsider how we can have a relationship with God.

Peace on Earth…?

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, Mighty Counselor, Wonderful God. Jesus also said that he came to cast fire on the earth and bring not peace, but division. What do we do with that? In this message, we look at the reality that some will receive the good news of the Gospel, and some will not.

The Cost of Following Christ

 What takes priority in your life? In Luke 9, Jesus makes some difficult statements about the cost of discipleship.

The Prosperity Problem

 Our culture encourages us to accultulate as much as possible, to upgrade constantly, and to base our value on our wealth. The Bible encourages a different narrative. In this message, James warns of the dangers of wealth.

Pride and Humility

Everyone is a planner. We plan our careers, our finances, our vacations. What James addresses today is not the act of planning, but the attitude in planning.

Watching our Words

If our lives reflect what we truly believe, our words reflect our hearts. In this message, the Apostle James teaches us about the power of the tongue.

Good Faith

 It is more important to love Jesus or to love others? To read the Bible or to feed the poor? In this message, Jesus reminds us again of the essential connection between faith and works.

Simplicity

 Beautiful Collision. James 2:1-10. Learning to live out my faith with the heard of God. James explains how to treat others in light of what it means to be a a follower of Jesus Christ.

Take the Plunge

It’s Lifechange Sunday! In this message, we explain what baptize is, why we baptize, and who should take the step to go public with their faith through baptism.

Listen and Apply

We’ve all done it. We know we need to make a change, we’re inspired or even convicted about doing it…and then we forget it. We just don;t do it. James tells us we deceive ourselves when we just hear the Word and don’t out it into action. We have to be both hearers and doers.

The Testing of Our Faith

Everyone goes through difficult times. Everyone suffers. Sometimes we wonder, is there a point to all of it? Do the troubles I experience mean anything? In this message, we see what the Bible says about trials and temptations and what they mean for the Christian.

Starting the Conversation

Is what you believe more important than what you do? Or the other way around? James, Jesus’ half-brother, asserts that you can’t separate the two. Faith without works is dead. In other words, our lives are the best reflection of what we truly believe.

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A Constant Praise

Why do you praise God? It’s a tendency of the human heart to praise God when things are going well and to question him when they aren’t. In this message, Psalm 145 calls us to praise God for who He is and for what He has done, not because of our current circumstances or feelings.

Psalm 90

Psalm 90 teaches us that what we live for depends on whom we live for.

Living on Mission

Let the nations be glad, says Psalm 67. This gladness is the result of God’s rule and reign. When His name is known all over the earth, joy and freedom ensue. In this message, we look at our calling to carry out the mission of God.

Royal Mess

How do you seek God after you’ve made a terrible mistake? How do you find Him when you are in a season of regret? In this message, we look at Psalm 51, King David’s biggest mistake, and God’s mercy that conquers all.

When God Speaks

God reveals Himself through what He’s made.

Trust is a Choice

Trusting God in seasons of struggle is an active trust, not a passive one.