Giving feels good. A church of generous givers is a church that can fulfill the Great Commission to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). What an incredible legacy that is!
Pastor Jim teaches on how generosity blesses our community and our families. There's so much promise in store for us when we give God's way!
Giving generously doesn't necessarily come easily to us. There's fear that weighs us down. Logic that us tells our checking account balance doesn't leave room for generosity. And a vast world of material goods competing for our attention (and dollars). Giving can often be an afterthought or something we will consider in the future when our financial circumstances change for the better.
But what if that's the wrong approach? What if you decided not to wait around for a future that might not ever come and instead decide to be generous right now? The Bible has a lot to say about generosity, and (spoiler alert) it's all about giving in the present tense. Pastor Chuck begins this new series with a message all about embracing the joy that comes from living a life of generosity.
Marriage Matters wraps up with a message all about maintaining friendship in your marriage. If you're single, Pastor Chuck has a lot of advice for you on what to look for in a potential spouse – and it's not what you might think! Watch and learn why the most important day of your marriage is your last day together, and how you can make it count right now.
How does a "submission competition" lead to a happy marriage? What language do you use to say "I love you" — without words? Why is Pastor Chuck assigning us homework? And what are all those secrets to a great marriage he promised to reveal??? Find out in this special Valentine's Day message.
What happens when your marriage gets weighed down by the demands of life — when the honeymoon is well and truly over, reality sets in, and you wonder if you will ever get back "that loving feeling"? It's a problem most couples will encounter, and how you handle it will determine if your marriage can thrive or merely survive. Pastor Chuck Schlie reminds us about the "Power of Promise" and encourages a recommitment to the pledge you made on your wedding day.
Marriage Matters begins with a message on putting "First Things First." Pastor Chuck Schlie shows us how God's Word is a great guidebook for marriage — starting with what to look for in a spouse if you're unmarried, and how to prioritize relationships in your life if you are.
Messiah wraps up I'm Broken/I'm OK with a message on how to "Surrender Stronger." Our video testimony this week is from a couple who learned to seek God's will for their lives and their relationship. This Sunday, learn more about the kintsugi bowl that Pastor Jim has been using as a visual metaphor for this series. It's an amazing story of God's grace and our resilience when it comes to healing the brokenness in our lives.
From its beginning, Christianity has been all about community. The early followers of Jesus traveled together, dined together, and worshiped together. We were called to be in community with one another. In worship on Sunday, Pastor Jim will explain why God designed us for community and how togetherness can help heal our brokenness. We'll also learn how Community Groups at Messiah will connect you relationally so you can grow spiritually.
In the first week of our new series, Pastor Jim addressed the truth that in this life we will have troubles, but there are ways we can deal with them that are healthy and God-pleasing. In this message, Pastor Jim expands on the themes of struggle and invites us to consider the question, How do we fight when life is hard? One way is to confront our problems and wrestle with them now, not later.
Let's face it — we all have problems. Some are big. Some are small. But everyone has them and everyone needs to know how to deal with them, Christ-followers included. The Bible actually has quite a lot to say about humanity's brokenness. It was the reason Jesus came to live among us! But that doesn't stop us from asking some big questions:
WHY is life so full of struggles, and HOW am I supposed to react to them?
What would my life be like if I didn't let my struggles stop me?
Pastor Jim Mueller addresses these questions and gives you some practical advice on how to approach your problems. There is a way to "struggle well" and you'll learn more about how to do so.
This past year was certainly one in which fear made its way into our lives again and again. As we look forward to the hope and promises of a new year, we should also place our trust in the timeless message of the Gospel. Throughout history — and in spite of wars, pandemics, and natural disasters — God's presence is always within reach. Tomorrow in worship, Pastor Chuck Schlie teaches us how to put the angels' words to the shepherds ("Fear not") into practice in our own lives using the Christmas classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
As the classic Christmas song exclaims, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Christmas really is a fun and festive escape from the everyday. For kids especially, it's a time of magic and anticipation. For parents and grandparents, it's a chance to recreate special memories and start new family traditions. For Christ-followers, it's also a chance to reflect on the miracle of His birth and earthly mission. Unfortunately, it's that last part that tends to get side-lined at this time of year. In this message, Pastor Jim uses the movie Home Alone to remind us to put some focus on making sure our Christmas has spiritual depth in the midst of all the joyous celebrating.
Life can be very messy. We all struggle with sin and are held captive to its harmful effects. Fear, loneliness, and hopelessness can create a hole from which we can't emerge on our own. Like any hostage, we need a rescuer! Jesus came to earth to set us free, and doing so required a mission more dangerous and heroic than His followers could ever imagine. In this message, learn what enables you to live free in Christ in the context of the Christmas (or not?) movie Die Hard.
Christmas seems to have two versions — the sacred and the secular. We anticipate the coming of our Savior while also enjoying the seasonal festivities that have little to do with our Lord's birth. There's nothing wrong with embracing all the traditions of this time of year. It does, however, bring up a question: Is Christmas too steeped in lore and myth to really be taken seriously? Has it become secularized beyond recognition? Pastor Jim tackles these issues in our Christmas at the Movies series using the family holiday classic Elf.
The season of Advent is the time in the church year when our thoughts turn to Christ's coming — both on Christmas Day and His return on Judgment Day. In his message, Pastor Chuck Schlie looks at a character in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation who is similar to a biblical character who is preparing the way for Christ.
Messiah is committed to the idea that the Faith of the Next Generation Matters NOW. Pastor Jim explains why it's one of Messiah's core values, and what we are doing to ensure our faith gets passed down to the generations that come after us.
Despite social media networks that keep us more connected than ever before, loneliness is endemic in our society today. The importance of being in community with others was a focus of the early church and one that Messiah wants to help you with today. Our Community Group ministry is here to connect you with others to strengthen your faith and offer support. Our new groups launch in January. In this message, Pastor Chuck Schlie offers you reasons to join a group. To learn more, visit messiahstcharles.org/join-a-community-group/
The Bible is full of stories of Jesus ministering to the practical needs of the people He encountered during His time on earth. Though our eternal salvation is His ultimate aim, He clearly demonstrates that God cares about what goes on in our day-to-day lives. In this message Pastor Jim explores what it looks like where Faith & Real Life Intersect.
When Jesus walked the earth, He had a mission that His followers didn't always understand. His ministry was marked by service and (ultimately) sacrifice. He sought out opportunities to help those who needed Him and asked His disciples to do the same. As His followers today, we are also urged to do as He did. We are to Love Him through service to others. It's the Jesus Way. If you've been feeling that pull to service, we're making it easy to get involved. On Sunday our message topic is Saved People Serve People. We'll give you reasons why service helps build your faith and show you how easy it is to volunteer at Messiah and be a part of our mission. Because service is what we do. This is Us.
As the Church, we have an important job to do, and the stakes are high. So many of our neighbors aren't connected to Jesus. The reasons are many, and it's up to US to find them and meet them where they're at. Pastor Jim begins our new worship series "This is Us" with the topic 'Found People Find People.'
The church is full of sinners—in its worshipers and its leaders. All of us fall short of God's standards on a regular basis. We sin, we seek forgiveness (or we don't, and thereby commit more sin!), and we begin the cycle all over again. Why, then, did God create such an imperfect institution to deliver His perfect message? That's an excellent question and one we consider as we wrap up "Start Here: Building a Relationship with Jesus." In this message, find out why the church is important—to Jesus and your faith.
To be sanctified means to be set apart. But not in a way that elevates you above others. Instead, it's a way for Jesus's light and love to shine through you so that others can see Him. Think of this line from a song you've likely heard before: "They'll know we are Christians by our love." If we live like Christ wants us to live, His love radiates and the Gospel spreads.
In this message we consider an important question..."How Should I Live?" Pastor Jim will be talking prayer, service, giving, and other acts that sanctify us. Sanctification is putting faith into action—it's a big step in building your relationship with Jesus.
Start Here: Why Should I Care?
It's true—if we don't see something's usefulness, it's easy to feel indifferent toward it. When you think of the Ten Commandments, you might picture old stone tablets with words like "Thou shalt not" written on them and wonder what coveting a donkey has to do with your life today. Pastor Chuck teaches how these commandments from God can bring you into closer relationship with Him and others. With proper use, they are guidelines for a good life.
What's for dinner?
Did I remember to pay the water bill?
What time is Aiden's soccer match tomorrow?
Where will I spend eternity?
Our minds are full of questions as we go about our day-to-day lives. Our eternal salvation probably isn't a huge concern on a typical day. But we do have thoughts that creep into our minds and we wonder if we're on the right track, spiritually speaking.
Sometimes it's helpful to just go back to basics. In this message we're looking at confession, forgiveness, and baptism to answer the question "How Am I Saved?" We'll help you put your mind at ease when those questions of eternity do pop up at 3 a.m.
God reveals Himself in the Trinity, and the Trinity is explained in the Christian Church's historic creeds. Pastor Chuck Schlie looks at the Apostle's Creed in more depth to better answer a question that is so foundational to our faith—"Who is God?" If you've ever struggled to explain just who God is and why we recite creeds as a congregation, watch the first part of Start Here: Building a Relationship with Jesus.
It's a contentious time in our country. There's an important election coming up, and there are opinions on it everywhere you turn. You may find yourself wondering, how should a follower of Christ respond? This timely and special message from Pastor Jim on "Religion & Politics" will encourage us to stand united in a divisive season—regardless of political party affiliations.
Your choice for the Action category, Sieged!, tells the story of the Battle of Jericho. In it, we meet a ragtag group of God's people who are reluctant to follow the instructions they've been given to take the town of Jericho from its child-sacrificing, idol-worshiping occupants. The Israelites are scared. They know they don't stand a chance against these fierce, bloodthirsty people. Or do they?
Your choice for the Drama category, Unfaithful: A Love Story, is the message topic in the second installment of Binge Worthy. In this story, we meet Hosea and his unfaithful wife Gomer. Despite Gomer's numerous infidelities and betrayals, Hosea doesn't stop loving her and doesn't give up on their relationship. Will his love be enough to save their marriage? What does their story reveal about God's emotions?
This Sunday we're going deep into scripture to examine why this text of the woman caught in adultery resonates so strongly with us. Sin is front and center in this tale, but Jesus deftly turns the tables on the morality mob in a way they never expected.
We're circling back to the Easter story to look at the disciple Peter. At Jesus's crucifixion, Peter fell far. He promised Jesus he would not leave His side. But when the authorities closed in on Jesus, Peter denied Him three times. Fortunately, we worship a God of love and forgiveness, and Peter's fall from grace was temporary. As we wrap up this series, Peter's story is our story and his Comeback is the ultimate example that with God, It's Never Too Late, and You're Never Too Far.
You’ve likely heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son before—younger son takes his inheritance and sqaunders it. Nevertheless, his father welcomes him back home and celebrates his return. The older son is bitter and refuses to join the party. Tomorrow, hear Pastor Jim present this story in a way you may not have heard before.
Our capacity for sin is great, which makes our need for a Savior even greater. Fortunately, we worship a God who wants to show mercy to His creation. You may recall the story of Jonah in the belly of a whale. If you think it's just about a big fish, we invite you to view this message. The story of Jonah is all about going "From Judgment to Compassion," and Pastor Chuck will explain how.
In the face of setbacks, how do you keep from giving up? When it feels like nothing is going right, can you possibly look forward to anything? The Bible says, YES! There are so many stories of people facing tremendous challenges. In this message, Pastor Jim is looking at Moses and his efforts to bring his people out of slavery in Egypt and back to their homeland. With God, there's always hope for a comeback!
Our new worship series "The Comeback" begins with a message all about moving on from hurt to hope. We know it's not an easy feat, and we aren't promising you simple answers. But what we can offer is a vision for suffering that connects you to your Savior Jesus. The Bible is full of people in desperate situations. Learn from one of them how God takes you "From Hurt to Hope."
"Oh, the Places You'll Go!" comes to an end this Sunday with a prophecy from Elisha for a starving city under siege that God will supply them with food. It's a bold promise, and one that an officer of the king openly rejects. But through some leperous outcasts, good news reaches the palace that God has indeed provided for the people in a most miraculous way. On Sunday, learn what this Old Testament miracle has to say to us today about sharing the hope of Jesus with the world.
Leprosy was once a feared disease that had no cure. Naaman, a general in the Syrian army, has leprosy, and he thinks his money and power can save him. But in God's Kingdom, it doesn't work like that. Naaman needs to humble himself and trust in the true God before he can be healed—physically and spiritually.
In today's message, Pastor Jim shows how the story of Elijah passing the baton on to Elisha relates to our story and the story of the church today. On this Father's Day, we consider the legacy we're leaving the next generation. Pastor Jim has a special message on the Bible's condemnation of racism and announced the resources Messiah has put together on our website to listen to Black voices and further the dialogue around this important topic. Visit Messiah's Racial Unity Resources page.
Though we don't like to admit it, our material goods can play quite a large role in our lives. As we will see in the story of King Ahab and his neighbor's vineyard, just because we possess a lot does not mean that we don't want to possess more. It's trap we are in, and it does affect our lives negatively. On Sunday, learn how you can fight the urge to acquire more and why it's so necessary to our well-being to look beyond ourselves to fully appreciate God's gift to all of us of His Son.
We go deep into a cave where the prophet Elijah is hiding out from King Ahab. He's all alone and doesn't see an end to the darkness—both literal and metaphorical—that's all around him. Come "Explore a Cave" with Messiah and see how God rescues His prophet (and His people) from the gloom we can sometimes find ourselves in.
The first message of our summer worship series, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" begins with an epic showdown on Mount Carmel. The Prophet Elijah confronts the false prophets of Baal with an awesome demonstration of God's power. Hear how it all goes down and how this tale relates to your own journey in life. Pastor Jim begins our new message series with "Up on a Mountain."
Pastor Jim Mueller closes out our "Punch Fear in the Face" series with a message on the fear of Running Out of your resources. He shows us that faith in Jesus means we never have to fear not having enough.
We're not comfortable with failure. We certainly don't want others to know how we fall short. We really only want to disclose our failures in the context of how they led to our successes. In the world's view, your failure is tied up to your self-worth. In God's view, your failures are meaningless. They're an insignificant part of your story. In this message, learn to see yourself as God sees you—a creation made in His own image who will always live under His grace and acceptance.
Pastor Jim Mueller gives a Mother's Day message that revolves around the accounts of the raising of Jairus's daughter and the woman who bled for 12 years, as told in Mark 5. Through these stories, we learn to trust God with our circumstances and not fret so much over our kids' future.
We’re all navigating some choppy waters these days. Fortunately, we’re not in the boat all alone. In this message we’ll hear the story of Jesus calming the storm, and there’s a lot in there that we can learn about tuning our mind to God’s will for our lives and learning to trust the One who has ultimate control over the “Storms of Life.”
Got anxiety? You're not alone, and your reaction to current events is totally normal. We're bored, lonely, stir-crazy, and primed for fear taking over. Our new message series confronts our modern day fears and anxieties and applies some Biblical wisdom on combating them. Our first message in this series deals with the familiar feeling of "Being Locked In."
Messiah celebrates our Savior's victory over sin, death, and the devil! Pastor Chuck Schlie leads us through some important details in John's Gospel account of the Resurrection that are hidden in plain sight!
On Palm Sunday, Jesus makes a triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. On this first day of Holy Week, Pastor Jim Mueller considers how Jesus viewed the city, knowing that the cheers would turn to scorn later that week.
Do current events have you worried? Do you find yourself checking the news more often than you should? if you’re stressed and anxious right now, the devil couldn’t be happier. He revels in misfortune, and we certainly have our share of it on this side of heaven. Our “Stranger Things” message series is looking at the devil and how he works. This message deals with the issues of suffering and affliction as told through the story of Job.
The devil knows what he needs to do to separate you from God. You heard the statistic that 35% of Christians don't believe he exists. He is not only real; he is powerful and you're wearing a target. Our “Stranger Things” message series is exposing his tactics and arming you for the fight. Don't be complacent—there is a battle, and you're in it. Series begins with a look at how Satan uses Temptation against God's people. We'll expose his methods and learn from our Savior how to effectively fight them.
It's a day of celebration! We wrapped up "In God We Trust" with our annual Jubilee Sunday celebration in praise of all of God's blessings. Watch and learn how to build a trusting relationship with God.
With all this talk of money, you might be experiencing some anxiety around the topic. Perhaps you're wondering how you can give first fruit gifts and still be financially OK. We get it! This Sunday's message will help alleviate some of your questions and show you that generosity is possible, no matter your circumstances.
Though it's easy to look around and think that you aren't any better off—and maybe even worse—than your neighbor, you can't give in to that scarcity mentality. God has blessed us abundantly here in St. Charles, and we want to help you fight the mindset that you need more than what you have.
Every dollar in our pocket is printed with a simple slogan—”In God We Trust.” Yet too often our trust is placed in anything but God. We place our faith in money, possessions, health, and security, and fear not having enough of what we need. This mindset begs the question, Is God abundant, or are His resources limited? We consider this question today in worship.
TODAY’S MESSAGE What’s God’s image of His Church? Does it align with our image of it? If not, what can we do about it? Our current message series concludes today with an examination of what God’s image for His church looks like. Do your intentions line up with God’s?
Who are you? Beyond your name, occupation, and family position, you're someone the Bible calls "fearfully and wonderfully made." So what does that mean? Believe it or not, you're God's image-bearer, and that means a lot. So while you may be a person who sins daily and messes things up on the regular, you're still a valuable part of God's kingdom. You’ll learn from our special guest Carl just who God thinks you are.
Have you given much thought to your legacy? Have you assessed your life and thought about the impact that you have had on others? You no doubt hope the impressions you’ve left are positive ones. We all strive to be a blessing to our friends and family in our words and deeds. Though important, that’s just one aspect of our legacy. On the practical side, have you ever considered how your earthly treasures will be distributed when you die? Or what sort of spiritual heritage you will have left your family? These are weighty questions, and we will help you answer them today as we lead you to (re)Focus your legacy for the benefit of others.
You've heard it said that "Attitude is everything." Like all clichés, there's truth to the saying. Through the story of Joseph and his slavery in Egypt, we look at how we can be grateful to God for all that He does for us--even in difficult circumstances.
Scripture: Acts 10:9-16 | Matthew 9:9-13. On Sunday our message taught us how to live a more fulfilling life by refocusing your priorities, relationships, attitude, and legacy. We looked at relationships and invite you to join or recommit to a Community Group at messiah in this new year.
Today's Scripture: Daniel 12:1-4 | Luke 2:36-40. The new year is made for new beginnings. Messiah is here to help you with your resolutions for personal and spiritual growth in our six week series. "ReFocus: Your 20/20 Vision."
When life doesn't go our way we often respond with anger, doubt, or disappointment, and the Christmas season can intensify these emotions. But through the story of the first Christmas, we see God bringing hope in difficult circumstances. The love of God and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring hope to everyone.
The Christmas celebration began over 2000 years ago when the Creator of heaven and earth stepped into His creation - as a baby! He did this because He loves you and wants to restore His relationship with you. Truly this is good news of great joy! Our pray is that you will be filled with true HOPE and PEACE today as we are reminded that Christmas changes everything.
Scripture for today's message: Luke 2:8-15 and Corinthians 1:26-28. The love of God and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring hope to everyone. As the angel said to the shepherds when he announced Jesus birth in Luke 2:10: "I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." The Gospel is a message that truly brings HOPE for Everyone!
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 | Isaiah 7:11-14. The love of God and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring hope to everyone. Through Joseph's story in today's message, hear how to face fear in your life and do the right thing.
In today's message, we hear how to stay hopeful when your circumstances in life are not what you'd thought they'd be, and not at all what you envisioned for yourself. There is HOPE when your plans are disrupted if you trust that God has everything under control.