How Good People Go Bad | Villains |
Most people don’t want to end up being the bad guy in the story. We’d rather be remembered as the hero, not the one who chose the wrong path, made the wrong choice, and ruined everything. We see this happen in movies, but you have probably seen this play out in real life too. So how do ordinary people become the bad guy or bad girl of their story? How does one end up the villain in their marriage, in their school, or workplace? In this video, Pastor Ken Knott talks about how good people end up bad, and what you can do to avoid making these same mistakes.
August 15, 2022
Overcoming Bitterness | Villains | Week 1
Bitterness takes hold in our lives in a number of ways. It can start from feeling jealous, hurt, angry, or even fearful. And while we often believe bitterness punishes someone or something else, the only thing that is truly punished is us. Bitterness is a poor substitute for justice. In this video, Pastor Brandon Bonville shares a story from the Bible that can help you understand the root of your bitterness, and how you can take steps to overcome it.
August 09, 2022
Having A Faith That Endures | 1 Peter |
When life gets difficult and our circumstances are not at all what we want, it’s easy for us to not only be discontent, but for our faith to grow weary. We ask where is God? We begin to doubt if He is good and if God cares at all. We wonder whether faith is worth it. But what if you were able to face these times without being shaken? Without losing hope and without turning to whatever gives you comfort in the moment. In this video, Pastor Ken Knott talks about how you can not just survive, but thrive in the valleys of life and have a faith that endures.
August 01, 2022
When Christian Life Is Unpopular | 1 Peter |
It can be incredibly difficult to be a Christian when it seems like nobody shares your faith. When most everyone around you seems to discredit your beliefs and make different choices. It can easily cause us to make compromises or feel like we need to defend ourselves. In this video, Pastor Sean Sears shares from the Bible how you can live in a way that attracts people to you, even if they don’t agree with what you believe.
July 25, 2022
How To Honor God With Your Life | 1 Peter |
Do our everyday choices even matter? The things we do, say, or prioritize can feel like they don’t have a purpose in the bigger picture. But they do. They matter to God, and they have the ability to make a lasting impact on everyone around us. In this episode, we talk about how each of us are made for a specific purpose, and how we can change the look of a neighborhood, a business, a basketball team, or a family when we focus on God’s purpose for our lives.
July 18, 2022
Is My Faith Worth The Cost? | 1 Peter |
What happens when your faith starts costing you more than you want? Naturally, you start to question whether it’s worth staying committed. After all, it seems everyone around you gets to make the choices that bring instant gratification, while much faith requires you to play the long game. In this video, Pastor Sean Sears is talking about how you can resist the temptation to compromise in your faith and give you the encouragement to stay committed and energized in your journey of faith.
July 11, 2022
Finding Peace From Worry And Fear | Identity Theft
We want to have peace in our lives, at our jobs, in our homes, and in our relationships or marriages, but more often we find ourselves experiencing fear, worry, and stress. So what can we do to experience God’s peace? In this video, Sean Sears shares two keys from the Bible on how to move past your fear and worry so that you can rest and enjoy peace from God.
June 27, 2022
How To Know Jesus | Identity Theft |
There is a difference between knowing about someone and really knowing someone. A lot of people might know about Jesus, but how do you really get to know him? Can you know him personally? Do you have to be a religious person? Does your past impact your ability to know Jesus? In this video, Church Plant resident J. Cross talks about how your list of accomplishments, your past, and your religious achievements doesn’t make you right with God and how you can move to really knowing Jesus.
June 21, 2022
Finding Contentment That Lasts | Identity Theft |
Contentment can be so hard to find at different times in our life, and even when we do have it, it never seems to last very long. In this video, we’re discovering what brings contentment that lasts and what changes need to be made to get it.
June 13, 2022
Has Your Identity Been Hijacked? | Identity Theft |
Everyday we are surrounded by voices trying to speak into our lives as to what should define us. But not all of our identities are created equal. In order for you to have healthy relationships and be healthy mentally, emotionally, and spiritually yourself they can’t all be equal! So which identity is most important? In this video, we’re talking about how you can begin to navigate the confusion and ultimately discover who you really are and how you can find true freedom, peace, and comfort in your life.
June 06, 2022
Letting God Use You | Church Defined |
God has so much more for you than to digest religious content. God says, I have a job for you. One that I have uniquely designed you to do. We might be looking to God and faith to bring value or comfort to our lives, but what we often miss is that God has a purpose for you to carry out! A purpose that He has designed specifically for you! One that brings joy, motivation, and the opportunity for you to make a difference in the world. So what is this purpose and how can you find it?
May 31, 2022
Who Is The Church For? | Church Defined |
What if the assumptions you have about church right now are completely untrue. What if they are actually what’s keeping you from what God has always wanted for your life. What if church was never about a building or a service but God has a much bigger purpose not only for his church but for you? We’re getting the bottom of these questions in this video!
May 23, 2022
Why Should I Be Generous? | Church Defined |
Generosity is a good thing! It not only makes us feel good but studies say it even has health benefits. But why is it so hard for us to constantly think and live this way? And why is it so important to God that we are defined by generosity? We’re answering these questions and more in this teaching!
May 16, 2022
Where Can I Find Truth? | Church Defined |
Where Can I Find Truth? | Church Defined | Where can we find truth? Who determines it? Is truth able to be understood at all? Can my truth be different from yours? Where does God fit into all of this? If He really wanted to make my life better, why does it seem like the Bible has so many rules? This week we’re talking about why God gave us the Bible to live by and how it can impact your life.
May 09, 2022
Why Do I Feel Stuck? | I Witness |
Most people have times in their faith when it just feels like they’re stuck. The growth and excitement that was once fueled their faith feels missing and it can be confusing to understand why. So how can you get past this place and start getting traction in your faith again? Let’s talk about it.
April 24, 2022
Finding Faith In God | Easter With Grace
Easter is supposed to be about hope and celebration, but what if you’re unsure what you actually believe anymore. You see the world around you and the circumstances you face and wonder, where is God in this? Maybe you really want to believe in something, but are stuck on how to actually move forward in finding faith. This Easter, we’re talking about how you can get unstuck and find faith again.
April 18, 2022
Who Deserves Forgiveness? | I Witness | Week 5
There are people who have wronged us and those we care about. They’ve done things we feel they should NEVER be forgiven for. But we’re not without guilt either. We violate our own conscience and hurt others all the time! So how does God decide who gets forgiveness and who gets punished?
April 11, 2022
Are You A Fan Or Follower? | I Witness | Week 4
What is required to be a follower of Jesus? Do you just need to have certain beliefs? Be baptized? Confirmed? Does your good need to outweigh the bad? If you’re in good standing with God, what should that relationship look like? In this video, we’re diving into the story of Judas (you know, the betrayer) to see how the faith of someone who followed Jesus so closely, went so off track.
April 04, 2022
How To Resist Temptation | I Witness | Week 3 |
Are you tired of trying to do what’s right only to find yourself making the same mistakes? It’s almost like there is something working against you! What if there actually IS!? In this teaching, we’re talking about why resisting temptation is so hard and how you can gain the upper hand!
March 28, 2022
Can Christians Have Doubts? | I Witness | Week 2 |
We all experience times when life just isn’t what we want and our circumstances cause us to doubt God’s goodness and at times, maybe even His existence. Does that make us a bad Christian? What do we do when we struggle with doubt about our faith?
March 21, 2022
God’s Invitation For You | I Witness | Week 1 |
There might not have been anyone else who knew Jesus better than his own Mom. You probably know some about the virgin Mary, but what did she know and experience from her own interactions with Jesus? This week we’re looking at the invitation Mary was given to be a part of the story and how God offers you the same opportunity.
March 14, 2022
Let’s Talk About Sex | It’s Complicated | Week 5 |
Is the way we approach sexuality really working? If we’re honest, culturally, we’re all over the place. And while this is a tough topic to discuss, God knows that sex complicated things. WE know it complicates things. So this week, we’re looking to the Bible for answers to the difficult questions about sexuality and getting to the root of why God would care about something so personal and intimate to us.
March 07, 2022
Rethinking Dating | It’s Complicated | Week 3 |
Why does finding love seem to be so difficult? Even the apps and advice from our friends don’t seem to make it any easier! For most of us, dating and drama seem to be two sides of the same coin, but does it have to be that way? What can we do to make our dating relationships and overall better experience?
February 21, 2022
Waiting For The Right Person | It’s Complicated | Week 2
Are you still looking for Mr / Mrs Right? Maybe you thought you found them, but after some time it doesn’t feel that way anymore. Despite what our culture says, finding love isn’t as easy as swiping right. So what are we supposed to do while we wait to find that right person? How can we make this less complicated?
February 14, 2022
Is God’s Way Really Better? | It’s Complicated | Week 1
There are things Jesus said that we like. But there are also things He said that we don’t like. What happens when the things we want and the choices we make are at odds with what the Bible says? Well, we’re left with a choice. Often a difficult choice. But the choices we make all come down to one simple thing.
February 07, 2022
The Mindset Of Fasting | Prayer And Fasting | Week 3
What’s the difference between fasting for your health and fasting as a spiritual discipline? Because just like any diet or fast, after a while, it can feel like something you HAVE to do and not something you WANT to do. What are the benefits and mindset of spiritual fasting that can help you keep this a regular habit? Let’s talk about that this week!
January 24, 2022
Creating More Space For God | Prayer And Fasting | Week 2
Working to build a relationship with someone takes time and effort and our relationship with God is no different. We want God to be a part of our lives, but doesn’t it seem like we have enough time! There’s always something to distract us. So how do we go about more creating space for God in our lives?
January 17, 2022
Why Christians Fast | Prayer And Fasting | Week 1
Why Christians Fast | Prayer And Fasting | Week 1 | You might have heard about the physical benefits of fasting from your fitness trainer, a friend, or maybe even your doctor. But did you know that fasting can have spiritual benefits as well? In fact, fasting is probably the MOST OVERLOOKED spiritual practice in the lives of Christians, and we are missing out on some major benefits because of it! So what exactly does spiritual fasting look like and what are these benefits? Let’s talk about it!
January 10, 2022
What Christmas Means For You | Christmas With Grace
We know the Christmas story. We hear it every year. We know all the characters and the setting. It’s a great story, but what does this mean for us living over 2000 years after this first Christmas? Because while Christmas is supposed to be full of hope and peace, our world doesn’t feel anything like that, and neither do our own lives! What if the Christmas story wasn’t just a story to tell, but an opportunity for us to claim hope, joy, and peace for our own lives.
December 28, 2021
Hope For All People | The Line | Week 3
We know the Christmas story. We know the nativity scene. It’s a beautiful story to tell, but it can also seem so far from our reality. Often, our lives feel anything but full of hope, joy, and peace. Why is that? Maybe we’re relying on the wrong things? Maybe it’s not about how religious we are, but about grasping something else. That’s what we’re talking about this week!
December 20, 2021
When I Feel Insignificant | The Line | Week 2
Do you ever have times where you don’t feel like you matter all that much? Like you’re not that valuable. Of course you do! We all do. You see we all go around looking for things that prove we matter. And we spend much of our lives not only trying to prove our stats to others, but to ourselves, and to God! But what if stats don’t matter to God? What if the way He sees our value is nothing compared to how we see it? We’re talking about that this week at Grace Church!
December 13, 2021
Being Made Right With God | The Line | Week 1
There was a moment in time when a line separated everything before it, from everything that came after it. With one baby’s birth our historical timeline changed from B.C to A.D, but so did so much more. The Bible tells us that even today, there is a line that exists that causes us to feel like we’re distant from God. Like He’s on one side and we’re on the other. So if we have the desire to get right with God, how is that line erased? We’re talking about it as we start our new Christmas series The Line.
December 06, 2021
3 Keys For Staying Grateful | Grateful | Week 3 |
It’s easier for us to be grateful around this time of year, when everyone is focused on it. Nobody wants to be that ungrateful person at the Thanksgiving get together. Nobody wants to be the Scrooge at Christmas time. But isn’t it crazy how fast we shift when things don’t go our way or people don’t treat us the way we think they should? What does it take to be a person filled with gratitude all the time?
November 29, 2021
The Benefits Of Gratitude | Grateful | Week 2
We know it feels good to be thankful and grateful, but wouldn’t it be a lot easier if life just went how we wanted? When life gets hard and disappointments crowd in, fighting to stay grateful doesn’t really seem worth it. Actually, it’s easier and more natural to stay upset, frustrated, or disappointed. So why fight to be grateful? This week, Pastor Sean gives 3 benefits to staying grateful.
November 22, 2021
The Mindset Of Gratitude | Grateful | Week 1
Most of us would say we want to be more grateful, but why is it so difficult? Maybe we could be more grateful if we had more or if the situations in our lives got a little easier. But what if one simple mindset shift could change how you view what you have and what you don’t and allow you to be more grateful all year long regardless of what you're facing.
November 15, 2021
Refocusing On The Mission | 16th Birthday Celebration
Refocusing On The Mission | 16th Birthday Celebration | As we look back over the last 16 years and celebrate all that God has done in and through our church, we have got to think, what’s coming next!? What if God has so much more planned for us? What if we’re just getting started? Find out where our church is headed in this next season as we celebrate 16 years of helping you, your friends, and neighbors know and follow Jesus.
November 08, 2021
Fear Of Loss | Fear Not | Week 3
What happens when doing the right thing, doesn’t feel like it was the right thing? What if it costs us MORE to do what’s right than to do what everyone else does? Would you still pick the right thing? What if it meant you not only didn’t benefit, but doing the right thing meant you were gonna lose something? Why should you still do the right thing? Let’s talk about it!
November 01, 2021
Fear Of Failing | Fear Not | Week 2
None of us want to look insecure. We want to show a version of ourselves that is put together and in control. One that hides our past failures and only shows the best of us. But we know who we are. We know where we’ve messed up, and the fear of ever being in that place again often keeps us from really living. Maybe your past failures have even kept you at arm’s length from God? How do we break out of the mediocre and have the confidence to pursue who God made us to be?
October 24, 2021
Fear Of What Others Think | Fear Not | Week 1
What if they don’t like me? What if they think less of me? What if I get laughed at? What if they’re really not cool with me? The second guessing, the worry, the doubt. Fearing what others think can not only make it hard to live authentically, but also to do the things God wants you to do and be the person He made you to be. So how do we get past this?
October 18, 2021
Guidelines For Healthy Discipline | Parenthood | Week 3
None of us want our kids to grow up to be selfish or inconsiderate people, but when it comes to the discussion on discipline, we all bring baggage to the conversation. So what does healthy discipline look like? And how can we do it in a way that not only addresses bad behavior, but teaches our kids to make the right decisions?
October 11, 2021
3 Tools To Connect With Your Kids | Parenthood | Week 2
We know that connecting with our kids is important, but with life being so busy and schedules being so demanding, it’s hard to have meaningful connections with our kids everyday. Today, we’re talking about 3 simple tools you can use to connect more!
October 04, 2021
The Top Priorities Of A Parent | Parenthood | Week 1
There's a lot that parents need to think about while raising kids. How are they in school? Are they developing well socially? Are you succeeding in raising them to be a decent person? It can be overwhelming! But what should be the top priority of a parent? What things are more important for you to focus on than all the rest?
September 25, 2021
The Antidote To Selfishness | One Another | Week 3
The Antidote To Selfishness | One Another | We’re pretty selfish people. Even when we do good, our motivation is often how good we will look or what we might get in return. And even when we do try to help with good intentions, we can still get burned. So do we look out for ourselves or risk being the sucker who helped? Jesus had a better way to look at it.
September 20, 2021
More Than Another Church Service | One Another | Week 2
What if you’ve been missing something when it comes to church? What if you’ve been looking at church as a service and as a result, it just doesn’t seem all that important. But what if God created the church to be so much more. Something so vital to your life that you can’t live without. And what if all that’s missing is this one key piece?
September 13, 2021
What Christians Should Be Known For | One Another | Week 1
What are Christians known for most? If we’re honest, the answers most people would give wouldn’t be positive. But what does the Bible say Christians should be known for? Our generosity? Our kindness? The amount of time we pray or serve others? What does the Bible say is the most important and accurate indicator of a Christian?
September 05, 2021
At The Movies: Why We Need Community
Why We Need Community | At The Movies | Our schedules are too busy. We're trying to raise a family. Other people have hurt me. Life is safer alone. These are some of the things we might tell ourselves that keep us away from investing time in building community around us. But regardless of your personality, God wired YOU for community. And there is something incredible that happens in community that you just can't get anywhere else. Let's talk about what that is!
August 30, 2021
At The Movies: Does God Love Me Even When I Walk Away?
Does God Love Me Even When I Walk Away? | At The Movies | Have you ever known what God wanted you to do, but instead decided to do something else? Like you knew it was wrong, but did it anyway. Or maybe you just thought your way was better. How do moments like this affect how God feels about you? Most of us would think He would be angry and that we need to do some good to get back on good terms. But is that it? What does the Bible say we should do in moments like this? Let’s dive in together this weekend!
August 23, 2021
At The Movies: Fighting Spiritual Complacency
You believe in God. You pray and sometimes go to church, and you try to be a good person. You're all set. Right? I mean you're busy enough as is, how much time and effort do you really need to put into your faith? And what's the harm of just dipping your toe in religion? Let's talk about it!
August 16, 2021
At The Movies: Finding Rest In A Busy Life
Are you in need of rest? Not just a break, but like real, deep soul rest? Is life going 100mph and you feel like you’re doing everything you can just to hang on? Not only can this type of pace in life be harmful to our physical health, but it’s also harmful to our spiritual health. Learn how you can find the rest that you not only crave, but your soul needs!
August 08, 2021
The Book Of James: How To Keep Your Faith Alive
Have you ever felt like you're trying to hang onto your faith for dear life? Maybe storm after storm keeps coming and it seems like there will be no relief. Or you're waiting to know what's your next move but it feels like God is silent. How can you keep your faith alive when it feels like everything is against you?
August 02, 2021
The Book Of James: How To Keep Your Faith Alive
Have you ever felt like you're trying to hang onto your faith for dear life? Maybe storm after storm keeps coming and it seems like there will be no relief. Or you're waiting to know what's your next move but it feels like God is silent. How can you keep your faith alive when it feels like everything is against you?
August 02, 2021
The Book Of James: 3 Lies That Keep You From Humilty
What does it take to live humbly? Why does God want us to live this way anyways? If you are trying too hard to be humble, then are you really humble? This weekend, we're exposing three lies that many of us believe that prevent us from being the people God intends us to be.
July 26, 2021
The Book Of James: When I'm Not Feeling Content
When I'm Not Feeling Content | James | Ever felt frustrated that you weren't where you wanted to be in life or didn't have what you wanted? Maybe you feel like you're doing everything right and you still don't feel content. Where is God when this happens? We'll find out this weekend as we continue our series in the book of James.
July 19, 2021
The Book Of James: The Power Of Your Words
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words _______ ______ ______ ______? Might hurt even more? Might stick with me forever? Define my worth? What is it about words that are so powerful? And why is it so hard to control the things that we say?
July 12, 2021
The Book Of James: The Power Of Your Words
The Power Of Your Words | James | Sticks and stones may break my bones but words _______ ______ ______ ______? Might hurt even more? Might stick with me forever? Define my worth? What is it about words that are so powerful? And why is it so hard to control the things that we say? We're talking about that this weekend!
July 12, 2021
The Book Of James: How To Face Hard Times
Nobody wants to go through difficult seasons in life. We work hard to make life comfortable and when things do get rough, we get angry with God and wonder if He even cares what's happening to us. But what if the difficult times in life were less about what's happening TO us and more about what God wants to do IN us? How does God want us to look at the hard seasons of life?
June 28, 2021
This Means War: How To Prepare For The Battle
If we are in a spiritual battle, do we have to deal with the attacks from the Enemy or is there a part for us to play in this battle? And if so, what is our role and what tools are at our disposal to fight? We're talking about that in this message as we wrap up our series!
June 21, 2021
This Means War: How The Enemy Attacks
There is a battle being fought over your heart every day. A spiritual battle between God and the life He wants for you and the enemy who wants to destroy that life. If we are going to win, we need to know the tactics the enemy uses to fight against us and to keep us from the life God intended for us.
June 14, 2021
This Means War: Recognizing Spiritual Warfare
What if there was a whole side of reality that we often completely miss? A spiritual reality consisting of both darkness and light waring against each other and in a very real way, effecting our spiritual side. Starting this weekend, we are diving into what the Bible has to say about the spiritual forces around us and what that means in our day to day lives!
June 07, 2021
Jonah: When Life Isn't What We Want
What happens when we turn to God in our trouble but things still don't get better? Does God actually hear us or is He ignoring us? Why does doing the right thing not always mean we'll get what we want?
June 01, 2021
Jonah: When Life Isn't What We Want
What happens when we turn to God in our trouble but things still don't get better? Does God actually hear us or is He ignoring us? Why does doing the right thing not always mean we'll get what we want?
June 01, 2021
Jonah: Getting Back On Track With God
So maybe you've blown it in the past. And maybe you believe God will give you another chance even if you don't deserve it. But sometimes getting back on track with what God doesn't mean that our circumstances will all clear up at once. Is facing the music really worth it?
May 24, 2021
Jonah: How To Turn Back To God
There are times where we end up in bad places because of the choices that we've made, but what do we need to do to turn things around and get back on track? And what if you don't deserve another chance? Can you still get right with God?
May 17, 2021
Jonah: Have I Run Too Far From God?
What happens when I know the right thing to do and choose not to? Is it possible for me to be so far from God that there's no coming back? And when my life feels like a sinking ship, what should be my next move?
May 10, 2021
The G.O.A.T.: Becoming Great In God's Eyes
What does it take to become "great" in God's eyes? You might think it's knowing a lot of religious information or doing a lot more good than wrong. But the answer that Jesus gave on how to become great just might surprise you.
May 03, 2021
The G.O.A.T. : How To Be More Generous
We all want to be generous people, but what does it really mean to be generous? Generosity isn’t simply doing what we should expect any decent human being to do. It’s doing MORE than what’s expected of any decent human being. But can you still be generous even if you don't have a lot of money to give away? And what would it cost us to be more generous in our lives?
April 26, 2021
The G.O.A.T. : Everyone Has A Seat At The Table
Who would you think Jesus liked to spend time with? It might not be who you'd expect. Jesus often hung out with those that everyone else overlooked or ignored. If you're feeling disconnected from God and feel like you'd be the last person He would spend time with, this message is for YOU!
April 19, 2021
The G.O.A.T : Finding God's Will For My Life
The Bible says that God has created us all with a purpose in mind and has a preferred life for us to live. But how do we know what that life is? How do we know if we are making the right decisions or if we are living out our purpose?
April 12, 2021
Easter With Grace: What Jesus Knew We Needed Most
Jesus rides into town on Palm Sunday with HUGE crowds adoring him but by Friday those same people are shouting “Crucify Him!” Why? What did they want from Jesus and why did their hearts change towards Him so fast? And what if we are no different? Find out this Easter what things God is most concerned about in your life, and how you can find hope from Easter.
April 05, 2021
What's The Purpose Of My Faith? | Neighborhood Watch | Week 4
Some say that faith is the thing that keeps them grounded in life and others might say it's a crutch people use. But what is the real purpose of my faith? What purpose does God have for my faith and is it to only benefit me or might God just be up to something much greater?
March 29, 2021
Neighbor Watch: 5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor
Jesus said loving your neighbor is the second greatest commandment, but practically how do you love your neighbor? Nobody wants to be that weird neighbor so what does loving your neighbor look like? We're talking about that this weekend and giving you 5 ways you can begin to love your neighbor!
March 22, 2021
Neighborhood Watch: Keeping Your Heart Right
Have you ever known someone who is a very religious person, but not a very nice person? Or Christians who are supposed to stand for love, grace, and forgiveness, and are hypocritical, loveless, and bitter? Just because you KNOW the right things doesn't mean you DO the right things. This week, we're looking at three truth to help you keep your heart in the right place.
March 15, 2021
Neighborhood Watch: How To Treat Other People | Week 1
How do we be kind to people we don't really like and how can we help show others their self worth if we are not really sure of ours? We're discovering three truths from the Bible that will help you see your own worth and the worth of those around you.
March 08, 2021
The Power of Love: Power of Commitment
Some of your most meaningful relationships will be the ones where you will experience the most hurt. But that doesn't have to mean the relationship is over. If we want to live with Godly, healthy relationships whether romantic or not, there are three things that need to be present to stay committed through the tough times.
March 01, 2021
The Power Of Love: Power Of Pursuit
What if God's plan for your relationship wasn't the easiest or the most convenient? Would you still follow it? Everyday we make choices on what's most convenient for us but that doesn't always mean what's convenient is best. Anything that is best takes work and effort and our relationships are no exception. This week, we see what the Bible has to say about the work that needs to be done to gain the healthy relationships God wants for us.
February 23, 2021
The Power Of Love: Power Of Attraction
Love is the most powerful emotion that we all experience, but it is also the most complicated. Who we love and who loves us is tightly woven into what we believe about ourselves, our identity, and our worth. And if we're honest, our experiences with love and our expressions of it probably pale in comparison to the hopes we have for it. This week, we what does God say about love, who we are attracted to, and how we pursue intimacy with them and see how the Bible addresses 3 of the most common myths about love that we believe.
February 15, 2021
The One And Only: God As Spirit
For a lot of us, the thought of God being a Spirit probably brings up some questions. There are some churches who make a big deal out of the Holy Spirit and some that barely talk about Him at all. Maybe your thoughts about the Holy Spirit kinda weird you out a little bit or your brain likens the Holy Spirit to the Force from Star Wars. A lot of these kinds of feelings and misconceptions come from not understanding the role the Holy Spirit has in the Christian's life. In the last week of this series, we will see how the Bible describes who the Holy Spirit is and see why He is so vital to our Christian lives.
February 08, 2021
The One And Only: God As Son
Many religions believe that there is only one God, but where the paths start to diverge is when it comes to Jesus. Is Jesus in fact God? How can He be God and have been an actual human being in history? How can He be God and the Son of God? And if he is God, then what does that mean for us and our faith? This week, we look at who the Bible says Jesus is and find three things about Him that can change how we view Him.
February 01, 2021
The One And Only: God As Your Father
Many of us have complicated relationships with God. We view as distant or detached from our lives. We might see Him as a the judge of all wrong and pouring out punishment on those who do wrong. What if our complicated relationship with God stems from incorrect information about who He really is? This week, we see 3 different characteristics of God that can completely shift what we thought we knew about God.
January 25, 2021
The One and Only : Who Is God?
You would most likely say that you know of God. You probably know some of some stories in the Bible and have your own images and ideas about who He is. But is it possible to really KNOW Him? How can someone or something so complex be known or understood? In this series, we will see how the Bible describes the complexities of God with simple words because the more accurate your understanding of who God is, the more meaningful your relationship with Him will be.
January 19, 2021
Social NOT Working: Meaningful Over Convenient
Through technology, we have access to more content and more conveniences than ever before, but we feel more disconnected than ever before. And while conveniences are great and can improve the quality of our lives, the danger is that we can soon prioritize convenience over the meaningful things in life. If you feel like you've been conveniencing the meaning from your life, there's hope to readjust and bring more meaning and quiet to your life.
January 11, 2021
Christmas At The Movies: It's A Wonderful Life
After a life full of disappointments and sacrifice with little thanks, we see George Bailey, the main character from It's A Wonderful Life, wondering if everyone and everything would have been better off in this life if he has never been born. As we wrap up our Christmas At The Movies, Pastor Sean asks the question, what would be different if Jesus has never been born? Would it really affect your life? And if so, how does it affect your today, your tomorrow, and the rest of your life?
December 28, 2020
Christmas At The Movies: The Santa Clause
We are encouraged in our world to find our own identity. To either associate our lives with a certain label or to break free and create our own. But when you choose to follow Jesus, your identity shifts. The way you see yourself should change as well as the way that you see others. Just like in the Christmas movie The Santa Clause, when Scott puts on the Santa suit it changes everything about his life. So how does our identity shift as followers of Jesus and what does that mean for us?
December 21, 2020
Christmas At The Movies: Elf
Sometimes, it just feels like something is missing. You’re not complete. You might be able to identify exactly what it is that you need or you might not be able to put your finger on it. But for whatever reason, you feel unsettled inside. Unrest. All you know is that something needs to change. What we do with that feeling of incompleteness says a lot about what we treasure and what matters to us.
December 14, 2020
Christmas At The Movies: The Grinch
With Thanksgiving being a Holiday focused on gratitude and Christmas focused on generosity, you'd think that this time of year, we would all be in a pretty good mental and emotional state. But according to new reports, 3x more of us are dealing with mild to severe symptoms of depression since the beginning of the pandemic. So how can we replace the negativity all around us with something more positive and how can we change our focus so that we can live with the joy God intends for us?
December 07, 2020
Christmas At The Movies: Home Alone
Life has a way of throwing us curveballs. Just when you least expect it, things start to not go your way and often, it feels like our life, our happiness, and our plans unravel quickly. You find this theme in Home Alone where Kevin is unexpectedly left by his family and when burglars try to take advantage, he is left with a choice on how to respond. In the same way, we have a choice on how to respond when things don't go our way, and we learn from the life of Joseph principles to help when life seems to be at its most difficult.
November 30, 2020
Uncommon: Uncommon In Compassion
We'd all agree that our world needs more compassion and empathy. To find more common ground and less to fight over. To prioritize unity with those that we disagree with. The problem though is that we don't want to be the ones to do that. We can be compassionate to those we love and those we deem deserving, but we have a hard time finding compassion for those that have wronged and opposed us. But living with an uncommon compassion just might be what it takes for the world to see the love of God in you.
November 23, 2020
Uncommon: Uncommon In Generosity
Most people would aspire to being known as generous. Whether it's time, talent, or resources, we know the impact generosity has in our world. This is the kind of uncommon life that God would have us live. A life lived using things to help people rather than using people to get things. But when we look at our calendars and bank accounts, can we really say that we live with uncommon generosity? And maybe that has a lot more to do with our own hearts than how busy we are or how much margin we have in our income.
November 16, 2020
Uncommon: Uncommon In Unity
We are more divided as a country now than we ever have been in our lifetime. Between political and social unrest, it seems that division defines not only our country, but most of us. And sadly during this time, the church has not presented itself as the solution. Christians are just as contentious, angry, bitter, and divisive on social media as anybody else. But this was never God's plan for the church. In fact, God's plan for unity is our responsibility. It's mine and it's yours. So what needs to change?
November 09, 2020
As we look back over the last 15 years of our church's history, we celebrate all the incredible things that God has done in and through our church family. And because we believe that God is not done, we expectantly look forward to the next chapter and the exciting things He has for our church in the coming years.
November 02, 2020
Insomnia: Having Faith When We Are Discontent
Remember when you were a kid and you couldn't wait to be old enough to be in high school or drive a car. And then you couldn't wait for college or to get married. And then you couldn't wait to have kids or get your first real job. And if we're honest, this cycle never really ends! There are most likely things in your life right now that you are not content with and you can't wait until...what? Is it possible to simply be okay with life right now? With who you are, where you are, and what you have?
October 26, 2020
Insomnia: Having Faith When We Are Weighed Down
Mental and emotional weight that we carry can often have a physical result. We feel our chest getting tighter and sometimes it feels like it's hard to breathe. We walk around feeling anxious, frustrated, stressed, and exhausted. And the longer we carry this weight around, the heavier it begins to feel. We talk about the feeling of having a weight lifted, but how do we get there?
October 19, 2020
Insomnia: Having Faith Even When We Are Overwhelmed
Feeling overwhelmed is normal to experience from time to time. There are days where we feel there is not enough time to get everything done that we need to. But then there are seasons of life where feeling overwhelmed is the norm. Life you don't have what it takes to keep up with your life. And it always seems that we are in these seasons, the storms of life come. Where is God in these seasons and how do we move past them to find our grounding again?
October 12, 2020
Insomnia: Having Faith Even When We Are Uncertain
We like to know what's coming next. We like it when everything goes according to our plans. The problem we face is that life just isn't like that. We go through seasons where everything seems to work out how we want and it gives us the illusion that it should always be that way. But as our circumstances become more uncertain, we often become more scared and more anxious. But what's the alternative? How can we find peace and rest when everything else in life seems so uncertain?
October 05, 2020
Family Matters: Facing Spiritual Battles
Family Matters: Facing Spiritual Battles
September 28, 2020
Family Matters: Community Connections
Everyone longs to be a part of a collective community all sharing a common goal. That's why we often build community around sports teams, political parties, and our passions and interests. But often, we allow these things to influence our identity and purpose. But the Bible tells us that our purpose and identity is given to us and not created by us. So how do you find your purpose and identity? And once you discover it, what would have to change?
September 21, 2020
Family Matters: Social Connections
Family Matters: Social Connections
September 14, 2020
Family Matters: Vulnerable Connections
Over the course of time, we often find ourselves slipping into unhealthy habits. It could be an unsustainable pace in life, an unhealthy diet, unchecked anger and frustration, or drifting towards spiritual apathy. The tough part is, we are often nose blind to our own dysfunction in life. If we want to identify these trouble areas of our lives, we need to have close, vulnerable relationships where we can give others permission to ask the tough questions.
September 08, 2020
On Demand: Owning Your Friendships
The healthiest friendships are not created by accident. They are not the result of proximity or common interest. The best friendships are created with intention and purpose. So how do we create these friendships and how can you be a stronger friend to those in your life right now?
August 31, 2020
On Demand: Owning Your Career
Most of us view our jobs as a necessary evil. It's the "grind". We're "living for the weekend". In fact, surveys show that the majority of people are unhappy in their job and feel that they are underpaid for the work they do. But we keep showing up every Monday because we need the money right? What if God has a bigger purpose for you at your job then just collecting a paycheck? This week, Pastor Taylor talks about what you can do differently this week at work and how in the process, can find more joy and fulfillment in your work.
August 24, 2020
On Demand: Owning Your Walk With God
It can be easy to let church services be the thing that encourages and motivates us to continue pursuing God and growing in our relationship with Him. But now that most churches have not been meeting for months, where does that leave you in your relationship with Him? Has it gotten better or become more stagnant? Maybe it's time to take your relationship with God outside of the walls of a weekend church service and take your next step in owning your walk with God for yourself! Find out 3 things you can begin doing in order to own your own walk with God.
August 17, 2020
On Demand: Owning Your Personal Health
Every year around the New Year, we all seem to direct our attention a little more towards our health. We think about what we are eating and how we'd like to eat, or how much we'd like the scale to drop, or maybe what pant size we'd like to get back to. Maybe this year more than any other, COVID has caused you to focus even more on your health. But you might wonder what does physical health have to do with your spiritual life? In this week's message, Pastor Ken shows from the Bible that as followers of Jesus, we have the responsibility to own the aspects of our health that we can and work to not allow our love of food, love of the gym, or love of our body image take precedent over our devotion and reliance on God.
August 10, 2020
On Demand: Schedule that Honors God
Time is like sand, it’s constantly moving and you never get any of it back. If we aren’t careful, the most important things are left out because they’re often the most difficult things to do naturally. If we don’t proactively direct our lives, we slip into unhealthy patterns and rhythms, and realize we weren't prioritizing the right things all along. In this weeks teaching, we look at one of Jesus's teaching on using our time so we can prioritize what’s most important before it becomes most urgent.
August 03, 2020
Staycation: The Thief of Happiness
There are things in this world that will rob us of our happiness. Most of the time, we think that our current circumstances are the greatest threat to our happiness, and so we do all we can to numb the pain we feel. We self medicate through things like ignorance, alcohol, drugs, or food in a feeble attempt to gain our happiness back. As we finish up this series, Pastor Sean talks about how our attempts to relieve the pain often only extend it by bringing about guilt and shame, only to be faced with the same issues when the numbness wears off. So how does the Bible say we should approach the pain and circumstances in our life. And what does God say is the best path for us to take to experience happiness and contentment in the way He designed?
July 27, 2020
Staycation: When Will I Have Enough?
We have more than we have ever had as a society, yet discontentment has never been more common. We have so much, yet feel so unsatisfied. We have more than we’ve ever had and yet we are less content than we have ever been. Is it possible that the easier things get for us, the less content we become? Because now we expect life to be quick, convenient, and easy? In today's message, Pastor Stephen talks about why it is so easy to be discontent and feel like we don't have enough and then shows what the Bible says about how we can begin to experience more happiness in our lives.
July 20, 2020
Staycation: The Behaviors of Happiness
Many of us find ourselves thinking, “I’d be happy if I just had more money”? We have a dollar amount in our head, and we think if we can get that much, the joy it gives us will last forever. But the truth is, if our satisfaction is rooted only in how much money we have, we will never find happiness, not the kind that lasts. Even if we achieve our biggest financial dream, many of us end up wanting more and more. In this series, learn behaviors that truly happy people practice which create lasting satisfaction, no matter how much money is in the bank.
July 13, 2020
Staycation: The Myth Of Happiness
We all want to be happy. But why does there have to be so many things we encounter in our lives that fight against us being happy? Why can't everything just be smooth so we can all be happy? Have you ever found yourself asking those questions? Sometimes it seems like the harder we work to be happy, the more it eludes us. Why is that? It's because we've been conditioned to believe that happiness is a WHAT instead of a WHO. That if I get what I want, if I go there, or be with them that I'll find happiness. But in today's message, we find out that happiness comes much more from WHO we are than WHAT we get or WHAT happens to us.
July 06, 2020
Holy Habits: Serving
I'm sure we all agree that serving someone else is a noble and right thing to do. Whether it is our family, at church, or maybe volunteering at a soup kitchen we know that it's something good. But what often prevents us from serving others more is that is comes with a price. It costs us something. It means we give and don't always gain. And so a lot fo the time we avoid it or make excuses. But you are never more like Jesus than when you are serving, and if you are a follower of Jesus, God has a plan and purpose for your life and it involves serving others. But maybe you feel intimidated about what this will mean and what it will cost you. But what we often overlook is that our very purpose is often tied to how we can benefit and serve others.
June 29, 2020
Holy Habits: Giving
Why does it seem like the topic of money always seem to come up in church? You've probably heard at least church talk about money and maybe you felt like they were trying to get something from you. So why is money such a big deal and why do we have to talk about it in church. Would it surprise you know that Jesus talked more about money than He did heaven and hell combined? But why is this? In this message, Pastor Sean shares why God cares so much about our money and how the habit of generosity can help you grow in your relationship with God.
June 22, 2020
Holy Habits: Worship
The word worship often makes us think of some sort of religious service. It's how we typically describe the music portion of a church service or maybe a Christian concert. Or maybe you think of the word in the sense that someone "worships" the ground someone else walks on or that someone "worships" money. Worship is the act of assigning value to something or someone in our lives. It means centering our lives around that person or thing and placing it first in our hearts. In today's message, Pastor Sean sees what the Bible says about worship and shares 3 different types of ways in which we can give worship to God and how each of these types of worship affects us.
June 15, 2020
Holy Habits: Prayer
Have you ever felt out of sync in your relationship with God. Like you just weren't on the same page. Instead of being in rhythm and in tune with God, it felt like you were playing playing different notes of even a different song altogether. Maybe an experience like this even led you to the place where you are wondering if God is there at all. So if you find yourself feeling disconnected or out of sync with God how to get back into a right rhythm? In today's teaching, Pastor Stephen talks about a powerful tool that God has given us so that we can be more aligned with God - prayer.
June 08, 2020
Holy Habits: The Bible
Reading the Bible is one of the most foundational and essential habits that should be a part of a Christian's life. But why so often does it seem to be such a drag? Why is this habit harder to put into place than other spiritual disciplines. And what does it matter if we are not spending time every day reading the Bible. In the first week of our series, Pastor Sean answers some of these questions and gives us a practical way for us to begin having the Bible become a more regular part of our lives.
June 01, 2020
Open Source: Less Than
Our country has struggled with race relations from the very beginning. Racism is not an American problem, it's a people problem. It is a reality that many of us have to face daily while seems to avoid the attention and justice it deserves. In this week's message, Pastor Sean talks about how racial division was evident even in the very first church but it didn't take long for God to straighten their thinking out. While we might be divided as a nation, there are things those who follow God can do to bring about change in their hearts, change in their communities, and in our country as they pursue justice, love, and mercy.
June 01, 2020
Open Source: Open Seat At The Table
We've all felt like outsiders at one time or another. Whether it was a team we wanted to be picked for or a social group. Maybe it was a job that you really wanted but you didn't get it. In this week's teaching, Pastor Stephen talks about how God made the shift in the book of Acts to give access to Himself to everyone. No longer was it for a certain people group or for those who followed religious rules. It was inclusive of everyone. Regardless of what you've done, what's been done to you, or whatever reasons you feel God can't love you, God has a seat for you at His table. Bit it's up to you to take your place at the table.
May 18, 2020
Open Source: The Positives Of A Crisis
When crisis comes it's hard to see anything positive coming from such a negative situation. We often begin to get anxious, stressed, and depressed. It feels like this crisis will never end and that it's so big it's the only thing that can be seen in life. But in this week's message, we talk about how there are actually some advantages to going through crisis. While nobody wants to go through difficult times, it's often an opportunity where our attention begins to focus on things we've overlooked or taken for granted. And from the book of Acts, Pastor Sean answers three important questions for us to consider when dealing with challenging times.
May 11, 2020
Up Next: When Crisis Hits
We all experience moments of crisis in our lives. Sometimes it's when things don't happen how we intended them and sometimes these moments of crisis come out of nowhere. Crisis is a normal part of life, but we can choose to have a response that is anything but normal. But how can we choose to think and act calmly in the midst of the chaos we experience in life. In this week's message, we learn from the early followers of Jesus when they faced chaos and we can see a 3 step pattern of thoughts and choices they made when faced with crisis.
May 04, 2020
Up Next: Gives The People A Purpose
We all are wired to have a purpose in life and to know that purpose. Without it, we can feel lost, unmotivated, and stuck wondering why we are here in the first place. Purpose is what helps us focus on what's important and what needs to be accomplished. In this week's message, we see in the book of Acts that after God gives His presence to a people, He then gives them a purpose as well. So what was this purpose He gave them? And what is the purpose He has given to you? When we discover God's purposes for our lives we not only discover the joy and passion we desire, but we also can bring God most glory and others most good.
April 27, 2020
Up Next: From A Place To A People
What does it take to experience God's presence in our lives? Some of us have been told that we need to be in a church or maybe even a temple to feel God. Others of us might have been told that the more good we do, the more likely we will feel God. But what does the Bible say about feeling God's presence? In the first week of this series, we see that one of the first things that God does is move His presence from a specific place (the Temple) and to people. No longer was it required to go to the Temple or to communicate with God through a priest. So how can we today experience more of God's presence in our lives and what does this mean for our lives?
April 20, 2020
When things don’t go like we want, we tend to lose our faith. Maybe you believed in God but then something unexpected happened. You lost your job, the cancer came back, or someone that was close to you died. When we experience these hard situations it often leaves our faith floundering, searching for answers, and often leaving us feeling like God isn't there like we thought He would be. If you find yourself dealing with some of the same things this Easter, you're not alone. In fact, you'll find yourself right in the Easter story.
April 13, 2020
Curveball: When New Calling Comes
Sometimes, when crisis hits, we become open to things we rejected before. We were closed off to them before, but when you’re in a place of crisis or desperation, an unexpected curveball gets thrown your way, all of a sudden – you open up your options. Routines change, priorities change, and it provides the opportunity for us to think differently and maybe reconsider the things in our lives we have ignored or pushed away. In this week's message, we talk about how crisis can sometimes lead us to new opportunities or a new calling in life. Maybe it's something we never expected, but something God was preparing for us all along.
April 04, 2020
Curveball: When New Injustice Comes
In a broken world full of broken people, it isn't long before you find injustice happening. At times, injustice can be found in your home, at your work, and even in public. Some of this injustice happens on a personal level and some of it can be systemic, but what's true regardless of the circumstances of injustice is that we all can recognize injustice and know deep down that it's wrong. That it's not how it's supposed to be. So the questions is still to be answered, as followers of Jesus, how are you supposed to respond when faced with injustice in your own life and in the world?
March 30, 2020
Curveball: When New Tragedy Comes
Tragedy is one of those things that none of us want to experience, but many of us will. It's a part of living in a broken world full of broken people, but it's never something we want to think about, anticipate, or expect. And as a result, when tragedy does come our way it often catches us off guard and leaves us feeling hopeless. We feel as though God has lost control and we have lost our way. So what do we do when the unexpected comes into our lives? How can we possibly react well? This week we look at what the Bible says about responding to tragedy and how amidst the panic and the chaos, we can find peace and strength.
March 23, 2020
How To Live Without Fear In A World Full Of Anxiety
Fear is probably one of the most common emotions that we are dealing with right now. With the spreading of the Corona Virus, many of us are afraid for our own health or that of loved ones, some of us are afraid because of our work situation, and some of us are just scared cause it seems like everyone else is! While it might be the results of this virus that bring fear into our lives now, fear is not an uncommon thing. We all have things that we fear and if we are not careful, it can cripple us and negatively affect our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. This week, Pastor Sean takes some time to address the fear and anxiousness that we are all dealing with and spends time looking at what the Bible has to say about our fear and what we can take away from it that will help bring peace no matter what the circumstances.
March 15, 2020
Squad Goals: Purposeful Friendships
Friends not only can provide support and companionship, as we learned last week, but they also can be the people you turn to when you don't know what to do or where to turn to. And in the same way, you can be that person in someone else's life. Great friends help share each other's burden, celebrate each other's victories and forms a bond that becomes like family. In this week's message, we look at how this type of friendship is modeled in the Bible and what it takes to have a purposeful friendship and how you can work to become this type of friend for someone else.
March 09, 2020
Squad Goals: Extraordinary Friendships
It's hard to build great, close knit friendships as adults. Maybe we're just busy. Or maybe we've been hurt in the past. But for many of us, our best friendships are in the past and not in the present. Loneliness is reported to be a major issue in our culture from all age groups, yet we still find making new close friends very difficult. In today's teaching, we are going to talk about why the Bible says having close friends is so important, not only for your mental and physical health but your spiritual health. We tend to become like the people closest to us and if you did become more like those closest, how would your life be different? Would you be closer to God or further away?
March 02, 2020
Relationship Status: With God
If there is one thing we can all agree on, it's probably that maintaining healthy relationships with those around us is tough. It requires a level of selflessness of us that, honestly, we don't always want to give. And if that isn't hard enough, God calls us to a much higher standard in our relationships. We are to love those who won't and don't love us back. To give to those who seem to only take and take. How is this even possible to maintain? In the last week of our series, we talk about the one relationship that is VITAL to maintain if we want to have good relationships with those around us. That is our relationship with God. If you are struggling to love the unlovely, and to serve those who take, it's time to take a look inward and refocus your attention on the priority and closeness of your relationship with God.
February 24, 2020
Relationship Status: With The Overlooked
We all have relationships in our lives that we tend to avoid. Whether it's an ex, a co-worker, or maybe even a family member, we do our best to stay away from these people and navigate our lives around them. Sometimes this is from past hurt, but often it's because we feel these people are a waste of our time. It sounds harsh but is often true. We all have a tendency to be transactional in our relationship. To love the people who are easy to love and to avoid the people that are hard to love. God knew this about us and as a result, has a lot to say about how we should interact with these difficult people. This week, we will talk about some motives we have for avoiding these people, assess our motives against what the Bible has to say, and learn from how Jesus interacted with the kind of people many of us think of as not worth our time and energy.
February 17, 2020
Relationship Status: With Church Family
It's a part of our nature to look out for ourselves first and to make our comfort and enjoyment number one. While we might aspire to be known for helping others and putting others before our needs, many times we find ourselves helping in ways that ultimately benefit us. We wake up in the morning planning out how we want our day to go, and often react negatively when something or someone gets in the way of that. So of course this aspect of our nature often causes problems with those around us. When two people with their own interests in mind are in proximity to each other, there are bound to be problems. In today's message, we look at what the Bible has to say about how we should serve others and why we should serve others. By realigning our priorities to God's, we can make strides to suppress our selfish tendencies and make a difference not only in our relationships, but in our world.
February 11, 2020
Relationship Status: With Family
Sometimes it's the people closest to us that we struggle to get along with the most. Maybe it's because they are the people we spend the most time with, see the worst of, and can get away from least. All of us would say we want to have healthier relationships with our family, but sometimes, it's hard to imagine how to even begin that process. Because our families have broken people just like us, it's not wonder we find them in conflict. In the first week of our series, we look at what the Bible has to say about our families and focus in on the steps we can take to improve our marriages and our relationships with our kids.
February 03, 2020
Airplane Mode: Responding To God
I think most of us would agree that it is a good thing to stay close to God and to intentionally set aside time to hear God's leading, pruning, and guiding in our hearts. That it's good to take a step back in life and lean into what God is trying to tell you. But in the last week of our series, we see what the purpose of staying close to God is! It's not so that we can get more money, be more blessed, or even hear God speaking to our hearts. In fact, tuning our hearts to hear what God wants only matters if we follow through with this one step. And by doing so, we can live lives that are fulfilled in the purpose for which we were created.
January 27, 2020
Airplane Mode: Praying Through Scripture
When it comes to prayer, many of us are unsure or uncomfortable with how to utilize it in our relationship with God. We say our thoughts and prayers are with others during tough times, but often neglect the "prayer" part. For many of us, talking to God seems intimidating and we believe we have to have eloquent speech and language. And others of us have learned to recite certain prayers since we were kids so much so that we can recite them without even thinking. If prayer is a tool for us to use, then it can only be as effective as our ability to know how to use it. In this week's message, we look at what Jesus had to say about prayer, and how He shows us a template for what to pray for so that we can become more comfortable talking to God.
January 21, 2020
Airplane Mode: Pray and Fast
There are some things in life that require extra focus and attention in order for us to grow in those areas. Passing a difficult exam requires extra studying. Lifting your body weight requires both training and lifestyle changes. And in the same way, there are areas in our spiritual life where God is trying to grow us and prune us, but until we commit to the extra discipline of eliminating noise and creating space for God to show us where to prune, we won't reach that next level of spiritual maturity. In this week's message, we talk about how the Bible indicates that setting aside time for fasting and prayer is a key to allow God to do the pruning necessary in your life so that you can grow. And as a result of this teaching, our church together is dedicating themselves to participate in a 21 day fast with prayer.
January 13, 2020
Airplane Mode: Series Introduction
Life is often busy. Noisy. Chaotic. Rushed. If you're like most people, you've probably at one time or another looked back and wondered where time went. And if we are not careful, the busyness of life can pull us along and cause us to stay distracted enough to where our relationship with God tends to become stagnant and even begin to wither away. As we begin this series Airplane Mode, we challenge you to begin this new year by taking some time to unplug from the busyness and chaos of life and refocus your relationship with God and begin to hear from Him.
January 06, 2020
Joy To Your World: Christmas Service
Have you ever received a gift that just blew you away? Something that you weren't necessarily expecting and maybe even something that you didn't deserve. How did you feel when you opened that gift? Around Christmas, we talk a lot about giving and receiving gifts, but what if the best gift you've ever been given was still unopened. What if was there, ready for the taking, and all you had to do was accept it. This Christmas, we talk about the gift that God gave to us, Jesus. Not a gift that requires a certain performance from us, but a gift that can help fix the most broken parts of our lives that even we can't fix.
December 30, 2019
Joy To Your World: The Habit Of Joy
While most of us want to live a life defined by joy and contentment, it seems incredibly difficult to obtain and at times almost impossible. Whether it is comparison, outside circumstances, or other people that rob our joy, something always seems to right there threatening to steal away the joy we want. And honestly, for many of us, the biggest reason that we can't find joy is because of the deep, disappointment that we have with ourselves. So how can experiencing joy become easy? How can that be the default reaction we have when bad things come our way. In the third week of this series, Pastor Sean talks about how joy must become a habit in order for it be our default reaction and shows from the Bible how we can get over the self loathing that keeps us stuck.
December 16, 2019
Joy To Your World: Choice Of Joy
If you were to list the things that steal your joy what would they be? Many of would say things like money, or the way others treat us, or maybe life not being fair. But in those answers we find a common factor. Our joy is often "stolen" when we are most concerned with the things that affect our lives. When things don't go how we intended, we feel that we have the right to be upset and be joyless. If we're honest, we all want our own way. We all want our lives to be smooth and comfortable and anything that threatens that can easily steal our joy and become the enemy. But what if our self-centeredness is the very thing that is preventing us from having unwavering joy in life. In this week's teaching, we talk about how the way to find continuous joy might be found in choosing to abandon getting our way and instead, have a tender heart towards God and compassionate towards those around us.
December 09, 2019
Joy To Your World: Three Truths To Find Joy
We all want to be happy. In fact, we all spend a significant amount of time in pursuit of things that make us feel happy. If we were given a choice everyday on whether to feel happiness or not, most of it would without thinking choose happiness. But it doesn't take long to realize that the brokenness of our world and the brokenness inside of us is at odds with our quest for happiness and at times, the storms of life make it close to impossible to find happiness. In the first week of our series, we take a look at the difference between experiencing joy and happiness and give you three truths that can create the conditions for experiencing joy in your life no matter what the circumstances that surround you.
December 02, 2019
Treasure Principles: To Make This Life Count, Leverage It For The Next One
We spend a lot of time thinking about our lives here in the here and now. Working to reach our next goal, trying to make more money, and gain more happiness. But we often spend very little time thinking about how the lives we are living right now will make a difference after we are gone. While none of is like to think about the end of our lives, none of us want to get there and look back with regrets. What we build our lives around and on makes a difference not only in where we spend the next life but with what and who we will spend it with. In the last week of our series, we look at what the Bible says the foundation of our lives should be and the lessons we can learn to help us leverage the life we have now in preparation for the one to come.
November 25, 2019
Treasure Principle: I Am Trusting God Or Money, But Not Both.
In a world that revolves around the money, it can be very easy to allow your identity, worth, and success to get wrapped up in your income. In our society, the money you have determines the have's and the have not's. The opportunities you will get and the lack thereof. We often assign value to other people based on what they do or don't have. And to be honest, none of us want to be at the bottom of the barrel so we jump right into the pursuit of money. It helps us feel safe, valuable, secure and successful. And often we choose to place our security in these things then in God. In this week's teaching, we talk about the security money provides and while we choose to believe money equals security, we are reminded from the Bible where our security truly does lie.
November 18, 2019
Treasure Principle: My Heart Goes Where My Money Goes
Money and the things we use to purchase with it always have a close place in our hearts. In fact, where our money goes will often point to where our interests, passions, and priorities are. Think of it this way, when you were a kid and your parents bought you some shoes, it was okay when they got scuffed and dirty right? But when you saved your money to purchase shoes, you were upset when they got muddy right? The same is true with the cars we drive, the lottery numbers we chose, and even the house we live in. Our money is a GPS to where our heart and priorities are. And often, it can show us how misaligned our priorities are and how far from God's priorities they in fact are. In this message, we talk about what we can do when we realize our financial priorities are misaligned and how what we do with the money and resources God gave us, can be a harsh reality in how much we truly love God.
November 12, 2019
Treasure Principle: God Owns Everything, I Am His Money Manager
It's probably safe to say that all of us want to be generous people. There is something attractive about people who are generous with their time, money, and resources. We see them as being astoundingly selfless and it really makes an impact on all of us. Think of the person ahead of you who pays for your meal at the drive through, or maybe someone who pays off medical bills or school lunch bills. We praise these people and desire to act in a similar manner. But what often prevents us from becoming this type of generous person is the pursuit of our own wealth and interest. Money, unlike most other things, is the thermometer of where our hearts are. But why does this even matter to God and why are we so uncomfortable talking about our money? Maybe we are not as generous as we think we are. In this message, Pastor Sean talks about how the first step in freedom is changing our perspective on our finances.
November 04, 2019
Haunted House: Fear Of Losing Control
Have you ever felt that, no matter what you did, your life seemed to spiral further and further our of control? There are times in life where no matter how well we plan, how good of decisions we make, or how much right we try to do, life just seems to do wrong. For some of us, the thought of losing control consumes us with fear and anxiety and as a result, we shape how we think and how we act around trying to preserve ourselves in case something bad does happen. But at the end of the day, what is it that we really are in control of? In this week's message, we learn that while we can't know what's going to happen in every circumstance, God has given us a responsibility in those scary circumstances and by obeying what He asks, it can help us refocus and turn our fear into faith.
October 28, 2019
Haunted House: Fear Of Failure
None of us want to fail, but everyone does at one point or another. As a kid maybe you remember failing a test at school, or maybe you didn't make the sports or after school team. Maybe you failed multiple times at learning how to ride a bike, swim, or even get your license. But as we get older, the things that we are afraid of failure in seem to get scary. Things like failing to provide for our families, failing to find love, failing as a parents, or failing in our marriages. The fear of these things often seem to cripple us and wear heavily on our emotional and mental wellbeing. In this week's teaching we look at two different aspects of fearing failure. The fear that we might fail in the future, and those who fear their past failures have ruined them for good and talk about what the Bible says that can help us let go of some of this fear and empower us to make moves to take on this fear.
October 21, 2019
Haunted House: Fear Of Rejection
The fear of rejection is something that most of us encounter through different seasons of life. We have a need to be liked, loved, and wanted. And in and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this desire, but the problem comes when the fear of others matters more to us than what God thinks. We want to follow God, but as soon as it begins to cost us social status or hinders the pursuits of our career, we bail. We've all seen negative things happen to other people and we chose to not do anything because we didn't want the negative attention focused towards us. But this fear will be a stumbling block for us becoming the person God intended us to be. This week, we look at two things that can help change our perspective and recenter our focus on the life God is asking us to live.
October 13, 2019
Haunted House: Faith vs. Fear
The number one instruction that God gives throughout the Bible is "Don't Be Afraid". In fact, that instruction shows up in the Bible 365 times! But it's a lot easier to say than to do isn't it? Some fears and worries last only a little while and some never seem to leave us. Some cripple us to the point where it affects our health, our relationships, and our decisions. But what can we do to get a handle on our fears and worries? How can we begin to move past them and live the life that God has intended for us? While the first week of this series won't be able to fix you fears, worries, or anxiety, what God tells us in the Bible may be able to help take some of the sting out of them and give you some room to breathe.
October 07, 2019
I Have A Big But: How Can I Trust The Bible Is True?
For Christians, the holy book that shapes their faith and beliefs system stems from the Bible, which claims to be God's words to mankind. But if we are going to pursue in our faith with God, and rearrange our lives, our beliefs, and our values around it, shouldn't we be sure that what's in it is true in the first place? I mean, the Bible was written thousands of years ago in another language and then translated into what we read today. So how do we know that the Bible really is from God, that it wasn't changed when it was translated, and that the things written in it are in fact true. In the last week of our series, Pastor Sean puts the Bible through multiple tests that are commonly used to evaluate the validity of ancient literature and sees how the Bible stacks up.
September 30, 2019
I Have A Big But: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
In today's message, we look at quite possibly one of the biggest barriers that many of us when it comes to faith and our belief in God. If God is really there, why does such bad things happen to good people? And how could a good God sit by and allow all the evil, hate, and brokenness exist in the world. If it were up to us, we would prevent evil from happening, so why doesn't God? Pastor Sean addresses why evil exists, why God seems to tolerate the evil in the world, and how we can begin to process and move beyond the evil that has existed and impacted us.
September 23, 2019
I Have A Big But: Doesn't The Bible Contradict Science?
When it comes to faith, a big barrier that many people have is that science seems to have proven the Biblical account to be inaccurate. So in order to be a Christian, does that mean you must ignore what we learn from science and only accept what the Bible says, or is there evidence that points to the validity of the Biblical narrative? Can you believe in evolution and be a Christian and can you still believe the account of creation as the Bible tells it as a rational, intelligent adult. In today's message, Pastor Sean shares the views of scientists on both sides of the spectrum and how we must look at the evidence that exists to point towards the validity of either theory.
September 16, 2019
I Have A Big But: Why Is The Church Against Sexuality?
Many people have big buts when it comes to Christianity. I believe in God but.....Some of these barriers to faith have come as a result of past church experience, things they've heard or been taught, and some of these barriers have come from observing how those who call themselves Christian act. In this message series, we will be looking at four big barriers that many people have to Christianity and following Jesus and see what the Bible really says about them.
September 09, 2019
Friends and Family Check In: September 19
If you’ve ever hosted a party at your house, you know that you have different responsibilities than everyone else. Yes, you might ask your friend to pick something up at the store on the way, but you wouldn't ask a friend to go pick up your bedroom or clean your bathroom. That would be an expectation of a family member. In this week's message, we talk about how the church has different responsibilities and expectations for those that attend as well. The church is to be welcoming, loving, and generous to everyone but the church has a much greater responsibility to those who are a part of their local body. But in order to do this, there must be a distinction between who is in that family and who is not. This check in week also allows those who attend to give us an update on how they are growing spiritually so that we can work to help them take their next steps.
September 03, 2019
At The Movies: The Martian
We can often forget and get distracted a from the life God intended for us to live. Isn't it easy to live life distracted and before we realize it, months have gone by? Maybe you've realized that the things you say are important to you, aren't reflected in the way you spend your time. Well what if there's a possible that you are living your life distracted from the one thing that God intended your entire life to revolve around? Would you want to know? Maybe the better questions would be, if you did find out what that one thing is, would you care enough to rearrange your life around that one thing? In the last week of our series At The Movies, we take a look at what this "one thing" is and help you measure the importance that this has in your life as you seek to follow after Jesus.
August 26, 2019
At The Movies: Won't You Be My Neighbor
Sometimes life just doesn't turn out the way we envisioned it. Maybe our plans didn't go according to plan or maybe life just seemed to throw us a curveball. Oftentimes, we find ourselves in the same place when it comes to our relationship with God. Have you ever felt that God threw you a curveball that you just didn't see. Or maybe you feel Him prompting you to do something that just doesn't make sense at the time. In the third week of our series At The Movies, we look at what do you do when the story God is writing just doesn't seem logical. How do we keep moving forward and what is God trying to teach us through this?
August 19, 2019