The core element of prayer, Pastor John teaches, is faith. Not some theory that if we say certain things maybe there will be a reaction. It is praying in faith, in response to what God is doing in us. Message delivered 1/12/20
At the end of the message, Jason Boyer shares his testimony of how, by God’s faithfulness and the prayers of many people, he has been sober and clean from addiction for two years.
Pastor John shares that the word on his heart as 2020 starts is “growth.” Growth in prayer, growth in our obedience to Christ, and most of all, growth in our discipleship and discipleship-making. Also during the service, fellowship members and Pastor Anthony shared about Discipleship Training, the Emotionally Healthy series, and youth ministries.
When the Magi, Persian scientists and astrologers, saw the sign in the stars that indicated a king was being born in Israel, they followed the star, found Jesus, worshiped him, and presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh: a model of how we should worship him. Gold recognized his kinship. Frankincense recognized his priesthood and position as head of the Church. Myrrh, an ingredient those days in embalming the dead, acknowledged his sacrificial death for us. Message delivered 12/15/19.
The story of the Magi traveling to bring gifts to the newborn Jesus is pretty crazy, Pastor John says. But it illustrates how God, who sees the big picture, sets things up throughout history to show something about himself. It illustrates how God sets things up to accomplish his plans. Message delivered 12/8/19.
The life we are called to is not the life of the World. It’s not the life of those who don’t follow after God. Rather, it is outlined in Hebrews 12:1 — Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Message shared 11/24/19.
Many of us (maybe most of us) are in a place where we need endurance to get through current circumstances, to get to the other side. Pastor John shares how the apostle Paul learned how to be at peace no matter his circumstances. Message shared 11/17/19.
Earlier in the service, Connie Schaeffer shared how, after years of trusting God, she and her husband Terry had been delivered from a mountain of debt.
Being a disciple of Jesus, Pastor John reminds us, means making disciples who, in turn, make more disciples. A vital part of that is sharing our personal testimony to show what trusting Jesus means to us.
Pastor John launches a sermon series reinforcing the message that we as a church need to be disciple-makers. We don’t want people to come to church: we want people to be the church. Message delivered 10/6/19.
Too often, Pastor John says, contemporary Christianity is inclined to view God as some kind of stern school master whose main concern is that we do our homework and follow a bunch of rules. However, the point of The Law, delivered to Moses, is to reveal our sin and to reveal out complete inability to overcome our sin on our own. Message delivered 9/29/19.