On the Sunday of the weekend when children across the nation dress up as monsters, princesses and super heroes, Pastor John donned tights and a mask to reveal his secret alter ego of Super Duper Hero Man. He then proceeded to explain how the greatest super hero of all time is Jesus.
Also during the service, Pastor Zach shared his life story and related how Jesus had brought him from darkness into the light.
Natasha and Zach Zirbel share the pulpit on the Sunday before school opens with encouraging reminders that each one of us is totally unique — nobody in the history of the world or in time to come was or will be exactly like us — so we should make every day matter. The things that we are passionate about and give us joy are some of the things God has put in us to have an impact on others. That gives God glory, and we get to share in it.
Here is a YouTube playlist link to the four songs we sang in worship: Overcome, Still, Here in Your Presence and At the Cross.
Zach Zirbel and John Farrell share their testimonies about life before and after putting their trust in Jesus. Pastor Zach also briefly talks about the so-called Roman Road to salvation:
1:6 – I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
3:23 – all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
10:9-10, 13 – That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved … for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Assistant Pastor Zach Zirbel on Sunday basically said, “The way you see yourself (and God) will determine your future.” It’s important you know that things can be different. Your life can change! However, as someone once said, “Your life won’t change until your thinking changes and you cannot live beyond what you believe.”
So how utterly important it is for us to see ourselves as God sees us (as dearly loved children), and then live accordingly as He changes us from the inside out through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). All the while remembering every great blessing and precious promise is the result of God’s free gift of grace and the full work of Jesus Christ.
Attached are notes and lists used in the sermon: The 20 Cans of Success and Who I am in Christ from Neil Anderson’s book Victory Over the Darkness and “I am…” inspired from Joel Osteen’s book The Power of I am.
Personalize these truths. Write them down.Tape them to the fridge. Get them deep down in your heart… ”…and the truth will set you free!”
How do you want to live? Do you want to live burdened? Do you want to constantly battle to paddle upstream in life? Or do you want to flow with the unforced rhythms of grace? What’s Jesus asking you to do differently in light of his truth and his presence in your life? What could be different if you let him? Pastor Zach Zirbel asks these questions of his listeners as he continues the “Humanity” teaching series based on the Beattitudes from Matthew 5. Message delivered 10/18/15.
“Life is a storm, my friend,” according to the movie clip played during Pastor Zach’s message on Back to School Sunday. How can you endure it? Survive it? Triumph in it? Trust in Jesus, he says. Message delivered 8/30/15.
(Sorry, but there’s a glitch about 8 minutes into the recording, and a few minutes of the message were lost. But the rest of it is good!)
Zach Zirbel was named associate pastor effective May 1. In his inaugural message as a member of the pastoral team, Zach shares his vision for youth and kids’ ministries in the church. Message delivered 5/3/15.
Zach Zirbel discusses the vital importance of communicating with God. In those times when we feel most like crawling off into a corner to sulk, those are the times we most need to open our hearts to God. Message delivered 3/8/15.