As we come to a close on this series, Pastor Doug teaches that our nature as Christians is to be set free on the world. We will have to get out of our comfort zones, but we will fulfill our reason for being in our current place and time.
This week, Josh Knipple challenges us to ask ourselves three questions. Are we trying to live on God’s terms, or are we trying to make God live on our terms? How well are we making disciples and setting an example of Christ to others? How are we responding to God’s convictions in our lives?
We continue our walk through the Letters to the Church series with a look at what it means to be Good Shepherds. Thank you for listening and apologies for being a day late.
Pastor Ben brings us around on our Letters To the Church series so far, and brings us the next step. As the series has discussed, the reason we want to be a part of the church is to be engaged - not to be entertained. This engagement, however, needs to lead to action.
All believers are called to action - not just the leaders we see at the front of the sanctuary. Because Jesus has given us a tomorrow, we can give our today to somebody else.
What does it mean to have a strong feeling of connection to a group of people? Pastor Doug teaches that it is not our social or legal norms that promote relationship and devotion, but rather that it is giving of ourselves to bring others into our lives.
This week, Pastor Doug teaches on the form and function of the church. We tend to think of the church’s identity and mission as the same idea. However, Doug shows that it is important to distinguish them in order to bring others to Christ.
Why are we not more involved in the local church and people sitting next to us? We are given a task by God and we must step up to do that work of the Gospel. God doesn’t need or have a plan B, so we need to commit ourselves to the task at hand.
The parable of the prodigal son is often seen through the lens of God’s mercy toward us as sinners. Pastor Doug, however, challenges us to see this story through the eyes of the older son, who had remained at home with his father. As the church, we are called to show the same grace to others that we have received through Christ.
This week, Pastor Ben teaches us about the parable of the unforgiving servant. As he walks us through Matthew 18, we are reminded that Christ has forgiven us, and we are therefore compelled to forgive. Are we forgiving those who have hurt us? How is our attitude towards forgiveness encouraging unity in the church?
This week, Pastor Ben takes us through the parable of the sower. He challenges us not only to be brave to be the sowers of God’s word, but also to examine the types of soils we can be to His word in various parts of our lives.