Do you know where you sit? God wants us to sit close to Him. He's saved us seats and they have our names on them. In your relationships, your family, and even in your heart, where you sit might matter more than you realize. If you want to land in the right spots, you're going to need to Watch Where You Sit.
In the fourth and final installment of this series on miracles, our Executive Pastor, Loren Sperrey, said that in every story of need in the Bible, there was a miracle of provision. He encouraged us to believe that when God provides, He always provides, that God miraculously multiplies what is given, and that you might be part of God’s miraculous provision for others.
Why does it seem like God protects some people from disaster, but not others? In the third installment of the series When Pigs Fly, Pastor Pete tackled this difficult topic and taught that long before you ever face a problem, God already has a plan, but sometimes His eternal purposes don’t align with our temporary plans.
Chalk it up to coincidence or luck if you want, but we think there’s something bigger going on when the impossible happens. When Pigs Fly is a four-week series all about appreciating the fantastic, crazy, outlandish miracles that really happen and opening our eyes to the miraculous work Jesus can do in our hearts. In this installment, Pastor Pete talked about miracles of healing.
Chalk it up to coincidence or luck if you want, but we think there’s something bigger going on when the impossible happens. When Pigs Fly is a four-week series all about appreciating the fantastic, crazy, outlandish miracles that really happen and opening our eyes to the miraculous work Jesus can do in our hearts. In part one, Pastor Pete talked about the miraculous power of God over the forces of darkness and taught that followers of Christ have miraculous authority over darkness in the name of Jesus!
Our Next Steps Director, Bethany Mazur, concluded our summer hero series by looking at Lydia, who is believed to be the first European convert to Christianity. Not only was that incredibly brave, but for those of us who are of European descent, or even have ancestors from the countries colonized by Europeans - she is our history. As a successful and influential business woman, Lydia teaches us to view our work as something we do for God, not for men, and that there are eternal implications of our work.
Our Children’s & Family Pastor, Beth Miller, continued our summer hero series by suggesting that a H.E.R.O. is someone who is Humble, Equipped, Remembers Jesus continually and is an Overcomer. She used Naomi’s story to show us that even in our brokenness we can live our lives in such a way that cause other people to want what we have. Her story also shows a beautiful picture of Jesus as our redeemer who brings beauty from our brokenness.
Our lead pastor’s wife and Worship Director, Kelly Jankowski, continued our summer hero series by looking at the response of the sinful woman to Jesus in Luke 7 to learn that how we respond to Jesus is what matters. What is your worship worth?
Our popular summer hero series is back! And this year we focusing on some female heroes of the faith. Pastor Pete kicked it off by looking at Deborah, a woman in the Old Testament whose courage & leadership in a very dark time in Israel’s history teach us that God gives to women the same spiritual gifts he gives to men, that we can’t lead people to a place we’re not willing to go ourselves and that a single act of courage can change everything.
The G.O.A.T. acronym is commonly used in the sporting world to reference the “greatest of all time.” Society defines greatness based on our achievements. The one who achieves the most is greatest. Jesus had a different definition for greatness when he said, “the greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matt. 23:11)
In the final installment of this series, Pastor Pete shows us that greatness is within everyone’s reach, because everyone can serve. Using three examples from the Bible, he illustrates that to become great in God’s kingdom, we can bring a lunch, offer a ride, and carry a towel.
At the heart of the Christian faith is this idea: in Jesus, God became one of us and dwelt among us. When it comes to those around us who are hurting and in need, the God who dwelt among us calls his followers to be hands on
We all want to see broken lives mended. We want to see the hurting healed. We want peace and love to drown out chaos and anger. But it doesn’t always happen just because we hope it will. It happens when we Stop Going to Church and start doing something even better. Find out what as Pastor Pete kicks off this new series, Love and Serve.
This week, Pastor Pete concluded “The Daniel Dilemma” series by teaching us how to love well in today’s culture. Daniel had influence in his culture because he served his Babylonian masters well. If we want to influence our culture, then we need to understand what love is and what it is not. Loving others like Jesus has loved us is the key.
In this message, Pastor Pete used the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace as an example for standing firm in faith during a challenging situation. Their story shows us that standing firm takes courage and faith, but when we stand we have the opportunity to inspire others. The enemy is constantly putting pressure on us through a culture that bows to many different idols. Listen to learn how to live a stand-up life in a bow-down world.
While Babylon is the physical setting for the book of Daniel, in Part 2 of this series, Pastor Beth Miller suggests it’s also a mentality, or way of seeing the world. And it still exists today. It’s a confused way of thinking that elevates self, lowers God, and blatantly stands up to God in pride. So when the sin of pride is all around us, how do we humble ourselves and see sanity restored?
Pastor Pete began a new series this week called “The Daniel Dilemma” to teach us how to stand firm and love well in a culture of compromise. From the day Daniel was brought into Babylon, he stood for his faith. His example shows us how to live in a culture that is constantly shifting its core values and has turned tolerance into compromise. We do this by learning to live in the tension between truth and grace. As we hold God’s truth high and give freely the grace we freely received, we can journey together to make a difference.
Pastor Pete wrapped up the “Holy Spirit” series by teaching about the three different baptisms mentioned throughout the New Testament that are available to followers of Christ, and explained what the third baptism, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, is. The word baptism means “to be immersed in.” The first baptism happens at salvation as we are immersed into a relationship with Christ and His body. Water baptism is the second baptism. The third baptism is the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which provides the power you need to live this life victoriously and to do everything God is calling you to do.
In this third message of the “Holy Spirit” series, Pastor Pete tackles the term “charismatic,” and brings clarity to its true meaning. Charismatics aren’t people who are crazy in church; they’re people who believe the Holy Spirit is still living and working in the lives of people today and has given each of us the “spiritual gifts,” or “divine enablement,” we need to do the work He has called us to do. Discover and develop the gifts the Holy Spirit has given you that empower to do the works He’s planned in advance for you to do, so that together we can advance His purposes in the world as we help people know & follow Jesus step by step. You were made for this!
If you’ve ever struggled with wanting to control the narrative of your life and panic when that control is removed from you, especially when life throws you a curve ball or you have to walk through something that wasn’t part of your plan for your life, then you’ll appreciate this message from our lead pastor’s wife, Kelly Jankowski. Using the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and personal examples from her own life, she shares the secret to having peace when life happens and we realize we’re not in control of our lives. Choosing to trust God, who writes better stories than we do, and daily surrender our lives to him, will result in the peace we all crave when faced with the unexpected or with questions we don’t know how to answer.
In this second message of the “Holy Spirit” series, Pastor Pete explained the meaning of two of the three major holidays on the Jewish calendar: Passover and Pentecost. In the Old Testament, Passover celebrates when God spared the lives of the sons of the Israelites who put lamb’s blood over their doors during the plague in Egypt. This was a foreshadowing of what Jesus would do for us. Jesus, who is our Passover lamb that came to fulfill the Old Testament law and holidays, was crucified on Passover. Pentecost, which means ‘fiftieth’, is observed fifty days after Passover and celebrates the day that God wrote His law on tablets of stone in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church on Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus died for us. And this time, God wrote his law on our hearts and gave us His power to make a difference. The Holy Spirit empowers us to live righteously, supernaturally, and on mission to accomplish the things God created us to do.