What is your vision of church? The Church wasn’t intended to just be a place we go, but rather a community we belong to. And what responsibility, if any, does that community have when it comes to meeting the practical needs of the people around us? Listen as Pastor Pete wraps up this important series and shares his heart for what the 2020 vision for Life Church Buffalo is and how we’re going to achieve it by redefining outreach.
What is your vision of church? The Church wasn’t intended to just be a place we go, but rather a community we belong to. While gathering on the weekend is vital to our spiritual health, it’s possible to go to church on the weekend and still never feel connected. Listen as Pastor Pete continues this important series on vision and shares his heart for why circles are better than rows & what happens when we prioritize & pursue authentic community & spiritual growth.
What is your vision of church? The Church wasn’t intended to just be a place we go, but rather a community we belong to. Gathering on the weekend is vital to our spiritual health. But we can go to church on the weekend and still never feel connected or get out of it everything that it is intended to deliver. Listen as Pastor Pete kicks off this important 3-week series on vision by talking about what it should be like for us when we go to church on the weekend.
From fashion to food, we live in a culture that is pretty obsessed with trends. But trends are impossible to keep up with. Hot & new becomes old & obsolete overnight. While it’s ok to keep up with the trends, there are things in life that do stand the test of time. And we don’t want to make the mistake of sacrificing the timeless for the trendy. So listen as Pastor Pete wraps up this series by discussing a timeless trait has the potential to not only change your life, but your family tree as well. Cause at the end of the day, in a trendy world the best things in life are timeless.
Time is the most valuable resource we have. And your view of heaven will have a big impact on how you decide to spend your time. As kids began a new school year & moved up a grade this week, Sarah Grice, our KidsLife Director, presented the core values of KidsLife to the church & assured parents that we are making the most of the time we have with their kids. And Pastor Pete then challenges each person in the church to ‘move up’ and take a step to embrace their role in helping the church accomplish it’s mission…because how we spend our time matters!
There’s only one place in the Bible where God asks us to test Him. It’s a specific invitation and command. Understanding and applying this command will prove to be the greatest investment you will ever make.
While most people believe in heaven, most aren't sure what it will be like. God doesn't want us to be unclear about this because when heaven is trivialized, our lives are marginalized. In this message, we hear what heaven will be like and why it matters today.
Ever wondered why Christians do the things we do? If so, you’re not alone. This series is about bringing clarity to topics all of us have asked at some point in our relationship with Jesus. Like baptism. What is baptism? What does it mean? Does baptism save you? Get answers on these questions and more as Pastor Pete closes out the series and brings clarity to what the Bible says about baptism.
Ever wondered why Christians do the things we do? If so, you’re not alone. This series is about bringing clarity to topics all of us have asked at some point in our relationship with Jesus. During this message, we teach and take communion in a way we’ve never done it before. At the last supper, Jesus and His disciples weren’t sharing just any meal. They were taking part in the Passover, a meal designed to help God’s people remember the four promises God made as they were leaving Egypt. Those promises are still true for each of us today. Discover how the communion we take today is a powerful reflection of the life God promises to each of us.
Due to copyright laws, we cannot archive songs performed during our services on our website. Instead, if you want to listen to the songs, we’ve provided the links for you below.
Song for 1st cup (Promise of salvation): ‘O Come To The Altar’ by Elevation Worship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYQ5yXCc_CA)
Song for 2nd cup (Promise of freedom): ‘Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)’ by Chris Tomlin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MZgXXUW08Q)
Song for 3rd cup (Promise of purpose): ‘Fullness’ by Elevation Worship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7dLSqInk_c)
Song for 4th cup (Promise of overflow): ‘Here As In Heaven’ by Elevation Worship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxTc98K9OeU)
Ever wondered why Christians do the things we do? If so, you’re not alone. For three weeks, we’re bringing clarity to topics all of us have asked at some point in our relationship with Jesus. Christianity doesn’t have to be confusing. In this first message, Pastor Pete tackles the topic of salvation by answering several common questions about salvation. You don't have to be confused about whether or not you're saved. God has given us a way to know.
When you’re going through a difficult season in life it can be easy to be consumed by your problems. But what if God wants you to view them from a new perspective? What if what you’ve been seeing as problems God sees as a harvest? Listen as Pastor Pete uses Jesus’ encounter with a thirsty woman at a well to bring context to the concept of the harvest.
If you’ve ever been in a dry season spiritually or wondered where your passion for Jesus went, listen as Pastor Pete shares how God is calling him back to being a person of one thing.
Ever wanted something so big and so bold that you could barely say it out loud? Listen as Pastor Pete wraps up this series inspired by the life Joshua and challenges you to ask God for the impossible--to live, every day, with the same faith in the miraculous that we see in the Bible so that you can begin to live the life God created and saved you for.
The Christian life is really great when things are going well. When prayers are answered and God's presence can be felt. But what about at other times? When it feels like our prayers are going unheard and our efforts aren't making a difference. It's in these times when our faith can take the biggest hit. We begin questioning God's purpose for our lives and doubt gains a foothold in our hearts. When will this season end? And what happens if we don't see our desired outcome? In the sermon "Don't Stop On 6," Pastor Pete encourages you to take another lap around your Jericho and persevere through the process.
Have you ever scratched your head at something that God has asked you to do? Or have you ever thought the things God says or does just don’t make any sense? Are you believing God for a promise to be fulfilled in your life? If so, then you can relate with Joshua who was asked by God to do something strange that didn’t make any sense in the natural…but there was a purpose to the process. Like Joshua, when you trust the process, it will lead you to the promise! Recorded on 7-2-17.
Listen as Pete begins his first series as lead pastor by taking a closer look at the life of Joshua. After Moses died, Joshua was charged with taking the Israelites into the Promised Land. That’s a tall order & big shoes to fill! And Joshua was afraid! What is God calling you to do that you’ve been afraid of? Whatever it is, be encouraged to know that when you step on it, then God will give it! Recorded on 6-25-17.
Our next chapter has officially begun! So what does God have in store for Life Church Buffalo? While God is certainly on the move and excitement is in the air, sometimes before we can move forward, we have to look back. Using the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River from Joshua chapter 4, in his first message as Lead Pastor, Pete shares when & why we look back and talks about the purposes of erecting ‘monuments,’ or mile-markers in your life. Recorded on 6-11-17.
On Transition Sunday, we celebrated & honored our founding pastor & his wife, Craig & Carol McLeod. For this special occasion, we had Michael Cotton, founder & president of Antioch Ministries and a friend of Life Church Buffalo, come to speak an encouraging and prophetic word to the church. Buckle your seatbelts, Life Church Buffalo…it’s about to get messy! Recorded on 6-4-17.
For over 25 years, Clem Ferris, a full-time itinerate minister, has traveled nationally and internationally to over 44 nations equipping believers through a strong combination of teaching and prophetic ministry from his home base, Grace Church, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He also serves on the Board of Grace College of Divinity, and is affiliated with mPact Churches, the network of churches that Life Church Buffalo is connected to. Listen as Clem wraps up this series on The Rise of Leadership by speaking prophetically to the transition that our church is going through using the transition from Moses to Joshua as a backdrop to help the church be… 1) ready to accept the reality of transitions, 2) ready to accept new leadership, 3) attuned to God’s word, 4) awake to our own emotions and 5) open to new opportunities. Recorded on 5-28-17.
When God decides to change something, he always calls for the rise of leadership. But to rise in leadership, you must lower yourself in humility. Yes, a leader is strong and confident, but he acts in humility. Life Church Buffalo is transitioning to new leadership in the next two weeks. Our heart is to lead in context of Christ and His kingdom. His way to leadership is always through humility. But this transition is not just about the change of lead pastor. What role do you play in the rise of leadership? Listen & find out as Pastor Craig & Pastor Pete wrap this series up with a special tag-team message. Recorded on 5-21-17.