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.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, had more than a child in her house. She had the greatest leader in history. But first, He had to learn obedience. Check out this Mother's Day message that is bigger than motherhood. Learn from the greatest mother of all time... "How do we nurture the rise of leadership? This message is for everybody, even you. Recorded on 5-14-17.
How does God change the direction of anything…. a person, a family, a church, community or nation? The answer is obvious and historically proven. God changes the direction of anything by calling for the rise of leadership. At every juncture in His story is a call to a leader to make a difference, to call others upward and onward. Today we look at David and his rise of leadership. But the call is to all of us, not just the titled people or the positions of leadership, but anyone willing to listen to God’s voice and have an impactful influence in anyone’s life. Even if you are a new believer, you are called to lead others with your story to help them make the same decision you did. Will you answer the call to the rise of leadership!? Recorded on 5-7-17.
Once we have believed and received the life of Christ to become his follower and child, what does it mean for us to want to live out and explain the Good News of Christ to others? Listen as Pastor Pete wraps up this series by looking at three lessons we can learn by asking, “What if Jesus lived in my house? What would he do? How would he interact with the neighbors?” Recorded on 4-30-17.
Whatever you call God, we all want peace with God. We want to know the way “home” to Him. But finding our way can be confusing. Are their multiple ways to get to heaven? Can we get there by just being a “good person?” Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Listen as Pastor Pete continues this series and presents you with the opportunity to embrace the truth of Christ for yourself. Recorded on 4-23-17.
Facts don’t lie…but what real proof is there that Jesus came to earth, died, and rose from the dead? Whether you’re seeking truth, or whether you’ve believed for a long time, listen as Pastor Pete examines the evidence in part 2 of the series, The Case For Christ. Recorded on 4-16-17.
Investigating spiritual truth and seeking answers for what we believe is hard work. It can feel safer and easier to rest on the beliefs of others or to gloss over our doubts with shallow answers. The good news is that the Bible is full of promises for those who seek spiritual truth. Even when it is difficult, the journey is worth it. This series is based on the major motion picture, The Case For Christ, which tells the true story of once-avowed atheist and investigative journalist Lee Strobel who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife…. with unexpected, life-altering results. Listen as Pastor Pete kicks off this series by addressing four of the most common spiritual sticking points that come up when investigating the Case for Christ. Recorded on 4-9-17.
Understanding what God, our Father, is doing in the big picture answers many questions about what is happening in the world around us and how we are to relate to it. This is the final message in a series on “Daddy” using “The Lord’s Prayer” where Jesus is revealing to us who the Father is. Recorded on 4-2-17.