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.
Daddy, Father God, is our provider. Discover what it is that He provides. You might find that it is His delight that you do! Recorded on 3-26-17.
God wants to be your Daddy. Jesus has taught us who Daddy is and what He wants from us. And the Holy Spirit is stirring within us the desire to please Daddy and to do what He wants us to do. Discover what that is and what you should do about it. Recorded on 3-19-17.
Do you know God? Jesus came to reveal who He is and how to have a relationship with Him...as a child relates to his "daddy". Do you have "daddy" issues? Discover how you can find healing, wholeness, and purpose by knowing your heavenly Father as "Daddy". Recorded on 3-12-17.
Ron McIntosh has been a close friend of Pastor Craig McLeod for many years and has served on the Oversight Team of Life Church Buffalo since it’s planting in 2006. If you’re tired of being stuck in the same place year after year in your relationships, finances, calling, etc, then Ron has a message for you. It is essential that we possess a fresh (something not past its best, not previously known or experienced) empowerment and ability of God’s anointing. The essence of this anointing is simply this understanding – God is with us. The way to get God to be with us is to be with Him. God doesn’t bless our plans…His plans are already blessed. You don’t need to get an anointing; you simply need to renew your mind to what you already possess. It’s time to step out of the shadows and into the light with a fresh (something not past its best, freshly invigorated, something beyond what you have presently known or experienced) anointing. Recorded on 3-5-17.
Anyway you slice it, relationships are unavoidably messy. So in an effort to avoid the drama and uncomplicate their lives, some people choose to push others away & keep their relationships at a superficial level, going through life shoulder to shoulder with people. But God wants more for us than that. He intends for us to experience the blessings and the benefits of having true relational community with people we can go through life face-to-face with. Listen as Pastor Pete closes out this series by talking about why we need close relationships with people in our lives, especially within the church community. Recorded on 2-26-17.
Loving people isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s downright difficult. Conflict is a real part of any relationship. And how you deal with conflict is the best indicator of whether or not your relationships will make it or not. Conflict handled the right way can be PRODUCTIVE & make your relationships stronger. If handled the wrong way, it can be very DESTRUCTIVE. Listen as Pastor Pete teaches on the right way to fight in your relationships. Recorded on 2-19-17.
The purpose of God is to reveal Himself through us. His mission is to establish His kingdom by filling the earth with life-giving worshiping communities where people love each other and demonstrate who God is, his character and nature. This requires tightly connected communities of faith where the light of Christ shines in the context of our relationships. The problem is that relationships can get messy. Love is not always easy. This message lays the ground work for the series, learning what the apostle Paul has to say about how we make this practical. Get ready for the nitty gritty! Recorded on 2-12-17.
In this fifth and final message in the series, "Chase the Lion", we look at "going long". You will leave a legacy, good or bad, whether you like it or not. If you were to die today, what would your legacy look like? How do you feel about your past? How do you begin leaving a lasting legacy, starting today? Record on 2-5-17.
For some, “Chase The Lion” may sound like a nice book title, but it doesn’t reflect the script for their life, especially if they’re trapped in a “cave” of depression. Pastor Pete continues this series by journeying into the cave of Adullam with David, a dark time of depression for him, to learn some lessons that might just help you understand that sometimes God’s preparation comes packaged as pain. Recorded on 1-29-17.