Non Series Messages
Christianity began with something that happened in history!
No one followed a dead “Messiah”!
I Corinthians 15:3-8 (NLT) 3I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4He
Deuteronomy 16:14-15 (NLT)
John 10:10 (NIV)
Matthew 21:1-11 (NASB) 1When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a
1 John 5:1-13
Knowing that we are born of God
Knowing we love God's children
Knowing we love God
Knowing we can overcome the world
Knowing that the man Jesus is the divine Christ
December 30-31, 2017
Romans 14:1 (NIV) Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
How to “Accept” One Another
Don’t label people.
Romans 14:1 (NIV) Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
Don’t think you’re better than other people.
Romans 14:2-3 (NIV) 2One
December 23-24, 2017
John 12:46 (NAS) “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”
How Does Jesus Christ Dispel My Darkness?
He encourages me when I’m disappointed.
Psalm 34:18a (NAS) The LORD is near to the brokenhearted.
God has a good plan for your life!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NAS)
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NAS) 5“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8You
November 25-26, 2017
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) 22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
There’s a difference between joy and happiness.
Happiness is based on circumstances.
Joy is based on choice.
October 28-29, 2017
Jehovah-M’Kiddish -- “I am the God who sanctifies you.”
How to Cooperate With the Change Process:
Recognize that your spiritual life is a journey.
God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. And God is doing what’s best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who
October 21-22, 2017
4 Practices for the Sent Out Life
Practice #1: Pay attention to the harvest
Luke 10:2 (CEB) Jesus said to them, “The harvest is bigger than you can imagine ….”
Practice #2: Take risks
Luke 10:3-4 (CEB) 3”Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the
September 2-3, 2017
1 Corinthians 4:3-5 (NLT) 3As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. 4My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. 5So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of
July 15-16, 2017
What Spiritual Maturity Isn’t
Faith like Oral Roberts
Making huge personal sacrifices
Being on fire for God
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
So what is love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and verse 8: Love never ends.
And now for the maturity part: 1 Corinthians 13:11
What are childish ways? Anything that doesn’t fit in verses 4-7!
How do we
July 8-9, 2017
Finishing Our Spiritual Journey Well
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV) 6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that
June 24-25, 2017
What is love?
Storge is family love or affection.
Phileo is friendship love.
Eros is being “in love”.
Agape is divine gift-love.
1 John 3:16 (NLT) We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.
In Christianity, love is cross-shaped.
Romans 5:5-8 (NLT) 5And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we
June 17-18, 2017
We have all kinds of fathers today.
Thankfully, the Bible Does Give Us a Portrait of a Perfect Father.
1 John 4:8 (NIV) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 3:1-3 (NLT) 1See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But
March 25-26, 2017
God’s Greatest Desire Is to Be With Us!
Exodus 29:44-45 (NAS) 44“I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar; I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister as priests to Me. 45I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God.’
Exodus 40:34 (NAS) Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the
March 18-19, 2017
We make commitments when we are strong that force us to take certain actions even when we’re weak.
God can be experienced every day!
Genesis 32:22-30 (NLT)
Transformation only happens when we deliberately make the effort to experience God.
Being a Christian is experiencing God’s love for us.
Experience is essential in the Christian life.
Mark 3:13-14 (NAS) 13nd He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. 14And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach.
Acts 2:42 (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s
“Transforming ordinary people into extraordinary followers of Christ.”
What does it mean to be “an extraordinary follower of Christ”?
A commitment to Christ
A commitment to His Church
A commitment to His Cause
The Importance of Belonging to a Church
I Timothy 3:15 (NAS) But in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to
December 30-31, 2016
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
Proverbs 24:16a (NIV) For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.
We Must Have a PLAN for 2017
Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Proverbs 17:24 (ESV) The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes
December 3-4, 2016
Luke 1:46-55 (NAS) 46And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, 47and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. 49For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name. 50AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION
November 26-27, 2016
The Act of Giving Thanks Is an Act of Worship.
Psalm 100:4 (NLT) Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) 1And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will
“Elvis never came to terms with who he was meant to be, or what his purpose in life was. He thought he was here for a reason: maybe to preach, maybe to serve, maybe to save, maybe to care for people. That agonizing desire was always with him, and he knew he wasn’t fulfilling it. So, he’d go on stage and he wouldn’t have to think about it.”
October 8-9, 2016
How do we connect with God?
We Can Connect With God Through Nature.
Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV) 1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4Yet their voice goes out into all the
October 1-2, 2016
Knowing God is deeply practical.
God is present with His people.
God Is Present in Creation.
Genesis 2:15 (NASB)
Genesis 3:8 (NASB)
Exodus 33:8-10 (NASB)
God Is Present in the Temple.
Genesis 1:28 (NLT)
Genesis 22:17-18 (NLT)
Isaiah 42:6-7 (NLT)
Ezekiel 10:18a (NASB)
God Is Present in Jesus Christ.
John 1:14 (NLT)
John is saying that the place where
September 3-4, 2016
How Jesus Gives a New Purpose
Jesus interrupts us for His new purpose.
Saul’s conversion - Acts 9:1-5a (NIV)
Jesus says, “Follow Me” - Luke 5:27 (NIV)
Jesus Interrupts Saul and Ananias - Acts 9:5b-16 (NIV)
God uses all things for our good.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
God cannot bless who you pretend to be.
Jesus requires trust in a new
August 27-28, 2016
Jesus actually uses people who say, “Yes” to Him, even when they don’t feel ready!
Matthew 28:16-20 (NAS) 16But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been
June 18-19, 2016
How to Leave a Legacy
Live with integrity.
Telling the truth
Keeping your word
Doing what you say you believe
Proverbs 17:7 (NLT) Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler.
Proverbs 25:14 (NLT) A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
Psalm 101:2 (LB) I
May 7-8, 2016
Things to Know in Order to Survive and Thrive as a Mom
You are deeply loved by God.
Isaiah 54:10a (NAS) “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My loving kindness will not be removed from you.”
Romans 8:38-39 (NAS) 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor
Luke 24:13-16 (NLT) 13That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16But God kept them from recognizing him.
Luke 24:17 (NLT) He
The Bible says Jesus was crucified between two thieves.
Luke 23:32-43 (NLT)
Do I live my life as a giver, or do I live my life as a taker?
Do I live my life surrendered to God’s purpose for me?
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD.
Pastor Matt’s translation, “I know the plans I have for me,” declares Matthew.
The Transformed Young Man's Dilemma
Mark 10:17-31 (NIV) 17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not
November 26-27, 2015
I love my church and “I” am actively reaching out to people.
1) I reach out to bless people through service. (Matthew 20:25-28)
“You can teach goodness; and you can model goodness, but you cannot make a person good. Goodness comes from being attached to Jesus.” (Bob Kuest)
2) I reach out in love to people. (Matthew 22:37-39)
September 26-27, 2015
Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV) 20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
We Are on a Great Road Trip to Our True Home.
John 14:2-3 (NIV) 2“My
September 5-6, 2015
Every seed that was sown had potential to produce much more seed.
The sower is a man who goes into his field with the intention of spreading seed to raise a crop.
What we find is that the soil is good, but it is the conditions of the soil that create the challenges for the seed to reproduce.
Matthew 13:1-3 (NIV) 1That
June 13-14, 2015
Worship focuses our attention on God and His activities.
What ultimately matters is God and His activity.
Romans 4:4-5 (TMSG) 4If you”re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don”t call your wages a gift. 5But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it”s something only God can do, and you trust
May 30-31, 2015
The particulars of this crisis.
John 11:1-3 (NIV) 1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. 3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is
April 25-26, 2015
Philippians 4:13 (NAS) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Courage – The ability to face difficult or dangerous situations regardless of our fear.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. God doesn’t require us to succeed, He only requires that we try.” (Mother Teresa)
Colossians 3:23 (NAS)
April 4-5, 2015
Mark 16:1-8 (NLT) 1Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. 2Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to
Acts 1:8 (NAS) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Luke 5:27-28 (NLT) 27Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax-collection booth. “Come, be my disciple!”