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Kingdom Come: Same Kind of Different As Me

Kingdom Come: Same Kind of Different As Me

July 18, 2019

A diverse church is God's idea because a diverse church reflects the diversity of God as Father, Son & Holy Spirit. 

Acts 6:1-7 is as relevant in 21st Century America as it was in the 1st Century Roman Empire. As diversity brought about conflict, the Holy Spirit used 12 Apostles, and 7 Spirit-filled Greek men to elevate the oppressed Greek widows to a level playing field with their Jewish counterparts. 

Join us as we dig into the power of humility amongst leadership, and the unique perspective each gender, different ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, age, amongst other defining characteristics, teach us about God. 

Kingdom Come: Baptism is a Miracle

Kingdom Come: Baptism is a Miracle

July 12, 2019

Every time a person is baptized a miracle has occurred.

Is the water miraculous? No. It is H20 like the rest of the water that covers 70% of our globe.

Is the baptismal special? No. We use $200 horse trough. 

It is the public expression of the life-giving, changing, transforming, legacy shifting work of Jesus in a person's life.

Check out our message from our Baptism Sunday at Grimes Farm Ampitheater. 

Kingdom Come: Glory

Kingdom Come: Glory

July 9, 2019

We have all seen a balloon bouquet. At graduation parties, wedding receptions, and floral shops. Helium-filled balloons of various colors and styles kept together by one weight.  

This is an apt metaphor for the Church. Different people, personalities, ethnicities, gender, backstory, gifting, and experiences kept together by one weight. The Triune God. Father. Son. Holy Spirit. 

In today's message, we dig into one of the hardest accounts of the New Testament. The story of Ananias and Sapphira. Through this difficult story, we see a battle over who receives glory in the church (Glory literally means "weightiness"), and why that has far-reaching repercussions (both good and bad). 

Kingdom Come: Spirit-Filled Culture

Kingdom Come: Spirit-Filled Culture

July 3, 2019

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson

What happens when our plans hit roadblocks?

Our dreams are dashed?

Our purposes are thwarted?

What happens when fear rears it head?

Join us we see what happens when fear seeks to destroy the early church and, more specifically, Peter and John. 

Passion Week 2019: Dark Day

Passion Week 2019: Dark Day

June 25, 2019

On Good Friday Jesus was crucified and buried.  On Easter Sunday He rose from the dead.  But, on Saturday His friends, family and followers had to live with the grief of Jesus being in the tomb. Many of them did not know if they would ever see Him again.  It was a dark day, it was a day in which they had to embrace their hurt and disappointment.  Join Pastor David as he shares a message about learning to live in our hurt and see God's purpose in it.

Kingdom Come: Healing

Kingdom Come: Healing

June 17, 2019

Jesus’ ability to perform miracles was not dependent on his divinity but on his dependence on the Holy Spirit. If that same Spirit lives inside of every believer, why do we see so little healing taking place in much of the modern church?

 

In Acts 3, Peter encounters a man crippled from birth at the gate called Beautiful. Day after day the man came to the gate and day after day he left in the same condition in which he came.

 

But while everyone looked past this man seeing only his outward condition, Peter saw what could be and invited this man to experience the healing power of Christ. In one moment, the man’s life was forever changed.

 

We invite you to experience the same healing power of God. His healing isn’t a work of the post but a present reality that can be experienced through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Kingdom Come: Spirit-Filled Culture

Kingdom Come: Spirit-Filled Culture

June 13, 2019

What elicits awe in you?

  • Expansive Oceans?
  • Towering Mountains?
  • Beautiful rivers
  • Architecture
  • Intellect

The book of Acts is filled with the movement of an awe-inspiring God through a Spirit-filled people. Today we dig into Acts 2:42-47, and see how the Church moved from the Spirit-filled moment of Pentecost into the Spirit-filled movement seen throughout the rest of Acts. 

Acts 2:42 "All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer."

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Kingdom Come: Wait for it

Kingdom Come: Wait for it

May 31, 2019

Don’t you hate cliffhanger endings?  This is the first message in our Kingdom Come series.   Jesus promises Pentecost and the Spirit to come, but in this first message we don’t arrive there. Instead we wait and look at what the Kingdom of Jesus looks like. We end with anticipation for what he is about to do.  Are you willing to wait for the better kingdom that he wants to build in you?

Prodigal: What’s Your Why?

Prodigal: What’s Your Why?

May 22, 2019

10 years ago Simon Sinek shared a 15-minute talk in a regional TED talk, that would go on to be viewed on Youtube 20 million times. Earned him a multi-book deal and created millions of dollars in income for himself.

The talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”…

What’s your why?

  • Why > What
  • Purpose > Practice

Jonah 4 1 This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. 2 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. 3 Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
4 The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”
5 Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant.
7 But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away. 8 And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed.
9 Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?”
“Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!”
10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

Jonah’s “why” is revenge - God’s “why” is restoration

We see the immaturity of Jonah on full display:

  • Change of plans greatly upset Jonah, - Spiritual Temper Tantrum
  • Jonah said mean things using nice words (Systematic Theology 101 Class)
  • Jonah shrinks when God questions or challenges him.
  • Jonah’s disobedience (initially it was with his feet, later it was his heart) opened the door for Satan to move (Satan is like a lion crouching at the door)
  • God finishes Jonah putting up a mirror to Jonah and his motives. Selfish Motives of Jonah (Plant - brought shade) vs Selfless motive of God (120k people of Ninevah)

“The last act is the greatest treason. To do the right deed for the wrong reason.” - TS Eliot “Murder in the Cathedral”

The sinful heart’s “why” is revenge (God is your Hitman) The prodigal heart’s “why” is restoration (God is the Healer)

Am I Jonah? “God has my head & hands, but not my heart”

Jonah reveals 4 heart motives that drive towards revenge and away from restoration:

  1. Salary - “Grace is my paycheck for my good works.”
  2. Selfish - “Grace is for Me and Not We.”
  3. Segregated “If you won’t destroy them, destroy me”
  4. Shifty “Hey Jonah, I’m talking to YOU!”

Ultimately it’s a story about a Prodigal God…
Prodigal: Extravagant Reckless

“Victory begins with the name of Jesus on your lips; but it will not be consummated until the nature of Jesus is in your heart.” Francis Frangipane - “3 Battlegrounds”