Church + Home

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” -Deut. 6:4-6

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” -Deut. 6:4-6

The Power of Every Moment

Generational discipleship is important, and is something that typically happens outside the walls of the church. There are moments each and every day when we have opportunities to disciple those around us. Pastor Brian outlines four core principles of generational discipleship (all rooted in Moses’ life): being committed, finding opportunities, reinforcing spiritual principles, and being an example.

The Power of Every Team

In Part 2 of the “Church + Home” series, Pastor Brian unpacks Ephesians 4:4-7, 11-16 and talks about the need for unity between the church and the home. A partnership should exist between the values that are shared, taught, and reinforced at church and in the home. Believers are all on the same team. Therefore, it is important to: be united in presenting the priorities of Christ, discover individual roles for every team member, and create an atmosphere where all can belong.

The Power of Every Tool

In Part 3 of the “Church + Home” series, Pastor Brian identifies three categories/tools outlined by Peter in 1 Peter 4:10-11 and reveals what makes each of these tools powerful. As followers of Jesus, we should daily ask ourselves “How can I love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and love my neighbor as myself?” In other words, how do we use the tools we have been given to follow Jesus daily?

The Power of Every Life: Frank Hensley

On January 27th, guest Frank Hensley shared his life story. In Isaiah 43, the LORD promises to be with us when we go through hard times. A life following Jesus is not a life free from hard times, but we never have to face those times alone. Frank’s story about a schoolhouse fire reminds us that there is power in EVERY life!

For Unto Us

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6

Hope

What is hope? Hope is not wishful thinking. Hope is not a synonym for faith. Hope is the expectation of what is certain. Hope is rooted in faith, which is a gift from God. As we began the Advent season, Pastor Brian defined the true meaning of “hope.” The primary text for this sermon on hope is 1 Peter 1:3-9.

Peace

Peace is lost when we focus on the wrong things. In this sermon focused on Peace, Pastor Brian draws attention to Isaiah 9:6-7 and God’s establishment of TRUE peace on earth!

Love

In Titus 3, Paul writes about Jesus’ coming to earth. This is often called the incarnation, or God in the flesh. God is love, and God took on flesh to come to earth. In other words…Love came to earth.

Feast or Famine?

Throughout the Bible, there are references to different feasts and festivals established by God and celebrated by the people. These three great feasts (Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles) each accomplished two basic things: creating a time to remember what God had done and a time to give offerings to God. While we may not observe these “feasts” in the traditional sense, they reminds us of the importance of thanking God for what God has done. What do you have to be thankful for today?

The Table

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“‘But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’”

Luke 14:13-14

On September 30th, Pastor Brian launched a sermon called “The Table.” In Luke 14, Jesus tells two stories about banquets. These stories tell us a lot about the culture of that time period and point out the flaws in the system. Pastor Brian showed how this story is pointing towards the Great Banquet Table - God’s banquet table. This is a table of inclusion and of provision. All are invited to sit at the table…but the only way to sit at the table is to accept the invitation.

The Table: Worship

On October 14th, Pastor Brian preached the second part of “The Table” with a focus on Worship. At the heavenly banquet, the primary focus will not be on fellowship or eating, but on worshipping God. Worship involves three primary components: attitude, action, and awe. Our lives should worship our Creator. Our lives should worship the One who raised Christ from the dead. Our lives should worship the One who came to earth for us.

The Table: Service

When we eat at a restaurant or attend a dinner party at a friend’s home, we notice how attentive the server or host/hostess is. At the heavenly table, God is the perfect host, having made every preparation imaginable. But God has invited us to be participants in the preparation, invitation, and the celebration. After all, we are better together.

The God Who Sees Me

Genesis 16 tells the story of humans taking matters into their own hands and sinning against others in the process. Hagar was hurt by the people around her. She struggled, she ran, she desperately desired to be seen. Hagar had a real encounter with God, even in the midst of a situation covered in sin. She didn’t judge God based on the actions of the people around her, but on what she saw in her encounter with God. God sees us and knows what we are going through. And just as God pursued Hagar, God pursues us because God loves us.