Feb 24, 2019
Week 5- Divorce & Remarriage (5:31-32; 19:3-10)
In our society, including the church, divorce is rampant. The sanctity of marriage is under attack. What does the Bible have to say concerning divorce and remarriage? Because it has become so easy, does that make it right? If you have been through a divorce, unfortunately the church at times in its history has placed a “scarlet letter” on you. God’s intention is not to shame you and condemn you; He came instead to bring life! We will talk about these important issues and more.
  • Feb 24, 2019Week 5- Divorce & Remarriage (5:31-32; 19:3-10)
    Feb 24, 2019
    Week 5- Divorce & Remarriage (5:31-32; 19:3-10)
    In our society, including the church, divorce is rampant. The sanctity of marriage is under attack. What does the Bible have to say concerning divorce and remarriage? Because it has become so easy, does that make it right? If you have been through a divorce, unfortunately the church at times in its history has placed a “scarlet letter” on you. God’s intention is not to shame you and condemn you; He came instead to bring life! We will talk about these important issues and more.
  • Feb 17, 2019Week 4- Lust (5:27-30) Showing of HEART OF MAN
    Feb 17, 2019
    Week 4- Lust (5:27-30) Showing of HEART OF MAN
    Viewing of "The Heart of Man" movie The Heart of Man is a story inviting the sons and daughters of God to leave behind our broken, moralistic and religious way of thinking and relating to God and to others. Once we begin to know who God is (and as a result who we are), we have something to invite the world into. Freedom from performance. Freedom from managing our behavior so we appear acceptable to God. Freedom from our addictions, compulsive behaviors, secrecy and double lives. This film tears the veil of confusion over the church's current identity crisis and enables it to invite the rest of the world to the banquet God is throwing all of us.
  • Feb 10, 2019Week 3- Anger (Matthew 5:21-26)
    Feb 10, 2019
    Week 3- Anger (Matthew 5:21-26)
    Jesus continues addressing the Pharisees' and the teachers’ interpretation of the Law and their man-made traditions. Jesus tells us that obeying the external law is one thing, but what about what is internal? Sin is not just what we do, but in fact, how we think and what is in our hearts. He starts with addressing anger. Do you battle with anger issues?
  • Feb 3, 2019Week 2- Who We are IN HIM (Matt 5:13-20)
    Feb 3, 2019
    Week 2- Who We are IN HIM (Matt 5:13-20)
    If we understand this, we understand the Sermon on the Mount. Not only are we salt and light to a lost world, we are His righteousness. What He has completed and fulfilled is what distinguishes us. Our righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees; not because we do more, but that we do less or do it differently.
  • Jan 27, 2019Week 1- The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)
    Jan 27, 2019
    Week 1- The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12)
    Jesus’ great “Sermon on the Mount” begins with the “Beatitudes.” Each one shows how an attitude or way of life a Christ follower has will be a blessing to them. All nine of the Beatitudes a Christian can choose or decide to have prevalent in their lives. The blessing is a promise.
  • Jan 20, 2019Week 7- Jesus Wants Disciples!
    Jan 20, 2019
    Week 7- Jesus Wants Disciples!
    Jesus does not just want spectators, those who admire Him and even profess that He is savior. He desires disciples, those who call Him Lord. Jesus declares that His kingdom is within reach, beckons them to “come follow,” and informs them that there will be a transformation in them. Jesus then includes them as He teaches, heals, and casts out demons. Disciples walk with Jesus as He demonstrates His power with them.
  • Jan 13, 2019Week 6- Temptation (Matt 4:1-11)
    Jan 13, 2019
    Week 6- Temptation (Matt 4:1-11)
    Jesus’ preparation to live for the Father and do public ministry included overcoming temptation. Jesus was tempted, yet without sin. Matthew records three of the temptations that Satan used to try to ensnare Jesus. We are tempted in those ways too. Jesus models for us how to defend against them.
  • Jan 6, 2019Week 5- New Beginnings- Baptism
    Jan 6, 2019
    Week 5- New Beginnings- Baptism
    Jesus publicly models and emphasizes baptism in water. Jesus said, “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Baptism signifies new life, new outlook, new choices, new allegiance, and new purpose. Here we see the holy Trinity: the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descending upon Him, and God’s voice of approval. This sets the start of Jesus’ public ministry.
  • Dec 30, 2018Week 4- Prepare the Way for the Lord
    Dec 30, 2018
    Week 4- Prepare the Way for the Lord
    We are introduced to John the Baptizer. More than that, to his message that would prepare the way for Jesus; “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” What is true repentance? Why is this important as an introduction to the gospel? What does repentance produce in my life?
  • Dec 23, 2018Week 3- Battle for Kingship (Matt 2)
    Dec 23, 2018
    Week 3- Battle for Kingship (Matt 2)
    In the midst of many of the OT prophecies being fulfilled, we see King Herod trying to kill a new born King. That King is the king of kings—Jesus! This desperate pursuit of Herod’s not only sets the stage for the battle for kingship in Matthew, but is also an apt metaphor of the struggle for supremacy in our own daily lives.
  • Dec 16, 2018Week 2- Immanuel—God with Us (Matt 1:18-25)
    Dec 16, 2018
    Week 2- Immanuel—God with Us (Matt 1:18-25)
    The birth of Jesus into our world signified more than just a holiday we celebrate or an historical occurrence. The very foundation of our faith and reason we can have fellowship with the God of the universe; what makes the Gospel good news and enables us to be bold enough to share it is… GOD IS WITH US!
  • Dec 9, 2018Week 1- Introduction to Matthew (1:1-17)
    Dec 9, 2018
    Week 1- Introduction to Matthew (1:1-17)
    In the first book of the New Testament, Matthew sets out to establish Jesus as the fulfillment and continuation of the biblical story declaring God and His relationship to His people in the Old Testament. This Gospel declares Jesus as the Messiah King and shows two kingdoms pitted against each other in our everyday lives. We will look at its outline and the challenge brought to His disciples in each section.
  • Dec 2, 2018The Christian’s Vocation
    Dec 2, 2018
    The Christian’s Vocation
    As a Christian we are called to three vocations: ministry to the Lord, ministry to the Body, and ministry to the world. Every believer is His priest.
  • Nov 4, 2018Week 5- To See Jesus’ Glory
    Nov 4, 2018
    Week 5- To See Jesus’ Glory
    Concluding His prayer in John 17 (and our series) we see Jesus’ deep desire and intercessory prayer is that those who hear the gospel through His disciples would see His glory. Jesus sends us, just as the Father sent Him. When we make His message and His rescue known, the manifestation of His glory occurs. Jesus wants us to participate in that glory.
  • Oct 28, 2018Week 4- To Be in the World, But Not of It
    Oct 28, 2018
    Week 4- To Be in the World, But Not of It
    Christ followers are aliens in this world. We are a part of a different kingdom though we live, move, and make decisions and plans while residing in the kingdom of this world. We are where Jesus wants us. He has you in this world at the very time and locale that you are. It is all part of His plan, a part of His purpose. A part of your purpose. Jesus wants us to be in the world, but not of it.
  • Oct 21, 2018Week 3- To Have Joy
    Oct 21, 2018
    Week 3- To Have Joy
    Stop the presses! One of the purposes for your life is for you to experience joy. Yep, seriously. Not happiness that comes from having a good day or buying something you wanted. Joy that comes from His glorious presence; from His Holy Spirit. That is what is on Jesus’ heart that He intercedes for us. Jesus wants us to have infectious joy that changes everything in our life!
  • Oct 14, 2018Week 2- To Be One
    Oct 14, 2018
    Week 2- To Be One
    When introduced to Christ, we are brought into a family. An incredibly loving and powerfully gifted people who follow the King and find our belonging. We are not to go at it alone! Jesus desires unity.
  • Oct 7, 2018Week 1- To Know God
    Oct 7, 2018
    Week 1- To Know God
    In John 16:33, Jesus tells His disciples that He wants to give them peace for He knows they will have trouble in this world. He then prays for them. Within His prayer (John 17) and this series, Jesus shows what is most important to Him for us. What better way to find our purpose than to hear His heart! Jesus wants us to know God.
  • Sep 30, 2018Week 7- Wrestling with God
    Sep 30, 2018
    Week 7- Wrestling with God
    Do you want to know Jesus in a more vibrant way? Do you want your prayers to be life giving and transformative? Of course you do! We must wrestle. Wrestle with who He is and what His word says. Wrestle with who we are, what we are going through, and what He is doing in us through it. Prayer is a wrestling match in which we should not tap out!
  • Sep 23, 2018Week 6- Hearing the Voice of God
    Sep 23, 2018
    Week 6- Hearing the Voice of God
    Pastor Buddy Walker leads Empower School of Discipleship, one of the mission's organizations we support.  Buddy gives many anecdotes about hearing from the Lord.  He also gives helpful ways to train ourselves to better hear from God.
  • Sep 16, 2018Week 5- Prayer or Fellowship
    Sep 16, 2018
    Week 5- Prayer or Fellowship
    "Pray until you touch Heaven and keep praying until Heaven touches you." –unknown When we are in communication with God; speaking to Him and hearing His voice, we experience Him. What does it mean to wait on the Lord? To seek His face? Why is prayer so important?
  • Sep 9, 2018Week 4- Praying in the Spirit
    Sep 9, 2018
    Week 4- Praying in the Spirit
    A special time of the Lord ministering. Bev Conner gives her testimony on figuring God out and receiving a heavenly prayer language as someone who wasn't established in church prior to that. Pastor Shawn then briefly talks about the Holy Spirit giving a prayer language (tongues) as both a 'grace' and a 'gift.'
  • Sep 2, 2018Week 3- Teach Us to Pray- Part 2
    Sep 2, 2018
    Week 3- Teach Us to Pray- Part 2
    In Part 2, we observe the dynamics of the prayer lives of others in Scripture. They not only influenced their situations and surroundings, but they also give helpful insight to how we too can experience impactful prayer lives.
  • Aug 26, 2018Week 2- Teach Us to Pray- Part 1
    Aug 26, 2018
    Week 2- Teach Us to Pray- Part 1
    The disciples observed Jesus’ prayer life. They saw something that was incredibly life-giving and wanted it as well. They saw the connection between the time He set aside to be with the Father and His incredible source of strength, ability, compassion, and power. They asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We will examine how Jesus’ words, actions, and life taught us to pray.
  • Aug 19, 2018Week 1- Why is it So Hard to Pray?
    Aug 19, 2018
    Week 1- Why is it So Hard to Pray?
    Prayer is the most difficult for our flesh to do because it is the most spiritual thing we can do. Don’t you want to be successful in your prayer life? Don’t you want to bask in His presence, know that your burdens are being lifted and hear His voice regularly? Yeah, me too! We start this series with first examining what we are up against and what we must do to make prayer a priority and thus vibrant.
  • Aug 12, 2018Week 5- The Influence of the Message (1 Corinthians 1:18)
    Aug 12, 2018
    Week 5- The Influence of the Message (1 Corinthians 1:18)
    God has chosen the foolishness of preaching to save those who hear and believe. Scripture calls the message that we proclaim both the power of God unto salvation and foolishness to many who hear it. For it isn’t based on human reason, it cannot be understood that way; it is instead Spirit taught. Do we really understand that without proclaiming His message people cannot be saved? Knowing that it is indeed foolishness to some, in a strange way, should assist us in being emboldened to preach Jesus!
  • Aug 5, 2018Week 4- Our Influence (Matthew 5:13-16)
    Aug 5, 2018
    Week 4- Our Influence (Matthew 5:13-16)
    How can each of us be salt and light to our oîkos? How can you make disciples ‘as you go’? We examine different evangelism styles in Scripture and you will be able to see which one you have. The objective isn’t just to identify it, but rather to learn how to flourish in it—especially in your oîkos. Advancing the Kingdom of God on earth is more than a commission; it is a lifestyle.
    We took an Evangelism Style assessment.
    The questions are here: Styles Questionnaire 
    The blank answer sheet is here: Answer Sheet