The greatest moments in human history have been those of Christian revival-moments marked by great swelling crowds who flock to hear the preaching of the Gospel. Those are moments in life when we find ourselves in such a place where the Gospel is being preached and our hearts are moved (particularly when we are moved to receive Christ) must be taken. Your greatest need is not...
Speaker: Steven Johnstone
Scripture: Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26
Topic: The Attributes of Christ
1. Public beliefs: Public beliefs are things we espouse because they help us fit in, or navigate our human environment. 2. Private beliefs are things that we sincerely believe or desire to be true. But they are tied to other values and circumstances. We all have core scripts: of all different kinds-good or bad. They are the things we believe...
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Romans 7:19-20, Luke 6:45, Mark 14:31, Matthew 9:35-36
Topic: Identity in Christ
We can see people – but totally miss the person – their story. The woman bent over with scoliosis was ignored by the crowd. But Jesus called her a valued “daughter of Abraham” and healed her. We can become “inattentionally blinded” by tradition, pride, criticism. Hasn’t the evangelical church been guilty of “seeing” people this way at times? So, look for the people around...
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: Matthew 9:35-36, Luke 12:15, Luke 13:10-13, Luke 19:10
Topic: The Life of Christ
Staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant. "Till death do us part," or, "As long as we both shall live" is sacred covenant promise: the same kind Jesus made with his bride when he died for her. Therefore, what makes divorce and remarriage so horrific in God's eyes is not merely that it involves covenant breaking to the spouse, but that it...
Speaker: John Piper
Scripture: Matthew 9:10-12, Genesis 2:18-25, Luke 24:44, Matthew 19:4-5, Ephesians 5:31-32
Technology is part of who we are. We should embrace it. But there is also value in "unplugging" occasionally. Jesus unplugged from the crowds and learned to know His Father in prayer. He unplugged to rest and awoke to calm the storm. He unplugged enough to feel the timid touch of the woman with the issue of blood. He processed His pain at Gethsemane. He unplugged to clearly...
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Luke 15:19-27, Matthew 9:9-13
Topic: Devotional Life
Jonah became angry that God saved Ninevah. We need to remember the kind of God we have and the kind of people He invites. We must be caring, listening and prepared to answer their questions.
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: Jonah 4:1-11, Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 19:1-10, 1 Timothy 2:3-6
As you reflect upon last year, what has become your "place of residence"? For Matthew, his choice was to step away from the tax table and follow Jesus. What is your "table"? Rejection, indecision, comparison, failure, performance or fear? Step away and follow Christ!
Speaker: Jack Schull
Scripture: Matthew 9:1-13