Every Christ-follower needs to claim their place of belonging in God's family, the church. God has gifted us uniquely to serve in the body and meet the needs of others.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Romans 12:4, Galatians 3:26, John 13:34-35, Ephesians 1:3
Topic: Church Unity
Life is tough. A support system is indispensable, so be proactive in cultivating and maintaining friendships. Resist the temptation to be self-reliant. The individualistic life in lonely. Instead, turn to others.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:1-12
Topic: Loving Others
When you are dealing with someone, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Differentiate between the Holy Spirit's revelation and your manipulation. Don't ignore red flags. Don't internalize, verbalize. And finally, don't give up meeting together in the Body of Christ. Community is where growth occurs. Preached at National Community Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Mark Batterson
Scripture: Hebrews 10:24
Humor is like seasoning on food—everything is flat without it. But something was amiss here. I began to ask myself, the gospel have an effect on our sense of humor?’ The answer has to be yes— but why and how? Your humor has a lot to do with how you regard yourself. Many people use humor to put down others, keep themselves in the driver’s seat in a conversation and...
Author: Tim Keller
Topic: Church and Culture
Who is this God to whom your prayers ascend? Belief in what God can do will give you strength and more confidence in your prayer life. When unbelief takes control, it is because you have forgotten who God is. Here are four characteristics of God: 1) His omnipotence – He is all-powerful, 2) His omniscience – He is all-knowing, 3) His omnipresence – He is all-present, and...
Author: National Prayer Team
"The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them" (Proverbs 12:6). This is a sobering scripture, but aligns with many others. Paul prayed that the love of the Philippians would "abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight." Therefore, when we love people, we are to love them with knowledge and insight, not in a...
Author: Chet Weld
God wants us to close the gap in our spiritual journey by knowing Him intimately and following Him completely. You can't close the gap if you think you can do it alone and isolated from others, if you think right doctrine and right living are enough and if you keep the streams of living water all to yourself.
Disciplines practiced in the early church are often lost in the hectic maze of contemporary church culture. Fasting, prayer and unity are topics worth re-visiting.
God gives us grace to sustain us through discouraging times. His grace brings hope, promise, pardon and power to survive and thrive.
Pastor Barteau shares his vision for the local church as God's light in a dark world.
Scripture: Matthew 5:3, Matthew 11:28-30