WORSHIP PANEL

In our modern culture, corporate singing (often highly emotive and passionate) can feel strange. To someone with no church background, it can even aesthetically look cultish at first glance. The counterbalance is that worship (as practiced by modern Christians) if done genuinely, has a human magnetism to it. A strange curiosity almost always emerges in the person experiencing it for …

Worship on the Mountaintop 

1 Kings 18:36-37, Matthew 18:20, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 If being a true worshiper entails a lifestyle of everyday worship of God, then why do we place so much emphasis on Sunday morning gatherings? Why all the fuss about these “mountaintop” moments? Next Sunday Pastor Ryan will delve into the many reasons why “corporate” worship – worship together with other believers …

GIFTS

As we conclude our Seeing the Sacred series, Pastor Ryan will consider the origins of the Christmas tradition of gift-giving. Where did this practice originate? The wise men? Pagans? Macy’s Dept Store? As we seek that answer, we will uncover the truth about what a “gift” really is, and how the concept of gift-giving relates not just to the Christmas …

KINGDOM

This sermon will focus on the Kingdom of God. FOCUS: The history of the idea of kingship/kingdom through the Old Testament. First, Israel’s desire for a king was basically a rejection of God’s kingship. But God proceeds to honor and use human kingship, calling David and promising that his descendants would reign forever. When David’s line appears to end several …

Has God Changed?

This Sunday we’ll resume the [Questions?] teaching series. Pastor Ryan answers the tough question…Has God Changed? Have you ever read an Old Testament passage filled with divine judgment and destruction, then a New Testament passage about grace and forgiveness, and wondered, “Is this even the same God?!” God orders the destruction of the Canaanites, but Jesus calls us to love …

Serve One/Worship One (Week Two)

Last week in worship, we began a two-week message series: Serve One – Worship One! This is all about what the local church can be when everyone discovers their Spiritual gifts, their Heart (passions), their natural Abilities, their Personalities, their life Experiences (S.H.A.P.E.), and uses them to God’s honor and glory.  Spiritual Gifts Survey. This Sunday, Pastor Ryan concludes Serve One – Worship One.  As we continue to discover our …

I AM the…True Vine

We heard it through the grapevine that next week Pastor Ryan will be looking at our last “I AM” saying, when Jesus says, “I Am the True Vine.” (John 15:1) Jesus is king of the strange metaphors, and this one is no exception! We’ll dive into the many OT passages that talk about the people of Israel as a vine, …

I AM… I AM

This Sunday Pastor Ryan will have us look at Jesus’ strangely-worded claim from John 8:58, “Before Abraham was even born, I am.” Did Jesus’ grade school teachers simply skimp on grammar lessons? Or is there something more significant to this mysterious statement? Join us as we uncover the controversial, ground-shaking truth Jesus is hinting at, and what it means for …

Missions Sunday: Gleaning Your Grapevine

This Sunday, we’ll shift our focus towards Missions as Pastor Ryan shares the message, Gleaning Your Grapevine.  He will walk us through Deuteronomy 24 and the classic Old Testament command we’re all so familiar with: “When you harvest your grapes, make sure you leave some behind.” We will discover the crucial importance of this command, and what it means for …

Missions Sunday

This Sunday, Missions Sunday, will be a time to reflect on and celebrate the work God has been doing through the local church and through ministries we partner with at home and abroad.Pastor Ryan will preach from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, sharing the ways in which God has elected to use the “foolish things” of the world—namely, you and me—to make a …