Easter Sunday – God So Loved the Word

We discover that while religion can be complicated, the Good News of Jesus Christ is simple, yet profound. “For God loved the world so much…that everyone who believes in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life!” The Gospel begins with God’s love, goes through the cross and the tomb, and for those who believe in Jesus, ends with eternal …

I AM…THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life

We look next week at another provocative “I AM” statement made by Jesus when He says, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Christians and those still seeking struggle alike with Jesus’ claims of exclusivity. But Jesus does not offer multiple ways to God – He …

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

This Sunday when we discover that not only does Jesus have power over the physical aspects of life, but His power touches both death and the afterlife. Through the eyes of the disciple Thomas, we will discover anew Jesus’ claim:  “Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying.”    

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 …

Jesus Christ: I Am the…Bread of Life

We’ll continue the Jesus Christ series this week as we look at Jesus’ bold claim in John 6:35 when He says, “I AM the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” What bread is for the physical body, Jesus Christ is for our hungry hearts! There is a hunger – an emptiness – in all of us …

I AM… Known

This Sunday we look at the first time Jesus admits who He truly is as He interacts with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. While she tried to deflect His questions, Jesus loved her too much to let her get away with it. Ever so carefully He chipped away at her defenses, told her about a God who loved her …

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 …

Together with Jesus

Together with Jesus John 1:29-51 In Jesus’ time, many people were waiting for the Messiah (Christ) to come and save them. Yet so many missed Him. Next Sunday we will look at how the early believers responded to Jesus’ call to ‘Follow Me!’ by talking openly about Jesus with family and friends.    

Jesus Christ:  In the Beginning

We are excited to begin the new teaching series, Jesus Christ. When we look to answer the question Jesus asked: Who do you say that I am? – we need look no further than the Gospel of John to find the answer. With unashamed fervor, John (the beloved disciple) targets unbelievers with these words: “But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is …

The Church: Called Out and Called Together! ( Part Two)

Last Sunday I began a two-week message series, The Church: Called Out and Called Together! We talked about the challenge of God’s staggering call for Encounter Church to be the Body of Christ – experienced by those who believe alike and have one heart and one soul. Pastor Ted shared about the CARE Team at Encounter and the many ways that they are available to …