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…the Good Shepherd

This Sunday, we will look at one of the most beautiful and powerful images of Jesus, when He claims: “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) We will discover not only that sheep know the Shepherd’s voice, but the Shepherd knows His sheep, and desires an intimate relationship with them. The same relationship that God has with Jesus He wants that relationship with us.  

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 …

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 …

The Church: Called Out and Called Together!

The Church: Called Out and Called Together! We will be challenged again by 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.  

O Come, All Ye Faithful

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, O Come, All Ye Faithful is the carol that we’ll explore.There is a sense of urgency to the Christmas carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful. Imagine a child, tugging at your hand, saying insistently, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!” For who could stand by and wait when all we want to do …

Away in a Manger

This Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, we’ll continue our look at the story behind Christmas Carols. No Christmas song is more loved than this tender children’s carol, “Away in a Manger.” With its simply worded expression of love for Jesus and trust in His faithful care, the carol appeals to young and old alike. Its pleasing melody and gentle message remind us of Jesus’ words teaching us that to ‘such as these’ belong the …