Sep 11, 2022
The Three Faces of Discipleship
What exactly does it mean to be a "Christian"? In our increasingly humanistic culture, believers have had to add qualifiers to the phrase "I am a Christian", muddying the waters of all that entails. We need to come back to the basics of being a follower of Jesus--being a disciple. In this message, Pastor Chris does just that; he points out the three facets of being a true disciple based on Jesus' own words in Mark 12:28 - 31.
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  • Sep 11, 2022The Three Faces of Discipleship
    Sep 11, 2022
    The Three Faces of Discipleship
    What exactly does it mean to be a "Christian"? In our increasingly humanistic culture, believers have had to add qualifiers to the phrase "I am a Christian", muddying the waters of all that entails. We need to come back to the basics of being a follower of Jesus--being a disciple. In this message, Pastor Chris does just that; he points out the three facets of being a true disciple based on Jesus' own words in Mark 12:28 - 31.
  • Sep 4, 2022The Hillary Step
    Sep 4, 2022
    The Hillary Step
    “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” –Sir Edmund Hillary. The greatest obstacle we will overcome in our spiritual walk is ourselves. As Paul admonishes us in 1 Corinthians 9:24 - 27, we must be mindful of our conduct and behavior so as not to lose the race. Pastor Chris highlights this passage to encourage us to maintain a circumspective attitude in our own lives so that we may obtain that great and glorious imperishable crown and hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
  • Aug 28, 2022Kicking the Worry Habit
    Aug 28, 2022
    Kicking the Worry Habit
    Worry is constantly going between doubt and faith. Worry is being consumed with stuff that is of less importance than the eternal. Worry will choke, strangle and neutralize our faith if we do not break the habit. In this message, Pastor Chris gives three steps to breaking the worry habit, based on a portion of Jesus' sermon on the mount, found in Matthew 6:19 - 34. He encourages us to learn to cast ALL our care upon Jesus because He cares for us. In doing this, we will live truly free, unburdened lives for the glory and honor of Christ.
  • Aug 14, 2022Rise & Be Healed
    Aug 14, 2022
    Rise & Be Healed
    We serve a God of healing. In fact, one of His covenant Names with the Israelites, found in Exodus, is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord Who Heals. Throughout the Old and New Testament, we can find powerful promises of God's healing work in the lives of His people. In this continuation of "Breakthrough" messages, Pastor Chris looks at breakthrough in our health and body, referencing Jesus' encounter with the paralytic in Matthew 9:1 - 8. Pastor Chris lays out three points from this passage that highlight how we experience healing in our lives.
  • Aug 7, 2022The Basics of Breakthrough
    Aug 7, 2022
    The Basics of Breakthrough
    There are times in our lives when we experience unbelievable victory and breakthrough. But there are also times when we must work through and persevere to the next breakthrough. We must work through the process God has for us to see that next breakthrough and we must understand that as we begin to step into what God has for us, the enemy will raise up a level of resistance. How do we handle that resistance? In this message, Pastor Chris highlights strategies from 2 Samuel 5:17 - 25, from the life of King David, that we can employ to be victorious and experience our breakthroughs.
  • Jul 31, 2022Identity – Who You Are In Christ
    Jul 31, 2022
    Identity – Who You Are In Christ
    In this message, we hear from guest ministers Wade and Connie Urban of Restoration Ministries. Teaching from Mark 10:46 - 52, Wade looks at the encounter Bartimaeus had with Jesus. Bartimaeus knew the covenant promises but they were not operating in his life and he lost hope, until he began hearing about Jesus. Just as Bartimaeus' eyes were opened, ours need to be opened to what we have in the here and now, through Jesus Christ. We do not have to wait for the "sweet by and by" to walk in all that Jesus accomplished for us through the cross and His resurrection.
  • Jul 24, 2022Sowing and Reaping
    Jul 24, 2022
    Sowing and Reaping
    When God created the universe, He established laws by which to govern it. These laws are fixed, absolute and predictable. In this message, Pastor Chris looks at one of the most important of those laws in Galatians 6:7 - 9--the law of sowing and reaping. From these verses, he highlights five basic principles of the law of sowing and reaping.
  • Jul 17, 2022When Christ Returns
    Jul 17, 2022
    When Christ Returns
    The New Testament contains more than 300 prophecies regarding the second coming of Jesus Christ. That means 1 out of every 25 verses reassures us of His return. In those prophecies, much is shrouded in mystery and sealed up for the very end. But there is one clear fact: Jesus IS going to return visibly, literally and victoriously! In this timely message, Pastor Chris encourages us from 1 Thessalonians 4:14 - 5:11 regarding the rapture of the Church. Whether or not we agree on the timeline of events, we can agree on the surety of Christ's return and we need to recapture the understanding, as the early Church had, that Jesus could return at any moment and we need to be ready and hold on to this "blessed hope".
  • Jul 10, 2022The Spirit is Willing, But the Flesh is Weak
    Jul 10, 2022
    The Spirit is Willing, But the Flesh is Weak
    Our biggest struggle in this life is not with outward forces, but with the person in the mirror. Jesus knew the full force of that inward battle between flesh and Spirit and He admonished His disciples to victory while He was in the midst of the battle Himself, in the garden of Gethsemane. In this message, Pastor Chris lays out those four points from Jesus found in Matthew 26:36 - 41. It is critical, in these current times, that we learn how to "stay awake and keep watch".
  • Jul 3, 2022A Formula for Faith & Freedom
    Jul 3, 2022
    A Formula for Faith & Freedom
    "If we are not governed by God, we will inevitably be ruled by tyrants." -William Penn
    In spite of those who would like to redact American history, it is a holy history. Though not without imperfections, God's fingerprint can be seen throughout her history. Yet, we must remember, that a nation's only hope for blessing is to have God as its Lord (Psalm 33:12). In this message, Pastor Chris breaks down Psalm 2 and lays out a formula for maintaining faith and freedom, not only corporately, but individually. He reminds us that is it God's purpose that will ultimately prevail over man's purposes.
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