Through prayer we realize that we have access to the Living God. He's close, and He's kind. He's with us, forever and always, good or bad, even now. An awareness of that will change the way we think of all our moments, from fantastic to terrible to mundane. Whatever happens—the Spirit of Jesus is with us.Read More / Listen
When we follow Jesus' lead in our everyday lives, listening to Him and obeying Him at work, at school, at home, and everywhere else, we have countless opportunities to proclaim His goodness. He's real. He's good. He's at work, even now—and we can join His work by testifying to what we already see every day.Read More / Listen
Have you ever wondered why we can have such different experiences with food depending on how it’s enjoyed? We can scarf down a meal in our car to feed our bodies, or we can enjoy a long meal with good friends and feel our hearts and souls fed as well.Read More / Listen
After being crucified and resurrected, Jesus continued teaching His followers about His coming empire. He told them to wait for it, wait for it. And then it happened. The Holy Spirit came. God's power was made available to Jesus' followers just like it had been to Jesus. And all of this was because Jesus has been enthroned at God's right hand.
He will come again in glory. Until then, we wait, and we testify to the reality of His empire.Read More / Listen
The kind of church God is building includes people from every family on earth—every tribe, every nation, every people group, every language, every race, every socioeconomic status, every class, every political persuasion, and everything else. Yet in preaching a gospel that could include all these kinds of people the early church faced enormous opposition and even physical violence.Read More / Listen
Jesus stepped down into the world and laid down His life for the church--to form a community of people united together in Him. The church is at the very heart of the gospel. It is God's plan for the world, and there is no Plan B. We can see how beautiful and powerful this is when we start living like we need each other.Read More / Listen
The church is beautiful to Jesus in part because it's the place of reconciliation. We all have peace and unity with each other because of the blood of Jesus, whether Jew or Gentile, white or any shade of brown, or anything else. This week we saw that this is theologically true, and we also saw how this played out in real life for the earliest church.Read More / Listen
The church is so valuable to Jesus that He gave Himself up for it. He feeds it. He cares for it. He's transforming it into His radiant bride by removing all impurities and cleaning her up. And He even designed marriage from the beginning to reflect the relationship He'd eventually have with it.Read More / Listen
When we realize that Jesus is right—right logically, right experientially, and right implicationally—we’ll joyfully abandon all other things for the sake of His kingdom. Would you pray with us that we’d all realize Jesus is right?Read More / Listen
Is it loving to evangelize? If so, under what circumstances? Didn't the guys in the Bible just show up and preach truth without regard for anything else? This week we looked at Paul's experience in the town of Thessalonica as a model for our own evangelism.Read More / Listen
What if the whole world is upside down and we never noticed? This Easter season, we're looking at how the cross and resurrection of Jesus have upended everything. In this first week, we saw how the gospel subverts our ideas of power and wisdom.Read More / Listen
We all know the feeling of being lost and without a direction. "What is my purpose? What is God's will for my life? What is His plan for me?" We pursued answers to these questions in Acts 13 this week.Read More / Listen
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Is there a right way? What does the Bible have to say about it? And what does the Bible have to say about the messiness of life? Find out as we read through Acts 12 this week.Read More / Listen
What is God's secret? What is it that the church demonstrates about God that is seen nowhere else in history? We turn to Acts 11:1-18 to find out. This week, we showed two definition slides during the sermon. Here they are:Read More / Listen
We often use cultural markers to identify ourselves as Christians. But God accepts people from all different nations and cultures, so these cultural markers must not be proof of grace. So what is?Read More / Listen
Peter makes a paralyzed man able to walk again, like Jesus did. To top that, he then raised a woman from the dead, just like Jesus did (Mark 5:35-43; Luke 8:49-56). Tabitha is called a "disciple" and she was known for how she served others, just like Jesus.
The “gospel” that Jesus proclaimed was a call to follow Him. Not just to receive certain benefits from Him, but to actually receive Him. This is what the earliest Christians seemed to hear from Jesus, because they did anything they could to follow Him - to know Him and learn from Him and actually become like Him.
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