Our February sermon series is called, “Relationship Goals.” In this four-week series, we’re going to take a look at how we can better love God, others, and those closest to us. So, invite a friend and join us every Sunday in February at 9:00 or 10:45 AM!
We’re in the month of February and that signals a month-long celebration of love. Store shelves are stocked with chocolate and teddy bears, and the “L” word will be used more than normal. In Matthew 22:34-38 Jesus is asked, "What is the greatest commandment?" Jesus responds that the greatest commandment is love - specifically loving God with our heart, soul, and mind. Jesus got his answer right from the Word of God in Deuteronomy 6:5. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches us how to love God with every fiber of our being.
At one time the church was the center of society, but we now live in a post-Christian culture where church has been moved to the edge. What does this mean for us? Listen in as Pastor Doug Meye teaches on the life of Daniel and that even when we live on the edge, we can still be a people of blessing.
The story of Samuel reveals a profound question to us today: Who will you listen to? But, Samuel shows us the journey doesn't end there. The next question we have to grapple with is: What will we do with what we've heard? Listen in as Bert Alcorn teaches on the importance of our listening posture and our response to God's voice.
There is far too often a large gap between what we say we believe and how we live. The story of Joshua is about followers of God being called to courageously bridge that gap. They are called to fearlessly cross over and become the people God called them to be, and in the same way we will learn how we are called and encouraged to do the same thing today. Listen in as Joey Ross teaches us how to nurture courage through faith.
Moses had a confusing upbringing. He had all the material blessings of Egyptian royalty, but belonged to a people group who was enslaved. Later in life, he moved to another nation and became a shepherd. In Exodus we read that God claims Moses as his own and keeps his promise to Israel by commissioning him to deliver them from Egypt. We are likewise claimed by Christ when we claim him. He will keep his promise of blessing beyond what we can imagine, but those blessings aren't just for us. Listen in as Teller Emmer teaches on Exodus 3, and see how God claims us, keeps his promises, and commissions us as a blessing to the world.
The manger scene is everywhere. It’s on Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, and in the neighbors front yard. The manger is the centerpiece of every Christmas play where the birth of Jesus is told. In reality though, the manger is a feeding trough. The place where the Son of God laid was the same place where stable animals had eaten their dinner that very night. This Christmas, let’s look at the importance of the manger. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches on Luke 2:1-20 and see how God orchestrates unexpected events to accomplish His purpose.
Elizabeth teaches us a great lesson about hospitality this Christmas: talk less about yourself. Elizabeth could have shared about the angelic visit to her husband. She could have pointed to her stomach and confirmed the miracle of God taking place in her womb. She could have given statistics on women her age getting pregnant, but instead she chooses to bless Mary. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches on Luke 1:39-80, and let’s look at the three ways Elizabeth blesses Mary.
Christmas is the only Christian holiday that is also a major secular holiday. The result is two different celebrations, each observed by billions of people, at the same time, for different reasons. Public festivities for Christmas have begun leaving out any reference to Christ—the very reason for Christmas! Background music in stores is moving from “Joy to the World” to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” People are more interested in gifts under the tree than making room in their heart for Jesus. This week as we consider the example of Mary, we'll see just how different her response was to the Christ child. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches that God calls surrendered people to His greater purpose.
Luke is a wonderful historian. Archaeological findings have repeatedly confirmed the accuracy of his accounts. As a historian, Luke goes into greater detail and length than the other gospel writers about the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Luke believed important things related to the coming of Jesus happened before that first Christmas night in Bethlehem. In this study, we go back to the beginning of Luke’s Christmas Story. We are introduced to Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth—an older, childless couple—and the surprising way in which Zechariah learns that they are going to have a son. Luke begins his Christmas story here, because of the important role the son, John, has in relation to Jesus. Listen in as Pastor Doug Meye encourages us to live in such a way that people will want to know Jesus.