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Date Show Title
Sep
30
2022
When most people think of idolatry, they picture a temple with little golden statues. But while worshiping a statue is certainly a form of idolatry, it’s not the only kind!
Sep
29
2022
Jesus made it clear that it’s possible to call yourself a Christian and believe all the right things, but not truly be saved. So what’s the difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing him?
Sep
28
2022
Even in Christian circles, the subject of sin tends to get glossed over. But Pastor J.D. explains that the way we think about our sin is a crucial sign of where we stand with God.
Sep
27
2022
Sin is usually an uncomfortable subject. But the way you think about your own sinfulness can actually give you assurance of your salvation!
Sep
26
2022
Usually, our deepest beliefs are based on the things we’ve experienced, not on philosophical reasoning. But is it possible to really experience God if you can’t see him?
Sep
23
2022
The first disciples believed in Jesus because of the miracles they witnessed. But how can we in the 21st century have that same experience and the same level of assurance?
Sep
22
2022
Everyone’s conversion story is different. Some people grew up in church and have always believed. Others had a dramatic conversion later in life. Are both those experiences valid? Or is there a specific formula you need to follow?
Sep
20
2022
Many believers think ministry is a job for pastors and missionaries, not the work of “ordinary Christians.” But there’s no such thing as an “ordinary Christian!”
Sep
19
2022
A healthy relationship with God requires trust. Yet many of us doubt God’s ability to really save us. We feel like we need to earn his forgiveness.
Sep
16
2022
Money is a personal topic, and it’s often considered off-limits in polite conversation. But the Bible doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable issues, and it has a lot to say about finances.
Sep
15
2022
Some of us feel guilty for being wealthy. Others see money as a sign of God’s favor. But what does the Bible really say about our finances?
Sep
14
2022
A lot of people think of missionaries as “super Christians.” But every Christian is called to the mission field—whether it’s across the country or across the street.
Sep
13
2022
Many believers think ministry is a job for pastors and missionaries, not the work of “ordinary Christians.” But there’s no such thing as an “ordinary Christian!”
Sep
12
2022
For many Christians, church is just an event that they attend on weekends. But that’s not what God intended when he designed the church.
Sep
9
2022
Healthy believers will produce the Fruit of the Spirit. But first, you have to be rooted in Christ, and second, you need to have community.
Sep
8
2022
Jesus said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.” In this message, we’ll discover how good fruit is produced by a life that’s rooted in Christ."
Sep
7
2022
When was the last time you decided to make a change and become a better person? On this edition of Summit Life, Pastor J.D. describes the only path to genuine transformation.
Sep
6
2022
Many Christians struggle to read the Bible for themselves. Isn’t it enough to just listen to Bible teaching or read a devotional?
Sep
5
2022
We often refer to the first four books of the New Testament as “the gospels.” But from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is all about the gospel.
Sep
2
2022
Our journey with God begins when someone explains the gospel to us. But then the question becomes, “What do I do next?” The answer? Keep going deeper into the gospel.
Sep
1
2022
If you’ve been a believer for a while, you might think you’ve moved beyond the gospel. But the truth is, we never outgrow the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Aug
31
2022
Every Christian knows that prayer is important, but if we’re honest, a lot of us wonder what the point is. If God is in control, and he already knows what we need, then why bother telling him?
Aug
30
2022
How’s your prayer life been lately? For most Americans, it usually consists of just a stock prayer before meals and an S-O-S when you’re in the middle of a crisis.
Aug
26
2022
A lot of us struggle to pray consistently, and we end up only going to God when we’re facing a crisis. So how do we start treating prayer as more than just an emergency hotline?
Aug
25
2022
Even after several days of Pastor J.D.’s teaching on prayer, we might still feel like our prayers aren’t heard by God. He gives one more attempt to meet us where we are.
Aug
24
2022
Have you ever heard the saying, “Prayer doesn’t change God, prayer changes me”? Pastor J.D. is going to challenge that sentiment head-on as he continues the series, ASK.
Aug
23
2022
Pastor J.D. continues walking through the familiar passage of the Lord’s Prayer. He will specifically show us how we can cast our anxiety on God.
Aug
22
2022
Most of us can recite the Lord’s Prayer, but do we really know what we’re praying and how to use it as a guide for all of our prayers?
Aug
19
2022
Pastor J.D. is showing us that’s exactly how we should approach God in prayer -- desperately, boldly, and persistently.
Aug
18
2022
We’re beginning a new series from Pastor J.D. that takes a look at the revolutionary teaching of Jesus regarding prayer.
Aug
17
2022
Time and time again, the Bible gives us examples of how important persistent prayer is. As we finish Jacob's story, we'll look at how God rewarded his persistence, and how that might be exactly what God wants from us, as well.
Aug
16
2022
Through Jacob, we learn that many of the blessings of God are released into our lives only through persistent, unrelenting prayer.
Aug
15
2022
The constant battle of what the heart loves reveals to us our desperate need for prayer. In our own battle, will we be like Lot, captured by the wonders of the world? Or like Abraham, interceding on behalf of the Lots God has placed in our lives?
Aug
12
2022
Jesus said we should pray like children. Children don’t think about how they approach, whether they are using the right words, or whether their parents are pleased with them. They just ask. Astoundingly, that’s the beginning of learning to pray.
Aug
11
2022
We all have days when we feel insufficient. Like we’re not strong enough or smart enough. But the Bible says that in our weakness, God is strong.
Aug
10
2022
Throughout history, people have invented and named mythological gods. But the God of the Bible was not invented by mankind. And unlike Zeus or Thor, he chose his own name.
Aug
9
2022
If there’s one aspect of God’s character that most people wish they could erase from the Bible, it’s the wrath of God. But God’s wrath isn’t something we should resent. His wrath should cause us to rejoice.
Aug
8
2022
Most of us have never taken scissors to our Bibles, but in our minds, we often cut out the uncomfortable passages about God’s wrath. But the wrath of God isn’t a demeaning doctrine to be ignored. It’s a glorious reality!
Aug
5
2022
Everyone likes hearing about God’s love. It stirs up warm sentimental feelings and makes us feel good about ourselves. But Pastor J.D. explains that God’s love has nothing to do with our worthiness.
Aug
4
2022
Everyone wants to feel loved and cherished. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we don’t deserve unconditional love. So why does God pursue us anyway?
Aug
3
2022
Knowing someone’s name is an important part of your relationship with them. So Pastor J.D. is helping us know God personally by knowing his name.
Aug
2
2022
If you really want to know God, you have to know everything about him, not just the parts we find appealing. So on this edition of Summit Life, we’re gaining a bigger view of God.
Aug
1
2022
What is the presence of God like? Does he give us a warm fuzzy feeling? Or an emotional worship encounter? For something we all want to experience, why can God’s presence seem so elusive?
Jul
29
2022
Some people think God set the world in motion and then stepped away. Others think he’s an impersonal force. But Pastor J.D. describes how we can know God personally.
Jul
28
2022
As Pastor J.D. concludes our study in the book of Hebrews, we’re looking at how the power of the gospel connects to real-life—in our work, our marriages, our finances, and our churches.
Jul
27
2022
The gospel is the power for the Christian life. And like a lamp, you can’t shine for Jesus unless you’re plugged in! But what does that “plugging in” look like on a practical level?
Jul
26
2022
Everyone wants to be comfortable and safe from the unknown, but that’s not always God’s plan. And even when it’s scary, God always knows best!
Jul
25
2022
If there’s one thing people want, it’s security. But we’re looking in all the wrong places! True peace of mind isn’t found in burglar alarms or home insurance.
Jul
22
2022
From day one, Christians worldwide have faced physical and intellectual attacks. So in a world that’s opposed to everything we believe, how can we stand strong?
Jul
21
2022
When a prayer goes unanswered, or you just don’t feel that connected to God, faith can be hard to come by! But throughout our study of Hebrews, we’re finding that there are reasons to believe!
Jul
20
2022
It’s not hard to say you trust God until trusting him becomes a matter of life and death. But as we’ll discover, faith is always a matter of life and death—whether we realize it or not!
Jul
19
2022
It’s really not hard to be a cultural Christian in America! But claiming to be a Christian doesn’t really require faith. So what’s the difference between mere belief and saving faith?
Jul
18
2022
All of us have made mistakes that haunt us. And whether we embrace our sins or try to hide them, apart from Christ, we’re all slaves to them. But there is hope!
Jul
15
2022
All of the Old Testament points to Jesus. On this edition of Summit Life, we’re seeing shadows of the gospel in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Jul
14
2022
If you’ve been in church for any length of time, you’ve probably known people who you thought were genuinely saved, but then they turned away from God completely. How does that happen?
Jul
13
2022
Once you’ve been saved, you’re secure forever. You can’t ever lose that salvation. Or can you? Pastor J.D. challenges each of us to evaluate where we stand with God.
Jul
11
2022
On this edition of Summit Life, we’re studying a mysterious Old Testament figure named Melchizedek, who provides an important picture of Jesus’ role as High Priest and King.
Jul
8
2022
Most of us are running so hard after success, that we miss out on God’s best for us! That’s the danger of busyness.
Jul
7
2022
Everyone feels the pressure to work harder and longer so they can get the next raise and be successful. But all that busyness takes a toll on our spiritual lives.
Jul
6
2022
What fears control you? Is it fear of missing out? Or fear of pain, loneliness, or rejection? J.D. Greear describes how you can be freed from all of that.
Jul
5
2022
The gospel flips the script of religion and frees us from every fear and every chain. It’s the difference between Christianity and every other religion!
Jul
1
2022
Imagine the best thing that could ever happen to you. Christ is better! In fact, Christ is better than anything this world has to offer.
Jun
30
2022
We’re looking at a collection of stories from Judges, Chapters 17 to 21–accounts that reveal the tragic outcome when a society turns its back on God’s leading.
Jun
29
2022
This message looks at the final chapters of the book of Judges. It’s a time when the Israelites turned their backs on God’s leading. They still acknowledged him with their lips, but they’d become, in essence, a nation of atheists.
Jun
28
2022
Just like Samson, we’ve all fallen into the trap of our own desires. So what’s the answer?
Jun
27
2022
Pastor J.D. reveals that your own heart is usually your worst enemy. This message is the third part of a four-part message on the life of Samson.
Jun
24
2022
Today, we’re continuing our study called “Broken Saviors.” As we come to the end of Judges later this week, we’ll find out that the entire book is just one portion of a much bigger story.
Jun
23
2022
During this message, Pastor J.D. invites us to look at one of the most familiar characters in the Old Testament. His life teaches us that God can accomplish amazing things through ordinary people--when they submit to his leadership.
Jun
22
2022
Man is incapable of constructing, or living up to, the true Gospel. In fact, left to our own devices we tend to twist and misconstrue what God designed as perfect.
Jun
21
2022
In this message, we’ll see how over and over again, God’s people substituted his plan for their own, with tragic consequences.
Jun
20
2022
Beginning in Judges Chapter 8, we see how Gideon’s victory as a warrior began to inflate his ego. Rather than giving glory to God, he chose to act like a king who deserved special treatment. In a real sense, Gideon manufactured his own “broken savior.”
Jun
16
2022
Behind every hero in the Bible, we see a God who remains faithful even though our heroes--and let’s admit it--we are often faithless. Good news for those of us who feel unworthy--thankfully God is the one who gives us value!
Jun
15
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us how God can use anyone to accomplish his plan even when we feel stretched and afraid!
Jun
14
2022
When God transforms our generation, he’ll use ordinary men and women just like Gideon; those who are willing to step up and take the lead.
Jun
13
2022
Today we look at the story of Gideon--one of God’s mighty warriors of the Old Testament--and we see that even he had doubts and struggles as he considered the mantle of leadership being handed to him by God.
Jun
10
2022
Pastor J.D. invites us to follow along as he teaches from the book of Judges, Chapters 4 and 5, as he shares five key points that will apply to both men and women in leadership.
Jun
9
2022
When God inspires a woman to step forward and give leadership in ministry, how can the church help her become all God intended?
Jun
8
2022
When we suffer, we look for any means possible to escape. But according to Scripture, sometimes God uses our pain to draw us back to him.
Jun
7
2022
Through the Isrealites’ example, we’ll discover how to overcome our fears and choose faith instead.
Jun
6
2022
Pastor J.D. explains how we can find power and freedom in following Christ.
Jun
3
2022
On today’s program, we’re launching a new study in the book of Judges called “Broken Saviors.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll discover that we’re a lot like the Israelites who let their fear get in the way of their progress.
Jun
2
2022
Do you know any “zombie Christians,” who look and act like they’re saved but are only going through the motions? Pastor J.D. explains the vital signs that reveal whether or not you’ve been born again.
Jun
1
2022
Christians might be “in the world” and not “of it,” but we’re still impacted by our consumerist culture! But what works in the marketplace doesn’t work in the church.
May
31
2022
What does the Bible mean when it says believers are dead to sin? Does it mean that Christians never mess up?
May
30
2022
If you ask someone when they became a Christian, they’d probably point to a moment where they prayed “the sinners prayer!” But is praying a certain prayer really a magic ticket into heaven?
May
27
2022
Have you ever tried negotiating with God? “Oh God, if you just give me this one thing, then I’ll do this or that for you?” Pastor J.D. points out the absurdity of that kind of bargaining because God doesn’t need anything from us in the first place!
May
26
2022
As we dive into a brand new study called, Phantom Faith, Pastor J.D. explains the difference between true, saving faith and just going through the motions.
May
25
2022
Paul shows us in Ephesians 5 that marriage is a divine mystery that points us to something higher - and that is Christ and the Church.
May
24
2022
Today, we’ll look to Ephesians 5 for clarity and direction on intimacy in relationships. Actually, sex is one of the few topics that’s addressed in almost every book of the Bible.
May
23
2022
If we’re honest, a lot of us would admit that the biblical view of marriage seems pretty outdated and patriarchal. Pastor J.D. is talking about what it actually means for a husband to lead.
May
20
2022
Today we’re jumping into the delicate and controversial subject of the biblical roles of husbands and wives. Whether you’re single, married, divorced, or widowed, you’ll wanna listen!
May
19
2022
“Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us.” Pastor J.D. gives us practical wisdom for how our words can be grace-saturated during conflict.
May
18
2022
Pastor J.D. encourages us to mind the smoke detectors of anger and bitterness before they turn into fires in our relationships.
May
17
2022
To live happily ever after doesn’t mean you never fight with your spouse. Good couples have learned to fight fairly.
May
16
2022
For many people, our views on love and relationships are shaped by the songs we listen to and the movies we watch. But there’s only one relationship model we should care about, and it doesn’t come from Hollywood!
May
13
2022
If you were to ask most couples why they got married, they would probably say something about making each other happy. But Pastor J.D. reveals one of the most forgotten and important elements of marriage.
May
12
2022
What if every time you saw your spouse, or your friends, or your parents, or boss or your employees, you had a thought, that if obeyed, would change every relationship?
May
11
2022
At the end of the day, the interests of others are almost always secondary to our own. Pastor J.D. shows us just how important the interests are of those we love!
May
10
2022
What are you looking for when you yearn for love and romance? Pastor J.D. looks at our expectations in marriage and God’s plan for singleness.
May
9
2022
Our culture often acts like romantic love is the pinnacle of human existence. But, is that really the case? Pastor J.D. gives us a balanced, biblical view of marriage and singleness.
May
6
2022
As we begin a series called "First Love," we’re getting a biblical perspective on the purpose of marriage and singleness. It’s a drastic shift from what our culture usually portrays!
May
5
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us that distraction and the feeling of being overwhelmed and hurried often comes from being terribly out of fellowship with Jesus.
May
4
2022
It’s safe to say that our society deals with more distractions than any previous society in history. Most of us feel like we are constantly pulled in different directions. Today, Pastor J.D. talks about being a distracted people who need focus.
May
3
2022
You know, Jesus promised that for all who came to him, he would give them rest. But in today’s society, where overworking is the new norm, most of us hear Jesus’ invitation as wishful thinking.
May
2
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us that those most mature in Jesus are not those working hardest for him but those resting most in him.
Apr
29
2022
All throughout his ministry, Jesus explained that if your heart is in the right posture, and you have ears to hear, then the truth about him will be evident.
Apr
28
2022
We feel like we’ve learned from the past and look down on the actions of previous generations. But what’s different about our hearts?
Apr
27
2022
Are you a sheep or a goat? Are you a lukewarm person? We all struggle with seasons where we are lukewarm, where we are striving to maintain a commitment to Christ but we falter.
Apr
26
2022
Today, Pastor J.D. shares another one of Jesus’ parables. And this one is going to show us what it looks like to be a Christian in today’s world.
Apr
25
2022
Friday, Pastor J.D. covered the first two signs that you might be in a contract relationship with God. And today he’s going to present three more in order for us to see that we must get rid of our contract and embrace the goodness and grace of God!
Apr
22
2022
Pastor J.D. teaches about the dangers of believing God owes us something and wanting him to give us what we deserve.
Apr
21
2022
Have you had an encounter with God that you would describe like finding a hidden treasure? Like finding a treasure that brought you so much joy that you gladly left everything else to possess it?
Apr
20
2022
Jesus once told a story about two men - both of them come across something of such value that it makes everything else in their lives look worthless by comparison.
Apr
19
2022
In the parables, Jesus reveals the beauty of the gospel, but only for those whose heart is in a posture to perceive it—only for those who truly listen.
Apr
18
2022
Today Pastor J.D. begins teaching through the parables of Jesus, stories so simple a child can understand them, yet so profound that we can never exhaust their wealth of wisdom!
Apr
15
2022
Every message in this series, Pastor J.D. has shown us how Matthew places people in the story of Jesus that give us possible ways we might respond. Which ones describe you?
Apr
14
2022
We have arrived at the joy of the resurrection in our series titled, Instead of Me. This has been a heavy series, but today we find Jesus alive! And he’s not just alive, he’s alive for me!
Apr
13
2022
If you had been present during Jesus’ crucifixion, how would you have responded? Pastor J.D. is going to walk us through four characters to give us pictures of how we might have responded then and how we can still respond to Jesus today.
Apr
12
2022
Pastor J.D. will help us see how the responses of the people surrounding the events of Jesus’ crucifixion give us pictures of how we respond to Jesus.
Apr
11
2022
The events surrounding the trial of Jesus are recorded to show us that we are the ones who are actually on trial. These stories should make us consider how we are responding to Jesus.
Apr
8
2022
We are marching toward the cross in our series titled, Instead of Me. Our prayer during this series is that you will see these days that led up to Jesus’ death with fresh eyes.
Apr
7
2022
Have you ever thought that the cross must have been a scary place? Even for Jesus? But he went, when he could have fled, for us.
Apr
6
2022
Jesus was well accustomed to getting a clear response from God when he prayed. But there was once where God was completely silent.
Apr
5
2022
Judas betrayed Jesus for only 30 pieces of silver, but Jesus told the disciples that they would all fall away, sending a message that all of us, even at our very best, still fall short and need a Savior.
Apr
4
2022
By looking at the way Jesus’ friends and enemies responded to him during his final hours, we will see how we, also, respond to Jesus’ shocking, upside-down, precious sacrifice.
Apr
1
2022
Pastor J.D. addresses some of the obstacles and excuses to show us how our careers and even our dinner tables are a place to practically serve others.
Mar
31
2022
Do you ever wonder, sometimes, if anything about your life matters? Jesus used the occasion of a banquet, a party, to teach people about his Kingdom and our significance and role in it.
Mar
30
2022
It’s good news when Jesus tells us to “come to the table.” It’s an invitation to you!
Mar
29
2022
Meal time was just as important to the life of Jesus as it is in our lives today. Pastor J.D. dives into Luke 14 in our new series called Come to the Table.
Mar
28
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us how these final chapters of the book teach that in Christ, the suffering here on earth is limited, the resurrection is eternal, and the power of God is available to all who believe in him.
Mar
25
2022
As we live in the in-between, Daniel encourages us that though things are dark—and they are likely only to get darker—we don’t despair. It’s all part of the plan.
Mar
24
2022
Have you ever wondered how prayer works? Of course, we won’t ever have all the details, but Daniel, Chapter 9 gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how prayer works and demonstrates why prayer is so important.
Mar
23
2022
In Daniel 9, we not only see five principles that make for effective prayer; we also get a one-of-a-kind glimpse into what happens in heaven as we pray.
Mar
22
2022
As Pastor J.D. moves into the prophetic portion of the book of Daniel, he shows us how it’s Daniel’s prophecy about the future that makes the difference an outlook between peace and stress.
Mar
21
2022
What God says to Daniel he says to believers in every generation: If you are going to faithfully shine in the present, you need to have a crystal clear vision of the future. There’s two ways to look at the future--a stress-producing way and a peace-producing one.
Mar
18
2022
What was it that gave Daniel so much courage in the lion’s den? Is there a way to have that same courage in our own lives?
Mar
17
2022
As much as we make of Daniel’s night with the lions, his courage was actually forged long before that fateful night. Courage is not summoned in a moment; courage is developed through a lifetime.
Mar
16
2022
Have you heard the phrase “The writing is on the wall?” It usually means that something bad is about to happen; that your fate has been sealed. That phrase actually comes from Daniel, Chapter 5.
Mar
15
2022
Today on Summit Life, we come to another story of God taking down a prideful, rebellious, selfish king. We’re going to see that this problem is much bigger than just one king.
Mar
14
2022
In this message, we’ll take a look at what God has to say about pride’s fruits and pride’s cure. It’s something we all need from time to time, so let’s dig in.
Mar
11
2022
Just when we think we’ve nailed it, pride creeps in and can destroy us. Just ask the character in our teaching. He learned some pretty serious lessons about the sin of pride and its consequences.
Mar
10
2022
Will we be bold enough to ask ourselves the question, “Is God enough?” Will you follow him even when the answer is “no”? That type of courage takes a deep level of trust in God.
Mar
9
2022
Through the famous story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we will see an example of courage that could only come from faith in God. These three young men knew that God was bigger than anything life can throw at us.
Mar
8
2022
We learn that what was true for Daniel is still true now: “There is a God in heaven.” Where human strategies fail, God begins to work.
Mar
7
2022
As we continue our teaching series through the book of Daniel, we’re walking through Nebuchadnezzar’s confusing dream in Daniel, Chapter 2.
Mar
4
2022
The world we live in, like Daniel’s, is often very dark and hostile to the message of God. But thankfully, he doesn’t call us to escape this world. He calls us to transform it. We’ll learn that the power to make a difference is only found in the commitment to be different.
Mar
3
2022
We begin working our way through the Old Testament book of Daniel--and it’s about a lot more than just lions. This book is about how to shine, how to thrive, in a very dark and hostile world.
Mar
2
2022
Pastor J.D. encourages us to pray, act wisely, and stay alert as he follows Paul’s conclusion of the book of Colossians.
Mar
1
2022
We go to church on the weekends, check that box, and move on. But today, Pastor J.D. reminds us that Jesus isn’t one part of our life, he’s first in everything!
Feb
28
2022
Pastor J.D. cautions us about treating Jesus like an a la carte menu. We’ll see that we can’t take Jesus and “a little bit of this” and “a little bit of that.”
Feb
25
2022
Today Pastor J.D. uses the familiar Old Testament verse, Micah 6:8, to frame his teaching in the first chapter of Colossians.
Feb
24
2022
Have you ever considered that everyday you are experiencing the fruits of the audacious faith of others who came before you? You are the fruit of someone’s bold faith!
Feb
23
2022
Pastor J.D. challenges us to consider whether we’re on the front lines of living with bold, reckless faith or are you kicking back watching the faith of others from the sidelines?
Feb
22
2022
In light of who Jesus is, Pastor J.D. asks one simple but revolutionary question: Is Jesus just important to you, or is he truly first in your life?
Feb
21
2022
Our emotions function like smoke from a fire—and just like you can follow a trail of smoke to figure out what’s on fire in your house, you can follow the trail of your emotions to figure out what is on fire in your heart.
Feb
18
2022
Each of these emotions—depression, anxiety, anger, envy, and now “shame”—functions like warning lights on the dashboard of our hearts, indicating what is going on in the engine of our souls.
Feb
17
2022
When we look at other people’s lives on social media, we are seeing a filtered image. Pastor J.D. concludes his message on the difficult emotion of envy.
Feb
16
2022
Envy surrounds us—and most of us don’t realize the deadly poison that envy is. We think of envy as a kind of petty jealousy that just comes from wanting a little more. But the Bible treats it as far more serious.
Feb
15
2022
People seem queued up and ready to be angry—in the classroom, at work, on Twitter, and on the freeway. Pastor J.D. teaches how we can be angry like Jesus.
Feb
14
2022
Remember that one time in the Bible when Jesus got angry? And he didn’t hide it? And he didn’t sin? Pastor J.D. is helping us see how we can be angry like Jesus, too.
Feb
11
2022
When it comes to money, parenting, career, and any of the other litany of things we worry about, God is not telling us to sit back and do nothing. He is saying that we need to do what we can, and trust him with the results.
Feb
10
2022
We worry most about what we are devoted to most. Jesus talks about the difficult emotion of anxiety by first challenging what we are most devoted to.
Feb
9
2022
Whenever we struggle with depression, despair, or doubts about God, we think there’s something wrong with us or maybe we just don’t have enough faith. And it can be difficult to ask for help because we don’t want anyone to see us as broken.
Feb
8
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us that the aim of the Bible’s teaching on emotions isn’t to suppress them or even to manage them, but to read them accurately, express them honestly, and allow the gospel reshape them completely.
Feb
7
2022
If we believe that Jesus defeated death through his resurrection, that changes everything. And if we believe it, we too will defeat death and live eternally through the power of his blood. So the question is, do you believe it?
Feb
4
2022
We’ve all walked the lonely path to Jesus’ tomb in one form or another over the past 23 months, wondering where life is headed. The bad news? It’s headed to the grave. The good news? It doesn’t have to stay there.
Feb
3
2022
Jesus encountered a preoccupied man, a superficial man, a religious man, a guilty man, and a disciple along the way to the cross. Which one are you?
Feb
2
2022
Pastor J.D. takes us along the road to the cross, where we will meet a handful of different people—each of whom has a different response to Jesus’ sacrifice.
Feb
1
2022
Every one of us can experience the love and grace of our Heavenly Father who welcomes us back home with open arms.
Jan
31
2022
Pastor J.D. preaches about the most famous parable Jesus ever told—the story of the Prodigal Son. There’s a reason this parable is so popular: In it we see the biography of all of human history, the story of every single one of us.
Jan
28
2022
Jesus wanted his disciples to be willing to give up everything to advance the kingdom of God, and he wants the same thing from us today.
Jan
27
2022
Pastor J.D. asks us to count the cost of truly following Jesus. When Jesus called his first disciples, he warned them that it was going to cost them everything. The path of discipleship hasn’t changed.
Jan
26
2022
What does it really mean to follow Jesus? Let’s look at the three necessary qualities to be a disciple of Jesus and what it would look like if all of us committed to fully surrendering control of our lives for the sake of the gospel.
Jan
25
2022
Pastor J.D. invites us to view Jesus the way his original disciples did: with overwhelming awe at his radical love. Because when we see the radical love of Jesus for us, we will respond with radical surrender to him.
Jan
24
2022
As we continue “In Step,” our series through the book of Luke, we talk about what it means to be a protector and defender of the weak and vulnerable among us.
Jan
21
2022
Pastor J.D. teaches about a defining feature of those who follow Jesus: They care for the vulnerable, the weak, the helpless, and the forgotten. Followers of Jesus care for the vulnerable and the helpless because, before God, we are vulnerable and helpless, too.
Jan
20
2022
It can be frightening to think about battling the “rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers” of this world—Satan’s demonic forces that are at work all around us. But Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Luke that as believers, we have nothing to fear.
Jan
19
2022
Pastor J.D. talks about the cosmic struggle between God and Satan, a struggle that bears on our lives every day. We’ll see that apart from God’s power, even the best attempts to change are ultimately doomed to fail.
Jan
18
2022
What if your greatest need is different from your greatest desire? Pastor J.D. shows us that our greatest need is forgiveness, and Jesus is even more desperate to offer it to us than we are to receive it.
Jan
17
2022
Pastor J.D. teaches about a paralytic man and his friends, all of whom were desperate to get close to Jesus. But as we’ll see in this story, as eager as they were to get to Jesus, Jesus was even more eager to extend forgiveness to them.
Jan
14
2022
The Bible tells us that when Jesus came, he drew a dividing line—one that would separate people for all of eternity. Which side are you on?
Jan
13
2022
Pastor J.D. tells the story of Anna and Simeon, two of the first people to meet Jesus. Unlike so many others who missed Jesus, Anna and Simeon were able to recognize the unexpected majesty of the newborn King.
Jan
12
2022
Grace. It’s the thing we need the most, and the thing we deserve the least. While many of us understand in our heads the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we often allow our hearts to forget just how amazing the good news of the gospel really is.
Jan
11
2022
As we continue our “In Step” series through the book of Luke, Pastor J.D. teaches about the scandal of grace.
Jan
10
2022
How do we stay awake to the reality that Jesus could return at any time? As we continue our series, “In Step,” we look at what it means to live ready for Jesus’ return.
Jan
7
2022
As we continue our “In Step” series through the book of Luke, Pastor J.D. teaches what it means to “live ready” for Jesus’ return. Are we awake to the task Jesus left for his church, or are we asleep at the wheel?
Jan
6
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us what Jesus has to say about guarding against greed as he draws from the book of Luke in our series called “In Step.”
Jan
5
2022
As we continue our “In Step” series through the book of Luke, Pastor J.D. preaches about a sickness that most of us have, but few of us realize—the sickness of greed.
Jan
4
2022
Pastor J.D. shows us how we can make sure the foundation of our life is secure as we continue our new series in the book of Luke called “In Step.”
Jan
3
2022
Pastor J.D. dives into one of Jesus’ most recognized parables. It’s a story about two men who built identical houses—with tragically different results. The only difference? Their foundation.
Dec
31
2021
The Psalms of help and protection fall into a category of Scripture I’m not sure if I’m really using correctly. It seems like we gravitate toward them, but I have a hard time applying them to my life.
Dec
30
2021
Pastor J.D. lovingly shows us that what we need is a relationship with a constant guide who, at every point, can provide the next piece.
Dec
29
2021
Pastor J.D. explains that if we offer our desperation to God in prayer, we will find him eager to listen, eager to forgive, eager to heal, eager to step in and help.
Dec
28
2021
Hear the timeless challenge that it is always the right call to risk it all for the sake of Jesus.
Dec
27
2021
Pastor J.D. opens up Esther, a book that surprisingly lacks the name of God, yet is mysteriously full of God at work.
Dec
24
2021
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and peace. But for most of us, December is just as hard as the rest of the year! So, does Christmas actually change anything?
Dec
23
2021
As Christians, we tend to use the term “blessed” pretty loosely. When something good happens, we say we’re blessed. Or we pray for God’s blessing. But is our understanding of that word actually biblical?
Dec
22
2021
When the angel told Mary she would have a baby, she knew that meant a life of social isolation. And yet, she called herself blessed. Pastor J.D. is reframing our understanding of biblical blessings.
Dec
21
2021
Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re singing along with a song that you’ve heard it a million times before, but all of a sudden something clicks, and you realize what the lyrics are actually about? Well, a similar thing can happen with familiar Bible stories, like the Christmas narrative. Pastor J.D. urges us to look at the Christmas story with fresh eyes so we can discover the true wonder of the incarnation. Pastor J.D. is teaching from a First Century song recorded in Colossians 1, verses 15 to 20. It’s part of our series called, God With Us.
Dec
20
2021
If you really think about it, the incarnation can seems pretty mysterious and confusing. Pastor J.D. is going to break down what it means to us—and for us.
Dec
17
2021
Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind some of your favorite Christmas songs? Well, Pastor J.D. takes us behind the scenes of the classic carol, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.
Dec
16
2021
We’re looking at the classic Christmas song, Go Tell It on the Mountain—penned by someone who wasn’t afraid to stare down the mountain and overcome obstacles in order to share Jesus.
Dec
15
2021
As Pastor J.D. kicks off a series titled, Carols, we’re learning the history and meaning behind the popular Christmas carol, Go Tell It on the Mountain.
Dec
13
2021
We all know that fathers play an important role in family development. But not everyone is lucky enough to have a loving, supportive father. But, Pastor J.D. reminds us that God will restore this relationship through his Son.
Dec
13
2021
No matter what our relationship was like with our earthly dads, we all carry wounds from our childhood. But our heavenly father can heal all wounds.
Dec
10
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues the series called, Foretold, we’ll learn more about the reign of Ahaz, the King of Jerusalem and an event that pointed to the coming Savior—700 years before the birth of Jesus.
Dec
9
2021
Around Christmas time, the words—For to us a child is born are everywhere. Pastor J.D. is diving into the context behind this familiar Christmas passage.
Dec
8
2021
As a kid, you probably believed a lot of stories about Christmas that you later learned were a bit exaggerated or made up entirely. Pastor J.D. shows us Jesus’ birth isn’t just another story.
Dec
7
2021
The Christmas story is familiar and beautiful, but have you ever thought it sounded a little larger than life? Pastor J.D. explains what sets this tale apart from all the others.
Dec
6
2021
A lot of people expect that being a Christian will give them a new sense of purpose or comfort during a hard time. But Pastor J.D. is challenging us to rethink why we follow God.
Dec
3
2021
Tragically, there are a lot of pastors who have used the Bible to manipulate their listeners into giving, promising financial blessing as a result. But that’s a far cry from the true heart behind biblical generosity!
Dec
2
2021
Even more than politics, money is usually considered an impolite topic to bring up at parties. But Pastor J.D. is diving headfirst into this sensitive subject, describing the biblical principles for handling wealth.
Dec
1
2021
Whenever a pastor starts talking about money, people usually start squirming in their seats. But Jesus talked more about money than almost any other subject, so it’s not a topic we can avoid!
Nov
30
2021
There’s a cliché phrase we often use when someone gets saved. We say that they “gave their life to Jesus.” But what does that really mean?
Nov
29
2021
Everyone wants to experience God’s blessing, but how do we really grab ahold of that? What does it take to get the abundant life it talks about in Scripture?
Nov
26
2021
In our series called All-In, Pastor J.D. is walking through the stories of five Old Testament characters who each give us a picture of what it means to be fully committed to God’s mission.
Nov
25
2021
Noah and the Ark isn’t just a nice story about God saving some animals from a flood; it’s a powerful foreshadowing of the gospel.
Nov
24
2021
As we continue our series, "Be the Movement," Pastor J.D. shows us that God wants to use all of us to live on mission for him—yes, God wants to use YOU!
Nov
23
2021
Because Jesus sent his Spirit to us, the question is no longer if we are called to join in his mission. It’s only a matter of where and how. Living “sent” isn’t a special calling for our church planters and missionaries. It’s a calling for you.
Nov
22
2021
Pastor J.D. teaches on a third core value: “We make disciples, not just converts.” Most churches celebrate how many people attend services or “make decisions” or get baptized. But our central commission, as a church, is much simpler—and much harder: We are called to make disciples.
Nov
19
2021
In this message from our series, "Be the Movement," Pastor J.D. talks about how Jesus wants us to take the good news of the gospel to every tribe, tongue, and nation—truly pursuing ALL people in our communities with the love of Jesus.
Nov
18
2021
Get comfortable being uncomfortable, knowing that Jesus wants people from every tribe, every tongue, and every background to be welcomed into his family.
Nov
17
2021
The gospel alone transforms us, empowers us, unites us, propels us. This is why the Apostle Paul puts the gospel in a special class all by itself—because a church without the gospel at the center is a church without power.
Nov
16
2021
Some people think of God’s grace as a “get out of jail free card.” But Pastor J.D. reminds us that being forgiven and justified before God, doesn’t mean we won’t still face consequences for our actions here on earth.
Nov
15
2021
As believers, we know that, through the blood of Jesus, all of our sins have been completely forgiven. And yet, we still suffer the consequences for our mistakes. Why is that?
Nov
12
2021
What does genuine Christian love actually look like, and how do we live it out? We’re diving into those questions as we continue our study in Galatians 5:25-6:18.
Nov
11
2021
As believers, our love for each other and for the world ought to set us apart from any other group. So what does Christian love actually look like, and how do we start to live it out?
Nov
10
2021
The Bible tells us that before we place our faith in Christ, we are all dead in our sins. So how do we know if we’ve been made alive? What does spiritual life actually look like?
Nov
9
2021
What does the Bible mean when it talks about our need for spiritual life? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues his series called, Freedom in the In-Between.
Nov
8
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues our series called, Freedom in the In-Between, he’s answering a critical question: “If we’re saved by grace, then what’s the point of obeying God’s law?”
Nov
5
2021
If we can’t earn our salvation, then why do Christians still follow certain rules? Why do we still go to church, read our Bibles, and try to obey the Ten Commandments?
Nov
4
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues our series called, Freedom in the In-Between, he explains the only way for us to truly change and be set free from our own sinful hearts.
Nov
3
2021
Pastor J.D. cautions us that a self-made mindset doesn’t work when it comes to holiness! We’re getting an important and humbling reminder about our dependence on God.
Nov
2
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues our study of Galatians, he explains how our freedom in Christ leads to greater unity! We’re being reminded of our ultimate identity that overcomes every difference.
Nov
1
2021
We’re living in turbulent times, and even within the church, people are very divided. But as Pastor J.D. continues our study in Galatians, he’s challenging us to pursue unity—for the sake of the gospel.
Oct
29
2021
Paul’s transformation from a Jesus-hating Pharisee to a passionate Christ-follower is nothing short of miraculous. But if you’re a follower of Christ, then your story is a miracle, too!
Oct
28
2021
How can we really know if the gospel we find in scripture is accurate? How do we know it wasn’t just a clever conspiracy? Pastor J.D. addresses those questions as he continues our study in Galatians.
Oct
27
2021
Pastor J.D. challenges us to cling to the true gospel as he continues our study in the book of Galatians called, Freedom in the In-Between.
Oct
26
2021
In a new study of Galatians called, Freedom in the In-Between, we’re discovering how the gospel frees us to live with confidence in a world of uncertainty.
Oct
25
2021
Death is never a comfortable subject, but in the back of our minds, we all know that death is eventually coming. So, what happens after?
Oct
22
2021
Heaven is usually portrayed as this ethereal place in the clouds full of harps and chubby cherubim. But, is that really all we have to look forward to in eternity?
Oct
21
2021
As we walk through the book of Revelation, Pastor J.D. explains how God has pulled back the curtain to give us a glimpse of the spiritual reality.
Oct
20
2021
The book of Revelation has generated more curiosity and debate than any other book of the Bible. So, Pastor J.D. is helping us wrap our minds around the main point of this prophetic book.
Oct
19
2021
As we look at the life of the Apostle Paul, we’re discovering how the gospel transforms our priorities and our definition of success.
Oct
18
2021
Everyone wants to feel like they’ve succeeded at life. But, what does “success” even mean? Pastor J.D. describes the biblical standard for a successful life and explains how we can make our days count.
Oct
15
2021
In this message, Pastor J.D. tackles a subject that can be a bit sensitive, but is vital to advancing the gospel. We’re talking about biblical generosity—in every area of life!
Oct
14
2021
What’s the heart behind true, biblical generosity? We’re tackling that subject as Pastor J.D. continues his series called, The Whole Story.
Oct
13
2021
We all crave a greater purpose and for our lives to leave an impact. But, how do we make that happen? How do we find our calling?
Oct
12
2021
In this message, we’re looking at a crucial moment that changed—not just the course of a single life—but the course of human history. And how you respond to this moment will change your eternity!
Oct
11
2021
In the unfolding story of God’s redemptive plan for mankind, we’ve come to the climax of the story, the moment on which everything else hangs. It’s a hope-filled message about the crucifixion.
Oct
8
2021
Pastor J.D. reminds us of the ultimate purpose of prayer and why it matters. And when we catch sight of this vision, it’ll give us a fresh excitement for prayer like never before!
Oct
7
2021
Pastor J.D. challenges us to take a bold, public stance for our faith. He’s calling us to step out of our comfort zone and make our private faith known to the world.
Oct
6
2021
It’s much easier and more comfortable to keep our faith a private, personal thing. But Pastor J.D. is challenging us to get outside our comfort zone and make our faith known.
Oct
5
2021
Even with all the comfort and luxury of modern life, happiness is still hard to come by. And all the self-care and positivity in the world can never truly satisfy our souls. So, what are we missing?
Oct
4
2021
We all crave happiness, and yet, it often seems elusive. So what’s the solution? How do we escape the rat race and find true, lasting joy?
Oct
1
2021
When we picture Jesus, we often think of him as our gentle Good Shepherd. But Pastor J.D. is drawing our attention to another aspect of Jesus’ character that we don’t think about as often!
Sep
30
2021
We don’t typically think of fear as a positive thing. However, when it comes to our relationship with God, fear is actually a good, healthy, and even essential emotion.
Sep
29
2021
Have you ever prayed for a miracle? Sometimes, you might get the answer you were hoping for! But other times, it seems like God doesn’t respond. So why is that?
Sep
28
2021
Pastor J.D. walks us through the story of two people who came to Jesus looking for physical healing. But these stories are about so much more than just getting your prayers answered!
Sep
27
2021
Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all face temptations on a daily basis. So, how do we find the power to overcome and keep resisting the constant enticement?
Sep
24
2021
When you hear the word, “sin,” impatience probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Pastor J.D. explains that a lack of patience is at the root of a lot of sins.
Sep
23
2021
Baptism is one of those subjects that tends to stir up some lively debate among believers. But what does the Bible say on the issue, and why does it even matter?
Sep
22
2021
There are some things in life you can put off to the last minute with few consequences. But Pastor J.D. warns about something you might be putting off that has much higher stakes!
Sep
21
2021
If there’s one part of Scripture most of us skip over, it’s the genealogies. But Pastor J.D. explains that those lists are actually critical to understanding God’s plan of salvation.
Sep
20
2021
Recently, there’s been a growing interest in studying family histories. In this message, we’re looking at Jesus’ family history and what it reveals about God’s overarching plan for human history.
Sep
19
2021
In this message from 1 Corinthians 4, Pastor J.D. teaches shows us what makes for a good (or a bad) leader. Whether you’re a pastor or a plumber, a stay-at-home mom or a shift leader at a small restaurant, at some point in your life you will lead others. The question, then, is not if you will lead others, but how you will lead. Our culture has a lot to say about leadership. But the gospel cuts through the noise of our culture, painting a picture of leadership that is known less for fame and pride and more for sacrifice and suffering.
Sep
17
2021
If you asked an atheist why they don’t believe in God, they’ll often say that it’s due to a lack of evidence. But is that really the case? Or are there logical reasons to believe the Bible?
Sep
16
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues our series called, The Whole Story, he’s looking at the greatest love letter ever written: the book of Isaiah.
Sep
15
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues his overview of the Bible, he turns our attention to a lesser-known account from the Old Testament that gives us a powerful picture of God’s purpose in our suffering.
Sep
14
2021
When everything seems to be going wrong, we might start to wonder if God has abandoned us. But Pastor J.D. is helping us see God’s greater purpose in our pain.
Sep
13
2021
Though it might not look the same as it did in the Old Testament, idolatry is still alive and well in our day. Pastor J.D. cautions us against giving our hearts to idols.
Sep
12
2021
In this message from the Gospel of Mark, Pastor Curtis shows us four ways Jesus challenges our assumptions about what it means to be part of the family of God. Is the church full of sinners? Yes. Is the church full of people who will mess up and let you down? Yes. And yet, is the church the divine-albeit-dusty body of Christ, the family of God, the one place you can truly and finally belong? Yes.
Sep
10
2021
The Jewish temple was much more than a place to worship God. It was the symbol of his presence! So, why don’t we have a temple today?
Sep
9
2021
When life is going well, it’s easy to say that we trust God’s plan. But what about when everything seems to be falling apart? Does having faith mean we pretend everything is fine?
Sep
8
2021
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all wrestle with doubts from time to time. So when those questions start creeping up in our minds, how should we respond?
Sep
7
2021
The Bible describes King David as “a man after God’s own heart.” And yet, even this great hero of the faith fell into the trap of sexual sin. So how do we avoid making the same mistake?
Sep
6
2021
In this message, we’re looking at the darkest moment in King David’s life and learning from his mistakes. It’s part of our overview of the Bible called, The Whole Story.
Sep
5
2021
In this message, Pastor Bryan continues our series, “Cutting Through the Noise,” showing how the gospel overcomes not only division in the church, but hypocrisy in the church. Church conflict may be at a fever pitch. Cultural idols may have infected Jesus’ body. Still, hope remains. Because as long as we have the gospel, we have the cure in hand.
Sep
3
2021
When your problems seem overwhelming, it’s hard not to feel like God has abandoned you. But Pastor J.D. reminds us that our God is fighting for us, even when we can’t see it.
Sep
2
2021
When most of us think of David and Goliath, we see it as an inspiring underdog story. But Pastor J.D. suggests we might actually be missing the main point!
Sep
1
2021
Through the romance of Boaz and Ruth, we’re discovering a picture of God’s redeeming love. And we’re learning that God can restore any situation for our good and his glory!
Aug
31
2021
In this message, Pastor J.D. walks us through the story of a woman who lost everything. And through her story, we’re finding hope to carry us through even in the darkest seasons!
Aug
30
2021
How do you judge success in life? As we look at the book of Joshua, Pastor J.D. is explaining how to find success in surrender.
Aug
29
2021
In this message, Pastor J.D. kicks off our series in the book of 1 Corinthians, showing how the gospel cuts through the noise and chaos of our lives. First up—the issue of divisions in the church. We may assume that church factions are a new phenomenon. But one glance at the church in Corinth reveals that dysfunction, division, and doctrinal chaos are as old as the church itself. And yet, in the midst of all this conflict, all this division, all this noise, the gospel provides a voice of clarity and a place of calm.
Aug
27
2021
In military terms, surrender is a bad thing. It means you’ve failed or given up. But in spiritual terms, surrender is the best decision you’ll ever make!
Aug
26
2021
At the center of any religion, you’ll find a list of rules and expectations. But the gospel is different, because it’s not about anything we’ve done!
Aug
25
2021
As Pastor J.D. dives into the story of Moses, we’re discovering Moses isn’t supposed to be a role model. He’s a signpost pointing to a much greater hero!
Aug
24
2021
As believers, we know we’re saved by God’s grace alone, not by any works that we do. But why does the Bible give us so many rules and regulations?
Aug
23
2021
Many people think of the Bible as just a book of rules and regulations. But Pastor J.D. explains the true purpose behind all of God’s standards.
Aug
22
2021
In this message from Genesis 32, Pastor J.D. tells the story of Jacob, a man who began his life as a deceiver and ended his life with a limp—but who, right in the middle, wrestled with God and received an unimaginable blessing. Jacob provides a model for all of us who have ever waited on God to answer us, unsure if he hears, he cares, or he will ever act. Through Jacob, we learn that many of the blessings of God are released into our lives only through persistent, unrelenting prayer.
Aug
20
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues our series called, The Whole Story, he explains how the practices of Yom Kippur point to Jesus!
Aug
19
2021
As we continue our series called, The Whole Story, Pastor J.D. dives into a part of the Bible that you don’t usually hear a lot about: the book of Leviticus.
Aug
18
2021
From being sold into slavery by his brothers, thrown into prison, and then rising to power and being reunited with his family, Joseph’s life is a beautiful picture of God’s sovereign plan.
Aug
17
2021
It’s easy to say you trust God. But when things go wrong, and your child gets a scary diagnosis or your business goes under, it’s hard to see how that fits into God’s plan.
Aug
16
2021
Our culture tells us that the key to happiness is finding your soul mate. But even a happy marriage can’t give you true, lasting joy!
Aug
15
2021
In this message from Genesis 19, Pastor J.D. tells the story of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Like us, Lot was allured by the world and its fast-paced, attractive life—but it didn’t happen overnight. The constant battle of what the heart loves reveals to us our desperate need for prayer. In our own battle, will we be like Lot, captured by the wonders of the world? Or like Abraham, interceding on behalf of the Lots God has placed in our lives?
Aug
13
2021
The movies often make it seem like romance is the answer to all of our problems. But Pastor J.D. is describing the key to true, lasting joy, regardless of your relationship status.
Aug
12
2021
When you picture “the good life,” what comes to mind? Pastor J.D. describes the only source of security and significance as he continues his series called, The Whole Story.
Aug
11
2021
What do you do when the thing you’ve been dreaming about doesn’t fulfill you like you thought it would? Pastor J.D. addresses that question as he continues our series called, The Whole Story.
Aug
10
2021
As we continue our series called, The Whole Story, Pastor J.D. explains what Noah’s story reveals about our sin, God’s wrath, and the plan of redemption.
Aug
9
2021
If you asked a few people to name their favorite aspect of God’s character, his wrath usually won’t be at the top of the list. But Pastor J.D. explains that God’s wrath isn’t something to be covered up.
Aug
8
2021
In this message from Matthew 11, Pastor Bryan talks about true greatness. We all want to live satisfying lives. We all want to leave our marks for eternity. We all want to become, in a way, great. The problem isn’t in our desire for greatness, but in the path we choose to pursue it. Will we pursue greatness like the world—in status, acceptance, or circumstances? Or will we pursue true greatness—in the upside-down kingdom of heaven?
Aug
6
2021
It doesn’t take more than about ten minutes of listening to the news to know that our world is pretty messed up. So, how did things get that way? And is there any way to fix it?
Aug
5
2021
Most people like to think of themselves as a “pretty good person.” But Pastor J.D. is challenging that notion as he continues our study called, The Whole Story.
Aug
4
2021
As we continue our series called, The Whole Story, we’re discovering what the creation account in the book of Genesis reveals about God’s design for us.
Aug
3
2021
As we continue our series called, The Whole Story, Pastor J.D. unpacks the story of creation—and what it says about our ultimate purpose!
Aug
2
2021
When you pick up a Bible, you’re actually holding sixty-six books, written by more than thirty authors over a span of thousands of years. And yet, it all tells one story!
Aug
1
2021
In this message from Daniel 10–12, Pastor J.D. walks through Daniel’s visions of receiving warnings and capturing hope. We see that hardship, persecution, and suffering have all been decreed, but they’re not the only decree: Jesus will reign forever and judge the living and the dead according to his righteousness. He will renew and restore all things, and his people will dwell with him forever. And as we live in the in-between, Daniel encourages us that though things are dark—and they are likely only to get darker—we don’t despair. It’s all part of the plan.
Jul
30
2021
We would never forget to put on clothes before we leave the house in the morning. But often, we forget to get dressed spiritually.
Jul
29
2021
A firefighter would never run into a burning building without their gear. Being properly equipped is important! But often as Christians, we enter the spiritual battlefield without any protective gear.
Jul
28
2021
Some believers tend to forget about spiritual forces like angels and demons, while others obsess over them and are constantly worried about demonic influences. But neither of these are biblical responses!
Jul
27
2021
Most of us think of demons as the stuff of fiction. But Pastor J.D. shows us that the spirit world is very real, and it affects our lives a lot more than we probably think.
Jul
26
2021
For many people, our views on love and relationships are shaped by the songs we listen to and the movies we watch. But there’s only one relationship model we should care about, and it doesn’t come from Hollywood!
Jul
25
2021
In this message from 1 Samuel, Pastor Bryan looks at one of the most iconic friendships in the entire Bible. King David and Prince Jonathan were two of the most accomplished people in their nation. What set them apart, though, was not their military achievement, but their committed, transparent, sacrificial friendship. Through these two men, we learn about true friendship, fake friendship, and the greatest friend God could ever give us.
Jul
23
2021
If you were to ask most couples why they got married, they would probably say something about making each other happy. But God actually has a much bigger purpose for our marriages!
Jul
22
2021
When life is hard, where do you turn for comfort? Pastor J.D. reveals the only true cure for our broken hearts as he continues our study called Mystery and Clarity.
Jul
21
2021
Our culture tends to portray Christianity as bland and uninteresting. But Pastor J.D. reveals that the Christian life is far from boring. In fact, it’s an all-out war!
Jul
20
2021
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, and it’s something we should aspire to in our relationship with God. But that’s easier said than done!
Jul
19
2021
God isn’t just concerned about our actions; he’s concerned about reshaping our hearts. And Pastor J.D. is showing us how that principle plays out in one of the most intimate parts of life: our sexuality.
Jul
18
2021
As we continue our walk through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. highlights the most undervalued resource of the church—prayer. Discarded by many, prayer is the vehicle through which the blessings of God are released and the promises of God are enacted. In Daniel 9, we not only see five principles that make for effective prayer; we also get a one-of-a-kind glimpse into what happens in heaven as we pray.
Jul
16
2021
We might vary on certain nuances, but most religions share the same basic moral code. So if that’s the case, then how is Christianity different than any other faith?
Jul
15
2021
For a lot of people, Christianity seems like just a list of rules. But is that really all it is? Does Jesus just want us to live by a certain moral code?
Jul
14
2021
Christmas presents might look nice under the tree, but it would be silly to leave them there. Presents are meant to be opened and used. And the same is true of the spiritual gifts God has given us!
Jul
13
2021
When you’re a baby, it’s okay to wear a diaper and use a pacifier. But at some point, you have to grow up. And the same is true of our faith. We can’t be spiritual babies forever!
Jul
12
2021
You can know plenty of facts about your favorite celebrity, but that’s completely different than knowing them personally. And the same is true of God.
Jul
11
2021
As we continue our walk through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. tackles two of the most obscure prophecies in the entire book. Although the imagery can be confusing—lions and beasts and fiery thrones—the message is as timely as ever. What God says to Daniel he says to believers in every generation: If you are going to faithfully shine in the present, you need to have a crystal clear vision of the future. There’s two ways to look at the future--a stress-producing way and a peace-producing one.
Jul
9
2021
It’s not uncommon to meet people who consider themselves Christians but aren’t really involved in a church. Is it okay to just listen to a sermon online? Is it really any different than going to church?
Jul
8
2021
By itself, a single Lego doesn’t really do much. And Christians are kind of like Lego bricks in that sense. We can only accomplish our mission when we’re working together!
Jul
7
2021
Everyone wants to know who they are and where they belong, so it’s no surprise that ancestry testing is all the rage right now. But does our family tree really define our identity?
Jul
6
2021
The Bible makes it clear that without Christ, every single person is dead in their sins. But because of the cross, we don’t have to stay that way!
Jul
5
2021
When something goes wrong in the world, we tend to look for someone to blame. But Pastor J.D. reveals that the blame doesn’t lie with a political party or system; it’s in all of us.
Jul
4
2021
Have you ever considered that all it takes is one verse, one sentence, one word to change your life forever? As Pastor Matt continues our series, “This Verse Changed My Life,” he walks us through Psalm 28:6-9.
Jul
2
2021
Shakespeare was right when he wrote, “All the World’s a Stage.” And even though we’re not the lead actors of this particular play, we still have an essential role!
Jul
1
2021
Prayer is a personal and intimate privilege in the life of every believer. But is there a way we can add power to our prayers?
Jun
30
2021
A lot of us spend our lives trying to earn God’s approval. But as Pastor J.D. continues our study of Ephesians, he reveals that salvation doesn’t work that way!
Jun
29
2021
When considering adoption, there are many costs and factors to consider, but throughout Scripture, God repeatedly shows us that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make us his own!
Jun
28
2021
Through the story of the ancient city of Ephesus, we’re discovering the amazing things we can accomplish when we follow God’s leading.
Jun
27
2021
Have you ever considered that all it takes is one verse, one sentence, one word to change your life forever? As Pastor Bryan continues our series, “This Verse Changed My Life,” he walks us through 1 Corinthians 4:1–5, reminding us of the freedom we have when our identity is in the ultimate identity—Jesus.
Jun
25
2021
When we first give our lives to Christ, most of us are excited for this new adventure. Then, the excitement fades, and it all becomes routine. But it’s not supposed to be that way!
Jun
24
2021
It’s usually in the middle of life’s storms that God uses us to make the biggest impact in the lives of those around us.
Jun
23
2021
Life doesn’t always go the way we want. But even in the midst of those difficult seasons, God calls us to make the most of our time.
Jun
22
2021
Sometimes it can feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. But Pastor J.D. explains that there’s only one person who is responsible for saving the world, and it’s not us!
Jun
21
2021
Have you ever considered what you would like to have written on your tombstone? Death isn’t something we like to think about, but Pastor J.D. asks us to reflect on the summation of our lives.
Jun
20
2021
Have you ever considered that all it takes is one verse, one sentence, one word to change your life forever? As Pastor Ricky continues our series, “This Verse Changed My Life,” he walks us through a passage that has repeatedly confronted the accidental Pharisee within—Galatians 2:15–21. Religion and the gospel: They might live in the same habitat, sing the same songs, pray the same prayers, read the same Bible. But one leads to life and the other, death.
Jun
18
2021
I bet we all have things we’re not willing to give up. And if we’re holding too tight to something, it might be an idol!
Jun
17
2021
When we hear the word “idol,” we probably conjure up images of ancient statues and graven images. But idols are still with us today, they just come in different packages.
Jun
16
2021
Bank tellers don’t waste their time looking at counterfeit bills. Instead they spot fakes by studying the genuine article! And, if we want to share God’s plan in a counterfeit culture, we have to start by studying his word.
Jun
15
2021
When it comes to cross-cultural communication, there’s a lot that can get lost in translation. We’re learning that in order for others to understand the gospel, we first need to understand where they’re coming from!
Jun
14
2021
In the midst of trials and tribulations, do our actions draw people closer to God or push them further away?
Jun
13
2021
Have you ever considered that all it takes is one verse, one sentence, one word to change your life forever? Pastor Curtis kicks off our series, “This Verse Changed My Life” by taking us to a passage that has carried him more than once—Abraham’s fateful journey up the mountain with Isaac in Genesis 22. God has used this passage—and this Book—to change people, to change lives, to change circumstances, and to change eternities. And he can do it again today.
Jun
11
2021
A businesswoman, a slave girl, and jailer. What do all these people have in common? No, they’re not the punch line for a joke, but three reminders that the gospel message is for everyone!
Jun
10
2021
From the outside, it might seem like there are a lot of rules and regulations for Christians. But Pastor J.D. explains how to remove the barriers that may keep people from coming to Jesus.
Jun
9
2021
The early Church was anything but vanilla! It was full of people from all kinds of backgrounds and ethnicities!
Jun
8
2021
In war, every strategy and every opportunity should be employed. And it’s no different for Christians, battling to further God’s mission. Learn how to make prayer a part of your battle plan!
Jun
7
2021
It’s easy to tell someone that you will be praying for them, or that you’ll be lifting up their needs to God. But is that all there is to a healthy prayer life?
Jun
6
2021
As we continue our series through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. teaches on the most famous story in the book–Daniel in the lions’ den. Daniel provides an incredible example of courage in the midst of adversity. But as much as we make of Daniel’s night with the lions, his courage was actually forged long before that fateful night. Courage is not summoned in a moment; courage is developed through a lifetime.
Jun
4
2021
I’m sure we’ve all wondered why God works the way that he does. But God has a method to what might look like madness!
Jun
3
2021
We’ve all experienced the hurts and sorrows of life, but what about the people who seem to have more than their fair share of struggles? Are they being punished for doing something wrong?
Jun
2
2021
Tapestries are formed by weaving together many different-colored threads to create a beautifully textured picture. And the church is like a tapestry: colorful and culturally integrated.
Jun
1
2021
When you think of racial diversity, what comes to mind? Pastor J.D. outlines God’s plan for racial integration and it’s bigger and broader than you might imagine!
May
31
2021
As we continue studying the life of Paul, we’re discovering the difference between religion and relationship with God!
May
30
2021
In this message from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Pastor Bryan challenges us to treat our enemies in a radically counter-cultural way. When we are wronged, nothing in the world seems more natural than replying in kind—"quid pro quo." Jesus calls us to overcome our enemies, not by insisting on our rights, but by laying them down. We win our enemies by losing our rights.
May
28
2021
When most people think of the apostle Paul, they picture this bigger-than-life, champion of the faith. But before his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul was a pretty undesirable character!
May
27
2021
Pastor J.D. is helping us get a balanced view of a controversial topic. We’re discovering what the Bible really says about the gifts of tongues and prophecy as we wrap up our series called, Rushing Wind.
May
26
2021
The “gift of tongues” is one of the most confusing and controversial topics in the Bible. What does that phrase even mean? Pastor J.D. brings some clarity on this subject as he continues our study titled, Rushing Wind.
May
25
2021
As he continues our series called Rushing Wind, Pastor J.D. deals with one of the most debated topics in Christian circles: the role of tongues and prophecy in the modern church.
May
24
2021
We all want to make our lives count. As Christians, we’ve each been given a spiritual gift to help us advance God’s Kingdom! But how do we figure out what that gift is?
May
23
2021
As we continue our series through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. preaches through Daniel 5, another story of God taking down a prideful, rebellious, selfish king. But this is much bigger than one king. Through this story, we’ll see God’s verdict on all of humanity: We have been weighed; we have been measured; and we have been found wanting. On our own, this news would crush us. But in Christ, all our insufficiency is swallowed up in his goodness.
May
21
2021
We’re called to be so much more than just an audience at church. We’ve all been given spiritual gifts, and we’re supposed to use them!
May
20
2021
What’s the best present you’ve ever gotten? Pastor J.D. reminds us that, as believers, we’ve all been given a spiritual gift. But what does that mean exactly?
May
19
2021
As he continues our series called Rushing Wind, Pastor J.D. reminds us about the most important request we can make in prayer. And it’s something that’s probably slipped your mind!
May
18
2021
How do we become more like Jesus? Is it by reading our Bibles more, getting an accountability partner, or volunteering more at church? Those things are definitely good steps, but they only deal with surface-level issues.
May
17
2021
As we continue our series called, Rushing Wind, Pastor J.D. explains how we connect to the Spirit’s power so we can do God’s work in the world.
May
16
2021
As we continue our series through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. preaches about the danger of pride, the fruit of pride, and the cure of pride. In King Nebuchadnezzar, we see a mirror of our own story. As Nebuchadnezzar said, “All those who walk in pride God is able to humble.” That was true of Nebuchadnezzar. It’s true of Pastor J.D. And it’s true of every one of us.
May
14
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues our series called, Rushing Wind, we’re studying the third person of the Trinity and learning how to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
May
13
2021
Some Christians think there will be a clear, outward sign when you receive the Holy Spirit. Others believe in the Spirit in theory, but don’t think he really changes anything in their lives. But what does the Bible really say?
May
12
2021
When we give our lives to Jesus, the Bible says we’re sealed with the Holy Spirit. But what does that mean? Is the Spirit just a stamp we get in our spiritual passport to make sure we’ll get into heaven?
May
11
2021
For a car to work, it has to be drawing from the right power source. And the same is true of us! Pastor J.D. is pointing us to the power source for the Christian life.
May
10
2021
You and I have access to a spiritual power source, but we might not be tapping into it! We’re talking about the power of the Holy Spirit as we continue our series called, Rushing Wind.
May
9
2021
As we continue our series through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. takes us to the fiery furnace of Daniel 3. Through the famous story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we will see an example of courage that could only come from faith in God. These three young men knew that God was bigger than anything life can offer us. And more importantly, that God was better than anything death could take away.
May
7
2021
The word “charismatic” has very strong connotations for Christians today, and it can be extremely divisive. But Pastor J.D. reveals what the Bible really says about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers.
May
6
2021
Sometimes, the Holy Spirit is talked about as something you experience during worship, when you get a surge of emotions. But the Holy Spirit’s role in your life is way bigger and way more real than just emotion, and continues long after the goose bumps fade!
May
5
2021
What role is the Holy Spirit supposed to play in our churches and in our lives? Pastor J.D. unpacks those questions as he continues our new series called, Rushing Wind.
May
4
2021
Of the three members of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is often the most difficult for us to relate to. In our new series called, Rushing Wind, Pastor J.D. explains who the Holy Spirit is, what he does, and how he’s working in our world today.
May
3
2021
Pastor J.D. is describing the only cure for our wandering hearts as he wraps up our study of the Minot Prophets titled, Come Back to Me.
May
2
2021
As we continue our series through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. walks us through Nebuchadnezzar’s confusing dream in Daniel 2. Through this wild and startling story, we’ll learn to view our culture the way Daniel viewed his—not through assimilation, not through separation, but through transformation. Because what was true for Daniel is still true today: “There is a God in heaven.” So where human strategies fail, God begins to work.
Apr
30
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues our study of the Minor Prophets, he challenges us to look at our hearts to see what’s motivating our religious activity.
Apr
29
2021
Habakkuk wrote during a time when the people of Judah were in spiritual, economic, and political decline. And yet, through it all, Habakkuk gives us a picture of gospel-powered hope.
Apr
28
2021
At some point or another, we’ve all asked the question, “Where was God when my life went wrong?” But Pastor J.D. explains how we can have hope that will carry us through the painful seasons.
Apr
27
2021
No one likes being the bearer of bad news, and we like hearing bad news even less! But sin isn’t something we can just ignore.
Apr
26
2021
No one likes being corrected. And even though it doesn’t feel good, being called out on our sin is often the most loving thing someone can do for us!
Apr
25
2021
Pastor Bryan invites us to hear the words of Jesus in Revelation 2, “You have left your first love.” Does God want us to do things for him? Of course. Does he want us to work hard and sacrifice for him? Of course. Does he want us to engage in ministry and to serve others? Of course. But we must never let what we do get in the way of our “first love”—Jesus Christ himself. Never, never, never confuse being busy for Jesus with the first love of Jesus.
Apr
23
2021
In the book of Joel, we read about a period in Israel’s history when the Israelites were facing God’s judgment over their sin. But even God’s judgment is an expression of his love!
Apr
22
2021
Why would a loving God let so many bad things happen? Pastor J.D. flips that question on its head, challenging us to consider the possibility that the trials we face might actually proof of God’s love.
Apr
21
2021
Sometimes, when we’re struggling with sin, we might start to worry that God is going to run out of patience. But Pastor J.D. reminds us that God’s grace is never-ending, and his love is scandalous!
Apr
20
2021
As we kick off a series titled, Come Back to Me, we’re discovering a beautiful and surprising picture of the gospel in the story of an unusual marriage.
Apr
19
2021
A lot of people imagine God as an angry judge who’s constantly disappointed. But Pastor J.D. reveals that God actually uses our failures to make us more dependent on him!
Apr
18
2021
This weekend, Pastor J.D. will be welcoming Rebecca McLaughlin for a Q&A session during weekend services. She is the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion. She'll be helping us dive into some of these hard questions starting at our Thursday evening services. Some of the topics that will be discussed include conversations about gender and sexuality, which may not be appropriate for children.
Apr
16
2021
If we’re honest, we’ve all had days where we’ve messed up big time. But as Pastor J.D. continues our series called, Can’t Believe, he explains how God can redeem even our greatest failures.
Apr
15
2021
Many people who reject the resurrection like to think that their issue is an intellectual one. But Pastor J.D. argues that unbelief doesn’t actually stem from a lack of evidence.
Apr
14
2021
As we continue our series called, Can’t Believe, we’re discovering how we can overcome doubts and fully trust in God, even if we still have questions.
Apr
13
2021
Pastor J.D. explains that not making a decision is, in itself, a decision! We might not be actively rejecting God, but are we willing to step out in faith and follow him?
Apr
12
2021
As we continue our series called, Can’t Believe, we’re discovering how staying on the sidelines can cause us to miss out on Jesus.
Apr
11
2021
As we begin our walk through the book of Daniel, Pastor J.D. calls us to see our lives as beacons of hope in a world of despair. Yes, the world we live in, like Daniel’s, is often very dark and hostile. But God doesn’t call us to escape this world. He calls us to transform it. The book is about how to shine, how to thrive, in a very dark and hostile world. You see, unlike most of the other books in the Hebrew Bible, the book is set not in Israel, but in the heart of an enemy, pagan Empire where God’s people have been taken captive. We’ll learn that the power to make a difference is only found in the commitment to be different.
Apr
9
2021
How do we continue trusting God when life goes wrong? Pastor J.D. helps us think through that question and find hope to sustain our faith through the hard times.
Apr
8
2021
When life goes tragically wrong, a lot of people end up questioning their faith. But Pastor J.D. explains that pain can either drive us away from God, or it can drive us deeper into the gospel.
Apr
7
2021
Pastor J.D. explains how shortsightedness can keep us from really giving our lives to Jesus as he continues our series called, Can’t Believe.
Apr
6
2021
There are many good causes we can fight for in this world. But as Pastor J.D. continues our series called, Can’t Believe, he’s calling us to refocus on our most important mission.
Apr
5
2021
As we unpack the story of a woman who was brought before Jesus after being caught in adultery, we’re discovering how we can be set free from our past and the sins that haunt us.
Apr
4
2021
As we finish our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. walks us down the path to Jesus’ tomb. We’ve all walked that lonely path in one form or another over the past 12 months, wondering where life is headed. The bad news? It’s headed to the grave. The good news? It doesn’t have to stay there. Because of the resurrection, the path to true life doesn’t end at the grave. It begins there.
Apr
2
2021
Pastor J.D. describes two women from the First Century who we can all probably relate to in the area of temptation! And he’s explaining how we, like these women, can be set free from slavery to our sin.
Apr
1
2021
Despite what many people think, the Bible isn’t against sex. In fact, God designed it! But sex can easily turn from a good gift, to something that enslaves us and holds us back from saving faith.
Mar
31
2021
Immunizations are a marvel of modern medicine. One little shot and you suddenly leave the world’s most dangerous diseases weak and ineffective! But what if you could be immunized against a good thing, like faith?
Mar
30
2021
In our new series called, Can’t Believe, we’re looking at some of the most common barriers that hold people back from saving faith. And the first one might surprise you: religion.
Mar
29
2021
Have you ever wanted to take a mission trip? Well, maybe you just don’t know where to begin, or you’re waiting for God to present the right opportunity. Learn what it takes to be SENT!
Mar
28
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor Daniel takes us to a small hill outside Jerusalem to see the very center of the Christian faith—Jesus dying on a cross. Through this passage, we’ll see that it’s not enough to simply know that Jesus died; we need to know why he died—and how easy it is to miss him.
Mar
26
2021
As we study the life of an ordinary guy named Philip, we’re discovering that the Holy Spirit speaks to all of us. Learn how to answer his call.
Mar
25
2021
Is your life a reflection of your own desires or God’s? Renew your perspective as we study the life of a guy named Simon the Magician.
Mar
24
2021
Most people say they want peace and unity, but few people will do the work to obtain it. Because it usually requires crossing cultural barriers to bridge the divide.
Mar
23
2021
As flawed human beings, our natural tendency is to focus on ourselves, as we try to look good. But appearances can be deceiving, resulting in some serious consequences.
Mar
22
2021
What characterizes a gospel-centered life? Praying? Going to church? Being kind to your neighbor? Pastor J.D. provides the answer as we continue our study of the birth of the early church, and its mission today.
Mar
21
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. takes us along the road to the cross, where we will meet a handful of different people—each of whom has a different response to Jesus’ sacrifice. Luke doesn’t just record their stories because these people were there; he records their stories because in them, we see ourselves. Their stories are our stories. They prompt the question, “How will you respond to Jesus?”
Mar
19
2021
So what does a hero look like? Does he wear a red cape? Does he shoot across the sky like a bird or a plane? Get ready for a real look at heroism!
Mar
18
2021
When bad things happen, many of us focus so much on the problem that we lose sight of the solution. But our focus shouldn’t be on our failures, but on our faith.
Mar
17
2021
Most of us have no problem telling others about our favorite movie or the latest TV show we’ve seen. So why is sharing the gospel so difficult?
Mar
16
2021
Is there more than one way to get to heaven? Pastor J.D. explains the core problem with that question in his message titled, The Inclusive Exclusivity.
Mar
15
2021
Whether it’s money, fame, power, or even health, it’s human nature to want what we “think” we want. But a lot of times, that’s not what we need.
Mar
14
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor Ricky preaches about the ways that God shows up in the storms of our lives. The storms are real. But so are God’s promises. If we want to have faith in the storm, we need to keep the resume of God’s promises near at hand.
Mar
13
2021
Pastor Curtis continues our In Step series from our Brier Creek Campus location.
Mar
12
2021
The world today is full of suffering and pain. But is that how it's supposed to be? Pastor J.D. explains that in the world to come, God has a different plan.
Mar
11
2021
Is the Bible really the Word of God? The apostles and the first-century believers staked their lives on it! Learn why you should, too.
Mar
10
2021
Crime scene experts often confess that eyewitness testimony is subject to some personal interpretation. But the testimony of Jesus’ disciples all points to the same rock-solid evidence.
Mar
9
2021
The early church grew faster than any other religion in history. What made this movement so powerful? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our study in the book of Acts.
Mar
8
2021
When we’re picking a movie theater, we decide based on what we can get out of the experience. But it can be a real problem when that attitude translates to how we think about church!
Mar
7
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. preaches about the most famous parable Jesus ever told—the story of the Prodigal Son. There’s a reason this parable is so popular: In it we see the biography of all of human history, the story of every single one of us. And we see a picture of God’s extravagant love that is more astounding and more surprising than anything we had ever dared to hope.
Mar
5
2021
What does it take to be a fully committed follower of Christ? Pastor J.D. answers that question as he continues our study of Acts.
Mar
4
2021
If you’re like most people, you probably think that mission work is for someone else who’s more spiritual or more talented. But Pastor J.D.’s giving us a whole new perspective!
Mar
3
2021
As he begins a study in the book of Acts called, SENT, Pastor J.D. is unpacking the birth and spread of the early church, and he’s calling us to be part of the movement.
Mar
2
2021
Many of us like to think we’d follow God to the ends of the earth, but we haven’t even taken the first little steps of faith!
Mar
1
2021
When most of us pray, we typically spend the bulk of our time telling God about our needs and desires. There’s nothing wrong with that, in and of itself, but what does it say about our hearts? Do we really want God, or just his blessings?
Feb
28
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. asks us to count the cost of truly following Jesus. When Jesus called his first disciples, he warned them that it was going to cost them everything. The path of discipleship hasn’t changed. Are we willing to count the cost, laying aside what we value most for what he offers us?
Feb
26
2021
If you’ve ever lost or broken your glasses, you know that without our eyes, most of us are pretty helpless. But Pastor J.D. reveals that you might be going through life blind, without even knowing it!
Feb
25
2021
Without our sense of sight, most of us are surprisingly helpless. And many of us are going through life with spiritual blindness.
Feb
24
2021
As he continues our series called, Something Greater, Pastor J.D. explains how we can experience God’s miraculous, mountain-moving power in our own lives. It might not be how you expect!
Feb
23
2021
What do you think a “blessed life” looks like? Wealth? Health? A happy family? Pastor J.D. explains what biblical blessing looks like and teaches us how we can make room for God to move in our lives.
Feb
22
2021
Most decisions in life are reversible. But Pastor J.D. is describing one decision that needs to be all in, no holds barred, and no going back!
Feb
21
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor Raudel calls us to stand in awe before God’s perfect, otherworldly, mind-blowing holiness. If we saw God for who he truly was—in all his holiness—we would either die of fear or die of pleasure. Thankfully, in Christ, we can meet the gaze of this holy God, not in condemnation, but in overwhelming compassion.
Feb
19
2021
Most of us would say we want to be used by God. But Pastor J.D. is challenging us to consider whether or not we’re really willing to take up our cross and follow wherever God leads.
Feb
18
2021
Pastor J.D. continues our study in First Kings as the prophet Elijah is running for his life, and dealing with understandably mixed emotions. We’re looking at the biblical response to depression and finding hope even in the darkest times!
Feb
17
2021
Depression is stigmatized in a lot of Christian circles. We act as if believers are just supposed to be happy-go-lucky all the time. But reality isn’t that simple! So we’re discovering the biblical response for when Christians go through depression.
Feb
16
2021
False gods aren’t always little golden statues. Pastor J.D. explains how we turn good things into idols, and how to spot false gods that are growing up in our hearts.
Feb
15
2021
As we continue our study of Elijah, we’re looking at a defining moment in Israel’s history when they had to choose between serving God or idols. And Pastor J.D. is challenging us to face that decision, as well!
Feb
14
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. invites us to view Jesus the way his original disciples did: with overwhelming awe at his radical love. Because when we see the radical love of Jesus for us, we will respond with radical surrender to him. Our lives—and the world—will never be the same.
Feb
12
2021
When most of us think of “false gods,” we picture little golden statues on altars. But the truth is, we might actually be worshiping a false god even if we think we’re worshiping Jesus!
Feb
11
2021
Often, we think of people from the Old Testament as primitive and backward because they worshiped idols. But in reality, we still worship idols today. They just look a little different!
Feb
10
2021
When you apply for a job, you typically want to highlight your skills and natural talents. But Pastor J.D. reveals that, when God chooses us for a job, he has an entirely different standard!
Feb
9
2021
For many people, religion isn’t really so much about truth as it is about finding a faith that “works for you.” But that’s not how truth works!
Feb
8
2021
Join Pastor J.D. as he continues in the series “Forever Family” and shares with us what Christ-like confrontation looks like so that we can engage with others to pursue justice while maintaining strong relationships.
Feb
7
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, guest pastor Clayton King walks us down the Emmaus road of Luke 24, showing us a picture of God’s grace that pursues us, often in unseen ways. God’s grace opens our eyes to see the resurrected Jesus and opens our hearts to the astounding love of God.
Feb
5
2021
Pastor J.D. teaches an important concept about conflict that comes from James—who, growing up as Jesus’ younger half-brother, must have known better than anyone about family strife that stems from jealousy.
Feb
4
2021
Join Pastor J.D. as he continues in the “Forever Family” series and teaches how to dispel the myths about sex with biblical truth so that it is a beautiful echo of what God has planned for us as part of his eternal family.
Feb
3
2021
Our culture has some deeply held, deeply untrue ideas about sex. To fully understand and respect the sanctity of sex, we have to go to God, who created it, and his Word, which is very clear about how we should view it.
Feb
2
2021
Dating is not easy—whether you’re 16 or 56! When you choose to apply God’s biblical standard to dating, you’re going to stand out, because the world has not figured out how to be successful in relationships without God’s wisdom.
Feb
1
2021
Most people want fulfilling, happy, lifelong marriages, but we don’t get a lot of direction on how to get there. The Bible teaches that if you want something not many people seem to have, then you’ve got to do what few people are willing to do.
Jan
31
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor Curtis teaches about a wee little man we all know—Zacchaeus. What changed Zacchaeus? Not biblical principles. Not personal devotion. Not religious duties and deeds. No, what changed Zacchaeus is what changes us—a glimpse of God in the flesh.
Jan
29
2021
Learn how to clear the path for singleness in your life so that you can leverage this gift and cultivate a spiritual family that will last forever.
Jan
28
2021
If you’re single, do you ever feel like the world is telling you that you’re missing out on something because you’re not married? Even in the church, we often equate marriage with completion—but Jesus taught something altogether different and more beautiful.
Jan
27
2021
In this message from “Forever Family,” Pastor J.D. walks us through Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 19 and helps us see that, though God’s command about divorce is clear, there is no situation that he cannot redeem.
Jan
26
2021
In this first message from the “Forever Family” series, Pastor J.D. shows us how the gospel shapes the essence and purpose of marriage and teaches us why, no matter what you have been called to in marriage or singleness, you’re going to need God help to accomplish it.
Jan
25
2021
As Pastor J.D. continues in the “First” series, he helps us see why, though our tithe is a great place to start, God wants our giving to display what is first and best in our hearts.
Jan
24
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. teaches about a defining feature of those who follow Jesus: They care for the vulnerable, the weak, the helpless, and the forgotten. Followers of Jesus care for the vulnerable and the helpless because, before God, we are vulnerable and helpless, too.
Jan
22
2021
Pastor J.D. shows us how to view our possessions through a generosity matrix and apply God’s wisdom to spending, saving, and giving so that we honor him with our resources.
Jan
21
2021
If we’re really giving God our first and our best as good stewards, then we can amaze the world with our generosity.
Jan
20
2021
Putting God first in our lives should make us joyful givers, who view giving as an investment in eternal purposes and as the only treasure that will last.
Jan
19
2021
As we understand better our role as stewards of all of God’s gifts, we will better devote our short time on earth to serving our Master and preparing for eternity.
Jan
18
2021
As Pastor J.D. begins this series on why God should be “First” in our lives, he helps us see that to become a committed disciple, we must understand how to have the right relationship with money.
Jan
17
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. talks about the cosmic struggle between God and Satan, a struggle that bears on our lives every day. We’ll see that apart from God’s power, even the best attempts to change are ultimately doomed to fail. But with God’s power, not only can we survive, but we can actually plunder the Enemy.
Jan
15
2021
As Pastor J.D. concludes our series called Castaway, he explains how Jonah’s message to the Ninevites compares to Jesus’ message to a lost and dying world.
Jan
14
2021
As Pastor J.D. opens to the book of Matthew, we’re discovering that the story of Jonah is really a sign that’s pointing ahead to something greater!
Jan
13
2021
The book of Jonah doesn’t have a satisfying conclusion. Instead, it ends on a question: Are we engaged in God’s mission?
Jan
12
2021
For generations, the book of Jonah has challenged believers because we see ourselves reflected in Jonah: his disobedience, fear, and reluctance to obey. But Pastor J.D. explains that we don’t have to stay like that!
Jan
11
2021
In the world of sales, you find success by schmoozing clients and entertaining your audience. But that model won’t work when it comes to evangelism!
Jan
10
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor Bryan answers a question we all wrestle with: “How do we scratch the soul’s itch to be free?” The freest people on earth have one thing in common: They’ve all received an unmerited, performance-free, astounding gift of grace.
Jan
8
2021
As we continue to study the life of Jonah, Pastor J.D. reminds us that people don’t come to Christ through our eloquent speeches or our persuasive arguments. People come to Christ through God’s relentless love.
Jan
7
2021
Haven’t we all gone through the motions to do something we really didn’t want to do? Pastor J.D. reminds us that just because we do God’s will, doesn’t mean we’re acting from a heart of obedience!
Jan
6
2021
In the middle of life’s storms, it’s easy to think God’s mad at us. Have we done something wrong? But Wednesday on Summit Life, Pastor J.D. explains how God turns our tribulations into restoration.
Jan
5
2021
Have you ever found yourself resisting God’s will? You hear him calling you in one direction, but you have another direction in mind! Pastor J.D. Greear shares a cautionary tale from the book of Jonah.
Jan
4
2021
Have you ever tried to run and hide from God, only to discover that you should have run towards him? Pastor J.D. is beginning a new series in the book of Jonah that reveals God’s relentless love.
Jan
3
2021
As we continue our “In Step” series through the Gospel of Luke, Pastor J.D. teaches about a paralytic man and his friends, all of whom were desperate to get close to Jesus. But as we’ll see in this story, as eager as they were to get to Jesus, Jesus was even more eager to extend forgiveness to them. And to us.
Jan
1
2021
Pastor J.D. brings our series titled “The World Upside Down” to an end by turning to the subject of prayer.
Dec
31
2020
Even though we may not know exactly what God is doing every second in every situation, we can still recognize that God is sovereign, and he is faithfully fulfilling his purposes.
Dec
30
2020
In these upside-down times, we have a unique opportunity to share and show the love of God. Our message hasn’t changed this year. It’s still that Christ has risen from the dead!
Dec
29
2020
Right now, it feels like the world is being turned upside down. Even for the most confident among us, the recent coronavirus crisis has challenged much of what we thought was certain.
Dec
28
2020
The current pandemic raises the question: How should the church respond in such an unprecedented time? In the midst of uncertainty and fear, the gospel still shines as a message of hope, light, and life.
Dec
27
2020
As we enter the new year, Pastor Jason invites us to consider the treasure we have in the gospel. In difficult and uncertain times, the light of the gospel shines even brighter. But what should overwhelm our souls is that God chooses to house this precious gospel in us.
Dec
25
2020
The human heart has a God-sized hole that we’re waiting for something to fill, but Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of our waiting. And he’s better than anything else you’re waiting for.
Dec
24
2020
The story of the wise men is often treated like a “bonus feature” of the Christmas story. But it actually teaches some powerful truths about the gospel.
Dec
23
2020
The God who sovereignly arranged the stars in the sky to bring three wise men to worship Jesus is the same God that arranges every detail in your life to accomplish his purposes.
Dec
22
2020
Joseph tends to be a background character in the Christmas story. But through this ordinary carpenter, we see a clear picture of what it really means to follow Jesus.
Dec
21
2020
The nativity scene is often painted as a picturesque moment. But Pastor J.D. reminds us of the story behind that moment and all that Jesus’ birth really meant for Mary and Joseph.
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