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We could do the right thing for the wrong reasons. What is your “why”? In Matthew 6, we learn how to glorify God with a pure faith believing in Him. Fake faith gives to be honored by others Fake faith performs prayers Fake faith sacrifices to appear spiritual Life Group Discussion: Do you give for God’s glory or man’s glory? Where do you need to be…
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Have you ever been in a situation where you managed information or your actions in order to get people to perceive you a certain way? Are there people in your life who’s opinions matter more to you than others? As we continue our series, Stories from Acts, JP teaches through Acts 5 the story of Ananias and Sapphira, and what we can learn from their…
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What did Jesus mean when He told us to turn the other cheek? For many of us, our reaction to being wronged is to hit back and try to enact justice on our own terms. But Jesus calls us to something altogether new. When forced to go one mile, we go two. Life Group Questions: 1. In the past, how have you responded when you have been wronged? 2. How do…
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How do you define covenants and commitments? In Matthew 5, we learn Christians keep their covenants, consider remarriage carefully, and know the importance of having credibility to point others to Christ. Christians keep our covenants Consider remarriage carefully A Christian’s credibility points to Christ Life Group Discussion: Does marriage reall…
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God requires perfect holiness to be in His presence. We are imperfect and in need of a sinless sacrifice because of sin. Jesus is the sinless sacrifice and comes into our mess to rescue us! We can enter in the presence of God by the name of Jesus. Jesus is the Sinless Sacrifice For Sin from Anger Commands Amends from Sin Life Group Discussion: Wher…
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Jesus is calling us to a higher standard of living and what we need is not to try harder to modify our behavior, rather we need heart transformation that comes from fully surrendering our entire lives to Jesus’ authority. In this sermon we learn from Joshua Broome, a former pornstar turned pastor, who points us towards Jesus' words on these truths.…
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You have a purpose to preserve the world that’s been entrusted to you by sharing the Gospel. You have a place and a people to shine your light in the darkness. In Matthew 5, Jesus reveals how we can feel alive! Know your purpose Know your place Know your people Life Group Discussion: Have you ever toured old church buildings that are now museums? W…
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Do you feel like the world is going backwards? How did this happen? The world is going backwards because we’re not living the upside-down life. When we walk among the people of God, as the people of God we preserve our land. And fortunately, Jesus shows us the path! The path is among the poor in spirit The path is among the pure in heart The path i…
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We are in a real war, and if we don’t realize it, then we are losing. Once we learn to watch for it, we begin to see it. Once we see it, we can’t unsee it. Paul writes in Ephesians 6 everything we need to know to resist temptation when the enemy attacks. Stand strong against Satan’s schemes Stand firm and suited up Stay praying in The Spirit and sh…
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Let your life be a life of worship as you obey your parents, guide your children, and work in the role God has placed you in. Live a life of worshipping Jesus in your home and at your workplace. Children: Honor and Obey Dads: Discipline and Disciple Workers: Worship Life Group Discussion: How old should children be to continue to obey their parents…
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Paul reminds us in today’s text the antidote to spiritually sleepwalking is to walk in love, walk in the light, and walk in wisdom. 1. Walk in Love 2. Walk in Light 3. Walk in Wisdom Life Group Discussion: What have you put behind you and fully surrendered to walk in love? When someone brings sin into the light? How should you respond? What do you …
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To live a Christian life, we have to imitate Christ. One place where some struggle is with forgiveness of others who have committed a wrong against them. Rather than holding grudges, quiet judgment, and anger in our hearts, we are called to forgive in the same way that Jesus forgave us. God deeply cares about how we are able to forgive others and l…
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Change begins in you thinking …thoughts take you places. When you become a Christian, you are learning a new way to live, different than the world. The true test of a changed person is what comes out of them when they are squeezed. The true test is in trials. Thoughts take you places You are learning a new way The true test comes in trials Life Gro…
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The disposition of a mature Christian comes from a unified doctrine. The deployment of mature Christians leads to unified service. The development of mature Christians makes up a unified church. A mature Christian’s disposition A mature Christian’s deployment A mature Christian’s development Life Group Discussion: Who do you know that is clearly ma…
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Jesus showed his wounds and Thomas was changed forever. Thomas believed Jesus was risen indeed. May we be encouraged to show our wounds and tell others about the risen Savior who changed our lives forever. 1. We tend to conceal when the Bible’s pattern is to reveal. 2. Show your wounds to share your Savior. 3. A man with an experience of God is nev…
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On Good Friday, we observe in reverence the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins. In this message, JP takes us through the scriptures to see where we might've missed the shadows of our savior throughout the Old Testament. 1) Shadows of Sacrifice 2) Shadows of a Substitute 3) Shadows of a SaviorOleh Jonathan Pokluda
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The mystery of God is revealed in suffering, serving, and sharing. The mystery is revealed in suffering The mystery is revealed in serving The mystery is revealed in sharing Life Group Discussion: Have you witnessed unbelievable heart change in someone’s life? What changed? When you experience suffering, does God seem far away from you or near to y…
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We have been brought into The Kingdom of God by the blood of Jesus. We have been blended in with the Jews who trusted in Jesus as the Messiah. We are being built up into God’s temple and God is building His home among us forever. 1. You have been brought in 2. You have been blended 3. You are being built up Life Group Discussion: Is there a relatio…
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We were all dead in our sins before God. We couldn’t work our way or earn our way to Him. Yet, because of His never-ending love and mercy, He has made us alive in His Son Jesus. Paul lays out the simple yet powerful and profound life changing reality in these ten verses that is the Good News of the Gospel. 1. We were dead in our sins 2. By grace we…
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Do you truly know what you have? As we continue to study Ephesians, Paul prays that the church in Ephesus would know four things. Ask God that you may know Him better Ask God to know the hope you have in Him Ask God to know the value you have in Him Ask God to know the power you have in Him Life Group Discussion: What do you value here on earth? Ho…
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Why did God choose you? He chose you forevermore according to His pleasure. Even when you have nothing to offer Him , he brought you into His family. You’ve been chosen by the Father You have been forgiven and redeemed by Christ You have been sealed by His Holy Spirit Life Group Discussion: Why did God choose you? What is your story of grace and re…
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How does a city change? In this message, we intro the book of Ephesians by looking at how God shifted the city of Ephesus. God changes a city by changing a person God changes a city by removing idols God changes a city with the message of His grace Life Group Discussion: Have you ever felt darkness in a city you visited? What are the idols that hav…
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If you Abide in Him, you will develop spiritually. Hold fast to your relationship with Jesus. Know Him. Love Him. Abide in Him. Apprehend The Gospel Behave like Jesus Illuminate Truth with Love Develop Spiritually Eternally Live Life Group Discussion: Do you apprehend the Gospel? Have you grown in your relationship with God more today than one year…
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We can't abide without the Holy Spirit. Just after Jesus explains to his disciples He is leaving and tells them to remain connected to Him. Jesus explains that He will send the Spirit, and this will be our advantage. The Spirit of God helps, convicts, and guides us. In abiding the Spirit helps In abiding the Spirit convicts In abiding the Spirit gu…
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The presence of Jesus will change us when we are aware that He is in our midst. Rather than moving on with our life, we want to connect intimately with Him. In this message we look at someone in Scripture who shows us what it looks like to Abide with Jesus. Abiding means sitting at the feet of Jesus Abiding means listening to Jesus Abiding means re…
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God takes Christ and he puts Christ in us. We are a new creation in Christ. We are recruited by God to show His love to the world. When we abide in Christ, we are going to do things to show His love to the world that doesn’t make sense. You need to give up control. Lean into God and His plan for you. As you abide in Jesus, He is transforming you to…
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What would most people say Christians do? Pray, read the Bible, make disciples, give generously, forgive, love, serve, go to church, and share the gospel. In our new series, “ABIDE”, JP looks to John 15 to focus our thoughts on a true disciple is one who abides in Jesus and fruit is produced. We also learn when we are pruned, bring it to God and tr…
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Do you think God can’t handle your problems? Do you really believe in what He says? Start the new year by being on the right side of belief. Through the story in Numbers 13 and 14, Nate teaches not to take the easy path, but believe God can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. Numbers 13 - 14 1. Who you trust changes how you perc…
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In this message, JP shows through the story of Joseph, we can trust God’s sovereignty in all circumstances. JP teaches the complete obedience of Joseph leads to extraordinary outcomes ultimately predicting the future suffering of Jesus our Savior. Genesis 37-50 Family of origin doesn’t limit our opportunity for obedience You cannot determine obedie…
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As we continue our series, “Till He Appears”, Grant shows us how the story of the sacrifice of Isaac ultimately predicted the coming of our Savior. Grant contrasts how the testing of Abraham’s faith and his willingness to sacrifice his only son, shows us how God has never failed His children. God sacrificed His only Son so we could be free. Genesis…
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As we begin our series, “Till He Appears,” Nate shows us how the story of Adam and Eve ultimately predicted the coming of our Savior. Nate contrasts Adam’s shortcomings with Jesus’ fulfillment of our brokenness to illustrate how God planned for our redemption all along. Genesis 1:26-3:15 1) Adam’s use of authority creates the need for Jesus’ use of…
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Are you content with what you have been given or do you groan and grumble? Do you live a generous life looking for opportunities to share with someone in need? Nate looks to Exodus 16 to show us how much God loves us and wants to provide exactly what we need for our tomorrow. For God so loved us He provided His son, Jesus, for us. He is Jehovah Jir…
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As we wrap up our series, “Forged,” JP shows us three unavoidable obstacles that are found in Scripture and how to combat them. JP looks to 1 Peter to show us how anxiety, temptation and suffering can be combated with a Kingdom first mindset. 1 Peter 5:6-10 1) In anxiety, humble yourself 2) In temptation, resist the devil 3) In suffering, practice …
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As we continue in our series, “Forged,” JP reminds us that humility is key for a healthy church body. JP looks to 1 Peter to show us how church elders and members must serve one another with an eager heart. 1 Peter 5:1-5 1) For the church to work, you must have humble elders 2) Church leaders must serve with humble motives 3) For church to work, yo…
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As we continue in our series, “Forged,” JP reminds us that Christians must lean closer to God in times of suffering because He is sanctifying us. JP looks to 1 Peter to show us five things we should not do in suffering. As we seek to become more like Christ, we must rejoice in suffering because our Savior suffered for us on our behalf. 1 Peter 4:12…
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As we continue in our series, “Forged,” JP reminds us that we are called to live as though Jesus is returning in our lifetime. JP looks to 1 Peter to show us how we should use our gifts to serve the body of Christ with sacrificial love. If we are truly living on mission for Christ, we wouldn’t have the desire to change how we live our lives on the …
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Where do we find peace? As we continue in our series, “Forged,” Dale reminds us that peace is found with God. Dale looks to 1 Peter to remind us that our job as believers is to tell everyone the good news despite experiencing worldly bad news. 1 Peter 3:18-4:6 1) Christ has triumphed over evil 2) No matter the suffering, we do God’s will 3) Everyon…
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As we continue in our series, “Forged,” JP reminds us that dealing with conflict must be handled in a way that reflects Christ. JP looks to 1 Peter to remind us that the mark of a spiritually mature person is one who loves God, understands how they are loved by God, and is a conduit of God’s love toward others. 1 Peter 3:8-18 1) Love each other 2) …
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As we continue in our series, “Forged,” Nate reminds us that the best spouse makes their marriage centered around Jesus. Nate looks to 1 Peter to remind us that for a marriage to glorify the Lord, you must put your spouse first before the needs of yourself. Believers in Christ are called to serve each other through marriage in the same way that Jes…
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As we continue in our series, “Forged,” JP reminds us that believers in Christ are called to submit to authority. JP looks to 1 Peter to remind us that to best submit to authority, we must first seek to glorify the Lord and be representatives of his Word. 1 Peter 2:13-25 1) Submit to every human authority 2) Submit unfair authority 3) God is our ul…
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As we continue in our series, Forged, JP reminds us that earth is not our home; our earthly calling is to make disciples of Christ. JP looks to 1 Peter to remind us of God’s grace as we push through the spiritual war over our hearts. 1 Peter 2:11-12 1) We are not home 2) We are at war 3) It’s not fair Life Group Questions: 1. The grace that we rece…
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As we continue in our series, “Forged”, Nate reminds us that our Savior is the cornerstone; the foundation on which our faith stands upon. He shows us that we must hold strong to the rock of our faith, even as the world stumbles over Him. Nate points to 1 Peter to show us that where we stand matters! Peter 2:4-10 1) Our Savior is the stone on which…
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As we continue in our series, “Forged”, JP reminds us of what it means to live a life devoted to holiness. He reminds us that we are called to live set apart from the things of this world while we point people toward the cross. 1) Prepare your mind to live a holy life 2) Persevere in holiness, knowing who paid for it 3) Practice holiness with peopl…
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Life Group Questions: 1. What does it mean for you to find joy in the midst of pain? How have you been able to see a difference in the way you navigate trials since you made the decision to follow Christ? 2. When have you caught yourself clinging to worldly things to help ease your pain? 3. Do you wholeheartedly believe that Jesus is the only thing…
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When we know who we are before God, we can know how to live before man. As start our new series, Forged, Peter sets up his first book. He lets his readers know who they are in Christ and all the benefits found in Him. 1) In Jesus, we are elect exiles 2) In Jesus, we have an imperishable inheritance 3) In Jesus, we are shielded by God's power Life G…
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When we find ourselves in desperation, darkness, and the light around us seems to be fading; what do we do? Where do we turn? David, in Psalm 143 understands what it's like to have the spirit within him "appalled" and overcome with fear and pain. In his desperation, he shows us the power of bringing our trials before an Almighty God, remembering Hi…
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