Courageous Christianity

How is a courageous Christian described? How do we bear witness to faith in Jesus in the face of opposition? How can we stay true/faithful to Jesus? Jesus shares five truths about courageous Christianity with His disciples & now with us.

Scripture: Luke 12:1-12

Praying The Course!

We were privileged to hear from DeWayne Hawkins, pastor at Life Givers Church. Pastor Hawkins takes us through verses in Luke 11:5-13 to examine the teachings on prayer. Prayer is very immersive, it demands the whole person, it demands all of you. God wants all of you, the messy, broken parts, the parts you don’t want to show anyone. Listen to learn how to pray the course.

Scripture: Luke 11:5-13

Humble Dependence Upon the Father

Too often we live our lives apart from a dependence on the Father. One pastor said that inattentiveness is the main reason for a difficult and unhealthy relationship. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches us how to pray, and foundational to all, it is a reliance upon Him, rather than ourselves.

Scripture: Luke 11:1-4

Talk the Walk and Walk the Talk

Craig Hamilton, in his book Wisdom in Leading, writes people deserve to know the truth. We don’t want to soften hard, urgent messages with false kindness or phony optimism.

In Luke 6:43-49, Jesus shares with crystal clear clarity that who we are on the outside is intimately connected to who we are on the inside. Listen as we walk through this insightful passage together.

Scripture: Luke 6:43-49

What Did Jesus Just Say?!? (Part 2)

Jesus says the people who are eager to judge/condemn others should take a long look in the mirror and evaluate themselves before they consider going to someone else. No one gives mercy better than the individual who is convinced that they need grace/mercy.

Jesus isn’t saying put your head in the sand regarding people’s action but you/I need to become convinced of our own sin and our need for mercy/grace… when we do that we’ll be a great candidate to speak into someone else’s life.

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-12

What Did Jesus Just Say?!?

When you hear the word father what comes to your mind? For some, positive images and experiences pop into their mind. For others, nothing but heartache and discouragement. People have all sorts of perspectives and experiences when they hear the word dad; some good and some not so good. In the same way, when you hear the word “judge” or “judgment” what comes to mind? For most, I would imagine, less than encouraging experiences or feelings come to mind. And yes, Jesus speaks to how we are to judge. What does He mean? Surely, He doesn’t mean what we read about in Matthew 7:1-5?!? Let’s walk through this passage together and figure out what Jesus meant and what He didn’t.

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-5

Kingdom Life

Who is Jesus? In his Gospel, Matthew shows Him to be the One who brings the life of Israel to completion. He brings the Kingdom with Him, and preaches the Good News that Kingdom Life can be experienced both now and forever through repentance and faith in Him. Living this kingdom life is impossible on our own. We are called to be Kingdom people today, and for that we must have…

A new heart
A new perspective, and
A new Master.

Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24

Jesus on Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

The rate of divorce and remarriage among both Christians and non-Christians reveals that marriage has been reduced to a consumer relationship for most people. Jesus teaches us that divorce is an assault on the character of God, and smudges the picture of God’s purposes in the world because He is the One who makes covenants and always keeps them. He is always faithful and true. Marriage among followers of Jesus ought to point people to the love, faithfulness and glory of God. We believe that when we submit to the Gospel in our marriages, repentance of sin, forgiveness, reconciliation and a growing joy in your marriage is always possible.

Scripture: Matthew 5:31-32; 19:1-9; Deut. 24:1-4

Love Your Enemies

Jesus’ kingdom ethics or family’s characteristics include even aggressive love for one’s enemies. It’s in this – love for one’s enemies – that our relationship with Jesus is clearly seen. Our response to this command revealed whom we belonged to. It didn’t get us into his family/kingdom, it made it known.

Scripture: Luke 6:27-36

Jesus Taught His Disciple (Part 2)

Jesus taught His disciples (those who were committed to following Him) what it meant to be His disciple. He gives a series of “blessed’s” or promises that will fully come to fruition when Jesus returns for the people of God. But these blessed’s/promises will certainly alter the lives of those who are following King Jesus while here on earth. It will alter their life in four ways based on Matthew 5:7-12. Those who are following Jesus will be merciful. They will be pure in heart. They will be peacemakers. They will indirectly be persecuted because of their faithfulness in obedience to King Jesus.

Scripture: Matthew 5:7-12