Sometimes, it helps to define our relationship with God and understand His presence in our life as both a Father and a Friend. How we pray (or communicate with God) often has blockages due to our own ideas of what a father or friend is, yet God invites us to know His perfect relationship and reframe our prayers.
How do we love our neighbor? The parable of The Good Samaritan helps us to understand our role and how we can push outside of our comfort zone to give radically.
How do we become the seed that grows in vibrance and health? Allen speaks of the parable of the seeds scattered on different foundations and how we can give ourselves the best chance to grow.
In our first sermon of our series The Parables of Luke, Allen looks into the motives of those at the dinner party when a prostitute washes Jesus' feet with her hair.
Our annual message giving details about what God has asked of us as a congregation in the past, and where we think we are headed.
Our lives are a piece of a story that is thousands of years old, and will continue on long after we leave this world. How do we live in a way that will honor the story of God?
David's actions as a Father started the path of sin for his son, Absalom. How does God work with us as we choice our paths?
David was a sinner. Yet, he fought to keep His relationship with God alive even when he made mistakes.
As we continue to examine David's life as an example to us, we see that God is present with us in unexpected ways and places. His presence does not depend on our worthiness, but on his incredible love for us.
David was willing to dance before the Lord and he didn't care how he looked to anyone else. Are we willing to do the same and live for an audience of one?
Adam examines the life of David and how he waited faithfully and with integrity in many situations. From his example we see how waiting can be a powerful process in our lives that God often calls us to do.
The look at the life and character of David continues, this week examining David's loyalty throughout the span of his life. Even when his life was in danger and Saul's jealousy chased him, David stays true to his character and loyalty. Jonathan and David's relationship is another example of incredible commitment to each other and to God. Do we display such loyalty to God and each other in our lives?
The story of David & Goliath. Throughout his life David had been faithful with the little things God had set before him to do. When God called him to a seemingly impossible challenge (Goliath), David tackled it with confidence and assurance. David knew who God was, he knew who he was with God, and he knew God would take the battle for him.
This is the start of a new series on the life of David. It will cover highlights of David's life that illustrate his character and point us to Jesus as the Messiah.
Brad talks about our experience as we grow in our faith and the work of the Spirit moving in our lives to sanctify his people and make us holy.
Allen wraps up the 2 Peter 1 series.
Peter talks about how Jesus' story is credible, it really happened and they were there to see it. It wasn't something made up out of man's imagination, but something we can know to be true. We can live out the words of Peter and walk and grow in love because we know them to be true.
As we get to know God, we become more like him. We become less concerned with taking and more concerned with helping the people around us. Peter reminds us of these things, knowing that we easily forget the vision God sets before us.
What we do matters. Because we are saved and have faith, we do good works. It is not the other way around. Allen digs into the next verses in 2 Peter 1, addressing how we confirm our calling and live out our faith as effective Christians.
If we learn to apply God's promises, we can escape the decadence of the world and begin to love and live as God designed.
God says he provides all we need to live godly lives, but why is it that we don't always see ourselves lining up with this? Allen discusses this and how we must receive what God offers us. The more we get to know God and center ourselves on Him, his divine power provides us all we need to live a godly life.
Allen starts an in-depth study of 2 Peter 1, which looks at how and why we get to know God better and the natural outflow of grace and peace from that.
In closing the book of 1 Peter, Adam examines what a leader looks like through the lens of Peter. As Christians, we are leaders that are called to humility, leading by example and standing firm in the faith.
Peter addresses our motives for doing good and for suffering, looking through the lens of our life with Christ and the hope that gives endurance.
We dig into how godly submission affects our identity and relationships in the world.
What does it look like to live life with others in mind instead of our own self interests. Even though living this way is hard, Peter explains why we must strive for it.
Adam begins 1 Peter 1 looking into the text through the lenses of what our identity is and what God's identity is.
Allen finishes Zephaniah with a question and answer dialogue with the church, summing up the study of God's judgment and grace and the place it has in our lives as the people of God.
Allen dives into answering the question of what really bothers God.
A continuation of what God's justice looks like and his intention for people.