May 26, 2019
2019-05-26 In My Distress, I Find Jesus
(Psalm 120)
Our Journey Into God's Presence begins, as does Psalm 120, with a prayer that is prayed to God in distress.  Being human, we're not motivated to seek help or to change unless we are in some kind of distress.  This is why it is in our distress that we can find Jesus!
  • May 26, 20192019-05-26 In My Distress, I Find Jesus
    May 26, 2019
    2019-05-26 In My Distress, I Find Jesus
    (Psalm 120)
    Our Journey Into God's Presence begins, as does Psalm 120, with a prayer that is prayed to God in distress.  Being human, we're not motivated to seek help or to change unless we are in some kind of distress.  This is why it is in our distress that we can find Jesus!
  • May 19, 20192019-05-19 Returning King
    May 19, 2019
    2019-05-19 Returning King
    (Acts 1:1-14)
    For this final message of this series - we go back to the beginning of the Christian Church where we discover that Jesus-centered Christianity thrives on the expectation of the return of Jesus.  When we truly Rediscover Jesus as our Returning King, we're motivated to passionately live out our Christian faith in this world.
  • May 5, 20192019-05-05 High Priest
    May 5, 2019
    2019-05-05 High Priest
    (Hebrews 4:14-16)
    Christians need to rediscover Jesus as their personal High Priest.  This means that at this very moment Jesus is praying for you, and because of his role as High Priest you have the ability to pray to God, now, about anything.  In this message, Pastor Matt encourages you to pour your heart out to God since he has poured himself out for you as your High Priest.
  • Apr 28, 20192019-04-28 Spirit Baptizer
    Apr 28, 2019
    2019-04-28 Spirit Baptizer
    (Luke 3:16)
    Christians sometimes become enamored with various personalities, "spiritual celebrities" that promise a new or greater anointing if you follow and support their ministries.  In contrast, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is the one and only Spirit Baptizer - and it is to Jesus that Christians should look to in desiring to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
  • Apr 21, 20192019-04-21 Dead Raiser
    Apr 21, 2019
    2019-04-21 Dead Raiser
    (John 11:17-27)
    Over the past 20 years, there has been a surge in the popularity of zombies and vampires in entertainment.  Not only is this symptom of the anxieties caused by the hopelessness and nothingness inherent to contemporary Western Culture - it also has the effect of subtly implanting the idea that the Resurrection of Jesus is something abhorrent.  In this message, we rediscover the promises and possibilities that Jesus' resurrection from the dead offers to anyone who believes that Jesus is the Son of God and is ALIVE!
  • Apr 14, 20192019-04-14 Temple Cleanser
    Apr 14, 2019
    2019-04-14 Temple Cleanser
    (Matthew 21:1-17)
    On Palm Sunday, Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem with shouts of celebration - but then Jesus immediately entered the Temple and began to cleanse it.  In our lives as Christians we have to move beyond the celebratory aspects of worship and enter the consecration of worship.  Since the Bible tells us that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, we should expect Jesus to work to cleanse our Temple (ourselves) of any idol, sin, attitude, behavior, or pattern of thinking that detracts from our faith in God.
  • Apr 7, 20192019-04-07 Perfect Sacrifice
    Apr 7, 2019
    2019-04-07 Perfect Sacrifice
    (Hebrews 10)
    Humanity and every human being shares the same endemic problem - SIN.  In his life, death, and resurrection Jesus was the "Perfect Sacrifice" for our sins.  In this message, Pastor Matt takes a look at how Jesus' self-sacrifice for our sins continues to liberate and transform us.
  • Mar 31, 20192019-03-31 Master Teacher
    Mar 31, 2019
    2019-03-31 Master Teacher
    (Luke 24:13-32)
    After his resurrection from death, Jesus' disciples rapidly discovered that Jesus really was the "Master Teacher."  Jesus is still the Master Teacher of every sincere Christian who earnestly desires to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  Jesus takes us where we are, and begins to teach us out of our ignorance and immaturity so we can be mature followers of Him.
  • Mar 24, 20192019-03-24 Story Writer
    Mar 24, 2019
    2019-03-24 Story Writer
    (Hebrews 12:1-3)
    People today - both Christians and non-Christians - need to rediscover Jesus as the "Story Writer," the "author and finisher of our faith."  Jesus Christ died for us, rose from the dead for us, sent the Holy Spirit to us, and prays for us because He has a plan for each of us!  We need to be reminded that His plan for us does not include a destiny dominated by our history or a future controlled by our failures!
  • Mar 17, 20192019-03-17 Rediscovering Jesus
    Mar 17, 2019
    2019-03-17 Rediscovering Jesus
    (Revelation 2:1-7)
    Mahatma Ghandi once remarked to a missionary, "I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."  This sentiment expresses our need as Christians and as the Church to "Rediscover Jesus."  In this message, Pastor Matt takes a close look at the Church in Ephesus to discover why a church that had been founded on a passionate commitment to Jesus Christ later drifted away from a center-focus on Jesus.
  • Mar 3, 20192019-03-03 Worship Through Holiness
    Mar 3, 2019
    2019-03-03 Worship Through Holiness
    (Romans 12:1-3)
    Personal holiness has become an unpopular subject in Western Christianity for a number of reasons.  We've forgotten that the pursuit of personal holiness is the same as the pursuit of personal Christ-likeness!  Holiness isn't an achievement.  Holiness is a form of active, living, personal worship that occurs as we allow the Holy Spirit to make us more like Jesus in every area and relationship in our lives.
  • Feb 24, 20192019-02-24 Worship Through Work
    Feb 24, 2019
    2019-02-24 Worship Through Work
    (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
    We spend more of our waking time at our work than on any other activity in our lives!  Our work should be transformed into the greatest act of worship that we have at our disposal.  God wants us to learn how to integrate our work-life into our faith-life so that our work changes from being labor or a profession to being worship.
  • Feb 17, 20192019-02-17 Worship Through Praise
    Feb 17, 2019
    2019-02-17 Worship Through Praise
    (Psalm 150)
    We limit ourselves whenever we confine our praise of God to a few minutes in church.  Since praise is part of worship and worship of God reaches into every area of our lives, praise of God is meant to fill and flood every part, every activity, and every occasion of our lives!
  • Feb 10, 20192019-02-10 Worship Through Giving
    Feb 10, 2019
    2019-02-10 Worship Through Giving
    (2Samuel 24:18-25)
    Since our worship of God goes beyond the church and touches every area of our lives our worship of God is also reflected in our giving!  God wants us to become worshippers by becoming Givers - being a Giver isn't about the act of giving, but the attitude behind our giving.
  • Jan 27, 20192019-01-27 Worship Through Obedience
    Jan 27, 2019
    2019-01-27 Worship Through Obedience
    (1Samuel 15)
    Obedience is one of the most difficult topics to preach on because disobedience has been instilled in our hearts as the first sin of humanity and enshrined in our culture as a near-virtue.  This makes our obedience of God the purest form of worship we can possibly give to God - AND - this makes our disobedience of God the worst form of anti-worship we can give God.