October 2014

Grow

The goal of witness is not to dunk people in a baptistery, but to see them transformed into Christlikeness. Growing spiritually is of significance for both the witness and those who are receiving the witness. The presence or absence of spiritual growth has the perhaps the greatest capacity to advance or inhibit our witness.



Share

Once we have connected with lost people and demonstrated God’s love for them through acts of service, there comes a time when we need to open our mouths — and share our stories in a way that points people to Christ. Often we have made the task of sharing much more difficult than it needs […]



Serve

After we have connected with lost people, we have not completed our life on mission. Life On Mission also includes serving others, especially those who would be considered the outcast and the despised. When we live a life of service, we show the love of God to people in tangible ways. The parable of the […]



September 2014

Connect

Jesus has called us to be witnesses. However, the question remains on “how does this witness thing happen?” If you are going to live a life on mission, you will have to connect with lost people. You cannot reach those who you do not touch.



The Starting Point For A Life On Mission

When Jesus Instructs the disciples to notice the readiness of the harvest, and urges them to prayer for laborers to bring the harvest in the central focus is not on seeing the harvest or on praying for harvesters. The key to the text is the compassion of Jesus. Jesus’ compassion contrasted with Jonah’s contempt for those […]



An Invitation To Life On Mission

Jesus tells the story of two lost sons in luke 15, and through the story he invites us to embark with Him and the Father on a Life On Mission. This message is a first-person telling of the Parable of the Lost Sons from the perspective of the older brother.



August 2014

The Church That Makes Jesus Sick

It is quite an indictment to be labeled as a church that makes Jesus sick, but that describes the church in Laodicea. They had lost their witness as either a refreshing, invigorating (cold) community of faith, or a healing, restoring (hot) place. At least three symptoms were present for Laodicea’s malady, and Jesus prescribes at […]



July 2014

The Church In A Tight Spot

Pergamum was a city with vast religious options. Believers would face constant temptation to seek fulfillment for their life needs from any number of these gods, and turn their back on Jesus. When we start looking for someone else to full our needs in life, we are traipsing into Satan’s throneroom.



The Church Struggling To Survive

Spiritual struggles are not to be feared because they are an opportunity for growth. Those who surrender to cultural seduction will not suffer the persecution, oppression or pressure that will build their faith. Neither will they escape the Second Death.



June 2014

Knowing The One Who Writes

When we no longer stand in awe of Christ, we are only a step away from sin. Jesus presents himself in his full glory to address two crises that result from having too small of a view of God.



When I Am The Difficult Person

All of my difficult relationships have one thing in common – ME. Philippians 2:1-11 give an example of how I can overcome the selfishness and pride that can contribute to my being the difficult person for others.



Dealing With Difficult People

As soon as we begin to relate to one another, we learn the painfulness of relationships. However, in spite of this pain, the goal of all relationships remains the same – the enacting of redemptive grace. This message looks particularly at three difficult relationships for a believer and offers Biblical principles for dealing with the […]