Becoming the Church: A Ministering Community - Part 2

August 23rd, 2020

When Peter and Cornelius meet up in Acts 10, they engage in an amazing conversation — one that helps us learn how to both receive ministry and give it away to others. Today we're focusing on three ways to prepare our lives to receive ministry (clue: they have to do with "presence and presents!"). 

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Becoming the Church: A Ministering Community - Part 1

August 16th, 2020

What do flying carpets and exploding dams have to do with becoming a ministering community? That's what Peter finds out in Acts 10. This is where he is confronted with the reality that life in Jesus would be radically different from the life in which he grew up — one where customs and traditions, mixed with some ethnic prejudice, had held him back from people who were different than him. But all that changed in Acts 10 — and we pray it changes for us as well. It's time to blow up some dams. 

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Becoming the Church: A Called-Out Community

August 8th, 2020

You have been chosen by God — uniquely called out to be part of His family! In Acts 9 we find the story of two men (one bad, one good) who were called out by God. Find out how their responses changed history forever and teach us about how we can respond to Jesus as well. 

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Becoming the Church: A Problem-Solving Community

August 7th, 2020

By Acts 6, as the church began to grow, problems emerged — not just from outside, but from inside as well. But they didn't sweep the issues under the rug. They dealt with them head-on, providing us with a model of faith-filled problem-solving!

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Becoming the Church: A Resilient Community

August 7th, 2020

We all go through hardship. Jesus said it would be that way, and our life experience has proved it over and over. So resiliency is critical! While we do get knocked around, getting knocked out doesn't have to be our story. Let's discover what roles hardship plays in our lives and how we can rely on Jesus to see us through.

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Becoming the Church: A Generous Community

July 18th, 2020

At the end of Acts 4 and the start of Chapter 5, we find three important truths about generosity and how it marked the early church — as well as two things that went terribly wrong! But through all this, we discover why the church was known as a community where, "No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, so they shared everything they had." 

For a deeper dive into the topic of generosity, follow this link to find the series, "Resurrecting Generosity" — https://sm4.org/series/res-gen  

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Becoming the Church: A Miracle-Working Community

July 11th, 2020

Jesus is a miracle-working God. His miracles display God's breakthrough grace, and point to His limitless and unrivaled power. And the church is to carry the expectation that God will pour out His miraculous power on them, so they can share it with the world. From Acts 3, we learn how to press into God's grace — not only by believing in God's power, but by living into our faith. If you need a miracle, this is for you! 

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Becoming the Church: A Covenant Community

July 5th, 2020

If the church is to be a community, what kind would it be? The story of Acts points toward something more than a group of people committed to God. They were also known by their love for each other. The church has always been called to be a covenant community, devoted both to God and to the other. When this breaks down, there is no mission — but when it flourishes, redemption flows.

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Becoming the Church: A Proclaiming Community

June 26th, 2020

The church discovered on day one it was a proclaiming community — dedicated to declaring the good news of Jesus! We get to echo the words of Peter in Acts 2: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!"

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Becoming the Church: An Empowered Community

June 20th, 2020

In Acts 2 God sends the promised Holy Spirit to empower His newly formed church! There's the sound of wind, the sight of heaven's fire, and the believers spoke in unknown tongues — all ways God was showing His mighty power. And the results were immediate: an incredibly diverse group of people, representing languages and ethnicities from around the world were united in Jesus. That's the same legacy we can experience when we rely on the Holy Spirit to empower our church and our lives. 

Near the end of this message, Pastor Tim also shares some thoughts on the amazing gift of speaking in tongues. 

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Becoming the Church: A Missionary Community

June 13th, 2020

Today we begin a new series, diving into the Book of Acts to discover — along with the first followers of Jesus — what it means to be "the church." In Acts One, the disciples find that Jesus had no intention of backing their political, nationalistic agenda. Jesus tells them that instead of providing political freedom for ONE nation, He would be empowering them to provide spiritual freedom to ALL nations! The first lesson for the church: you must be a missionary community. 

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Finding Faith in Jesus Part 2

June 6th, 2020

As we continue to pray and seek God on behalf of our nation and world, this week it is very appropriate that the second part of our two-week series, Finding Faith In Jesus, is all about the restoration and hope that's only possible because of Jesus: our healer, and soon coming King!

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Finding Faith in Jesus Part 1

May 30th, 2020

In this two-week series, we're looking at four powerful spiritual realities of those who put their trust in Jesus. Today, Pastors Tim & Kaelyn Mossholder look at the first two: new life and spiritual empowerment. 

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Taking New Ground Pt 9

May 23rd, 2020

In this final message in our series, we take a closer look at the life of Joshua. He wasn't just a warrior-leader for the people of Israel — he was a passionate seeker of God. What can we learn from his life (especially his one singular, defining declaration) about taking new ground? 

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Taking New Ground Pt 8

May 17th, 2020

When taking new ground, we'll be faced with temptations to take things God never intended for us. That's the cautionary story found in Joshua Chapter 7, where Achan is exposed for having taken the very things God said not to touch. It's a painful lesson — but one we can learn from as we discover what in our heart pulls us toward the shiny lures that end up causing so much ruin.

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Taking New Ground Pt 7

May 10th, 2020

In Joshua Chapter Six, God's people finally engage their enemy at Jericho. What we discover here will inform our own struggles as well, because we all face challenges and conflict. 

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Taking New Ground Pt 6

May 3rd, 2020

We're in Joshua Chapter 5 and God's people were finally in their Promised Land. But before they could launch out and take new ground, God tells them that they have to take care of two important things: they had to renew their covenant with Him, and they had to take on new responsibility. We find that these are two things we also need if we're going to mature and take new spiritual territory. 

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Taking New Ground Pt 5

April 25th, 2020

When God's people finally stepped into the Promised Land, the very first thing God had them do was not rest, pray, or worship. Their first assignment was a construction project — to build a memorial. We tend to be incredibly forgetful when it comes to the work of God in our lives, and memorials are God's antidote to spiritual amnesia! As part of our gathering today, join us as we "remember" the work of Jesus on the cross by celebrating communion. 

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Taking New Ground Pt 4

April 18th, 2020

"You've never traveled this way before..." That's what God tells His people in Joshua Chapter 3, as they're about to cross the formidable Jordan River. And that's what many of us are feeling in our lives right now! We've never experienced anything like this before — and it can leave us perplexed and fearful. But Pastor Gary Howse takes us into these waters, and we discover that God will be with us all the way to the other side. 

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Easter 2020 - The Power of Truth

April 11th, 2020

Just before being sent to the cross, Jesus had a conversation with the Roman Governor, Pilate. They were talking about truth. In the middle of their discussion, Jesus stated that He'd come into the world to demonstrate the power of truth. And while He did that throughout His life on earth, it was His death and resurrection that proved to be the greatest demonstration of truth in all of history. 

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