April 16, 2017 – Easter “Nicodemus Seeks Jesus”

Summary:

The more you investigate Jesus the more attractive He becomes. Nicodemus, a respected Jewish leader, investigated Jesus and he was never the same. He came to understand what it means to be born again. When people look to Jesus, in faith, when people trust and embrace Jesus, they become a new person.

After Jesus ‘ resurrection, His followers had new boldness. Death was not as worrisome as it used to be. Jesus’ followers had confidence and even fearlessness now that He’s alive!

Scripture Reading – John 3:1-21

Sermon Length – 23:35

April 14, 2017 – Good Friday “Be A Giver”

Summary:

It’s God’s loving nature to give. Before he created the universe, before anyone sinned, God planned to send Jesus. Jesus willingly followed through with His Fathers plan. He willingly gave His life to forgive us.

As followers of Christ we can measure our love by how much we’re willing to give. It’s a privilege to give everything to Christ who gave His all.

Scripture Reading – John 3:16-17

God is a Giving God:

Scripture Reading – John 18:28-37

Part 1 – by Pastor Scott Loomis,

Scripture Reading – John 19:1-16a

Part 2 – by Pastor Sean Nemecek

Scripture Reading – John 19:16b-30 & John 3:16-17

Part 3 – by Pastor Keith Bergstrom

April 9, 2017 “A Higher Calling”

What is the elephant in the room in the Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entry, Story? It’s Jesus weeping for people who reject Him (Luke 19:41). God doesn’t want anyone to be left out of the peace that comes in following Jesus (2 Peter 3:9).

Who do you weep for? Who do you have a long-term longing for? Reach out to them. Help them, gently and respectfully, to take a step closer to Jesus. The hope is that, in time, they will place their trust in Jesus (Psalms 126:5-6).

Scripture Reading – Luke 19:28-44

Sermon Length – 26:01

April 2, 2017 “Joy, Prayer, Thanks”

What kind of a God wants you to be joyful always, to always stay in touch, and to always have a thankful outlook no matter what? A good God. A very good God. Yet, painful events in life can cause us to wonder about the goodness of God. However, God’s goodness isn’t a decision left up to us. God is good, whether we understand His ways or not (Matthew 19:17, Psalms 145:9). In the context of suffering and hard time God is still at work in our life, weaving things together for the good (Romans 8:28). In spite of difficulties, God’s will for you is joy, gratitude, and to always stay in touch.

Scripture Reading – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sermon Length – 27:33

March 26, 2017 “Cultivating Perpetual Thanks”

If you made a list of what you’re thankful for it might look like this: 1. Christian Faith, 2. Being in love, 3. Freedom, 4. Health, 5. Intellectual Stimulation, 6. Meaningful Work, 7. Well off lifestyle and 8. Christ-like servant character. Having good reasons to be thankful doesn’t mean we will be thankful. Like 2 rails of a railroad track, we always have something good and something bad in our life. We choose what we focus on. Gratitude shifts the focus from what’s wrong to what’s right.

Scripture Reading – Colossians 2:6-7

Sermon Length – 27:17