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Signs and Shaping Faith
March 11, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
John 20: 30-31
Continuing in the series: Revelation and Mystery in the Gospel of John, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches from John 20: 30 -31. Did you know John lists 9 signs or miracles of Jesus? John picked these signs to so that we might believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and Pastor Phil helps us understand what each of these signs can teach us.
God Crossing the Divide
March 04, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
John 4: 4-26
Would you lay down your life for a muslim? For a bi-sexual person? For a transgender person? For a Democrat? For a Republican? For an illegal immigrant? For a God mocker? For the addict? Jesus did. Christianity is not indignation. Following Jesus is not about about judging those who are different; instead, Christianity should shock people in our willingness to talk to and engage anyone and everyone. Jesus engaged the judgmental and the "sinner" alike. There is hope for all in Christ, and this should give us hope. Watch to learn more about this hope.
Religion and the Gospel
February 25, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
What is religion? What is its purpose? What is it useful for? Is Christianity a religion among so many other religions but happens to be the right religion? If Christianity is different how is it different? How many times in your life have you said: God, I just don’t get you? I can’t figure you out. God, you are so frustrating? I have said this plenty often over my life. As you read the gospels there are quite a few - ‘God, I don’t get you moments’, so we are in good company. The story of Nicodemus is one of the best examples of this. Join Pastor Phil in today's sermon where he digs into the topics of Religion and The Gospel.
How Much Faith?
February 18, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
John 2
How much faith do you need to know that you believe in Jesus? What makes you a believer? What makes you an unbeliever? Pastor Phil Schaefer tackles these questions, and he believes that doubting works out real faith. He even believes that a church's maturity can be measured in how it accepts its struggles in faith as an important part of following Jesus. In fact, he argues that believing in Jesus is about trusting your present, past and future even in your doubting. Don't believe him? Watch for more on what makes a person a believer.
What Are You Seeking?
February 11, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
John 1: 35 - 50
What do you want in life? Or to put it differently, what's the meaning of life? Pastor Phil Schaefer shows how Jesus asks these questions in the book of John when he meets the disciples, and Pastor Phil declares that the Holy Spirit is asking you these same questions today. God is inviting us to come and see. Along these lines, Phil says that discipleship can be summed up in two words: "Follow Me." Now, you can question Jesus, you can doubt Jesus, you can challenge Jesus, you can debate Jesus, but you will not stop Jesus. He won't be outrun. You can run as far and as fast as you can, but Jesus will still be there waiting and asking, "What are you looking for?"
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
February 04, 2018 - Michael Acock
John 1: 9-18
What does it mean to have spiritual disciplines? Is being faithful simply about reading our Bibles, praying, coming to church and checking another spiritual task off of our checklists? Pastor Mike Acock doesn't think so. Our lists tend to cause us to focus on ourselves and our sin, and ultimately, our report cards don't tend to change our behavior. Instead, Pastor Mike calls us to focus on Jesus and who we are in Him. In other words, being spiritually disciplined is about having a relationship with Jesus, for He has already checked off all of our boxes on our behalf. What does that look practically? Well, one example is our Senior Pastor, Phil Schaefer who we honored today for his 35 years of living out the faithfulness of God in our midst. We do honor Pastor Phil, but we more fully celebrate the faithfulness of God that he has shown through Pastor Phil and his wife, Deb's, lives. Watch the sermon for more on discovering God's faithfulness.
Revelation and Mystery in the Gospel of John
January 28, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Ezekiel 1: 4-28
Have you ever wanted to know God better? To begin our new sermon series. Pastor Phil Schaefer talks from Ezekiel about the Gospel of John, and this has everything to do with knowing God. Ezekiel gets a revelation from God that is overwhelming. The Bible says this view into God's presence was 3x removed from seeing God, and yet, it's still awesome in the fullest meaning of the word. Pastor Phil compares it to the most hair raising, fear and laughter causing, take your breath away experience you ever had. Phil goes onto say that all of us will stand before God fully with nothing between us and Him, and that experience will pale with meeting God face to face. Phil gives us four reasons for why he is starting his sermon series this way: Phil wants us to approach this sermon series with seriousness that our very existence relies on how we perceive & approach Jesus. This gathering among ourselves - for worship, teaching, prayer, conversation - matters in our relationship to God. Phil wants us to lift God up so that all our doubts and fears are absorbed in him. He wants the knowledge of the destiny of our lives to shape our present. When we truly see God, we cannot help but be undone.
Feeding on Jesus, The Bread of Life
January 21, 2018 - Donnie Berry
John 6: 25-35
"Am I ok?" We tend to ask ourselves that question every day. Sure, we may not use that exact phrase, but it reveals itself in why we do certain things. We're constantly looking to be satisfied.  We're looking to find rest. With the rise of technology, one might think we'd be full of rest, but we're just as distracted as ever. One might say we're less restful with technology than with technology. What must we do to find rest? Pastor Donnie Berry answers this question in this sermon from John 6: 25 - 35 on where we can find that something that satisfies. The one thing that will finally give us rest; the things that will make us say, "I'm ok." Watch or listen to find The source for rest.
Old People Who See
January 14, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
Luke 2:25
In this week's podcast Pastor Phil continues his teaching on several stories of the Epiphany. Epiphany means revelation – of something entirely new. Epiphany is about God revealing himself in flesh. Not like replacing of an old car w/ a new car. It is something never seen or known before. In this weeks scripture reference the old man Simeon who is a total stranger to Joseph & Mary walks up to the couple, takes hold of the baby, hugs him closely, and begins to publicly proclaim who this Child is. Notice, it is not Simeon bringing revelation. It is Christ who brings the revelation. Simeon is the mouthpiece for what God is doing. Our natural eyes will grow dimmer as we age, but the eyes of faith will see more, and see more clearly. As long as you draw breath, God is not done revealing Himself, revealing His heart, revealing the thoughts of our hearts, drawing us into greater faith.
The Master of the Feast
January 07, 2018 - Phil Schaefer
John 2:1-10
So, Jesus is at this wedding, and they run out of wine. Watch or listen as Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches from this story from John chapter 2. Now, in first century Jewish society, this was a hugely embarrassing mistake, but Jesus steps into this moment and does the miraculous. He turns the water into wine. Pastor Phil teaches and explains this Biblical story, and he gives three practical applications for us to think on today: Love and acceptance wins people's hearts We all need to be filled with God's presence Wherever you are in your marriage, Jesus has more to give you and your spouse. Let's pray into these things. That God would strengthen our marriages, that God would fill you if you're empty and God would change our hearts to like being around those who aren't like us, especially unbelievers. Watch or listen to the sermon to hear Phil teach on and pray into God not letting our wine run out.