Sermons & Teachings

November 3, 2021
Series: One-Off
Audience: Youth, Youth Group
Big Idea: You are created by God in God’s image. You matter. God is God, we are in no place to live life for ourselves
What’s the dumbest thing you have ever seen an animal do? Luke 15:3-7: So he told them this parable: “What man among you, who has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has ... Read more

November 3, 2021
Series: One-Off
Audience: Youth, Youth Group
Big Idea: Because of how you were made, you are valuable, known, & loved — and that has an impact on how you live. “The goal of Christianity is not to be more like Jesus, but to look more like the Trinitarian God”
What makes humans different from animals? Made in the Image of God Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created ... Read more

October 26, 2021
Series: Ephesians
Audience: Church
Big Idea: The goal is to walk worthily of God — but is beyond simply putting forth effort or overcoming human obstacles. There are extremely powerful spiritual beings that strategize and carry out plans to derail the best intentions of Christians to live out God's call in their lives. So rest in your relationship with God, pray, and depend on His strength.
Prayers from an Introvert When Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesian church, he would not have had to convince them of their need for countermeasures against demonic influence. They knew they needed it desperately and usually looked to magic to assist. The effects of demonic activity were everywhere in that day. Today, not so ... Read more

October 25, 2021
Series: It's Not What You Think
Audience: Adults, Youth Group
Big Idea: The table is that place where heaven and earth collide, a glimpse at the future Jesus has for all those who follow Him.
Jefferson’s Teaching: One thing I see on Instagram or Twitter a lot lately is people take pictures of their coffee or of their food. And a lot of people laugh at it or say it’s cliché, but there’s actually something fascinating going on there, I think, even though we live in a fast food, Westernized, ... Read more

October 24, 2021
Series: Ephesians
Audience: Church
Big Idea: We ALL are under His authority, so act like it.
I pretty much started working as soon as I was able to. My first job, when I was 14, was being a soccer referee. Not a glamorous job, but I saw my siblings do it, and it paid a bit of cash, and my parents were willing to get me where I needed to be ... Read more

October 20, 2021
Series: It's Not What You Think
Audience: Adults, Youth Group
Big Idea: Worship's not what you think: You Become What You Behold
Review Session 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 before introducing Session 7. There are countless stories of athletes who had to retire early because of a career ending injury. Brandon Roy. Sterling Sharpe. Chris Spielman. Bo Jackson. Yao Ming. Terrell Davis. Danny Manning. Daunte Culpepper. When these injuries happen, we lose a huge part ... Read more

October 12, 2021
Series: Fall Retreat 2021
Audience: Youth
Big Idea: Sometimes not having an answer is the strongest apologetic - "I'm not sure, I'll find out."
Talking with others about God. Why Not? 1) Afraid of looking dumb by not having the answers. 2) Not confident that you’re right. Your role vs the role of the Holy Spirit in conversations with others about God It is God that saves, and if people come to faith, it is a miracle done by ... Read more

October 12, 2021
Series: Fall Retreat 2021
Audience: Youth
Big Idea: It is reasonable to believe not only in a god, but in the God of the Bible.
Author: Peter Gerba

October 11, 2021
Series: Fall Retreat 2021
Audience: Youth
Big Idea: The Gospels are “good” history — then the rest of the Bible is too. The Gospels, as history, tell us that Jesus lived, God was in Him, He did miracles, died, and his body was never to be found.
Circular Argument: We believe in God because of the Bible, but God wrote the Bible. Why trust the Bible? Why trust the gospel accounts? Almost all our knowledge about Jesus comes from the Gospels, but we can read the gospels as History before we read them as God’s Word. We tend to think that Christians ... Read more

October 11, 2021
Series: Fall Retreat 2021
Audience: Youth
Big Idea: Critically thinking about Christianity and your faith is necessary and encouraged.
Goal: For Students to buy into the idea that they need to be proactive in developing a confident faith in God, and to translate that confidence to their conversations with their friends. Apologetics: An attempt to defend a particular belief or system of beliefs against objections. Apologia: A defendant’s reply to the accusations of the ... Read more