Most leaders sell themselves. They want to make it as easy and appealing as possible to join their cause. Unbelievably, not Jesus. Jesus was--and is--up front with the rugged truth: to follow Him is a call to die. But here’s the key: it’s a death the leads to the truest life. In this study of Matthew 8 & 9, we encounter an enormous Jesus leading us into a massive, terrifying, beautiful new life.
November 08, 2020Preacher: Jason Clarke
Our culture is beginning to understand the power of shame, and we are using it as a weapon against one another. This is what leprosy is, a picture of the shame of sin. Matthew uses the unclean leper so we can understand that in the face of shame, fear, isolation, and sin Jesus is willing to touch and heal us. But this is only possible when we completely surrender to Jesus' lordship in our lives.
November 15, 2020Preacher: Jason Clarke
Most leaders sell themselves. They want to make it as easy and appealing as possible to join their cause. Unbelievably, not Jesus. Jesus was--and is--up front with the rugged truth: to follow Him is a call to die. But here’s the key: it’s a death the leads to the truest life. Because when we give up everything in order to follow Jesus, we get everything Himself in return.
November 22, 2020Preacher: Nolan Tjaden
Our culture has moved to a hyper-focus on the physical dangers we face, and it's been to the detriment of the very true reality of a spiritual realm. Our only hope in a world surrounded by great physical AND spiritual dangers? A big, powerful, and sovereign Jesus. Spiritual warfare is not a battle between equals, Jesus reigns supreme. And if we surrender to Him, he will reign supreme in our lives as well.
December 06, 2020Preacher: Jason Clarke
So often we feel like our past, our personality, or our experience is what makes or breaks our ability to be used in the Kingdom of God. In Matthew 9, we see Jesus calling and connecting with tax collectors and sinners. One of those was the disciple Matthew. The truth is, God wants to use the unexpected to do the unimaginable. If we would just surrender our lives over to His kingdom work—we would experience resurrection of our past and our future.
December 13, 2020Preacher: Jason Clarke
Our world is hurting — substance abuse, self-harm, violence, mental illness, suicide. No matter the income level, gender, political stance, or ethnicity we are all experiencing this around us. We turn inward and isolate. We are desperate. Desperate for healing, desperate for the grace of a Savior. There is One who hears us. One who has grace. One who can bring healing. Jesus hears our cries... if we will only cry out to Him.
December 20, 2020Preacher: Nolan Tjaden
Our culture is placing safety as the highest priority in our lives. Safety, health, and the protection of the vulnerable are absolutely some of our responsibilities as Christians, but it’s not the top priority. There is an urgency for the right here and now to bring Christ to this world. A world filled with sorrow and pain. At the end of Matthew 9, we see Jesus is moved with compassion for the people around him. He says that the harvest is plentiful — there are people everywhere that are desperate for salvation, and that the workers are few — we are the people to go out and bring them to Him and His redemption. If we would only pray earnestly, and obey with an urgency for the Gospel.