In Step: The Power of Walking with God

July 11 - September 5, 2021

Self-Control

September 5, 2021 • Adam Schultz

Self-control literally means the ability to direct one’s will. This is also known as willpower – keeping our emotions, impulses, or desires in check. The self in us is very strong, and that's what makes self-control difficult. But self-control is far more than the exertion of sheer discipline to keep from doing certain things...like eating donuts. Self-control is really about submitting your will to Jesus, then allowing His Spirit to direct your life. So why does Gentleness make it into the list of fruit that the Holy Spirit develops in us? What was the Apostle Paul thinking when he included it? He was thinking of Jesus, and how this character trait was modeled first in his life and then in the lives of his disciples, paving the way for the church to embrace it as well.

Gentleness

August 29, 2021 • Adam Mashni

Gentleness was not an overly exciting character trait to possess in the first century. It was seen as the halfway point between excessive anger and complete ambivalence – a very "meh" place to be. Not much has changed in the take-charge culture of today where gentleness is seen as a weakness. So why does Gentleness make it into the list of fruit that the Holy Spirit develops in us? What was the Apostle Paul thinking when he included it? He was thinking of Jesus, and how this character trait was modeled first in his life and then in the lives of his disciples, paving the way for the church to embrace it as well.

Faithfulness

August 22, 2021 • Brent Buttermore

At the end of our life, we all want to hear the Lord say to us, "Well done good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:21). Just what is faithfulness? What does it look like for the Christian? Along with those questions we'll also seek to uncover the ancient mystery of what a chainsaw has to do with being faithful.

Goodness

August 15, 2021 • Rick Barry

God is the source of all goodness. Indeed, he defines what goodness is and he calls us to show it to others. Of course, this is easier said than done. In this message, Pastor Rick shares three steps we can take to consistently reflect God's goodness to a world that needs it.

Patience

August 8, 2021 • Adam Schultz

Let's face it, we don’t like to wait. This makes having patience very difficult in our culture. First molded by God toward us, patience is the Spirit-generated ability to bear with, endure, and wait. This week, we'll examine what biblical patience looks like lived out?

Kindness

August 1, 2021 • Charlie Koopman

It seems that everywhere we look in culture, people are talking about kindness. Whether it's on a t-shirt, in a new book, or a way to pay it forward, kindness is everywhere. This tells us two things: that people respond to kindness and that the world is full of a lot of unkindness. Have we missed the mark on what kindness means? This week, we will take a look at the spiritual fruit of kindness and unpack what it looks like to exercise God's kindness through the powerful story of David and Mephibosheth.

Peace

July 25, 2021 • Rick Barry

The peace that Jesus provides surpasses understanding, as evidenced by the event in Luke 8 where we find Him in a boat with the disciples during a tumultuous storm. This week we'll seek to answer the following three questions. What is biblical peace? How do we get peace? How do we experience this peace daily?

Joy

July 18, 2021 • Paul Jenkinson

Joy is something hard to define, but we know it when we feel it. If you look Joy up in the dictionary it just says “extreme happiness,” but I think we all know joy is more than happiness – it is deeper, broader, more enduring, more fulfilling, and is connected to core things, not circumstances. But here's the question: where do we get it?

Love

July 11, 2021 • Adam Mashni

In his letter to the Galatians, as the Apostle Paul is addressing the basics of the Christian life, some questions arise. Are we to add a bunch of rules so that following Jesus becomes legalism? Are we to take advantage of the freedom we have in Christ and not care about how we live? Paul would say there’s a third way. Beginning this weekend, our summer series will explore what it means to keep in step with the Spirit. Each week we'll examine an aspect of the fruit the Spirit produces in our lives. This first week we'll talk about “LOVE” and ask ourselves, "What does it really mean to love my neighbor?"