A Participating Faith
Matthew 25:14-30 • October 14, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
Sometimes we are content to be spectators, but being a disciple is NOT for spectators. Christ wants us to jump in with both feet and eagerly participate in his kingdom building. The parable of the talents challenges us to wrestle with the question: 'what are we doing with what's been entrusted to us?' To whom something is given—regardless how great or small —something is required. We've been enfolded into a faith that calls for our participation as we follow after Jesus.
A Forgiving Faith
Matthew 18:21-35 • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
Tonight we examine a conversation that Jesus has with Peter around one of the toughest challenges we will wade through as one following after Jesus. Forgiveness as a habit and mark of a disciple is tough when we live in a culture that likes to keep score. So we look at what forgiveness is, what it is not. We lean into the heart Jesus wants to form within us. Ultimately: forgiven people, forgive people. *also hear a testimony from Sheila in her journey of forgiveness.
July 22, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
If you've ever skipped stones across a lake, you've seen what they call the 'ripple effect'. Friends, as God’s people and as The Church – we’re to have a ‘ripple effect’ = an ever-expanding reach of impact and influence for Jesus. Jesus said His Father is always working (see John 5:16-18) …and that He is always at work as well. We get to join in that work, to partner with God in His activity. God is still active friends. (he’s not distant, distracted, or dormant). He is active in an ever-expanding scope of work…within us, through our reach, within our city, all around our world.
Motivated to Serve
Matthew 18:1-5 • September 23, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
We live in a world that likes to define greatness in a way that is contrary to how Jesus defines it. We look into the conversation (Matthew 18) he has with his early followers redefining what greatness truly is - as he sought to move their hearts toward a motivation to serve others. We’re called to live life with the mindset of Christ, with humility and an “it’s not all about me” type of attitude and approach as a disciple.
May 20, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
Tonight, we attempt a 'mash-up' reminder of all we've looked at in this Changed series. The reality that those who have said 'yes' to Jesus have undergone a divine change of God and are invited into an ongoing changing work of Jesus as we follow Him. Where might God be directing you in some next steps of change he's wanting to do within your life? Lean in. Listen for his lead. Step out in partnering with him in that adventure. *Pastor Bryan leads us through a time of prayer & reflection.
Choose This Day
Joshua ch. 23 & 24 • November 19, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
As we wrap up our series in the Old Testament book of Joshua, we're going to see in the last chapters, Joshua's last challenge. He's going to challenge them (and us) that our spiritual fervor and commitment is ultimately our choice to make. We decide – one way or another. In the plethora of 'things' seeking our allegiance and devotion - God is asking us to choose Him. He chose us and now he asks us to choose him. Jesus desires and deserves absolute love, not optional love. We must choose – this day and the next day, and the next day...(repeat)
Emotion Pictures: LOVE
July 23, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
As we wrap up our series, we wanted to take some time to dive into the emotion of love. In a world that struggles to define it or demonstrate it well - the biblical call toward LOVE is something so much more than a manufactured or maintained 'feeling'. Jesus reiterates that the measure of spiritual maturity: is love. Agape love is what the Scriptures point toward. The deepest desire of the human heart - is for a love that will last. God's AGAPE love is an unchanging love - in the midst of a changing world. It's the love He has for you. It's the love He wants to grow within you.
Getting Relationally Right
Joshua ch. 7 • November 12, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
Tonight's story is one of failure. We all have 'em. It's ultimately about our biggest challenge and one we couldn't overcome on our own. It introduces us to a rhythm we need in our lives as we face our own sins, failures and mistakes. We don't minimize sin, but we do MAXIMIZE JESUS. It's only there that we are fueled by gratitude and can move forward, and not be haunted by guilt and held back. Repentance moves us to worship our great and graceful God. A regular rhythm of repentance keeps us relational right with God.
parable of the good samaritan • June 4, 2017 • Kimberley Lee
Pity notices, but compassion acts. We will never meet the BEST VERSION of ourselves inside our comfort zones. God can use chaos to mold and shape us. God moves towards us and He wants us to move towards the mess. Luke 10:25-37
July 15, 2018 • Matthew Warnstedt
We live surrounded by voices speaking over us, around us and into us and seeking to shape our identity. We live in the tension of basing our identity off what the 'world' says we are or off what God says about us - leaning on our 'kingdom identity' in who and what God says we are. The truth for us to grab ahold of: you are not defined by who or what the world says you are, but by who and what God the Father says you are!
Matthew 13:1-23 • September 16, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
We lean into the Parable of the Sower and what Jesus unpacks about the receptivity of the human heart towards the truth, grace and hope of God. We're challenged to cultivate a receptive heart within ourselves and to also share God with whomever, whenever and wherever we're given opportunities. Invest like the Sower. Cultivate a heart that is conditioned well for God's growth in and through you.
A God-changed life is a God-gifted life, and gifts are meant to be shared. • May 6, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
When you're given a gift, you open it, utilize it, share it. You don't hide it away. Biblical teaching is clear: WE ALL (men & women) as folks who put their faith in Jesus, have been given spiritual gifts to use! Everyone has a "spiritual gift" - an ability that equips us to serve God & His Church in a special way. Followers of Jesus are to live with a larger purpose, they’re ACTIVELY using their gifts, serving wholeheartedly, giving sacrificially to God’s will, seeking to multiply God's impact & reach – bringing the HOPE and LIGHT of Jesus wherever they go! A God-changed life is a God-gifted life, and gifts are meant to be shared.
Why Prayer Matters
September 10, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
Tonight we want to talk about WHY Prayer Matters?! What's the intent of prayer and how can making it a pattern in your life actually refuel your soul? Prayer is one of the most common phenomena of human life. Prayer was vitally important to Jesus – he modeled it well and often, because for Jesus it wasn’t just a PRIORITY, it was a NECESSITY. Truth: Prayer is a learned behavior and nobody is born an expert at it and prayer is a habit that matters.
Emotion Pictures: Fear
July 16, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
As we look into the emotion of FEAR tonight, we examine some facets of fear. Natural fear (healthy) acts as a warning to us. Biblical concept of 'the fear of the Lord' is really more about having a healthy reverence for God. He's Big, I'm little. The destructive side of fear is when unhealthy fears tend to grow within us and can end up holding us hostage to the life God desires. When you let fear run your life, it ruins your life. Jesus promises his presence in our lives, so fear doesn't have to hold us back.
FOCUS: own it
October 8, 2017 • Pastor Jack & Pastor Bryan
As we finish up our 'Focus' series around the mission of Elements, tonight we turn toward what it means to 'own' our faith and the mission of this church. It means we keep stepping forward in following Jesus. Owning our faith, isn’t about earning our faith, but it is about authenticating it. (Jesus challenges us to follow - see Luke 9:22-25). We (as The Church) are to OWN our contribution to partnering in the mission as well of His Church as well.
Walls Come Down
Joshua ch. 6 • November 5, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
Jericho falls through God's intervention. The impossible happened. It reminds us of what Jesus said "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Impossibility just isn’t in God’s vocabulary. One of the deepest theological messages of Joshua ch. 6 is that God is teaching us to trust Him instead of trusting our own cleverness. God is still in the business of breaking down walls today. You never know what God will set in motion with one small step of obedience.
Why Sabbath Matters
September 3, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
The practice of Sabbath is remembering that we are not what we produce. We are valued because of WHOSE we are, not what we do. We are a human BEING, not a human DOING.The rhythm of SABBATH matters to our physical, mental, emotional well-being and ultimately to our spiritual growth and maturity.
a God-changed life will infuse godly change into the community around you. • April 29, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
Bio: Life as a follower of Jesus is about more than just ‘carving out a good life’ for ourselves – it’s about living on mission for God and his good in our world! We aren’t meant to simply blend into culture, but as agents for God, we’re to impact and have influence within culture. Living passionately partnered with God, involved so to leverage your life for God and His good. The movement of Jesus is never about ‘come and chill’– it has always been about "Go. Be. Do." Bottom Line: a God-changed life will infuse godly change into the community around you.
Each One Matters
parable of the lost sheep • May 28, 2017 • Pastor Jack Schull
Distance is a part of life - it can be measured, counted and even felt. But God doesn't like relational distance - so He put in motion a plan to bridge the gap of relational distance by sending Jesus. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who searches for everyone - because Each One matters. We're now to invite others closer to the Good Shepherd by leveraging our life: Found People help find people. *Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15:1-7