becoming more like Jesus - Gospel of Matthew series
Faith on the GO
Matthew 28:18-20 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
We're to live on the GO for Jesus. Some of his final words recorded in the gospel of Matthew are to be are first priority! If we’re to live out the Great Commission of Jesus (Matt 28), we must do so with Great Commandment love (Matt 22). We must live it out through our actions AND we must speak about Jesus as we have opportunity. We examined 3 key opportunities available to us as we seek to leverage our lives for Jesus as His disciple.
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.
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.
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 Resting Faith
Matthew 11:25-30 • September 9, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
In our 'always connected' culture, often times, real rest can be elusive. We can get caught up striving for more and more and even have that mindset slip into our spiritual journey. But the beautiful invitation of the gospel is to a posture of rest. Resting fully in the finished work of Jesus and learning rhythm's of rest as we journey life with Him. Lean into one of the most significant invitations given by Christ. (Matthew 11:25-30)
Matthew 11:1-5 • September 2, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
Doubt isn't something only some encounter in life, it seems to be a part of the human experience. As we pursue after Jesus, doubts and questions might surface in our journey. What do we do in those moments? Disciples are not people who never doubt. They may have doubt, but they choose to lean on Jesus with their doubts. We look at John the Baptist's experience with Jesus in Matthew 11:1-15 and see that Jesus meets us in those moments - he responds, he doesn't rebuke. Our faith can persevere and even grow through seasons of struggle.
Matthew 8:23-27 • August 26, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
As a disciple, we’re to grow an INCREASING sense of AWE for ALL of WHO Jesus is. Following after Jesus is a continual encounter with a God who is way bigger than you think He is. Increasing AWE should be an emotion we experience often. Jesus is bigger than your struggles, bigger than your past, bigger than your future worries and BIG ENOUGH for you.
Matthew 8:1-4 & 9:9-13 • August 19, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
We kick-off our series in the gospel of Matthew looking at what is a disciple of Jesus look like? How did Jesus disciple the disciples and how might that impact our following of Jesus today? It took a willing heart for Matthew to leave his ‘known’ and follow Jesus into the ‘unknown’. Matthew would begin to see how Jesus would continually call for that willingness to follow. The BIG TRUTH: the heart of a disciple is WILLING. That’s what Jesus is shaping within his early followers. A heart that’s growing in willingness to go where he goes, do what he does, love how he loves and quickly shaping their lives to be more like him.