Family Matters

Sermon Series


September 19, 2021 • Nate Hilgenkamp • Matthew 6:1–18


September 12, 2021 • Jonathan Pokluda • Hebrews 12:1–4, Galatians 5:7, 2 Timothy 4:7, 1 Corinthians 9:24–27, Isaiah 40:31

Do you ever feel tired as you try to live out your Christian faith? What does living faithfully for Jesus over a long period of time entail? As we continue our series, Family Matters, JP teaches through Hebrews 12:1-4, showing us the Christian life is a race and helping us understand what to expect as we run the race. KEY TAKEAWAYS -Just because you are tired doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing the Christian life wrong. You might be, but not necessarily. -Those who have gone before us in the faith from Hebrews 11 are witnessing—speaking—to us that it's worth it. -There are obstacles to the long run of faithfulness. -There are things in your life that aren't sin that hinder your faith. What are those things for you? Sports, fitness, your team, your job, shopping, social media, fishing…what is it for you? -Sin will literally weigh you down and affect you the longer you give yourself to it and hide it. -There is opposition in the long run of faithfulness. -There is no cruise control in Christianity. -The more you resist sin the more you are able to resist sin. -If you live your life by seeking out things that require little faith, you will continue to have little faith. On the contrary, when you pursue things that require more faith, your faith will grow. -When you persevere in the moment that you want to give up, you will get stronger. -People will ultimately always let you down. Jesus will never let you down. -Jesus is the object of our long run of faithfulness. -Grace both saves and sanctifies you. Only by the strength of the Holy Spirit and by daily surrendering your life can you live out good works in the Christian life. -The only way to make it through the Christian life is to preach the gospel to yourself every single day. -What are your eyes fixed on? What target are you aiming at? What race are you running? MENTIONED OR RECOMMENDED RESOURCES -Suggested Scripture Study: Hebrews 12:1-4; Galatians 5:7; 2 Timothy 4:7; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 119:32; Romans 5:3; James 1:2-4; Galatians 3:3; Hebrews 11 -Sermon: Community


September 5, 2021 • Nate Hilgenkamp • 1 Thessalonians 5:14–18

Have you ever had roommates before, or been in close proximity with other people for extended periods of time? What about living by yourself, or being alone for long periods of time? As we continue our series, Family Matters, Nate Hilgenkamp teaches us three characteristics of biblical community and the dangers of isolation by studying 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18. KEY TAKEAWAYS -Doing life with other people can be hard, but isolation is even harder and more dangerous. -Biblical community identifies needs. -There are three types of Life Groups: starving, exhausted, and potluck. -Starving groups are hungry and show up looking for other people to feed them. Everyone hopes everyone else does what they aren’t willing to do (and no one does anything). -Exhausted groups are busy doing too much all the time. They are so busy feeding others that they themselves get exhausted and worn out. -Potluck groups are made up of people where everyone brings something. Sometimes it’s more and sometimes it’s less, but what’s important is that people come and come ready. -Are you willing to lovingly call your brother or sister out when they are being idle or disruptive? -Do you care more about what people will think about you if you lovingly confront them or what will happen to them if they stay on a path of disobedience? -Someone who is disheartened does not need a lecture, a bunch of knowledge, or a list of things to do. They need someone to kindly care for them. -Don’t underestimate the power of empathy. -Sympathy feels bad for someone, empathy feels bad with someone. -When someone is hurting and you don’t know what to do, just do something. Send a text, make a call, bring a meal…just do something. -Does your group need to do a better job of challenging each other or caring for each other? -Biblical community is selfless. -When you are on mission together, your needs and desires are the last thing on your mind. -There is a huge difference between a vacation mindset and a mission mindset. Church…we are on mission! There is an enemy who hates us and we are at war against him. -Are you seeking the good of those around you or the good of yourself? -Biblical community rejoices. -No other religion or ideology can claim continual joy, prayer, and gratitude. -Christian community doesn’t make sense without Christ and the reality that this world is not our home. -Do you spend more time in community talking about the things and problems of this world or about Jesus and being on mission for Him? -When you gather together, remind yourselves of the gospel. Every single time! MENTIONED OR RECOMMENDED RESOURCES -Suggested Scripture Study: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 -Sermon: Love


August 29, 2021 • Jonathan Pokluda • Matthew 22:34–40, 1 John 5:3, John 15:9–13, Romans 5:8, John 13:34–35

How do you know if someone is a Christian? Is it based on what they wear? How they talk? As we continue our series, Family Matters, JP teaches us how you can know if someone is a Christian by examining the Great Commandment in Matthew 22. KEY TAKEAWAYS -You are saved based on what you believe about the gospel. What you believe about Jesus Christ—who He is and what He did for you on the cross—is the only thing that impacts your salvation. -What you believe—if you really believe it—will impact how you behave. -One of the greatest offenses to God is claiming that you are a Christian and then living however you want with no regard to what God or His Word says. -When Jesus taught the Great Commandment, He was saying if you love God and love others, all the do’s and don’ts of the 613 laws in the Old Testament will take care of themselves. -Followers of Jesus are marked by love for God. -When you don’t feel God, you can still obey Him. He is the God of your emotions. -Love looks like obedience to God. Obedience to God leads to joy. -Joy is born out of a life of service to others. -What do you do that makes you love God more? Do more of those things! -Followers of Jesus are marked by love for others. -Loving your neighbor like yourself looks like putting their needs above your own. -When Jesus taught people to love their neighbor, He told a story about loving someone who all the listeners would have hated. -Love: inconveniencing yourself for the good of someone else. -Christians should treat everyone the way a loving mother treats her baby. Everyone. -When you villainize someone who disagrees with you on a topic, you have moved away from love. -Did you know that God has used global pandemics in the past to explode and grow Christianity all over the world? -Are people coming closer to Jesus based on how you are responding to the Covid pandemic? -Love is the Christian’s uniform. -It’s no accident that love is the first fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5. -People all around you are lost and looking to find their way. If you are a Christian, you have the answer and you know the way. -When is the last time you inconvenienced yourself for the good of someone else? Did something that is naturally difficult for yourself for their good? MENTIONED OR RECOMMENDED RESOURCES -Suggested Scripture Study: Matthew 22:34-40; 1 John 5:3; John 15:9-13; Romans 5:8; John 13:34-35 -Sermon: Discipleship


August 22, 2021 • Jonathan Pokluda • Matthew 28:16–20, Matthew 16:13–20, John 12:24–26, 1 Corinthians 11:1, 2 Timothy 2:4

Have you ever been discipled by someone? Have you ever discipled someone? As we start our new series, Family Matters, JP teaches us about discipleship…what it is and what it means for our lives today. KEY TAKEAWAYS -Discipleship: Spending time with people to help them follow Jesus. -How are you, in this season of your life, going to faithfully live out the Great Commission? -When the disciples doubted Jesus—even after he resurrected from the dead—He went to them. He pursued them. -The authority of Jesus assures us. -Do you spend more time following your own plans for your life or Jesus’ plan for your life? -The church is the most powerful force the world has ever seen. -The commission of Jesus compels us. -A command tells you what to do. A commission invites you into a mission with someone else. -How do you change the world? One word: discipleship. -Anytime you see maturity you should see immaturity. A mature church without any immature people is a dying church. -To make disciples, focus your life on following Jesus. -If you focus on everything you can “do” for Jesus, all of the “don’ts” in your life will take care of themselves. -Dying to yourself and hating your life in this world is the way Jesus gave us to experience eternal life. -A disciple of Jesus does everything they can to follow Jesus and help others follow Jesus. -One way—one of the main ways the Bible teaches—to experience closeness with Jesus is to suffer for Him. MENTIONED OR RECOMMENDED RESOURCES -Suggested Scripture Study: Matthew 28:16-20; 2 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 16:13-20; John 12:24-26; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 2 Timothy 2:1-3