Take Heart!

John 16-17

Take Heart, Jesus Prays For You

January 24, 2021 • Brian McCormack • John 17

On the last night of his life, Jesus asks his father to do 3 things for his followers — protect us, sanctify us, and unite us. If we remember these prayers, we’ll also remember we are not alone, change is possible, and hope is bigger than division.

Glory, Authority, and Eternal Life

January 17, 2021 • Brian McCormack • John 17:1–5

As Jesus begins to pray on the final night of his life, 3 things appear to be on his mind -- the GLORY of God, the AUTHORITY of God, and ETERNAL LIFE by knowing God. When we orient our thoughts and actions around these same ideas, things change.

Take Heart, He Has Conquered the World

December 27, 2020 • Brian McCormack

As people finishing one hard year and staring down the likelihood of another, what hope does God offer us? “Yes, you will have suffering in this world. But take heart — I have conquered the world.” In these words we don’t just find our hope, but also our purpose as a church for the season to come.

Take Heart, The Father Himself Loves You

December 13, 2020 • Nick Shafto • John 16:23–28

Is it possible you don't pray because you think God doesn't love you? The certainty of Gods love for you, makes the mystery of prayer hopeful. The uncertainty of Gods love for you, makes the mystery of prayer hurtful.

5 Reasons to Take Heart

December 6, 2020 • Jeff Bethke

As we approach the end of the year, there are no shortage of reasons to feel disheartened and discouraged. Why can we choose hope in such a difficult season? Jeff Bethke reminds us of our place in God's story and points to five truths we can cling to that empower us to take heart, regardless of the season and especially in this one.

When Jesus Arrives, He Brings Joy With Him

November 29, 2020 • Brian McCormack • John 16:16–22

There is a joy that can replace our sorrow and wipe away our pain. Forever. We take hold of such joy as we see Jesus for who he is, and serve others as he does.

You Have the Truth and the Spirit

November 22, 2020 • Rob Faucette • John 15:12–15

In the midst of troubling circumstances, we can take heart because we have been given a Guide who has gone before us and will lead us in the truth.

Worry Like Jesus

November 15, 2020 • Gerry Breshears • Matthew 6:19–34

When people are experiencing real pain, “Don’t worry, be happy” is not helpful. God doesn’t ask us to ignore our hardships. He joins us in the midst of them.

You Can't Change People...But He Can

November 8, 2020 • Brian McCormack • John 16:4–11

For Christians facing opposition while on mission with Jesus, there is some very good news in this passage -- Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to show people in the world the things they need to repent of. Pro tip: never stop asking the Spirit to do the same for you.

He Said There'd Be Days Like This

November 1, 2020 • Brian McCormack • John 16:1–4

In John 16 Jesus is all the more intentional to equip his disciples for his absence, and for the opposition they will face. He foretells the hardship to come, but makes it clear he will be with them every step of the way. He says the same to us today -- no matter how dark things get.