21 Questions

Answering life's most difficult questions

21 Questions Part 20

Why Is Jesus Unlike Other Religious Leaders? • April 21, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

The 21 Questions series reaches its conclusion with this Resurrection Sunday message answering the question "Why is Jesus Unlike Other Religious Leaders?" Pastor Tom Hendrikse explains that Jesus defeated death and made it possible for us to do the same.

21 Questions Part 19

Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering? (Part 3) • April 14, 2019 • Sam Kastensmidt

Last week, Pastor Sam Kastensmidt considered Job, who suffered because of extreme loss. Now he looks at Solomon, who suffers because of extreme gain and finding it meaningless. The rise in depression, anxiety, and suicides show how real this suffering is.

21 Questions Part 18

Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering? (Part 2) • April 7, 2019 • Sam Kastensmidt

We continue with week two of three on the subject of suffering. How Can a Good God Allow Suffering? Our pastor of Spiritual Formation, Sam Kastensmidt, opens the Book of Job and gives us a fresh perspective on one of the Bible's most unusual stories.

21 Questions Part 17

Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering? (Part 1) • March 31, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

If God is supposed to be good, why am I suffering? Starting this week and continuing over the next two weeks, 21 Questions addresses the hard question of suffering. Pastor Tom Hendrikse leads off with a powerful message: suffering is not always bad.

21 Questions Part 16

Why Are Christians Hypocrites? • March 17, 2019 • Dave Richardson

Christian hypocrisy is one of the most oft-cited reasons people don't believe in God. The church says one thing, but its members live another. Why? What is the root cause of hypocrisy? Dave Richardson answers this from the story of David and Bathsheba.

21 Questions Part 15

How Do I Overcome Temptation? • March 10, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

Each of us is familiar with temptation; it's a shared human experience. Shared also by our champion Jesus, who faced a series of them when he was at his most vulnerable. In his example, we can find the keys to unlocking our own defense against temptation.

21 Questions Part 14

Why does God tell me who I can and can't love? • March 3, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

Pastor Tom Hendrikse offers a thoughtful, compassionate response to the question of why God tells us who we can and can't love. Why is a person's sexual identity any business of the church? Find out where the church has been right (and wrong!) in this.

21 Questions Part 13

What's the big deal about marriage? • February 24, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

Marriage is an institution that's under siege today, from those who wish to redefine it, to those who want to ignore it altogether. What IS marriage, anyway? Why do we defend it and declare its importance? Pastor Tom has the answer in this week's message.

21 Questions Part 12

How should I engage with politics? • February 17, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

Not just our country, but the entire world is sharply divided over politics. Families have split up, lifelong friendships dissolved, all because two people identify with different political parties. So what's a Christian to do? Tom Hendrikse answers that.

21 Questions Part 11

How can I forgive, especially those who continue to hurt me? • February 10, 2019 • Scott Carson

How can we forgive those who have hurt us beyond all measure, especially those who continue to do so? Director of Renewal Scott Carson brings us the word from God this week that the power to forgive is one that no one can take from you.

21 Questions Part 10

Why is there so much hate in the world? • February 3, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

Why is there so much hate in the world? With only the most narrow of exceptions, hate is evil. Pastor Tom Hendrikse walks us through why evil exists, where it came from, and what God offers us to deal with the evil inside of ourselves.

21 Questions Part 9

What happens when I die? • January 27, 2019 • Matt Lomenick

What happens to me when I die? That is a simple question with what most assume to be a complicated answer. Pastor Matt Lomenick, however, has a straightforward answer for us: we get what we want. Check out this week's message to find out the how and why.

21 Questions Part 8

Why am I here? • January 20, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

We examine another of life's difficult questions as asked by our congregation. "Why am I here?" Tom Hendrikse says understanding why we are here begins with asking ourselves why anything exists at all. He has a practical answer to an existential question.

21 Questions Part 7

What do I do with my shame? • January 13, 2019 • Tom Hendrikse

The third and final question to come out from our Student Ministries, "What do I do with my shame?" To answer this, Tom Hendrikse examines the connection between guilt and shame, working through the story of the woman caught in adultery.

21 Questions Part 6

Where do I find my worth? • January 6, 2019 • Matt Lomenick

This week's question once again comes from the students in our high school and middle school ministries, and it is "Where do I find my worth?" Matt Lomenick explains how finding our worth begins with understanding the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.