Stand Alone Messages-North
Another in the Fire
March 26, 2023 • Pastor Noah O'Kelley
Our world today is marked by a pervasive disregard for God's will, even if it's not expressed in such explicit terms. The messages that flood social media often communicate the idea that God's way is not worth following. As followers of Jesus, we are called to remain committed to living out our faith in every aspect of our lives. But in a culture that seems increasingly hostile to Christianity, is it possible not just to survive, but to flourish as believers? We face trials and tests of our faith in our daily lives, whether in our personal relationships, work, or other areas of life. In those moments, we can learn from the example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and choose to trust God, knowing that He is with us and that He will use those trials for His glory and our ultimate good.
The Purpose of Baptism
March 19, 2023 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • Acts 8:26–39
Baptism is one of the most important steps of Christian growth and obedience that a follower of Jesus will ever take. It's one of the most exciting and meaningful aspects of the Christian life. Baptism is not just an incidental aspect of our journey as a believer, but it's a very fundamental part of what it means to be a member of the family of God. This week’s sermon will take a focused look at what biblically based Christian baptism is all about.
Private Conversation but Powerful Implication
March 12, 2023 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • Mark 9:30–37
The New Testament is filled with several paradoxical (seemingly self-contradictory) teachings. In it, we read that the way to find real life is to die, that we’ll find greater blessings by giving rather than receiving, and that we should love and pray for those who treat us poorly. This week, we’ll look through parts of the 9th chapter of the Gospel of Mark and see some things Jesus taught us about what many would consider to be “upside-down” living—and how this is the key to experiencing a fulfilled life.
Believe God for More
January 22, 2023 • Pastor Rodney Julian • Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:8–12
When we have a strong faith in God, we can better see God’s hand at work in our lives. At first, it’s not always evident, but as we listen to God and obey Him, we begin to see all that He’s doing in and through us. Abraham believed God, even when the end result was hard to see. And as we too live by faith, we’ll see that God’s way is always best, and God always keeps his promises.
Faith in the Flood
January 15, 2023 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • Hebrews 11:7
It’s hard to trust in someone or in something when you aren’t sure of what the outcome will look like. It’s even harder to trust in someone that you can’t see. Hebrews 11 continues the thought of faith and identifies key characteristics in Noah’s faith that drove him to obey God even when everyone else didn’t. We’ll see how Noah’s faith in God not only saved his life but also the life of his family.
Focused on Faith
January 8, 2023 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • Hebrews 12:1–2
Typically, with the start of a new year, we tend to try to master the art of becoming a better person. New routines, new choices, new habits take the scene. Our reasoning for these life changes comes from a desire to achieve what we couldn’t the year before and to experience a life that is good. While some of these changes might be for good reasons, the writer of Hebrews shows us that God isn’t after our behavior but our belief. In these next few weeks, we’ll unpack the idea of faith and see how it can change our lives.
January 1, 2023 • Pastor Noah O'Kelley • Romans 12:1–2
November 27, 2022 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • Luke 4:16–18
One of the most difficult and fearful things that we can do is to share our faith. A feeling of fear or even a lack of knowledge crosses our minds; however, Jesus’ call to make disciples in Matthew 28 is for everyone. Whether you are skilled at evangelizing or new in your faith, Jesus’ command is for you. In our message this week, we’ll see that Jesus is intentional in building relationships with any and all for the sake of the gospel.
What to Do When You're Anxious
Pastor Rodney Julian • Philippians 4:6
If you struggle with anxiety, you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 40 million adults in the U.S. (19.1%) have an anxiety disorder. Many of us struggle with the guilt of our past or the uncertainty of our future. We worry about all the many “what ifs” in life. But what does the Bible say about it all? What hope does Scripture give us? Philippians 4:6 prepares us with the tools to fight back in the war going on in our minds. Through prayer and thanksgiving, and by giving our thoughts over to God, we can begin to see victory in the area of anxiety. With Jesus, there’s always hope.
I Will Survive
August 21, 2022 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • Philippians 1:12–26
I Can See Clearly Now
August 14, 2022 • Matthew 6:22–24
The Deep End
August 7, 2022 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • 1 Corinthians 11:23–26
Day of Prayer
July 3, 2022 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • 1 John 4:7–12
Clash of Cultures
May 29, 2022 • Pastor Nathan Naoumi • 1 Peter 2:11–17
How do we react when we’re faced with opposition? Do we pick up our weapons and fight for our freedom? Do we wage war against those that despise our faith? Peter writes a letter to Christians who are dealing with an oppressive regime and in his letter, he shows us that our response should be indicative to our residency which is in heaven.