Recent Sunday Messages
Paul: The Intensity Of A Calling
Acts 9:1-16 • February 21, 2021 • Jeff Lyle
There may not be a more dramatic calling in the entire New Testament than the one that came to Saul of Tarsus. Everything changed for Saul, including his name, after Jesus saved him, set him apart and sent him forth. Saul became known as Paul and he became the pioneer of apostolic missions, evangelism, discipleship and signs and wonders. When we examine the consecration and calling to the Apostle Paul, we can see some of the Kingdom dynamics that are active in each of our Kingdom callings. While our own calling may not be as dramatic as Paul’s, the God who called and commissioned him is the the same God who has a life-purpose for us. Learn from Paul’s life about the intensity of a calling from God. It is to be stunning from the moment of the call until the day when we exit that calling and enter into His presence.
Four Calls For Us All
Titus 2:11-15 • February 14, 2021 • Jeff Lyle
While God has specific, individual designs for each and every life He creates, there are some shared callings that we all must answer from Him. The level of our answers to these callings found in Titus 2:11-15 will deeply impact the quality of Christian life we each experience. Additionally, how we respond to these four calls to us all will impact the amount of eternal reward we receive from God at the end of the age. We are living in the final chapters of this age, and there has never been a more crucial time for any of us to ensure that we are moving deeper into intentionally consecrated commitment to the King.
When Deliverance Displaces Religion
Luke 13:10-17 • January 10, 2021 • Jeff Lyle
In one scene, found only in Luke’s Gospel, we behold a Kingdom encounter between a lady, the Lord and a legalist. Her life had been dominated by demonic power for close to two decades and religion had not helped her a bit. On this life-changing day, Jesus delivered her from both the power of demons and the powerlessness of religion. As one might expect, those loyal to their religious ways protested what Jesus did for her which led to a strong rebuke from the Lord. In this message we have opportunity to examine our own hearts to discover if we make the same mistake of prioritizing policy above people and religion over rescue.
Choosing When To Lose
Genesis 13 • January 6, 2021 • Jeff Lyle
Everyone wants to get a promise from God. Occasionally, God makes a personal promise known to His individual children. More often, He shows us a promise in His written word and calls us to believe it by faith. God made massive promises to Abraham. Nobody had ever received promises like Abraham. Yet, to build his faith, God then tested Abraham by allowing him to choose to promote and protect his own interests connected to the promise, or to allow his nephew, Lot, to have the upper hand in a huge decision that would effect both of their destinies. Abram allowed Lot to make the choice instead of asserting his own rights to make the choice to benefit himself and to protect God’s promise by means of fleshly actions. In essence, Abraham chose to temporarily lose so that He became more fully reliant upon God for his future. This message will reveal how God often calls us to do the same: letting go of something in the moment in confidence that God will secure something better for us in the future.
Luke 9:18-25 • January 24, 2021 • Jeff Lyle
Everyone has an opinion about who Jesus is. Most of those opinions are wrong, simply because they are incomplete. Sadly, even the modern Church is releasing incomplete, insufficient messages about who Jesus Christ is and what is required of us to be called one of His followers. In this message, we find a scene where Jesus probes us to help us come to terms with what we truly believe about Him. In the process, Jesus states with clarity what He has designed for all who would be called by His name as Christians. The Church must recapture the heart of what the Lord says in these verses. If we do not present Jesus as He presented Himself, then we must soberly consider that countless people have believed an incomplete, insufficient version of who He truly is. There is great reward in knowing Him. There is immense consequence for believing that He is something other than what He presented.
Stepping In & Stepping Up
Colossians 1:9-14 • January 10, 2021 • Jeff Lyle
None of us is called by God into half-hearted Christianity. The Word is clear that our response to such a full and free salvation in Jesus is to become a full and free surrender to Jesus. There is so much that He offers us as we increasingly grow in our belonging to Him. Paul had experienced a radical conversion to Christ, and his own response was a full and committed surrender. He longed for this same response in all of us, so God inspired him to pen a prayer for fullness to the Colossian church. From this written prayer we discover the depths and treasures of growing into a fuller life in the Spirit. His words are meant to stir our spiritual hunger and to boldly call his to step up and step in to the fullness that is offered us through a fuller surrender to Jesus. Are you hungry for more? Is there a certainty that the Christian life is greater than your past and current experience? You are feeling what God has placed within each of us. It is coming alive again. He is stirring you. This is what we need. This is what we long for. Now is the season to pursue this with all of our being.
A Season Of Redirection
Genesis 12:1-9 • January 3, 2021 • Jeff Lyle
It has been said that God is good…but He is not safe. What does this mean? the Bible portrays God as being perfect in wisdom, motivation and action. All He does is holy and good. We are to rest and trust in His flawless character. However, we should never interpret His goodness as being obligated to create for us here a life of ease, empty of risk. God calls all of His children to a journey of faith which removes the notion that we are ever in full control. Gods stretches us, bends us and breaks us. He does this in order to create within us a heart and life that is fully dependent upon Him so that all of the glory ends up with Him. Because of this, we should not ever assume that the life of faith in him is going to be easy. Abram was 75 years old when he began to learn these truths. God called an old man to uproot from all his comforts and familiarities to enter into a season of redirection. God is doing the same thing with many of you in this season. Learn from how God and Abram interact as they partner together in a covenant that would change the course of human history forever.
When Others Flee
2 Samuel 23:9-12 • December 27, 2020 • Jeff Lyle
When you received Jesus as Lord over your life, there was one component that He made a reality without asking for your input. Jesus made you a SOLDIER in His army. That’s right, none of us come into the Kingdom without also being drafted into the Army of God. So, the question is not IF we will fight but, rather, when and how we will fight. Spiritual warfare is a constant activity in the life of all Jesus-followers. Though the final outcome has already been decided, each of us is called to take territory for the King while also defending territory that the enemy seeks to reclaim from us. This constant warfare can be both exhausting and isolating - especially when so many Christians have gone AWOL. This message features two obscure Old Testament warriors whose examples can help us remain in the fight, crush the enemy and bring God the glory…even if we find ourselves fighting alone.
The God Of Invitation
Isaiah 55 • December 6, 2020 • Jeff Lyle
We all have a tendency to drift from God. If we are not proactive in our pressing in to God for intimacy, wisdom and encounter, then our natural movement is actually away from Him. The world system can pull us away. Our flesh opposes His will. Then there is the added factor of the enemy’s work against our souls that never ceases. Yes, it is sad but true that we tend to drift. But do not fear! God himself is always pursuing us. He calls out to us. He shepherds us and keeps us from wandering too far off. This message highlights God’s constant ministry of invitation. He loves to remind us of all the goodness that He has for His children. He reminds us that He does not think nor act like a mere human, and that His grace and compassion are immeasurably grand toward us. Listen for His voice calling out to you, inviting you to no longer drift. Answer His repeated to call to come…come…come home to Him.
God Is Not Yet Finished
Isaiah 54:1-8 • November 22, 2020 • Jeff Lyle
God has promised to discipline His children if they go astray. But that promise is attached to another promise - a more desirable promise: God says that he will restore and bless His children when they humbly respond to His discipline and return to Him. God had told Israel that they had strayed and that He would be sending correction to them. Lest they believe that He had cast them off forever, He also reassures them in this message that He knew that Israel would return to Him, and that they would experience great blessing from Him once again. Their correction was not the end of the story! This message reminds us that the ways of God include both correction for the disobedient and blessings for the repentant. For any and all who may have wondered if God was through with them because of past failures, this message reassures us that God is not yet finished with us.
Dying Like Jesus
Isaiah 53:6-12 • November 15, 2020 • Jeff Lyle
Most of us in America heard from an early age the story of Jesus dying on the cross. If we are honest, most of us also struggled on some level to understand exactly what that had to do with us. 750 years before Jesus actually died on the cross, a prophecy was released by Isaiah that explained so much of what Jesus would accomplish for us when he died there on Mount Calvary outside of Jerusalem. This message reveals some of the immeasurable treasure provided for us through Jesus’ sacrificial death. Beyond that, we can also learn how we can follow in His footsteps as we personally encounter rejection, injustice and affliction during our own lives. To live like Jesus also involves us learning how to die like Jesus. What does that activity look like in our modern-day lives, and how do we cooperate with it?
Partnering With The Holy Spirit
Romans 7:14-25 • October 25, 2020 • Jeff Lyle
Jesus promises His followers a life of freedom in Himself. Being made right with God through the sacrifice of Jesus results in our lives being transformed and set free. Far from living a life of dead religion, mundane rules or smothering weights of demand, Christianity brings us to a place wherein we become joyful and free to embrace the lives Christ has purchased for us. But, for this to occur, we must be trained in what it means to partner with the Holy Spirit. Nobody lives the life of freedom and victory apart from a growing oneness with God the Spirit. This message magnifies the freedom God declares over us and offers us some healthy guidance in how to daily partner with Holy Spirit in order to experience spiritual freedom. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
The War Within
Romans 8:1-17 • September 17, 2020 • Jeff Lyle
We get saved. Things begin to change. Previous beliefs, behaviors and attitudes begin to change. New ways of living begin to appear in our lives. Then it happens: we find a stubborn patch in our lives that simply won’t change. There is something we cannot overcome. Maybe it’s a previously held attitude towards others. Maybe it’s an emotional struggle. Maybe it’s a recurring sin. This message takes one of the most important bible passages on the struggle in the lives of Christians against sin. How do we overcome those issues in our lives that we know fall short of Jesus’ expectation? Can we ever get victory over long-standing sin struggles? The answer is Yes. Romans 7 tells us how to better win this war within.