Effectively Undoing the Devil's Work
Everyone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ is called into full time ministry. We can refuse or accept the challenge and be effective or less effective at it. The Holy Spirit has given us all we need to become effective at the work He has called us to do – to undo and destroy the work of the devil.
Kingdom Order, Charismata and Communion
2019 Spirit-filled Life Series #2 • May 5, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
There is an order Jesus Christ placed within the church that creates an atmosphere for the varied graces – charismata or gifts of the Holy Spirit – to be released. It brings us into a place of communion with Christ and one another resulting in the full-benefits or abundant life Jesus Christ paid for us to richly enjoy. (John 10:10; Psalm 103:2-6)
Desiring the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
2019 Spirit-filled Life Series #1 • April 28, 2019 • Adam Welty
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are important in the lives of every believer. Starting with the emphasis that Jesus placed on telling His disciples about their need for the Holy Spirit once He was gone, we continue looking through the New Testament at the important role the Holy Spirit plays in helping believers accomplish the purposes of God, becoming more like Jesus, and becoming a healthy Body that helps other people.
The Resurrection of Christ and Our New Life
Easter 2019 • April 21, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
The Bible describes those who choose not to embrace Jesus Christ as dead in their sins. Those who embrace Jesus Christ now have life. How does that life affect you? Are you waiting for the afterlife or are you expecting the fruit of life to start working now? The Bible teaches its affects start now if embraced by faith.
Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Good Friday • April 19, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
It's one of the great questions of all time. Why did Jesus have to die? Wasn't there another way? It is actually important that it all went down the way it did and understanding the reason has eternal and temporal implications for us.
The Discipline of Scripture Reading
March 31, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
The Bible is our life manual. No understanding of it, partial understanding of it or a misguided understanding of it can be detrimental to our quality of life. But if we intentionally set out to understand the scriptures, life can be set upon a path that is both beautiful and fulfilling. There is no other book that carries the weight, authority and impact of the Judeo-Christian scriptures. Without the Bible we are left to develop our own misguided personal philosophy of life that simply anesthetizes our slow death.
The Discipline of Quiet
March 31, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Life can become a rat race full of endless, self-defeating, pointless pursuits. We are running harder all the time to get the ever-so-elusive reward. We surround ourselves with ever-increasing noise, so we never hear the little voice that says, “Stop it!” Can you embrace the faith to believe God rewards your rest?
The Discipline of Self-Denial
March 17, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Abstinence is the discipline of denying yourself something in order to reposition Jesus Christ in your life. This will begin to train yourself to be more responsive to God and less responsive to the temporal things of the flesh. Denying yourself something during Lent will give you something additional to celebrate on Resurrection Sunday; not only has Jesus Christ risen from the dead, but His life caused something new to rise up in you.
A Distinctively Different Life
March 10, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Jesus Christ gave His believers a new identity. Embracing this new identity is the foundation for the new, abundant life in Him. Holding to an old identity handicaps our spiritual development and keeps us from God's best for our lives. Learn some key ways many still hold the old identity hindering themselves and ways we can move forward by embracing the identity He has given us.
Provision for Your Whole Household
Family and Life #2 • February 24, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
God created man and woman to live in a place of beauty and provision. The curse reversed all that and made life a terrible fruitless labor. Jesus Christ’s plan of redemption is also to restore that Father-Provider relationships we were created to enjoy. To build our house on solid financial footing, it must be built upon the Rock. Jesus Christ is the Rock.
Communicating More Effectively
Family and Life #1 • February 17, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Communication is a key to healthy relationships. We can over-and-under communicate in unhealthy manners. As we mature, we learn to communicate more effectively, and our relational health grows with our emotional intelligence. This makes for more fulfilling friendships, marriages, family relationships and careers.
A Measure of Faith
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #5 • February 10, 2019 • Adam Welty
Jesus Christ was always challenging beliefs, convictions and assumptions of what the culture believed about itself, other people groups and resources. His mission was to bring the kingdom of God and its truth to earth and to teach others to do the same. Our understanding of faith determines the impact it'll have on us and through us.
Extending the Grace of Forgiveness
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #4 • February 3, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Sometimes it seems like Jesus Christ has given us more authority than we are comfortable with. Until we embrace the full authority of our position in Christ, we are handicapped in our mission. One of the responsibilities is the proclamation of forgiveness. Have you embraced it? Do you understand it? Or is John 20:21-23 a hard saying for you?
What Is Your Testimony?
January 27, 2019 • Tolbert Livingston
We all experience tests, trials and tribulations. When our testimony lines up with the testimony of the Lord, we can declare the victory before the battle is complete. Our faith in the predetermined truth of Jesus Christ will predetermine our outcomes. Then we can proclaim in agreement with the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians that Jesus always gives us the victory!
Eyes, Hands and Other Body Parts
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #3 • January 20, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Christians often beat themselves up with scripture which was recorded to build us up. Errant teaching or understanding can make a relationship with God that was created to be beautiful to become burdensome and painfilled. Today we are going to examine some particularly harsh-sounding scriptures to see if we can get a more edifying understanding of them.
To Live by the Sword or Not
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #2 • January 13, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
The Bible says that those who live by the sword will perish by the sword. I believe this is among the most misrepresented scriptures in the Bible. We are not called to be pacifists or warmongers, peace-at-any-cost type individuals or live for the conflict. There is a truth in-between.
Love Fulfills the Law
The Hard Sayings of Jesus #1 • January 6, 2019 • Mike Stubbs
Christians often struggle in their relationship with Old Testament Law. And when they hear Jesus’s explanation of what fulfilling the Law really looks like, they often feel it can’t be that simple. Can soul-saving appeasement of God Almighty be as simple as loving Him and loving people?