What is the relationship between Christians, churches and the civil authority? Does obedience to the civil authority have limits? What should the attitude of Christians and churches be in light of the present health crisis and the governments restrictions on public gatherings? This special message addresses these types of questions from Ephesians 4, in relation to the present county orders and the stance of our pastor/elders at West Hills. From our text we learn that Christians are called to live in a manner worthy of the calling in Christ, we see what that calling is, and we learn what attitudes we are to have toward others - attitudes which adorn Christ and empower the unity of the Spirit and peace.
The Christian Priority in the Present Crisis
May 10, 2020 • Mike Burchfield
The Way of Jesus (in our National Crisis)
Micah 6:8; Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 13:1-5 • June 7, 2020 • Mike Burchfield
Ours is a time of the COVID19 pandemic, unjust killings by police and others, outcries against injustice, riots, and violence. In the midst of such turmoil, what should Christ’s followers do? How should the Church respond? This sermon attempts to answer these questions from the life of Jesus Christ, who did justice with kindness and mercy as He walked humbly with God. It is a call for Christians to shape their lives after Jesus Christ instead of polarizing around the other agendas of our day. It is a call to repentance of sins like racism, injustice, hate and strife. It is a call for the church to be the church and to model in part what the church will be in eternity - a multitude of people from every tribe, and language, and people, and nation. It is a call for the Church to model in her life what our world needs most - unity around the person of Jesus Christ.
Are you running from God?
John 3:16 • February 23, 2020 • BJ Lopez
Every believer has a choice to make: the choice to be a reluctant missionary like Jonah or a loving missionary like God. John 3:16 gives believers God's plan for mission, with God Himself as the example of what we are called to, who we are called to, and how we are called.
A Growing Love for the City
Jeremiah 29:4-7 • January 12, 2020 • Mike Burchfield and David Frederick
What if in the midst of hostility and opposition followers of Christ are called to pray for and seek the welfare of the place God has placed them? Our “State of the Church” for 2020 focuses on how we are living out the values of Worship, Community and Mission as the body of Christ at West Hills with the specific focus on how we can grow in seeking the welfare of the people that God has placed in our lives. This message looks back to the exiles in Babylon to connect how followers of Jesus today are God called to grow in their love for God and love for one another so that they can have a vital love for the city that God has placed them and open up their lives with the gospel.