"Embrace the Weirdness" - Week Three (Acts 14:19-20)

"Embrace the Weirdness" - Week Three (Acts 14:19-20)

May 12, 2019| Kyle Brenon | Acts 14:19-20

This week we are continuing in our new sermon series, “Embracing the Weirdness.” For the past two weeks, we have been drawing our attention to the fact that obedience to God is… well, pretty WEIRD.  

We have seen that we are often willing to follow God in the things that keep us from standing out, but when our obedience to Him makes us look weird, we tend to draw the line. Even convincing ourselves that God would never ask us to do anything that would make us look weird, let alone actually BE weird. Oh, but He does!!!

"Embrace the Weirdness" - Week Two (Acts 16:25-28)

"Embrace the Weirdness" - Week Two (Acts 16:25-28)

May 5, 2019| Kyle Brenon | Acts 16:25-28

This week we continue with week 2 of our new sermon series, “Embrace the Weirdness!” When we surrender our lives to Christ, we give up the rights to self. Not just some of our rights to self, but all of them. This means everything we do, from the day we first trust Him to the day we see Him face to face, should be done for His kingdom and for His glory. We have been bought at a price!

More often than we realize, God calls us to do things that defy conventional wisdom. Things that appear to be counterproductive to our own comfort, our own plans, and even our self-preservation. 

In Acts chapter 16 we see an incredible example of this as Paul and Silas choose to allow God to use them to reach the very jailer that held them captive. Rather than walking free, they gave up their right to themselves so Christ might be glorified through them. 

Is our desire for obedience and for the kingdom of God to increase, greater than our desire for self? What true freedom Paul and Silas must have known to make such a bold move!

"Embrace the Weirdness" - Week One (Acts 5:12-42)

"Embrace the Weirdness" - Week One (Acts 5:12-42)

April 28, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Acts 5:27-29; Acts 5:41-42

Do you ever feel like you just don’t fit in? I know that is an unfair question. If we are being honest, every one of us has to answer “yes.” At some point in our lives all of us feel like we don’t belong. By nature, we have a pretty strong desire to be part of the “group.” Who doesn’t want to be accepted? This in itself is not a problem, but it becomes a problem when our desire to fit in outweighs our desire to be obedient to God! 

"The Final Word"

"The Final Word"

April 21, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Matthew 28:2-6

There is no single event in all of history that is more significant than Jesus having been raised from the dead.  On good Friday, the savior of the world was crucified. He had been arrested the night before and crucified that morning. While He hung on the cross, at about the 6th hour, a darkness fell over the land…  He was arrested under darkness, He died in darkness, and He was buried in darkness. 

From that Friday night until Sunday morning, the disciples could still feel the darkness as they feared this was surely the end. What would it mean for them now? Where would they go, and what would they do? They waited in stunned silence for something they had missed.

 Then came Sunday morning…  HE IS RISEN!

Last Words: "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!"

Last Words: "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!"

April 14, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Luke 23:44-47, Psalm 31:5

This week we conclude our 7-week sermon series “Last Words” as we take a look at the final words of Jesus from the cross. After all the prophecies relating to His death had been fulfilled, knowing that the time had come, quoting Psalm 31, Jesus calls out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”

At about the same time something remarkable happens…
The earth began to shake, strong enough to split rocks right down the middle. Not only this but the curtain that hung in the temple symbolizing the vast separation between God and man was torn in half. TORN IN HALF!

This was not just another day, and this was not just another crucifixion. And as Jesus cried out His final words, many of those watching would realize, He was not just another man… but surely He was the Son of God!

Luke 23:44-47
“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”

Psalm 31:5
Into your hands I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

Last Words: "It is Finished"

Last Words: "It is Finished"

April 7, 2019 | Dave Keener

This week we continue with week 6 of our sermon series “Last Words.”

John 19:29-30

“A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Hebrews 1:3

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high...”

Last Words: "I Thirst."

Last Words: "I Thirst."

March 31 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Psalm 22:1

“They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” Psalm 69:21

This week we continue with week 5 of our sermon series “Last Words” as we take a closer look at the final 7 sayings of Jesus from the cross. In John 19:28, after the sins of the world had been placed on His shoulders, and after crying out to the Father in torment knowing that He had turned away from Him“Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’” 

There is a lot to be said about these two simple words, and a lot for us to consider. Jesus suffered from a real, deep physical thirst. One that was brought about through the suffering of the punishment that we deserved. Jesus also suffered in that moment, from a true, deep spiritual thirst. One He had never experienced before. He suffered this on our behalf as well, so that we would never have to.

John 19:28-30

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said, “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Psalm 22:15

“my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.”

Last Words: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Last Words: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

March 24 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Psalm 22:1

This week we continue in our sermon series “Last Words” as we look at the final seven sayings of Christ from the cross. In His last moments, as darkness fell over the land, Jesus cries out to His Father, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This truly is an earth-shattering moment! Jesus is not merely quoting from Psalm 22, but He is proclaiming the fulfillment of this prophetic Psalm. He is confirming a divine transaction. The evidence that our sin had indeed been placed on His shoulders. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” By God’s grace let us hold tightly to this truth, knowing that in Christ we have been reconciled, presented holy and blameless before him! (Colossians 1:22)

Last Words: "Woman, behold, your son."

Last Words: "Woman, behold, your son."

March 17, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | John 19:25-27, Matthew 12:46-50

This week we continue our sermon series “Last Words” as we look at the final seven sayings of Jesus from the cross. In His final hours as He suffered and died, Jesus looked to His mother Mary with compassion and to His disciple John with a calling and a responsibility. 

In that moment, with the sin of the world resting on His shoulders, Jesus wanted to ensure that His mother would be well taken care of after He was gone. Not only this, but He wanted John to know that it was now his responsibility to care for her, as they are truly family. Christ’s words to His mother and to John reveal to us some powerful truths. Not only does Jesus care deeply about our specific needs but the tie that connects us as believers runs much stronger than we might think. 

Last Words: The Promise of Paradise and the Cost of Paradise

Last Words: The Promise of Paradise and the Cost of Paradise

March 10, 2019 | Craig Clendinen | Luke 23:43

This Sunday, March 10th, we will continue with Part 2 in our series about the seven things Jesus said on the cross. We will be joined by Wycliffe missionary to Asia, Craig Clendinen as we look at the second thing Jesus said on the cross: "Today you will be with me in paradise."  What are the implications to the repentant sinner? What wonderful promises did these words have to the thief who acknowledged his sin to Jesus?

 Learn how the Gospel is spreading in Asia against fierce opposition as the power of forgiveness is on display in this passage and in action through the Wycliffe ministry to unreached people groups.

Last Words: "Father forgive them"

Last Words: "Father forgive them"

March 3, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Isaiah 53:5, Luke 23:32-38

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

What an incredibly powerful prayer Jesus offers to the Father on behalf of those who have just crucified him. Can you imagine what that scene must have been like? What thoughts would have gone through your mind had you been there to hear Jesus speak those words? 

This week we begin a new sermon series entitled “Last Words.” And for the next seven weeks, leading up to Easter we will take a closer look at the final seven sayings of Jesus from the cross. There is so much for us to see wrapped up in His final words, and so much that happened in His final hours. All of human history before that day, was building towards it, and every day since has been affected by it!

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 7

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 7

February 24, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Proverbs 27:17, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Colossians 3:14

This week we wrap up our sermon series “Running on Empty” as we have been looking at the importance of spiritual disciplines on the lives of believers. Throughout our series we have seen that one consequence of letting our spiritual tanks run dry is that we begin to struggle and sputter in our walk with the Lord. In this final week we look at two more spiritual disciplines that are often overlooked, especially when we begin operating in our own strength. These disciplines are fellowship and outreach. 

As we commit ourselves to these disciplines, we need to remember the thread that ties them all together are the relationships we build, and the one relationship that defines all our relationships is the one we have with Christ.

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 6

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 6

February 17, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | John 9:24-27

This week we continue in our sermon series “Running on Empty” as we look at the importance of spiritual disciplines in the lives of believers. This Sunday our focus will be on the spiritual discipline of “outreach.” Sharing our faith with others may not seem like a spiritual discipline at first, but it is a vital part of our overall growth as believers. When we share our faith, we strengthen our faith. 

Often the thought of sharing Christ can be quite intimidating, but it really shouldn’t be as it is not our job to do the convincing! In John 9 we see the amazing story of a blind man with no training and no experience at all being chosen and used by God to bring the gospel to the “religious elite.” So often we underestimate what God can do through us when our eyes have been opened!

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 5

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 5

February 10, 2019 | Jonathan Yakel | 1 Peter 4:10-11

This week we continue in our series “Running on Empty” as we look at the spiritual discipline of serving.  Spiritual gifts manifest themselves in many ways, but we are all called to serve. Just like studying scripture, praying, and worship, we are designed to serve each other.   

We will look at how serving others fills our tank when our motivations are pure and how it can be exhausting when our hearts are not in the right place. There is a wide range of actions that we define as serving but all are pointless if not for the glory of God. 1 Peter 4:10-11 reminds us that it is through His strength that we are able to minister to others. 

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 4

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 4

February 3, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | John 4:16-26

This week we continue in our series “Running on Empty” as we look at the spiritual discipline of worship. Many times, when we think of worship we tend to think of music. More than just that, we think of a particular style of music. Perhaps we think of worship as a chunk of time we carve out on Sunday morning? Maybe it’s an activity, or something we put on our schedule to participate in? Then, when it’s over we go home. 

It is certainly fair to count these activities as acts of worship. They serve as a valuable part of what we do as believers, but they do not even come close to encompassing all that God intends for us when Jesus says to "Worship the Father in spirit and in truth." Like prayer, worship is more than an activity we participate in, it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle takes shape as we live out Romans 12:1-2 and remember we are called to be living sacrifices!

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 3

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 3

January 27, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Hebrews 4:14-16

This week we continue with part 3 of our sermon series “Running on Empty.” Each one of us can point to so many things in our lives that all contribute to draining our spiritual gas tanks. As we have already seen, we need to be intentional about checking our gas gauge and keeping our tank full.

In order to do this, along with spending time in God’s word regularly, one of the most important spiritual disciplines for us to have is a strong commitment to prayer.  Unfortunately, when things get busy, life gets crazy, and our stress levels rise, prayer can be one of the first things to be neglected. Why is it that when prayer is needed the most, it can be the hardest thing to do? If we are going to keep the tank full and continue walking in the Spirit rather than in the flesh, being connected to God through prayer is absolutely essential! 

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 2

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 2

January 20, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | 1 Timothy 3:16-17

This week we continue with our new sermon series “Running on Empty.” As we saw last week, we often forget to even check our spiritual gas gauge, and when we do check it, we may not even know how to read it. If we aren’t intentional about filling our tank, it won’t be long before we run dry, and we find ourselves trying to live out our faith in our own power.  

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 1

Running on Empty: Spiritual Disciplines - Wk 1

January 6, 2019 | Kyle Brenon | 1 Timothy 4:1-10

Have you ever been driving down the road and run out of gas? It usually happens at night, on a dark deserted road when you’re all alone! We never expect to run out of gas, it always sneaks up on us. This is because when we know we are running low on fuel we don’t have to be convinced of the importance of filling our tank. Our focus turns to getting ourselves to the nearest gas station as quickly as possible, even if we have to double back. Why do we often forget to fill our spiritual gas tank? Why do we often find ourselves on empty?

Praise

 Praise

December 30, 2018 | Jake Mitchell | Psalm 150:1-2

As we come to the close of the year, many of us take time to reflect on our past year and resolve for the upcoming year. Oftentimes, in our reflecting and resolving, we focus on different practices that need to be changed or continued as we move into the new year. While this is important, God is calling us deeper. During this time of ends and beginnings, let us shift our focus from examining practices to asking God to examine something much deeper–the posture of our heart. One prime thing that sheds light onto the posture of our heart is asking God to examine the state of our PRAISE.

1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Psalm 150:1-2

Prepare Him Room: Wk 3

Prepare Him Room: Wk 3

December 23, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Colossians 1:15-20

This Sunday we wrap up our three-week Christmas series “Prepare Him Room” and our prayer has been that we have all been able to do just that. As we have quickly been approaching Christmas with all the busyness, planning and perhaps a little distraction, hopefully we have also found some time to slow down and contemplate the magnitude of what it all means. When we really stop and think about the birth of Christ, The God of all creation stepping into humanity to walk among us, it is a truth that should do far more than give us “warm fuzzies.” This is a truth that should rock our foundation and not just inform the way we see Christmas, but the way we see EVERYTHING, every single day!