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!

Prepare Him Room: Wk 2

Prepare Him Room: Wk 2

December 16, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18

This Sunday we continue in our three-week Christmas series, “Prepare Him Room.” As the Christmas season speeds up, and the big day approaches, it seems each day is getting shorter and shorter. As we try all the harder to slow ourselves down and make room to celebrate Christ, the more the activities and responsibilities seem to pile up. The truth is though, it's not the activities, or the parties or the crazy expectations that are to blame. It’s this strange need we feel to do something other than simply celebrate the coming of the promised Messiah. As if it needed to be dressed up and made to be “More Magical.”

Prepare Him Room: Wk 1

Prepare Him Room: Wk 1

December 9, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Isaiah 7:14

Christmas is coming! 

There is no slowing it down as it will be here in no time. For many of us, this time of year is exciting! The lights, the decorations, the chill in the air, even the music (Yes… I am one of those people who breaks out the Christmas music in November… #noshame). For some of us, this time of year can be quite difficult. It could be the stress of the season, the fear of unmet expectations, or the memories of loved ones who won’t be here to share it with us this time around. No matter who we are though, the Christmas season is a little different than any other season.

Ready for Battle: Wk 6

Ready for Battle: Wk 6

December 2, 2018 | Dave Keener | Ephesians 6:13-18

We continue with week 6 of our sermon series “Ready for Battle” as we look deeper into the call Paul gives us to take up the armor of God. Now that we have carefully looked at each of the tools God has given us and by God’s grace “taken them up,” what is it that God would have us do? What are our orders as we stand firm against the schemes of the enemy? And whose battle is this anyway? 

Ready for Battle: Wk 5

Ready for Battle: Wk 5

November 25, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Ephesians 6:13-18

This week we continue in our sermon series “Ready for Battle” as we look at Paul’s description of the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-18. In verse 17 Paul tells us to “take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

In our reading of Ephesians 6, it doesn’t take long to notice that "The word of God” is the only offensive tool we have been given. As we stand our ground against the attacks of the enemy, having been equipped with all that is necessary to protect us, it is God’s Word that we have been given to counter the enemy’s advances. To take back ground that belongs to the Lord. And this is not a tool only to be used to advance God’s kingdom in the culture and world around us, but also to advance His kingdom in the heart within us. "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Ready for Battle: Wk 4

Ready for Battle: Wk 4

November 18, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Ephesians 6:16

This week we continue in our sermon series "Ready for Battle” as we look at what God’s word says about the tools necessary to stand firm against the attacks of our enemy. We focus on Ephesians 6:16 where Paul calls us to “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;.” This brings to mind quite an image as Paul compares the attacks of our enemy to flaming darts designed to take us down. In our call to stand our ground we are given a powerful and essential tool. A shield that will not only stop, but also extinguish ALL of the arrows that come our way. Are we able to use this shield effectively… do we even pick it up?

Ready for Battle: Wk 3

Ready for Battle: Wk 3

November 11, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Ephesians 6:10-18

This week we continue with part 3 of our sermon series “Ready for Battle” and our look at Ephesians 6:10-18. As we saw last week Paul tells us four times in this passage to stand our ground (vs. 10, 13, and 14). The image Paul is painting for us is quite clear. We are to stand strong, without compromise and never giving in as the spiritual battle around us rages on.

Ready for Battle: Wk 2

Ready for Battle: Wk 2

November 4, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Ephesians 6:13-14

This week we continue in our new sermon series “Ready for Battle” as we look at Ephesians 6:13-14. Here in Ephesians Paul tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” It is no accident that he begins by reminding us of this as we are often quick to run into battle alone, forgetting where our strength truly comes from.

Standing Firm on the Promises of God - Week 8

Standing Firm on the Promises of God - Week 8

October 21, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | 2 Peter 1:3-11

This week we conclude our 8-week sermon series “Standing Firm on the Promises of God.” We began our series by looking at Matthew 7:24-27 where Jesus tells those who were following Him that everyone who hears His words and does them will be like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. There is great wisdom, and great blessing that comes when we follow the words of Christ, and when we put that faith into action by truly trusting God’s promises. But what is the ultimate purpose of God's promises played out in our lives? Is it only for our blessing, or is there something greater?

Standing Firm on the Promises of God - Week 7

Standing Firm on the Promises of God - Week 7

October 14, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | 1 John 1:9

Do you ever find yourself carrying around the weight of your past sins? Do your old mistakes ever sneak up behind you in an attempt to remind you of who you “used to be?” Sometimes we can believe the lie that we are too far gone or that our past sins are so bad that we can no longer be of any use to God. When we find ourselves taken captive by this lie, let’s remind ourselves of the power of the gospel and the all sufficient price that was payed for us on the cross. The enemy loves to tell us we are unforgivable, unlovable and unusable, but the gospel tells us differently!

Standing Firm on the Promises of God - Week 6

Standing Firm on the Promises of God - Week 6

October 7, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Philippians 4:4-7

We have looked at a number of God’s promises throughout this series. Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest” - James 4:6-7, “God gives grace to the humble… Resist the devil and he will flee from you” - 2 Corinthians 12:9, “His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness” - And last week, Romans 8:28, “ALL things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” When put together these promises build for us quite a foundation to stand on, and these are only four of the many promises given to us in scripture!

Standing Firm on the Promises of God: Week 5

Standing Firm on the Promises of God: Week 5

September 30, 2018 | Kyle Brenon | Romans 8:26-28

Do you ever worry that you have made such a mess of things, that there is no way they could ever be turned around? Or have you ever felt like you somehow wandered down a trail that suddenly ended without warning, and now you are destined to wander the wilderness forever? Maybe, it just seems like no matter what you do, everything is stacked against you and you just can’t catch a break. When we find ourselves in impossible situations, do we panic, do we furiously try to work our way out of it, or do we trust the God of the impossible?