Rank #1: Disorientation, Part 1: Lick the Honey - Dr. Mark Batterson
Half of spiritual growth is learning. The other half is unlearning. Jesus didn’t do an orientation with his disciples. He did a disorientation. Six times in the Sermon on the Mount He says, “You have heard that it was said, but I tell you.” Jesus was uninstalling Old Testament paradigms and reinstalling New Covenant principles.
Jan 05 2020
Rank #2: Get Wisdom, Part 1: Get Wisdom - Dr. Mark Batterson
We live in a culture that values fifteen minutes of fame more than a lifetime of hard-earned, hard-learned wisdom. The book of Proverbs sets the record straight: get wisdom. How? There are a hundred ways, but we explore three of them in this podcast. One, listen to your life. Two, surround yourself with the right people. Three, ask God for supernatural wisdom. And while you’re at it: never lose a holy curiosity.
Jul 21 2019
Rank #3: Get Wisdom, Part 2: We Think We Know But We Don’t - Joshua Symonette
There is a reason that the self-help industry continues to grow each year. It is because we have an interest in growing and getting better. But according to King Solomon, the primary thing we should be trying to gain is understanding. In our attempts to get wisdom and understanding we are really accumulating information. But what God desires for us is to get wisdom. It is wisdom that is the posture required for a good life.
Jul 28 2019
Rank #4: Unwrapped, Part 3: Submit to the Process - Joshua Symonette
We often have plans, goals, and things that we are pursuing. That is not a bad thing. But what happens when the plans we’ve made go left or don’t materialize? How do we respond to that? In the life of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, we see how to move forward when God has a different plan.
Dec 30 2019
Rank #5: Unwrapped, Part 2: What is the Meaning of Joy? - Joshua Symonette
During the most wonderful time of the year, as dubbed by the popular Christmas song, many people don’t have the same sentiment. And there are many reasons for that. But the proclamation of Jesus’ birth, was not related to gift giving, holiday cheer, or decorations. It was all about joy found in the ultimate gift of Jesus.
Dec 22 2019
Rank #6: Naming, Healing, Sending, Part 2: God’s Not Finished Yet - Joel Schmidgall
Many of us have had an experience or a revelation of God, whether through a church, in relationship, or out in nature. But most of us get discouraged when we don’t know where to go after that experience. So we allow it to be an isolated experience instead of seeking further, pressing into prayer, and seeking a fuller vision, revelation, and healing from the Great Healer. Today, we’ll talk about the progression of seeking healing that can come through Christ. Tucked away in Mark 8 is a strange and fascinating story about a blind man who received sight from Jesus. The story teaches us a progression of healing. It took three unique touches. The first was preparation, the second brought sight, but the third touch brought vision. May the Lord open our eyes and grant us faith as we press in to grasp vision and healing from him in the areas of pain, hurt, trouble, and trial.
Jul 07 2019
Rank #7: Naming, Healing, Sending, Part 3: Till the Whole World Knows - Dr. Dick Foth
He calls, commissions, empowers... and SENDS!
Jul 14 2019
Rank #8: Disorientation, Part 2: Peeling Back the Layers of Anger - Joel Schmidgall
In Matthew 5:21-24, Jesus unpacks the true meaning behind the sixth commandment. The pharisees focused on the act of murder, but Jesus said, the anger in our hearts has the same judgment before God. Have you ever taken time to look under the hood of the anger in your life? Anger is a secondary emotion. When we dig beneath the surface, we find anger is often born out of an unmet need or expectation. And we find that there are other emotions and challenges at play that lead to anger being expressed. What is the underlying hurt in your life? Anger is an iceberg - there’s always so much more underneath the surface.
We’ll walk through this scripture and its progression, as it takes us from anger to forgiveness to reconciliation. Some of us need to learn to forgive and let go of those offenses that have actually taken us captive. And some of us need to reach out to those that have been offended by us and move towards reconciled relationship. These are not easy steps. But the Lord can give you wisdom as you reflect and let His Spirit bring revelation to your heart.
Jan 12 2020
Rank #9: Valleys, Part 6: The Valley of Opposition - Pastor Heather Zempel
The Valley of Opposition calls us to pray bold, faith-soaked, creative prayers that are rooted in a theology of the greatness of God, a record of the goodness of God, and a practice of the presence of God. If we want to see a move of God today, we have to put a magnifying glass on the miracles He did yesterday. If we want to stand on the promises of God today, we have to anchor ourselves in the promises He fulfilled yesterday. If we want the presence of God to shift our world today, we have to seek His presence every day.
May 24 2020
Rank #10: Valleys, Part 4: The Valley of Dry Bones - Dr. Mark Batterson
The Valley of Dry Bones is the place where God’s resurrection power is revealed. It’s the place where we discover our authority as Christ-followers. There comes a moment when you need to stop talking to God about your problems, and start talking to your problems about God. You have to prophesy to the mountain, prophesy to the storm, prophesy to the dry bones. What do we speak? Life. Love. Truth. We echo, “Let there be light.” We echo, “Peace, be still.” We echo, “Hear the word of the Lord.”
May 10 2020
Rank #11: Valleys, Part 2: The Valley of Giants - Dr. Mark Batterson
If you want to REPEAT HISTORY, keep doing it the way it’s always been done. If you want to CHANGE HISTORY, dare to be different. What you perceive to be your biggest disadvantage may prove to be your greatest advantage. In Christ, you are nobody’s underdog! Your brave is someone else’s breakthrough.
Apr 26 2020
Rank #12: Valleys, Part 1: The Valley of Crisis - Dr. Mark Batterson
The Valley of Crisis is where we discover who we are, and more importantly, who God is. It’s the place where faith is forged, vision is birthed, and character is cultivated. How do you get to the other side? You’ve got to PRAY YOUR WAY THROUGH and WORSHIP YOUR WAY OUT of the crisis.
Apr 19 2020
Rank #13: The Jesus Way, Part 8: The Waymaker - Dr. Mark Batterson
Like the disciples two thousand years ago, we find ourselves sheltered-in-place this Easter. Fear is in the air. Uncertainty is everywhere. The good news? The tomb is still empty! When Jesus walked out of the tomb, death was no longer undefeated. When it seems like all is lost, we go back to the empty tomb. That is where our faith is found. That is where our hope is anchored.
Apr 12 2020
Rank #14: The Jesus Way, Part 7: The Way of the Garden - Joel and Nina Schmidgall
We find ourselves in a season of isolation, chaos, frustration, grief, readjustment. We are adjusting to a completely new normal all the while facing weeks and months of new pressures and challenges.
In our text today, Jesus found himself facing pressure, pain, and challenge in the moments before He would face the cross. As He entered the garden, He grappled with all that was to come and shared honestly about His desire for a different path. In fact, He shared his agony and anguish to the point of sweating blood. He was desperate! It might be Christ’ greatest show of humanity as He wrestled with God.
In His wrestle, He ultimately came to an incredible statement of sacrifice, relenting with, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” In one statement, He accepts and finds resolve for the difficulty to come. Jesus shows us that we can be honest in our emotions with God. Yet we still have to move forward in His will. He shows us we can lean into grief, but we must ultimately come to a place of acceptance. Emotions have to have motion. Just as we are going through the stages of grief, we’ve got to keep moving. The garden was a place of pressure, a place of anguish, a place to grapple, and ultimately a place so submit and resolve to God’s will. We pray that this scripture ministers to your soul in an intense and crazy season!
Apr 05 2020
Rank #15: The Jesus Way, Part 6: The Way of the Table - Heather Zempel
The table is one of the most ubiquitous yet overlooked settings in the Scripture. Throughout the Old Testament, the table is where people encountered the power, provision, promise, and presence of God. In the New Testament, the table is where the powerful were confronted, the oppressed were uplifted, the outcasts were invited, the self-righteous were ridiculed, and the seekers were given a glimpse of the kingdom of God. He encouraged his followers to remember him when they came to the table together in a ritual that has been practiced by the church for 2,000 years. Whether we call it Communion, The Lord’s Supper, or the Eucharist, it is the place where we ground ourselves in our common faith and are united in Jesus.
Mar 29 2020
Rank #16: The Jesus Way, Part 5: The Way of The Sparrow - Campus Pastors
In a season of social isolation and anxiety, this weekend we’re taking a team approach to our message. You’ll see a show of unity in isolation with all seven of our Campus Pastors taking a part in the sermon via ted talk.
On a daily basis we find ourselves inundated with new data and further pushed into isolation from one another. Questions are consistently swirling. What if I get the virus? Am I going to survive financially through this? How can I do my job and home school my kids? What if someone I love who is health vulnerable gets sick? The questions can be endless. And worry can be overwhelming.
Our text is Matthew 6:25-34 where Jesus exhorts us to do what seems impossible: Do not worry. He was saying that to an audience who actually had more to be anxious about than we do. Yet, he called back to the very basics of faith: Trust. We pray today that you find faith deep within your soul, to reach out and re-center yourself in Christ and find trust in Him.
Mar 22 2020
Rank #17: The Jesus Way, Part 4: The Way of the Child - Dr. Mark Batterson
As we age, pieces of our personality are held hostage by painful moments in our past. Jesus came to set the captive free—the inner child within each one of us. It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
Mar 15 2020
Rank #18: The Jesus Way, Part 3: The Way of the Vine - Joshua Symonette
Success and outcomes seem to constantly dominate our focus. All of our decisions seem to hinge on them. Jesus was also concerned about success and outcomes for his disciples. But in John 15, he uses the metaphor of the vine to explain to them that their success (or rather fulfillment of their purpose as his disciples) hinged upon one particular input; remaining in him.
Mar 08 2020
Rank #19: The Jesus Way, Part 2: The Way of the Towel - Joel Schmidgall
As we explore The Jesus Way, today’s passage leads us to Jesus turning the social structure of the day upside down in the way he leads. Jesus lays down his position and instead picks up a towel. It wasn’t a singular commendation of service or an isolated call to humility…it was the combination of both. We’ll spend our time today unpacking this beautiful story in the form of five values: Humility, identity, filling of the Spirit, obedience, and love.
Mar 01 2020
Rank #20: The Jesus Way, Part 1: The Way of the Wilderness - Dr. Mark Batterson
The Holy Spirit will sometimes lead us where we don’t want to go, but He always goes with us! The wilderness is not the enemy. The wilderness is a part of the way, the Jesus way.
Feb 23 2020