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For some people, sharing the gospel seems like an intimidating task. “Who do I share with? How will they respond? What do I share?” Pastor Todd shares 5 steps to being on mission that are attainable for everyone. Take heart Christian! Sharing the gospel is not as scary as you think. Take a look below and ask yourself, where am I at in these 5 steps? We encourage you to take practical steps in your everyday life to partner with the work God is doing around you....
Revelation tells one epic story from start to finish. It's a story of loss and sin and judgment. It's a story of renewal and salvation and glory. It's a story of dragons and beasts and lions and thrones. No summary is sufficient, but this is the song of the Lamb. ...
This church was known for suffering. Smyrna is the Greek word for myrrh, a flagrant perfume used in burial. Many believe that this church represents the martyrs of all the ages and the sweet-smelling fragrance of their faithfulness until death. There was no rebuke for this church and because they were faithful until death, their lampstand has never been removed. Christianity has never completely left this city. It is the only one of the seven cities still in flourishing condition....
What do we know about Ephesus? Paul spent between two to three years teaching in Ephesus (Acts 19:8-10). In his farewell letter to the Ephesian elders, he gives a clear warning to look out for "savage wolves" and men who would speak "perverse things.” Ephesus was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. There were 14 temples dedicated to idolatrous pagan gods, but none rivaled the Temple of Artemis, the Greek goddess who was heartily worshiped by the Roman Empire during this time. ...
We understand that the church Jesus was building was a people for Himself. Sin created a chasm between us and a holy God. By God’s grace, that chasm has been closed! We’ve been justified by Christ’s death on the cross and are now part of His church because when God sees us, He sees Jesus’ righteousness. Our identity now becomes one who is a citizen of the Kingdom of God. The way we live must align with what God has called us to. Let’s take a look at how we live as members of Jesus’ church....
In John 6 Jesus continues to demonstrate and declare His divinity and teaches salvation and relationship with God through faith in Him by contrasting the natural with the spiritual; just as he did with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman in chapters 3 and 4. Here He contrasts natural food with spiritual food. ...Keep Reading
In chapter 9 Luke we see more of the ‘astonishing majesty of God’ as he feeds the 5000, and heals a boy tormented by an evil spirit. He soberly teaches concerning the cost of following Him. And most importantly Jesus discloses His coming humiliation, death and resurrection in Jerusalem; accomplishing the Father’s purpose for His coming. ...Keep Reading
Jesus continues his ministry demonstrating the compassion and power of God; penetrating the depth of the human heart, calling for faith, obedience and exposing fear in the hearts of men. He reproves unbelief and commends faith as He encounters both. ...Keep Reading
In Luke 7 we see Jesus' full power and compassion on display! He heals a centurion's servant from afar with just his word. He raises a widow's son from the dead....Keep Reading
As we finish John 4 we continue to see the depth of the Father's sovereign plan in salvation and Jesus' absolute commitment to accomplish his Father's work with his disciples, the Samaritans, and the nobleman....Keep Reading
Jesus encounters a Samaritan women and, breaking cultural norms, begins an amazing converstation about living water, personal details of her life, true worship and His identity. During this encounter our wonderful Savior brings the good news of his gospel and tenderly reveals the condition of her heart and her need of his forgiveness as he openly acknowleges that He is the...Keep Reading
Church, Thank you for continuing to partner was us over this past year, even in the most precarious of circumstances. As Ricky preached on Sunday, the kingdom of God never stops increasing and moving forward and we are very grateful for your partnership that allows us to continue to move forward together in the small slice of God’s growing kingdom that is Cross of Gr...Keep Reading
John 3:16 is perhaps the most well-known verse in the entire Bible. But if we understand what surrounds it, we’ll find even more good news....Keep Reading
Luke chapter 6 gives us a long block of Jesus’ teaching. Much of Jesus’ teaching is counter-cultural and counterintuitive. What Jesus teaches here is in line with the heart of the law to love God and love your neighbor, but Jesus applies it radically to situations like loving enemies and sharing with those in need....Keep Reading