One thing leads to another. A generous God creates generous people with a generous vision.
Are you looking for hope that stands firm in the face of pandemic, unrest, insecurity, or worry? Join us this Easter in-person or online to learn how the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead gives certain hope for uncertain times. It is proof that God will keep his promises to forgive our sin and fix this broken world. Please be our guest to find community, uplifting worship, and a message of certain hope no matter how uncertain your times may be.
“I am a Lutheran because I am a Christian.” “I’m a Lutheran because someone shared the gospel with me.” Outreach and faith connect with the sharing of the gospel. That’s what this series is all about. As we celebrate the treasures we have as Lutheran Christians, we want to do more than celebrate history. We want to share what God has given us with others so the Holy Spirit can do as he promises—create faith. Through this series we use this historic event of Reformation 500 to reach out, to share, to witness, and to confess.
This series is built around four important Christian—that is, Lutheran Christian—treasures. Three of them are familiar: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone. They are the three “solas” we find in some of the stained glass windows of Lutheran churches. But one more sola captures them all—Christ Alone. We hold fast to the truth of God’s grace that has justified us freely in Christ. We receive that grace and make it ours by faith in Christ. We learn of these treasures in Christ through the Scriptures and do not rely on any other authority. So “Christ Alone” is the Rock—the foundation of the church on which rests all our teaching and our witness. We have such treasures. Let’s celebrate them! Let’s reclaim these truths for our generation!
Everyone has a worldview. Whether or not we realize it, we all have certain presuppositions and biases that affect the way we view all of life and reality. A worldview is like a set of lenses which taint our vision or alter the way we perceive the world around us. Our worldview is formed by our education, our upbringing, the culture we live in, the books we read, the media and movies we absorb, etc. For many people their worldview is simply something they have absorbed by osmosis from their surrounding cultural influences. They have never thought strategically about what they believe and wouldn’t be able to give a rational defense of their beliefs to others. Christians, however, are commanded to be able to give a well-reasoned explanation for the hope we have in Christ.
There are four questions every worldview must answer. Apologist Ravi Zacharias says this about worldview: “I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent worldview around. Everyone: pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist has to answer these questions: Where did I come from? What is life’s meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die? Those are the fulcrum points of our existence. I deal with cultural issues whether they be in the Middle East, Far East, the Orient or the West. You broach questions in the context of their culture and then present Christian answers.” In this series we will tackle this topic of worldview building on the only true and reliable foundation: the infallible Word of God.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…”
As we go through life we all struggle with our own personal weaknesses and temptations. We know and love our Savior. We long to serve him and live to his glory, but we are weak. It is frustrating for us that the good we want to do, we do not do and the evil we hate, this we keep on doing. This is the cross we have to bear.
Some temptations and struggles are most common to youth, others to middle age, and still others in the golden years. In this three-week series we will look at the crosses that are rather typical to each of these age groups in the interest of strengthening the one who imagines that he is all alone under his cross.
The Bible records some remarkable prayers. However, the people who prayed them weren’t really all that remarkable. And as they prayed they sure didn’t think their prayers were all that remarkable either. But God heard them anyway. Their prayers spoken to God in faith touched his heart and sometimes resulted in miracles happening. Lives were changed. History was altered. Hope was restored. Hearts were opened. In every case, prayers were heard by a gracious God!
So why did God choose to have these prayers recorded for us in the Bible? So that we could learn from them the privilege and blessings of talking to God in prayer ourselves. That’s why in this series we’re going to look at some of these prayers spoken by ordinary people to see that we too can pray powerfully. We too can touch the heart of God. We too can impact hearts, lives, and even history itself. And in every case, no matter what, we can be confident that our prayers offered in faith are heard by our gracious and loving God for Jesus’ sake.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
God has always done extraordinary things through ordinary people like us. Gideon looked less than ordinary. He was filled with doubts and fears. Yet God used this man as a powerful tool in his hand to rescue his people. Are you worried by the challenges your family and God’s church face today? Will you be a worrier or a warrior? The God who changed Gideon can change us!
Join us in worship after Easter as we take an honest look at the struggle sin brings to our everyday life and the feelings of emptiness that go along with it. Discover anew how the risen Jesus is the answer to our struggle and the solution to the emptiness we feel. The full message of hope and peace is found in the empty tomb.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” (1 Peter 1:3-4).
Midweek Sermon Series – Hidden Glory
Our message series for our Wednesday Lenten services is Hidden Glory. Jesus’ glory is often a hidden glory – hidden in his lowly life, hidden in his severe suffering, hidden in his dark death. We will be led to marvel at how Jesus revealed his glory as he carried our sin to the cross for our full and forever salvation. The portions of Scripture on which each message will be based are listed below. Perhaps you may want to incorporate these into your daily Bible reading during Lent.
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
Sin brings so many severe and awful consequences into our lives. In order to free us from them all, Jesus became just like us, suffering the smart of every one of those consequences. Through this series we’ll gain a renewed appreciation for what it is we’ve been rescued from and all that Jesus went through to make this rescue possible.
This series On Truth and Love lays the foundation for good, solid communication. The series will address the issues that invariably sidetrack Christians when they seek to have healthy conversations about controversial topics. There is a lot of misunderstanding both inside and outside the church that only healthy conversations can begin to address.
“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:14-16
In this four-week Epiphany series we’ll explore world-changing, life-altering “aha” moments in the lives of a number of God’s New Testament followers. It is our prayer that these “aha” moments will also help to bring clarity and understanding to us and to our spiritual journey today.
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).