Philippians is different from the other letters Paul wrote to churches. It is important to know that he pens this letter to the Philippians while he is in the middle of a hopeless situation. In this letter, Paul tries to communicate His love and affection for the Philippian Church. What lessons can we learn about joy from the apostle Paul as he sits in a prison cell.
Jesus Christ is the goodness of God on display. Psalm 34:8 says, “taste and see that the Lord is good”. Any ideas we have of the Father that we do not see lived out in the life of Christ we should bring into question.
All or Nothing
Paul writes to the church in Corinth to remind them of their faith and how Easter means everything! Jesus came, lived, died, and rose again. Easter is an all or nothing thing. Christianity rests on this reality and choosing to not believe in the resurrection removes all of the power, hope, and meaning from the Gospel. Its turns the “Good News” into “Not-Really-That-Great News”.
Stewarding the Supernatural
It is great to have a moment with God, a touch of the supernatural; but what happens next? How do we move it into a way of living?
Rev. Tunde Bolanta
On this weekend, we welcomed special speaker, Reverend Tunde Bolanta, who is the Overseer of Restoration Ministries worldwide.
What’s Love Got To Do With It
If you’ve ever been to a wedding you probably heard 1 Corinthians 13, often referred to as the “Love Chapter”, spoken in sweet dulcet tones. But Paul intended it to be more than just a wedding ritual, he intended to show the Church that without love our works mean nothing.
God placed people in families. Family is the only group of people who are concerned about your growth and maturity. As a family of God, we should be concerned about the growth and maturity of its family members; the Church.
Spiritual Gifts Not Presents
Last week we talked about Spiritual Gifts and how we are called to “stir up” the gift of God that is within us. What is it exactly that we are stirring up and for what purpose? The way that we perceive something will dictate how we receive it.
So many times we find ourselves settling for second best. Intimidation can cause us to stop dreaming and just accept that which we can accomplish without God’s help. Paul knew that the cure for insecurity was reminding Timothy of his true identity. We are called to “stir up” the gift of God that is in us and not just settle for low expectations.
Today is vision Sunday. As we take time to look back on 2017, lets celebrate what the Lord has accomplished this last year. As we gear up for 2018, we will look at what God has in store for New Life as well as what it means to actively take part in following God.
Preparation & Acceleration
God brings the acceleration and we bring the preparation. When blessings come and we have not prepared to receive them then we can find ourselves trying to sustain that which only God was meant to sustain.
Awkward Family Christmas
For many of us, we sanitize the story of Christmas, making it seem perfect and pristine. Yet, as we dig into scripture we discover how raw and real the story of Christmas truly is.
In the Christmas season, we are inevitably drawn to the Biblical record of the birth of Jesus. Embedded in these records are a number of cameo appearances by various unknown players. Why are they in the Story? Simeon is one of these.
Be The One
Many of us struggle with remembering. In our hectic lives we can forget important days or appointments. Are you walking in a blessing that used to be a prayer request? It is one thing to forget where we put our keys, but have we forgotten to thank God for a blessing? We are looking at a story of a healing today that speaks to the importance of remembering to come back and give thanks.
While in prison, Paul writes to the followers of Jesus in Philippi of how to be content whatever the circumstances.
10/15/2017 – 11/19/2017
Every local church has a specific redemptive purpose and identity. This new series is meant to explore who we are as a local church and what God has set us apart for.
Raised to New Life
Baptism is something that is encouraged in churches but has historically not been explained very well. Today is baptism Sunday and we are going to be bringing biblical understanding to baptism. The aim is for us to understand the why, who, how, what and when of water baptism. What is God’s next step for you in obedience?
James: Faith Works
8/13/2017 – 10/8/2017
We are beginning a sermon series on the book of James, which shows us how our faith should look in everyday life.
Jeff Tarbox – 7/30/2017 – 8/6/2017
Jesus made it plain, “In this world you will have tribulation . . . .” (John 16:33) We, however, keep trying to make ourselves as comfortable here as possible. Often we don’t understand this tension, and as a result we think God is very different than He really is. It’s the age-old challenge: “Why is God doing this?”
Justin Sweeney – 7/16/2017 – 7/23/2017
Who is it that defines “normal?” The Bible tells us not to fit in to the norms that culture sets, but calls us to be set a part, to be holy, to be “weird.”
Avishalom Tekle – 7/9/2017
Avishalom Tekle serves as the Senior Leader at Tents of Mercy Congregation and Ministry Centre in Kiryat Yam, a town just North of Haifa in Israel.
Keep the Change
Justin Sweeney – 7/2/2017
Last week, we talked about the infilling of the Holy Spirit. What a great response in our church services. God did a great work in many people’s lives. Now, how do we keep that change that God has done in our lives? How do we keep continually being filled and not leaking too much? Lets take a look at the next chapter in the Book of Acts after the initial baptism in the Holy Spirit. What did life look like for these newly empowered disciples? What can we learn from them about how to keep the change?
Justin Sweeney – 5/28/2017 – 6/25/2017
As we begin this series, we will be discussing the presence of God in our lives and in our church. He is always present but He desires to come where He already is. Let us pursue together as a church to be a people that would practice the presence of God.
Justin Sweeney – 5/21/2017
Last week we discussed that if we “remain” in Christ then we WILL bear fruit. The issues that cause us to disconnect from Jesus are not usually outright intentional rebellion. It is usually a slow fade due to the distractions of life. Today, we will look into the parable of the sower where we find that a crowded heart is the enemy of a fruitful life.
Justin Sweeney – 5/14/2017
Based on John 15:1-12, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me…”
Justin Sweeney – 5/7/2017
Last week we celebrated the legacy that Pastor Jeff and Darilynn began here at New Life Church. There is eternity living on the inside of us that longs to live a Godly life that will have ripple effects after we are gone. The trouble is that we struggle with what to do and how to do it. Today we are going to talk about what it takes to leave a Godly legacy that outlives your own life.
Justin Sweeney – 4/30/2017
There are times and seasons for everything in our lives. The difficulty is being able to embrace the season that you are in and to recognize when it’s approaching. Whenever we come to a major transition like we are experiencing today, it is so important to slow down, look up, refocus, and discern what it is that God is doing in our midst.
Justin Sweeney – 2/26/2017
Every single one of us has a story. Many times we find ourselves in a chapter of our story that we would rather not be in. At times like these it is easy to believe that our story is finished. But…our God is a God of turnarounds. If we are still living then our story is not over! Today we are looking at the story of the rich young ruler and the most difficult decision in his life…and all of our lives.