May - August 2018

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  • Fore (Acts 2)

    August 26, 2018

    In Acts 2, we see the origins of the church forming. What was most important to them then is most important to our church today – that we would be a community that would Pursue Jesus Christ, Grow Together as believers, Serve Others in need and ultimately to Make Disciples. Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • Too Good to Be True (Luke 14:7-24)

    August 19, 2018

    There are some things in life that seem “too good to be true” – whether it is a favorite vacation or maybe a special restaurant. It is this same sentiment that Jesus wants to communicate in Luke 14 through a series of parables. The setting of the parables is a banquet in which Jesus is teaching something deeper about the Kingdom. What he reveals is his strategy for the Kingdom of who he invites and what he expects, all of it a grand narrative that is seemingly too good to be true. Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • Love Completely (Luke 10:25-37)

    August 12, 2018

    The parable of the Good Samaritan meets us in a world where keeping up appearances can be more important than authenticity. We hear the call for a kingdom life of real compassion and Jesus’ heart to live in close proximity to those with the greatest needs. Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • Fix it Dad (Luke 18:1-8)

    August 5, 2018

    We live in a world that is broken. Brokenness surrounds us from our own health, our possessions, our work, and even our relationships. Along with brokenness we also have a deep desire for this brokenness to be fixed – for there to be peace, restoration, healing and justice. What are we to do? A parable in Luke 18 gives us the answer. We are to be people of prayer. Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • Excuses Excuses Excuses (Matthew 25:14-30)

    July 29, 2018

    The kingdom of heaven is among us right now, but the real question that we must answer as Christ followers is: Are we readying God’s kingdom with all of the resources that God has entrusted in to our care or are we readying excuses of why we can’t serve? Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video. Click here to take the S.H.A.P.E. test that Pastor Cole references to learn more about the gifts that God has given you to serve the kingdom.

  • Are We Ready (Matthew 25:1-13)

    July 22, 2018

    When it comes to a wedding, everything must be ready and everyone must be ready. Jesus tells a parable with the setting of a wedding to communicate a deeper truth of spiritual readiness. Are we ready for His return or our passing? The answer to this kind of readiness comes only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • Bigger barns (Luke 12:13-21)

    July 15, 2018

    As humans, we are drawn to money and stuff, even to the point where those things have the ability to “sooth” our soul. But Jesus warns us in a parable that if our lives are centered around accumulating so much that we find ourselves needing to build “bigger barns” we are living the life of a fool. As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to be generous and “rich towards God” with all He entrusts in to our care. Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • The Forgiven who forgive (matthew 18:21-35)

    July 8, 2018

    This week's kingdom story starts with a question, "How many times should I forgive someone who sins against me?" Jesus answers the question directly, but then he emphasizes his point with a parable of a man who is forgiven a great debt, then refuses to forgive someone else. In this story we are reminded of the great debt we have been forgiven through Christ, and how that compels us to be the forgiven who forgive. Click on the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • The Comparison game (luke 18:9-14)

    July 1, 2018

    In this week's parable, we find two men with two very different ideas of what makes someone right with God and with others. One compares himself with others and feels good about himself, while the other compares himself with God and discovers his great need. When the basis for our belonging with God and God's people is built on our performance, we end up in isolation. But when our basis for belonging is based on God's grace shown to us in Jesus, we're invited into a community of imperfect people who can honestly and openly confess our sins and experience the life-changing power of the gospel together. Click the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • Lost Sunglasses (Luke 15:11-32)

    June 24, 2018

    Our Heavenly Father has a deep love for the lost, and the parable that tells us this better than any other is the parable of the lost son in Luke 15. As the story unfolds, we are taken on a journey to a climactic moment to see if we too will be compassionate towards spiritually lost or if we will be angry like the older brother. Click the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • 56,000 (matthew 25:31-46)

    June 10, 2018

    56,000 hours is a lot of time each week for our church body to show Christ-like compassion to the communities we where live. That is exactly what Jesus challenges us to in Matthew 25 in the parable of the sheep and goats. Compassion – because of our relationship with the Shepherd Jesus Christ – is what we do! Click the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • Kingdom Secrets (Matthew 13:24-50)

    June 3, 2018

    One of Jesus’ favorite topics revolves around the word kingdom. He spoke about it often and even taught his disciples to pray to the Father in heaven “your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” So what is the kingdom? Jesus has multiple parables that talk about kingdom in Matthew 13. From weeds to mustard seeds to hidden treasures to pearls, all of these can be compared to the kingdom in the right now right here of our daily lives. Click the image or here to watch the sermon video.

  • What are you looking to Find?

    May 27, 2018

    Join us in praying for the Akkin people. Click here for specific prayer requests. (No sermon video/audio available for this message.)

  • Kingdom Stories (Matthew 13:1-23)

    May 20, 2018

    Jesus was a master storyteller. He understands that we are shaped by the stories we listen to. In the parables, Jesus invites us to imagine God’s kingdom through the parables, these stories that capture our imagination, challenge our assumptions and compel our response. In his first parable, Jesus challenges us to consider how we are responding to him. Are our hearts hard to him or are we willing to listen and to bear fruit for his kingdom? Click the image or here to watch the sermon video.

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