Jun 21, 2015
James, the Less: Little Is Much When God Is in It
Series: Follow Me
We know very little about James the Less apart from his name.  But his name tells us quite a bit.  He was probably smaller than the other disciples, possibly younger, likely to stay in the background.  But he was also one of twelve men that Jesus chose to change the world.  In this message, Pastor Mike explores more about this little-known disciple and how his name can inspire us today.
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  • Jun 21, 2015James, the Less: Little Is Much When God Is in It
    Jun 21, 2015
    James, the Less: Little Is Much When God Is in It
    Series: Follow Me
    We know very little about James the Less apart from his name.  But his name tells us quite a bit.  He was probably smaller than the other disciples, possibly younger, likely to stay in the background.  But he was also one of twelve men that Jesus chose to change the world.  In this message, Pastor Mike explores more about this little-known disciple and how his name can inspire us today.
  • Jun 14, 2015Thomas: The Missing Disciple
    Jun 14, 2015
    Thomas: The Missing Disciple
    Series: Follow Me
    The disciples were disillusioned and disappointed after Jesus' death, until the resurrected Jesus appeared to them and encouraged them.  Thomas, however, missed that meeting. In fact, he is often known as "Doubting Thomas" because he doubted their testimony.  In this message Pastor Mike looks at the account from John 20:19-29 to uncover the cause of Thomas's absence, the cost of his absence, and the cure for his absence.
  • Jun 7, 2015Matthew: A Tax Collector’s Change
    Jun 7, 2015
    Matthew: A Tax Collector’s Change
    Series: Follow Me
    Matthew was a tax collector, which made him very unpopular with the Jewish people. But Jesus saw value in Matthew and called him to follow. Matthew responded to the call and brought his friends - mostly tax collectors and "sinners" - to Jesus.  When the religious leaders of the day criticized Jesus for associating with such people, he responded with three parables that teach us about mankind's terrible problem, and God's tremendous purpose.
  • May 31, 2015Nathanael: From Prejudice to Promise
    May 31, 2015
    Nathanael: From Prejudice to Promise
    Series: Follow Me
    Many people claim that as long as you are sincere in your beliefs you will be okay. But in reality, you can be sincere, but be sincerely wrong. Nathanael was sincerely wrong. He had studied the scriptures and the prophecies about the Messiah, but his prejudices almost caused him to miss the Messiah's call to follow. Through this message, Pastor Mike shows us Nathanael's divine confrontation, his disappointing confusion, his dynamic conversion, and his direct confession.
  • May 24, 2015Philip: The Real Doubter
    May 24, 2015
    Philip: The Real Doubter
    Series: Follow Me
    Thomas is known for his initial doubt of Jesus' resurrection, but Philip had a habit of questioning what Jesus could do.  He was probably pragmatic and pessimistic, a "bean-counter." Throughout the book of John, we see Philip's divine encounter with Christ, his doubtful expression of what God could do, and his disappointing exclamation about what Jesus came to do.
  • May 17, 2015Death of the Disciples
    May 17, 2015
    Death of the Disciples
    The deaths of Jesus' disciples provides a powerful testimony to the truth of their message.  Not all scholars agree on the details of some of the ways the disciples died, but they agree on the reason for their deaths: They were unwavering and unrelenting in their claim to have seen Christ die and to have seen him alive.
  • May 10, 2015John: Disciple of Love
    May 10, 2015
    John: Disciple of Love
    Series: Follow Me
    The apostle John was probably the youngest of the disciples, possibly still a boy. In his youth, he was zealous and sometimes acted rashly. But John aged well. As he matured, he didn't become bitter, he became better. The whole teaching of love by John is vibrant, with the deep heart-knowledge of one who has explored its depths. In his gospel, John experienced a sentimental love. In his epistles, John expressed a surrendered love. In the Revelation, John exhibits a sacrificial love.
     
  • May 3, 2015James: Son of Zebedee
    May 3, 2015
    James: Son of Zebedee
    Series: Follow Me
    James was not well-known in scripture.  When he is mentioned, he is always paired with his brother John.  John was the disciple whom Jesus loved.  James may have been the disciple who loved Jesus. He was passionate, but Jesus helped him direct his zeal and become a driving force for the gospel.  
  • Apr 26, 2015Andrew: You the Man
    Apr 26, 2015
    Andrew: You the Man
    Series: Follow Me
    Andrew was included in the inner circle of Jesus' disciples along with Peter, his brother, and John.  Andrew's name means "manly."  His life and testimony show us what a real man is.   Real men love Jesus. Real men bring others to Jesus. Real men live for Jesus.  Andrew didn't seek the spotlight.  He served behind the scenes and eventually gave up his life for the cause of Christ.
  • Apr 19, 2015Peter: A Refined Faith
    Apr 19, 2015
    Peter: A Refined Faith
    Series: Follow Me
    One of the things that makes the disciples so great to study is that they were human.  They had failures as well as victories.  They had weaknesses as well as strengths. Peter is a prime example.  John MacArthur calls Peter, "The disciple with the foot-shaped mouth. Peter was impetuous, but the Lord used Peter to accomplish some extraordinary things. In this message, Pastor Mike walks us through Peter's initial step of faith, his inconsistent walk of faith, and his incredible leap of faith.