Jun 5, 2016
Difference Makers Live On Mission
In Acts 13 and 14 we have a record of the first missionary journey.  Today, we are still sending missionaries out into the world, but we cannot be content with just sending others out. Every heart with Christ is a missionary, and every heart without Christ is a mission field. We must each go and share the gospel, whether it is around the world, or across the street.  In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike shows what we can learn from this first missionary journey.  We see the character of the missionaries, the cities that were reached, and the churches that were established. Difference makers don't just go on mission trips, they live on mission - taking the gospel with them wherever they go.
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  • Jun 5, 2016Difference Makers Live On Mission
    Jun 5, 2016
    Difference Makers Live On Mission
    In Acts 13 and 14 we have a record of the first missionary journey.  Today, we are still sending missionaries out into the world, but we cannot be content with just sending others out. Every heart with Christ is a missionary, and every heart without Christ is a mission field. We must each go and share the gospel, whether it is around the world, or across the street.  In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike shows what we can learn from this first missionary journey.  We see the character of the missionaries, the cities that were reached, and the churches that were established. Difference makers don't just go on mission trips, they live on mission - taking the gospel with them wherever they go.
  • May 29, 2016Difference Makers Value Prayer
    May 29, 2016
    Difference Makers Value Prayer
    For believers, prayer should be as natural and necessary as breathing.  Yet many of us treat prayer as a tool to be taken out and used as needed, then put back in the box. In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike unpacks Acts 12:1-19 to show us the value of praying diligently and continually. As the church in this passage is meeting to pray we see the reason for their prayers, God's response to their prayers, and the results of their prayers.
  • May 22, 2016Difference Makers Are Encouraging
    May 22, 2016
    Difference Makers Are Encouraging
    Many of us have nicknames, some of which are not very flattering.  But one early believer named Joseph was given a nickname that reflected his character - Barnabas, which means Son of Encouragement.  In Acts 11, the early church was in need of encouragement. The place of encouragement was Antioch. Persecuted believers had settled there and many Greeks believed in Jesus through their witness.  The person of encouragement was Barnabas. He was sent to Antioch by the church in Jerusalem to encourage them to remain steadfast in their faith.  And the product of encouragement was the spread of the gospel message.
  • May 15, 2016Difference Makers Are All In
    May 15, 2016
    Difference Makers Are All In
    Are you all in for the cause of Christ? Most of us will claim to be all in, but when trouble comes we are out. Many will be partially in - willing to give some of themselves, but not all.  To be all in we need to stay in. In Acts 6 and 7, Stephen was all in.  He put everything on the line to proclaim the gospel.  In this message, Pastor Mike examines this passage to show four lessons we can learn from Stephen.  We see the character of Stephen, the contradiction of the crowd, the content of Stephen's message, and the conclusion of the meeting.
  • May 8, 2016Difference Makers Value Teamwork
    May 8, 2016
    Difference Makers Value Teamwork
    By the time we come to Acts 6, the early church had grown significantly. They had faced opposition from outside, but now they were facing a new challenge - a challenge from within.  Most churches have people who are servants. They do work that needs to be done with no thought of recognition.  But churches also need servant leaders - people who will step forward and work together to provide solutions to larger problems. In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike explores Acts 6:1-7 to show how teamwork produced a decisive remedy, divided responsibilities, and divine results.
  • May 1, 2016Difference Makers are Faithful
    May 1, 2016
    Difference Makers are Faithful
    At Yellowstone National Park there is a geyser named, Old Faithful. It is so named because it is consistent in its eruptions. It is one of the most predictable geographical features on earth.  Faithfulness is one area where many Christians struggle, especially in the face of opposition. The early church faced opposition, but they remained faithful in spreading the gospel. God is searching for faithful followers.  In this message from the Difference Makers sermon series, Pastor Mike points out three ingredients in the faithfulness of the early church: the circumstances they endured, the companionship they experienced, and the character they exhibited.
  • Apr 24, 2016Difference Makers Are Generous
    Apr 24, 2016
    Difference Makers Are Generous
    Most of the time when we think of generosity, we think of money.  Often we struggle with thinking of ourselves as being generous simply because we don't think we have the means of being generous. But generosity is not limited to financial gifts.  You can be generous with your time, with wisdom, with your talents. The first-century Christians were generous in providing for each other's needs. In this message from the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike uncovers three lessons in Christian generosity: the perspective, prerequisites, and personality of generosity.
  • Apr 17, 2016Difference Makers Live Spirit-filled Lives
    Apr 17, 2016
    Difference Makers Live Spirit-filled Lives
    Difference makers in the early church were common men and women  who rallied around an uncommon cause and demonstrated uncommon characteristics to make an amazing difference. They were able to do this through the power of God's Spirit. When we think about how the Spirit works in our lives, we often think of emotional experiences in worship.  But the work of the Holy Spirit is much more empowering than a simple emotional experience. In this third message in the Difference Makers series, Pastor Mike looks at Acts 4 to teach about the priority of being filled with the Spirit, the pathway to being filled with the Spirit, and the product of being filled with the Spirit.
  • Apr 10, 2016Difference Makers Care
    Apr 10, 2016
    Difference Makers Care
    Every day we come in contact with people who have real needs. They may be physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. And the real question is, "Who cares?" Who will take the time to care for people in need? Who will show genuine compassion and concern? In Acts 3:1-10, Peter and John were Difference Makers who took the time to notice a man with a need. Pastor Mike unpacks this passage to show us three components of genuine care: the plight of the needy man, the pity of the caring men, and the praise of the healed man.  #VADifferenceMakers
  • Apr 3, 2016Difference Makers Value Relationships
    Apr 3, 2016
    Difference Makers Value Relationships
    What happened after the resurrection? Did the disciples go back to their lives as if nothing happened? No, they continued to follow the risen Christ - the ultimate Difference Maker.  And in so doing they changed the world.  In this series, Pastor Mike will take a look at how these common men and women rallied around an uncommon cause, and displayed uncommon characteristics to make an amazing difference.
    This first message in the series focuses on relationships. Difference Makers value relationships.  We must display steadfastness in character, sensitivity to others, and singleness of heart.