Feb 1, 2015
Mature in Christ
As parents, we want our children to grow into mature adults.  Our Father in heaven wants the same from us.  In this message, guest speaker Kyle Essary examines Colossians 1:28 for ways to stay on track toward the goal of Christian maturity.
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  • Feb 1, 2015Mature in Christ
    Feb 1, 2015
    Mature in Christ
    As parents, we want our children to grow into mature adults.  Our Father in heaven wants the same from us.  In this message, guest speaker Kyle Essary examines Colossians 1:28 for ways to stay on track toward the goal of Christian maturity.
  • Jan 25, 2015A Father’s Grace
    Jan 25, 2015
    A Father’s Grace
    Series: DNow
    Our earthly fathers shape how we view our heavenly Father.  But scripture gives us a more accurate picture of who God is.  In Luke, chapter 15, Jesus tells a story about a father and two sons.  We usually focus on the "prodigal" son, but we can learn much about our relationship with God by looking at the father and the other son.  In this story we see a picture of the Father's grace.
  • Jan 25, 2015A Glimpse of Grace
    Jan 25, 2015
    A Glimpse of Grace
    Series: Fresh Start
    Acts 9 contains the account of the conversion of Paul (then known as Saul).  It is a powerful testimony, but it is essentially the same for anyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ.  It is the story of someone realizing that he is a lost sinner in need of the grace of God.  In this chapter, we see Paul's life before he met Christ, his life unraveling in need of Christ, Paul being confronted by Christ, and his life after he met Christ.
  • Jan 18, 2015A Fresh Start with Your Bible
    Jan 18, 2015
    A Fresh Start with Your Bible
    Series: Fresh Start
    One of our core values is a reliance on biblical authority.   God's Word is our final authority in all matters. Yet only 35% of evangelical Christians read their Bible outside of a church service.  It's not enough to be under the Word, we must be in the Word.  In this message, taken from 2 Timothy 2:14-15 and Psalm 119, Pastor Mike encourages us to get into the Bible and get the Bible into us.
  • Jan 11, 2015No Limits
    Jan 11, 2015
    No Limits
    Ephesians 3:20-21 contains part of a prayer that Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus - that they would have strength to face the trials yet to come.  In this message, Pastor Mike draws from this verse to challenge First Baptist Van Alstyne as we move forward in the new year.  There will be victories to celebrate, challenges to face, and opportunities to embrace.  We have an enemy that doesn't want us to stay focused on the things that matter most, but we have a power that is working within us to do  far more than we could possibly imagine.
  • Dec 28, 2014A Brand New You
    Dec 28, 2014
    A Brand New You
    Series: Fresh Start
    When a new year begins, many people begin to look for a fresh start.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul states that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.  There is a fundamental change that takes place.  Anyone who comes to Christ for salvation gains a new position, a new personality, and a new potential.
  • Dec 14, 2014The Glory of Christmas
    Dec 14, 2014
    The Glory of Christmas
    An ordinary Joe - that's what Joseph was.  He was a simple carpenter; a working man. There are no words spoken by Joseph recorded in the Bible. However, actions speak louder than words and Joseph's actions tell much about the kind of man Joseph was.  In Matthew 1:18-25, Joseph is faced with a dilemma, he has a dream that reveals a tremendous truth, and he makes a decision that changes his life and allows him to see the glory of Christmas.
  • Dec 7, 2014The Greatness of Christmas
    Dec 7, 2014
    The Greatness of Christmas
    Have you ever stopped to think about how powerful are the words, "We're expecting?"  Everyone has a story about how they were born, but no one has a birth story quite like that of Jesus.  In this message, Pastor Mike relates Mary's reaction to the announcement that she was expecting. We see that Mary developed an awareness of God's presence, she devoted herself to God's plan, she delighted in God's power, and she depended on God's promises.
  • Nov 30, 2014The Grace of Christmas
    Nov 30, 2014
    The Grace of Christmas
    When writing a story, you want an introduction that will grab the reader's interest and set the stage for the rest of the narrative.  The genealogy that begins Matthew's gospel may not be the most exciting introduction, but it is important to establish the lineage of Jesus.  In this first message of the new series, Pastor Mike delves into the meaning, the miracle, and the ministry of Jesus' family tree.
  • Nov 23, 2014Our Great God of Sanctity
    Nov 23, 2014
    Our Great God of Sanctity
    Worship is not something that is limited to one hour a week.  God deserves our praise at all times.  In this last message in the Great and Mighty series, Pastor Mike draws from Psalm 46:10-11 to remind us that God has a plan that must be regarded. God's plan is a definite, divine, redemptive plan.  God's presence should be remembered, because His praise will be received. Believers have many reasons to be thankful and offer praise.