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.
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  • 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.
  • Apr 12, 2015Changing the World
    Apr 12, 2015
    Changing the World
    Series: Follow Me
    Jesus chose twelve men from among His followers to be apostles.  He poured his life into these twelve men - teaching and transforming them into people who would change the world.  In this series, titled Follow Me, Pastor Mike will look at each disciple individually and examine his impact as well as what we can learn from his strengths and weaknesses.
    In this introduction to the series, Pastor Mike shows three steps that Jesus took to turn these men into world changers.
  • Apr 5, 2015Easter Changes Everything
    Apr 5, 2015
    Easter Changes Everything
    There are events in our lives that change everything in our world.  Starting school, starting high school, starting college,  moving away from home, getting married, having children - these are events that change everything. Easter Sunday culminated a week that changed everything.  1 Corinthians 15, often referred to as the "resurrection chapter," stresses the importance of the resurrection of Jesus to our faith.  Because Jesus rose from the dead the guilty are declared innocent, the blind are given sight, the dead are brought to life, and the hopeless are given hope.
  • Mar 29, 2015Come and Take It
    Mar 29, 2015
    Come and Take It
    "Come and take it." In 1835, Texans at Ft. Gonzales posted a flag with this phrase when the Mexican government threatened to take back a cannon that had been given as a gift. This was an act of defiance, proclaiming the independence of the Texas spirit. In John 10:17-18, Jesus is essentially saying, "Come and take it," but in a spirit of submission rather than defiance.  Jesus laid down His life willingly to give us freedom from sin.
  • Mar 22, 2015A Fresh Start in Worship
    Mar 22, 2015
    A Fresh Start in Worship
    Series: Fresh Start
    Worship has been a divisive issue in many churches.  We disagree about the order of worship, the style of worship, and the expression of worship.  But some of the things that we consider essential in worship are just personal preferences. True worship happens when we acknowledge who God is and who we are.  In this last message in the Fresh Start series, Pastor Mike reminds us of three things that are essential: We must be faithful to worship, we must be faithful in worship, and we must be faithful after worship.
  • Mar 15, 2015A Fresh Start in Stewardship
    Mar 15, 2015
    A Fresh Start in Stewardship
    Series: Fresh Start
    Everything that we have is a gift from God: money, time, talents.  Stewardship is the use of God-given resources for the accomplishment of God-given goals. In this message, based on 2 Corinthians 9, Pastor Mike gives us 4 key principles for being good stewards: Learn to give abundantly, love to give cheerfully, look to give expectantly, and long to give faithfully.