Mar 17, 2019
James 1:12-18- Temptation’s Fruit
Series: James
This week Pastor Derek breaks down how James continues to outline faith in action where it concerns temptation. Why are born-again believers tempted, and how can we overcome it? James says that a crown of life is the reward for the one perseveres. 
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  • Mar 17, 2019James 1:12-18- Temptation’s Fruit
    Mar 17, 2019
    James 1:12-18- Temptation’s Fruit
    Series: James
    This week Pastor Derek breaks down how James continues to outline faith in action where it concerns temptation. Why are born-again believers tempted, and how can we overcome it? James says that a crown of life is the reward for the one perseveres. 
  • Mar 10, 2019James 1:1-11
    Mar 10, 2019
    James 1:1-11
    Series: James
    Pastor Derek begins a new series in the book of James. This book is heralded as one of both theology and practicality. Though this is one of the earliest pieces of the New Testament, James seems to have been written for the modern age. Do you believe what has been revealed about Jesus? In the beginning, James, the earthly brother of the Savior, didn't. He has strong words for that kind of doubt. Do you doubt who Jesus is? How can you have the kind of genuine faith that the brother of Jesus found?
  • Mar 3, 2019Jonah 4:1-11- Unselfish Love
    Mar 3, 2019
    Jonah 4:1-11- Unselfish Love
    Series: JONAH
    In the final message from the book of Jonah Pastor Derek shows how Jonah's anger is contrasted against God's love, and asks the questions if we like wise wish God's favor only for ourselves? Do we make the mistake of believing that we are somehow more worthy of His grace than others are? Is that grace? Do we actually desire judgement on our enemies? Do we forget we were once enemies of God ourselves? 
  • Feb 24, 2019Jonah 3:1-10- The Grace of God
    Feb 24, 2019
    Jonah 3:1-10- The Grace of God
    Series: JONAH
    Grace is a word that has suffered a devaluation withing the church. Nineveh was the most unlikeley candidate for God's love, one that angered the prophet. But as the truth of God's word was recieved by His enemies, things began to change. We need to remember as the church, as the heralds of God's Kingdom among His enemies, that spreading the Word of the Gospel actually has the power to change whole societies. 
  • Feb 17, 2019Jonah 2:1-10The Depths of Doubt
    Feb 17, 2019
    Jonah 2:1-10The Depths of Doubt
    Series: JONAH

    While Jonah desired to escape God at the beginning of the story, he now realizes that God is his only hope. How many times can we identify with this feeling. Sin always causes us to realize that once it's false promises are made apparent, God is the only One who has never let us down. The truth is, doubt in God's grace leaves us totally hopeless. 

  • Feb 10, 2019Grace in the Judgment
    Feb 10, 2019
    Grace in the Judgment
    Series: JONAH
    God's plans can never be thwarted. Even in Jonah's disobedience, the plan of God progresses without modification. Even in the judgment incurred by, Jonah, we see God's grace poured out on everyone involved. How is the church guilty of placing others in peril when she doesn't obey the Lord's instruction? And yet despite this failure, God's grace is unabated.
  • Feb 3, 2019Fleeing the Presence (Jonah 1:1-6)
    Feb 3, 2019
    Fleeing the Presence (Jonah 1:1-6)
    Series: (All)
    This week Pastor Derek begins our series through the book of Jonah. Jonah is one of the most unique stories in the Bible. Jonah, prophet of Israel is not only seen as a literal story, but also one that prefigures Israel's relation to the rest of the ancient world, and at certain points, a foreshadowing of the ultimate salvation found in Christ. Here at the beginning, Jonah finds himself at odds with the mission he's been given. As Jonah foolishly tries to flee God, we are brought face to face with the foolishness of our own attempts to flee when we are asked to be obedient. 
  • Jan 13, 2019The War Inside (Galatians 5:15-26)
    Jan 13, 2019
    The War Inside (Galatians 5:15-26)
    Series: GALATIANS
    Are there areas in your life you know you aren’t very fruitful?  Paul says it is because you may be relying on your own strength to grow fruit rather than the Holy Spirit.  As New Testament believers, the Church has an unbelievable privilege of being filled with the very Spirit of God.  How do we rely on His power and not our own?
  • Jan 6, 2019Freedom to Love (Galatians 5:2-14)
    Jan 6, 2019
    Freedom to Love (Galatians 5:2-14)
    Series: GALATIANS
    Paul outlines Christian freedom.  But is it how most people define freedom today?  In very strong language, Paul rebukes the hollow teachings of the Judaizers and urges the Christians in Galatia to recognize that the only thing that matters is faith expressing itself through love.
  • Dec 30, 2018Two Covenants (Galatians 4:21-5:1)
    Dec 30, 2018
    Two Covenants (Galatians 4:21-5:1)
    Series: GALATIANS
    Paul uses Abraham as an illustration again.  This time, the focus is on the two sons born to him.  Paul tells his readers that these two sons are a type and shadow of the two covenants that God would make with His people.  How do these two covenants relate to one another, and how do they affect us today?