Colossians 4:2-6 teaches us to live our lives in a winsome way? As we build bridges of friendship, what specifically should characterize our friendship?
Steve Nicholson, Senior Pastor of the Evanston Vineyard, shared a message on how everyone can be involved in doing "naturally supernatural" ministry in the world around us. Starting with five things we need to know about people, Steve then shared ten practical ways to get involved in helping people meet Jesus.
Twenty years ago, our church community experienced a terrible tragedy when Lisa and Art Sandberg's 16 year old son, Cory, was killed in a car accident. The level of disappointment that the Sandberg's experienced was unimaginable. And if we're honest, everyone experiences disappointments over the course of life. In 1 Peter 5:10-12, the author writes that God will help those who suffer, but how does he do this? And how are we deal with disappointment? In this sermon, pastor Luke shared Cory's story while talking about how to deal with disappointment, which includes always trusting Jesus -- because we don't know the whole story.
Continuing our sermon series about the Bible, this sermon covered the Old Testament. We learned about several themes from the Old Testament and how our English (and Spanish) Bibles are categorized into five different types of writings.
We live in a culture that has increasingly become less engaged with the Bible and there are many questions about what the Bible is and can it be trusted. In this sermon, pastor Luke starts off our series, Surprised by Scripture, and answers a number of questions: What are the challenges to reading and understanding the Bible? What is the Bible? How should we approach the Bible? Our primary text was 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
We were honored to have Lance Pittluck with us! Lance spent the last 20 years serving as the Senior Pastor of the Anaheim Vineyard, was on the National Board for Vineyard USA, served as a regional leader, and has over forty years of ministry experience! Lance preached from John 15 and talked about the importance of "remaining" connected to Jesus.
In Ephesians 2:13, we read that God brings near those who are far off... and the reality is that God does this through his church. In this sermon, pastor Luke explored how people generally connect into a community through the various "links" in a chain.
Last week we talked about God asking us to dream big because our best days are ahead of us. In the second sermon in our series, Vision Map, we looked at the development of the church in Ephesus as a model for us. After all, we have to realize that there are practical things we can do that actually empower us to both dream big and reach those dreams! If we want to be a church that continues to carry out our mission of knowing Jesus and making him known, we must continue to develop!