Joe Coffey | The entirety of our Christian faith anchors on one thing: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So when we are asked to believe that the Son of God was killed, buried, and then walked out of the grave, is it any wonder that we struggle with doubt? Is believing that Jesus defeated death, resulting in our salvation, too good to be true? Jesus knew people would doubt. Scripture shows how he addresses doubt through the man we all might know as "Doubting Thomas." Listen to this weeks message in the Dirty Dozen series as Pastor Joe shows us how Jesus understands and addresses our doubts, yet includes us in his story anyway.
Joe Coffey | We've all been there, in a situation where we don't know what to do or say. Maybe it's a person on the street asking for money, or a tragic situation in a friend's life. We often find ourselves in circumstances where we just can't find the right words to say. Or maybe you've been on the other end of that scenario. Maybe you have been the person experiencing deep grief or a painful trial, and you notice that people are pulling away from you. Phone calls go unanswered, and you don't know where to go for help. You feel like nobody sees you. In both situations, we can look to Jesus and his interactions with Mary Magdalene. Listen to this weeks message in our Dirty Dozen series to learn how Jesus sees us when it feels like nobody else can, seeks us out and engages us no matter what's going on in our life, and makes a place for us when we feel like we don't belong.
Joe Coffey | Have you ever felt like you’re not worthy of Jesus’ love because you have failed him in some way? If so, you’re in good company. Even Peter, called to be the rock upon which Jesus would build his church, failed Jesus pretty spectacularly. Peter denied he knew Jesus three times after Jesus was arrested, despite assuring Jesus, he would stay faithful to him. Peter should have been disqualified from being used by God from that point on, but he wasn’t... and he went on to bring thousands of people to Christ. The reason? Jesus’ grace and forgiveness. The same grace and forgiveness he has for all of us if we’re willing to accept it.
Todd Iannetta | It's easy for us to look around, see people who have ended up at terrible points in their lives by making bad decisions, and think, "That could never be me." Should we be so sure, though? There is a road to evil, but most people don't choose to walk down it consciously. We don't set out to be "bad people," but we do we make little decisions to give in to sinful desires, taking small steps that we hardly notice or justify to ourselves. By the time we realize what we've done, it may feel like we've gone too far to turn back. The things we seek most in life end up controlling us, and if those things are sinful by nature, we can end up miserable and at a point where we hardly recognize ourselves anymore. Unless, as Todd explains today, we experience a collision of mercy that changes our course and ultimately saves us from ourselves.
Joe Coffey | Followers of Christ are often characterized as the "good people" living clean lives, but when we look at those who first followed Jesus, we realize that many definitely don't fit that description. Take Matthew for instance: He was a tax collector hated by his fellow Jews for his service to the Romans, but when Jesus called him as a follower, he immediately obeyed. Jesus knows we're all sinners; it's a willingness to change that matters most to him. Matthew heard the call, felt the touch, and embraced the change of Jesus. As Pastor Joe explains in today's sermon, we can, too.
Nine years ago, Sanj Kalra gave his life to Jesus, going through what he calls a "Saul to Paul" conversion. Through forgiveness and reconciliation with God, he not only turned away from a sinful life, but eventually became a globe-traveling speaker for Ravi Zaccharias International Ministries (RZIM), an organization of evangelists using apologetics to "influence the influencers" in society by asking and answering questions about faith. Listen today as he tells us about the work RZIM is doing around the world, from corporate boardrooms to academic halls to political centers, as we feature RZIM in addition to our ministry to refugees in Rome during this Micah 6:8 weekend.
Zach Weihrauch | Conversations about hell can be personal and painful. Maybe you've been told you will go to hell, or maybe you're unsure about what happened to a loved one after their passing. It can be difficult to understand why a loving God would send people to hell. But for just 30 minutes, consider putting those past experiences aside and listen to Pastor Zach Weihrauch argue that hell proves God is loving, as it is a monument that God sees and cares for victims.
Joe Coffey | At some point in life, everyone will face trials of suffering, it's an inevitable part of the human experience. But how do we make sense of God's goodness along with the bad things that happen to us? One thing we know from Scripture is that God wants us to ask that question. Join Pastor Joe as he teaches why a simple answer will never suffice. Only Jesus can.
Joe Coffey | John 10:7-15 compares humans to sheep, making the claim that Jesus is our one true shepherd. The funny part about that? Sheep are extremely dumb, dependent, and in constant need of direction from their shepherd. Tune in as Pastor Joe explains (in human terms) why we, like sheep, truly need Jesus as our shepherd.
Joe Coffey | Often times when things go wrong we are tempted to think one of two things: this is my fault, or there is someone else I can blame for this. We bounce between anger and guilt, continually asking why we are hurting and why bad things are happening. Yet in John 9:1-11, Jesus presents a third option of why we suffer. As Jesus gives sight to a blind man, he says the man suffered so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Tune in as Pastor Joe explains how Jesus' work can help us see our suffering differently.
Zach Weihrauch | Sometimes life feels like we are walking around in darkness. At times we are unsure which decision is the right one, wondering where we should go next, and asking God why hard things are happening to us. We've all been there. The truth about our nature is that we're born into a world where we don't know what we're doing, we're born into darkness. Join Pastor Zach as he preaches from John 8:12-20 on how the light of Jesus can offer us clarity, certainty, and confidence as we walk through life.
Joe Coffey | John 2:1-11 tells the often referenced story of Jesus surprising guests at a wedding by turning water into wine. This surprises many people, because it may seem odd that the first miracle Jesus ever performed publicly was turning one beverage into another. However, in this message Pastor Joe shares how this miracle can show us that Jesus is the Lord of the feast, and therefore the source of all joy.
Joe Coffey | With so many religions, political parties, and special interest groups in our culture, why should Christianity be the best thing for this world? This week Pastor Joe discusses why the "Shalom," a Hebrew word meaning peace, wholeness, and flourishing, that God offers is the best thing for our word.
Mike Holwerda | Life is full of "that's not right" moments. But have you ever stopped to wonder... how did we get here? So often, we find that the church is implicit with the injustices of our time. We tend to be more involved in church-things than justice-things. It seems easier to focus on daily devotionals and church programming and lose focus on social concern or advocacy. How can the church become a place that values justice? Listen to this weeks message in the series, "Christianity: Famous or Infamous?" to learn how you can Make Jesus Famous in your life.
Joe Coffey | A recent study found that 87% of people outside the church view Christians as judgemental. In contrast, during Jesus' lifetime he was accused of many things, but never of being judgemental. Nobody wants to admit that they have a habit of judging others, but with such a stark contrast between how the world views us and how Jesus lived, something must change. In this message, Pastor Joe shares how we can look to Jesus and move from being judgemental to merciful.
Joe Coffey | The Bible has a lot to say about equality, but what does that matter for us today? In this message, Pastor Joe starts off the new series, Christianity: Famous of Infamous?, by speaking on the idea of "Us vs. Them." Listen to learn how the church has failed and succeeded in the past to treat everyone with love and care, as well as how we can all work to be agents of restoration in our communities today.
Joe Coffey & Zach Weihrauch | As we continue to Make Jesus Famous this year, Pastor Joe introduces new staff member, Zach Weihrauch, who is leading our new church planting initiative, Orchard NEO. Listen as Zach shares about the importance of The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) and how the church is meant to fulfill Jesus' commands to make disciples of all the nations.
Joe Coffey | After focusing on our homes, Pastor Joe shares how the next step in Making Jesus Famous is to make Him known in our communities. Listen as we learn how we can start by focusing on sharing Jesus with one friend this year, being intentional in the groups we belong to, and also being an active blessing to the city.
Joe Coffey | In this message Pastor Joe shares that a good place to start Making Jesus Famous is in our homes. As we invite Jesus into our homes, he sees us for who we really are and transforms our hearts. We can celebrate and remember all that God has done in ourselves, recalling his faithfulness to our family members. It would only be natural to then make our homes a place of refuge for those who don't know Jesus, inviting people into our lives to "come and see" all He has done.
Joe Coffey | This week Pastor Joe introduces our theme for 2019: Make Jesus Famous! Listen as he shares about what it means to make Jesus famous, why we should worry about making him famous, and how we can all use our personal stories of how Jesus has healed our wounds to make him known.
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