December 2019

To a New Way

Colossians 1:9-12

Crown Him King

Luke 1:30-33
We have a God shape void in our lives that only God can fill

From Brokenness

Brokenness can teach us powerful lessons
Luke 4:19
  • The brokenness of our lives allows God to shine through us
  • If God only used unbroken, perfect people, He would have no one to use
  • Jesus is our Rescue Story and He rescues us from our Brokenness

From a Life Sentence

Proclaiming Freedom to the Captives
Luke 4:18b
Jesus’ commission was to proclaim freedom to those in chains; which is our commission, too.
Case Study – John 9:1-34

From Hopelessness

To proclaim the good news to the poor
Luke 4:18a
Redemptive Hope
Forthcoming Hope
Unending Hope
Delightful and Worshipful Hope
Unashamed Hope
Guiding Hope
Courageous Hope
Protective Hope
Peaceful and Restful Hope

From Darkness

A rescue that succeeds against all odds and beyond all expectation
Colossians 1:13-14
We have been rescued from the rule of darkness
We have been transferred into the Kingdom of Christ
We have been redeemed from the power of our sin
We have been forgiven of our sins

January 2020

Why Give

Luke 19:1-9; Luke 3:7-14; Mark 12:41-44
  • How we handle our money is an accurate index of our spiritual lives.
  • Your spending speaks volumes about your values.
  • Your giving supports for his mission.

Why Belong

 Ephesians 4:11-16

Why Church – Week 2

Matthew 28:18-20
Great Commission. Co-Mission!
Jesus Mission + Holy Spirit + Disciples = Completion

Why Church

Pslam 98:1-9
Growth produces Change
Change produces Loss
Loss produces Pain
Pain produces the growth longed for!

November 2019

You Are Empowered

The Holy Spirit empowers us to live the life for which we were created for.
Romans 8:1-17
  • The Holy Spirit is God’s presence and power in our lives. He empowers us to die to self and the fleshly desires and rise up with Christ each and every day
  • The Holy Spirit helps us both to want to do what is right and to actually do it.
  • The Holy Spirit wants to bring you into a transforming relationship with the Father. He wants to empower you to live an obedient, God-honoring life.

You are Free

You are free from the slavery of your past mistakes, you don’t have to live in it anymore!
Galatians 5:1
The power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints.

You are Found

You were lost but now you are found. Let’s celebrate.
Luke 15:1-7
  1. The people around Jesus
  2. Two groups, two different responses
  3. The Target

Child of God

God sees you as His child and delights in you
John 1:12
The more we are concerned with what God thinks of us, the less we will be worried about what other people think of us.

July 2019

Rescued You

Waiting can be hard, but don’t miss the journey. The process of waiting is just as important as the end result.
Lamentations 3:26
1. Don’t wait wrong. Wait passionately.
2. Waiting is your time to gather with God.
3. Choose to trust Him in the place you are at.
4.  Be constructive in your waiting.
Jeremiah 3:33
Psalm 34

Relaxed You

God always wants to give good things to us but our hands are too full with worries, fears, and anxieties to receive the good things of God to us.
Psalm 46:10
1. Release Our Cares Through Prayer
2. Continually Casting Our Cares
3. Commitment versus Surrender

Resilient You

The journey with God has droughts and storms but they are just part and not the end of the journey
Jeremiah 17:7-8
You are a Lighthouse
You are a Acacia Tree

New You

Are you ready for something new?
Isaiah 43:19
  1. God is in control, not me
  2. One step at a time
  3. God uses closed doors to teach us something
  4. God is more interested in our relationship with Him

October 2019

The Marriage Assassin’s Creed

Condemnation, Indifference, Defensiveness and Withdrawing will have devastating effects in your marriage because it makes the individual feel assaulted, rejected, and hurt.
Roman 12:9-11
1. Condemnation
2. Indifference
3. Defensivesness
4. Withdrawal

Gaining and Losing Respect

Respect in relationship comes when each individual focuses on being responsible for how their actions affect the other.
Philippians 2:3
1. Mutual respect is a foundation for any relationship
2. Mutual respect can be damaged and must be repaired but will take time and effort
3. Mutual respect must be sustained by both spouses

Listen to Understand

Listening involves more than just lending an ear. It requires intentionality!
Proverbs 18:2

September 2019

Self Awareness

The imperfect nature of humanity is on full display whenever we look inward!
Galatians 6:1-10

Not About Happiness

Many people fall victim to believing marriage is about happiness
Psalm 16:11
1.  An attitude of entitlement
2.  And attitude of exposure

Ups and Down

Quality relationships cannot sustain themselves on butterflies and words of affections alone, there is some meaningful work to be done!
Galatians 6:9-10
1. We are all messed up and we have a baggage
2. No Commitment no longevity!
3. We don’t understand the importance or have the right view of marriage!
4. Every long-term relationship goes through seasons that need work or time to get through.

May 2019

From Apathy to Sympathy

John 4:25, 39 (read by Sarah Roberts)
Evangelism is the fruit of relationship that leads to relationship.
  1. Everything starts in relationship and honest conversations!
  2. There will always be barriers. It is up to us to overcome them.
  3. Embrace people’s questions; don’t only answer the questions.
  4. Steering the conversation is better than pushing for a conclusion.
  5. Being open is more effective than being certain.
  6. Arrogance, smugness and superiority are dead-humility brings life.
  7. The timeline is longer than expected.

From Shoving to Sharing

The world is not deeply impressed with a lifestyle that only avoids bad behaviors what they are looking for is hope.
1 Peter 3:13-17
  1. Evangelism should not be driven by fear but by the desire to honor Jesus
  2. Evangelism should be done in gentleness and respect

From Shame to Honor

It is not a shameful thing to testify, but a shameful thing to be silent.
2 Timothy 1:8-11

June 2019

The Little Boy

Using what we have to glorify God can reach people beyond our imagination.
John 6:5-13


Small but significant acts of obedience lead to great things.
Acts 9:10
A Disciple
A Man of Visions
A Man of Excuses and Fear
A Man of Obedience
A Devout Man

No Superheroes – Jephthah

Worthless people make the best instruments for God’s Will
Judges 11:3

No Super Hero

It’s not about who you are but what you do.
Acts 4:13

February 2020

Healing is Possible

Jesus is our only source of healing!
Luke 4:38-40, Luke 6:17-19
  1. Those needing healing or those close to the one needing healing asked Jesus for help.
  2. Jesus was compassionate and willing to heal
  3. Jesus healed with a touch, and sometimes only a word
  4. The healing was to be a testimony to others regarding Jesus’ power and authority

No Evil Grips

Jesus is supreme over all evil forces
Luke 4:31-36, Luke 8:26-39, Luke 9:37-45, Luke 11:14-28
  1. Humankind alone is powerless against the powers of the dark world.
  2. Jesus has full and complete authority over demonic forces.
  3. The only way to break free from the burden and oppression from these spirits is through the power of Jesus.

Jesus All We Need

God’s favor is realized when one’s need is recognized.
Luke 4:14-30

January 2020

Why Give

Luke 19:1-9; Luke 3:7-14; Mark 12:41-44
  • How we handle our money is an accurate index of our spiritual lives.
  • Your spending speaks volumes about your values.
  • Your giving supports for his mission.

Why Belong

 Ephesians 4:11-16

Why Church – Week 2

Matthew 28:18-20
Great Commission. Co-Mission!
Jesus Mission + Holy Spirit + Disciples = Completion

Why Church

Pslam 98:1-9
Growth produces Change
Change produces Loss
Loss produces Pain
Pain produces the growth longed for!

December 2019

To a New Way

Colossians 1:9-12

Crown Him King

Luke 1:30-33
We have a God shape void in our lives that only God can fill

From Brokenness

Brokenness can teach us powerful lessons
Luke 4:19
  • The brokenness of our lives allows God to shine through us
  • If God only used unbroken, perfect people, He would have no one to use
  • Jesus is our Rescue Story and He rescues us from our Brokenness

March 2019

S – Sharing the Gospel

We are called by God to live in a way that brings others to a personal relationship with Jesus.
Colossians 4:5-6 & Matthew 28:18-20
  1.  God wants us to conduct ourselves with wisdom towards unbelievers.
  2. God wants you to make the most of the opportunity with unbelievers.
  3. God wants you to let your speech always be gracious with unbelievers

S – Speak

Being a blessing to others requires Christians to speak words of truth, hope, encouragement, of empowering love to those in our community.
Proverbs 18:21
Colossians 3:8-10

E – Enthusiastically

We must live ENTHUSIASTICALLY towards others
Romans 12:9-21

L – Listen

We must listen to people’s life stories and needs if we ought to impact them for Jesus
James 1:19
  • Listening is a form of love
  • Listening is ministry
  • Listening shows you care

February 2019

B – Benefit

We are called to live a life that will benefit others
Genesis 12:1-3
  1. Blessings are from God
  2. Blessings are to be shared
  3. Blessings are to be multiplied

Salt + Light

We are called by God to live in a way that impacts our community.
Matthew 5:13-16
1. You are the salt of the earth
2. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill… lamp

May 2018

Makers not Keepers

Matthew 5:9

Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8
Pure represents that ideal state of mind of the person who longs to serve God and others for the sheer unselfish joy of honoring the Creator, and thus free of a personal agenda or bias.

Being Merciful

Mercy is standing before someone who deserves punishment, and then throwing them a party instead
Matthew 5:7

The Pursuit of Righteousness

Christians ought to have the desire to live rightly before God and people.
Matthew 5:6

April 2018

The Pain of Mourning

It’s either God’s way or the world’s way; it can’t be both
Matthew 5:4

Poor in Spirit

It is either God’s way or the world’s way – it can’t be both.
Matthew 5:3
  • Jesus’ words challenge how we think about character, success and purpose
  • It involves God’s favor, His willingness to come near and dwell among His people
  • The Kingdom of God is the realm in which God work

Moral vs. Kingdom Ethics

We don’t live by the world’s moral code of conduct.  Christians ought to be “immoral to the world”.
Romans 12:2
  • We live in a Post Christian Culture
  • A Blast From the Past
  • A Better Way Forward

April 2018

Jesus – Salvation

Salvation is a present freedom that makes the future possible
Acts 4:12
  • We have access to God for all the power, wisdom and direction that we need for this life
  • Salvation is a Spiritual, Moral and Physical freedom provided by God through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that elevates us to a fruitful, productive, abundant and purposeful future

March 2018

Paul – Entrusted

We are entrusted with the Gospel, which it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes
Philippians 1:12-18; 2 Timothy 1:8-14
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means getting the accurate message!
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means determined to live filled with Holy Spirit.
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means suffering for the sake of and preservation of the Gospel.
  • “Entrusted with the Gospel,” means teaching others to understand, embrace and spread the message.

Ruth – Devotion

A life of significance is lived through devotion.
Ruth 1:16-17
  • Ruth’s decision – She didn’t play by the rules
  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Ruth went to work
  • She trusted in the Lord’s provisions

David – Heart

The Heart of a follower of Jesus desires, seeks, approves, delights in and does God’s will.
Acts 13:22-23
  • The heart is the seat of our knowledge of God
  • The state of the heart governs our vision of God
  • From the heart one speaks to God
  • The heart is the location of divine indwelling

February 2018

Following God Closely

Faith goes much deeper than just believing that Jesus is the Christ; the proof of faith is following Him.
Luke 9:23-27

Knowing God More Clearly

Deep knowledge of God results in an authentic transformation of self, which is one the core Christian walk
John 17:3
  • Intellectual knowledge
  • Experiential knowledge
  • Practical knowledge

The Love of God for US

God doesn’t love you when it is convenient to Him.  When it comes to loving you God is ALL IN.
Psalm 8:3-4

January 2019

Thoughtful Planning

Plan and count the cost for the resolutions you are determined to accomplish.
Luke 14:28-33

Wish or Resolution

We need to make sure that we are resolving, not wishing
James 4:13-17

Uniquely You

Daniel 1:8, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
1. You Are Unique
2. Deeply Loved
3. Your unwelcome parts
4. Know and accept yourself

August 2019

Connecting Through Small Groups

What would actually happen if those of us who are designed to connect actually connected?
Acts 5:27; 42
Connecting happens in a small group of people
1. Small groups of people are formed intentionally
2. Small Groups empower people to serve
3. They create a network of encouragement, accountability and care
4. They give you the chance to be annoyed once in a while

How Jesus Connected

Community shows the world God’s love.

1 Corinthians 1:10 (MSG)
1. Jesus came and restored value to people by connecting with people.
2. OUR primary purpose is to connect.
3. The challenge to community is that we are called to like people who are not like us.
4. Jesus demonstrated the connected life through serving.

5. Servant-hood is the best demonstration of LOVE.

Designed to Connect

God design us to be connected.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)
1. God is Community.
2. Relationship and community existed before people were created.
3. Relationship and community are rooted in God.
4. God has always desired that people live in community and in authentic relationships.
5. God designed all of us to connect.
6. It is pleasing to God when His people connect.

7. You are like a Puzzle Piece, which was designed to connect.


September 2018


Our aim is to become a healthy church and small groups are a part of the process that will make us healthier and stronger.
Hebrews 10:23-25

August 2018


Matthew 9:35-38
  • Recognize
  • Desire
  • Take Action


Meeting God together and building relationships
Philippians 1:25
Small Groups…
  1. Challenge Us to be More Like Jesus. (Heb. 10:24-25)
  2. Meet Practical Needs. (Acts 2:42-47)
  3. Carry Us Emotionally. (Gal. 6:2)
  4. Reveal Our Gifts and Talents. (1 Thess. 5:14)
  5. Open Our Eyes to the Needs of Others. (Ecc. 4:9-12; 1 Cor. 12:27)
  6. Empower Our Relationsh


No man, woman, child, or teenager is an island. We need each other in order to become fully mature believers who are capable of fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.
Acts 2:42-47
  • Scripture is clear. As believers, we need each other
  • Community is a foundational part of God’s design for humans and it shouldn’t be a surprise for us that community is also foundational to the church.
  • Small Groups are a provision of God for us to live according to the original design.
  • Small Groups allow us to connect with God and others

Knitted together in love

Colossians 2:2
A church that is knitted together by connecting, changing and cultivating is UNBREAKABLE.
  • Connecting with one another allows the heart to be encouraged
  • Personal transforming should happen as a result of being in community
  • Our hearts are stirring up to serve one another and our community

April 2019

The Journey

We have and empowering God, not an enabling God
John 20:19-23
  1. Jesus saved you to continue the mission He started
  2. You were saved for a NEW LIFE – A NEW BEGINNING – Salvation is not the end. It is the beginning!

It is Finished

When all hope goes up in flames, always remember the cross still remains
John 19:30

The Cost

Jesus words reveal the horrific cost of putting away of our sin
Matthew 27:46

Love Forgives

Love forgives and forgiveness restores
Luke 23:34

April 2017

I Believe in Life Everlasting

Eternal life its not Christian wishful thinking but a reality of God’s love.

I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body

Christians don’t proclaim the resurrection because it’s popular. We proclaim it because it is truth.

Standing for the truth can and usually is costly

The belief of an action done based on false information and the unwillingness to stand for the truth killed Jesus.

March 2017

The Creed

The Creed Introduction

December 2017


Loving and being loved is an essential part of our human experience
1 Corinthians 13
  • We become part of Christ body and our God is love
  • Love gives mass and holds all together
  • Love is not less than what we feel, but it is certainly more
  • Ultimately, it is how we give evidence of God himself


The Candle of Hope means that light, life and all that is good and Godly will prevail.
Lamentations 3:19-26; Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6
Hope goes much deeper, requiring risk and assuming responsibility
There is no hopeless person or situation
Christian hope frees us to point our lives toward a fuller future


The Candle of Hope means that light, life and all that is good and Godly will prevail.
Lamentations 3:19-26; Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6
Hope goes much deeper, requiring risk and assuming responsibility
There is no hopeless person or situation
Christian hope frees us to point our lives toward a fuller future

August 2017

Serving without Sinking

Our daily work is partnering with God in His love and care for the world.
Ephesians 2:10
Bringing Order to Chaos
Work in and Imperfect World

Pursuing Your Calling

God created us uniquely with His own purpose in mind.  Our attitude and approach to all work should reflect and appreciation of God’s unique calling and purpose in our lives.
Luke 5:1-11
1. The Description of our Calling
2. The Development of our Calling
3. The Direction of our Calling

Work Well

The Bible commands us to work well if we would want to be blessed by God with the work of our hands.  It is conditional
Ephesians 6:5-9
Dependability and Responsibility
Honesty and Integrity
Dedication and Productivity
Self-Motivated and Appreciation for the Job
Accountability and Humilty

Work Matters

Colossians 3:23-24


January 2018

Stewardship of the Gospel

Stewardship of the Gospel is yours and people’s key to the blessed life!
Matthew 28:18-20
  • The Gospel Promises Forgiveness Today
  • The Gospel Promises Deliverance Today
  • The Gospel Promises Power Today
  • The Gospel Promises Restoration Today
  • The Gospel Promises Reconciliation Today
  • The Gospel Promises Wisdom Today

Stewardship of Finances

Stewardship of our finances calls us to live generously!
Malachi 3:10-12
  • Created generous; tempted to hoard
  • Defeating the voices
  • Biblical reasons to give to God and others

Stewardship of Life

A blessed life is determined not by what you have but what you do with what has been entrusted to you.
Matthew 25:14-30
  • Stewardship of Talent
  • Stewardship of Relationship
  • Stewardship of Truth

The Mindset

God wants us to live blessed lives
Psalm 24
  • Dependency on God
  • Obedience to God
  • Steward Mindset

June 2017


Apologies open the doorway to forgiveness which brings renewed life to any relationship
Matthew 5:21-26
There is power in properly admitting a mistake that you have done
Taking Responsibility and leave the BUT’s
Embracing your mistakes allows for learning and changes
How to effectively apologize
–  Name what you did wrong.  Don’t just say sorry.
–  Make it all about you
–  Inform the person that you hurt about the personal changes being made
–  Use the right attitude and language

May 2017


Forgiveness is a matter of the heart and may be the costliest gift to give as well the most overwhelming to receive
Matthew 18:21-35
Forgiving Heals Us
Recognize that forgiving doesn’t mean that injustice will go unpunished
Learning to forgive is the right thing to do
Forgiveness is costly – Jesus is our ultimate example of forgiving
Choose to forgive


Empathy is the bridge between hurt and healing and is central to human connection
Luke 7:36-50
God Himself empathizes with the people He created.
Empathy is incarnational ministry.  Jesus entered our story.
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.


John 2:1-12
Boundaries protects your identity by defining your relationships
   – Setting personal boundaries like Jesus
   – Jesus said no to inappropriate behavior
   – Jesus had expectations for people in need

April 2017


Loyalty is one of the necessary components for your relationships to function properly
1 Samuel 18:1-4 & John 13:36-38
– does not hesitate
– is what you do, not what you say
– is a willing decision
– is challenging
– will involve sacrifice
– will be rewarded 

The Gifts of Creation

The Gifts of Creation
    – God Himself – Gen. 1:27 “In His own image”
    – Creation- Gen. 1:28-31 – “God Bless them”
    – Relationships – Gen. 2:18-25 – “were both naked and were not ashamed”
God Values Relationships
Relationships are God given gifts


November 2017

Worship & Celebration

The discipline of worship is always followed by the discipline and celebration before the Lord in accordance with His truth.
John 4:21-24; 15:11
  • Worship is an invitation to engage in communion with our Creator
  • Worship is both individual and corporate
  • Christians can have fun too
  • Celebration leads to Hope
  • Celebration is our best form of evangelism


SIMPLICITY is the inward reality of single-hearted focus upon God and His kingdom, which results in an outward lifestyle of modesty, openness, and unpretentiousness that disciplines our hunger for status, glamour, and luxury.
2 Corinthians 11:1-3 (MSG)
Simplicity is an inward reality that expresses itself outwardly through the way we live our lives
  • Firstly – It frees us
  • Secondly – We can give ourselves of our time and our resources to serve God and others.

Solitude and Silence

Solitude and silence are an outward declaration of your inward hunger and desire to know God more fully and love him more deeply.
Mark 1:35
Solitude is being alone on purpose. Loneliness happens to you
Solitude is being alone for personal growth and accomplishment
Solitude is being alone for personal renewal and refreshment
Solitude is being alone in order to enhance our relationships
Solitude is being alone in order to be with God

Prayer & Listening

“There is healing, joy, rest and peace to be found in God’s presence, often indiscernible at first but still present, ongoing, life transforming furthermore prayer and listening is avenue into God’s presence.”
Psalm 63:1-8
The Discipline of Prayer
How does God speak to us?
Why should I pray
  – Adoration – Psalm 63:2-4 

October 2017

Study & Mediation

Scripture was revealed not merely to inform us but also to transform us.
Psalm 19:7-11
Informative vs Transformative reading
Questions to ask why studying
 – What do I learn about God?
 – What do I learn about people?
 – What do I learn about relating to God?
 – What does God want me to understand/think?
 – What does God want me to believe?
 – What does God want me to do?
Steps in Meditating on Gods Word


What is the goal of the Christian life?
“The goal of the Christian life is to grow in our understanding of our union with Christ both in thinking and in our practices”
1 Timothy 4:7-8
The Training and Transformation
Who we are
– A Spiritual people (Jn. 4:23-24)
– A Spiritual family (Gal. 4:4-7)
– A Spiritual temple (Eph. 2:11-22)

October 2017

In God’s Hands

Why can we trust God with everything?  Because God holds you in His hands!
1 Peter 5:5-11
1. God will honor you if you humble yourself (1 Peter 5:5-6)
2. God will take care of you (1 Peter 5:7)
3. God will restore you (1 Peter 5:10-11)

Life is a Roller Coaster

Things get rough from time to time, but you can arm yourself for the difficult days ahead!
1 Peter 4:1-11
1. Arm Your Mind with Rejoicing. (1 Peter 4:1–6)
2. Arm Your Soul with Prayer! (1 Peter 4:7–11)
3. Arm Yourself with Love, Service and Encouragement toward others! (1 Peter 4:8)

September 2017

Living in Peace

Our actions reflect our nature.  What we do tells the world who we are and how we live!
1 Peter 3:8-17
1. Think about your attitude toward others (1 Peter 3:8-9)
2. Think about what you say (1 Peter 3:10)
3. Think about what you do (1 Peter 3:11)
4. Think about your motivations (1 Peter 3:12-17)

Say no to Revenge

It is forgiveness not revenge that will lead you to experience the grace of God in a powerful way!
1 Peter 2:13-25
1. Owe no one anything except love (1 Peter 2:13-18)
2. Refusing revenge is pleasing to God (1 Peter 2:19-22)
3. Instead of seeking revenge, show kindness (1 Peter 2:23)
4. Instead of seeking retaliation, forgive (1 Peter 2:24-25)

Fighting the Right Battle

If you want to act holy, you have to learn to think holy
1 Peter 1:13-2:12
What it means to be holy or how to be holy (1 Peter 1:13-25)
To be holy, you must prepare your mind for action (1 Peter 1:13)
To be holy, you must think differently. (1 Peter 1:14-16
To be holy, you must learn to concentrate on God rather than your own efforts. (1 Peter 1:17-21)

Born for a Purpose

1 Peter 1:1-12
The Church is not created out of its own action; it doesn’t choose itself; does not separate itself, does not send itself – the Church is a work of God!
The Foundation our Our Salvation
The Assurance of Our Salvation
The Joy of Our Salvation
The Old Testament Prophets and Our Salvation

July 2017

McFarland USA

We are all looking to find opportunities to live better lives
Romans 8:26-39
1.  God has confidence in you because He understands you completely
2.  God has confidence in you because He sees you differently
3.  God has confidence in you because He loves you perfectly 

The LEGO Movie

God is not concerned about sin.  HE cares about you!
Psalm 103:8-19
1.  The realization
2.  Legalistic living
3.  Grace Filled Living


Sin isn’t here for a moment and then gone. No, sin is so evil that it leaves its lasting trajectory behind.
James 1:14-17
1. The human world vs the Moors world
2. Sin is awful, unbearably awful. Sin is evil, horrifyingly evil because sin begets sin.
3. Love has the power to break the curse of sin!