You Asked For It!

A few months ago we asked you to give us your questions, answering this line: “I would love to hear a sermon on…” You gave us some real tough ones, and we tried to pull them together into common themes so we could cover as much as we can. One subject was too big to cover in one message so stay tuned for a series on Bible Prophesy. But this month- its time for these topics- why? Because You Asked For It!

May 20. What is Spiritual Warfare? How does prayer, angels, demons and the spiritual realm work. This week we pull back the curtain on the how the spiritual work is impacting our lives and what to do about it.

 

May 13. God's strange ways. Be silent, make me wait, allow the Devil to… There are so many questions about Gods strange and confusing ways. This mothers day we are going to dig deep into the mysterious and confusing acts of God.

 

May 6. How does the Old Testament fit Today? Where does the law of Moses fit into the Christian life? Sabbath, food laws, Ten commandments- are they relevant? Does it matter? 


Why I believe - April Series

We often think that faith is like a “leap” into the unknown, the unclear, the unverifiable- but that’s not true. The apostle Peter tells us to “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15. This month we continue to talk about the reasons we believe and some of the questions that are keeping people from believing. Again, it’s the perfect time to invite a friend or family member along.

April 22 Faith Blocker. Suffering / Evil. Perhaps the most common faith blocker of all is the presence of evil in our world. If there is a God then why… and there are so many things that could follow. But what does evil really mean in the argument for or against God?

 

April 8 Faith Blocker. The Super Natural. God, by definition, makes us imagine the supernatural, yet its His very “Super” natural-ness that makes many people avoid the subject. If you’ve ever found faith difficult because of the “confusion” around the world beyond our senses, this week will bring a lot of clarity for you.

 

April 1 Easter Sunday - Jesus the Missing Peace. It’s a peculiar thing to be satisfied when you finally finish a puzzle and insert that final piece. You lean back, smile and feel good about yourself. Imagine what it would be like to lay the final piece in place for the salvation of the world.

 

WHY I BELIEVE - MARCH SERIES

The Salvation of the world is the great purpose of God. And this happens through faith in Jesus His Son. Believing is Gods pathway to salvation. Getting people to believe is both Gods work and ours. This month we are going to hear from different people as they share powerful stories of why they believe. From former athletes to brickies, from questions of evolution to the conflicts of religion- this month we will hear and be impacted by how people come to believe. This month is a perfect time to invite a friend to church, please go out of your way to bring people. This may be the most important step in helping them believe too.

March 30 Good Friday Service. Jesus: The missing Peace. Only Jesus could complete the connection between God and man and it required the Cross. Good Friday is the day all the pieces became peace. This one hour service, to be followed by our family picnic, is going to be a perfect opportunity to invite your friends along to hear the story of Easter.

 

March 25 Faith Blocker: Religion. People swing between saying “Aren’t all religions basically the same”, or “it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe”, and others complain that “religions abuse and control people.” Religions are a major hangup for believing. Let's dig behind “religion” so that we don’t confuse it with Jesus.

 

March 11.  Faith Blocker: Evolution. Today many people have become convinced that evolution is a fact. This becomes an obstacle to their faith in Jesus. But what if the science of evolution wasn’t as solid as we’ve been told. This Sunday, with lawyer Daniel Wabnitz, we’ll be exploring the truth behind the myth of evolution.

 

SALVATION IS THE KEY - FEBRUARY 2018

If you’ve ever struggled to understand the big picture, you sometimes need a key that will unlock the meaning of everything that’s happening. Salvation is that key. Gods plan for this world, for this time, is the salvation of mankind. It's why we pray, why we work, why we worship and why we serve. In fact, it's why you were made. So this month, let's look deeply into Gods plan of salvation and find our part.

Feb 25. The Key to Eternal Purpose. Joe Habermehl

 

Feb 18. The Key to the Church. Joe Habermehl

 

Feb 11. Growing bold. Jodie Habermehl

 

Feb 4. The Key to everything. Joe Habermehl

 

SUMMER SERIES - JANUARY 2018

 

KEEPING YOUR HEART...

 

THE CHRIST WHO HEALS...

 

Christmas – the gift of beginning.

Reading through Isaiah over the last year I have been so encouraged about the transformation that Jesus brings to the world. He is the Hope of all the world and people need to hear about Him. This month we are looking at a few of the ways that Jesus ends the old struggles of life and gives us the gift of a new beginning, bring a friend along to hear about Him.

December 31. The Year of God's Favour. What if the cosmic war was over forever and God was only ever going to be on your side? How would it feel if you expected favour? How would your year go if you started in faith built around His promise of Favour?

 

December 24. Christmas, the end of uncertainty. “Peace on earth and goodwill to men”, the angels announced. Finally we’re not on our own and all of Gods good will is turned towards us. It’s the end of fear and uncertainty forever.

 

December 17 Christmas, the end of confusion. You better now shout, you better not cry,” goes the Santa song. But why? Who’s shouting, who’s crying and why? Santa may not like them, but maybe Jesus will be okay with my shouts and cries. 

 

December 10. Christmas, the end of Injustice. Why is Scrooge in the Christmas Carol? What does His character represent? Isn’t he about injustice and greed. So how does Christmas change Scrooge?

 

Now! vember

Have you ever asked yourself or someone else, “What’s stopping you?” Its funny how so often we don’t know the answer to that. We may even try to make a start but then go nowhere. Confusing! Frustrating! This month we are going to look at 4 classic enemies the people of God have had to deal with and discover how Jesus sets us free, gets us back into NOW!, and releases our future.

November 26 Deal with it! How many little things have you swept under the carpet or avoided dealing with. Like the Philistines of old, if you don’t deal with them- those habits become oppressors.

 

November 19 Opportunity knocks! There are many well intentioned and bad intentioned people out there that would love to horn in our your destiny. It may be time to toss the Jezebels out of your life.

 

November 12.  No compromise! Sometimes for lots of reasons we end up sitting still in life- but its not rest that settles in- its compromise. It's Balaams trick and it can cost us our future.

 

November 5.  That's so yesterday! You cant live your life by looking in the rear vision mirror. That’s Egypt back there. Time to finally let go of the past

 

Worth it!

What’s worth it? I guess to answer that we need to know what it costs. What if it’s your life? Spent a day a time- 24 hours, 1440 Minutes, 86,400 seconds. Gone. What are you trading your days for? Is it worth it? Or do we even consider if we are living for what matters most to us? 

October 29. One Life to Live. The stories of death bed wishes and regrets is long and confronting but equally long is the list of times we swore we would be different. How can we find the focus and courage to actually life this life and not just go through the motions?

 

October 8. How do I get my Mojo back? At the heart of the matter it’s a matter of the heart. Somewhere deep down we know that the half hearted effort we can put into life robs both us and those we do it for. But how do we find the passion for life again? 

 

October 1. Whats love Got to do with it? Why is passion and devotion so important? Pastor Jodie Habermehl

 

Why Suffering?

Wow that’s a hard one! Of all the topics in the Bible, this one carries the most confusion and fear. This one can make even “strong” Christians doubt and cry out, “My God, My God, Why?” You may want, even hope to avoid it, but the truth is we all experience suffering and pain and we need Gods help to maintain and even strengthen our faith while we go through our trials. But chin up, it all leads to love.

August 27 The Adam/ Jesus Switch-a-roo. Romans 5:12-21. Sometimes we need a big picture to make sense of suffering, and that’s what Romans gives us- the victory of Jesus over the “sin that brought suffering” of Adam. And in that victory He gives us the right to reign in Life.

 

August 20 Is this Wrath? Romans 5:6-11 One of the hardest things to separate out in our Christian growth is learning to tell the difference between discipline and punishment. In this passage Paul helps us see God's love at work so that our pain doesn’t become the Pain of rejection.

 

August 6  Know Pain, Know Gain. Romans 5:1-5. This may be the hardest question your soul will ever have to face. Pain makes life feel unfair and leaves us wondering where is God, which is why Paul uses it to help us feel the firm foundation of Gods love beneath our feet even when we experience suffering. 

Why Faith?? A study of Romans 4 

Most people think that God rewards the good and punishes the bad. It makes sense to us and to do otherwise almost seems irresponsible. So what do we do with statements like this, “To the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness” Romans 4:5. God helping, justifying, the ungodly? It makes no sense! But it does to God. Why? For one simple reason- Faith. That what this series is about- Why Faith?

 

July 30. Unbelievable Hope. What if there was no logical reason to believe that something good would happen to you. What if the circumstances were so bad that you really thought, “No chance - ever.” What kind of hope comes in hopeless situations?

 

July 23. The Expectation of Grace. Have you ever gone to somebody for help and wondered if they would? Have you ever thought- “Do they like me enough?”. A lot of people are the same with God. What do you expect?

 

July 16. The Law of Faith. A lot of people wonder how to get the power of God working in their lives. It's like we wish there was some consistency rather than the confusion of all the religious theories around us. Enter the Law of Faith.

 

July 9. Un-Romantic. What is the book of Romans really about? Complicated doctrine? Condemning expectations? Confusing regulations? Not at all. It is a beautiful description of the deep supply of God to meet our most basic needs through the simplicity of faith.

 


Does my “But” look big in this?

The things that we squeeze into or drape over ourselves to make us feel more confident in ourselves may not be the “buts” we are really hiding. It may be that the lives we want to live may be directed more by the excuses we allow ourselves than the dream we cling to. This month we are looking at the ways we “self-sabotage” our lives with the “buts” we harbour in our hearts rather than letting Gods “but” empower our change.

June 25 The Plumbers Crack of Won’t. A lot of people make a lot of excuses to avoid doing something, being something, obeying in an area of life that really are lies. The truth, down deep, is that we don’t want to. It's not fear, it's not can’t- it's won’t. It’s the giant “but” of rebellion.

 

June 18 The Caboose of Can’t. Someone once said, “The person who thinks they can and the person who thinks they can’t are both right”. It's amazing how our perspective is shaping the steps we take, the things we attempt and the beliefs we allow. The giant “but” of I Can’t needs to get into shape.

 

June 4 The Booty of Fear. Nothing impairs Faith like Fear. Every Bible character had to face the giant “but” of fear to grab hold of their destiny. It comes in many shapes but its always the huge “but” that is controlling the choices we make.