What does God think about all our religious ceremonies, our worship, our church services, our prayers? He desires them all...but only if they come from a genuine place of adoration for Jesus that works itself out in righteousness and justice. In this message, Pastor Stephen continues his series on the Bible book of Amos with a challenging message on worship, justice, and righteousness.
Oppressing the poor, taking advantage of the needy, and perpetuating injustice are all things that run counter to the heart of God. We like to think that we are above these things, but we must consider: are we? Jesus died and rose again to free those who place their trust in him from their spiritual poverty and oppression, and he has tasked those who follow him with fighting on behalf of these people. What will you do to make a change?
As much as we try to ignore it or delay it, death affects us all and brings with it a deep sense of helplessness. However, Easter is a day that reminds us that there is hope, because Easter is a celebration of the One who defeated death and brings us life. In this Easter message, Pastor Stephen looks at the story of Lazarus and how it ties us to Jesus' own death and resurrection.
The story of Isaac gives a powerful understanding of just how much of a sacrifice God made when he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to take our sins on himself on the cross. Understanding this sacrifice and what it means for us is an important step in gaining a passion for the Gospel of Jesus and a strong desire to share the Good News with our loved ones and neighbours. Pastor Stephen shares in this conclusion to our series, "Better."
One way to get to know Jesus better is through the Old Testament. Yep, you heard that right. In this message, Pastor Stephen speaks on the story of Jonah and how it illustrates the way that Jesus is actively seeking to draw his enemies into a loving relationship with him.
In the story of Hosea we are given a powerful picture of Jesus' inescapable love. Though we may push him away or do all kinds of things we know are wrong, Jesus' love is bigger than all of that and he has made a great sacrifice with you in mind. In this second part of Pastor Stephen's series, Better, we discover how great Jesus' love really is.
Even in the midst of the darkest moment of human history, Jesus offered a ray of hope for the future. He does the same today. In the first message in this new series called "Better," Pastor Stephen shares how Jesus is better than Adam.
Sometimes it can be amazing to hear stories about all that Jesus has done in people's lives. What's really great is that these stories are not uncommon. Why is that? It's because, no matter your situation, Jesus Changes Everything. Jesus' impact on our lives is the reason why we must be driven to obey his command to share with others what he has done. Pastor Stephen shares this message on reaching beyond ourselves and the hope we have to see our community changed by Jesus!
Whether you are married, engaged, dating, or single, it does not change the fact that you have been designed for intimacy. It also does not change the fact that intimacy can be slippery: here one moment and gone the next. Yet, intimacy in our human relationships and in our relationship with God is something that we can fight for and grow. Pastor Stephen speaks about holding on to the intimacy in your relationships in this week's Sunday morning message.
Regularly partaking in healthy community is important. It has great power to encourage and equip us. It is what we are called to--even when things may be difficult. In this, the final message in "The Power of Routine," Rev. Eva Ziehl shares.