This week Pastor Mike talks through Philippians 2 - this chapter is chock full of amazing challenges, expectations, and realities. We have the owners manual to life, the Bible…but way too often we live like we don’t.
What would church be like if it was more like the church the scriptures describe? Could we take Paul’s words here and hold them up as a standard in our own churches? Paul tells the Philippians to make his happiness complete, that he would be able to present the churches as fully pleasing to God at the end of his days, by serving each other.
Paul admonishes the church in Philippi to agree wholeheartedly with each other, love one another, and work together with one mind and one purpose. He exhorts them to keep from being selfish or trying to impress each other, and to be humble and think of others better than ourselves.
Paul continues by challenging them, and us, to serve each other with the attitude or heart posture of Christ - who washed the disciples feet and suffered death on the cross to be reconciled with them to the Father!
There is a direct correlation between how we choose to live our lives and how much of the presence of God we experience. Relying on, and putting our faith solely in Christ’s redemptive act on the cross is what brings us into the mighty Kingdom of God - and our lives should be lived in such a way that it is evident to all that we are in another kingdom, another family!
We must prepare ourselves for the reality that is coming - the scripture says that one day every eye will see, every knee will bow, every person who has ever lived will know, that Jesus is Lord. We must take Paul’s words to the church seriously, and evaluate ourselves.
We must ask the Holy Spirit to show us where we need to make changes in our lives so that we live more and more like the church (in its original intent) every day. The Lord didn’t make a list of rules to make sure we don’t screw up too much or to control us…He shows us the ways of the Kingdom so that everything that hinders love can be removed!
Read through Philippians 2:1-13, that’s where the message focuses this week.Read More
Are you living as if God is in control?
Paul's letter to the Philippians was written to the early church about the difficult persecutions those first Christ-followers faced. In this 4-week series we will see that believers are intended to be ambassadors of the gospel even in the midst of seasons of loss, pain, and suffering by holding fast to the hope of the gospel that gives them peace and joy even in the darkest hour.Read More
We are called to be the salt of the earth - can you see that in your everyday life?Read More
Don’t be THAT guy….Read More
Eric walked through the story of Naaman - a big deal general in the Army of Aram. The order of events in his story is intriguing, and leads us to ask questions of our own lives. Naaman was a leper, but was still a great leader in the sight of his master…and the cure seemed well below him. Get in a dirty river seven time? How, in our lives, to we think that what God is asking us is -clearly- not the way to do things? What will Naaman do?Read More
In this series, Pastor Mike discusses who we as the church should be in response to who Jesus is. Pastor Mike asked the question: if you had been living on a desert island all your life with just the Bible, what would you think church should look like? In this message, the importance of prayer as our connection to the Father, the invitation to ongoing conversation with the Lord, is highlighted.Read More
What’s the church’s mission?
Pastor Mike Bates ended a 12-part series called ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ and is embarking on a new series as a response. In the previous series we learned about Jesus as many things - many attributes that prove He’s worthy of our lives. In turn, how should we as the church live our lives in response to His worthiness? Pastor Mike asked the question: if you had been living on a desert island all your life with just the Bible, what would you think church should look like?Read More
So, what do we do now, knowing more about who Jesus is?
Pastor Mike Bates just finished up a 12-part series called ‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ and is embarking on a new series as a response. In the previous series we learned about Jesus as many things - many attributes that prove He’s worthy of our lives. In turn, how should we as the church live our lives in response to His worthiness? Pastor Mike asked the question: if you had been living on a desert island all your life with just the Bible, what would you think church should look like?
Who Do You Say We Are? (pt 1) - The Essential Ingredient: The Holy Spirit
In this opening message, Pastor Mike talks about the Essential Ingredient: The Holy Spirit.
Scripture references: John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 10:13; Psa 118:13-14; Rom 8:5,8; 1 Cor 2:14,16; John 16:13-14; John 6:44; Gal 5:16; 1 Cor 13:1-2; 1 Cor 12-14Read More
This is the culmination of the 12 week study!
What does it look like to follow Jesus, and who was He really? From Francis Chan's book "Letters to the Churches" - if you'd been stranded on a desert island, and all you had was the bible to base your understanding on what a Christian was supposed to be...if you came to our church would it be what you would expect, based on what the scriptures said?
Jesus is risen - are we living out what Jesus paid the ultimate price for?Read More
If Jesus was a King, why did He weep when the people honored his entry into Jerusalem?
It's important to understand the context of the Triumphal Entry. We need to know what Jesus was like in order to trust and follow Him - He is the visible representation of the invisible God according to Colossians. Why wasn't He a 'king' in that He had a throne in Jerusalem, a staff of people that did His bidding? Why didn't he have piles of gold and armies, and defeat the enemies of His people the Jews? What kind of King was Jesus? Luke 19 details the Triumphal entry, and Pastor Mike discusses what Jesus was really like, and what His Kingship is really about.Read More
How...how is the greatest one, the one that serves?
Every one of us that has ever lived (to this point, and in the future!) follows some form of philosophy to shape how we think and what we do. All of us are lead by something - how can we decide which is the 'greatest' philosophy to follow? In John 13, we see what's called the last supper. In Luke's gospel, the disciples argue about who should be the greatest in the kingdom of Jesus...they didn't have a grasp of what the Kingdom of Jesus would really look like! So Jesus demonstrated what greatness in the kingdom really looks like by serving them in the lowest form of service in the household - He washed their feet. What does that mean for us, for our every day lives?Read More
Jesus was a prophet, and that made Him a trustworthy leader, right?
What if we had a leader in our life that could make good decisions about what's happening today, and in the future? Would that set us up for great success and safety? Read through Matthew 24 and see this in action!Read More
Can we trust Jesus' leadership, can He really see what's down the road in my life?
Jesus sees the end from the beginning...in the overall grand story of all human existence, and the total history of every single person's life. The best leaders are ones who can deal with what's happening now in close proximity, but can also see what's coming on the horizon. Jesus, who already sees clearly the entire expanse of time (He is in eternity, outside of time!) can be trusted because He sees more than we ever could.Read More
How do we stay connected to the vine, so that we don't become dull of heart?
Scripture warns that there will be a time when there is a 'form of godliness' but that it will deny (essentially prevent) the power of God from being displayed, demonstrated, and lived out. If we are disconnected from the True Vine that is Jesus, our understanding and presentation, our lives and our hearts will be dulled. He is the great I AM.Read More
If Jesus gives “life,” what does that mean for my everyday life? What’s so different anyway?
Our goal should be to be like Jesus for so many reasons, but today we focus on the aspect of the life that comes alive when we connect to him as the Vine. Check out John 11.Read More
Can Jesus really heal, even today? Even this hard place in our lives?
In John 9, healing happens. Pay attention to the context - why was this man born blind? Don't we all have things in our lives that make us think 'why would You let that happen God?' We've all been at a place where we ask hard questions but knowing the character of God, and the very words of Jesus, we can have confidence that despite our circumstances or pains, the Lord of all really is Lord of us still.Read More
If Jesus really is divine, He must know everything about us…
Jesus met the woman at the well in John 4, and Pastor Mike discusses how Jesus divinely encounters each of us. The most important thing we can know in life is that His salvation is a free gift of love, and it worthy of our entire lives.Read More
How did Jesus do miraculous things? Are we called to do the same kind of things as disciples? Pastor Mike talks about the feeding of the 5000, talked about in Mark 6. Jesus did amazing things…scripture says that He did so many miracles that there’s no way they could all have been written down. What was Jesus really asking of His disciples when He said (paraphrased) “You should feed the crowd.”Read More
How do we know Jesus can really relate to us, if He was God in flesh, here on earth? Can He really understand our struggles, the pains, the temptations we face in our live?Read More