In our final message on Jesus’s parables we explore Matthew 25:14-30, the Parable of the Talents. This parable is a source of encouragement to take risks with the life God has given us. Our faithfulness brings reward when we are willing to spend our lives on things of Kingdom significance. If we are to risk what we have for the Lord, we must never settle with the mindset of lack. We lean into the lack to see the abundance of all God has entrusted us with on this side of eternity.
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We continue our series of parables with a conversation about what it means to be prosperous. Every follower of Jesus is invited to receive the prosperity God offers in His Kingdom, yet Kingdom prosperity looks different than Hollywood and Wallstreet reveal. It is the way of selling all to gain the one thing that truly matters – Jesus.
In week three of our series on Jesus’ parables, we look at the parables of the mustard seeds and leaven. These parables are a source of encouragement to the church because they speak to a continual forward movement unto completion. Every tree has its beginning in a seed. What God has said He would do, will be done… even when it seems like nothing is happening. Remain steadfast, move your feet forward and do not despise the day of small beginnings.
Pastor Justin Simmons teaches from Matthew 13 about aligning our perception with God’s reality. Perceptions have the power to create the reality we live in and in order to live in the fullness God has made available to us then we must align our perception to God’s established reality.
Pastor Justin Simmons shares how God desires His people to be expectant of new things. We cannot afford to grow comfortable in our past successes. What was good for yesterday may not be what is good for tomorrow. In the parable of the wineskins we find a tension of the past and the future with a challenge to be pliable with God as He works in our lives.
Pastor Justin Simmons continues this short series about evangelism with practical tools to point people towards Jesus. The kindness of God is to lead us towards repentance as Paul wrote in Romans. Why then to do we so often point people to repentance first? People can’t pass over the threshold of repentance until we’ve shown them the door of God’s grace.
Pastor Justin Simmons asks the question “What should evangelism look like in 2019?” It’s a question each of us should be wrestling with as culture continues changing at a rapid pace. Our truths will never change, but methodology should adapt accordingly. People of Peace are those who recognize how they see God is also how the world will interact with God through them.
Pastor Justin Simmons concludes 2019’s theme series with a message about taking the first step. While God’s purposes can see impossible and too big to reach, God has never asked us to try and understand it. He asks us to take a step. That’s it. Step by step we move forward into the future He dreams for us.
Pastor Justin Simmons kicks off the new year with a message on the theme, “Stepping In,” the Lord is developing at Arena Christian Center in 2019. The Year of Stepping in is all about leaving behind the past comforts and familiarities. We are following the Presence of God to lead us into our inheritance. Fear is a real enemy who will not stop trying to rob us of what faith desires to give us. We will not be deterred; we step and step again until we cross the riverbed into our place of promise.
Pastor Justin and Melanie Simmons spend the final Sunday of 2018 sharing about what God has done over the last 12 months as Arena Christian Center made room for God and people. We have so many great things to remember and celebrate, but we also know 2019 has even greater things in store. God’s best is yet to come. 2019 is the Year of Stepping In (Joshua 3:3,4), where we will leave behind comfort for courage and familiarity for faith.