During this second week of Advent, Pastor Melanie Simmons discusses the Person of Peace – Jesus. Jesus valued peace and when He left this earth, He gave His followers His peace with a mandate to extend peace into the world. We have an opportunity to bring peace into the chaos of everyday ordinary life right where you are planted. When you bring peace into your family, job, neighborhood and city; it looks like heaven. This week’s message will encourage you to put into practice the principles to see peace expand in your life.
Pastor Justin Simmons begins the Advent season with a message about growing our hope in the waiting. If there is anything that has characterized God’s people throughout history it has been waiting. Waiting for promises to be fulfilled. Waiting to be delivered from captivity. Waiting for the Messiah and His gift of the Holy Spirit. Advent refocuses our hearts from passively waiting to making room for His arrival. We hope you are encouraged and filled with expectant hope this season as we collectively declare, Here Comes Heaven.
Pastor Justin Simmons concludes the series Culture Clash with a discussion on conflict and healthy confrontation. Conflict is unavoidable in life. Despite culture’s labeling of conflict as a negative situation, we can learn to embrace conflict and bring healthy confrontation in order to find freedom. Don’t allow conflict to disrupt your life, but use healthy confrontation to bring reconciliation and freedom!
In this third week of the series, Culture Clash, Pastor Justin Simmons addresses the cultural lie of fate. Fate seeks to limit your choices to whatever is handed to you, but faith makes a new way through the storms of life. Faith adds options that were not previously available to you. Faith will silence storms. We hope some of the tools expressed in this message today will encourage you to not submit to the lies of fate and overcome your storms through faith.
Pastor Justin Simmons continues the series Culture Clash with confronting the lies about commitment. Everything costs somebody something and you cannot reap what you are unwilling to sow. When we are committed to pay the price for our marriages, neighbors, workplaces and beyond; we will see God do a supernatural work to produce a harvest we couldn’t dream or imagine. Followers of Jesus are whole-heartedly committed to the greatest cause of planet earth – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Where two cultures come face to face a culture clash is bound to take place. When the Kingdom of Heaven intersects a sin sick world, the culture clash is boldly evident. What is the believer’s role in this? Followers of Jesus lay down the rights the natural world offers to pick up the greater authority of heaven. It is through surrender at the cross where victory truly resides. We pick up our cross not to become a doormat, but to be a deliverer to the oppressed, the oppressor and the overlooked. Pastor Justin Simmons shares in this series, Culture Clash, the lies society tells us and how to find freedom in Jesus.
Pastor Melanie Simmons shares a timely word for Arena Christian Center about moving from an inward focused church to one that welcomes home the people of our neighborhoods and cities. If we truly believe Jesus Christ is the hope of the world, how can we keep Him to ourselves? Who will you welcome home?
Statistics say there is one missionary for every one million Muslims around the world. Many face the reality of never hearing the name of Jesus because so few have said “I will go.” Today’s Guest Speakers share about the work to be done among Arabic speaking Muslims and their answer to the call. ***Names are withheld due to the sensitive countries and nature of their work.
The Sermon on the Mount concludes with four warnings by Jesus. He ties together this new kingdom culture by challenging His audience to enter the narrow gate, selflessly serve, seek intimacy and listen and obey His teachings. Each warning should stir us to take inventory of our hearts and leave behind those things that cause our lives to stall in our pursuit of discipleship.
God is inherently good and it is time for the church to learn to ask to experience more of His goodness. Pastor Justin Simmons challenges the church to not settle for the just enough mentality. God is ready and wanting to give you more than you can ask or imagine for, but He will require you to ask, seek and knock for it. You are a living testimony to the goodness of God when you walk in the more of His goodness.