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.
What would happen if you really knew how much God loved you? Even more than knowing, what if you lived as though you really believed it? Pastor Justin Simmons concludes this Christmas series on Advent with a message about God’s life changing love. His love in non-transactional and you can do nothing to earn it. The love of God is greater than you could ever imagine. In fact, you may never be able to fully understand it and that’s ok – all you have to do is create a landing pad for His love in your life.
In the third week of advent, Pastor Justin Simmons shares how believers can find joy even in the midst of trying times. Our joy is not determined by what happens to us, but what happens within us. The Holy Spirit, the very presence of God, lives within us and where His presence is there is joy. This message will help you in finding your joy in God’s presence. Put your dancing shoes on and a smile on your face; every occasion can be a joyful celebration.
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.