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.
It has never been easier to give our opinion for the world to hear. In a world of 24 hour news and social media, judgement is cast on people long before facts and understanding have entered into the conversation. Pastor Justin Simmons shares the Christian’s responsibility to discern right from wrong, but judgement belongs to God alone. Jesus expects humility from His followers because humility will always be greater force in the Kingdom than judgment. Want to break free? Our judgemental attitudes will lose power when we choose to build others up.
Pastor Steve Edwards, Founder of Global Passion Ministries, shares how the Church can be the answer to another person’s prayers. Jesus noticed the oppressed and felt compassion to help them, is that our heart too? You can find out more about Global Passion Ministries on their website.
Pastor Justin Simmons shares the importance of living at peace as a believer. Worry is a symptom that our heart, eyes and hands are settled on the wrong treasure. You were not made for worry because the Prince of Peace is within you.
Pastor Justin Simmons teaches on prayer and how to pray with purpose. We can take pleasure in praying when we keep it simple and follow Jesus’s model.