Pastor Justin Simmons concludes the series Crossing Over with a message about putting on new life. What happens after we’ve left the grave and all that defined us in the past? We must dress accordingly by putting on Christ. We put on Christ in our minds by thinking new thoughts to get new actions. New actions with new habits are fitting for a new life to be lived!
This Easter Sunday message by Pastor Justin Simmons continues the series of Crossing Over, moving from death to life. We take our queue from Jesus’s perspective as He regained life in the tomb. We imagine what He thought and how He moved from the place of death that held Him captive and into new life beyond the tomb. Remember to stop, drop and roll your way into the life you were meant to live!
Pastor Justin Simmons begins a new series on moving from death to life in Crossing Over. Sin brings death to everything it touches from relationships and marriages to national unity and politics. While death is a part of our everyday life, we were never made for it. We were made to live in life. This is the Easter story and it is your story too!
Pastor Brenda Sandquist, founder of Xquisite Ministries, shares a prophetically charged word with Arena Christian Center about surrender and obedience. Two words in the Christian language, which are never easy to digest. We must remain motivated to see surrender as a way to greater freedom and obedience towards blessing. Surrender and obedience will be a continual process as disciples of Jesus Christ. You can find out more information on Xquisite Ministries on their website.
Pastor Melanie Simmons shares about remaining focused on God’s goodness even when what’s going on around us is less than good. Sometimes we have to put on our God’s goodness glasses and choose to see the junk in our lives through the lens of who He is – always good!
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.
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.