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.
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.