The Exalted Messiah

There are many authorities in our lives. Parents, teachers, professors, bosses... the list goes on and on. But how do you determine which one of those voices has the final say? In Colossians 1 Paul talks about whose voice should reign supreme in our life.

Those Manipulative People - Play-doh People

How do we respond to ​t​hose ​manipulative people in our lives? Th​ose individuals who attempt to control another person or situation in order to get something they want. In this talk, we'll discover ​two keys to overcoming manipulation in all of its forms.

Those Hypocritical People - Burn Your Mask

We can all agree that hypocrites are the worst, but it may surprise you to know that Jesus thinks the same thing. Join us as we look at what scripture has to say about the hypocrisy that can infect all our hearts, and the healing God offers us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Those Needy People - Solutions that Stick

We all struggle with needy people in our lives. We find ourselves either running from them or appeasing them over and over again. In this talk we focus on how we can create some solutions for our needy friends that will stick.

Those Critical People - Sticks & Stones

How do we respond to Those Critical people in our lives? The people that can nit-pick anything and everything about us. In this talk, we'll discover the greatest challenge we face when we encounter criticism.

The Missing Centerpieces

Life brings a variety of circumstances our way. Those circumstances may bring pain or pleasure, sadness or joy. James tells us that whatever the situation our response is to praise and pray.

Answering Wrongs

How do you respond to mistreatment from others? How do you answer those who've wronged you? Jesus' brother James challenges our reaction in James 5.

My Way or the Highway

One of the major challenges in following Jesus is deciding between what you want and what God wants. Of course, we all want what we want, but in James 4 we are called to a life that forgoes our evil desires in order to chase God’s perfect plan for us.

An Inconspicuous Power

The most dangerous part of your body might not be what you expect. James says the tongue has a power like no other. In James 3, we are given some much-needed guidelines in order to tame our words.

Gut Check

Many people today claim to have faith, but how do we know if our faith is actually real? James chapter two begins to address the difference between claiming to have faith and having a faith that actually works.

You're Not Like Me

People are different. When God created us He made us all unique. Unfortunately, the enemy has used our differences (like race, ethnicity and social class) to divide us. James leads us to a place where we can allow our differences to unite us instead of divide us.

Mirror, Mirror on the Shelf

What if you were victimized by a devastating scam, but the perpetrator of the scam was actually yourself? James pictures what it would look like to fool ourselves into living a futile faith, and then helps us avoid being deceived by exposing the secret to faith that makes a real difference.

This Might Hurt...

We all have trials in our lives. We all face moments that are painful or difficult. Our reactions to days that turn out differently than we expect determine who we will become.

The Feelings of a Fixer

As a mom, teaching and training your kids can be a heavy responsibility. Most moms deal with feelings of falling short and not measuring up. So how does she handle the exhaustion, constant worrying, and feeling guilty that she’s not doing enough?

... Orders the Killing of So Many People.

Doesn't God order the killing of men, women and children in the Bible? Answer: Yes. How could I believe in a God who does that? He's a moral monster - He's vindictive - He's vengeful. You wouldn't be the first to think that. But in this message, we'll take a closer look at this sensitive issue, and what you find might turn the tables on your view of God.

... Has So Many Rules.

Many people in our culture today think following Jesus means obeying a set of rules. But what if God didn’t place rules in our lives to make things difficult or hard? What if He did it to protect us from our biggest regrets and direct us toward a better way?

Unstoppable Church

In life it's easy to find yourself in a place where you put your preferences above God’s purpose. We’re much more comfortable when life is safe and easy. But God never called us to comfort. What would the Church look like if we all got to a place where we are so satisfied with being uncomfortable chasing God’s plan that it becomes comfortable.

Over the Hill

Sometimes we just don't know what's coming next in our lives. Other times, we know exactly what's coming - but we're terrified of how it's going to play out. What if we could find a solution from God's Word to give us the confidence to continue through both foreseen AND unforeseen future difficulties? In this talk we'll explore God's wisdom for the ticket over the mountains that are in our path.

Here's My Heart

When it comes to making a financial commitment to God, we often measure it in dollars. We ask ourselves, “How much did I give?” But God looks at it differently. It’s not about the amount you give, but the capacity in which you give it. God doesn’t look at the amount of your check or cash; He looks at your heart.

My Precious

What is the most valuable thing to you… Is it God? There are times in our life when God calls out our love for other things. In Genesis, God puts Abraham's faith to the test through sacrifice.

Toward the Mess

We all want to do something amazing for God. We want to see God move in our church and homes, but we often forget that God’s call on our lives comes with a cost. It calls us to get our hands dirty and love the broken. Jesus walked toward the mess, and so should we.

Sticky Faith

Recent statistics reveal that Christianity is in decline and that many are choosing to walk away from their faith. However, as this is happening, many others are choosing to remain faithful to their Christian beliefs. Discover why this phenomenon is nothing new, and what it takes for faith to stick for life.

Bought Back

Love has its limits, right? It has to have conditions in order to work. At the end of Hosea’s story we see that God's love for us is relentless no matter how ugly our lives become. His love for us is unconditional.

Drop the Rock

Love is a difficult task; it’s not usually easy. Often times love needs to be full of hope and grace rather than harsh challenges. In Hosea we see God responding to Israel with this type of tender love.

When Love Hurts

Love isn’t always gentle and sweet. In fact, sometimes love needs to be tough. God’s love is often displayed through letting us have what we want, even though it will cause us pain.

When You Didn’t Love Me

Some people are hard to love. People have betrayed you or stabbed you in the back. Jesus gave us an example of how to love even the most unlovable people.

Your One

One of the scariest things to do is share our faith. Jesus, at the end of his life, challenges us to put people first. It causes us to act and love people beyond ourselves.

I Get To

One of the hardest things to turn over to Jesus is our money. But in Mark we realize that God has never been after our money; He wants our heart. When He has our heart, we naturally become a generous giver.

The Secret Recipe

We all have that desire to be great. Greatness always comes at a cost, but is that cost really worth it? In the book of Mark, Jesus gives us the recipe for greatness, but it’s not what most believe it is.

I Got This

Life can be very hard. For many of us we often try to handle all of life’s difficulties by ourselves. It doesn’t have to be that way. Maybe it's time to try something new and invest in a community of relationships to walk with you through life’s journey.

Fuel Your Faith

What is it that fuels your faith? Are you tapping into one of the greatest resources God has made available to you? In this talk we want to challenge you to test drive a habit that is foundational to the Christian life.

The Great Exchange

Christmas is about exchanging gifts with family and friends. It's a time to give to those we love. On the very first Christmas, God set the standard for the perfect gift exchange when Jesus exchanged heaven for a cross to give us a fresh start.

The Day God Deserted Us

Silence can be a very hard thing to encounter. It can leave us asking so many questions. It's even worse, when God goes silent on us. Israel felt this tension when God didn’t speak for 400 years, but really He was setting up something bigger.

A Temporary Solution

When something breaks, sometimes we need a quick fix. When sin entered our world, humanity became deeply broken. God provided the Law to Moses as a temporary fix to a much bigger problem.

In the Beginning…

Christmas is an amazing time of year, but have you ever wondered why we celebrate? At the very beginning of the world, one choice changed the look and feel of everything. One choice dramatically affected the human race. It was the start to our Christmas journey.

Transfer of Power

People can be obsessed with things - so obsessed, that their entire lives become based around whatever person, activity or team has their attention. Their obsession could be described as - well - worship. But what if we are all worshiping something, and that something is controlling our decisions? In this talk we'll sort out what's leading our worship, and how to make sure that is God (and nothing else).

Small Is Big

Many times in life we think we need to make huge changes to have big results. It can become overwhelming and make us want to quit. But often times, the smallest choice to step out in faith leads to the biggest results. Peter realized this when he made one step that lead to a life changing moment.

Faith Under Fire

Sometimes life puts pressure on you and you have to make a very difficult choice. Should you go with the crowd or should you stand alone? In Daniel 3, three guys were faced with that same situation. Lets see how they fared?

Don't Buy the Lie

Have you ever wanted to do something, but people told you not to? Resistance is something we all experience at times. It often keeps us from chasing our dreams and reaching our goals. In 1 Samuel 17, David faced resistance but found a way to conquer it.

I'm Not _______ Enough

We all have insecurities. We all think we are not talented enough or good enough to get the job done. That's exactly how Moses must have felt about what God was asking him to do. Did that stop him?

All the Little Pieces

How do all the pieces of our lives fit together? What should we do with the broken and painful parts of life? As we wrap up the story of Joseph we will see how God used every piece of his journey to paint a beautiful picture.

Rags to Riches

Have you ever prayed for something and felt like God wasn’t listening to you? Sometimes provision is not what we expect. In Genesis 41, while waiting in prison, Joseph realized that God didn’t need to do anything else. God had already provided for him.


One of the hardest things to do in life is wait on something you really want. God has a tendency to make us wait, to see if we really value what we are waiting for. In Genesis 40, Joseph gives us a great perspective on how we can wait in a godly way.

The Fatal Attraction

Life brings circumstances that require you to make difficult choices. Joseph had to pass a test with his boss’s wife. Let’s check out how he managed to avoid a costly trap.

I Can’t Catch a Break

Have you ever felt like life is picking on you? Does it seem like no matter how hard you try, nothing is going right? Genesis 37 shows us that trials are unavoidable but God wants to teach us something through them.

When Life Crashes Down

Everywhere Jesus went his teaching and his miracles drew a crowd. People believed that if they met Jesus, something amazing would happen. They were so convinced of this that they went out of their way to meet him and bring those they loved to Him. When life crashed down for their friends, they carried their friends to Jesus. Whose mat are you carrying? And who is carrying your mat?

Something Better

When we look at the life of Samson we see a man with superhuman strength who was used by God in amazing ways. This talk examines what we can learn about how and when God worked through Samson. Lessons from his life can help us in incredible ways today.

One King Leads To Another

The people of Israel thought they could experience great freedom if only they could get out from under God's authority. However, what they experienced when they made that choice leads us to understand what's at stake when we choose to forsake God and go our own way. Discover the dangers of seeking freedom outside of God's loving authority and learn why serious commitment to God is simply not enough.

What's it gonna take?

Gideon is a guy who just can't seem to get it. God gives him clear instructions at every turn, but he keeps questioning everything God says. Eventually we're left asking, What's it gonna take for this guy to get it together? In the end, however, we'll discover that we all have a little Gideon in us - and our excuses are even worse than his.


We all love a good underdog story. Well, the story of Ehud will not disappoint! We will take a look at this shocking story of how one man's weakness turned into an opportunity for God to display His strength.

Trouble with the Curve

Have you ever been surprised by life? Maybe events or circumstances came that you never really expected or planned for. Life has a unique way of throwing curves in our paths! But the question is, how do we react when life gets chaotic? In Exodus Israel dealt with this same question. Find out how we can learn to trust God through the painful, ugly, scary surprises of life!

King of My Heart

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could do what you wanted, when you wanted, with who you wanted - and there was no one around to stop you? Well that is exactly how the people in Judges 19-21 were living, and the result was a continuous cycle of self inflicted chaos. Find out how one of the most graphic and disturbing stories in the entire Bible, forces us to ask ourselves, "Who is the King of my heart?".


The fear of missing out on what might be trending on social media often keeps us on a frantic search that can rob us of the replenishing rest we were made to experience. Discover the answer to where true, soul-satisfying rest is found, as well as some practical keys to experiencing rest in an age of distractions.


We've all seen the posts: one more person in the world who needs food; one more group that needs money; another person lost their job; yet another terrible diagnosis. How are we supposed to handle all of these difficult situations and truly help? Social Media has raised our awareness of problems, but hasn't necessarily raised our desire to act. Yet, when we look at the example of Jesus, we see what true compassion is and how we can make an impact that solves people's greatest needs.


Technology is supposed to save us time, yet we seem to have even less time for the things in life that matter most when it comes to relationships. You may miss out on what someone says on your phone, but what you should really be afraid of is missing out on the person in front of you.


Authenticity is not a Social Media problem. It's a human problem. The more we show others the me we want them to see, the more difficult it becomes to be authentic.


Spending a lot of time online can make it easy for us to begin comparing our behind the scenes footage to someone else’s highlight reel. All of a sudden the Fear Of Missing Out can take over and we find ourselves the victims of constant comparison and unable to be content. This is nothing new, and in this message we will start at the beginning, understand how we got here, and learn how the Cross kills comparison and gives life to Contentment.

The Grace & Truth Tension

Jesus was described as being both full of grace and full of truth. If we are full of one and empty of the other we end up perverting both. In this message David talks about the need to be both full of grace and truth and what the looks like in our everyday worlds.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

The most common word for those who follow Christ in our culture is "Christian." But that word is only used three times in the Bible. The most common word in the New Testament for us is "disciple." This talk will help describe and define what a disciple is, and how understanding it will help us grow in our faith in Christ.

When Heaven Parties

There were times that Jesus told parables to hide truth, but there were other times he told parables to make something crystal clear. In Luke 15 Jesus tells three stories to make one truth very clear to his listeners. And this chapter tells us what it is that causes heaven to party. It should also cause us to prioritize our lives so that we can be a part of those heavenly parties.

Gospel-Centered Parenting

In this final talk in the "Parenting Guidance Required" series, David talks about what it means to parent based on the Gospel. If the Gospel is the center of our lives, what impact does it have on our parenting? The message and series ends with some final thoughts on parenting our children well.

The Teen Years

Many people believe that rebellion in the teen years is inevitable. We think the Gospel gives us more hope than that. Parenting during the teenage years is often intimidating. Part 6 of this series gives some hope and help for parenting during this important stage.

The Transition Years

How you treat your 5-year-old is very different from how you treat your 15-year-old. But there isn't a certain age when it changes. There needs to be a transition in how we teach them and how we communicate with them. These are transitional years. This message will talk about how to get beyond simple external obedience and begin to mold their heart for loving God and others before they become teenagers.

Starting Well

Parenting young children is a great joy and a great challenge. In this message, we will focus on the four phases of parenting and consider what the particular focus should be when your children are young. What should you do if your young child is stubborn and strong-willed? What should you teach them even before they go to school? This message should give hope and direction to parents of young children.

The Priority of Parenting

The priority of parenting should be to make marriage a priority. Child-centered families are destructive to children rather than healthy and helpful. This message looks at the first marriage and how God set it up to succeed. For moms and dads to succeed as parents, they should prioritize their spouse. That provides security, significance, and strength for the couple's children.

The Greatest Hope for Your Child's Spirituality

In week #1 of this series we talked about the greatest threat to a child's spirituality is the parents. In week #2 we will look at the positive side of the reality of parental impact. We will see that the parents are also the greatest hope for their child's spirituality. The message will get practical in how you can make an impact on your children in their spiritual journey.

The Greatest Threat to Your Child's Spirituality

If the goal of parenting is to raise children who love God and others in a culture that focuses predominantly on loving one's self, the challenge of parenting is very intimidating and counter-cultural. We begin this six-part series considering the many threats to a child's spirituality and coming to grips with what is arguably the greatest threat to a child's spirituality.

What I Hope You Remember

David has pastored at Northridge Church for over fifteen years. In his last sermon as the lead pastor, he talked to the church about the themes of his preaching that he hopes they remember long after he is gone.

The Best Defense

The nation of Israel is a small nation and its very existence has almost always been under threat. Therefore, defense has always been part of its history. In this last part of the series, we will look at how ancient cities defended themselves, where trusting God comes into play when trouble comes, and look at the "spiritual war" strategy that Jesus gave the Church following His resurrection.

Locating His Story

The Bible tells us that Jesus died and rose again. But do we know where in Jerusalem that it actually happened? This message will help you understand the burial practices in the 1st century, and take you to the two most likely places that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again - and look at the likelihood of each location. But the ultimate question will not be where it happened. The ultimate question is what impact the reality of the death and resurrection of Jesus has on us.

A Beautiful Exchange

The crucifixion of Jesus is quite confusing. Why did He have to die? What was the purpose? Couldn't God have forgiven us without His death? The best way to understand the crucifixion of Jesus is to understand the Old Testament system of sacrifices and atonements that are made available to God's people. This message will go all the way back to the beginning of the Bible to understand why the death of Christ was necessary and eternally significant.

Final Words

This is the final message of this year-long series from the book of 1 Corinthians. We will look at Paul's final words, but then we will look at what happened after these final verses. What happened to the church in the centuries that followed? Today, the Church at Corinth is not a thriving church. What happened? What can we learn?

When Things Don't Go As You Expect

Walking with God is an adventure, but that doesn't mean it is easy. In this passage of final words for the Corinthians, Paul talks about four unexpected challenges we often face even when walking with God.

Becoming a Joyfully Generous Giver

People want to be generous givers, but struggle to follow through with it. We often feel that we can't afford to be generous. In this section of 1 Corinthians, Paul gives some ideas that can make it possible to be both generous and joyful - no matter what income level one may have.

How to Get a Perfect Body

The last half of 1 Corinthians 15 is an explanation of what our resurrected bodies will be like, how they will be transformed, and why that matters. Paul ends this chapter with a single verse applying the first 57 verses of the chapter. If the resurrection really happened - it means we will be resurrected one day, and Paul wants us to know how to live while we wait for that resurrection.

Death Isn't Fatal

Everyone dies. On the surface this appears to be life’s biggest obstacle and the reason for ultimate hopelessness. Discover why the trump card of Christianity, Christ’s resurrection, changes all of that, as well as the life it calls us to lead.

The Greatest Comeback in History

What do you think is the greatest comeback in history? Sports Illustrated listed their opinions of the top ten comebacks in history. I wonder if you will agree. We are convinced that the greatest comeback in history is the resurrection. And in this passage - Paul talks about two proofs that the resurrection is an actual event from history.

The Simple Gospel

The Gospel simply means "good news." And the good news truly is simple. In the first four verses of the chapter, Paul explains what the good news is, and how it becomes good news for us.

Guidelines for Speaking in Tongues

1 Corinthians 14 is a chapter dealing with the struggles in Corinth surrounding the issue of speaking in tongues. This chapter gives ten guidelines for the church in Corinth to follow if they wanted to use this gift in a way that honors God and helps His Church. We will study the passage and ask what does and doesn't apply to us today.

Is Speaking in Tongues Still for Today?

Perhaps there is nothing more controversial among evangelical Christians today than the issue of tongues. What is it? An unknown but real language? A prayer language? Is it for today? Does the Bible say it stopped? If not, why don't we speak in tongues at Northridge? If so, why do many churches still encourage people to speak in tongues?

What About Prophecy, Miracles, and Healing?

1 Corinthians 12-14 talks about some spiritual gifts that we don't seem to emphasize at Northridge - gifts like prophecy, healing, and tongues. Are those gifts for today? If not - why not? If so - why don't we see them used and emphasized? This message will ask and answer the question - "Do gifts of prophecy, miracles, and healing still exist today?"

Love is Unfair

If you ask ten people to define love, you will probably get ten different answers. But isn't there anyone who can give us a clear vision of exactly what love should be, could be, and actually is?? In I Corinthians 13 Paul does exactly that and lays out a framework for the beauty, the power, and the impact of love as it is to be lived out by those who follow Christ. The problem? It's totally unfair!

Plan On It

Who doesn't want a legendary year? We all probably do - but sometimes as a we plan for a great year we end up accidentally making plans that completely leave God out of the equation. In this talk, we explore the steps we need to take to keep God in our plans and to discover a missing ingredient in our perspective that could make all the difference in 2016.

Killin' It

In this talk we will look at the hidden effects of pride in our lives, and then discuss ways that we can kill it. Pride so often robs us of the life that God longs for us to live. If we want 2016 to be a year that stands out from the rest, then we must learn to kill pride.

It's All About the Tree

Christmas Trees are among the most common traditions shared by Americans this time of year, and are very significant at Christmas time. But the Bible has some significant trees also. In this Christmas message, we will look at three of the most significant trees in the Bible to remind us of the important of Christmas.

Body Parts

The most common metaphor for the Church in the New Testament is a body. We are the body of Christ. What makes that a popular word picture is that we aren't all the same. We each are unique. And the unity of the Church is surprisingly and clearly seen through the beauty of its diversity. The problem is that diversity often brings disunity rather than unity. In this message we will look at three common problems a diversity of gifts brings to the church.

You Have a Gift

In this introductory message to the series, we will spend time talking about some basics on spiritual gifts. What are they? And what are we to do with them? Ultimately, we will learn that God gave you gifts to use for the benefit of the Body of Christ.

Making Better Disciples

Our church's mission is to glorify God by making more and better followers of Jesus. That is a great mission, but how does it happen - really? A few weeks ago, we talked about our church's strategy for making more disciples. This message will talk about how we try to make better followers of Jesus.

Advent Conspiracy 2015

This message is introducing our 2015 Advent Conspiracy projects. Our goal is to raise $125,000, and this message will show what the money will support. Half of the giving will support local ministries and half will support ministries to unreached people groups in Chad. We long to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus and we are urging Northridge to give their greatest Christmas gift this year to the world's greatest needs. Will you help us"

Communion Chaos

The reasons we do Communion (or the Lord's Table) the way we do in church is because of the abuses happening in Corinth. Their Communion meetings were chaotic and so troublesome that Paul thought it would be better for them not to meet at all. In this message we will look at the abuses that were happening in Corinth and see a proper way to approach our Communion gatherings.

Where's Your Hat?

1 Corinthians 11 begins with a very difficult and controversial topic - men, women, and hats in church (sounds crazy, right?). This passage raises questions of how we know when something is cultural but not timeless in its application. Who decides? We will work through this passage to understand the cultural context, apply the eternal truths to our culture, and learn how to tell the difference between what is cultural and what is timeless.

All to the Glory of God

One of the best known and loved verses in the New Testament is 1 Corinthians 10:31. "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God." Does All really mean all? Can you really do everything to the glory of God? Does that mean we need to add something "spiritual" to every mundane activity we do - so that God is glorified? The message will try to answer that question. I think the answers to those questions are in the same section of Scripture. And the answer may surprise you.

Making Choices Wisely

Throughout the New Testament Paul indicates that we have great freedom as Christ-followers. But that doesn't mean that all Christians agree on what is and isn't allowed for a Christian. So, how do you decide? Is it possible that something is right for one person and wrong for another? And is it possible that something is not sinful for me, but I still shouldn't do it? This passage is the conclusion of 1 Corinthians 8-10, and addresses the topics of Christian freedoms and making choices wisely.

Good News about Temptation

Today's message is about the good news about temptation. Yes, there is good news about temptation. And this verse that has been used for centuries to encourage Christ-followers who are being tempted can help us as we face temptations that seem overwhelming and overpowering.

Temptation's Trouble

Temptation is a part of life and will be with us until the day we die. So the more we know about temptation - the more we are ready to handle it well when it comes our way. This section of chapter 10 gives us some warnings about temptation and helps us understand some of the purposes of the stories of the Bible. Temptation causes us trouble. But God wants us to succeed. This passage can help us.

Church on Purpose

Why does our church exist? What is our purpose? And how do we accomplish that purpose? This message will talk about how we apply Paul's passion to "win as many as possible" from 1 Corinthians 9. We will talk about the cultural challenges, the current realities, and our intentional strategies to "win as many as possible."

Making More Disciples

Why does our church exist? What is our purpose? And how do we accomplish that purpose? This message will talk about how we apply Paul's passion to "win as many as possible" from 1 Corinthians 9. We will talk about the cultural challenges, the current realities, and our intentional strategies to "win as many as possible."

Living on Purpose

What is the driving mission of your life? What is it that you are absolutely passionate about that is bigger than you or your family? In this passage, Paul models a suggestion of what that passion should be for those who follow Christ.

Mayhem is Coming... Groups Matter

Life may be going well but mayhem is around the corner. Whether you are let go from your job, your wife leaves you, you are diagnosed with cancer, your child fails out of school, or your car breaks down, life can change quickly. When mayhem happens are you in good hands? In this talk, we will be reminded that because mayhem happens, groups matter. We can't do life alone.

I Have Decided

An unbaptized follower of Jesus is a walking contradiction. Baptism is an important step of obedience for every follower of Jesus, but is often postponed or avoided altogether. This talk will go back to the first Christian baptisms to try to help us all better understand what baptism is and why we do it.

I Believe in God, but Let's Not Go Overboard

Let's face it. In America it's easy to just kinda blend in and become lukewarm in our Christianity. But what does Jesus have to say about the lukewarm and how does Jesus feel about people that say, "I believe in God but let's not go overboard." In this talk we hope to uncover some of the qualities of a lukewarm Christian and also talk through what our response should be.

I Believe in God, but I Don't Like His Church

Perhaps there isn't a Christian on earth who doesn't like Jesus, but, ironically, many of them don't seem to like the Church He started very much. In this message we'll explore the reasons why as well as offer some compelling reasons why the Church ought to matter deeply to every believer.

I Believe in God, but Not in Prayer

When it comes down to it, most Christians today struggle to pray. But why is that? Do we not have time? Do we not know how? Or is it that we just don't believe it works? In this message we'll explore what prayer is, what it does, how to do it, and why it's so important.

I Believe in God, but I Don't Think He's Fair

Sometimes, life's just hard. And it's easy to begin asking the question, "If God loves me, and He could make this stop... why doesn't He?" We've all been there. Maybe you've come to a place where you believe in God, but you're pretty sure He's not fair. In this talk, we'll explore the difficult questions we've all asked about the problem of pain.

I Believe in God, but I Can't Change

It's easy to say we believe in God - it's not always so easy to live like He actually exists. In Part 2 of our series - Christian Atheist - we will explore how so many of us convince ourselves that we can't change - because we believe the lie that God can't change us. It is time for us to reject these lies and embrace the truth that God has called us to total transformation through Jesus Christ.

I Believe in God but I Don't Know Him

A Christian Atheist is one who believes in God but lives (at times or in ways) as if He didn't exist. In part one of this series, we will consider those who believe in God but they feel like they don't know Him. This message will talk about three reasons that may be true and what to do about it so that you can know the God who made you and loves you.

Sacrificing for the Gospel

In this section, Paul is talking about freedoms that we have in Christ. And those freedoms need to be self-limited at times. Sacrifices of freedoms need to be made. In chapter 8, the purpose of the sacrifice of a freedom is for someone's growth. In chapter 9, the sacrifice has to do with the Gospel. And Paul spends the first half of the chapter illustrating how he sacrificed for the Gospel. How do we sacrifice our freedom for the Gospel? What might that look like? This message will attempt to apply Paul's illustration to our current context.

Can I Do That?

As Christians we are given amazing freedom. Much of the Old Testament law is gone. So how can we know what we should and shouldn't do when the Bible isn't clear? How far does my freedom go? If the Bible doesn't give a clear command, how do I know what I can do? This passage gives us some boundaries when we should limit our freedoms.

The Elephant In The Pew

We want to confront the elephant in the pew and talk about pornography. Porn is rarely talked about in churches and yet the number of men and women regularly engaging with it continues to grow. How bad is it? Why should you give up your porn habit? What are the steps out?


In the final installment of this series, David will answer several frequently asked questions surrounding the topic of "The Church and Homosexuality." He answers questions like, "Will Northridge Church fully accept a gay person?" "Isn't the Bible's view a modern form of racism?" and "What do we do now that same-sex is legal in our country?"

Rethinking Our Responses

In this series we are talking about how to handle the issue of homosexuality with truth and grace. We must be full of truth and full of grace. In this second message, we will talk about rethinking our responses to this issue. Because how we have responded has hurt our ability to impact our culture. And Paul gives us careful instructions on how to respond to the world around us when we live very differently.

What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?

There is no greater cultural debate in our day than the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. As followers of Christ, our first question is always "What Does the Bible Say?" In part one of this series, we will look at every passage that directly talks about homosexuality to see what it really does and doesn't say.

Not a Single Thing

Are you single but desire to get married? Is marriage or singleness better? What does God want for you in regard to your marital status and what should you do in your current situation? Paul addresses these questions in 1 Corinthians 7.

Honor God with Your Bod - Part 2

In Corinth, sexual immorality seems to have been the "norm" not only in the city, but even in the church. In part 1 of this message, we considered how someone should think to help us flee sexual immorality and honor God with our bodies. In part 2 of this message, we will consider what a Christian should do to flee sexual immorality and honor God with our bodies.

Honor God With Your Bod

In Corinth, sexual immorality seems to have been the "norm" not only in the city, but even in the church. In this passage, prostitution was a concern that Paul addressed. The topic of sexual immorality is equally important in our culture and in our church. In this message, we will talk about how to think in ways that help us to honor God with our bodies.

Who You Were

How do faith and works go together? Can you trust Christ and live however you want to live? How wicked can you be before you end up proving you aren't really a Christian at all? These questions and more are what we will pursue as we study the important and difficult passage of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

Suing Christians

For the second chapter in a row, Paul speaks plainly but modern readers struggle to believe Paul means what he seems to clearly say. Is it true that we can't sue another Christian? Our minds begin to fill with "What if" questions, and wondering how people may take advantage of us if we have no legal recourse. What is Paul really saying about suing other Christians? The first eleven verses of this chapter help us think through this issue.

Judging Christians

One of the favorite verses of our culture is Matthew 7:1 - Judge not or you will be judged." But in this chapter, Paul clearly tells the church to judge one of their own. When are we supposed to judge and when shouldn't we? In this chapter Paul makes some principles very clear that seem to be commonly ignored by many Christians and churches.

A Skeptic's Guide to Easter

How can we know if the resurrection really happened? How can we verify an event from 2000 years ago? In this message we will look at several embarrassing realities surrounding the story of the resurrection that help prove it is true. They are things that happened that wouldn't have been included if the account was fictional, because they might help discredit Christianity. But in reality, these embarrassing realities help prove the resurrection really happened.

Putting Pastors in Their Place

In our last segment in the Fighting for Unity mini-series, we'll be exploring 1 Corinthians 4. When it comes down to it, the Apostle Paul believed there was a single issue which was causing the disunity in the Corinthian church - and that was the way they viewed their leaders. In this sermon, we'll discuss the proper way to view church leadership for the sake of unity - in other words, we'll be putting Pastors in their place.

Picture This

Unity is worth fighting for. In this chapter, Paul gives four word pictures to explain what it should look like. The point? It is impossible to take church unity too seriously. As a church that has good unity, this passage serves as good preventative health care for Northridge Church.

Dividing Lines

Lines always create division - and there is no greater dividing line than truth. In the middle of his encouragement to the Corinthian church about the importance of unity - Paul pauses to describe the greatest of all dividing lines. A truth that was hidden, but now is revealed and it cuts through the clutter of our culture, our beliefs, our hopes, and our dreams - dividing all of us into one side or the other. The question is - which side are you on and what are you going to do about it?

The Centrality of Our Unity

In the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul tells us to fight for unity. We are to be united, but based on what? This passage, one of the most important passage in the book (and the entire Bible) clarifies where our unity is found.

Unite - Don't Fight

How many churches are in Rochester? The theological answer, in a sense, is one. All those who are followers of Jesus belong to His Church. Well, what does that look like? Are denominations a good or a bad thing? How are we to talk about and think about other churches? This passage of Scripture helps us think through issues of church unity among all Christians.

A Messed-Up Church - Blessed by God

The first nine verses of the book are an introduction. But this introduction may seem to not fit the book. It is full of praise and positive words. But as soon as the introduction is over, Paul gets authoritative and confrontational. Was his introduction just fluff? Or is it filled with important truths? I think the introduction was intentional and carries a great deal of meaning and encouragement for us in our spiritual struggles.

The Crossroads of Corinth

Acts 18 tells the story of Paul's 18 months in Corinth. Understanding what happened during those 18 months will help understand why the book was written, and it will help us know why Corinth was such an important city to Paul. He stayed in Corinth longer than any other city except Ephesus. Paul wanted to be at the crossroads of the Roman world - so the Gospel could be spread.

A Visit to Corinth

The book of 1 Corinthians is best understood if you know about the history, geography, culture and archaeology of the 1st century city of Corinth. This introductory sermon to the book explores what made the city so significant and we will explore some archaeological discoveries in and about this city.

A Greater Purpose

This is part four of the series Pi2: A Formula for Intentional Living. In this final piece we will remind ourselves of an important truth and a high value for our church: Lost people matter to God so they should matter to us.

The Power of Story

Stories are incredibly powerful and if we are committed to living out Pray, Invest and Invite then there are two stories we must learn to tell well. We must learn to tell God's story and our own personal faith story in a way that's humble, clear and succinct. In this talk we will walk through how we can learn to tell both of these stories well.


In week 2 of our Pi2 series we are looking closely at the last two parts of our "formula for intentional living": invest and invite. We'll see what makes these two elements of the process such a powerful combination as well as think about the dangers that can result when one is left out.

Intentional Praying

PI2 is our outreach strategy at northridge Church: Pray - Invest - Invite. But when we pray for those far from God - what should we be praying for? Using Colossians 4:2-4, we will look at a strategy for effective prayer for those who are far from God.

Fresh Start: Making Growth Happen... For Real This Time

New Year's Resolutions are part of life... a part of life that, for most of us, is a constant reminder of how bad we are at following through on our goals. No matter what our goals are, there seems to be a disconnect between our intentions and our follow through. But what if the Bible offered a fool-proof plan for making growth happen (for real this time)? In this talk, we'll explore how the Bible can give us insight into having a Fresh Start.

When It Isn't a Wonderful Life

You are supposed to be happy and joyful at Christmas. But what are you supposed to do if it just isn't a "wonderful life?" This message will talk about how to respond when life doesn't work out the way you planned.

Home Alone

There are many one-word descriptions of Christmas: Joy, Peace, Love, and many others. But there is perhaps one word that best describes what Christmas is all about: Reconciliation. in this message, we will look at the popular movie "Home Alone" and a very important passage about why Jesus came and why Christmas happened.

I Don't Belong Here

The movie Elf has become a modern-day favorite among many at Christmas time. And the movie reminds us that like "Buddy" - we, as Christ-followers, don't quite belong in this world. But God has called us to live here. So how do we function in a world in which we don't quite belong?

A Charlie Brown Christmas

On December 9, 1965, CBS ran a 28 minutes special called "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and it has been shown annually on TV ever since. There is a theme in this special that is as current today as when it first ran in 1965. It is focused on what Christmas is all about. We will consider that and ask how we should handle it when others ignore the reason for the season.

Update on Maramara

This message is an update on our partnership with the village of Maramara in Chad, Africa. It is full of videos from Maramara with an explanation of what is next in developing the village.

Why Should I Give?

Why do we give? Why should we give? Are there proper and improper motives to give? Can my motive be selfish and still be a proper motive? We end the money series as we consider the biggest rewards when we give.

The Church Just Wants My Money

Churches have a reputation of just wanting people's money. Is that true? If not - why do we talk about it so much? This message will deal with myth #4: The Church Just Wants My Money.

Is Being Rich Good or Bad?

The Bible seems to say that wealth is a blessing, but also says that it is the biggest competitor for our worship. So is money good or bad? If we are rich, is the only answer - to give it all away? What does the Bible say? In this message, we will talk about two common myths about money.

Good News - Bad News

Money is an essential part of our lives. And it is easy to obsess over it. In this first week of the series "Money Myths" - we will look at the first myth and discover some very good news and some very bad news.

Worry's Ultimate Solution

Everybody worries. None of us can travel through life without encountering situations that cause us to want to respond with worry and anxiety. But what if we could have an invincible defense against worry? In this talk, we'll explore what Jesus says about worry's ultimate solution and how we can find protection against worry.

Stop & Stretch

The demands of life can feel nonstop, perpetual, never ending... How do we handle these demands? How do we keep up this pace? In this sermon we will uncover two essential principles that can help us meet these demands and truly thrive with the life God has given us.

Equipping Yourself for the Journey

Whose responsibility is your spiritual growth? Is it the church's responsibility? Or is it yours? The most common reason someone leaves a church is because they weren't being fed. Is that a good reason to leave a church? What does the Bible say about owning one's spiritual growth?

How We Grow

We are commanded to grow, and we know that the goal of our growth is to obey God and love others. But what is the best way to make that happen? If it isn't through knowledge alone - how do we put ourselves in the best position to grow in our walk with Christ? This message will talk about the five primary ways that Christ followers grow in their faith.

Myths of Spiritual Growth

We are all on a Spiritual Journey, and the Bible clearly tells us to own our spiritual growth. It is our responsibility to pursue growth. But what is spiritual growth - really? What's the goal? And how to reach that goal? To get that answer, we need to deal with some common myths of what spiritual growth is and isn't.

Going Public: Baptism

In part 2 of "The Journey" we will consider seven of the most common questions surrounding baptism. The questions include, "What is baptism?" "Why should I get baptized?" "Can I get baptized again?" and "Do I Have to Make a Video to get baptized at Northridge?"

Two Ways to Live - You Choose

The Journey of the Christian life is different for every person. Our growth doesn't happen the same way or in the same timing. However, the starting place for the Christian life is the same for every believer. It begins with a choice. This message will focus on explaining the choice that must be made by every person when it comes to their relationship with God.

Weird Friendship

In this final part of the WEIRD series, we will consider the role of Christian friendship and what that should look like in helping each other look and act more like Jesus. The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone; it's designed to be lived in community.

Weird Singleness

Christianity and the church celebrate marriage and family, but what about those who are single? Are singles doomed to second class living? This talk will challenge us to rethink how we view singleness as a follower of Jesus.

Weird Retirement

Over then thousand baby boomers turn 60 every day. What will it mean for the Church and the glory of Christ if His followers purpose to finish life well? This message will challenge each of us to rethink our priorities through every stage of life.

Weird Parenting

Parenting is the most important job we could ever be given, and yet for most parents when it comes to having a plan, we aren't sure what that plan looks like. In this talk we look to define what the Bible tells us our goal in parenting should be and talk through some practical steps to pursue that goal.

Weird Marriage

If we are to salvage the beauty and purpose of the marriage relationship - we must let go of ourselves, we must serve others, we must live for a Truth greater than ourselves. It’s time for us to reject normal and embrace the wonderful, weird marriages that God intended for us.

Weird Sexuality

We live in a culture where cohabitation, adultery, pornography, and one-night stands are all "normal". But, from the pain and frustration we can see around us, "normal" clearly isn't working. Christians have a view of sexuality that is just plain weird, but it promises a path to intimacy, unity and satisfaction. In this talk, we'll unpack what the Bible has to say about the way to achieve lasting intimacy and fulfillment with (or without) sex.

Weird Habits

As followers of Christ, there are habits that we intentionally pursue so we can cultivate a relationship with God. This talk will focus on the two most important private habits a Christ-follower should pursue: Bible Reading and Prayer.

Must I Choose Between the Bible and Evolution?

In part 5, we asked "Must I Choose Between Faith and Science?" The answer was "no." We don't need to choose between faith and science, but we must choose between Philosophical Naturalism and Christianity. Today we ask questions surrounding evolution? Can you believe in evolution and believe the Bible? Can we consider Genesis 1-2 to be figurative? What are the options? How should we think about Theistic Evolution?

Must I Choose Between Faith and Science?

Is there a conflict between faith and science? Must I choose? If there is a conflict, do I ignore clear evidence from science that contradicts the Bible because I'm a Christian? How do I navigate this difficulty? This message will help focus on what the real issues are in debates between faith and science.

What Happens to Babies Who Die?

Many children die. What happens to them when they die? Most people assume they go to heaven? Do we have theological or textual evidence to support that assumption or is it based on sentimentality? This talk will attempt to answer that question and deal with the Bible's teaching on what happens to babies when they die.

Is Divorce Always a Sin?

Marriage is sacred; Divorce is painful. No one debates those two truths. The debate is often about when divorce is allowed. This FAQ message will look at the biblical parameters for when divorce is allowed and when it isn't.

How Can I Know God's Will for My Life?

Many Christians speak of "finding God's will" or "being in the center of God's will." Does God have a will that must be discovered? Am I to find out who God wants me to marry? When I should change jobs? What kind of car to drive? This sermon will look at the traditional will of God and a suggested alternative to pursuing this illusive will of God which can lead to great freedom and joy.

What's Next for Northridge?

Things at Northridge keep growing. Both our campuses are growing, lives continue to be growing and changing. So what is next? This is a frequently asked question around here. The message will talk about the next steps for our church

Friends For Life

Today's talk is about identifying three potential "monsters" in your past and learning what to do about them. Any or all of these "monsters" often become a person's identity and continue to haunt their life. Does this describe you or someone you love? Join us as we look more closely at what God tells us to do to make the monsters in our closets friends for life so we can experience true freedom and forgiveness.

Monsters In Your Closet

Did you grow up believing there were monsters in your closet? How crazy. Monsters are fake! What about now? Got a few monsters in your closet - Those real people or situations from your past that keep coming up that you wish would stay hidden in the closet, but won't. This week we will look at a situation in the Bible where everyone involved had some pretty significant "monsters" in their past…until God showed up! His grace changed everything.

Let This Cup Pass

A famous statement Jesus made in the garden near Gethsemane was "Let this cup pass from me." What did that mean? Understanding that statement can be one of the most helpful things in understanding the significance of the death of Jesus. This bonus talk from this series will deal with this single statement by Jesus and its implications for us.

The Death of Jesus

The Bible simply says, "They crucified him" (Luke 23:33) without much description. The New Testament authors didn't need to describe it because everyone in the first century was very familiar with a crucifixion. In the 21st century, we know very little about crucifixion. This message will help us understand what Jesus went through on the cross - for us.

The Trials of Jesus

We know Jesus was crucified. However, the Jews weren't able to crucify anyone. They needed the Romans to do that. So they needed a charge that Rome would see as justification to crucify Jesus. That required a Jewish trial followed by a Roman trial. In this message - we will look at the trials and the likely locations of those trials in part 4 of the series Killing Jesus: The True Story.

The Divine Conspiracy

At times we are under the wrong impression that the Jews could kill Jesus however and whenever they wanted to. That isn't true. It needed to be done through the Romans. But how could they get the Romans to want to kill Jesus? During part 3 of this series, we will consider the conspiracy and arrest of Jesus. And we will consider that it wasn't just the Jews who were in on the conspiracy.

Why Did They Want Him Dead?

We know Jesus died. We also know that His death happened because of the purpose and will of God. Yet the Scriptures say that they wanted him dead and put him to death. In part 2 of this series, we will consider why they wanted him dead so badly.

Getting the Big Picture

Today we begin a five-week series about Killing Jesus: the True Story. People are typically familiar with the Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday) and familiar with his death and resurrection. But the events that happened in between those two are mostly cloudy in people's minds. This first sermon will give an overview of what happened in the last week of the life of Jesus as we consider the implications of what He did, why they wanted to kill him, and how they accomplished it.

Hide & Seek

Everyone has a tendency to hide from God, and it shows itself in every area of our lives. Where did that tendency come from and why does it matter? Find out why hiding from God is so serious and the lengths to which God went to provide a solution.

Overcome Evil With Good

In the final message of "Fighting Fair" - we will look at what to do when nothing else works. If we are on our own in trying to bring peace to a relationship, what can we do? This passage tells us how to overcome evil with the good.

Nothing's Working... Help!

This series has given a lot of practical tools for reconciling relationships. But what if you have exhausted everything and nothing is working? Is there help available? What role is the church supposed to play in helping to reconcile relationships? This message will also talk about church discipline. What is it? What does it look like? Why would we discipline church members?

The High Cost of Forgiveness

The question "Will you forgive me?" is a hard one to ask. But perhaps, it is even harder to answer. There are significant implications to answering that question with a "Yes, I forgive you." Today's message will ask and answer nine questions about what forgiveness really is.

How to Avoid a Fight and Do What's Right

The Bible is clear that we should be quick to overlook the offenses of others. Yet sometimes, we shouldn't overlook when someone does something wrong to us. So how can we confront someone without it getting ugly? This message will look at how we can avoid a fight yet do what's right by confronting someone about their wrong behavior.

What to Do When You Blow It

There is always friction in relationships. How to handle it when you blow it is central to fighting fair. This message will talk about how to make things right - when you blow it. It is an essential step toward having relationships that honor God and love others.

The Cause of Every Conflict You Have

All of us live in relationships, and therefore, we all have conflict. That conflict may be minor or major, but we all have tension and conflict in relationships. The Bible clearly teaches the source of every conflict we have in our lives. And if we can understand the source of every conflict, it can allow us to better handle those conflicts.

Rethinking Your Reactions

Our greatest joys happen in or because of relationships. We are made to be in relationships. But with those relationships also bring some of life's deepest pains. If you are in relationships - you have had conflict. If you aren't in conflict with a co-worker, family member or friend now - you will be soon. That is part of living life in a fallen world. This is part one of a series helping us to understand conflict, why we do what we do, and how to respond differently.

What Love Requires

Love others. That's easy to say, but extremely difficult to live out. Jesus makes it clear that loving others was the one thing He wanted his followers to be known for.

Love At Its Best

We are all madly and passionately in love with someone, and that someone is ourselves. Yet our selfish obsession is often the cause of the hurt, frustration and pain in our lives. In this message, we will discover what Jesus has to say about a different sort of love that heals hurts, overcomes pain and can change the course of our lives: In essence, it is Love at its Best.

Amazing Grace

In the final verses of 1 Peter, Peter sticks with the themes he's had in the entire book - suffering well and the hope of heaven. And he does it by pointing out God's amazing grace. God's promises of His grace have amazing results in our lives. But sometimes we are so focused on our suffering, we forget what is coming.

Behind Enemy Lies

Peter tells us our enemy is real, we need to be alert for him, and we need to resist him. But the devil often is ignored - so do we even know what to look for? This message will show two errors Christians have when it comes to Satan, and show his two primary strategies he uses - so we can be alert and resist his advances.

And Another Thing...

Have you ever had a long meeting and you were out of time, but not out of things you needed to communicate? That is what Peter's situation is as he lists several things he wants his readers to know and do. We will look at this list of commands Peter gives to his readers.

The Expectations and Dangers of Spiritual Leadership

In the opening verses of 1 Peter 5, Peter speaks directly to the spiritual leaders of the churches and gives warnings of the dangers of being a spiritual leader. This message will talk through those dangers and express the expectations of what people should have from their leaders.

Starting Well & Finishing Strong

It is the beginning of a new year. To start off 2014, we wanted to update the church on where we've been and where we are going. A majority of our church is new in the last five years. So we want to review a bit of our history, talking about finishing Creating Spaces well, and urging people to start well in 2014 - living lives of complete biblical stewardship.

Defeating Fear

We are all in a battle against fear and when our world is at war we must remember that worship is our greatest weapon in defeating fear.

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years Are Met in Thee Tonight

Typically when we think of the emotions around Christmas, we think of Joy and Hope. But the predominant emotion shared by all at the first Christmas was fear. And perhaps seeing how it was rightly and wrongly responded to can help us deal with major and minors fears we face today.

What Community Groups Do Better

Community Groups are our primary means of making better disciples at Northridge. Therefore, it is crucial for us to get everyone we can in a community group. In this talk, David and the Community Group coaches will talk about what Community Groups do better in making better disciples.

A Final Word on Suffering

For the last time in the book, Peter takes an extended look at suffering, In fact, it is the longest section in the book giving instructions on suffering. He particularly is focused on suffering through persecution, and Peter carefully tells us what to do and not do when persecuted.

Priorities While You Suffer

The book of 1 Peter is all about suffering. And Peter has said much about suffering. He begins this brief section with the words, "Above all." Of all the things Peter said about suffering - these four verses give the top three priorities of our behavior while we suffer.

Limiting Sin's Influence

When we suffer, we are more susceptible to sin. In these verses, Peter reminds us of important truths that can help us avoid falling into sinful traps while we suffer.

What's Wrong with My Healing?

James talks about how the prayer of faith WILL make the sick person well. Really? Will it? Does it? Why are spiritually mature people who are full of faith sick? In the final part of the "Tough Stuff" series, we will talk about this tough passage together.

What's Wrong with My Relationship?

Is there a hurt in your past that you can't imagine forgiving? Jesus says some really tough things about forgiveness: tough to interpret, and even tougher to apply. In this talk we're going to try to provide help in understanding what Jesus means, and identify how we can best live that out.

What's Wrong with My Bible?

If God's Word is eternal and without error then how are we to make sense of the differences that exist in our modern Bible versions? Do differences in our modern Bibles call into question the reliability of Scripture? Discover 5 reasons why there are differences among Bible translations and why they should not trouble us.

How to Handle Difficult Bible Passages

The Bible has some difficult passage to understand. The final verses of 1 Peter 3 are among the most difficult in all of the Bible. This message will teach a basic approach to handling the difficult passages of the Bible.

Presenting the Gospel Persuasively

New Testament writers often talk about WHAT the Gospel is, WHY it is so important, but rarely do they talk about HOW to share the Gospel. In the passage we will be studying, Peter gives advice about how to share the Gospel in persuasive ways.

How to Love Your Life and See Good Days

How would you respond to someone who said that the goal of their life is to love their life and see good days? My guess is you might pity them, correct them or pray for them. But Peter sets that up as an appropriate goal for life. We should love life and see good days. How can that be and what does that look like? In our passage we will study today, Peter gives us careful instructions on how to love the lives God has given to us and how to experience great days while we are here on earth.

What Every Wife Needs from Her Husband

For six verses, Peter has addressed wives and their responsibilities in marriage. Now for one verse, Peter turns to husbands. And in this verse clearly helps us understand why submission should never be difficult for our wives.

How to Change Your Husband

Every husband needs to change and every wife wants her husband to change. Yet there is something inside of a wife and something inside of a husband that results in the very way a wife tries to get her husband to change makes him most resistant to change. The passage of Scripture we will study today talks about how to get your husband to change without nagging or manipulation.

The Bible's Most Unpopular Word

The word "submit" is as close to a swear word if viewed as a cultural swear word and has caused many to label Christianity as sexist. Why does the Bible insist so strongly on submission? What does it really mean? And perhaps as importantly, what doesn't it mean? This talk will address those issues for marriage.

But You Promised!

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. We all know great parents who love God and taught their children to do the same, but whose children are not on "the way they should go." So is God not keeping His promise? Or are we misreading and misapplying that verse?

Desire, Delight, and David

As we continue in our Context series, King David's words in Psalm 37:4 will be examined. Is it a formula? Is it a promise? To truly understand, we need Context.

It's All Good

So I lost my job, the car broke down, and a close friend died all in the same month. Is God really going to make it all good? How will that happen? Why did these things happen? This message will help answer some of the tough, raw questions life hits us with.

A Way Out

This talk unpacks God's prescription for enduring temptations when they come our way.

Paul's Secret

Philippians 4:13 is an amazing verse! BUT it is also one of the most mis-interpreted verses in the Bible. In this talk we hope to expose the ways we misuse this verse, and uncover the true message Paul wants each of us to know.

Planks & Sawdust

Jesus tells us to "Judge not, or we too will be judged", but is that what He really meant? Is it even possible when we are experts in seeing the failures of others and novices at identifying our own faults? Seeing this verse in context will reveal that it's time to put down the plank so we can see the sawdust.


The Bible is a powerful book - the most powerful book in the world. It is powerful to change lives and it is powerful for dangerous misuse. And the Bible is often misused. This is part one of a summer series where we will look at some of the most misused verses in all of the Bible.

The Basics of the Gospel

Have you ever wondered why we talk about the Gospel so much? Have you ever wondered why your Christians friends are so different? Have you ever wondered why someone changes their lifestyle so much after "finding Jesus?" Have you ever wondered why we sing songs about the blood and the cross - as if it is a good thing? Have you ever wondered why we call Friday before Easter - Good Friday when it is the day of the death of Jesus? These two verses remind us again of the basics and beauty of the Gospel.

How to Suffer Like Jesus

The theme of 1 Peter is finding hope when you suffer. The passage we will study in this sermon is about how to suffer like Jesus suffered. He was our example. That provides us with a template to trace in how we handle those who mistreat us. But to suffer like Jesus will require supernatural help because it is not natural.

No Means Know

As parents, we know that sometimes the necessary answer to our children's requests is "no". So what happens when our Heavenly Father says "no" to desires we feel are legitimate? Learn how we ought to respond, and what it is that God just may be up to in those moments.

Foundational Faith

We all lean our faith up against something or someone. Today we will discover what makes Christianity stand out from all other religions and it is the only place for us to lean our faith against.

When Your Boss Is a Jerk

Peter continues to talk about relational suffering that can happen because we are Christ-followers. In this brief section he talks about how to handle a boss, a manager, or colleagues who make you suffer because you are a Christ-follower. Peter tells us exactly what we ought to do to handle those moments. But unlike slaves, we have two options. Peter gave one - submit. We, as employees have two options; we can submit or quit.

How to Help Those Being Persecuted

American Christians face mild persecution. For a couple of weeks we've talked about that. But we must remember what real persecution is like. This message will tell stories of persecution that are happening in the world right now and give instructions on what we can do about it.

The Cultural Battle Christians Are Losing

Living as a spiritual minority in America presents challenges. Especially if we don't believe that God calls us to create a Theocracy. This past year and the coming years will likely be marked in American history where "civil rights" changed for homosexuals. How are we supposed to handle issues of homosexual marriage and rights? What is the biblical view of a culture that is changing on issues of biblical morality?

Rethinking Suffering as a Christian in America

When you consider how Christians in the first century suffered and how some around the world suffer, it is hard to claim that we suffer at all in American as followers of Jesus. yet we are told that those who will live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. What does that look like in our culture? And what should our response be?

Waves, Wind, and Worship

If you have ever struggled with moments of desperation and doubt - you are not alone. Some of the people closest to Jesus had to deal with the exact same thing - but when they recognized the hope they could have in Him and responded in worship - the result was true life change.

How to Submit to Authorities Who Don't Submit to God

We live as a Spiritual Minority in our culture. Most Americans would call themselves Christians, but aren't necessary truly devoted to following God. So how are we to submit to authorities over us who don't submit themselves to God? This passage we will study helps us answer that question - as Peter gets specific for the first time on the issue of submission while suffering.

How To Live in a Culture That is Hostile to Christianity

We live in a culture that tolerates Christianity - certainly it doesn't embrace it. How do we thrive in that type of culture? This text in 1 Peter gives clear instructions on thriving in a culture where Christianity is - at best - tolerated, and at worst persecuted.

Who Do You Think You Are?

What is your identity? What words would you use to describe who you are? You would use your name, where you live, and perhaps where you are from. But how would you describe your identity? Knowing who you are has the power to change the reality of your life. Two verses in 1 Peter describe who we are in Christ and the descriptions are life-altering.

3 Keys to Real Community

We are all looking to experience real community. What does God say it takes to experience the real community He speaks? This talk unpacks 3 Keys to creating real community within our relationships.

The Story of Lazarus

During Jesus' earthly ministry, he performed many unbelievable miracles. The miracle of Lazarus' resurrection is possibly the most well-known. Join us as we dive deep into this story and maybe even find ourselves in it.

Trusting or Tripping?

To every person, Jesus is either their cornerstone (the foundation of their life) in whom they trust, or he is their spiritual stumbling block over whom they trip spiritually. One way leads to life and the other to death. This message looks at the importance of those word pictures and attempts to apply them to our daily reality of life.

The Thorns of Wealth

Wealth is a tool, a test, and a testimony. Jesus warns us that wealth is deceptive and can drag us down spiritually. In this message, we will consider how it might deceive us and what we can do about it.

The Greatest Story Ever

The resurrection of Jesus is the Greatest Story Ever. It means everything to us as followers of Christ. In fact, it is more significant that the birth of Jesus. It is the most important Holiday (Holy Day) for a Christian. Often we talk about the implications and importance of the resurrection, but in this message, David simply walks through the beauty of the story. It really is the greatest story ever.

The Thorns of Worry

Peter claims that the Bible has the power for salvation and transformation in our lives. So it is important to consider what might keep us from having the Bible play it's proper role in our lives. Jesus once told a parable that indicated some of the things that stop the Bible from influencing our lives. For two weeks, we will look at two of these thorns that stop the growth of God's Word in our lives.

Why Is the Bible So Important to Christians?

At Northridge, we talk about the Bible all the time. We speak of it's authority and it's power. Peter emphasizes just how powerful God's Word is in this section of Scripture. We will learn that the Word of God is the primary tool for our salvation and it is the primary tool for our transformation.

Why Are Christians Good?

Why are Christians "good people?" Why does it seem those who follow Christ tend to be good? The answer may not be what you think. This talk will help those considering Christianity and it may help those who are devoted to Christ to understand why being truly good is important to us.

Responding to Suffering, Part 2

We all suffer. Often Christians focus on the "why's" of suffering instead of the "how's" of suffering. Peter gives very specific instructions on what to do in suffering so that God would be most glorified and we would grow more intentionally.

Responding to Suffering, Part 1

1 Peter is clear: we will suffer. And after explaining suffering (1:6-9), Peter now turn to two things we should do to respond rightly to suffering. This week we will study the first important response we must have to suffering.

Understanding Suffering

Suffering is a theme of 1 Peter and a present reality in most people's lives. How are we to think about suffering? How should we respond to it? For the first time, Peter directly deals with suffering in his book. He will return to the theme in every chapter.

Should I Follow?

Does one have to check their brain at the door to become a follower of Jesus? Is intellectual suicide a prerequisite for one signing up to follow Christ? Join us as we examine some amazing evidence for and against becoming a follower of Jesus Christ.

Follow in Faith

Ever experience a storm so severe you thought you were going to die? Maybe you thought following Jesus would lead to a storm-free life? Maybe you knew storms would come, but you never expected them to bring you to a point of doubt. This message will teach us how to follow Jesus in faith through the storms of life!

Salvation: Past, Present, and Future

When Christians speak of salvation, they always speak of it in the past. But the Bible is very clear: there is a past, present, and future aspect of salvation. The verses in this study will help us understand salvation and what is means for us now and in the future.

Hopeful Suffering

The book of 1 Peter has two major themes - hope and suffering. The first two verses of the book help us see how those two things fit together. And the only way to put those themes together is to know where home is.<br><br> 1 Peter 1: 1-2

Reboot Your Circumstances

How do you respond when circumstances overwhelm you? Do you freak out? Do you lash out? While these are certainly natural responses there is a better way. Discover how to make the most of a bad situation and turn it into an avenue of spiritual growth.

Reboot Your Resolutions

At the moment when Elijah's greatest resolve faded, he was able to move on, to pick up the pieces, to get back to work, back to living, back to reality – only when he had come face to face with God’s grace – the unconditional favor that pours out so freely from the one who loved us so completely. So it is for us - rather than just adding one more thing to an already long to do list - let's call a redo, a restart, a reboot and by His grace stop listing and start living.

Reboot Your Contentment

There is an emptiness in our hearts that drives each of us to pursue satisfaction and contentment in something or someone. But its a spiritual emptiness that cannot be satisfied by material things. In Ecclesiastes 5 Solomon warns us against 3 lies we can often times believe that rob us of true contentment in our lives and then offers us 2 truths we must consider instead.

A Conspiracy of Suffering

20 Children killed in Connecticut. Perhaps this time of year, that is the biggest similarity to the story in Bethlehem. Jesus is born and every child (except him) dies in Bethlehem. Is that fair? Why does suffering immediately come on the heels of Jesus' birth? The second half of Matthew 2 is the part of the Christmas story not well known and rarely told. How does the hope of Christmas fit with our suffering?

A Conspiracy of Herod

The story of the wise men reminds us that spiritual wisdom is not found in what you know - it is found in Who you know, what you pursue and Who you worship.

A Conspiracy of Mercy

At Christmas time, often moods are "merry and bright." But sometimes we can be overwhelmed by guilt, fear, and regret. The deeper we look into the Christmas story, the more we see it is the perfect "sinners'" holiday.

Upgrading Your Giving

We all want to be generous and we all are pretty convinced if we had more, we'd be more generous. Our heart goes out to needs (disasters, crises, special projects). This final sermon in this series, we will consider what an upgrade in giving may look like. It isn't simply "give more" - it's about "give smarter" and "give better."

Upgrading Your Outreach

As part of the LIFE 2.0 series, this message will consider how we might upgrade our effectiveness in reaching our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and classmates who are far from God.

Upgrading Your Serving

In week 5 of "Life 2.0" we will consider an upgrade to our serving. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Our fundamental identity should be as a servant of Jesus and others. This talk will discuss why that is true and how we should do it.

Upgrading Your Growth

God calls us to grow to full maturity. How does that happen and what does that mean? What is God's role? What is my role? What is the church's role in spiritual growth?

Upgrading Your Relationships

We all need upgrades to our faith. This week, we will talk about how our relationships need an upgrade. It isn't enough to have Christian friends. We all need intentional friendships for a purpose. This message will talk about the biggest benefits of intentional relationships.

Our Purposes and Process

Last week we talked about Northridge's mission, vision, and values. This week continues the "Crash Course on Northridge" by talking about our purposes and process for growth. These two sermons serve as a summary of what our church is about and why we do what we do.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

This week begins a new series called "LIFE 2.0: Upgrading Your Faith." The purpose of the series is to look at five areas of our lives that likely need upgrades. The first two messages in the series will talk about how Northridge wants to help people take their next step of faith.

A Personal Commission

In this series we've looked at the commission God has given to individuals and to the church. This final talk of this series will urge people to take up the commission and pursue those who are far from God. We might embrace the commission, but do we know how to share the Gospel?

A Broken Commission

The Great Commission is a wonderful, glorious command of Christ for us. But the way we carry it out around the world is broken. This talk will look at some of the ways that it is broken and consider some directions that will help begin to fix it for our church.

Our Worldwide Commission

Our commission is to take the Gospel "to the ends of the earth." This insider sermon will look at several issues surrounding our worldwide commission. How do we do that? What is the strategy? What is our responsibility? Is our current strategy working? If not - why not and what will we do about it?

Our Rochester Commission

This kick-off to a four week series will talk about the implications of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the geographic strategy (Acts 1:8) that we will employ in the commission God has given to us. During this sermon we will commission those who area headed to our multi-site location.

From our Leaders

In the final week of this series we will hear from the rest of the members of our Oversight Team. Join us as Nate Miller, Josh Figler, Brad Files and Dave Nitsch briefly share a verse that has impacted their lives.

What's Your Plan

Our new Pastor of Spiritual Development talks about taking the next step in your spiritual journey. Spiritual maturity doesn't just happen on its own. You need a plan. This talk aims at providing a clear goal, process, and motivation for practical spiritual growth.

All the Little Pieces

Not only can God use people who are broken but that is exactly the way He calls us to come to Him – with a broken spirit and a contrite heart. So we get to bring Him all the little pieces of our lives, not because of anything that we have done, but because...God broke Jesus, so He could fix us. "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed…Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer… and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand"

First Things First

Dave Boehm shares how God used the truth in Matthew 6:33 on his spiritual journey and why we should give God first place in our lives. Matthew 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

The Fear Factor Within

This is the second week of our summer series "God's Words with Friends." Mark Nelson talks about overcoming the fear of what other people think and fully trusting God. We stop living with insecurity when we start living in security. Proverbs 29:25 "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe."

Hell is Optional

In this three-week series, we've looked at the truths that: 1) Hell is Real and 2) Hell is Long, and this third part concludes the series with this good news: Hell is optional. This message also considers why the concept of hell is such a struggle for us, and why that might be a struggle.

Is Hell Forever?

In the first week of this series, we established that the Bible really does teach the reality of hell and that people will actually go there. But how long will they go there? There is a growing number of people who believe hell is temporary and that souls who go to hell will be annihilated. What does the Bible say about the eternality of hell?

Is Hell Real?

Hell is a swear word in our culture - not a reality people dread. They "damn" people to a place they don't really believe exists. Does it exist? Why do so many Christians question its existence? What does the Bible really say about hell? Join us for part one of this series as we talk about "Raising Hell."

Great Expectations

How do our expectations of teenagers compare with God's expectations for them? Have we lowered our expectations of youth where it matters most? Discover the ingredients of appropriately challenging teenagers.

Written on Your Heart

All of our lives reflect a story that is written on our hearts - it reveals who we are and what we believe. So what does your reflection reveal about what is written on your heart? God's Word tells us that through Jesus - a new story is being written - one that is radically different than anything we can write on our own. Through obedience and submission to His Word - we can become the character that God has designed for us to be in the story that only He can write.

Immodesty: Women Lust Too

Lust takes our God-given desires and perverts them. Lust takes a man's natural desire for sex and turns it into a priority of personal pursuit for pleasure apart from intimacy with his wife. Lust impacts most women different. Lust takes a woman's gift of allure and her God-given desire to be pursued by one man (her husband) and turns it into a desire to be pursued by other men - in sight, emotions or physically. Lust for women is often demonstrated in immodesty through flirtatious behavior and immodesty through enticing clothing.

The Acceptable Sin of Private Lust

65% of Christian men have viewed pornography in the last year. 35% have viewed pornography in the last month. This is an acceptable sin -not because people think it is "no big deal." It is acceptable because it is private. One can maintain public respectability and have a soul-destructive habit that no one knows about. This message will talk about the problem and the hope of the fight for purity.

Worry, anxiety and fear are common and acceptable responses by Christians and non-Christians alike to various situations in life. Yet Jesus indicates that they aren't acceptable. He said worry and fear shows a lack of faith. Yet no one would choose fear. And most with panic say it is unavoidable. Is there hope? Are there options? If so - what are they?


The third acceptable sin in this series is the sin of bitterness. This is an acceptable sin - not because it is so common - but because every person's pain is unique, we don't feel we can tell someone else how they should and shouldn't react to being sinned against. This message will recognize the hurt that brought bitterness, but also consider the alternatives to living a life of anger and bitterness.

What Does the Bible Say about Birth Control?

The words "birth control", "contraception", and "family planning" are not in the Bible. But it has much to say about those topics. This sermon will look at five views of birth control and consider which ones are compatible with the Bible.

What Is the Leadership Structure at Northridge?

What do these words have in common: balance of power, majority rule, parliamentary procedures, ballots, board meetings, elections, and Robert's Rules of Order? Answer: None of them are found in the Bible. Most churches like Northridge are often more bound to the American constitution and the political system than they are to what the Bible says about how churches should function. This sermon will discuss what the Bible says and how Northridge tries to structure its leadership in a God-honoring, Biblically-appropriate way.

What Does the Bible Say about Alcohol?

We took an online survey on our website for this F.A.Q. series, and this was the most popular question. Christians are varied on their views of alcohol. This message will attempt to take away personal biases and simply ask what the Bible says.

Why the NIV-2011?

The Bible edition we've been using for over a decade is no longer published (NIV, 1984 edition). It has been replaced by 2011 edition, but this edition has taken a large amount of criticism. So we will be talking about what translation we will be using and why. In the process, the goal is to help us take the Bible very seriously (and the sermon isn't as boring as this description likely sounds).

Failing Forward

We’ve all tried to do something at some point in our life where we have really put our hearts into it, giving it our best shot, trying as hard as we can – only to be met with failure. The problem is that we often allow these failures to be the end of the story – we let that become what defines us. But in Christ we are not defined by our past failures, in fact, in Him we are set free to live a new life shaped by the hope of tomorrow. In Him we can live - Failing Forward.

From Found to Finding

In this final sermon from the series, we will talk about the Truth that we have embraced is not for us to keep to ourselves. But rather, we are expected to share it with others. Lost people matter to God so they need to matter to us.

From Owner to Manager

Money is a topic that makes most people nervous. This sermon attempts to take some of the fear away while clearly talking about fiscal stewardship - biblically, philosophically, and practically.

From Served to Serving

God has gifted every follower in Christ with abilities, talents and skills. It is our responsibility to invest those abilities in various arenas in our lives. And like God, it should be in our very nature to serve others. This sermon will challenge all of us to consider living a life of servanthood.

New Beginnings

Because God's mercies are brand new each day, every day can be a new beginning for those in Christ. Learn how to go from stuck to unstuck and make 2016 the year that you take a step forward toward becoming the person God desires you to be.

He Came to Rescue

To best understand and celebrate Christmas, we need to see it from an Old Testament perspective. As part of our Christmas "Behold, the Lamb of God" program, David walks through the Old Testament so we can, along with Israel, cry out for a Messiah to rescue us.

Spend Less

Our Advent Conspiracy has four applications: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love Like Christ. Part 3 of this series will be looking at debt that is often dominates people's lives as a result of Christmas, and how celebrating Christmas with mounting debt takes away from the very purpose of Christmas.

Worship Fully

In part 2 of the "Advent Conspiracy" series, we will consider the first and most important part of the conspiracy - worshipping Christ fully. Our culture pulls us in all types of directions at Christmas that have nothing to do with Jesus. This talk will be a simple reminder to focus on Christ or Christmas isn't really Christmas.

Rethinking Christmas

It seems that there are really two narratives at Christmas - two stories. One is the story from the Bible of a virgin giving birth to the Son of God. That story is all about Jesus. The other narrative is our cultural narrative. That narrative of Christmas isn't really about Jesus; it just uses Jesus for consumption. It is about gifts, stuff, family, stuff, food, and celebration. But Jesus is, in reality, absent from that narrative of Christmas. We will be talking about how to enjoy Christmas in our culture while keeping Christ central.

Why Pray?

Luke 18:1-8 Why doesn't God answer our prayers right away? God does what He wants to do when He wants to do it...So why should I ask for anything amazing from Him? Are you missing out right now on answered prayers? This sermon deals with these and other questions from one of Jesus Parables.

Foundational Warning

Ephesians 6:21-24 The Church in Ephesus was the most influential church in the first 300 years of Christianity, but soon after, it disappeared. Why? How? How can we be sure that won't happen to us? We aren't left to wonder. The Bible gives us sufficient information to understand what went wrong in Ephesus and how we can keep it from happening to us, as a church or as individuals.

Foundational Boldness

Ephesians 6:19-20 Paul asks for prayer while in jail, but he doesn't request prayer for his freedom, his innocence to be proclaimed, or to get out so he can preach more. He prays for boldness. How can the greatest proclaimer of the Gospel who has ever lived need boldness? If he needs it, what about us? This talk considers the need for us to be bold in talking to others about Christ.

Foundational War

Ephesians 6:10-18 There is a war that every believer is involved in, but most ignore. A few overemphasize the war. This message, from Ephesians 6:10-18, talks about the war and how to win that war.

Foundational Work

Ephesians 6:5-9 Many wrongly assume that we work hard at our jobs so that we can serve Christ with our extra time. Many believe that we work a job so we can support our families so that we can focus on spiritual issues outside of work. That type of thinking is not biblical and Paul refutes it in this passage. In this talk we will clearly realize that how we work is a spiritual issue, and when we work - no matter the job - it is serving Christ.

9/11: Ten Years Later

On 9/11, our nation had many shared emotions and thoughts. We still do. Yet, there are some thoughts and emotions that ought to be unique to devoted followers of Christ when it comes to pain, suffering, and evil. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, David will give a message giving some theological perspectives on 9/11.

Resolve: Choosing Right, No Matter What

Daniel 1:8 Through Daniel's radical resolve to choose right no matter what he put God, the Hero of the Story, on display. Learn what it takes to be a person of resolve and show God to the world around you.

When God's Plans Are Not Our Plans

Genesis 50:19-20 Painful circumstances are designed by God for our good, the good of others, and ultimately--God's glory. Joseph's life demonstrates for all of us what can happen when we determine to follow God's plan for our life and not our own. Let God be the hero of your story!

Lost People Matter to God

Jonah 3-4 "God is Gracious, Compassionate, Slow to Anger, Abounding in Love, Relenting from Sending Calamity"...What an Amazing HERO! Why do I find it so difficult to demonstrate the same love for lost people? What are some simple steps I can implement for improvement?

Seeing the Invisible

Hebrews 11:1,23-29 Have you ever felt that God is leading you to do something great for Him only to realize that no matter how hard you try, how much you want to do it, or how much you convince yourself - you simply can't?!?! You are not alone - some of the greatest characters of the Bible struggled with the exact same thing, often arguing directly with God about what he was asking them to do. Hebrews 11 gives us a great example of how to move from these moments of deep doubt to moments of great faith by keeping our focus on seeing the invisible.

Theological Time Out #4: Foundational Politics

Paul gives instructions to slaves and masters. And he never instructs them to overthrow slavery! Why not? Isn't slavery clearly against God's commands? What about Jesus? What was his view of politics solving issues of the day? And when we discover these answers, what implications does it have for us today?

Foundational Parenting

Paul goes against the cultural influence in his day and tells fathers that they have responsibilities as a parent, and he gives one negative and one positive command. Parents need to focus on these first and foremost. Success in sports, education, and relationships are a distant goals to the two command that God gives to parents. This sermon talks applicationally about what these commands may look like in every day life.

Foundational Obedience

Just as there is a singular focus of application for both wives and husbands (submit and love, respectively), there is a similar singular focus for children, and that is obedience. This sermon talks directly to children about what that means, what it looks like, and what to do when it is hard.

Foundational Marriage: Part 2

Rather than focus on marriage "tips" - when God talks about marriage, he always emphasizes a single, primary role that a wife and husband need to fulfill. Today's sermon focuses on the husbands need to love as Christ loved the Church. The standard is shocking. The results are marriage-transforming.

Foundational Marriage: Part 1

Books on marriage emphasize marriage "tips" - communication tips, relational tips, sex tips, etc... When the Bible talks about marriage it emphasizes roles - what is a wife to do and what is a husband to do. The command to the wife is one of the most hated and misunderstood commands in the Bible. This week we will study what submission means and what it doesn't mean.

How Soon We Forget

We are tempted to forget how much God has blessed us, and begin to complain when things don’t go our way. These verses describe the cycle that the nation of Israel went through, time and time again; and if we are not careful, it is the same cycle we experience. Instead of focusing on our preferred circumstances, we must focus on and place our trust in the God who knows what is best for us; even the one who will always do what is right.

Fathers, An Example to Imitate?

The Bible is filled with commands to imitate those who imitate Christ. As a father, the greatest example we can leave for our children is to live like Christ. When your children look at your life what will they say about you? Are you an example worth imitating?

Foundational Wisdom

Before Paul begins talking about relationships (marriage / parenting / work), he wants to say several things to individuals. So in one sentence (in Greek) he deals with seven different topics - each with a brief phrase. This talk covers all seven topics, just like Paul wrote about them - briefly.

Foundational Walk

Paul emphasizes in the book of Ephesians that the Christian life is a walk. In this passage (5:1-14), Paul shares some of his harshest words for those who claim to know Christ but don't walk with him. Does Paul really mean what he says here? Or do we explain it away? How seriously do we take this passage?

Foundational Forgiveness

Bitterness is the poison you drink waiting for the other person to die. Unforgiveness is a common problem - even among followers of Christ. This passage talks about what we need to put off, put on, and how to think differently about bitterness and forgiveness.

Foundational Habits

We couldn't get through a day without habits. Habits are a gracious gift of a loving God. But habits can be used for good or evil. And coming to Christ (justification) doesn't mean that all of our habits are immediately changed (sanctification). We all must spend a lifetime growing in Christ: getting rid of bad habits and beginning good ones. Ephesians 4:25-30 provides us with a pattern for life change - through habits.

Foundational Change

How can I change? Is there any hope for change? Why do I feel so trapped? These questions are common. Ephesians 4:17-24 gives hope and addresses answers as it tells us a detailed process of change. It applies to a drug addict and to someone trying to be more patient. For a Christian - the reality is that we have new hearts, and if we still have old habits - it will cause conflict in us. God gives us hope and a way out of those conflicts.

Foundational Church

Ephesians 4:7-16 is one of three main passages that influence how we do church (Matthew 28 and Acts 2 are the others). And reading this passage carefully reveals several foundational truths about Church that are not universally held by those who attend. This message will challenge our assumptions about the role of Church and our role IN the Church.

Foundational Unity

Ephesians 4:1 is the transition verse of the book. And the first practical teaching Paul covers is conflict, peace, and relationships. This passage gives the key to being at peace with other believers. And the key is this: to be at peace with others - it often requires being at war with yourself.

Laying Your Ladder Down

Have you ever wondered "How good do I need to be to get God's approval? How many good works does it take to get to heaven?" If Billy Graham and Mother Teresa are near the top of the ladder and Hitler isn't even on the first rung - where are you? Is it good enough?

Life Saving Words

When we struggle with life, Where does God want us to turn? This sermon answers this question by looking at the statements Moses made to God's people right before he died. Moses got to lead a pep rally at his funeral service. This rally uncovers clues which can be very helpful to us even yet today.

Back to the Basics

The goal of this sermon is to go back to the very basics of practicing biblical stewardship when it comes to finances. If God really owns it all, what should that look like in my giving? This sermon will answer some of those philosophical and practical "basics."

The Best Version of You

We all want to be the best at something - to succeed, gain respect, and be admired by those around us. But what happens when our best simply isn't enough, when all of our efforts seem to get us nowhere. Follow along as Acts 16 gives us a great picture of exactly what to do when faced with these circumstances. The answer may surprise you.

The Unfathomable Love of Christ

To paraphrase Jerry Bridges: "Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's love. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's love."

The Mystery

In Ephesians 3:1, Paul begins a sentence that he himself interrupts (vv. 2-13). He doesn't take the thought back up until verse 14. So Ephesians 3:2-13 ends up being a excursion into Paul's mind about what excites him almost more than anything else. In getting inside Paul's mind, we can gain great appreciation for something we typically take for granted.

Insiders & Outsiders

In every environment, there are always insiders and outsiders. At work, in families, in racial issues, in neighborhoods, on sports teams, on playgrounds, in colleges... and even in churches. We all have felt like outsiders at times.<br><br> The New Testament speaks more about the division between Jews and Gentiles than any other division. Yet because we are so far from the days of speaking of Jews and Gentiles, we don't understand how big that rift was. This passage talks about the mending of the most divisive human relationship in all of biblical history. And it has implications for our relationships and lives.

DO versus DONE

Every religious system has a viewpoint of how we interact with God's grace, how we get it and how we keep it. Every religious system also has a viewpoint of the future and how we can have the best future possible. This sermon will look at how Biblical Christianity is opposed to every other religious system on the issues of grace and eternal life.

A Biblical and Historical Perspective

With growth comes change. With change comes loss. With loss comes pain. As we continue growing at Northridge, we must plan ahead to create spaces for those God is bringing our way. Last week presented the plan; this week, we will look at the biblical and historical perspective of these changes.

What's Next?

We built a new building less than a year ago, and it is filling up quickly! That is exciting! But it also raises the question: What next? How do we create space for those far from God when we JUST built a new building? This is a family talk where we discuss this very issue. We are urging all regular attenders of Northridge to listen/watch online if they missed this talk.


We are at the close of another month of Christmas celebrations, songs, gifts, and services. We know the what. In this sermon, we will re-explore the "why" of the coming of Jesus. He came to SAVE.

Praying Like Christmas Matters

In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul offers a prayer for believers. Frankly, it sounds very little like prayers offered by most Christians today. We will study this prayer and learn to pray like Christmas really happened and like it really matters - that it is earth now and heaven later. How do we pray like Jesus wasn't just a baby in a manger, but the present ruler of the universe?

The Limitless Love of God: Part 2

Ephesians 1:3-14 is a theologically packed paragraph with a wealth of applicational truths. Last week, we covered the first three: we are chosen, adopted, and forgiven. This sermon will explain why we are able to look at life so differently from others around us. It is because of God's limitless love for us.

The Limitless Love of God

Ephesians 1:3-14 can be one of the most confusing sections in all of Paul's letters. This sermon will try to make common sense of this difficult passage, and at the same time, it will overwhelm us with God's incredible love for us.

Hello, My Name Is Love

It's time to for us to make an introduction....Over and over again in Matthew 9, Jesus encounters everyday people seeking healing, direction, and blessing on their lives. While He is willing and able to meet those physical needs, the most radical transformation takes place when these individuals come face to face with a Savior - and see Him for who He truly is.

Theological Time Out #1

Ephesians 1 is not only difficult to understand, it can also be debated, theologically. This message helps explain the theology to better understand Ephesians 1:3-14.

Who You Are.... BECOMING

Paul address the "saints" and the "faithful." Is this a letter only to godly people? Understanding who Paul is writing to will help you understand how God views you.

The Jailhouse Journalist

In this message, we will study Paul's continued relationship with the Ephesian believers. Caesar ruled the Roman world. Paul was in prison, yet today - we name our dogs "Caesar" and our sons we name "Paul." In this sermon, we will see the kind of man Paul was.

How It All Began

This is the introduction to the study on the book of Ephesians. This week David will tell the history of what led up to the writing of the book.

God's Portage

Are you walking through a difficult life experience? Listen and be encouraged while Dave Boehm shares the lessons God taught him while recovering from his motorcycle accident.

What Can't Change

In the final sermon of this four week series, David talks about what can't change. Our culture is ever changing. We want to be relevant to our culture. But the only way we TRULY can be relevant in our culture is to recognize what can't change in our ever changing culture.

Beating Stress

Stress has been called America's number one health problem. has all sorts of answers for 'Stress Management'...but what do God's answers look like? Join us as we examine some tried and true 'Biblical Stress Busting Advice.

Charting Our Course

This series is explaining our philosophy and plan at Northridge Church. This message shows the progress of discipleship that we use to fulfill the purposes of Christ's Church.

Page 124

David begins this sermon telling of a life-changing moment... when he read page 124 in a book. He also will share his vision for what a biblically functioning, Acts 2 church looks like.

Old Couches

In the first sermon in this series, we will attempt to explain our ministry philosophy. Why do we do what we do? How do we view issues of cultural relevance? To consider those questions, we will think through old couches.

Passion Fruit

That which we're most passionate about always reveals itself. Discover how to develop passion in your Christian faith.

Reckless Obedience

A clear direction does not necessarily mean a clear outcome…<br><br>When God calls us to move, there may only be the push to change a course of action, to move beyond self, or to act in a way that is contrary to anything and everything that is comfortable. This very well may be requested of us without any promise of success, safety, or satisfaction in this life…are you ready to embrace this reckless obedience?

Those Doing Something

In the final week of this series, David will be interviewing several ministries and individuals who are "Doing Something" about issues of poverty, justice, and the Gospel.

Do Something!

In week four of the series "The Gospel, Politics, and the Poor" - we will talk about the need to be involved in Gospel-centered, mercy ministries. We can't do everything, but we can do something. The call to Christians is clear - we must show concern and care for the least of these.

Helping Without Hurting

Have you ever helped the poor? Have you ever hurt them? Without intending to, we often hurt the very ones we are trying to help. This sermon invites us to consider how to help others without hurting them.

It isn't rocket science is a common phrase used in our culture. Figuring out how to help the poor is harder than most people think. There are no easy answers. This sermon considers some realities that make meeting needs difficult, and some questions to ask as you contemplate how you can help without hurting.

Lending to the Lord

It seems that most believers' views of the poor are more influenced by politics than by the Bible. This first sermon in the series will consider some of the 2000 verses about money and poverty; it also will look at the history of the Social Gospel and how we ought to view issues of social justice and mercy ministries.

Disciple Making

The Bible shows the Gospel to be something simple. We can make it so complicated. How is that?

Sowing Circles

What's success in the area of disciple making? Is it saying "yes" to the questions "Did you share?" or "Did they pray the prayer?" I don't think so. Check out why.

The Teen Years

The teen years can be the most rewarding or the most discouraging years of parenting. The stakes are high and the enjoyment can be great. This final week of this parenting series will talk directly about these years and what they might look like for parents.

The Transition Years

Parenting a five year old and parenting a thirteen year old take different skills and mindsets. In this sermon we will be studying some parenting skills between the ages of 6 and 12. We would call those the transition years. This is a time of transitioning from parenting by authority to parenting by relational influence.

Exit Strategy

From the first day of the life of their child, a parent is to be preparing for the children to leave the house. They won't live at home forever; they shouldn't live at home forever. Even as young children, spiritual training is about preparing them to exit the home and live their lives for the glory of God. This week we will consider what that means for parents of young children.

The Priority of Marriage in Parenting

In this series about parenting, we need to talk about how marriage fits in. Counter-intuitively, the marriage relationship must be the priority relationship in the family, and a family begins on the wedding day, not on the day of the birth of the first child.

Don't Walk Around Naked

We're not meant to walk around naked. It causes embarrassment and shame. The same is true spiritually. When we take off the behaviors and attitudes of our old, sinful nature we need to replace it by putting on the spiritual clothing consistent with our new nature.

The Greatest Hope To Your Child's Spirituality

In the first week of the series, we discovered that parents are the greatest threat to a child's spirituality. Today, we will talk about how parents are the greatest asset and hope for a child's spirituality. And we will talk about specific strategies and ideas parents can use to disciple their children.

The Greatest Threat To Your Child's Spirituality

This week begins a three-week series on parenting. The goal of the series is for parents to embrace two realities. First, children see through hypocrisy. Parents need to live and embrace the Gospel in their daily lives as the best hope for reaching their children. The second reality for parents to embrace is that their children's view of God will be seen more clearly through their relationship with their parents. These are truths that parents need to embrace and own.

Who's In Your Car?

Who are you choosing to share your life with? What are you choosing to listen to? What is grabbing your attention in recent days? Whatever grabs your attention determines your direction, and your direction determines your destination.

Trust the GPS

The Principle of the Path is clear: Direction not intention determines destination. The problem is, we make choices now, but the outcomes don't show up until later... sometimes decades later. So if we can't predict the outcomes of our choices, what are we to do then? The wisest man in history didn't make decisions based on his knowledge, wisdom, and experience. He had another route. We will study that path together in this sermon.

Your Instincts Stink!

Trust Your Heart may be a popular saying, but it is terrible advice. The very reason we struggle with being on the correct pathway is because we listen too much to our hearts - which can totally deceive us. This week's study will examine why we often end up on a path that clearly won't lead us to our desired destination.

Study the Map... Choose Your Course

Proverbs 27:12 is so practical, but so difficult to live out: "The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." What does that look like when it comes to our daily choices? How can we keep from suffering for our choices?

How To Get From Here To There

In life we win or lose by the paths we choose. This sermon will get us started on a five-week journey to talk about directions and destinations.

Life With Jesus / His Last Week

There are 25 chapters in the Bible written exclusively about the week of Jesus' death (Palm Sunday to Easter). This talk chronicles specifically the events of Jesus life from Sunday to Thursday. What happened? Where was he? What was he doing? What would it have been like to spend the week with him? What were the 9 important pieces of information he felt his friends needed to remember?

Dollars and Sense

Jason, a wealth management adviser, will be sharing what he has learned about loving God wholeheartedly while managing money biblically and responsibly. God doesn't condemn wealth. He condemns wealth that is misused.

A Simple Call

This final week of the "Simple Steps" series is a Simple Call to follow, believe, and obey. Every person must choose to cross the line and commit their life to Christ. It really is a life and death deal.

A Simple Conversation

An important man comes to Jesus at night for a conversation. That "Simple Conversation" changed his life and millions of lives since that day. In this talk, we will study this simple conversation that contains the most famous verse in all of the Bible.

Step Three: OBEY

We are studying the SIMPLE STEPS of how to have a relationship with God. Step three is to OBEY, but we don't obey to get "in" with God. We obey because we already HAVE a relationship with Him.

Step One: FOLLOW

Matthew 9:9-13 - Religious people have complicated what it means to have a relationship with God. This series is to help make it clear and simple. Having a real relationship with God is summarized in three "Simple Steps."

The Simple Gospel

This is part 1 of a five week series called "Simple Steps." The goal of this talk is to simple express the beauty and truth of the Gospel for everyone to understand.

Finish Line & Starting Point

This is our final service in the gym before moving into our new building. David gives a "family talk" - celebrating the past and encouraging Northridge to think strategically into the future.

Did You Know - Part 2

This week's sermon examines 19 Amazing Archaeological Insights which point to the Bible being more than just a collection of man made writings.

Did You Know

This week's sermon examines 19 Amazing Scientific Insights which point to the Bible being more than just a collection of man made writings.

Showdown at Carmel

The story in 1 Kings 18 is one of the most dramatic stories in all of the Bible. We will be studying the world of the Bible so we can understand the words of the Bible. Then we will consider what it means to be dangerous for God. How can we be like Elijah in our culture?

What's Baptism All About?

What is baptism all about? In this talk we look specifically at how baptisms of the New Testament relate to mikvehs of the Old Testament. There are an amazing number of exciting ties between these two types of immersions from different eras.

Hope For Tomorrow

Where can hope be found for tomorrow? Ever find yourself feeling really stressed? How about depressed? The Apostle Paul did. Join us as we check out Paul's prescription for success in day's like ours.


Easter Sunday - We are convinced that the theme of Easter is to remind us that Jesus came to give us life after death

Workout Partners

This message talks about a third discipline (habit) that every Christ follower should have the habit of living in community with other Christ followers. The Christian life isn't an individual sport it is team sport. The challenge is given to part of some small group of people who are growing together. We believe there is a certain level of spirituality that can only be attained through small communities functioning biblically.

Working Your Faith Muscles

In this series on Spiritual Workouts we are talking about three disciplines that need to be a part of Christ-followers lives.

God's Training Program

We live in a culture obsessed with working out. Never in history have so many Americans been members of gyms and had treadmills and other exercise equipment in their homes.

What Worship is Supposed to Be

Corporate worship is a hot topic in our culture. Psalm 104 gives some guidelines instructing us in what worship is supposed to be.

The Worship of Sunday Morning

We all take corporate worship very personally. Singing is the primary means of corporate worship in the Scriptures.

Give God Props

This week's sermon is centered on the creativity of God. When God wanted to communicate with His people through the prophets he was very creative in His presentation. God instructed his prophets to go out and create visuals for his followers to see while His message was being given.

Who Do You Worship?

Everyone is a worshiper. The only question is who or what do you worship.

Being a Leader Worth Following

The final week of this series will focus on two descriptions that the Bible uses of David that define him as a leader worth following. It provides us with a model and a goal in our leadership roles.

Temptations Leaders Face

This week we began to look at how to be a leader worth following. This talk is a study of 1 Samuel 15 and it will consider 5 temptations that leaders face that make them leaders who aren't worth following.

Follow THAT Leader?!?! Part 2

What do you do when your boss is a HORRIBLE leader? What do you do when your husband is clueless? What do you do when your pastor or ministry leader isn't worth following?

Follow THAT Leader?

All of us live under authority. But what are we supposed to do if our leader isn't worth following? How can we do that? This message looks at the life of David who served under a wicked king.

Fighting Fair: The Cause Of Your Conflicts

Looking For Blame In All The Wrong Places: The Cause of Your Conflicts. James (the apostle) wrote the most brilliant thought ever written on the topic of conflict and why we have conflict in our relationships.

We Live

What's My Next Step?

Once we have placed our faith in Christ, we are called to be baptized. It is a calling we have to "go public" with our faith in Christ, being identified with him in his death, burial, and resurrection. This sermon answers the common questions about baptism.


Starting a relationship with God has been complicated by well-meaning people. But ultimately, God calls on people to follow, then believe, then obey. In step two, we will consider what are we to believe to have a relationship with God.

A Conspiracy of Rescue

There are parts of the Christmas story with which people are very familiar: the shepherds, the wisemen, the angels making announcements, and Mary "pondering these things in her heart." The second half of Matthew 1 tells the story from the perspective of Joseph. This message considers the Christmas story from Joseph's perspective and through the eyes of Joseph, we will consider Who Jesus is and why He came.

Knowing Christ

Paul writes that there is NO greater thing than KNOWING Jesus Christ. So what does it mean to know Christ? What keeps us from knowing Christ? How can we know Christ? Philippians 3:8 "What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ."


Our universe is incredible. It is a giant cosmic billboard. Just how big is it? Just how amazing is it? This talk focuses on what our universe tells us about our God and how it applies to each of our everyday lives. Psalm 19:1-2 "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge."

A Single Focus

This is the first week of our summer series "God's Words with Friends." The idea of the series will be for our pastors, elders, and some staff to share the verses that have made the most significant impact on their lives. David will share the first week on the verse that changed his life and set the directional course for Northridge Church. Acts 20:24 "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me —the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."

Kids Take Over: Trust

Mark 4:35-40, Matthew 22:37-38<br><br>We're never too old to be reminded of simple Biblical truths. The HighPoint team challenges us to take a look at what it means to trust God—both for the very first time and each day in the face of new circumstances. There are times when it’s hard to trust Him, when our problems are right in front of our face and it seems like there’s no way around it. But even then we can choose to depend on God because He’s bigger than our problems.

Taking Church To The People

For eighteen months, we have been on a 21-month plan toward our first multi-site location. We are now three months away! This message is a family talk considering multi-site, why we are doing it, and asking for participation from our body.

Gossip: The Acceptable Christian Addiction

If all of our lives should be pleasing to God, perhaps we should consider every area of our lives. There are actually things the Bible clearly labels as sin that Christians treat as acceptable. This message will consider the acceptable Christian addiction of gossip.


If a committed Christ-follower cheated on their taxes, we would talk to them about it. If they murdered someone, we would turn them in. But if they gossip or complain - we will let them do that for the rest of their life with no rebuke or confrontation. Why are some sins "acceptable" among Christ's followers? This series will tackle some of the sins that we seem to accept as normal. The series will challenge us to submit every area of our lives to Christ - even ones that are "acceptable" to most Christians.

Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

Many claim that all religions are equal. Others claim that Jesus is truly unique, but sincerity counts. And a minority of people in the world believe that Jesus is the only way. Which is correct? And if Jesus really is the only way - is that fair? What about those who have never even heard his name before? Do they really get hell just because they haven't heard the name of Jesus?

How Should I Handle Doubts?

Most people have occasional doubts about what they believe. It is called "faith" after all. This sermon will focus on giving hope to those who struggle with doubts and encourage them not to allow the unexplainable and painful to keep them from focusing on the undeniable and irrefutable.

Why So Many Translations?

Why are there so many Bible translations? What is the best translation? What are the theories behind translations? Why has Northridge Church chosen to use the NIV? The first sermon in the F.A.Q. series will answer these questions and more about Bible translations.

Life of a Disciple

What did it mean when Peter was chosen by Christ as a Disciple? How does it apply to our lives today?

Change is a Community Project

Hebrews 10:19-31<br>How do lives change? Scripture says we have to be honest about the magnitude of our sins, flaws, and failings and boldly place our hope in God's mercy and grace. But we're also told it's impossible to do this alone. Real, lasting, triumphant breakthroughs will only come when we let others help, when we submit to Biblical community.

It's About Time

God has given each of us many blessings, and with those blessings come responsibilities. Those blessings can be enjoyed, need to be used, and are expected to be invested. This series will consider four blessings God has given to each of us and how we ought to invest them in the process of pleasing God.

Give More / Love Like Christ

In the final part of "The Advent Conspiracy" we will study what it means to give more while spending less and how if we give well - we love like Christ.

Forgiven To Love

Luke 7:36-48 Have you every wished that you could take something back, that you could start over again, that you could have just one more chance to do things differently? Wouldn't it be great to live without the pain and regret of past mistakes and failures, to start all over again with a clean slate? What would it mean to you to trade in your scars for forgiveness and the weight of your past for redemption? This is exactly what happens in Luke 7 as a woman comes face to face with Jesus and experiences the reality that we are forgiven greatly to love deeply.

Where Do You Sit?

This message is a visual sermon examining our commitment to Christ. It is highly recommended that you watch the sermon rather than just listen to it. Where are you in your commitment to Christ? And what is the likely outcome of that commitment?

Full Surrender

In part two of "More & Better" we will consider what it means to truly be a better follower of Jesus. What does God really expect? And are His expectations reasonable?

Understanding Christianity

Understanding any important topic can be intimidating and even overwhelming. Often, understanding the core concept of a topic can help make sense and order of everything else. That is true with political movements, economic philosophies, or even theological concepts. The goal of this talk is to explain Christianity in two words. These two words give the core idea of Christianity. It is a central concept that still changes lives.

Didn't God Promise?

Genesis 12:1-3 God has made many promises to us and yet we question, and doubt, and make mistakes while we wait to see them answered. In the midst of our waiting God has promised us, that even in our failures, He will keep His promises.

Thankful Generosity

This is the final talk in the Creating Spaces series; this sermon ends with the church body giving an indication of their 3-year commitment above and beyond their normal giving toward the project.

What Would You Do If You Knew...?

An important question to ask in life is this: "What would you do if you knew God was with you?" When it comes to fiscal stewardship, this question is beyond important; it is crucial. This talk is for us to think through what God has said and how we should respond. Many are preparing to make a sacrificial commitment. How should we be thinking at this moment? How would you give if you knew God was with you and would keep every promise?

Understanding Stewardship to Create Spaces

This talk could be called Stewardship 101: Understanding the Basics of Biblical Stewardship. The goal of the sermon is to understand the Bible's direction when it comes to what a steward is and what God expects of a steward. It truly is a very positive role and responsibility.

One Thing We Want Everyone To Do

Today, we are launching a three-year capital campaign. The CREATING SPACES project is primary about two things: Stewardship and The Great Commission. Ultimately, we are Creating Spaces because of the Great Commission. But a great byproduct is teaching stewardship and generosity. For where our treasure is, that is where we will find our hearts. Today, we will be asking everyone at Northridge to do ONE THING. We will not manipulate or pressure in this campaign. But we will ask you to do just ONE THING.

Numbering Your Days

In Psalm 90, we are reminded from Moses prayer that our days our numbered. When time is short, priorities change. Instead of always asking, "what time is it?", we should be asking, "what am I doing with my time?". Life is short, eternity is long, so how should we be spending our time?