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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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"

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."

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."


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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 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).

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?

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.

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.

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 2012 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.