The outreach strategy at Northridge Church is called PI2: Pray - Invest - Invite. This series will break that formula down into its parts, and help each person learn to tell their story and God's story in a clear and compelling way.
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.
"Christmas at the Movies" is a series that will look at four well-known, Christmas movies and consider how they fit with the Christmas story, as well as how they help us consider our own lives during this season of the year. The series is especially designed for those who may be new to Christianity or just wanting to check out what Northridge is like.
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.
There are many lies that our culture believes about money. And statistically, the Church believes the same lies. If we can view money correctly, it provides a freedom and joy that is more satisfying than the lies we tend to spend our lives believing. This series will consider five myths and the Bible's response to those myths.
Tired? Exhausted? Stressed? In the world in which we live it's easy to feel overwhelmed with the demands of life. In this series we hope to give you practical help with how to deal with these demands, change your perspective, and love God more and others more deeply even in the midst of our busy lives.
The Christian life is described as a walk or a pilgrimage. Christians are only called "Christians" two times in the Bible. The most common description is "disciples." That is - followers or learners. If the Christian life is a walk and we are followers - what does that journey look like? How can I be sure that I am walking the right path and doing the right things to grow in my Christian faith? This series is called "The Journey" and it is all about owning your spiritual growth.
The way God calls us to live seems WEIRD to those who don't follow Christ. Particularly when it comes to relationships. This series will consider seven different relationships or aspects of relationships that to our world may seem WEIRD, but to followers of Christ, they are life-changing.
There are questions that are often asked of our staff. This series will attempt to answer some of the frequently asked questions that come up on a regular basis. The questions range from issues of creation/evolution to what happens to babies who die. I hope you can join us for this summer series.
You store and hide many things in your closets. And what if we define the "closet" as your past? Whether organized or cluttered, tucked away or under lock and key, your past many times takes control of your life just like a child in a dark bedroom believing there are monsters in his closet. In time, you become immobilized. Even older Christ-followers get stuck when their past is not handled biblically. Join us for a two-week series on how to handle your past in a way that pleases God and helps you make those "monsters" your friends.
"Killing Jesus: The True Story " is a message series filmed on location in Jerusalem. We know that Jesus died, but the details are often unknown. This series will consider why His enemies wanted Him dead, the conspiracy, arrest, trials, and crucifixion of Jesus. The goal is that we will see the death of Jesus in a fresh way that helps us see the beauty and ugliness of His death.
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.
Our greatest moments in life and our most painful moments in life typically happen in relationships. And since we are all in relationships, we all have conflict in those relationships. This series will help us understand ourselves, why we react the way we do in conflict. It also will help us strategize on how to handle conflict in ways that please God and improve our relationships.
Could there be a more over-used and abused word in our culture today than love? It seems like we love everything, but what we truly love more than anything is ourselves. Yet that selfish and self-focused love is a cheap and dangerous form of love that is the cause of so much of the pain and hurt and frustration that we experience everyday. In this series, we are going to see what Jesus has to say about a kind of love that is powerful and brings healing and hope: Essentially, Love at its Best.
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.
In this two week series we will take a look at an emotion that all of us feel and experience - fear. Fear was the most common emotion on the first Christmas, as well as a common emotion that all of us have today. We will talk about how to find a pathway to hope through our fears.
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.
In this two week series we will try to make sense of a couple of Bible passages that can be difficult to understand.
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. In this series we will look at some of the most misused verses in all of the Bible.
In this series we will try to unravel some of the mystery behind something all of us can relate to and have all experienced. All of us have an element of faith and hope in our lives and so we want to take a closer look at the foundation of our faith and how we should respond when God says no to something we were hoping or praying for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This series is a study of the book of 1 Peter.
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ? What is available to and expected of those who follow Christ? Join us as we examine the incredible lives of some of Jesus’ closest followers to see what we can learn from them.
In this series we will be looking at 3 different areas of our lives that we may need a reboot in. In our culture we are programmed to think about changes we should make in our lives around this time of year. And just like a computer that needs a reboot when the system isn't working properly, so we need to reboot certain areas of our lives that aren't working well. We want to specifically look at 3 different areas in our lives that we should consider "rebooting" and look at what the Bible says about these areas.
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.
What's God's prescription for success when life gets tough?
This series is about taking your next steps in your faith journey. The seven-week series will consider how the church is attempting to help people take their next steps and then give you five specific areas of life you might consider that God wants you to take your next step.
This four-week series will investigate the implications of the Great Commission for us in Rochester and around the world. We will be commissioning our local missionaries (multi-site participants) as well as members of our church headed for Nepal. Through the series, we will look at what we think is broken and how we hope to fix it at Northridge Church.
This series will give our pastors, elders, and some staff the opportunity to share the verses that have made the most significant impact on their lives.
More and more people in our culture are denying the reality of hell. And many people are asking great questions...Is hell real? How long does it last? Who goes there? Is it really fair for people who reject God to go to hell forever? We think those are fair questions and we want to address them. So we will be asking what does the Bible say about hell? A very well known phrase in our culture is "That's as hot as hell", That's not just a figure of speech that is a future reality for those who reject Christ. I think it's essential for us to know what the Bible really says about hell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instead of shying away from controversial issues, at Northridge Church we want to handle questions head on, find out what God says, and learn how we should respond. In this series of talks, we will be addressing common questions people ask about big issues and what the Bible has to say about them. These questions deal with issues of culture, theology, church, and life.
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.
What did it mean when Peter was chosen by Christ as a Disciple? How does it apply to our lives today?
God has given us amazing blessings. With those blessings come assumptions of enjoyment, expectations of investment, and requirements for using those blessings for Him. This series will look at four ways God has blessed all of us and consider how we must invest those blessings for Christ.
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.
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.
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.
There are two narratives that take place at Christmas time. One is of a baby in a manger, Who was God and Who came to change the world. It is a story of miracles, shepherds, and wisemen. The other narrative is our cultural one. It uses the "excuse" of Christmas to celebrate buying, giving, and receiving. Christ isn't the center of that narrative. Celebration, family, and consumerism is the center of our culture's narrative. There is nothing wrong with celebrating and family; those are great things. But this series will challenge us to get back to the real narrative of Christmas, and make that the significant celebration this Christmas.
Storyboards is a two week series focused on the parables of Jesus. These short stories taught powerful truths that challenged the ideas, hearts, and culture of the people Christ encountered, and are just as applicable today as they were back then. Follow along as we uncover the greatness of forgiveness and the beauty of prayer in these teachings from the book of Luke.
The goal of Northridge Church is to make More & Better disciples. This series is a straightforward attempt to do that. It covers the core idea of Christianity - to help those who have not embraced Christ to understand why so many have. And the other two messages will challenge those who have trusted Christ to live their lives fully for him.
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.
Every story has a hero. In this series we will look at the lives of some well known Old Testament characters. In many cases we may consider them the heroes. While there are certainly things we can learn from them, in each of their stories and in ours, God is the hero of the story.
This sermon series is a study of the book of Ephesians. Ephesians is a an amazing book with important theology. It is full of practical advice that will help you in all areas of your life. It will help you at work, in your relationships, in your marriage, and with your children. It will also help you understand God, what Christ has done, and who the Holy Spirit is and what he does in your life. This book will give you a firm foundation for belief, for living, for life.
This week begins a six-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.
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.