The Habits of Growing Disciples 1: Followers of ‘the Way’

Deuteronomy 6.1–9 “We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but when it comes to the point, we are not prepared to pay the price involved.” (J. Oswald Sanders) I’ve been looking forward to this … Read more

Covenant Renewal

In today’s worship time, we conducted John Wesley’s Covenant Service. It was a special time where Christ followers committed (and/or re-committed) their lives to God! We experienced God’s presence in a special way, and I pray that it was indeed a defining moment for each of us personally, and for us a community of faith. … Read more

Community of Disciples

Acts 2.42–47 I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve here, teach, and lead us on the journey of becoming a community of disciples. One thing I’ve learned is that we all are on a journey, that we are all at different stages along the path, and that we all travel at different speeds. I’m not … Read more

Spiritual Formation

As we continue talking about discipleship — the kind of revolutionary discipleship Jesus modeled, we want to talk about discipleship in terms that you may not be familiar with, yet. Spiritual Formation: the process of being spiritually formed Another term for talking about spiritual growth or discipleship is “spiritual formation.” This term has been around … Read more

No Pain, No Gain

John 6.60–71 We’ve been talking about discipleship. But not just any kind of discipleship; we’ve been talking about the kind of discipleship Jesus talked about, and lived out – revolutionary discipleship! What is discipleship? Discipleship is the ongoing process of becoming like Christ. Process – it takes place over time Ongoing process – it never … Read more

This is a Disciple!

Mark 8.27–38 Gentlemen, this is a football … Legendary coach, Vince Lombardi would gather his players for training camp. These guys were some of the best athletes in the world; they had played football all of their lives. And the coach would stand up in front of them, hold up a football, and say, “Gentlemen, … Read more

Resolutions for a Revolution

Matthew 2.1–11 Christ-followers (disciples) are on a journey. Just like the “wise men” (magi), we too, are on a journey of seeking Christ. Not only do we seek Christ, we seek to learn from him, and to live like him. Luke 2.39–40 “If you stop learning, you will forget what you already know.” (Proverbs 19.27) … Read more

Christ: Savior or Stumbling Stone?

Luke 2.21—35 Jesus’ birth is an amazing event. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, while traveling to participate in a census. A few days later, Jesus is presented in the temple. Luke points out that their offering is either a pair of doves or two young pigeons, which was the offering made if you were poor. … Read more

All I Want for Christmas

What do you want for Christmas? If you were sitting on God’s knee, and God asked you what you wanted for Christmas, what would you tell him? Well, I’ve been thinking about that question, and tonight, I want to share with you what’s on my list. I’ve narrowed it down to four things. But first … Read more

Lessons from the Shepherds

Luke 2.8–20 One night, while shepherds were simply doing their job and going about their business, they were surprised and terrified by what happened next — they were visited by angels sent from God! It’s a wonderful story, and I think we can learn several important lessons from their experience that incredible night – the … Read more