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A Valley Means A Wrong Turn

09/17/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: When you find yourself in a valley does it mean you took a wrong turn? Or is it possible that you are right where God wants you? Perhaps God will use your valley in his plan of building Christ-likeness in you.

Everything Happens For A Reason

09/10/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: You have perhaps heard this statement from someone who is trying to encourage you or comfort you in the midst of a difficult or tragic situation. Maybe you have said this yourself to another person hoping that it would make them feel better or give them a sense of hope. But is that statement really true? Depends. A careful study of Romans 8:28 will help you know if this is just a dumb thing many smart Christians believe.

Christians Shouldn’t Judge

09/03/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: No doubt you have heard someone say: “Judge not.” It is often the response to someone who makes a critical statement about another person’s beliefs or moral standards. This has become a prevailing view today, even among Christians. The problem is that isn’t what Jesus said and certainly not what he meant. When is judging appropriate and how does one judge rightly?

The Antidote for Drifting

08/27/17

Speaker: Chris Mendez

Summary: Drifting. It's something we all experience. Any area of life that we put in neutral, we experience drift, and usually in a bad direction. This message will explore how genuine Christian community can serve as an antidote to drifting.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: The Life and Times of Solomon the King

08/20/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: King Solomon’s life is a story of good, bad, and ugly. He started off well, but ended tragically – like so many people in the pages of Scripture. The challenge for us today is not so much how (or when) we started, but will we finish strong? By God’s grace and our commitment of obedience we can.

Life Firmly Rooted In Reality

08/13/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Life is difficult; life is unpredictable. Life encounters adversity. The real question isn’t, “Will you face difficulties?” It is, rather, “How will you deal with difficulties when they come?” David was well-acquainted with adversity. And we can learn from his example, in his writing of Psalm 27. The key for David was trusting in the God who wasn’t held hostage to his adverse circumstances.

A Mother’s Commitment

07/30/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: Samuel is one of the key Old Testament figures in Israel’s history. His story begins with his mother’s broken heart over her barrenness and the amazing commitment she makes to the Lord if he would grant her request for a son. The resulting prayer Hannah offers to the Lord is filled with praise and worship. It is strikingly similar to the song of another woman who miraculously conceives a son

Uniquely Wired. Wonderfully Made

07/23/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The kids at Vacation Bible School this past week connected with three great truths. These truths contain the secret to experiencing the life God wants for you. They are simple enough that children can understand and profound enough to occupy an adult’s attention for an entire lifetime. Here they are: Made by God; Made for a relationship with Jesus; and, Made to love others.

A Call To Faithfulness

07/16/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: When we arrive at the book of Deuteronomy, forty years have passed since the fateful decision at Kadesh-Barnea to not enter the Promised Land, fearful of the giants living there. God’s judgment has run its course, and now the people are poised to fulfill the plan God had for them. But would they be faithful to God and his Word to them? Chapter seven of Deuteronomy is all about faithfulness. In their experience and in Moses’ exhortations, we see our own lives and God’s call to us to be faithful to him and his Word.

God’s Instruction Manual To Israel

07/09/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: Moses leads the people of Israel out of Egypt to the mountain where God had appeared to him through the burning bush. Here God gives to Israel instructions on how they are to live their lives as His people. These instructions include the Civil Law to govern their civic life, the Ceremonial Law to govern their religious life, and the Moral Law to govern their personal life. The question for followers of Christ on this side of the cross and empty tomb is this: How should we view the Law today? The Apostle Paul presents three different ways of relating to the Old Testament Law in Romans, chapter seven.