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Conversations with Jesus-Nicodemus


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: In Nicodemus, Jesus comes up against the best that religion has to offer. In his conversations with this learned scholar, Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, Jesus explains that entrance into the kingdom of God is through a spiritual birth. This necessity of being born again, or born from above, is at the heart of the required response to the Gospel today as well. Jesus did and does what religion cannot do.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Loving our neighbor brings some cautions, some things that are important to put into the mix. Watch out for assumptions. What is our motive for good neighboring? Set boundaries. Forgive when forgiveness is called for. So, love God; love your neighbor. This is the Great Commandment; this is what pleases God.

Obstacles to Neighboring: Time


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: One of the major obstacles we encounter in being a better neighbor is Time. Progress has brought many time-saving features, yet we seem more busy, more hurried, and consequently, more stressed. Here are some questions to consider: How did we get here? How does it affect us? How do we get out of here? For most of us, to love our actual neighbor means we will have to deal with the time issue.

Obstacles to Neighboring: Fear


Speaker: Chris Mendez

Summary: Fear. It’s something we all face on one level or another. Sometimes fear can be good, as it can keep us from dangerous situations. However, if we let fear control the way that we live we will miss out on God’s best for our lives. Jesus asked us to love our neighbors, and sometimes that can be intimidating. In this message, Pastor Chris will deal with the topic of fear in the context of loving our neighbors. It turns out there is a very good reason why we don’t have to live in fear, but instead can boldly follow Jesus into the life he’s invited us into.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Jesus was asked, “Which is the greatest commandment.” He replied that the whole law was fulfilled when we love God and we love our neighbor. What if Jesus wants us to love our actual neighbor? People at Knollwood are being challenged to develop a mindset, a commitment, to being a better neighbor by learning and using their neighbor’s names and beginning to pray for them by name.

Painfully Exposed For The Sake Of Grace


Speaker: Elijah Hearin

Passage: Isaiah 1:1–1:20

Summary: "The message of the book of Isaiah is one of judgement and salvation. In Isaiah 1:1-20 we find a summary of this message in its entirety as the prophet Isaiah calls the nation of Judah to bring their sinful heart out of hiding and into the hands of the Lord. The relevancy and need for this message is not to be confined to the 8th century, when it was first spoken. Rather, Isaiah’s message is to be heeded to today, for all men and women being out of alignment with God tend to hide themselves from Him, yet there is no reason to do so. God wants our hearts, and if we would only turn to Him, He will bring us into the joy unending of being brought back into alignment with Him."

The Full Picture


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: To understand the Christmas story, and our own story, we need to wed the human and the divine. Think of the human elements of that first Christmas: a young man and young woman, an arduous trip to Bethlehem, unfavorable conditions in an unfamiliar setting. Then there are the shepherds on a routine, perhaps boring, night. But then God breaks into the story: heaven opens; angels sing. We need both parts of the story to get the full picture. And the same is true in our own lives. We know the human side of our story, but it is essential that we not miss the divine side, for it is that which rounds out the picture and brings God and his purposes into the equation.

The Wise Guys


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: A study in Matthew’s Gospel separates fact from fiction regarding the Wise Men of the Christmas story. The truth is a bit different from much of our traditional understanding when it comes to these guys who came bearing gifts for the Christ-child.

Don’t Get Scammed


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 11

Summary: The Apostle Paul feared that those in the Corinthian church who still opposed him would be “led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” That same fear is appropriate for us in today’s church. We must become grounded in God’s truth revealed in his Word if we are to recognize error and false doctrine.

Whose Commendation Really Matters?


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 10

Summary: Chapter ten of Second Corinthians marks a change in focus in this letter. Though most of those in the Corinthian church who had opposed Paul had repented, there remained a dissenting minority. Beginning at chapter ten, Paul turns his attention to these folks and defends himself, his ministry and his apostleship. In this chapter he defends against the charges of cowardice, of weakness and contemptible speech, and of ambition.