Pastor Joshua continues the series on Offense by preaching about the purpose of transitions. God uses transitions to bridge the past with the future. Ultimately, no matter how good or bad the transition is, God wants to use it to mature us so we are equipped to be on mission for him. Transition invites evaluation, evaluation precedes maturity, and maturity equips us for offense.
This Sunday, John again preached on Jesus' continued mission of destroying the works of the devil. Within a biblical worldview, we see that all of our lives involve a continual battle between the Father of Lights and the father of lies. For Christians, the majority of our warfare is against the daily desires of our flesh and is combated by humble obedience to Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12; John 1:5; Psalm 119:105; Matthew 5:14; Acts 19:11-16; 1 John 3:8; James 1:17; John 8:44; Romans 5:10)
This week Pastor John taught on about how Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and how He continues to do that today through the local church. When we have a biblical worldview, we realize that our lives are in a battle between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. And we share in His light as we allow Him to advance His kingdom through us (Mark 1:27, 32-34; 1 John 1:5, 3:8; Acts 16:16-18; Matthew 10:7-8; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:13-14, 2:13-15)
This week John taught through Luke and Acts to describe how the church continues to do good works as a way to advance the mission of God. Christ's Good works are public display of the Kingdom of God coming to Earth. In order for us to continue these works we need, God's heart, God's power and faith - the conduit through which God operates (Luke 4:40-43; Acts 3:1-20)
This week Pastor John talked about how the early church (and the church today) continues to do and continues to teach what Jesus began to do and began to teach. The message of the early church was and is - Jesus is alive! And because He is alive we share in His life and His mission on the way to Heaven. (Acts 5:20; Acts 5:12-28).
Pastor John preached for the second week in a row on the Baptism of Holy Spirit in hopes that our body would be unified in a prayer for God's power. In order to advance the mission of God and preach the good news, we need power for Christ exalting ministry. (John 17:20-21; Acts 2)
This week Pastor John preached on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is something done by Jesus and displays His sovereignty. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit starts movements in throughout History by expanding the love of God in our hearts. (Acts 1:4-8; Luke 3:16; Romans 5:5)
Justus Murimi speaks today about what a friendship with God looks like. Jesus goes beyond calling his disciples servants and calls them his friends. What an honor to be friends with God! Justus takes us through John 15:12-17 and John 17:20-26 and shares personal stories about encountering and cultivating a deep friendship with God.
This Sunday John started our fall series on "Offense." He talked about the mission of God (God's plan to save His people from their sins and bring them home) and how Jesus accomplished that mission on Earth (His cross, preaching the Gospel, doing good works and destroying the works of the devil). And finally how Christ continues accomplish that mission through the church - through His very life and with the power of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:38; John 14:11; 1 John 3:8; Acts 1:1: Acts 1:4-8).
This week Pastor John preached through what we mean when we as a church say, "take the land". To take the land is to see the lost saved, the lonely set in families and the church look more like our city. John preached from Acts 2:5-12; Acts 5:12-14 and Psalm 68:3-6.