Encounters with Christ

Encounters with Christ

Encounters with Jesus Christ change lives. In the gospel of John, whenever someone encounters Christ, they either realize who He is and follow Him, or oppose Him. Those who encounter Christ and choose to follow Him experience a spiritual rebirth and have their eyes opened to the truth, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Those who don’t, the pharisees, remain in darkness and cannot understand the things of God. As we study these encounters together, we will learn more about who Jesus Christ is, how He transforms lives, and what it means to be His disciples. Please join us this summer as we encounter Jesus Christ in the gospel of John, and see what He offers to all those who meet Him.

The Indestructible Temple

The Indestructible Temple

As Jesus walked toward the cross and his death, He intentionally demonstrated that He was indeed the Messiah and that the Messiah was going to become the new temple of God.  In our series of sermons for Lent and Easter we are going to look at how Jesus taught with words and deeds that He is replacing the temple system of the Old Testament and becoming Himself the new Temple of God.  And He also then makes the way for us to become the Temples of God too.  Nothing but miraculous!

Understanding God's Love

Understanding God's Love

What do you understand about the sovereignty of God?  Do you fully comprehend God's might, as well as His grace and goodness and compassion?  Do you understand how all these attributes of God relate to our own suffering?  

Do you have eyes to see the big picture of God's glorious reign and the spiritual battle that He wages?  Is it possible that the way in which Christians respond to afflictions can help give God victories over Satan in the spiritual realm?

Is it really true that God can use evil and turn it to our profit?

We will tackle these questions and many others in this sermon series on the book of Job.

Luke's Story of Christmas

Luke's Story of Christmas

December 24, 2017 - Pastor Gerry Koning

Another key theme in Luke's Christmas Story is that of mercy.  Grace is receiving what we do not deserve, but mercy is not receiving what we do deserve.  We see this mercy in the birth of John the Baptist to the family of Zechariah when God takes away Elizabeth's disgrace and gives Zechariah a  son.  But this is only a picture of the greater mercy that is received by the family of God when Jesus becomes both the new King through the covenant of David and also the necessary Covenant Keeper of the covenant God had made with Abraham.  Jesus is the covenant keeper in that He received what we deserve (punishment) in order for us to receive God's mercy.  


December 17, 2017 - Pastor Gerry Koning

After Mary realized that the promised Savior has indeed been conceived within her by the Holy Spirit, she sings for us a beautiful song.  God gave her, a poor, young servant girl, a voice that continues to sing for us over 2,000 years later.  Mary could sing this way because she recognized that having Christ in her was the greatest blessing she could ever have, far surpassing any other earthly blessing she could ever hope for, and far exceeding what the powers of this world could ever achieve.


December 10, 2017 - Pastor Gerry Koning

Luke's story of Christmas shows us how God's grace is so important to the Christmas story.  The angel appeared to Mary and proclaimed straight up that she was to be a recipient of God's grace.  Then as the proclamation continued, we see how this grace was an operation of the Triune God and that through this grace a powerless young girl would receive the power of the Most High.  Mary's ability to receive and respond to this message from the angel is also the working of God's grace.  In all of this Mary models for us how all true believers are receivers of God's amazing grace.


December 3, 2017 - Richard Britton

LIFE:  The Way It Was Meant to Be

LIFE: The Way It Was Meant to Be

Does it seem like the world is spinning out of control and that our lives are not the way they're supposed to be?  Jesus' Sermon on the Mount addresses His disciples and teaches them how to live a beautiful life in an ugly world.

Paul's Journey

Paul's Journey

The apostle Paul took many journeys in the course of his ministry, but in reality his whole life was a spiritual journey that continually formed and transformed him.  The same is true for all Christians.  And a key point in that journey, a point that must be recognized by any true follower of Christ, is the point of conversion.  This is that moment when the true God collides with the gods we have created for ourselves and we realize that our gods are too weak to change our hearts.  Then the miracle of spiritual light comes to us and we see the truth about Jesus, about ourselves, and about the church.  And once we know that truth we embrace new, selfless relationships and allow God to do His transformative work in us.

Why Die? The Scope of the Cross

Why Die? The Scope of the Cross

The scope of the cross of Christ is so much greater than many Christians realize. The impact of Christ's crucifixion is so much more revolutionary than we might believe or expect. We often speak of Christ's death simply as the atonement for our sins, an event by which we can get our ticket to heaven punched and then just wait for the Gloryland Train to come for us when we die, or when Christ returns...

Elijah and Elisha

Elijah and Elisha

This sermon begins a series on Elijah and Elisha. In I Kings 17 we find Elijah bringing the Word of the Lord to Israel that it would not rain there for three years in punishment for their sinful ways. We also find Elijah being provided for by the hand of God and bringing a widow's son back to life...