Sun, Jan 26th
Counsel and Help are Available through the Holy Spirit
Jesus knew his departure from earth would be difficult for his disciples, so he sought to give them peace. Not only were they losing the physical presence of their teacher and friend, taking on the mission Jesus had trained them for would be daunting for them, and all the more so in his absence. So Jesus sought to give them peace by …
Sun, Jan 19th
Already the Victory has been Won
Last week we noted that in this world we will experience trouble, persecution and sin. Knowing to expect such things as a part of normal Christian life helps a little bit, but they are unpleasant enough that they still often rob us of peace. Is there any more help than knowing to expect them?
Sun, Jan 12th
Normal Christian Life
Anytime our expectations are not met, it can generate unpleasant or even unhealthy feelings. This is true of our expectations of Christianity as well. If our actual experience of following Jesus is significantly different than what we expected, we may become disappointed, discouraged, or even angry.
Sun, Jan 5th
In Me You May Have Peace
At Christmastime we focused on the angel's announcement of peace on earth through the birth of the Savior and learned from a woman who found peace in her relationship with God. Today we move on to the next step…
Sun, Dec 22nd
Peace on Earth
The angels announced the good news of a Savior that would result in peace on earth. It is fitting to join the angels in glorifying God for this, but how do we come to have the peace that is promised?
Sun, Dec 15th
Christmas can be a wonderful time! Not only can it strengthen us spiritually, as we remember our Savior coming into the world, we can also enjoy time off from work, fellowship with family and friends, travel, beautiful decorations, good food and sweets, and giving and receiving gifts. Unfortunately, things don't always turn out like we wish.
Sun, Dec 8th
Most of us have some convictions about worship as well as some personal preferences. But what if we could have all those things? What that make us true worshipers? How well do your concerns about worship match up with Jesus' concerns?
Sun, Dec 1st
Big Picture Perspective
We all see the world in only one way: through our own eyes and no one else's. This can make agreement difficult sometimes. It causes division and hurt.
Sun, Nov 24th
Give Thanks to the Lord Because He is Good
The Thanksgiving holiday provides us an annual opportunity to grow in gratitude. This year we'll explore the helpful instruction about giving thanks in Psalm 100, which includes...
Sun, Nov 17th
Mind Matters #9, Living the Mind of Christ
In our Mind Matters series we've noted that we often do not think in healthy ways spiritually because of sin, that we need to have our minds renewed, that God is the one who is able to renew them, and that we need to cooperate with his work on our minds. Besides these basic truths, the thing I believe is most important for us to take away from the series is …
Sun, Nov 10th
Mind Matters #8, Helping Each Other Think Well
We've noted some ways God works to renew our minds and ways we can cooperate with him. But there's still one other resource mentioned in Scripture that can help us think in more healthy ways.
Sun, Oct 13th
Mind Matters #5, Other Qualities of a Spiritually Mature Mind
We've noticed in this series how our minds can stop working well spiritually and that the beginning of a renewed mind is to repent. Then, one of our primary goals should be to develop the mind of Christ, which is an outlook or attitude of humility, self-denial, serving, and sacrifice. But there's more....
Sun, Oct 6th
Mind Matters #4, Mind of Christ
One of the best things we can seek is to have the mind of Christ. Having the mind of Christ is not merely a mental activity, however. Instead …
Sun, Sep 29th
Mind Matters #3, The Beginning of the Renewal of Our Minds
Hopefully our previous messages have helped us see the need for our minds to be renewed. Today we begin that process with repentance. Unfortunately, the words repent and repentance have been overused and misused so much that we may not really understand then or even want to consider them. It is imperative that we do, however.....
Sun, Sep 22nd
Mind Matters #2, The Mind Gone Astray
The Bible uses a variety of unflattering words to describe our minds when they go astray from God. That certainly gets our attention but may also put us off a little bit. Are our minds really all that bad spiritually? Do we have untrue, distorted or unhealthy thoughts in our minds?
Sun, Sep 15th
Mind Matters#1, Losing Our Minds
Our minds have an extremely important role in our relationship with God. Unless we deliberately cooperate with God, however, our minds will be spiritually unhealthy and hinder us in many ways. What is the mind, according to the Bible? And how does it get to be such a problem for us?
Sun, Sep 8th
Where Ministry Happens
Life is harder than I thought it was. We all face multiple difficulties everyday. Sometimes we are surprised by the difficulties we experience related to our faith and church. And sometimes we allow the difficulties to keep us from serving.
Sun, Sep 1st
Wisdom for Work
Work is something most all people have in common at some point in their lives. Needless to say, work can be difficult and challenging. There are many benefits and opportunities in our jobs, but there are also many ways we can go astray.
Sun, Aug 25th
Welcome to our Back to School Blessing Sunday where we pray over all the students and teachers in our church family! We are so thankful for the impact that teachers have on our kids and for the opportunity for each of us to learn through our younger generations. We'll be learning about what these truest forms of teaching are this morning together.
Sun, Aug 18th
We Must Obey God Rather than Human Beings
Our society has rules, both written and unwritten, about when and how we can talk about Christianity. Sometimes we go along with these rules and also shape the Christian message in ways that we hope will make it more acceptable to them. Doing these things may decrease the offense somewhat, but may also entail offending God! How do we navigate a good path between what people want and expect and what God has told us to do?
Sun, Aug 11th
You Have a Friend In Me
God created the concept of friendship in this world and left us with plenty of guidance throughout scripture on the matter. Today we will explore how we can become better friends in the way He intended us to be.
Sun, Aug 4th
Christianity is a Matter of ...
First Question: What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to be ruled by God? Once you've come up with a summary, then a second question follows: What did you think, feel, say or do as a Christian last week? And finally, How do your answers to these two questions match up?
Sun, Jul 28th
Remembering What Matters Most
It's easy for us to get our priorities out of order. Even when we make Christianity the most important thing in our lives, we still sometimes focus on smaller aspects of it instead of the things that matter most. What matters most about Christianity is...
Sun, Jul 21st
Seven Unifying Realities
God is seeking to create one new humanity in Christ. Jesus prayed that his followers would be one as he and his father are one, so that the world would know the father sent him. Unity is really important to God and Jesus, but we struggle mightily to get along with others, even our brothers and sisters in Christ. The solution....
Sun, Jul 14th
The key to unity is not for us all to agree on everything. Yes, we do agree on Jesus being our Lord and that he died for our sins and was raised from the dead. There are some other central truths that we all believe and that help hold us together as well. But once all that is settled, the next step toward unity is not to systematically discuss and decide the correct view on every possible issue. Rather......
Sun, Jul 7th
Forget Brexit! What about Amerixit? We Americans exited Great Britain centuries ago. We had a holiday for that just last week. And I know you well enough to know how you celebrated it: You...
Sun, Jun 30th
Live The Name
Eric Davenport, our missionary from Rwanda, Africa will be bringing us the message from Exodus 34:6-8 entitled Live The Name.
Sun, Jun 23rd
Our Basic Outlook on Others
The world is complex and complicated. Sometimes our attempt to live like Christ seems complicated as well. In such times, some of the basics of following Jesus usually get overlooked, but reminding ourselves of those basics can be clarifying and helpful. What is our basic outlook on others?
Sun, Jun 16th
Worthy of Respect
Have you ever noticed in the Bible, that one of the characteristics of a society marked by rampant sin is children disobeying their parents (Romans 1:30; 2 Timothy 3:2)? How would you say the United States is doing in this regard? Where does the problem lie? Is there anything we can do about it?
Sun, Jun 9th
What We Most Need
Are you satisfied with your life? Your family? Your church? If not, what are you doing to improve matters? Are you addressing primary matters or secondary? Or even peripheral? What do we most need?
Sun, Jun 2nd
It's About Time
How does our faith in Jesus shape the way we view our time on this earth?
Sun, May 26th
The Most Important Kind of Vision
Would you rather look good or see good? And if the latter, would you rather see well physically or spiritually? And if the latter, what do you most need in order to see well spiritually? In short, what is the most important kind of vision?
Sun, May 19th
As we age, we become more susceptible to developing cataracts. The word cataract refers to a clouding of the lenses of our eyes that makes our vision foggy and can even cause blindness. As Christians age spiritually, we can develop spiritual cataracts. How well are you seeing?
Sun, May 12th
This sermon is a special tribute to the women who have led us in faith in life from the time that we were young to the present day. They are one of God's gifts to us as we walk through life together. Whether we are actually related to these women or not, we call them mom and today we will be grateful for them all.
Sun, May 5th
The Message of Mark
Sometimes we see the trees but not the forest. We focus on details but miss the big picture. Over the last four and a half years, we've seen more important details in Mark. It is imperative, however, that we also see the big picture. Do you know what it is?
Sun, Apr 28th
How the Gospel of Mark Ends
In the old days movies always turned out well. Today they often end more realistically. The story of Jesus as told by Mark may not end like you think it should. And you may be really surprised at who writes the ending.
Sun, Apr 21st
He has risen! He is not here
When is the last time you thought that someone who was convicted and executed was actually a prophet of God? Even getting arrested tends to taint a person's reputation. Jesus' humiliating death made it look like he was a fraud. But then God raised him from the dead!
Sun, Apr 14th
The Crucifixion of Christ
The crucifixion of Christ is the first half of the most significant event of all time, with His resurrection being the other half. Mark and the other Gospel writers narrate the event in a straightforward and restrained way. What does it all mean for you and me?
Sun, Apr 7th
Putting Jesus on Trial
Do people ever make false accusations against you? Do you ever catch yourself making such accusations against others? Jesus knows all about this and gives us helpful guidance about it.
Sun, Mar 31st
This lesson covers where scripture begins to truly become dark in regards to what is happening to Jesus. Everything that Jesus has been warning His followers about is coming into play. The primary focus of the sermon will be looking at the responses of Jesus and Peter to this chain of events. It was only a few days before this event that Jesus and His disciples came into Jerusalem to the sounds of people shouting praises. Now their Messiah is being betrayed by their friend and arrested by their enemies. Peter panics while Jesus remains calm allowing these horrible events to begin to unfold.
Sun, Mar 24th
Sun, Mar 17th
The Way of the Cross Yet Again
Two out of three in this passage "get it" and walk the way of the cross. The others don't, and Jesus rebukes them. If you were to put yourself into the account of the woman anointing Jesus in this passage, who would you be?
Sun, Mar 10th
How do you spend your time at an airport layover? Some airports certainly offer better options than others. Whatever you do, you need to make sure you're ready when your flight departs. The airport is not you final destination.
Sun, Mar 3rd
Many societies have had the practice of a person entrusting something valuable to someone else to use or protect, then calling them to give an account of how well they did so, followed by positive or negative consequences. Do you realize God has done this with us?
Sun, Feb 24th
Where do you go to find out what it means to be a Christian? The Bible describes what it means, but where do you go to see one in flesh and blood? Where could you look to find someone who truly exemplifies the way of Christ? The answer may surprise you.
Sun, Feb 17th
You have to Give it to Get it
"After all is said and done, a whole lot more is said than done." Never was this more true than when churches meet to talk about a vision statement. Will our new vision at NorthWest make any real difference in what we do and how we live our lives?
Sun, Feb 10th
Developing as a Disciple at Northwest
There's something special about gathering around a campfire, especially when the weather is brisk and darkness falls. People seem to be instinctively drawn to the fire. Similarly, we need the warmth and light of God in a cold, dark world. We need to gather together in His presence to be blessed by Him and drawn together with others.
Sun, Feb 3rd
Devoted to Jesus
This Sunday is the "American professional football championship game" (wink, wink). Many of us are strongly devoted to our sports team, but unfortunately they rarely make it to the big game. We have many other devotions in our hearts and lives as well. Do you think you devoted to the right things?
Sun, Jan 27th
Deciding About Jesus
When I was young, I thought the only two real decisions I would have to make in my life were who to marry and what job to have. My, was I wrong! Some decisions do stand out, of course. The most momentous of them all is the decision we make about Jesus.
Sun, Jan 20th
The first phase in the journey of discipleship is discovering Jesus. Do you know Him? Do you want to know Him? As Jesus himself put it, Come and see! (John 1:35-39).