Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do the faithful suffer? Why do hard-working people lose their jobs? Why do good people get sick? Why do children rebel? Is there any hope to both humanity and this world’s fallen condition? Listen in as Pastor James talks about living faithfully when things aren’t easy and unveils the hope of God in hard things through Christ.
God is on a mission, and He has invited us to join Him. In doing so, we find meaning and purpose for our lives. Listen in as Davidson Jean-Rejouis teaches us from the first chapter of Genesis.
There are little more confusing topics in the church, than the topic of hearing from God. You might have had experiences with some people saying, “God spoke to me.” Others saying, “God gave me a word for you.” Some people are constantly seeking signs from heaven or words of confirmation to know God’s will and make decisions. But is this the way that God intended for his people to hear his voice and know His will? The question is: Does God still speak, and if so, how? Listen in as Pastor James answers this question and talks about how God speaks and how we can hear his voice.
Having a family is no easy calling. Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, children, work, schedules, lists of to-do’s — so much happens throughout the week through sacrifice. So why would one go through all the trouble? On top of that, why would a family, on what is supposed to be one of the most restful, stress-free days of the week, take time to go to church? Listen in as Pastor James talks about the importance of family and about how, both through our physical and spiritual family, God intends to bless us and the world in the grace and knowledge of Christ.
OUR NEW MOTTO:
“GOSPEL. FAMILY. MISSION.”
“Discipleship” is a buzz word in Christian community. Many people use it, but oftentimes many have not experienced it, nor do they have a clear way of putting it to use. So what is discipleship anyway? Is there a purpose? What is the goal? Listen in as a Pastor James unveils our new vision statement, talks about what our church is seeking to accomplish, and reveals the method and goal of disciple making in our lives and faith.
OUR NEW VISION:
“Making & Equipping Mature Followers of Jesus, for the Sake of God’s Glory, in Lilburn & the World”
The church exists for Christ, and Christ’s mission when He came was to seek and save the lost. So how do we the church do this? How does Parkview Church, specifically think about and practice this? Listen in as Pastor James unveils our new mission statement and talks about how we as a church plan to intentionally engage people in this Bible belt culture that we live in.
OUR NEW MISSION:
“Creating a place for the wounded & weary to rest & be cared for by Christ & His people.”
After 38 years of existence, Parkview church has seen its highs and lows. It has seen seasons of tears and rejoicing. It has seen seasons of plenty and little. The past four years of revitalization together have been fruitful. We are now in a season of growth. More leaders, more ministry, more children, and an increasingly healthy church with Christ at the core. But how did it happen? What was the strategy? Listen in as Pastor James tells the story of Parkview Church through Joshua 24 to remind us of our mighty and merciful God.
2 John 1-13
In our current time in culture, one of the main messages that is embraced is: love is love. But is it really? The Bible says that God Himself is the definition of love. It’s important that we understand this because if the love we have does not start with God, Christ cannot be known. But with it, Jesus can be known and experienced by and through God’s people. Listen in as Pastor James talks about how God has set up the love of Christ to be lived among His people so that they would be blessed to grow in grace, mercy, and peace.
2 Samuel 9
In 2 Samuel 9, we learn that God gives identity, but the problem is shame hides us and robs our identity. The good news is we don’t have to stay there because Jesus bore shame when he was crucified so that we would have our identity restored and now we can embrace truth and pursue community. Listen in as pastoral intern Dillon Bennett shares God’s Word with us.
1 John 5:13-21
We all encounter failure in our day-to-day life. It can cause us to doubt ourselves, our abilities, and our convictions. When it comes to our spiritual walk, when we sin, when our prayers are not answered the way we expected, when we see others in the church struggling, we need to hear truth and encouragement to help us persevere. God knows exactly what we are going through during those times. Listen in as Andrés Arráez teaches from 1 John 5:13-2, where God reminds us of His truth, so that we would be encouraged, be confident of our relationship with Him, and persevere.
1 John 5:6-12
In the Christian faith, sharing one’s testimony (or story of hope) is common. A testimony must be obvious, true, believable, and ultimately found in the truth of the Scriptures. Did you know that the idea of testimony actually originates in God and that God himself has a testimony? So, what does He say? What does He want us to know? What is the main idea and summary? Listen in as Pastor James preaches from first John to review the testimony of God: Eternal life in Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:1-5
According to research found in the US Library of Congress, counterfeit currency and pirated goods total around $1.7 to $4.5 billion year. As such, federal agents and local banks have techniques to recognize authentic currency from an inauthentic currency. They do this by studying the real thing. Listen in as Pastor James talks about how there is a real danger in an inauthentic/false Christianity, and how God by grace has given us the Scriptures to identify the real thing.
1 John 4:7-21
One of the most well-known phrases used in our culture is: love is love. This phrase is subjective, and the one who claims to have love is left to define it. But what about God? How does He define love? Listen in as a Pastor James preaches from 1 John 4 and demonstrates that love is not love, but rather that God is love and how through Jesus, God’s love is far greater and infinitely more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
1 John 4:1-6
We live in a post-modern, post-truth, post-Christian world. We are inundated in social media with an unlimited number of self-proclaimed teachers giving us the answers to the world problems. More and more, we hear that we are to look to our feelings, our hearts, and our preferences to guide us through life and that there is no absolute truth. Listen in as Andrés Arráez teaches us ways to discern false teachers and truth from error as presented in 1 John.
1 John 3:11-23
A recent survey was done to understand the shift and view of church in American Christianity. 1,300 people were interviewed that claimed to hold orthodox views of God and His Word. Ninety percent of those no longer attended church. The survey concluded that it wasn’t church hurt or bad experiences that kept them from attending church, but rather they believed that they could find God elsewhere. So why did God give us the church? Listen is Pastor James seeks to answer this question from 1 John 3:11-23.
1 John 3:1-10
Studies show that a father’s impact on the overall well-being of his children is more than substantial. His presence and role affect their person, health, and future. The Bible also gives God this title. Did you know that Jesus called God “father” more than 150 times in the gospels? This is important because whether we know it or not, we all consciously or subconsciously end up projecting our stories and experiences with our earthly fathers upon God. But God is different. He is perfect and gentle. He is gracious and unchanging. Listen in as Pastor James talks about the significance of God the Father in our life and faith, and how His love and presence is meant for us to flourish and be set free.
We pursue Christ because He has already pursued us. We are to press on in Christ, even when the adversities of life are overwhelming. We mature in Christ as we pursue Him everywhere we live, work, and play. Listen in as Jeremy Prather teaches us from Philippians.
1 John 2:18-27
Unfortunately, one of the experiences within the church is witnessing some of its members fall and drift away from the faith. It breaks our hearts. It gets us thinking and stimulates questions. After all that we have seen to be good and true, what are we supposed to think about those who’ve left the faith? More importantly, concerning us, how we are to persevere and be assured that we will be kept? Listen in as Pastor James unveils the hope of the gospel in light of these thoughts and questions from 1 John 2:18-27.
1 John 2:12-17
Jesus makes it clear in the Scriptures that as we, His people, live in this world, we are not to be of it. But this is a hard task. Everyone is familiar with the luring temptations of evil and the temporary gratification offered through “things.” So how do we stay faithful? How do we resist temptation? How do we keep our eyes fixed on the prize while at the same time living in a world that is really good at distracting us and calling us away from God? Listen in as Pastor James brings us through 1 John 2:12-17 to unpack these questions.
1 John 2:7-11
As Christians, one of our greatest responsibilities is to love. This by itself is hard, but loving our enemies or those we are in tension with… that’s even harder. So how do we do this? What does God give us as a key to holiness, and what grace does He give us to do this? Listen in as Pastor James talks about the prize and power of Christ in the role of relational love.
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1 John 2:1-5
Our life stories impact us more than we know. This is specifically seen in past relational dynamics that we had with our fathers. Whether we know it or not, what inevitably happens is that, as we think about or walk in relationship with God, we are tempted to project the past experiences of our story upon Him. This often happens when we mess up and sin. What does the Bible say God is like when we sin? Listen in as Pastor James answers this question and explains how the love of God the Father through Christ the Son is perfect and unchanging.
1 John 1:5-10
With true and authentic things, there are often the threats or competition of inauthentic versions, imitations, or copies of things that are advertised to be something that they aren’t. This idea also applies to Christianity. So, how do we know that our faith is real? What marks does the Bible give us to help answer this question? Listen in as Pastor James preaches from 1 John 1:5-10 and talks about how to tell if our faith is true.
1 John 1:1-4
How does a church stay a church? It is possible for a church to start with holy ambitions, right beliefs, and godly practices but eventually lose sight of the gospel. There are many reasons this can occur. Listen in as Pastor James talks about three key elements that keep a church a church, knitted together and united in Christ.
Mark 15:42 — 16:8
When God made man, He intended him to live. Death was not the way it was supposed to be. However, through sin, death entered into the world and ruined the story of humanity. Some people live their lives seeking to avoid death. Others know it’s coming and seek to preserve their life as much possible, but the Bible says that the wise person meditates on death often. Listen in as Pastor James preaches on Jesus’ resurrection and how God uses it as a resolve and final hope to our story.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
This is the Good Friday worship service. Listen in as Pastor James teaches us about Searching for God & Beholding Christ Crucified.
Because the death of Jesus on the cross has eternal significance for every single human being that has ever and will ever live, it is incumbent to everyone to personally wrestle with the meaning of Jesus’ death. To help us do that, we need to understand the reason, the result, and the response to Jesus’ death on the cross. While people have had different responses to Jesus’ death on the cross, the question is what is our individual response? Listen in as Andrés Arráez teaches us from the book of Mark.
Faith in Jesus Christ leads to a life that seeks to bring glory to God in everything you do. This includes how we communicate. As we seek to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, we must pursue communication that reflects the character of Christ. Listen in as Dr. Stephen Estock teaches us from Colossians.
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A famous preacher once said, “If you were to meet a truly humble person, you wouldn’t think of him or her as humble, but only that they were incredibly interested in you.” Humility in people is something admirable, but the topic of humility as it relates to God is almost inconceivable. Yet, Jesus was exactly this. Listen in as Pastor James talks about how the humility of Christ is the very thing that was necessary for the salvation of the world.
As human beings, it is inevitable that we are confronted with our personal failure and sin. Sometimes after we mess up or do the thing that we promised ourselves or God not to do, condemning thoughts of guilt or shame knock at our door. These thoughts can keep us distant from God and can make us feel unlovable, defective, and corrupt. So what do we to do with these thoughts, and how do we fight this battle? The answer: with the sinless Savior. Listen in as Pastor James explains this and answers the question, “How should we handle our sin?”
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Wounds in life come in all different shapes, forms, and sizes, but more than all others, emotional wounds can cut the deepest. As humans we all experience betrayal, but we are not alone in this. The Bible shows us that Jesus experienced this as well. Listen in as Pastor James talks about the hope of the gospel that is found in the betrayal of Christ.
If someone were to ask you to rate your personal prayer life on a scale of 1-10, one being the worst ten being the best, what would you say? A popular Christian ministry recently surveyed 14,000 people and asked them the same question, and the top answer was “three.” However, out of all spiritual practices, the most apparent in Jesus’ life was prayer. Listen in as Pastor James talks about why prayer is not a mere obligation, but a gift.
Jesus Christ is our all in all. Sometimes we can feel the pressure to add to the finishing work of Christ or that we need to do more for God to love us. Paul, in the book of Colossians, was writing to the church in Colossae, where false teachers in the church were teaching that very thing. Paul was reminding the church in Colossae that Jesus is enough, that Jesus is our all in all. Listen in as Davidson Jean-Rejouis shares with us how we today can find encouragement in what Paul was saying to the church in Colossae.
Ever since the early church, the Lord’s Supper (communion) has been something at the center of its gathering and worship. It has lasted the test of time and has been one of the main means by which Christ conveys grace to His church. But how does it practically affect us? Does it bear any significance to our faith practice and lives outside of the church? Listen in as pastor James expands upon this and talks about “The Relevance of Communion in the Church.”
The universal church is diverse. It consists of men, women, and children from all different people groups, cultures, practices, and norms. United by the Spirit, they worship Christ. But who does it right? Which way is the best? And, above and beyond all else what does Jesus show us is most important? Listen in as Pastor James seeks to answer this question from Mark chapter 14 and talks about “The heart of worship & the grace of Christ.”
Netflix recently released a show with a premise of making fun of the Bible’s content concerning the end times. The show presents certain Biblical facts as not only fiction but humorous. However, what the Bible has to say about Christ’s return is nothing short of severe. On the last day, there will be judgment. So how does this truth remind us of the good news? Who will God show mercy to? How can we prepare for this day and find grace and assurance now? Listen in as Pastor James preaches from Mark 13:32-37.
As we face our current struggles and our uncertain future, we can have peace. Why? Because we know that our future is a good one because it has been determined by the One who loves us so much, that He laid down His glory, became one of us, and hung on a cross so that you and I can be in His presence and share in His joy and glory for all eternity. Listen in as Andrés Arráez teaches us from Mark chapter 13.
When you think about the end of the world what comes to mind? Scary things? Spooky things? Things that you have read in books and/or seen in movies over the years? As you think about the way the Bible speaks of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the mission and role of the church now, how do these things impact or influence your thoughts concerning the end times? Listen in as Pastor James takes a typical text from Mark chapter 13 and reveals how the reign of Christ and the kingdom of God, now, is meant to provide us hope and confidence as we wait for Jesus’ return.
The topic of money in the church is a touchy subject. Stories of dishonesty, greed, and/or manipulation affect our feelings and thoughts. But what does Jesus have to say about money in the church? In Mark chapter 12, Jesus, among the rich and superficially religious, calls out a poor widow who gave God just two small coins and said that she gave more than anyone else! Listen in as Pastor James explains this passage and talks about what God looks for and desires above all when it comes to faith and religious practices and in the church.
When we look at the Bible and consider the message of any specific passage, in what way do we go about interpreting it? Is the text up to subjective interpretation or personal opinion or is there something more concrete? In Mark 12:35-37, Jesus shows us how He used the Scriptures to base His case for truth and defend His own identity. The Scriptures to Jesus were inspired, authoritative, and thus true. Listen in as Pastor James talks about how the Scriptures interpret the Scriptures and how all of the Bible, including the Old Testament, was written with the purpose of revealing Christ.
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Circumstances in our lives can discourage us. We search for ways to thrive amid hardship and opposition. In Christmas, God gives the world His promised King, who was “born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.” God calls on us to put aside our vain striving and instead to take comfort in the hope He provides in Christ the newborn King. Listen in as Dr. Stephen Estock teaches us about “The Unexpected King.”
There are many different people and groups who categorize themselves under the Christian umbrella and yet reject its core beliefs. From a more secular perspective, there are many different views on God, truth, and the reason and meaning of life. As Christians who have been called by Christ to preach the gospel and make disciples, it is not enough that we merely announce our faith to others and expect them to believe, but on a deeper level that we would be ready and able to engage in fruitful dialogue to explain why we believe what we do. Listen in as Pastor James teaches from Mark 12 and talks about “Jesus’ Defense for Truth and Hope in God.”
The topics of God and politics are two hot button issues that present to us opportunities to take a stance whether online or in person. As Christians, how do we respond to people’s posts, comments, and/or questions in heated contexts that are meant to provoke a response? Listen in Pastor James preaches from Mark 12:13-17 about “How Jesus Talked about God & Politics in the Public Square.”
In the weeks before Christmas, we are overwhelmed with songs and words about Jesus coming to save the world. Yet sometimes the wonderful gospel message fades into the noise of man can overcome evil through his own efforts. In the week before his death, Jesus confronted the proud resistance of mankind as seen in the opposition of the religious leaders of His day. In the parable of the unfaithful tenants, we are all confronted with the question, “What are you going to do with Jesus?”
Whether we have acknowledged it or not, there is one question that we all have already answered through the lives we are currently living. That question is this: Who has your life? Are you the captain of your own ship, the master of your soul, or is there someone or something else? Listen in as Pastor James talks about the idea of Jesus’ authority and why, for the Christian, giving our lives entirely to Christ is where we find the greatest hope and ultimate reward.
Whether we know it or not, our opinions and thoughts about the church have been shaped by what we have heard and seen and what our interactions and experiences have been. Although our stories matter, as we consider church, what is most important above all is what the Bible says about it. The Scriptures shows us that Jesus cares about the reputation of the church. The good news is that His heart behind the reputation that He desires for the church to have reveals His love for His people and the world. Listen in as Pastor James talks about “The heart of God behind the churches reputation.”
Physical hunger pains arise in our body when there is an absence of food. Spiritual hunger arises in our hearts when we come face to face with the brokenness in this world and realize we need God to fill us. When Jesus fed the 5,000, He was bringing relief to the people’s hunger pains and providing the spiritual food we need as well. Contentment can only come through Christ. Listen in as Brad Lucht teaches us from Matthew 14.
How would you answer the question “Do you know Jesus?” Would you talk about your church attendance? Would you talk about your knowledge of the Bible or participation in Christian community? Would you mention Christian ideas or ways of living? The question “Do you know Jesus?” is actually one concerning His person. The right response to this question is actually seen in faith in Jesus’ identity and work. Listen in as Pastor James preaches from Mark 11 to explain how Jesus is the humble Savior and misunderstood King who provides hope and salvation to those who put their trust in Him.
On his way to the cross, Jesus walks through the city of Jericho with His disciples, and on their way out of the city, a blind Jewish man calls out to Jesus for help. Jesus tells the blind man to come to Him. The blind man asks for sight, and Jesus healed him immediately. And because this man trusted that only Jesus could heal him, Jesus told him that his faith made him well. Listen in as Steven Gilchrist teaches us from Mark 10:46-52.
As we consider the work of God, we can’t help but want to share in His work and glory. God, being a good God, indeed wants us to share in this but in a specific way. Jesus as the perfect Savior served, laid down his life, and suffered to the point of death in order to save us. Listen in as Pastor James talks about the unattainable, but freely given, gift of God and the call that Christ makes to his disciples to follow him.
It is a question everyone asks at some time and in many ways: “Am I good enough for God?” Only God is good enough for God, but God’s solution is available to all. That’s why Jesus lovingly calls everyone to “follow Me.” Listen in as Dr. Stephen Estock teaches us from Mark 10:17-31.
According to this year’s Census Bureau research, out of the 130 millions homes in the United States, only 18% are nuclear families with children under 18 years old. That’s down 40% since 1970 and a record low since 1959. Our culture and world’s view on marriage, family, and children are declining fast! So, what does the Bible have to say about this, and how do Jesus words influence the way we see and practice these things? Tune in as Pastor James unpacks this idea from Mark 10:1-16.
There are so many different kinds of churches and movements within the Christian faith. From styles of music, to preaching, to theology, and even dress code, churches across the world all look, sound, and do things differently. So, what should we know about this? What differences should we be tolerant of, and what are the most important things that keep us and the global Church united? Listen in as Pastor James teaches from Mark 9:38-41 and answers the question, “What about other churches and Christians who do things differently?”
As we look around at the world and consider its presentation to us concerning greatness, we are eager to strive after and accomplish the impossible. We desire to be recognized, admired, reach the top, thought of as something special, and even a cut above. Although there are elements of these that can be affirmed, Jesus comes to us in the Scriptures and shows us something different. Listen in as Pastor James preaches on Jesus’ invitation to greatness through discipleship and reveals the reward of the gospel.
One of the most beautiful things about Jesus that is often overlooked in the Bible is the way He dealt with skeptics. This may come as a surprise, but in the Bible, Jesus actually welcomed those who struggle with doubt to come. He invited those with hurts and pains, those with hard questions, and those who with vulnerability confessed a desire to believe but not the ability to carry it out. Listen in as Pastor James preaches more about this idea from Mark 9:14-29.
What comes to mind when you think of God’s glory? Is it His power and control over the universe? Is it His sovereign reign or self-existing nature? Or is it how beautifully and intricately made the plants, animals, and creation are? There are many things that reveal the glory of God. However, there is one thing He purposed to reveal His greatest glory in: Jesus’ suffering and death. Listen in as Pastor James talks about the how the humiliation of Christ is actually his exaltation.
There are three important steps to the Christian faith: belief, confession, and living. As we look around in our Christian culture, it is common to see the first two. However, it is the last one, the living part, that bears true evidence of Christ. Jesus asked, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Listen in as Pastor James talks about the necessity of self-abandonment in order to find Christ and experience the life-giving hope and glory that Jesus proposed for His disciples in life.
The Garden of Eden is much more than the place where Adam and Eve sinned. It’s also the place where evil was promised to end; the coming of Jesus was promised to happen; and the restoration of humankind to a right relationship with God was promised to be. God presented grace and mercy right there in Eden. Listen in as Steven Gilchrist teaches us from Genesis 3.
One of the most encouraging things about Jesus in the Bible is that He invites all people to Himself. No matter the person, no matter the story, the amount or severity of sin, no matter situation or circumstance, Jesus, with arms wide open, says come. But people come to Jesus for all different reasons. They come with different requests, needs, desires, motives, and sometimes even demands. So the question is: “Does Jesus treat everyone the same?” Listen in as Pastor James answers this question from the gospel of Mark.
Because we are sons and daughters of the Most High God, who is kind to the ungrateful and evil, you and I are called to think and act differently. To have a Kingdom of God mindset, not a mindset focused on self. Being in Christ, we can love our enemies and represent God well as His ambassadors in the midst of hate and persecution. Listen in as Andrés Arráez concludes the two week message, Loving Our Enemies.
Luke 6:27-36 and Jonah 3:1 – 4:11
As children of God, we are called to reflect His character and represent Him as His ambassadors before a lost and hurting world. We need to have a Kingdom of God mindset rather than a mindset of kingdom of self. Therefore, we need to know how God wants us to respond when we are hated and persecuted for the sake of Christ. In this two-part sermon, we will first go over how to reflect God’s mercy to those who are our enemies, and next Sunday we will cover how to love our enemies when they persecute us for the sake of Christ. Listen in as Andrés Arráez teaches us how to love our enemies.
At the beginning of each Sunday morning, we take time to read from the Scriptures in order to remind ourselves of the person and character of God. The reason why we do this is because we recognize that the idea of approaching a holy, righteous, just, and infinite God can be intimidating. After having imperfect weeks full of sin and shame and pain and doubt and skepticism and failure, etc., we wonder how is this God going to respond as we approach Him? Listen in as Pastor James answers the question “What makes Jesus Approachable?”
There are certain people called “faith healers” who gather crowds and stir people’s hope in God’s blessings and their healing. Usually paired with a financial gift, the offer is that a miracle is waiting to happen and blessing is about to come, but did Jesus really teach this? What happens if the miracle or blessing does not come? Is God still good? More importantly, is there still good news available for us? Tune in as Pastor James preaches from Mark 7:31-37 and talks about “The Priority of the Gospel in Supernatural Encounters with God”.
Although beggars aren’t all that common in our culture, they are still around. When encountered, many people pass by and won’t even look at them. But how about Jesus? In Mark 7, Jesus encounters a begging woman who asks Him to help her sick daughter. The way Jesus interacts with her is interesting. In fact, some might even say His words are offensive. But what do they mean? Listen in as Pastor James teaches on this and talks about “The Mercy of Christ for God’s World Mission.”
Being crucified with Christ broke the power of sin over our lives. Being united with Christ empowers us to live in newness of life, and the love of God motivates us to live a life pleasing to Him and to reduce the discrepancy between who we are and how we act in our daily lives. Listen in as Andrés Arráez teaches us about “Reducing Discrepancy.”
In the South, Christianity is everywhere…on people’s lawn signs, on billboards, bumper stickers, t-shirts, and even in passing conversations. It’s safe to say that if you don’t go to church, you at least know someone who does, or at a minimum, can tell a story of an interaction with a religious person. So how do we interpret what we are seeing? What is valuable in God’s eyes and worthy of taking note? And, is there anything in religious culture that simply is waste of time? Tune in as Pastor James answers this question from Mark 7:1-23.
Whether we know it or not, we all bring certain ideas and expectations to church…ideas and expectations concerning what the church should look like, sound like, feel like, and especially ideas and expectations about the people. But, how does the Bible describe the church, and in what ways should the gospel influence how we see ourselves and others as we come to church? Listen in as Pastor James preaches from Mark 6:25-51 on “God’s Intentions for Us as Works in Progress.”
In the Gospel of Mark, Mark the author, clearly differentiates between the crowds that followed Jesus and the disciples. Some in the crowds followed Jesus because he was a good preacher, others because He did miracles, and others because He had become popular. But how about the disciples, why did they follow Jesus? What made them distinguishable amongst the crowds? Tune in as Pastor James preaches on the true marks of Christian discipleship.
In our ever-changing culture and world, there are certain challenges that the Christian faces in the mission of speaking and embodying truth. So, what should the faith-filled person expect as they endeavor upon this mission, and how do God’s promises give assurance of His love and support? Tune is as Pastor James preaches on “The Call & Cost of Following Jesus.”
In the Gospel, we have been given a rich inheritance in Christ that is ours now and for eternity. But what about those that have no inheritance in Christ? What posture and heart are we to have towards them? Listen in as guest preacher Tony Thomas shows us the heart of Jesus towards those without this present inheritance and how He calls us to pursue them with His great love in the book of Joshua.
When a celebrity returns home to his or her own town, he or she is often accepted and warmly welcomed for who they are and the things they have accomplished. However, in Mark chapter 6 as Jesus, the Son of God, returns to His home town Nazareth, He faces cold hearted rejection. What does this mean for us? Tune in as Pastor James teaches on “The Reality of Christ & Our Kingdom Mission.”
When you think about God being an all powerful God, what comes to mind? Is it His all-sufficiency? Is it His infiniteness? Is it that the Scriptures say that the whole earth sees Him and trembles and the mountains melt like wax before Him? All of these things are very good, but the best news concerning God’s power to us is His intimate mercy. Tune in as Pastor James teaches on this through the person and work of Jesus in Mark chapter 5:21-43.
As Americans living in the west, we have a high view of science, technology, and education. All of which are very good. However, these things, combined with the increasing influence of secularization, can hinder our ability to see things through a spiritual lens, which is crucial to the Christian and their faith. Tune in as Pastor James preaches from Mark chapter 5 and talks about “The Power of Christ and His Kingdom Mission.”
Whether you have been a Christian for one year, five years, or lifetime, the thing that puts us all on an equal playing field is the fact that no one has “arrived.” In other words, no one has learned everything there is to know about Jesus and/or perfected their faith. After Jesus performs the miracle in Mark chapter 4 of calming to storm, the disciples ask, “Who then is this?” Tune in as Pastor James teaches on the mercy we get from Jesus for our lifetime of learning.
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2 Corinthians 4:7-18
As we gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on Easter morning, we gather as those, not whose suffering has been removed, but whose suffering has been brought hope. The good news of the gospel is that our faith does not mask our pain but rather gives us perseverance to endure with a promise of another resurrection to come. Tune in as Pastor James answers the question “What does Easter have to do with our suffering?”
The Parable of the Soils brings to mind a couple questions worth considering. Why do people respond differently to God’s word? And, how does God continue to bring about His plan of redemption on earth? Listen in as Andrés Arráez teaches us about the seed and the sower.
In our modern-day English language, there is a phrase that we use to express the value of family. It says, “Blood is thicker than water.” However, this phrase, dating back to the 12th century, originally said, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than water of the womb.” It was originally used to emphasize the opposite point that the bonds we make by choice are more important than our ties to family. Both family and friendship are vital things made by God for our blessing and benefit, but in Mark chapter 3, Jesus arrives on the scene and teaches something else. Tune is as Pastor James explains how “The Spirit is Thicker than Blood & Water.”
Great crowds from all over the region came to Jesus. Though many pushed and shoved to get something from Him, Jesus appointed a smaller number to further His mission. In compassion, Jesus met the needs of those who came; yet, the desires of the crowd fell short of the fulness Jesus offered. In Mark 3, we are challenged to ask ourselves, “Why are we coming to Jesus? Is He calling us to something greater?” Listen in as Dr. Stephen Estock teaches us from God’s Word.
Mark 2:23 – 3:6
One of our temptations as Christians and seekers, who are trying to understand the topic of faith, is to dichotomize the “sacred” from the “secular.” We say to ourselves, “here are the holy things” and “here are the human things.” However, the Bible makes no such separation. As a result of this false dichotomy, we miss the beauty of the gospel, found in the fact that we are whole beings both body and soul. Thus, we have spirits that need tending to and bodies which were purposed to rest, enjoy, and take pleasure in things created. They were meant to be together! Tune in as Pastor James teaches from Mark 2:23 – 3:6 and shows us how Jesus redeems and restores our whole being.
Traditionally, Christianity in the South is a cultural thing. With this, people who grew up in and around church have certain preconceived notions as to what following God should look and sound like. Similarly, this situation was true in Jesus’ time and culture as well. But Christ and his disciples stood out. They stood out in crowds where there were both religious and nonreligious people. Tune in as Pastor James teaches from Mark 2:18-22 and talks about “The Difference in Christ & His Disciples.”
If given the choice to select players for your team, you would pick the best — the skilled, competent, and those with the most potential to perform. In this, we get a sense for the type of team the captain is trying to create. But then there is Jesus in Mark 2, who, through the world’s perspective, picks a man who no one would ever expect Him to! Listen in as Pastor James reveals the good news of the gospel through Christ’s selection of the least likely.
Each week crowds of people gather at churches to hear God’s word preached. In the crowd, there are many different types of people and reasons why they come. But amongst them all, what is it that Jesus is looking for, and above all else, what does He care about the most? Tune in as Pastor James teaches from Mark 2:1-12 on “Understanding Christ & the Crowds that Follow Him.”
As those who live in a broken world, we all struggle with various levels of guilt and shame. Sometimes we are blind to how we fail to honor God, and other times we aren’t sure how to get rid of the burden we feel. In Mark’s account of Jesus healing a leper, we see the basic elements of life as a follower of Jesus. In Him we experience cleansing as we acknowledge our need, trust His provision, and express our love through renewed obedience. Listen in as Dr. Stephen Estock teaches us from Mark 1.
As we look at the world around us, sin, evil, and injustice stir our hearts. To one degree or the next, we, as people living in a fallen world, are seeking to ask the question that Fredrick Douglas did in his autobiography. “Will not a righteous God visit for these things?” Listen as Pastor James teaches from Mark chapter 1 to show us how Jesus is the One our hearts are longing for.
Whether we know it or not, our life stories have shaped us into who we are and how we view, practice, and experience life. The families we come from play a big part in this, both the good and the bad. The good news of the gospel is that once we recognize the brokenness in our past, Jesus doesn’t tell us to disregard our families, story, culture, or place of origin, but with hope He redeems and makes all things new. Listen in as Pastor James elaborates on this idea in Genesis chapter 49.
As the story of Jacob comes to a close, he becomes an instrument of the blessings that flow from the grace of God. In proclaiming a blessing on Joseph and his sons, Jacob (under his God-given name “Israel”) provides insight into the mysterious ways of God. God is not bound by human standards of blessing. Instead, God grants favor according to his gracious and merciful nature. In those divinely gracious standards, we have everlasting comfort and hope. Tune in as Dr. Stephen Estock teaches us from Genesis chapter 48.
Genesis 46 & 47
God reigns and rules in the heavens, and at the same time, He loves and cares for us. However, it’s hard to take our theology and bring it down to earth to the small stuff. But what if we did? What if we believed and embraced the fact that God cares about the smallest details in our lives and families and that there is nothing about any of it that He says, “Eh, I’m too busy for that.” Tune in as Pastor James teaches on this truth from Genesis chapters 46 & 47.
The topic of forgiveness is not something reserved just for Christians, but one for all people. Studies conclude that unforgiveness and holding onto grudges damages, not only our psychological health, but our physiological health as well. So how do we forgive and experience true peace and freedom in the face of hard memories and people? Listen in as Pastor James preaches on the restoring power of Christ through forgiveness, and how to be healed in both the body and soul.
It’s right for us to care about how we look on the outside, but the inside is what matters most. So how do you see yourself, and what do you look at to make sure you’re seeing yourself well? Listen in as pastor James preaches on Genesis 44 and asks the question “How do you see yourself before God?”
What is the legacy you want to leave behind for the next generation? How will you faithfully steward the investment of those who loved you? Our allotted time with loved ones is a precious gift to be stewarded for His glory and the flourishing of those God has placed in our care. Join us as we see how Joshua’s legacy still continues to this day. Tune in as Bobby Suh teaches us from Joshua 24.
Why are we as humans tempted to show favoritism to some and not others? When we do, how does it affect people and the social environments we are apart of? Tune in as pastor James teaches on Genesis 37 and shows the impartiality of God and His saving work for us in Christ.
The Christian life is filled with completion and complexity. God is faithful to His promises and will bring them to completion in our lives. We are prone to wander away from God and can bring sin and complexity into our lives.
It’s easy in church culture to presume certain things about faith. One of the more common assumptions found in contexts like ours is knowing the answer to the question: “What does it mean to be a Christian and live for God?” Tune in as pastor James reveals how this is not just a question for seekers but something that even the most mature believer keeps reminding themselves of and living through.
The world is more broken than we can imagine. Pain and sorrow are part of the human experience. So, what are we supposed to do with it, and how are we supposed to think about it all? Well, it is necessary for Christians to embrace the sorrow in order to truly appreciate the hope found in the gospel. Jesus is the one who fills our tears and pain with hope for glory. Listen is as pastor James talks about how “The Wounds that Mar Us Bring Us Hope for Glory.”
*This week’s topic was a challenging one. It includes themes of sexuality and abuse.