As a movement, Christianity has been unstoppable the past 2,000 years. But, its beginning goes back further than the Book of Acts. Our faith actually began about 4,000 years ago with a promise God made to a man named Abram. This is that story.
As we turn to Acts 5:17-42 and see how the apostles were treated by the religious leaders of the day, we ask why anyone would want to suffer for Jesus. But, as this passage reveals, we discover that Jesus is worth it!
What should we do when we’re faced with a challenge or problem in life that threatens our ability to follow Jesus? Acts 4:23-31 shows us what the first Christians did when they experienced this, and we can learn from their example how to pray Kingdom-prayers and have the victory.
How do you know if you’re growing as a disciple, or making any progress following Jesus? Galatians 5:22-23 teaches us that the fruit of the Spirit is a sign of life and growth as a follower of Jesus.
A disciple is someone who is actually following Jesus. Discipleship happens when the Spirit applies the Word to our lives in the context of the church to help us follow in Jesus’ footsteps. In this message, we dig into the context of the church and discover that discipleship happens in three places: a gathered place, a scattered place, and a close place.
Every plant needs water, soil, and sunlight to grow, even though every plant grows differently. In the same way, every disciple experiences spiritual growth differently, and yet we all need three essential ingredients to continue growing spiritually.
What is a disciple? How do we live as disciples of Jesus? We turn to Matthew 4:18-22 and take our cues from Jesus.
Why do we celebrate Easter? What is the significance of the resurrection? Does it really matter that Jesus lives? These are the questions the Bible answers in our Easter celebration worship service.
What is Palm Sunday and why do we celebrate it? What’s the deal with the palm leaves? Christians do weird things, and playing with leaves in church is one of them. But, as we’ll see, it has great significance for life both now and in the future.
What is a “normal” Christian life? We turn to Acts 2:42-47 to see what normal life was like for the very first Christians. How “normal” is your life as a follower of Jesus?
At the very first church service in history, the Apostle Peter preached the sermon that is the bedrock of our faith, the unstoppable message that defines what Christianity is. Let’s dig into Acts 2:14-41 and find out what that rock is on which Christ built His church.
Acts 2:1-13 records a turning point in human history: the day on which God the Holy Spirit was poured out on all followers of Jesus. We’ll see what some of the practical implications of this incredible event are for us today.
What do you do while you’re waiting on God’s next move? We dive into Acts 1:12-26 to get wisdom from God’s Word about how to wait productively.
How did Christianity go from a movement started by Jesus and a handful of disciples to over 2.3 billion people who identify as Christians today? We begin a new series through the Book of Acts, which shows just how this whole “Christianity” thing started.
Baptism is one of those weird traditions in church. And what makes it confusing is that it seems like every church does it just a little differently. What is baptism, why do we get baptized, and why does LakeView practice baptism the way we do? Pastor Andy concludes our series, Weird Things Christians Do.
Christians do weird things… like eating crackers and drinking juice in church. What is Communion and why do we do it? In this message we dig into Scripture to uncover a precious gemstone of the Christian faith.
Pastor Andy turns to Matthew 28:16-20 to assess the church’s mission and what God has next for LakeView.
Pastor Andy concludes a short series in Proverbs looking at Proverbs 5:1-23. In these verses we find important principles for protecting our marriages in a sex-crazed society, and living according to God’s plan, even when it’s not easy or popular.
Proverbs (well, really the whole Bible) is a treasure trove of wisdom for life. It teaches us how God designed life to work. This week Pastor Andy turns to Proverbs 3:1-12 to unpack it’s teaching in how we relate to God, which in turn changes everything else in our lives.
Pastor Andy continues the series through Proverbs by looking at Proverbs 2:1-22. This “wisdom poem” from the Old Testament shows us just a few of the benefits that come from living by God’s wisdom.