“The word on the street is that faith is a potent mixture of intellectual and emotional self-control that when properly harnessed can literally change outcomes through positive thinking and clear visualization” (Larry Osborne, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe). What is faith? And, can it really fix anything? Pastor Andy looks at these questions from a biblical perspective as we continue the series, Lies Christians Swallow.
Easter Sunday at LakeView Church! This special service included baptisms, music, and a message from Pastor Andy. We concluded our series through the Gospel of Mark, which is a “choose your own adventure” Gospel. As he brings his powerful story of Jesus to a close in Mark 16:1-8, Mark challenges us to choose our own adventure when it comes to following Jesus.
We continue to learn from the Gospel of Mark as Pastor Andy teaches another week in the Who is This Man? series. The passage is Mark 15, the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. As we see what Jesus endured on the cross, we’ll see how everyone around Jesus responded and reacted to Him, and we’ll be challenged with the question: What is my response to the crucifixion?
Pastor Andy continues the series through Mark’s Gospel. In Mark 14:32-52, Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples to spend the night in prayer. It was there He faced His darkest hour, the moment at which He began to experience separation from God the Father. As we see Jesus face the dark night of the soul, we’ll discover the way through (not around) suffering in our own lives.
Teaching from Mark 9:2-13, Mike Moll discusses how the Law and Prophets, Mark, and all of Scripture point to Jesus. In light of God’s great story and Jesus’ glory, we are called to respond. We are called to open our hearts to Jesus as Lord, and then to love God and others well. In the end, it’s all about relationships; our relationship with Jesus and our relationships with the people God has placed in our lives.
Pastor Andy teaches from Mark 8:27-9:1, the passage where Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.” What does mean for us today? We’ll see that when it comes to following Jesus, we’re either all in or all out… are you all in?
Have you ever gotten something mostly right, but a little wrong? Sometimes being close just doesn’t cut it. It’s the same with who we say Jesus is. If we’re mostly right, but a little off, it can have negative consequences on our faith. Pastor Alex continues our series through the Gospel of Mark and challenges us to see the signs and recognize who Jesus is.
Pastor Andy kicks off the second half of our series through the Gospel of Mark, Who Is This Man?. We look at Mark 7:1-23, and discuss what is it that makes a person clean or unclean? Do you consider yourself to be presentable to God, or do you think of yourself as defiled and “unclean”? How do you know? And more importantly, if you are unclean, how do you become clean? These questions are answered in Mark 7:1-23.
Ryan Horrisberger, one of our elders, concludes part 1 of Who Is This Man?, our series through the Gospel of Mark. In Mark 6:1-13, we see a lack of faith in the people Jesus grew up with. But we also see a demonstration of faith in His disciples. Sometimes, familiarity breeds contempt, but it takes faith to follow Jesus. How comfortable are you in your Christianity? Is it time to step out of the familiar and follow Jesus into the unknown?
In week seven of our series Who Is This Man?, Pastor Andy teaches from Mark 5:1-20. In this passage, Jesus invades the kingdom of darkness, binds the Strong Man, and destroys his legions with nothing more than a word of command! Jesus's power is unlimited, and through our study of this text, we'll learn how we can deal with demons in our own lives and our world.
In the sixth installment of our series through the Gospel of Mark, Pastor Andy teaches from Mark 4:35-41. In this story, Jesus and the disciples head out across the Sea of Galilee in their boats, only to run into a dangerous storm that threatens their lives. What Jesus does is nothing short of miraculous, and we learn how we can follow Jesus even amidst the storms of life.
Mike Moll, one of our elders, continues our series through Mark's Gospel, looking at some of the parables Jesus told. Jesus is the Son of God who brings the Kingdom of God near, and He uses everyday, relatable illustrations, analogies, and stories to show us what the Kingdom of God is like. Do we have ears to hear?
Continuing through the Gospel of Mark, Pastor Andy teaches through Mark 3:20-35. In this scene, Jesus's own family says He's crazy and the religious leaders accuse Him of being demon-possessed. But Jesus points out that while some make think He's a lunatic and others that He's a diabolical liar, those who seek to do God's will recognize Jesus for who He really is, the Lord.
Pastor Andy continues our series through the Gospel of Mark, Who Is This Man? In Mark 2:13-17, Jesus once again breaks the rules. This time, He calls Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him, and He even goes to Levi's house to eat with other tax collectors and sinners. How could Jesus, a good moral teacher, a religious leader, a respectable man associate with "those kind of people?"
Pastor Andy brings the second week in our series through the Gospel of Mark, Who Is This Man? In this scene from Mark, Jesus encounters an untouchable–a man with leprosy comes and begs Jesus to make him clean. Jesus's reaction to this unclean leper turns the world's kingdom upside down and reveals that Jesus makes the unclean clean, and the unholy holy.
Pastor Andy kicks off a new series through the Gospel of Mark, Who Is This Man? Jesus never wrote a book, but more books have been written about him than anyone else in the world. He never wrote a song, but more songs have been written about him than any other person in human history. He never traveled more than 200 miles outside his hometown, but he left his footprint on the whole earth. Who is this man whose life has changed the course of human history and inspired billions of people over thousands of years to follow him? Your answer to that question will change your life... forever.