If God is good, does the presence of suffering mean that he cares but isn't powerful enough to do something about it? If God is powerful, does the presence of evil mean he could do something but he doesn't care enough to take action? Pastor John continues our series in Hurts, Hesitations & Hang-Ups.
"I'm spiritual, but not religious. Organized religion is just full of self-righteous people." Pastor John kicks off our new series "Hurts, Hesitations & Hang-Ups: addressing obstacles to the Christian faith" with a sermon on Bad Religion.
The resurrection...are you skeptical? Trying to be excited but find yourself discouraged by life? Or are you ready to celebrate?
Wherever you're at, Pastor John encourages us to LOOK AGAIN at the story of the resurrection from John 20.
Pastor Gordon Woolard opens up Psalm 34 to show us the suprising thing that happens when we bring our troubles to God. By looking at some of David's troubles, we learn more about God's care for us and Jesus himself.
Are you steady during the storm? Or are you rattled and easily enraged? Pastor John opens up Psalm 23 to show us how an internal encounter with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, grows our trust in Him and steadies us in the storm.
In our first service in the new building, Pastor John opens Psalm 2 and talks about an encounter with the president of a West African country, and how he quickly realized he was not in charge. You'll also see how true freedom and joy are found in surrendering to King Jesus.
Pastor John opens up the shortest chapter in the Bible and talks about getting wrapped up in personal drama vs. caught up in God's story. In our last service at OB Johnson Park, we look at Psalm 117 and talk about the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.
Troubles always feel out of place in our story. Pastor John opens up 2 Corinthians 2 to show how God meets us in our troubles and uses them to comfort others. You'll also hear from a couple who went through several years of trial after trial, difficulty after difficulty.
Pastor John talks about the importance of story in the Bible and for God, and invites several people to share stories from their lives. You'll hear how our strong and gracious God met people in their weakness, sin and struggles to believe amidst a call to new ministry and chronic pain.
Pastor John finishes the Cultivate Series by looking at spiritual gifts. Pastor John opens up Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 to answer hat are spiritual gifts? What are they for? And how do you cultivate them?