Everything listed under: jesus

  • Worry and Idolatry (Matthew 6:25-34)

    Are you a worrier?  Most of us know the Bible says not to worry, but many of us do it anyway, at least occasionally.  Pastor Jim takes us on an in-depth explanation of worry, examining how it is offensive to God because it is a form of serving two masters, and discussing some strategies for combating worry in your life.       You can listen to the message by using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the ...

  • The Lord's Prayer

    Who taught you how to pray?  As we continue our teaching through the Sermon on the Mount, we come to the passage known as the Lord's Prayer, where for the first time in the Bible, God instructs his people on how to pray.  Every word in this prayer is packed with meaning, and Pastor Jim helps us to get the most out of it.       You can listen to the message by using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the...

  • The Beatitudes, Part 2

    In the second message from the Beatitudes, Pastor Jim explains the middle three: blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, blessed are the merciful, and blessed are the pure in heart.  We see again how Jesus' wisdom is often at odds with earthly wisdom as we examine what it means the blessed life, the happy life, according to God's definition of those terms.       You can listen to the message by using the player below, or you can download the message by clic...

  • The Beatitudes, Part 1

    One interesting thing about Jesus is that he frequently answered questions with questions, rather than simply coming out and telling people what to do or think.  In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), though, Jesus speaks clearly and directly about some of the topics that mattered most to him.  The first section of the Sermon on the Mount, called the Beatitudes, talks about what it means for Christians to live the happy life, the blessed life, according to God's definition of "happy...

  • What Is the Kingdom of God?

    Did you know that Jesus used the word "Kingdom" more than eighty times in the gospels to describe his mission on earth?  What exactly is the Kingdom, and what does it mean for your life and for the way we all do church together?  This message is taught in tag-team, with several different members of The Church of Life each teaching for several minutes on one particular aspect of the Kingdom; you're bound to come away enlightened!

  • Hebrews 5: Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King

    In the Old Testament, God related to his people through three kinds of intermediaries: the prophets, who received revelation directly from him; the priests, who reached out to God on behalf of the people; and the kings, who ruled over God's people.  Pastor Jim teaches from Hebrews 5 and explains how Jesus was the fulfillment and the culmination of each of those offices.  What does it mean for Jesus to be your prophet, your priest, and your king?

  • Hebrews 4: The Sabbath Rest

    Why don't we celebrate the Sabbath day anymore, the way the Jews used to?  Pastor Jim teaches from Hebrews 4, which says that the Sabbath day of rest was a foreshadowing of the peace and rest that we live in every day as children of God. You can stream the message using the player below, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Hebrews 3: The Place of Rest

    In one of the most impactful sermons to hit The Church of Life, Pastor Jim talks about finding rest in God.  Jesus called for all who were weary and heavy-laden to come to him so he could give them rest, but many times, we spend our whole Christian life striving and trying to earn God's approval, and our faith ends up being a source of stress rather than a source of peace.  Hebrews 3 talks about how to get back to that place of rest.

  • Hebrews 2: Jesus the High Priest

    Have you ever thought about how it would feel to be a Jewish Christian in the first century?  You grew up under a system of sacrifices, temple worship, eating kosher, obeying the law...and suddenly all that changed.  What do you do now?

  • Jonah and Jesus

    What do you know about Jonah except for the whole "three days in the belly of the whale" bit?  Pastor Jim takes a look at the book of Jonah, and especially at similarities and differences between the ministry of Jonah and the ministry of Jesus.  One key idea: "God is a God of second chances...sometimes." You can stream the message using the player below, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Busting Prayer Myths

    Pastor Jim busts a wide variety of common myths about prayer.  Myth #1: There is a certain way you have to pray if you want God to answer you.  Myth #2: A single speck of doubt will block God from answering your prayers.

  • Romans 12

    What is God's will for your life?  How do you find it?  Pastor Jim answers these questions and more in a free-flowing discussion of Romans 12.

  • Let's Talk Worship Music

    When was the last time you heard a message about worship music?  Isn't it strange that we worship with music nearly every time we get together, but we never stop to talk about why we do it, what it means, or what makes a good worship song?  Pastor Jim shares Biblical insights about the distinction between psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and why some songs are appropriate for congregational worship but others are not.

  • Finding and Pursuing Your Calling

    All of us want to change the world for God, but how do we find out what he wants us to do?  Pastor Richie brings a teaching on how to find and pursue your God-given calling. You can stream the message from the player below, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • 2 and 3 John: Living the Truth

    Is it still important to hold on to truth in this day and age where so many people don't even believe that truth exists?  Why can't we all just believe what we want and leave others alone?  Pastor Jim shows that these questions were addressed thousands of years ago in the letters of 2 and 3 John, and gives some practical advice for today.

  • 1 John 5: What You Believe Matters

    How important is it to have good theology and right beliefs about God?  Since Jesus taught that thoughts become words and actions, what goes on in your head is extremely important.  Pastor Jim teaches us from 1 John 5, showing that what we believe matters.

  • 1 John 4:1-7: Does Your Love Stink?

    Does your love stink?  Pastor Richie brings a thought-provoking teaching from 1 John 2, examining the ingredients for true love. You can stream the message from this player, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • 1 John 2: To Love As Christ Loved You

    What does it mean to love one another as Jesus has loved you?  Pastor Jim unpacks this teaching from 1 John chapter 2. You can stream the message by left-clicking on the attachment below, or download it by right-clicking and choosing "Save link as."  

  • 1 John 1: Children of the Light

    What does it truly mean for us to be children of the light?  Pastor Gordon brings a teaching from 1 John about our identity in God. You can stream the message from this player, or click the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Lead Where You Are

    Are you a leader?  Do you think of yourself as a leader?  It doesn't matter whether you are in a position of leadership.

  • Jehovah Jireh - God Will Provide

    Is God your provider?  Pastor Richie brings a powerful teaching about this particular name of God and what it implies for our everyday lives. You can stream the message using this player, or click on the down-arrow button in the top right to download it.

  • Hard Faith Questions, Part 2

    Pastor Jim takes on some more hard questions about the Bible.  Should it bother us that we can't prove God's existence?  Why are there so many different versions of the Bible?

  • The Word Is Life, Part 2

    How do you encounter God while reading the Bible?  Pastor Gordon shares some insights on how to maximize your Bible reading. You can stream the message using this player, or click the down-arrow in the top right to download it.

  • The Word Is Life, Part 1

    Do you read the Bible for information or for relationship?  Pastor Gordon challenges us to read through the Bible in a year, not simply with the goal of finishing, but with the goal of encountering God. You can stream the message using this player, or click the down-arrow in the top right to download it.

  • Why Believe The Resurrection?

    In this age of scientific knowledge, is it really possible to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead?  Pastor Jim examines the historical evidence for the resurrection and concludes that not only is the resurrection the best explanation for the evidence, it is the only coherent explanation for the evidence. You can stream the message by left-clicking on the attachment below, or download it by right-clicking and choosing "Save Link As."

  • Hard Faith Questions, Part 1

    Pastor Jim takes on some of the most difficult questions about faith and the Bible.  Why does the Bible condone slavery?  Why is God described as a "jealous God"?

  • Philippians 4: Christ at the Center

    Pastor Jim challenges us to have a life that revolves around Jesus, rather than a life that revolves around ourselves with Jesus squeezed in somewhere.  What does it truly mean to say "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength"? You can stream the message by left-clicking on the attachment below, or download it by right-clicking and choosing "Save Link As."

  • Philippians 3: Striving Toward the Prize

    Do you ever wish you could focus more on God instead of being so easily distracted by the stuff going on in your life?  Pastor Jim talks about how to keep looking forward toward God instead of back at the past or around at present circumstances. You can stream the message by left-clicking on the attachment below, or download it by right-clicking and choosing "Save Link As."

  • Philippians 2: To Will and To Work

    Pastor Jim teaches from Philippians 2 and God giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases him. You can stream the message by left-clicking on the attachment below, or download it by right-clicking and choosing "Save Link As."