Everything listed under: New Testament

  • 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...

  • Acts 27 and 28

      In the penultimate message on the book of Acts, Pastor Jim talks about Paul's experience being shipwrecked on Malta and his ultimate arrival in Rome.  God often uses catastrophe, including a shipwreck, to bring about his purposes, and Paul's arrival on Malta leads to the natives being brought to saving faith in Jesus.  God can even use the shipwrecks in your life for your good and for his glory.     You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can downl...

  • Acts 25 and 26 - Paul's Defense Before Felix

    What would you say if you were called into court and accused of being a Christian?  In Acts 25-26, we see Paul making his defense before the Roman governor Felix.  Pastor Jim shows us how we can be encouraged by his boldness, and challenges us to live our own lives so on-fire for Jesus that the evidence is undeniable.       You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the playe...

  • Acts 20 - Mission Minded

    With everything that goes on in our lives, it's easy to forget that we were put here by God to accomplish a mission.  Pastor Jim teaches through Acts 20, and talks about how to stay focused on your personal mission, as well as the mission that God has given to The Church of Life.     You can listen to the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner of the player.

  • Acts 16 - Where To Go When God Says No

    At the beginning of Acts 16, we see something unexpected: Paul wants to take the gospel to a certain group of people, but God says no.  Has God ever said no to your dreams or plans?  Pastor Jim walks us through how it feels and how to respond when God says no.   You can play the message using the player below, or you can download the message by clicking the down-arrow in the top right corner.

  • Acts 6: Your Kingdom Purpose

    Does God have a unique calling or purpose on your life, and how can you find out what it is?  Pastor Jim walks us through Acts 6, showing that the apostles understood their kingdom purpose and giving us some clues for how we can find our own purpose.  Did you know that doing a good thing can be the wrong thing for you if it keeps you from your purpose?

  • Acts 4: Boldness

    Do you ever find it difficult or uncomfortable to stand up for your faith when it's unpopular?  We have it pretty easy here in the United States, when a bit of mocking is generally the worst we have to encounter, so we can learn many lessons from the early church, which often faced persecution and death for their faith in Jesus.  Pastor Jim walks us through Acts 4, teaching how the early church was unafraid to stand for Jesus and showing us how we can have the same courage.

  • Acts 2: The Birth of the Church

    What was so attractive about the early church that thousands of people joined it in a single day?  Pastor Jim continues our series through the book of Acts by talking about the day of Pentecost, Peter's sermon to the crowd, and the way the early church operated.  If you want to know more about why the New Testament church did the things it did, this is the place to go!

  • New Testament Church, Part 2: What the Church Was

    When we go to church, we're participating in a tradition that began nearly 2,000 years ago in the Middle East.  What did the early church look like; what did they do in their church services, and what did they do outside of church?  Pastor Jim explains the history of the church with an eye toward contemporary application.

  • New Testament Church, Part 1: What the Church Is Not

    As we transition from a "traditional" church to a house church, we're doing a three-week series on what the New Testament church looks like in 21st century America.  Pastor Robert Gordon begins the series by addressing "What the Church Is Not."  Here we are looking at misconceptions about the church that have crept in over the years, and seek to remove the blinders as we refocus on what the church was originally meant to be. You can listen to the message using the player below, or you ...

  • Hebrews 9: The Heavenly Holy Place

    If God didn't intend for the Old Testament system of priesthood and sacrifices to last forever, why did he bother with it at all?  Like many things in the Bible, its true significance wouldn't be evident until after the arrival of Jesus.  Pastor Jim teaches on this idea of "divine foreshadowing," and encourages us to follow God wherever he leads rather than settling down for what is comfortable and familiar.

  • Mark 5

    Pastor Jim teaches a lesson out of Mark 5.

  • Do You Love Me More Than These?

    Pastor Gordon takes us through the Gospels of Jesus Christ.