Hope: The Gift Jesus Gives

Mark Pierce

11/26/17

Description:What do you hope for? What keeps you going when the going gets tough? Do your expectations for your tomorrows increase your trust level for today? On this first Advent Sunday of 2017, we discover that hope is making a comeback! After hitting all time lows for the past 4 centuries of usage, the word “hope” is now increasing again in the new millennium. Today we’ll learn why hope is so important to our Christian lives.

Last Supper First Communion

Mark Pierce

11/19/17

Description:Have you ever been invited to someone’s “first communion?” In many Christian traditions a child’s family will celebrate when their child has achieved the maturity and training to be able to take the communion elements for the first time. Have you ever thought about Jesus’ first communion? We usually call it by another name - the last supper! As we examine Luke 22:14-20, we consider the five ingredients which made that first communion celebration - and each one of ours ever since - so very special.

Kingdom Tradecraft

Mark Pierce

11/12/17

Description:Did you know that you are part of a subversive underground and rebellious organization committed to overthrowing the evil empire of this world? Did you know that you have access to secret and highly specialized communication equipment by which you may receive your special secret agent instructions? Open your Bible to Luke 22:7-13 so we may decode the Transmission together!

Betraying Jesus

Mark Pierce

11/5/17

Description:Whenever we read the story of Judas’ betrayal, it is so easy for us to dismiss it utterly from having anything to do with us. ‘I would never betray Jesus,’ we say to ourselves. However, the uncomfortable truth is that the only ones who could possible betray Jesus are those who are first close to him. For that reason alone it makes sense to take a closer look at Luke 22:1-6 and ask ourselves some hard questions about our own loyalty to Jesus and His kingdom.

Happy 500th Birthday!

Mark Pierce

10/29/17

Description:The Protestant Reformation began 500 years ago this week! Happy birthday! Pastor Mark talks about the important 5 Solas that we celebrate as Protestants. Do you know what the 5 Solas are? Do you know what Protestants are protesting? What was reformed in the Protestant Reformation?

Future Foretold

Mark Pierce

10/22/17

Description:Is the future that Jesus foretold in Luke 21 also a prediction of our future? Or of our past? More importantly, how should we respond to the warnings Jesus gave to his disciples? We consider the events that Jesus warns will lead to the end times. Will you be ready?

The More Beautiful Question

Todd Pierce

10/15/17

Description:Have you ever noticed how many times Jesus answers one question with a more beautiful question? One that resonates to the very center of the human experience? Know-it-alls who “HAVE all the answers” can actually turn people off. How much greater it is to “BE the answer” by struggling alongside others until you both discover the more beautiful question. Join guest teacher Todd Pierce as we learn to ask a more beautiful question.

Kingdom Jeopardy

Todd Pierce

10/8/17

Description:Have you ever noticed that one good question is worth a thousand pat answers? We like answers because answers give us a sense of being right, and we like to think we are right. Questions make us feel uncertain, and we don’t like feeling uncertain. However, easy answers can actually jeopardize spiritual growth. How so? Join guest teacher Todd Pierce as we discover Kingdom Jeopardy, where all the answers are questions.

Heart Matters

Mark Pierce

10/1/17

Description:When it comes to our relationship with Jesus, the heart matters. He looks at our heart, our inward emotions - not just our words or rational thinking. If this is true in our relationship with Christ, how should this inform us about our relationships with one another? As we study Jesus’ words about the widow who gave her all with her two coin offering in Luke 21:1-4, we consider seven ways the heart matters in every aspect of our Christian living.

Follow Up

Mark Pierce

9/24/17

Description:How many followers do you have? How many people do you follow? These two questions are the new status symbols of our social media age. We consider 2,000 year old advice from Jesus about who we should follow. Do you follow godly leaders? Do you set a godly example for the people who follow you? Who knew that Luke 20:45-47 was destined for our Internet age!?

Big Question Living

Mark Pierce

9/17/17

Description:Have you lost your sense of wonder? Is your only wonder about getting through the rest of the day? When God created humans, he gave us a great capacity to think of grand concepts. He wants us to ask the big questions. Yet even when it comes to our faith, like the teachers of the law we consider in this sermon, we ask and debate over the most meaningless and mean-spirited ideas. Jesus - on the other hand - shares 4 big questions we should be asking ourselves to regain our sense of wonder.

Wisdom & Politics

Mark Pierce

9/10/17

Description:Our country is divided over political issues - perhaps more than at anytime since the Civil War. Health Care Insurance. Gun Control. Border Wall. Climate Change. Dreamers. Gender Identity. Even within the church we can react with hostility to brothers and sisters who disagree with us. Is it possible that there is a wicked craftiness behind the scenes that could be responsible for our divisiveness? How should we as Christians respond - especially when we feel our cause to be so right? We learn political wisdom from Jesus as we consider Luke 20:19-26 and 1 Peter 2:13-17.

Advantage God

Mark Pierce

9/3/17

Description:In tennis we work to score the advantage so that the next winning point might be ours. Do we play the game of life the same way, with God as our tennis ball? In the parable of the wicked tenants, Jesus warns us not to attempt to smash an ace against others using His gospel message or we ourselves may be crushed by it!

The Joy Choice

Mark Pierce

8/27/17

Description:Could you be convicted of being a Christian based on the joy level of your life? As we consider Jesus’ joyful entry into Jerusalem we’ll ask ourselves about our own celebration of the Christian life. Will the stones need to cry out in joyful praise to Jesus because of our own lack of joyful celebration?

Principles For Exile Living - Part 3

Mark Pierce

8/20/17

Description:We wrap up our study of the Parable of the Minas in Luke 19:11-27. We learn that while our eternal life comes by faith alone, we still must exert much effort to live the way Jesus intended us to live. As exiles living on Planet Earth, we will be judged someday for the way we have lived our lives. So what kind of evaluation should we be doing every day now?

Principles For Exile Living - Part 2

Mark Pierce

8/13/17

Description:As exile Christ-followers on Planet Earth, we should be living our lives with Christ as our sovereign, loyal to him as our king, managing well our resources for His kingdom, knowing we will be accountable some day. God expects growth, but how and what kind of growth? God will give us rewards for our growth. How does that work? Finally serving Christ as king takes courage. How do we not flounder with fear? We attempt to answer these questions as we continue our study of the Parable of the Minas in Luke 19:11-27.

Principles For Exile Living - Part 1

Mark Pierce

8/6/17

Description:Jesus tells his followers that his kingdom will not begin on Planet Earth immediately. In the meantime, they should follow the commandments he taught them. To give them an idea of what this means, Jesus tells the parable of the ten minas, and along the way, gives us 10 principles for exile living. In this first of three sermons, we consider the first four principles.

Pure Hearted Initiative

Mark Pierce

7/30/17

Description:We study the story of Zacchaeus - a wealthy entrepreneur, hated by those who loved Jesus. What opportunities do we miss when we only look for those who look like us? What initiatives do we miss when we think we have our mission all figured out? Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We are reminded the lost includes “us” as well as “them.”

Imagine What God Could Do

Mark Pierce

7/23/17

Description:What if our greatest challenge in life was the faith to believe God’s promises to care for us and answer our prayers? We consider the story of the blind man who begged Jesus to stop and restore his sight. Along the way we hope to gain our own sight for imagination of what God could do for us.

When I Don't Understand

Mark Pierce

7/16/17

Description:There are many times we don’t understand what God is saying or doing in our lives. Is it ok to ask God why? What should we do when we don’t understand God’s answer? We discover that even the disciples didn’t understand Jesus when he plainly told them what was coming. So why should we expect anything to be different with us? We’ll learn 8 things to understand, when we don’t understand, launching our lesson with Luke 18:31-34.

The Case of the Rich, Young Ruler

Mark Pierce

7/9/17

Description:We come to the curious incident of the rich, young ruler - to whom Jesus instructed to sell everything. How should we understand this mystery? Must we sell everything if we want to follow Jesus? Or is there more to this improbable passage than first meets the eye? Let’s do a little of our own CSI as we take out our Bible magnifying glasses to discover the truth of Luke 18:18-30.

The Good, The Bad & The Snuggly

Mark Pierce

7/2/17

Description:When is right living wrong? How can wrong living be turned right? Shouldn’t we live the best life we can? How are we as an imperfect people “just” before a perfect God? Does God grade on a scale, assuming none of us can live up to his standards? And what could living as children possibly have to do with all of these questions? We’ll do our best to answer all these questions as we study Luke 18:9-17.

Persistence, Prayer & Justice

Mark Pierce

6/25/17

Description:In Jesus’ famous sermon about the persistent widow and the corrupt judge, we learn about what God expects of our prayer life. What is the connection between our desire for justice, our avoidance of revenge, and our need for faith? We’ll try to connect all the dots as we study Luke 18:1-8.

Instructions For The End Of The World

Mark Pierce

6/18/17

Description:What should we do about end of world predictions? How should we live? How do we avoid skepticism and cynicism and doubt about Jesus’ promised second return to Planet Earth. That’s the topic of today’s apocalyptic sermon!

More Than Clean

Mark Pierce

6/11/17

Description:Challenges in our lives demonstrate our need of a Savior and draw us to Christ. But what about when things are going well in our lives? What keeps us in need of Jesus? Today we learn the story of the grateful Samaritan and the surprising purpose of thanksgiving in the lives of authentic Christ-followers.

The Work Of Faith

Mark Pierce

6/4/17

Description:When do faith and work belong in the same sentence? More often than you might suppose! Jesus gives His Nike talk in Luke 17: “Just do it!” What should I be doing? That is the topic of today’s talk - where Christian faith and Christian work cross paths.

The Great Reversal

Mark Pierce

5/28/17

Description:We consider the haunting parable of the Rich Man and the Beggar. We learn about the great turnaround in fortunes for both men and what it might mean for us - both in this life and in the one to come. Open your Bible to Luke 16:19-31 and prepare yourself for the only journey we all equally will take some day.

The View From 60

Mark Pierce

5/21/17

Description:Pastor Mark turned 60 years old and prepared a special talk, “The View From 60.” He shares 6 lessons he has learned from 6 decades of living. Valuable insights combined with Bible truths and personal stories should make this sermon special!

Follow The Money

Mark Pierce

5/14/17

Description:We consider the parable of the shrewd manager - one of Jesus’ stories with a real plot twist at the end! We’ll use this parable to follow our own money and how we handle it. Open your Bible and your heart to Luke 16:1-15.

Outsiders & Insiders

Mark Pierce

5/7/17

Description:We finish our six-week study of Luke 15 by considering the prodigal son’s older brother. We reach the sobering conclusion that it is possible to be both faithful and obedient, while at the same time, have wrong expectations of God and misplaced affections for those God loves.

Radical Love

Mark Pierce

4/30/17

Description:The love God the Father has for us is radical! Today we discover just how much He really loves us by considering the parable of the prodigal son. Along the way we discover 7 action verbs that describe just how R.A.D.I.C.A.L. God’s love really is!

Lost & Found

Mark Pierce

4/16/17

Description:Our Easter message this year focuses on the Prodigal Son. If we find ourselves LOST, a u-turn is usually a good idea. Have you ever heard the GPS say, “Please turn around?” Sometimes the Holy Spirit whispers that to us too. The Biblical word for this is repentance. We examine the six-step process of how to R.E.P.E.N.T.

Wasted

Mark Pierce

4/9/17

Description:What should a Christ follower learn from the younger son in Jesus' Prodigal parable? In "Wasted" we consider 5 versions of our commitment to Christ - questions we should ask ourselves every single day if we are really determined to become who God created us to be.

Search Party

Mark Pierce

4/2/17

Description:We study the parable of the woman who lost one coin and searched diligently for it. God invites us to join His search party for even one lost loved one. We consider 10 motivating reasons we should join in the party.

One In A Hundred

Mark Pierce

3/26/17

Description:Jesus said that God’s love for people is so great that he searches for the one who is lost from Him. What does this mean for our relationship with God? What does this mean for our relationship with other people? Today we consider Luke 15:1-7. Along the way we learn not only the basic principle underlying the whole chapter, but also a core value for Church Requel.

One Priority

Mark Pierce

3/19/17

Description:Jesus’ appeal for us to accept His invitation to the Christian life is much different than the way we often think of it. We often consider emotional appeals to “accept Christ into our lives.” But Jesus taught that we should soberly “count the cost” ahead of time and be prepared to “carry our cross.” Today we’ll consider six reasons why we should be rational, considered and enlightened when we decide to follow Jesus.

The No-Excuses RSVP

Mark Pierce

3/12/17

Description:Good. Better. Best. When it comes to making life choices, God is not satisfied with good or even better choices. He wants what is best for me. Especially when it comes to my relationship with God. So when God grants an invitation to His banquet, my RSVP must be “yes” and “now.” What keeps you from saying “yes” and “now” to God’s invitation? We study Jesus’ parable in Luke 14:15-26 and along the way consider how to make certain our RSVP is always the right one.

What Comes Naturally

Mark Pierce

3/5/17

Description:What comes naturally is often not a good idea for us if we are Christ followers. Jesus gives us a couple of natural examples in Luke 14:7-14. We talk about responding in God’s Spirit rather than reacting in our own nature.

Shelter Under The Wings

Mark Pierce

2/26/17

Description:Jesus is the ultimate promise keeper! That isn’t just a statement about our future, but also about our present. We talk about how Jesus promises to become our protection in times of difficulty. Open your Bible to Luke 13:31-34 and prepare to be encouraged in your faith!

Narrow Wide Door

Mark Pierce

2/19/17

Description:This sermon’s Scripture from Luke 13:22-30 is a sobering reminder to continuously examine our Christian walk to be certain of our salvation. Jesus tells us that not everyone who believes they are a Christ-follower really is one! How can we know for sure? And what about salvation… is it by God’s grace alone or must there be effort on our part? We will talk about the balance we need to know between God’s work on our behalf and what effort is needed from us.

Small To Great

Mark Pierce

2/12/17

Description:What is the Kingdom of God like? It’s a question that Jesus’ disciples ask - both 2,000 years ago and today. Jesus answers that it’s like a mustard seed and yeast. What does that mean? How does it change how we live? We discover mind bending truths to the physics of God’s Kingdom.

Rule Keeping & Heart Freeing

Mark Pierce

2/5/17

Description:Jesus healed people on the Sabbath, according to Luke 13:10-17 and 14:1-6. What should we learn from His example about rule keeping and commandment observing? We consider 4 misunderstandings about the Sabbath and then 3 applications for ourselves.

Limited Offer

Mark Pierce

1/29/17

Description:“Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” This famous verse forms the center of Jesus’ preaching ministry. What does it mean to repent? Is this something that we do once and then forget it? Or is there something more involved? We consider Jesus’ teaching in Luke 13:1-9. We learn that there is a limited time to take advantage of God’s most amazing offer.

Advice For Today's Christian

Mark Pierce

1/22/17

Description:This is front and center of today’s headlines: “We Live In Divided Times.” What makes our sermon today so special is not that these divisions headlined this week’s news, but that this headline was announced 2,000 years ago by Jesus himself! What should we do about the divisions that we see all around us? We consider Luke 12:49-59 and receive advice for these divided days straight from our Lord Himself.

Entrusted With Much

Mark Pierce

1/15/17

Description:How much have you been given? Are you entrusted with much? Compared to other Christians down through the ages, the answer might surprise you! We continue our study of Jesus’ promise to return again in Luke 12:41-48. Along the way we consider 3 applications of Jesus’ instructions.

Ready To Serve

Mark Pierce

1/8/17

Description:In our fast paced lifestyles, many of us enjoy frozen and prepared-in-advance, ready to serve meals. In Luke 12:35-40 Jesus tells us that we are also to be prepared-in-advance and ready to serve. We consider exactly what this means and how to do it in what we hope will be a delicious sermon for our hungry souls.

Good News Of Great Joy

Mark Pierce

12/24/16

Description:Good News Greetings! We talk about the very first Christmas greeting card sent from Heaven! Hallmark has nothing to compare! We consider each aspect of the fantastic, wonderful, incredible, best possible good news we have ever received. Open your Bibles to Luke 2:8-15 and prepare your heart to receive good news from God!

Why Christians Should Not Worry

Mark Pierce

12/4/16

Description:Don’t Worry Be Happy! Another word for happy is blessed. It’s hard to experience real Christmas blessings when suffering from Christmas stress and worry. Jesus gave us 8 really good reasons not to worry in Luke 12:22-34. Prepare to hear a “worry-free” sermon!

How To Be Rich Towards God

Mark Pierce

11/27/16

Description:Would you like to know about the best wealth you can have? A wealth that you literally can keep for eternity? We continue our studies in Luke by considering 12:12-21. Along the way we discover six axioms of wealth God’s way! Open up your Bibles along with your heavenly bank accounts!

Facing Giants

Ken Jacob

11/20/16

Description:Are you facing some giant challenges in your life? Do your problems seem too big to handle? We are blessed to hear from Ken Jacob, who as a professional counselor, has talked to children and families about every conceivable difficulty. Ken will focus our attention on 1 Corinthians 10:13 and help us see 5 truths about every giant we face in life.