Pastor Will Crawford's Installation
Pastor Dennis Pust and Pastor Will Crawford
Pastor Luis Sanchez
Description:Today Jesus is forming a new family made up of all people who have put their trust in Him. This new family is made up of people from every walk imaginable. This last Sunday we wrapped up this series we talked about what sets us apart as the new family of Jesus’ and how living out His Kingdom on this side of eternity is a dress rehearsal for the next. Pastor Luis Sanchez
Pastor Will Crawford
Description:The Bible is full of descriptive terms showing us our true spiritual identity in Jesus. Often what we read about ourselves in the Bible is so foreign to how we would describe ourselves and how others define us. What is this new identity we are given as people who follow Jesus? What difference does it make in our own lives, to our relationship with Jesus, and to how we see the world around us? What do we do with the false identities we have been believing for so long about ourselves?
Pastor Will Crawford
Description:2 Cor 5:11-21Often something that was once new and exciting can become old, common and dull. What does it mean to become a new creation in Jesus, why do we need to be made new in Jesus and what do we do if that new life becomes old, dull and stagnate?Pastor Will Crawford
Pastor Will Crawford
Description:When Jesus is doing a ‘new thing' it often means us giving up our plans and desires on what those things should be and how they should unfold. This past week we looked at a story in the life of Jesus’ ministry, see what it meant to those who wanted to be apart of what he was doing, and how some other people responded to the new kingdom he was bringing. We gained insight in how the ‘new thing’ Jesus does often will mean a radical shift in our perspective and priorities and even may cause us to have to give some things up both personally and corporately.Pastor Will Crawford
Description:At the beginning of every year we get the opportunity to reset. And ask God, “What are you up to?” Some years we build mostly on the year prior. Yet in some seasons, it is as if He does a hard reset and does something new altogether. This last week we talked about what it takes to receive the new thing that God wants to do. Could he be wanting to do something new in the Pacific Northwest? On South Whidbey? In your family? In your heart. ~ Pastor Luis Sanchez
Description:As the year comes to an end, this last Sunday we talked about what the Bible has to say about endings and new beginnings. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Pastor Matt Erickson
Description:This last Sunday morning Pastor Matthew Erikson from Hope Church, Oak Harbor took us through the fourth Sunday of Advent and the theme of peace. We discovered how peace and patience are linked together as we wait for God's promises to be fulfilled.Isaiah 9:6
Pastor Dave Pierson
Description:During Advent, especially, we love to sing, “Joy to the World!” But what is joy and how can we experience it? A famous theologian once said, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” Rev. David Pierson
Description:This past Sunday the Church the world over will began the Advent season. Advent, is the preparation period during the Church year that allows us to celebrate Jesus’ first coming intentionally. Advent creates space for us to focus and center our hearts and lives on Christ’s first coming as we ascend through December into Christmas. The first week of Advent focuses on hope.Leading up to Jesus’ coming the Jewish people hoped for a promised deliverer—their Messiah, no one hoped more than a devout man named Simeon. This past Sunday we looked at Simeon’s life and assignment in waiting for the Lord.Luke 2:22-40
Pastor Will Crawford
Description:Showing gratitude today seems to be all the rage. Even celebrities like Oprah are telling people about the power in being grateful in their lives. And yet before any of these people got on the bandwagon, God’s word has taught us to be a people characterized by gratitude.“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8-9. How can we be a people characterized by thankfulness and gratitude even when things in our lives may not be all that great?
Pastor Will Crawford
Description:In Luke 10, Jesus shares one of His best known parables. He teaches, the Good Samaritan. It is, without a doubt, one of the strongest examples of what it means for followers of Jesus to love others as he did. What was Jesus teaching here? How does the truth Jesus shared here impact us today and how should we live this truth out personally?Luke 10:25-37Pastor Will Crawford
Description:This past week we looked at a parable where Jesus teaches us on the attitude we should have when we pray.
Description:This last week we continued in Jesus’ parables. We looked at a story that Jesus told about a man and two sons, their intentions, their actions and what we can learn from their responses to God’s invitation to His Kingdom.Matthew 21:28-32• Pastor Luis Sanchez •
Pastor Dave Pierson
Description:This last week we continued studying the parables of Jesus, in which he addresses the deepest questions of our hearts, human history and the Kingdom of God. We studied the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds, and we learned from Jesus about the goodness of God, the vexing problem of evil and our response to these realities. Matthew 13:24-30• Pastor Dave Pierson •
Description:Stories are powerful. Every culture has them. The best of stories have a lesson behind them. Jesus told stories, which in the Bible are referred to as “parables”. Parables are stories with a spiritual meaning. They help connect things we are familiar to with things we may not understand…at first. This last week we started a series on the parables of Jesus.Pastor Luis Sanchez
Jeremy & Renee
Description:Missionaries, Jeremy & Renee Bergevin, were here to share how God is at work in Mongolia.
Pastor Will Crawford
Description:How do you respond when things get so difficult in life you aren’t even sure you will even make it through? Most of us call out to God and ask him to make it all stop. When the disciples faced troubles, they did the same thing. This past Sunday we looked at one of those situations they faced, how they responded and what Jesus taught them. – Pastor Will (Pastoral Candidate)
Description:So far in the Sermon on the Mount we’ve covered the meaning of discipleship, the attitudes that God blesses and the heart that followers of Jesus should have towards Him and His teachings. This past Sunday we continued in the Sermon on the Mount we will talk about what Jesus said about fasting. - Rev. Luis Sanchez
Description:In chapter five of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus takes six Old Testament laws and interprets them for His followers. Jesus reveals that being right with God is more than changing how we act and more than striving to keep our interpretation of heaven’s standards. This is difficult, but there’s hope…Rev. Luis Sanchez
Description:This month we will spend 4 weeks on Jesus’ most famous speech, The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). It was a "life-sermon" for Jesus, something that he personally lived-out and a sermon that he likely preached multiple times and in multiple settings. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus shares God’s loving vision for His people. Jesus believed that if could catch God's vision for us, that we could live consequential lives and make a great difference in the world. This past week, specifically, we talked about God’s standards of “good” and what we can expect when we live up to his standards of goodness. Rev. Luis Sanchez
Description:This past week’s message took a look at the 10 Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. What did Jesus mean when he said that he came, not to abolish, but to fulfill the law?” C.S. Lewis made the remarkable claim that Jesus is turning his followers into “the same kind of thing as himself.” Join us as we explore what Jesus’ transformational impact might mean for our lives and in our world. Let the adventure begin! -Dave Pierson
Description:This past Sunday we turned our attention to the Psalms of new orientation, Trevor Hamaker says the following about the Psalms, "In times of orientation, everything makes sense in the routines of our lives. In times of disorientation, the predictable routine has been broken and we sense loss, darkness, and despair which can last weeks, months, or years. In times of new orientation, we are filled with gratitude, wonder, and praise as we realize that God has lifted us out of the pit and set us on a new course that is both similar to and different from the one we were on in our time of orientation.” These categories often mimic what we find to be true in our lives—that in life, God meets us in both our valleys and peaks.Regardless of what season you are in today, “disorientation" doesn’t last forever. God eventually shows up and helps us out of our haze! When he does that, the psalmist have one response in common, praise!
Description:The call for perseverance given to Christians who are facing an obstinate, challenging and hostile culture is not a new one, but one that has been repeated many times in different ways since the beginning of the church. Yet for many today, maybe you, it is a new call, and one you feel ill equipped for. This past Sunday we looked at the practical dimensions of this call in what today we increasingly call “a secular age”, an age that lives without practical reference to God, an age when our educated classes seem willing to believe “anything but Jesus,” and an age that views Christian faith as an obstacle to its ambitions. Our goals will be to seek understanding, compassion, resilience and yes confidence! That’s why this text was written.
Description:The book of Psalms was and is the hymnbook of the Jewish people. While it includes songs of celebratory worship it also records the songs, poems and prayers of people in distress. Scholars call these psalms, the “Psalms of lament". These songs and prayers are real, raw and have an edge of desperation to them. This past Sunday we explored the question, “Why does that Bible include the Psalms of lament?” We looked at Psalm 142:2. - Rev. Luis Sanchez
Description:Summer can be a time to refocus our thoughts and energies. To that end our attention this past Sunday was simply, but deeply be on the person and work of Christ alone. Christ has been made out to be many things down through history. The list is amazingly long. Sadly for many people he is no more than a curse word. Strangely, even ironically, a culture that deeply rejects Christ, his life, his teachings and his atoning death, may still try to use him or a caricature of him for its own purposes. This understanding should shape our very lives and ministry as a church. Pastor Steve
Description:This past weekend we looked at Isaiah 30:15-22Summer is a time for vacations and that reminds us of our need for rest, renewal and recreation. Have you ever wondered though why even in the midst of vacations you don’t feel refreshed at times, even worn out? This past Sunday we looked at some of the most amazing verses from the book of Isaiah written in the 8th century B.C. that focus our attention on the spiritual dimension of rest and how much God intensely desires that for us. Pastor Steve Miller
Description:This past weekend we will be in Psalms 51:16-17.We talked about ruthless honesty and trust before a just and merciful God.
Pastor Matthew Erikson
Description:Jesus has called us to love our enemies. In a world of brokenness and contempt, how do we do that? This past Sunday we opened up Luke 6 in order to understand the posture we need in order to love and ultimately serve our enemies. Our church planter to Oak Harbor, Matthew Erikson provided the sermon this week.Luke 6:27-38
Description:Hope to see you around the island, if not on Sunday morning! This past Sunday I spoke about preparing yourself as a church for the next season that God has for you. How will you do that? What must you give yourself to NOW that will determine who you will be in the future? The word we want to consider is “practice” and then those things we should devote ourselves to the most. The title of the message is, “Practicing the Christian Faith: The Church We Would Be”, and it is taken from Acts 2:42-47.
Description:"This past Fathers Day Sunday we talked about God's heart towards us as his children. We talked about fear, compassion and a love that leads to connection and restoration in Psalm 103:13-14." - Pastor Luis
Description:“This past Sunday Pastor Steve continued his series with Part 2 - “The Church in Antioch: A Gospel Centered, Missional Church; Discerning Developing and Deploying Leaders” from Acts 13:1-13. Yea, I know it’s a long title, but the Puritans did it before me. There are two story-lines in this amazing text, but first we see something about this church earlier in Acts 11:21, “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” What is “the Lord’s hand” here and how and when can it be said “the Lord’s hand” is with us today or needs to be?
Pastor Dave Miles
Description:This past sunday we had the pleasure of hearing from Dave Miles who is the Founding Partner of Vital Church Ministries. He brought the message from Romans 12:1-10.
Description:Yea, I know it’s a long title, but the Puritans did it before me. There are two story-lines in this amazing text, but first we see something about this church earlier in Acts 11:21, “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” What is “the Lord’s hand” here and how and when can it be said “the Lord’s hand” is with us today or needs to be?-Pastor SteveActs 13:1-13
Description:Forty Days after Jesus’ resurrection and just before He ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father, Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit would come on them with power to help them continue His mission. They didn’t know how long they would have to wait, but ten days later the promised Holy Spirit came during the day of Pentecost. This past Sunday we joined many Churches all over the world commemorating this event, which catalyzed the birth to the Church over 2,000 years ago.
Description:1 Timothy 5:1-16This past Sunday we honored our mother and in the message we looked at “The List of Honor” as it speaks to a special class of women and mothers, those who have experienced the hardship of widow hood. We also saw the place of compassion, respect, responsibility, and honor that these exemplary women were due from the church family then and now. There are lessons in abundance for all of us in the text!
Description:Sermon Series: The Church in Ephesus: The Stories It TellsToday we finished by addressing the struggles we have in prayer. The Church in Ephesus: The Story of Answered Prayers, Ephesians 3:14-21Instead of these prayers- Distracted Prayer, Dutiful Prayer, Driven Prayer, Dry Prayer, Dangerous Prayer, Dropped Prayer, there is Drawing Prayer where Christ lovingly draws us into moment by moment communion with him. Praying is hard, but possible then.Definition of Prayer- “Prayer is not so much a technique to be mastered, a duty to be performed or checked off, but a life well lived in a rhythm of openness, vulnerability, regular, frequent frank discussion and then full surrender to a loving, Heavenly Father, resulting in ever-increasing amounts of hopefulness in a hopeless, cynical world.”
Pastor Matthew Erickson
Description:This past Sunday we heared from Pastor Matthew Erikson as he shared from Matthew 28:16-20 and how we are called to be evangelists in light of the command to love God and love our neighbors.
Description:Every church that has existed for as many years as the church in Ephesus has many stories to tell from one generation to the next. It will be known in its community for the people who have been associated with it, the deeds it has done, and for the message it portrays. Most of all it will be known by Christ. There are lessons to be learned for sure, but most importantly, 'What is the Spirit saying to the church today, my church, the church I attend'?”We have looked at the several stories the church in Ephesus tells us from the book of Revelation and then Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Now we turned to Paul’s last known letter, 2 Timothy for another story.
Description:In his commentary on the gospel of John, Warren W. Wiersbe, writes “The lost world cannot see God, but they can see Christians, and what they see in us is what they believe about God.” This past Sunday we took some time to explore what the Bible has to say about unity among believers and why loving each other well as the family of God matters. John 17:20-21
Description:At this time in our culture just about everything is “being put out there” as far as thoughts, feelings, outrages, emotions, anger and yes, our hopes and dreams. Social media is “on fire” you might say. Does all this venting on Twitter, Facebook and in person sometimes, make us feel good? Or does it leave us discouraged, cynical, alienated and empty? Might we consider another way? Might we consider or reconsider Christ who is presented to us in the New Testament? Would his life, his example, his teaching have anything for us to learn in this moment? Let me be honest, the church itself has not always looked very much like Christ. In the first century though, during the time of the Roman Empire, when things were also complicated, conflicted and confusing, many people from all sectors of society, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, and all religious backgrounds considered Christ and turned to him in great hope.
Description:Palm Sunday is a day remembered mostly for adoring crowds,peaceful praise and waving palm branches. Less known and perhaps less understood is the next day, when Jesus comes into the temple courts and comes as “the great disrupter”. He cleanses the temple or in reality confronts “sham religion”. This past Sunday we saw what Jesus had to say about “bad religion” and why it cost him his life……..
Description:This Sunday we welcomed Keith Neigenfind, International Worker in Thailand. Keith is married and has two young children. He is on home assignment in California and will be returning to Thailand soon. 1 Peter 2:4-12
Description: This past Sunday Pastor Steve is back and continued the series The Church in Ephesus: The Stories It Tells.
Pastor Luis Sanchez
Description:This past week we looked at a well known passage found in Luke 15:1-7, where Jesus tells the story of a Shepherd who leaves everything behind in search of a lost a sheep. We were reminded of God’s great love for us and hopefully leave encouraged regarding ordinary ways that we could partner with God in helping others cross-over into God’s Kingdom.