Description:One of the hardest things about the Christian faith is accepting the fact that God saves us only because of His grace. We can't earn it and we don't deserve it. He doesn't owe us anything. But once we begin to understand what true grace is, the more we will appreciate God for who He is and what He does.
Description:What has the ultimate authority in our lives? Many people have relied on religious leaders or ancient writings to guide them and they've placed these people and things on the same level as the Bible. As we continue our series celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we look at the doctrine that the Bible alone is the ultimate tool God uses to guide us.
Description:As we prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we begin a 5-part message series exploring the key doctrines that were affirmed during that time. These are foundational truths of Christianity. Today's is Christ Alone. Why do we believe that Jesus Christ is the only one who can save us?
Description:In this final message in our series in the book of Obadiah, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us why God is just to judge sinners. It all comes down to one question: whose kingdom are we living in?
Description:We enjoy Bible passages that talk about love and everlasting life. But what about the passages that discuss God's wrath toward people? In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us why God's judgment is justified and good.
Adopted For Life
Description:When we become Christians we become part of God's family. What does this mean and what power does it give us to live the Christian life?
What Moves Us
Description:Whether we move our bodies, think thoughts about other people or express attitudes about the world around us, all of this comes from one place. In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto digs back into the book of Obadiah as he shows us what drives us and how God wants to change it.
Becoming the Body
Description:The Apostle Paul uses the imagery of a human body to discuss how Christians work together and how important they are to each other. But how do we become a part of this body?
Description:God actually gives us permission to throw burning coals on someone we're fighting with. Pastor Cisco Cotto unpacks this popular Proverb in order to show us when, where, and how we can "burn someone."
Which Road Do I Choose?
Description:Most of us would like to make wise decisions, but how do we get the wisdom that allows us to avoid making painful mistakes?
Where's Your Confidence?
Description:The Apostle Paul did everything he could to obtain favor from God. In this message, Pastor Sam Reed explains why everything Paul tried wasn't enough and what it says about how we can confidently trust in our relationship with Jesus.
The Ministry of Hope
Description:In the second part of his message series in Colossians, Dr. Daniel Green of Moody Theological Seminary shows us our role in sharing the hope of Jesus with the people around us.
Look Nowhere Else
Description:Dr. Daniel Green of Moody Theological Seminary begins a two week series of messages in Colossians chapter 1 by detailing why Jesus (and Jesus alone) is worthy of our worship and praise.
How Jesus Chooses
Description:Youth Pastor Joshua Edwards shares with us Jesus' strategy for making big decisions and how it should impact how we make decisions in our lives.
Description:In this look at Gideon, Justin Zahraee (PhD student at Wheaton College) takes us on a journey that shows us true courage and the God who provides it.
Description:John spends his entire gospel explaining why people should believe in Jesus. Then he wraps up his book with Jesus' call to "Follow Me." What did Jesus mean by this and why did John choose to use it as the exclamation point of his message about Jesus?
Description:As Jesus concludes His prayer for His followers, one of His desires is that His people truly know Him. It's through this relationship that we are empowered to live in unity with other Christians and draw others to Jesus.
Jesus' Time In The World
Description:Jesus spent more than 3 years in ministry before He was put to death. What can we learn from His time in the world that relates to our own lives? There are challenges and also great opportunities in living life like Jesus.
Description:One of the things Jesus prays for before heading to the cross is that His people would "be one." Jesus is referring to much more than simply getting along. In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto describes what it means for God's people to "be one" with each other and Him.
Jesus Prays For Himself
Description:Right after Jesus offers encouraging words to His disciples, He offers what may seem like encouraging words to Himself. But in this prayer of Jesus we see a glimpse of the main reason He came to earth, died, and rose again.
Two "Why?" Questions
Description:There are several things Jesus says that are hard to understand. But as we study the final pieces of encouragement in this series of last words of Jesus, we get plain answers to two significant questions: why can we have relationship with God and how can we have peace?
Two Benefits of the Resurrection
Description:There are many ways Christians benefit from Jesus' resurrection from the dead. However, as Jesus begins closing out His time on earth He has some encouragements for His disciples including these two specific reasons that they (and we) would benefit from His resurrection.
It's Good He's Gone
Description:Jesus tells His disciples that it's better for them if He leaves. What a stunning statement to people who were grieving at the news that Jesus would someday be gone. But in this passage in the gospel of John, Jesus shows us why it's actually better for each of us that He left the earth after rising from the dead. It's to our benefit that He's gone!
Kept From Stumbling
Description:As we continue our study of Jesus' final words to His followers in John, we read of Jesus telling them that He wants to keep them from stumbling. What does He mean by this? Should Christians not have hard times or is there something deeper that He is trying to show us?
Description:Jesus promises His people that they will be mistreated. But how does Jesus react when this mistreatment happens? Does He ignore it or does He work to make changes in the people who are persecuting?
Don't Be Surprised
Description:Christians are mistreated all over the world. Some lose jobs or friends because of their faith. Others may lose their lives because of Jesus. As we continue in our series in the gospel of John we learn what Jesus says about His people being persecuted.
What's The Fruit?
Description:Last week we learned that being connected to Jesus produces fruit in our lives. But what's the fruit? In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us a few of the ways our lives change when we stay connected to Jesus.
The Way To Really Thrive
Description:Many of us are living the Christian life the wrong way. We don't experience joy, peace or satisfaction in our souls and we assume somehow it's God's fault. But what if the reason we don't experience those things is we're living life wrong? In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us how we need to live the Christian life if we really want to thrive.
Description:There have been many significant religious leaders throughout history who have made an impact on many lives. But why is Jesus different? On Easter Sunday we reflect on what makes Jesus worthy of praise, when all the others aren't.
Why The Blood?
Description:The Bible contains many things that are hard to understand. One of them is the image God paints in the book of Exodus of His people putting blood on their doorposts in order to be saved from death. In this Good Friday message, Pastor Cisco Cotto helps us understand why God had His people do this, why He placed the story in the Bible, and what it means for each of us today.
Jesus' Thoughts On Easter
Description:As Jesus prepared to say goodbye to His closest friends, He had some encouraging words about His upcoming death. But also some challenges that might have surprised them. In this Palm Sunday message, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us 4 results of Easter, according to Jesus.
How Is The Spirit Like Glue
Description:When Jesus knew He was leaving His followers He wanted to give them some encouragement. One thing that comforted them was knowing this mystery: even though Jesus was going away we'd still be connected to Him every day!
Believing Is Doing
Description:In the previous message in this series we learned that seeing is believing. When we witness who Jesus is and what He does, we are powerfully led to belief in Him. But then what? In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us the next steps in the lives of every believer.
Face Those Giants
Description:When we are in need of hope, healing, faith, or victory there is a famous story that can show us exactly how to lean on Christ to get these things in our lives. Roy Patterson of Moody Bible Institute joins us for this special Sunday sermon.
Seeing Is Believing
Description:Jesus' followers desperately wanted to see God. What they didn't realize was that He was right in front of them the whole time. How can Jesus' interactions with His disciples show us the way to truly experience God?
How Belief Comforts
Description:As Jesus prepares to say goodbye to His closest friends, He offers some advice on how they can be comforted when He's gone. What lessons can we learn for our lives from His words to His disciples?
How God Uses Suffering For Our Good
Description:Pastor Cisco Cotto offering twelve ways God uses suffering for good in our lives.
How We Should Live
Description:As Jesus begins His final words to His disciples, we get encouragement about how each of us is supposed to live our lives in order to bring God glory.
On Presidents and Refugees
Description:There is tension in our country like never before. People are unfriending each other on Facebook. Family members are refusing to talk to one another. And it's all because of politics. In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto calls us back to what the Bible says about leaders and refugees in an effort to help us handle these situations more like Jesus.
Train For Godliness
Description:None of us lives a perfect life and it can be frustrating. We try harder and harder and don't seem to make any significant changes. But God tells us He wants us to live godly lives. How do we do it? In this message, Colton Tatham of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church helps us see what God wants from us and how He helps us get there.
Christ's Antidote For Anxiety
Description:Nearly everyone suffers from some level of anxiety. It may be because of politics, work, family, or financial pressures. What does Jesus say about how to move past anxiety?
Take A Rest
Description:Many people have no trouble working hard. It's resting that's tough for them. In the last message in our Work Matter series, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us that taking time to rest in the Lord is just as important as working well.
How God Sees Bosses
Description:Throughout history, relationships between bosses and employees have been contentious. But it wasn't that way in the beginning and God wants to help us change it. In this message, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us 3 keys to healing relationships between bosses and employees.
Who's The Boss?
Description:We've spent several weeks learning about work. God created it and it's good, but sin messes it up. In this message we get some practical advise about what our work lives should look like, since God has wired us to work.
What Went Wrong?
Description:Last week we learned that God created each of us to work and says it's good. But many people dislike their jobs and others try to get out of work altogether. What went wrong? In this message, we learn why work now seems like an enemy and how God is fixing it.
Made to Work
Description:Though work may be hard and, at times, we may not like it, the Bible shows us that it was part of God's plan from the beginning. In this first message in our series, Pastor Cisco shows us the profound reasons we were made to work.
The Reason For His Birth
Description:As we wrap up our message series in Isaiah at Advent, Pastor Cisco shows us how the ancient prophet revealed the reasons the King would come. And these reasons impact us every day and for all of eternity.
The Promised King
Description:Isaiah promised long ago that a king would be born, but what would he be like? Isaiah helps us see that King Jesus was no ordinary child and still has many extraordinary things to do.
The One Who Shines
Description:Everyone knows there are struggles in this world. Relationships may break down. Political leaders can be corrupt. And there are always wars and rumors of wars. Is there any way for us to have hope? In this Advent message from Isaiah, Pastor Cisco Cotto shows us why we can have hope for today and the future.