The Promise of Providence
Hanibal RodriguezJune 17, 2018
As we continue our series on ten foundational promises of God, we are reminded that God is completely in control, and is able to fulfill all that He promises. Pastor Hanibal then asks three important questions, to help us grasp this truth, understand why ...
The Promise of Pardon
Rob BughJune 10, 2018
Launching a 10-week series, God of Promises, Pastor Rob begins by focusing on an amazing promise that is unique to the Christian faith. He looks into the book of Isaiah to examine the promise of abundant pardon and forgiveness available to us—not by ...
What if? – Week 3
Rob BughJune 3, 2018
Looking at Matthew 25 and Christ's parable of the servants and the resources entrusted to them by their Master, Pastor Rob talks about all God has given to us and our church. He then talks about how we can wisely invest—and risk—in Christ's ...
What if? – Week 2
Hanibal RodriguezMay 27, 2018
As we continue to consider a new vision for carrying out our mission over the next five years, Pastor Hanibal talks about the importance of pursuing diversity in our church that reflects the community around us. He explains why this mirrors God’s eternal ...
What if? – Week 1
Rob BughMay 20, 2018
Looking at our long history of outreach and our mission to love God, grow together, and reach the world, Pastor Rob talks about what God may be leading us to accomplish in the next five years. Knowing that "God is able to accomplish immeasurably more ...
The Lord's Prayer
Rob BughMay 13, 2018
In a Mother’s Day message for moms—and dads and singles and everyone else—Pastor Rob points to the vital importance, and awesome privilege, of prayer. The Lord’s Prayer, possibly the best known prayer ever prayed, has much to teach us, Rob says, ...
Parenting Practices – Part 2
Rob BughMay 6, 2018
As we conclude our series on some of life's most important relationships, Pastor Rob looks to the book of Ephesians to explore the roles of love, authority, and wisdom in godly parenting.
Parenting Practices – Part 1
Rob BughApril 29, 2018
As we continue our series on some of life's most important relationships, Pastor Rob talks about parenting. He explains that the role of parents isn’t to own or control our children—but to nurture their hearts on behalf of God and His purposes. ...
Lon AllisonApril 22, 2018
What does the Bible have to say about singleness? While many people see singleness as secondary and marriage as primary, the Bible teaches that for many of us, singleness is the preferred state—and both marriage and singleness are ordained by God. Continuing ...
Overcoming Marriage Problems
Lon AllisonApril 15, 2018
Pastor Lon continues our series on Marriage, Singleness, and Parenting by reminding us that both marriage and singleness are ordained by God. He then looks to Genesis 2 and explains that though we were created to be known, we are inept at accomplishing ...
Making Marriage Meaningful
Rob BughApril 8, 2018
“A great marriage,” Pastor Rob says, “is grounded in the giving and receiving of truth.” As he launches a five-week series on Marriage, Singleness, and Parenting, Rob examines the importance of speaking truth, demonstrating love, and exercising ...
Rob BughApril 1, 2018
For those who first witnessed Jesus’ resurrection, as well as those who celebrate it today, Easter is all about change—sudden and powerful change. In his Easter message, Pastor Rob explores the implications of the change that was triggered when Jesus ...
Alive: Palm Sunday
Lon AllisonMarch 25, 2018
The world-transforming events of Holy Week began with a flicker of hope among the cheering crowds that the long-awaited Messiah had arrived. But while the crowds soon had their doubts, Pastor Lon says, there is no question that hope had arrived—even ...
Living Hope 11
Hanibal RodriguezMarch 18, 2018
When we face extreme difficulty, our friends—both those who do and don't follow Christ—often offer advice on how to stand firm. But as Pastor Hanibal reminds us, only one thing can help us hold fast in times of pain and chaos—and it's available ...
Living Hope 10
Rob BughMarch 11, 2018
Most of us would agree, we live in a leadership-challenged world, with the emphasis on ego and personal success. As we continue our series, Rob talks about being and living out hope through our Christ-like care of others, as he looks at five practical ...
Living Hope 9
Rob BughMarch 4, 2018
No matter what chaos, suffering, or struggle threatens to overwhelm us, 1 Peter 4 brings perspective to our pain and a surprising answer to the age-old question—one you may be asking—Why me?
Living Hope 8
Rob BughFebruary 25, 2018
How would we live if we really believed what 1 Peter 4:7 says: “The end of all things is near”? In his message, Pastor Rob reminds us of the “ultimate reality” that Jesus could come at any moment, and life in this world will change in an instant. ...
Living Hope 7
Rob BughFebruary 18, 2018
Pastor Rob begins this message by sharing eight simple words a friend spoke to him that changed the trajectory of his life. He then continues our series by considering the power of words —both God's and our own—and four areas of practical instruction ...
Living Hope 6
Lon AllisonFebruary 11, 2018
Continuing our series from 1 Peter, Pastor Lon considers how we can thrive in a chaotic world that's changing so quickly around us. He reminds us that we are part of a royal, holy priesthood—temporary citizens, yes—but on display so that even ...
Living Hope 5
Phil ShieldsFebruary 4, 2018
Continuing the conversation about how to live in peace in the midst of a chaotic world, Pastor Phil Shields looks to the second chapter of 1 Peter. This passage points God’s children to a practical action step that will allow us to experience that peace ...
Living Hope 4
Hanibal RodriguezJanuary 28, 2018
Peter writes to Christians, "Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God." Living within the Church as one people can be challenging, but also one of the most beautiful things we can ever experience. In this message, Pastor ...
Lon AllisonJanuary 21, 2018
As we continue our series on how to live lives of hope in spite of the difficulties we so often face, Pastor Lon looks at a powerful passage from the book of 1 Peter. Reminding us that the full benefit of God's grace will be unleashed only at Christ's ...
Hanibal RodriguezJanuary 14, 2018
This message takes us further into our series in 1 Peter—exploring how to live a life of true hope, in spite of the personal and cultural chaos we so often confront. Pastor Hannibal describes how the hope afforded through faith in Jesus Christ differs ...
Rob BughJanuary 7, 2018
We all have a longing for hope—the feeling that better times are coming. But for the people who first read Peter’s letter—and those of us who read it today—those feelings of positive expectation don’t always come naturally. For Peter’s readers ...
Phil ShieldsDecember 31, 2017
Arriving in Jerusalem after Jesus’ birth, the Magi were looking for the newborn King, whose star they had seen in the east. They didn’t find Him in Jerusalem, but soon they were on their way, sent by a jealous King Herod—and led by the star—to ...
Rob BughDecember 24, 2017
The message from our Christmas Eve service at Wheaton Bible Church. Listen in as Pastor Rob Bugh shares some thoughts about the nativity and how we can relate.
Rob BughDecember 17, 2017
In a world filled with suffering, joy can seem illusive. Yet, as the shepherds in the story of Christ's birth demonstrate, the key to experiencing joy is not in living a problem-free life. Pastor Rob explains three ways these first-hand witnesses ...
Lon AllisonDecember 10, 2017
As we continue into the celebration of Advent, Pastor Lon explains that the miracle of Christ's birth was filled with both peaks and valleys for those personally involved. Looking at the life of Mary, he explains how great joy—but also fears and ...
Zechariah and Elizabeth
Rob BughDecember 3, 2017
As we enter the season of Advent, Pastor Rob looks at the subject of joy—one of the most illusive longings of the human heart. He explains that all Scripture is an account of joy lost, recovered, and completed, and nowhere is this demonstrated more fully ...
Wil FrancoNovember 26, 2017
As we conclude this series from 1st John, we look at the final verse on idolatry—which many believe cements all the teachings that precede it. Pastor Wil begins by explaining what idolatry really is, and then explores how this one sin can stand in the ...
Faith that Overcomes the World
Rob BughNovember 19, 2017
All humans, even the most secular, exercise faith on a daily basis—whether we’re eating a meal, driving in traffic, or opening our computers. But there’s a special kind of faith displayed by those who follow Jesus Christ, and it’s that faith Pastor ...
Love Divine, All Love Excelling
Lon AllisonNovember 12, 2017
The English language uses the word love in many contexts—from affection to friendship to romance. As we continue in our series of studies in 1 John, Pastor Lon defines these kinds of love—as well as the supernatural agape love that God has shown to ...
Testing the Spirits
Rob BughNovember 5, 2017
Many people today say there is no absolute truth, Jesus can't be the only way to God, and that being good is more important than what you believe. But in this message Pastor Rob explains the importance of testing such thinking against the truth God ...
Loving Others and Praying Like Crazy
Rob BughOctober 29, 2017
What John does in this letter, Pastor Rob says, is to clarify three ways we can know that we love God and that He lives in us: the truth test, the obedience test, the love test. In this sixth message in our Love Works series, Pastor Rob Bugh focuses on ...
Part of Something Bigger, Part II
Lon AllisonOctober 22, 2017
On our second MissionsFest Sunday—focusing on our own community—Pastor Lon reminded us of God’s call to “welcome the foreigner.” From Colossians 4, he reminded us of the power of prayer and our potential to represent Christ through our actions ...
Part of Something Bigger
Steve AddisonOctober 15, 2017
Steve Addison with MOVE Australia was our speaker on Global MissionsFest Sunday, laying out three important elements that come together as we experience what it means to “part of something bigger” as we each find our role in God’s grand mission to ...
Loving God and Living It
Rob BughOctober 8, 2017
Looking at all that is happening in our world today, people are beginning to wonder, How much horror can we handle? If God is sovereign, Pastor Rob says, this is not the time to hunker down in fear, but to serve and respond with hope, and live out our ...
Hanibal RodriguezOctober 1, 2017
Continuing our studies in 1 John, Pastor Hanibal takes a fresh look at worldliness, reminding us what worldliness is, what it is not, and three reasons why it is possible for us—as His children—to resist the strong desires for things of this world ...
Obedience, Love, and Jesus
Rob BughSeptember 24, 2017
The New Testament book of 1 John, Pastor Rob says, keeps returning to two central themes: loving God and loving others. In chapter 2 we discover how our love, or lack of love, for others reveals the authenticity of the faith in Him that we profess—but ...
Light and Darkness; Sin and Forgiveness
Rob BughSeptember 17, 2017
The joy promised to Christians isn't an occassional, "hit or miss" joy, but one that is permanent and complete. Pastor Rob continues this series from 1 John by looking at three ingredients of joy: basic beliefs of those who experience fellowship ...
The Incarnation of the Word of Life
Rob BughSeptember 10, 2017
This message introduces this 10-week series on the New Testament book of 1st John—105 verses that explain how to live out the two great distinctives of the Christian faith—loving God and loving others. Pastor Rob begins by walking through the four ...
Rob BughSeptember 3, 2017
The Bible, from beginning to end, is a radical, theological treatise on generosity. Pastor Rob begins this message with a reminder that God is the most generous being in the universe, and then explains why—as Christians—a lifestyle of generosity matters ...
Community, Part 2
Phil ShieldsAugust 27, 2017
Thanks to amazing technological advances, we can connect with others at the touch of a button at any time of day. Yet research shows that more people feel alone than ever before. Pastor Phil looks at our fear of stepping into deep community, and the huge ...
Community, Part 1
Rob BughAugust 20, 2017
Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden and hid from God, humans have tried to hide from Him—and from one another. In this message, Pastor Rob talks about Christian community, God's radical solution to growth and openness with Him and ...
Chris McElweeAugust 13, 2017
Pastor Chris begins this message by sharing about his early days as a Christian and an improbable invitation to serve that changed the direction of his life. He then talks about one of Christ's best-known miracles and how He commanded His disciples ...
Lon AllisonAugust 6, 2017
Many people aspire to greatness, and that included the disciples of Jesus Christ. But as Pastor Lon explains, the clear path He laid out for them in Matthew 20 was not what they were expecting. In fact, His words challenged the norms of their culture and ...
Rob BughJuly 30, 2017
Whether it's stopping things we shouldn't be doing, or starting and sustaining the things we should, self-control can make or break our lives. As we conclude our series, Pastor Rob explores what the Scriptures say to believers about this final ...
Phil ShieldsJuly 23, 2017
“Gentleness,” Pastor Phil Shields reminds us, “isn’t a form of weakness, but a God-like trait that is full of power.” It’s a trait, he adds, that Jesus models toward us—and when we reflect His gentleness toward those around us, our attitudes ...
Lon AllisonJuly 16, 2017
“God’s people, infused with His gifts—His fruits,” Pastor Lon says, “is exactly what our world needs.” But what does a God-led, fruit-filled life look like, and how is it possible? Continuing our Fruit of the Spirit series, he examines the ...
Kindess & Goodness
Lon AllisonJuly 9, 2017
Continuing our Fruit of the Spirit series, we are reminded that God intends for His followers to be conformed to the image of His Son—and He provides us with the fruits of the Spirit as a picture of what that looks like in our lives. Turning to the fruits ...
Rob BughJuly 2, 2017
With instant entertainment, communication, and commerce, we live in an increasingly impatient culture. Yet God calls His people to exhibit spiritual fruit which can only build slowly and steadily over time. Pastor Rob looks at James 5 for a better understanding ...
Phil ShieldsJune 25, 2017
In the midst of relational turmoil and difficult circumstances, it's easy to be anxious—especially surrounding the things we're devoted to. As Pastor Phil continues our series on the fruit of the spirit, he looks to Scripture to reveal the ...
Captured by Joy
Lon AllisonJune 18, 2017
God wants us all to be captured by joy even in the midst of all life throws our way. How can such a thing be possible? Pastor Lon explains this seemingly unbelievable call as he presents this second message in our series on the Fruit of the Spirit.
Beginning with Love
Rob BughJune 11, 2017
The moment we come to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to reside within us—and He changes us! He grows His fruit inside us as we allow Him to work. Today Pastor Rob begins our studies on the Fruit of the Spirit as they are found in Galatians, chapter 5, ...
One of Our Finest Hours
Tom DoyleJune 4, 2017
While we hear a steady stream of bad, even frightening, news coming out of the Middle East, Tom Doyle shares the exciting story of changed hearts and lives as Muslims in the region are coming to Christ in record numbers. In spite of harsh persecution ...
The Purpose of Parenting
Wil FrancoMay 28, 2017
Concluding our two-part series on Gospel Parenting, Pastor Wil Franco looks to the Gospel of Matthew for a message that speaks to parents and non-parents alike: We are all called to do the same thing: making disciples. He goes on to describe three resources ...
Gospel Centered Parenting
Rob BughMay 21, 2017
As he introduces a two-part series of messages on Gospel-centered parenting, Pastor Rob contrasts our culture's emphasis on behavior and performance with parenting that focuses on the heart of the Gospel: our radical brokenness and God's radical ...
A Woman of Nobility: Esther
Lon AllisonMay 14, 2017
Pastor Lon begins this message with a beautiful reminder that it is through us, His children, that God mothers and fathers the world. Turning to the Old Testament account of Esther, he explores her role in protecting and advocating for her people—and ...
The Father's Love
Rob BughMay 7, 2017
As we conclude this series on the parable of The Prodigal Son, Pastor Rob looks at the father and the love he shows to both his sons. He then looks at four aspects of God's love pictured in this story, and how they illustrate the breadth and beauty ...
Lon AllisonApril 30, 2017
Jesus is a storyteller, Pastor Lon says, and one of his best-known stories is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In part two of our three-week study of that parable, we're focusing on the elder brother: a rule keeper, the "good" son—and ...
Lon AllisonApril 30, 2017
Rob BughApril 23, 2017
Launching into a three-week series on one of the most well-known stories told by Jesus, Pastor Rob explains that The Prodigal Son is really about three different people. Focusing first on the younger son, he offers hope and a message of grace for anyone ...
Rob BughApril 16, 2017
On this day of celebration, Pastor Rob talk about hope—and the role it plays in every human soul. While hope in our society today appears to be on the decline, he explains how what happened on Easter can provide each of us with unparalleled positive ...
Jesus and the Cleansing of the Temple
Rob BughApril 9, 2017
Entering into what is known as Holy Week, we join millions of Christians around the world in reflecting on the amazing historical events leading up to Christ’s death and resurrection. Following Christ’s joyous and celebrated entry into Jerusalem, we ...
Glorying in the Gospel
Rob BughApril 2, 2017
As we conclude our series in Galatians, Pastor Rob offers a powerful reminder of the freedom that Christ bought through His death and resurrection—and how that impacts our lives as we first place our faith in Him, and in every day that follows.
The Gospel and Relationships
Rob BughMarch 26, 2017
As we continue our series on the freedom that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, Pastor Rob turns to one of the most practical sections in the book of Galatians. Recognizing that Christians live with an ongoing battle against our sinful nature, he walks ...
The Fruit of the Spirit
Rob BughMarch 19, 2017
"There's a war going on in our hearts," Pastor Rob says, "between the flesh and the Spirit." Looking to Galatians chapter 5, he examines why we need to take this battle seriously, what will happen if we don't—and the amazing ...
Walk in the Spirit
Hanibal RodriguezMarch 12, 2017
Our culture has many definitions for the word freedom. But in the book of Galatians, Pastor Hanibal says, that term has a very specific meaning—one that can empower Christ-followers to break free of their bonds and experience real freedom in every area ...
The Path to Free Life
Lon AllisonMarch 5, 2017
A longing for freedom is common to all people in every place. As we continue our series in Galatians, Pastor Lon talks about the greatest freedom of all—freedom of the soul. He begins with Paul's heartfelt cry at the start of chapter 5: "It ...
Born to be Free
Rob BughFebruary 26, 2017
As he continues our studies in Galatians, Pastor Rob looks at how Paul's letter reflects his deep love and care for the young church as it is threatened by manipulative false teachers—and how Paul's tough but caring message to the Galatians ...
Fighting for Others
Rob BughFebruary 19, 2017
Idolatry is not a normal desire for something evil but an over desire for something good. As we study Galatians 4:8—20, Pastor Rob invites us to take a deeper look into our hearts and search for any idols that may be taking us away from Him. Additionally, ...
The Children of God
Rob BughFebruary 12, 2017
Continuing our series on the freedom found in the Gospel of Christ, Pastor Rob looks at two fundamental truths about a believer's new reality as a follower of Christ. Exploring texts in Galatians and Romans, he examines both our union with Christ ...
The Christian and God's Law
Rob BughFebruary 5, 2017
Even in our increasingly irreligious culture, worth is most often based on performance. As Pastor Rob continues a series on the Freedom found in the Gospel of Christ, he looks at one of life's most critical questions: How does a person become right ...
Freedom vs Foolishness
Hanibal RodriguezJanuary 29, 2017
Continuing our studies in Galatians, Iglesia del Pueblo Lead Pastor Hanibal Rodriguez unpacks a tough-love message from the apostle Paul, warning the young church at Galatia about a perilous error that had crept into their beliefs.
Sola Fide—Faith Alone Saves Us
Lon AllisonJanuary 22, 2017
If you're trying to gain God's approval by carefully obeying a set of rules, you'll want to listen closely to Pastor Lon's message from Galatians 2. There's nothing wrong with rules, he says, unless they are substituted for the ...
The Fight for Freedom
Lon AllisonJanuary 15, 2017
Continuing our studies of Paul's letters to the Galatians, Pastor Lon examines the apostle's own story—of his dramatic conversion and his transformation from persecutor of Christians to become one of the most effective evangelists and teachers ...
There is Only One Gospel and It's Priceless
Rob BughJanuary 8, 2017
From its opening words, Paul's purpose in writing his letter to the Galatians is clear: this young church must never add anything to—or take anything away from—the redeeming Gospel of Jesus Christ. In this first message of an extended study of ...
2017: A New Vision for God
Rob BughJanuary 1, 2017
Sometimes our best hopes for a new year are undone by our own wrong choices. Other times our good intentions fall victim to circumstances beyond our control. Whatever has caused your good intentions to falter in the past, Pastor Rob points us to the book ...
A Human Perspective on the Light’s Arrival
Lon AllisonDecember 25, 2016
The story of the first Christmas, laid out in Luke chapter 2, is one of the simplest, yet most dramatic stories ever told—an event that literally changed the course of human history. Pastor Lon shares the meaning of the Christmas story—not just for ...
The Impact of the Light on the World
Rob BughDecember 18, 2016
God becoming man is considered to be "the greatest miracle of all miracles." In this final Sunday of Advent, Pastor Rob looks to be beginning of 1 John, to confirm not only what Christmas is—but what it isn't. He then looks to these verses ...
The Impact of the Light on the Church
Lon AllisonDecember 11, 2016
When Jesus—the Light of the World—enters our hearts, we are intimately connected with the God of the universe. But there's more, Pastor Lon reminds us: Just as our new life in Jesus transforms our relationship with God, it also transforms our ...
The Confirmation of the Light
Rob BughDecember 4, 2016
As we move toward the celebration of Christ's birth, Pastor Rob reminds us of the ways in which the lights of Christmas reflect our hearts' universal longing for beauty and truth. He then unpacks the profound claim of Jesus Christ: "I am ...
The Arrival of the Light
Rob BughNovember 27, 2016
The One whose birth we celebrate on Christmas is called the Light of the World. On this first Sunday in Advent—the season when the church anticipates the celebration of Christ’s birth—Pastor Rob looks to the opening chapter of the Gospel of John ...
Happily Ever After
Rob BughNovember 20, 2016
In this conclusion to our series on God's Design for Marriage and Singleness, Pastor Rob explains how all of us can grow in Christ through our relationships with other believers—including our spouse. He then looks to Paul's words in Ephesians ...
The Key to a Marriage that Lasts
Ted ConiarisNovember 13, 2016
Just like buildings need to start with a firm foundation, so do our relationships. Pastor Ted continues our series on God’s Design for Marriage and Singleness by talking about ways we can assess whether a relationship’s foundation is firm or faulty, ...
Relationships—A Mess Worth Making
Hanibal RodriguezNovember 6, 2016
Reminding us that all humans are relational beings, Pastor Hanibal looks at the remarkable guidelines set out in Scripture for all our relationships. Whether we are married or single, he outlines three things we need to understand and apply in order to ...
Marriage, Singleness, and the Gospel
Rob BughOctober 30, 2016
Pastor Rob Bugh kicks off a four-part series focusing on God’s Design for Marriage and Singleness. He begins by looking at how the world-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ transformed the relationships of those within the church—both married and single—and ...
Relationships—A Mess Worth Making
Rob BughOctober 30, 2016
Reminding us that all humans are relational beings, Pastor Hanibal looks at the remarkable guidelines set out in Scripture for all our relationships. Whether we are married or single, he outlines three things we need to understand and apply in order to ...
Diversity: Generous Justice
Chris McElweeOctober 23, 2016
Completing a series on our mission and values with a celebration of our local outreach, Pastor Chris McElwee focuses on the Great Commandment and challenges us, through the story of the Good Samaritan, to rethink what it means to love our neighbor.
Lon AllisonOctober 16, 2016
The Kingdom of God is on the move, propelled forward by Christ Himself. Pastor Lon looks to Christ's directive in Matthew 9, to present a compelling and hopeful picture of how God continues to invite us into His work to reach the world with His love ...
Rob BughOctober 9, 2016
We are a hospital, not a country club.” That statement—long heard around Wheaton Bible Church—has taken on even greater significance as our church has refined its mission and values. If that kind of humility is embraced in our lives, Pastor Rob says, ...
Community; Leadership Development
Phil ShieldsOctober 2, 2016
Small Groups Pastor Phil Shields continues our exploration of the mission and values of our church, focusing on two of our values that relate to community life within the church. Pointing to the truth of Hebrews 10:19–25, Pastor Phil reminds us that ...
Priesthood of All Believers; Deep and Wide
Rob BughSeptember 18, 2016
Continuing our studies on the mission and values that guide us as a church, Pastor Rob explores the implications of two central truths: 1) Everyone is called to all-the-time ministry, and 2) Healthy believers go deep and wide. Grasping the meaning of these ...
Spirit Dependence and Sending
Rob BughSeptember 18, 2016
As our mission clarifies what we are trying to accomplish, our values help guide us along the way. Pastor Rob continues our series as he talks about the values of Spirit Dependence and Sending. Looking at two promises Christ made regarding the Holy Spirit ...
Rob BughSeptember 11, 2016
As we begin this foundational 7-week series, Pastor Rob looks at the three inseparable strands of our mission as a church; that more and more people would love God, grow together, and reach the world. He then looks at the first of twelve core values that ...
The Hope of Heaven
Rob BughSeptember 4, 2016
What will satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts? As he concludes our studies in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, Pastor Rob finds the answer to that vitally important question in promises God made to His prophet Jeremiah—promises that point to ...
Faithful to the End
Lon AllisonAugust 28, 2016
Spoiler alert: The book of Jeremiah records no happy ending to the prophet's forty-five year ministry. Right up to the end, his earnest pleadings continue to be ignored, and the promised dire consequences result. But Jeremiah remained unshaken, offering ...
The Christian and Culture
Rob BughAugust 21, 2016
Conquered and exiled into Babylon, God's people experienced the consequences of their disobedience and rebellion toward Him. With their beloved city Jerusalem sacked, they have been taken as captives into a foreign land. But God is not done with them, ...
The Risk and the Kingdom of God
Rob BughAugust 14, 2016
As he continues our series of studies in the book of Jeremiah, Pastor Rob explains why the prophet made a risky real estate purchase and how God used that transaction to send a powerful message about Himself and His faithfulness toward His people.
The New Covenant
Rob BughAugust 7, 2016
Throughout our studies in Jeremiah, we've seen the prophet face overwhelming adversity and suffering as he called a disobedient and rebellious nation to turn back to God. But in Jeremiah chapter 31, Pastor Rob says, we find a pivotal message of hope—one ...
The Righteous King
Wil FrancoJuly 31, 2016
In this political season when so many are confused, even anxious, about the future, we find clarity and comfort as Pastor Wil unpacks the message of Jeremiah 23, where the prophet focuses his message on the leaders of his day.
Waiting and Watching
Lon AllisonJuly 24, 2016
In Jeremiah chapter 25, we find this faithful prophet—after more than 23 years of pleading with God's people to turn back to Him-—only halfway through his difficult life's calling. Pastor Lon looks to this model of endurance for encouragement ...
Rob BughJuly 17, 2016
When Jeremiah spoke God's truth into the culture of his day—calling Judah back to God—the rejection and suffering he experienced was staggering. But even as he cried out to God in his anguish, Jeremiah demonstrates the kind of strength and perseverance ...
The Potter's House
Rob BughJuly 10, 2016
We are a people consumed with our own pursuits—building into and seeking to control our own lives, families, careers, and purposes. As Pastor Rob continues our series in Jeremiah, he looks at a powerful passage that reminds us of who is truly in power ...
The Only Hope
Phil ShieldsJuly 3, 2016
The prophecies of God's messenger Jeremiah foretold a bleak future for God's hard-hearted and disobedient people—graphically describing the judgment and misery that was to come. But embedded in that bleak prophecy is a message of hope, offering ...
Kevin HarneyJune 26, 2016
Special guest Kevin Harney, founder of Organic Outreach International, offers inspiring words and practical suggestions on how we as God's people can scatter the seed of Christ's love to those around us—with joy—every day.
The Danger of Blind Spots
Rob BughJune 19, 2016
Jeremiah had a tough assignment: deliver a harsh message to a rebellious and hard-hearted nation. Turning our attention to Jeremiah 7, Pastor Rob examines what God’s messenger had to say in his second message to the nation of Israel—and the bleak future ...
Unfaithful People, Faithful God
Phil ShieldsJune 12, 2016
Pastor Phil Shields examines a difficult message Jeremiah was called to deliver early on in his prophetic ministry—warning a nation that had turned its back on God of the grave consequences that will result from their unfaithfulness and continued disobedience. ...
Called and Sent
Lon AllisonJune 5, 2016
As we begin our Unshaken series, focusing on the life and message of Jeremiah, Pastor Lon introduces us to "God's prophet to the nations," a man who faced some of life's greatest difficulties and challenges but nevertheless remained ...
Work, Culture, and the Gospel
Rob BughMay 29, 2016
As we conclude our series on Redeeming Work, we are reminded that when our work is fueled by faith, we are joining Jesus in His mission of healing a broken world. Looking to the life of Joseph, Pastor Rob explains the importance of understanding the culture ...
Work and Witness
Lon AllisonMay 22, 2016
The majority of people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ say they were influenced most, not by a pastor at church, but by someone they encountered in their everyday world. Pastor Lon looks to the life of Daniel to show how we, too, can all use ...
What Makes Work So Hard?
Lon AllisonMay 15, 2016
God created work and designed it to be meaningful for us and beneficial to others. Yet, in our broken world, work—for so many of us—is hard and unrewarding. Pastor Lon looks to Genesis 3 to explain why work has become so difficult, and suggests four ...
Why Work (Part 2)
Rob BughMay 8, 2016
Whether mother, manager, or mail carrier, as Christ's people we are called to merge our faith with our everyday lives—no matter what type of work fills our days. In this second message in our Redeeming Work series, Pastor Rob turns to the Old Testament ...
Why Work (Part 1)
Rob BughMay 1, 2016
As we begin our Redeeming Work series, Pastor Rob explains that every believer has been tasked with using our daily work for the glory of God and for the blessing of others. God Himself is always at work, Rob says, and offers us practical ways we can ...
Rob BughApril 24, 2016
Throughout history, Pastor Rob tells us, envy has been recognized as a deadly emotion, causing people not only to resent the good things others have, but also creating a longing to see their happiness destroyed. An example from the life of King Saul helps ...
Rob BughApril 17, 2016
Anger is a common—and destructive—emotion, both in our own lives and in the lives of human beings throughout the world. But there are two kinds of anger, Pastor Rob explains: one, which is clearly sin, and another that we can lovingly embrace on behalf ...
Wil FrancoApril 10, 2016
Every one of us experiences discouragement—whether it be relational, situational, physical, or spiritual. Pastor Wil explains that the real question is what we can do about it. Continuing a series on dealing with troubling emotions, he looks to Psalm ...
Rob BughApril 3, 2016
Our world is full of people who are overwhelmed by worry—and we are no exception. Too often we experience anxiety and fear over things we can't control. The good news, Pastor Rob says, is that Jesus Himself understood our tendency to worry, and ...
Jesus Lives for Everyone
Rob BughMarch 27, 2016
Jesus is risen! The historical event of Jesus' Resurrection is a life-altering, paradigm-shattering historical reality. But much more, Pastor Rob reminds us, the Easter story is a story with a soul—a story of God's love for all people, which ...
Jesus Died for Everyone
Rob BughMarch 25, 2016
On Good Friday, the question we might naturally ask is: What can possibly be “good” about the betrayal, the trials, and the crucifixion of Jesus? From a human perspective, there is nothing good about the suffering and death of our Lord, but in this ...
Jesus Came for Everyone
Rob BughMarch 20, 2016
On the day of His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Jesus stirred a deep longing in the hearts of those who waved palm branches and shouted "Hosanna—a longing for a Good King, who would rescue them from their pain, their oppressors, and their troubles. ...
Speaking Up about Jesus
Rob BughMarch 13, 2016
Concluding ten weeks of studies in the book of Acts, Pastor Rob examines one of the greatest evangelistic moments in Scripture. He tells the powerful story of how the apostle Paul turned his personal pain and imprisonment into a platform for the Gospel ...
Paul in Ephesus
Rob BughMarch 6, 2016
Even good things—like family, approval, comfort, jobs, happiness, security—can become a problem for us when they move into the ultimate place in our lives. That problem, Pastor Rob says, is called idolatry. It's something Paul addressed in the ...
Lon AllisonFebruary 28, 2016
The believers in the early church were so full of God's love they were unstoppable in sharing their faith with others. Pastor Lon describes three ways they were a witness of Christ's love to those around them—three biblical actions we can put ...
The Unstoppable Gospel
Lon AllisonFebruary 21, 2016
When you discover something great, you can hardly keep from sharing it. Pastor Lon looks at the amazing promise found in Acts 2:38-39 and explains how those in the early church who had experienced the over-whelming, never ending love of God, shared the ...
Reaching the City
Rob BughFebruary 14, 2016
Looking at the second half of Acts 11, Pastor Rob explores the amazing account of how the Gospel of Christ spread beyond the geographic boundaries of Israel to ignite one of the greatest spiritual awakenings of all time—reaching hundreds of thousands ...
Committed to Conversion
Rob BughFebruary 7, 2016
This hope-filled series continues to remind us of what made the first-century church so humble, fearless, and unstoppable—as Pastor Rob looks at the theology of conversion and the amazing transition of the Acts Church into a world-wide movement of God. ...
Scattered to Save
Lon AllisonJanuary 31, 2016
As he continues our studies in the book of Acts, Pastor Lon examines the amazing story of what happened when the enemies of the young church tried to shut down its explosive growth—but their efforts backfired, making it clearer than ever that the God-given ...
Community As Witness
Lon AllisonJanuary 24, 2016
Every local church that is living out its faith "to the maximum" shares five common characteristics. Pastor Lon looks to Acts chapter 2 to see how those powerful traits played out in and around the first church and how we can witness the same ...
Our Supernatural Power
Rob BughJanuary 17, 2016
The presence of Holy Spirit in your life, Pastor Rob says, is the most important thing about you. And just as the Spirit's miraculous life-giving power transformed fearful fishermen into fearless men of faith, it is the Spirit's presence within ...
Our Unstoppable Mission
Rob BughJanuary 10, 2016
The book of Acts, Pastor Rob says, answers the questions of those who are wondering about the truth of who Jesus is and why they should follow Him—starting with the facts surrounding the miraculous Resurrection of Jesus and His Ascension into heaven. ...
The Joy of a Generous Life
Ted ConiarisJanuary 3, 2016
There is no more exciting and joyful way to live, Pastor Ted reminds us, than a lifestyle of grace-fueled generosity—telling the story of the Gospel to those around us through concrete actions that demonstrate the gift of God's grace.
Advent, Part 6
Phil ShieldsDecember 27, 2015
Some of life's surprises are the kind that bring delight and joy. But when the unexpected news is troubling, even frightening, our default response is more likely to be crippling fear or anger—until we learn the key to responding as Mary did to ...
Advent, Part 5
Rob BughDecember 24, 2015
Advent, Part 4
Rob BughDecember 20, 2015
As we move closer to the celebration of Christmas, Pastor Rob looks at the world-altering reality behind the well-known picture of a baby in a manger. A signal to all mankind that “Help has arrived!” this divine birth is a pivotal moment in God’s ...
Advent, Part 3
Rob BughDecember 13, 2015
In an unsettling and troubled world—when events happening all around us can bring worry about what the future holds—Pastor Rob reminds us that this is not the final chapter. "There is a Redeemer," he says, "Who won't be satisfied ...
Advent, Part 2
Rob BughDecember 6, 2015
On this second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Lon tells the story the most unimaginable gift of all time—far more extravagant than anything we could long for this Christmas: the never-earned, never-ending overwhelming love of God.
Advent, Part 1
Rob BughNovember 29, 2015
In an increasingly troubled world, difficult circumstances can cause us to lose sight of God's healing and grace. Pastor Rob begins a new series that reminds us of the here-and-now power of Jesus Christ and the world's most important story.
Race and Ethnicity
Rob BughNovember 22, 2015
Concluding our Leaning Upstream sermon series, Pastor Rob examines texts throughout the New Testament that affirm that racism—valuing one race over another—is a sin and that the diversity of humanity is to be celebrated not tolerated.
Care for God's Creation
Lon AllisonNovember 15, 2015
When Adam and Eve did the one thing God told them not to do, decay and brokenness were introduced into the perfection of His Creation. But that's not the end of the story. The curse of thorns and thistles, earthquakes and hurricanes, will one day ...
All Life is Sacred, Part 4 (The Poor, the Marginalized, and the Oppressed)
Chris McElweeNovember 8, 2015
Forcibly displaced from their homes, this year alone more than 59 million people will officially become refugees—half of whom are under age 18. In the face of such overwhelming injustice, how do God's people respond? Pastor Chris looks to Isaiah ...
All Life is Sacred, Part 3 (Sex Trafficking and Sexual Abuse)
Rob BughNovember 1, 2015
As Pastor Rob examines the massive tragedy of sexual abuse and exploitation taking place in our world today, he points to a biblical account of just such a sin, and reminds us of the staggering difference between disgrace and God's grace that offers ...
Through Us, Part 2
Danny CarrollOctober 25, 2015
"The Bible," says Dr. Daniel Carroll, "is full of stories about migration—people leaving their homes and native lands in search of food and safety." Dr. Carroll's message on our Local Impact MissionsFest Sunday reminds us of ...
Through Us, Part 1
Henri AounOctober 18, 2015
Henri Aoun—born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and now a missionary to the Muslim world—kicks off MissionsFest 2015, sharing dramatic stories of God at work in the Middle East, "reconciling the world to Himself" through the strategic and ...
All Life is Sacred, Part 2 (Orphans, Widows, and Those with Special Needs)
Chris McElweeOctober 11, 2015
As we continue our series on living out biblical convictions in the face of cultural norms, Pastor Chris offers a surprising word on the kind of worship that pleases God. Looking to Isaiah chapter 1, he details the special care God requires us to extend ...
All Life is Sacred, Part 1 (Abortion and Euthanasia)
Lon AllisonOctober 4, 2015
In the fifth in a series of messages on some of the most challenging cultural issues of our day, Pastor Rob addresses the subject of abortion, laying out two foundational truths that will clarify our thinking and our response to this critically important ...
God's Vision Lost, Part 2 (Adultery, Pornography, and Transgender Issues)
Lon AllisonSeptember 27, 2015
Tackling tough issues relating to sex and gender from the perspective of the Gospel, Pastor Lon examines God's design for human sexuality and the devastating consequences that result when sexual temptations pull men and women away from God's ...
God's Vision Lost, Part 1 (Homosexuality)
Rob BughSeptember 20, 2015
Speaking into the cultural debate surrounding the issue of homosexuality, Pastor Rob looks at what the Scriptures teach about homosexual behavior within the larger context of the Gospel—which doesn’t divide people into categories but is a message of ...
God's Grand Vision for Marriage and Singleness
Rob BughSeptember 13, 2015
This is the second in a 10-part series of messages examining current cultural issues from a biblical perspective. Explaining that God is for marriage, for singleness, and for healthy relationships in community, Pastor Rob looks at three misconceptions ...
The Gospel and Culture
Rob BughSeptember 6, 2015
This message opens a 10-week series on some of the most difficult issues facing our culture today—and explains how the Gospel of Jesus Christ forms the framework for responding with clear, biblical convictions. Pastor Rob begins by offering two foundational ...