Dec 5th 2021 - Doing For God and Being With GodJustin ChristopherLuke 10:38-42. Doing things for God apart from being with God leads to emotionally unhealthy spirituality. There are four symptoms to help diagnose if you're making this mistake.
Nov 28th 2021 - Salt and LightJustin ChristopherMatthew 5:13-16. Jesus invites his followers to partner with him in extending his kingdom in the world. As salt, we preserve the world from evil and make the world a more flavorful place. As light, we provide illumination for people to see Jesus.
Nov 21st 2021 - Who Is Actually BlessedJosh ChevalierMatthew 5:1-12. Jesus's kingdom was an upside-down kingdom that sees people differently than the world's kingdoms, and it was a kingdom comprised of the powerless, not the powerful.
Nov 14th 2021 - The Kingdom of GodJake BoxMatthew 4:12-25. Jesus's ministry on earth can be summed up in this one sentence; "The kingdom of heaven is near." The people of his day were expecting a king who would establish a new kingdom by forming a new people, confronting evil, and bringing freedom.
Nov 8th 2021 - The Woman At The WellAlice KolenceJohn 4:4-26. Jesus offers us living water so that we will never thirst again. Though we often fail to access it, Jesus provides abundant and eternal life that we can't find in the world.
Oct 31st 2021 - Born Of The SpiritJustin ChristopherJohn 3:1-16. Jesus explains to Nicodemus the mystery and the Spirit's work in illumining our hearts to see Jesus and the process by which the Spirit does it.
Oct 24th 2021 - The Healing SaviorJake BoxMark 2:1-12. Our spiritual needs are greater than our physical needs. Jesus came to heal them both, but he knew that spiritual forgiveness was the starting place for spiritual and physical healing.
Oct 18th 2021 - The One Who Brings JoyJake BoxJohn 2:1-11. The human desire for joy is infinite because we were made by God and for God, and we can only be satisfied by an infinite God. Jesus came to make a way for us to experience the joy of the infinite God.
Oct 3rd 2021 - The Unhurried LordJake BoxMatthew 3:13-4:2. Jesus was unhurried, present in each moment, and interruptable for his Father and people. He lived this way because he is love, and love is patient.
Sep 26th 2021 - The Heart of JesusJake BoxMatthew 11:28-30. Only once did Jesus describe his heart, and he said he is gentle and humble in heart. His gentle and humble heart is what made him draw near to the lowly and offer them rest, the rest that he experienced through his pace and practices.
Sep 13th 2021 - Do What Jesus DidJake BoxMatthew 4:18-25. Jesus invited his disciples to not only watch his life and ministry but to join him in it. He trained them to do what he did.
Sep 5th 2021 - Become Like JesusJake BoxLuke 6:39-40. Jesus invites his followers to become like him, and it's something that we really can do. We can become like him. To become like Jesus, we need to be aware of the unintentional ways the world is influencing us and give ourselves to the practices of Jesus that keep us rooted in him.
Aug 29th 2021 - Be With JesusJake BoxJohn 15:1-8. To become like Jesus, we first must be with him and remain in him. To be with Jesus, we must adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.
Aug 22nd 2021 - In Austin As It Is In HeavenJake BoxMark 8:34-37. When Jesus called his disciples to follow him, it was a call to be with him, to become like him, and to do what he did. His call is the same for us today. When we become more like Jesus, Austin will become a lot more like heaven.
Aug 15th 2021 - For OthersJustin ChristopherColossians 3:15-17. We worship God so we can experience God personally and so we can experience God together. When the church gathers for worship, there is a vertical element unto God and a horizontal element unto each other.
Aug 8th 2021 - GratitudeMatt TolanderRomans 12:1-2 and Luke 7:36-50. Adoration of God begins with a revelation of our need for mercy. We experience the mercy of God to the degree we believe that we need it.
Aug 1st 2021 - How FittingJake BoxPsalm 147. We worship because God is worthy, and it's fitting to honor the one who created the entire world yet loves and cares for us.
Jul 25th 2021 - The Hero's JourneyJosh ChevalierPsalm 67. God calls all of us to live heroic lives. He calls us out of our ordinary lives into a life of adventure requiring selflessness and sacrifice.
Jul 18th 2021 - Wisdom and WordsAlice KolenceProverbs 18:21. Our words have power. They can bring life or death. The wise learn how to use their words to bring life.
Jul 11th 2021 - Wisdom and SexJustin ChristopherProverbs 5 and 7. A loving father helps his son by showing him what is promised in sexual temptation, what it costs to compromise, and what to do to resist temptation.
Jun 20th 2021 - Wisdom With TimeJustin ChristopherProverbs 6:6-11. Wise people invest their time, while fools waste their time. Small amounts of time invested accumulate, creating positive results. Small amounts of time wasted accumulate, creating negative results.
Jun 13th 2021 - Wisdom and WealthMatt TolanderProverbs 30:7-9. Wealth seduces our hearts with its deceptions. It overpromises and under-delivers. That's why Jesus told us not to be foolish by hoarding wealth for ourselves but instead to be rich toward God.
Jun 6th 2021 - The Way To WisdomJake BoxProverbs 3:1-8. Wisdom is found in God alone, but what's the way to find God's wisdom? The way to wisdom is knowing God's faithful love for you, trusting in the God who loves you, and seeking wisdom from others who trust God.
May 30th 2021 - Ask and AnswerJake BoxEphesians 5:15-17 and Proverbs 1:7. There's one question we can ask ourselves that allows us to grow in wisdom. The question is: "In light of my past experience, current circumstances, and desired future, what is the wise thing for me to do?
May 23rd 2021 - Spiritual WarfareJake BoxEphesians 6:10-20. Whether we believe it or not, we are in a spiritual battle. Our battle is not with people but with spiritual forces that sneak up on us and tell us lies. To stand against these forces of evil, we must put on the armor of God, arm ourselves with God's word, and call to him for help.
May 17th 2021 - Family Matters: WorkJustin ChristopherEphesians 6:5-9. The gospel radically changed the relationships and power dynamics within the workplace in Ephesus, as Christians began to see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, whether slave or master, and accountable to God for their work and how they treated each other.
May 9th 2021 - Family Matters: ParentingJake and Krista BoxEphesians 6:1-4. Parents have a specific role and goal in raising their children. Their role is one of stewardship and servanthood. Their goal is to engage their kids' hearts and train them to be disciples of Jesus.
May 2nd 2021 - Family Matters: MarriageJake and Krista BoxEphesians 5:21-33. We're commanded in scripture to submit ourselves to everyone in the family of God, but there are unique ways that husbands and wives are to submit to one another within marriage. When husbands and wives submit to each other in these unique ways, marriages flourish.
Apr 25th 2021 - Family Matters: DatingJustin ChristopherI Timothy 5:1-2. The Bible does not speak specifically about dating, but we can find principles for Christian relationships that help us know God's purpose and process in dating, who we should date, and how we should date.
Apr 18th 2021 - SinglenessJosh Chevalier and Akiko ScottMatthew 19:8-12. The world and even the church (sometimes) teach that others can fully meet our core needs in marriage or that sexual intimacy is the height of human love. Jesus, however, taught something very different, giving love and purpose to those who are single as he was.
Apr 12th 2021 - Remember To ChangeJake BoxII Peter 1:3-9. Jesus changes our character, attitudes, and behaviors as we rely on what he has already given us. We fail to change when we forget what he has already given us.
Apr 4th 2021 - Altered RestorationJake BoxJohn 21. The resurrection of Jesus sparked the beginning of the restoration of all things. God restores all things by first restoring people. Then he invites them to partner with him in his restoring work in the world.
Mar 29th 2021 - Learning To Trust JesusJustin ChristopherVarious Scriptures. Jesus' disciple, Peter, learned to trust Jesus more and more as he spent time with him. His life was one of faith followed by failure, but by God's grace he continued to trust Jesus.
Mar 21st 2021 - Filled With The Holy SpiritMatt TolanderEphesians 5:1-21. Sometimes the most obvious and important realities are the hardest to see and talk about. In this teaching, we learn about how to be aware of, and responsive to, the presence, power, and prompting of God through the reality of the Holy Spirit.
Mar 7th 2021 - The New YouJustin ChristopherEphesians 4:17-24. How do Christians change? How are we made new? By believing in Jesus and the work he has already done by making us new in God's eyes and living in light of that truth by putting off our old self and putting on our new self.
Feb 21st 2021 - Extending God's Love To AustinJake BoxMatthew 9:35-38. What would Jesus do if he came to Austin as he did to cities in his day? He would see people's needs, feel people's needs, and meet people's needs. Jesus is in Austin today, doing the same through his Body, the Church.
Feb 7th 2021 - Draw NearJake BoxMatthew 11:28-30. Jesus speaks only once about what his heart is like. He says his heart is gentle and lowly. Seeing Jesus as he described himself will move us to draw near to him, who welcomes us with open arms.
Jan 31st 2021 - Why We FastJustin ChristopherThe narrative scriptures in the Bible give us four reasons to fast. We fast when we need answered prayers and spiritual breakthrough, when we need to confess and repent of sin when we need discernment and direction, and as a regular spiritual practice to draw near to God.
Jan 24th 2021 - Hope During SufferingJake BoxI Peter 1:3-9. The reality is that in this world, we will suffer, but there is a reason for our suffering. Trials purify our faith and result in praise to God. Knowing this, we're able to both grieve and rejoice in our suffering.
Jan 17th 2021 - Hope For Racial UnityJake BoxRevelation 7:9,10. We hope for racial unity because God gave John this revelation of racial unity in heaven under Jesus. While this is our certain hope, it's also a view of heaven that we should aim to create on earth by acknowledging our family history, asking God to search our hearts, acting in humility, and attaching in love.
Jan 10th 2021 - Hope For Civil DiscourseJustin ChristopherI Corinthians 1 and 8. Is there hope for civil discourse in 2021? There is if we believe that agreement is more important than our disagreements and love is more important than knowledge.
Jan 3rd 2021 - The Hope For A Restored WorldJosh ChevalierMatthew 5:1-16. Our hope starts with God's promise to restore the world and make all things new. Jesus sets forth a vision of what this kind of world looks like, the unexpected people who are welcome there, and the pivotal role they play in making this world a reality.
Dec 27th 2020 - The Returning KingMatt TolanderI John 3:1-3. Christians throughout history have found common hope in the future return of Jesus Christ. In this teaching, we explore what it means to live now in light of the fact that we will live forever in His kingdom.
Dec 21st 2020 - The Powerful KingJake BoxMark 4 and 5. Jesus's power over the natural world, supernatural world, sickness, and death gives us faith to overcome our fears. Fear comes when we think about the what-ifs. Faith comes when we think about the what-is.
Dec 14th 2020 - The Compassionate KingJustin ChristopherMatthew 9:35-38. Jesus revealed God's compassion to the world by how he cared for the physical and spiritual needs of people. His compassion for people always led to action on their behalf.
Dec 7th 2020 - The Servant KingJake BoxMatthew 2:4-16. Kings like King Herod forced others to serve them and did whatever they had to do to remain on the throne. King Jesus, instead, left his throne to serve others.
Nov 30th 2020 - The Sent KingJake BoxJohn 1:1-14. God sent Jesus to dwell with us on earth; what theologically is known as the incarnation. The incarnation of Jesus gives us the confidence to know what God is like, comfort that he knows what we're like, and conviction to live for others as he has lived for us.
Nov 23rd 2020 - The Gospel and GrowthJustin ChristopherEphesians 4:7-16. For the church to grow to maturity and fullness in Christ, every member must use their spiritual gifts, and every leader must equip members to become ministers and missionaries.
Nov 15th 2020 - The Gospel and UnityJake BoxEphesians 4:1-6. Unity is not something the church has to create. It's something we already have in Christ but are called to live on earth in a manner worthy of this spiritual reality. We can only do so when we believe the gospel and relate to one another as God has related to us in Christ.
Nov 8th 2020 - The Gospel and PowerJake BoxEphesians 3:14-21. Why do we need God's power and presence in our lives? Because we're weak in faith and weak in our mind's understanding of the incredible love and power of God.
Nov 1st 2020 - The Gospel and ActivismJustin ChristopherEphesians 3:1-13. Paul became a peace-making activist after experiencing God's grace personally and among the multi-ethnic churches he planted. He believed God was most glorified when the church is most unified.
Oct 25th 2020 - The Gospel and PoliticsJake BoxEphesians 2:11-22. The gospel has the power to truly make peace and unify people of different parties or persuasions. It creates unity in diversity, not uniformity, giving us allegiance to a kingdom beyond this world.
Oct 18th 2020 - The Gospel and RaceJake BoxEphesians 2:11-22. The root of racism is misplaced identity, which creates an "Us vs. Them" mentality. The gospel reforms our identity and restores our true identity. It makes a brand new humanity, one reconciled to God and one another.
Oct 11th 2020 - The Gospel and SignificanceJake BoxEphesians 2:1-10. You are important. Your life matters. You're significant. We want those statements to be true, but we often question them. The gospel explains why we question our significance and how it frees us to stop our questioning.
Oct 4th 2020 - The Gospel and MoralismJustin ChristopherEphesians 1:15-23. Is it possible that after beginning the Christians life full of joy and intimacy with God that years later we can settle for Christian moralism? It happened to the Ephesian church, and can happen to us if we're not careful and prayerful.
Sep 27th 2020 - The Gospel and IdentityJake BoxEphesians 1:1-14. The world tells us our identity is based on what we do, what we have, and what people say about us, but our identity is in Christ. We are what he says about us. We are chosen, blameless, beloved, adopted, redeemed, set free, and sealed in Christ.
Sep 13th 2020 - Compelled To ServeJustin ChristopherJohn 17:8-19. What would Jesus pray for his disciples, knowing he was about to leave them in the world without his protection? He'd prayed that the Father would protect them from the evil one while sanctifying them by his word. He prayed they would live like sent ones, living in the world but not being of the world.
Sep 6th 2020 - Compelled To LoveJake BoxJohn 13:34-35. Jesus lays out for His followers what they were to be known for. Surprisingly, He didn’t say they were to be known for how they loved Him. At least, not directly.
Aug 23rd 2020 - What Do We Do With It?Matt TolanderWhat did Jesus believe about spirituality? What role does scripture play in our spiritual lives? In this teaching, we will look at the tradition of spiritual formation that Jesus himself grew up in, and learn what it means for our day-to-day life in our modern context.
Aug 9th 2020 - Is The New Testament Trustworthy?Jake BoxPeople commonly say that the New Testament was compiled and changed to benefit political and religious leaders and is thus, not trustworthy. In actuality, there are three good reasons to believe that the New Testament is reliable and could never be used to gain political or religious power.
Aug 2nd 2020 - How Did We Get It?Jake BoxThe Bible did not create Christianity. Christianity is the result of a historical event - Jesus's resurrection - and the Bible was written as an account and consequence of that event.
Jul 26th 2020 - A Cry For ProtectionJustin ChristopherPsalm 91. God promises to give rest to those who make him their refuge so we can trust him. He is the God who can deliver us and protect us from disease and harm. Even if he does not, he is with us and will show us his salvation.
Jul 19th 2020 - A Cry For WisdomMatt TolanderPsalm 19. God's glory is revealed to us through his creation and in his commandments. When we live according to God's intention, we participate with creation in experiencing and declaring the glory of God - the active presence of His goodness in the world.
Jul 5th 2020 - A Cry For WorshipSean RichardsPsalm 105. Worship is ascribing worth to something or someone. We all worship because we all give worth to things, but only God is worthy of all of our worship. When we ascribe worth to Him, we are transformed by Him.
Jun 28th 2020 - A Cry of ConfessionJake BoxPsalm 32. Confession involves acknowledging our sins to God and not covering it up. When we confess our sin, our loving God responds with forgiveness, protection, and direction. When we confess, we can hide in Him instead of running from Him.
Jun 21st 2020 - A Cry For RevivalJustin ChristopherPsalm 80. In his grief over the destruction of Jerusalem, Asaph cries out to God for revival. He calls the people to prayer and repentance so that God would forgive their sin and heal their land.
Jun 14th 2020 - A Cry For JusticeJake BoxPsalm 146. What is Biblical justice? It's both punishing wrongdoers and caring for (not ignoring) the oppressed. Only God is purely just, so we cry out to Him for complete justice while at the same time, we are moved in worship to bring His justice to earth.
Jun 7th 2020 - Living In Light Of The AfterlifeJake BoxAt the end of this life, we will stand before God to give an account for how we have lived on earth. This reality should cause us to live for God and love others so that we can make a difference in this life and the life to come.
Jun 1st 2020 - The Highlight of HeavenJustin ChristopherRevelation 21:1-8. The highlight of heaven is that God will dwell among us, and we will see Jesus face to face. All other pleasures in heaven will be derivative from God's presence with us.
May 24th 2020 - The Description of the AfterlifeJake BoxIf there is life after this life, what will it be like? The afterlife, as described by Jesus and his disciples, is very similar to what we experience on earth, only more beautiful. We'll be reunited with friends and family who share our faith to eat, drink, and enjoy each other forever.
May 17th 2020 - Evidence for the AfterlifeJake BoxIs there life after this life? We believe so because Jesus promised he was preparing a place for us, but there is growing worldwide scientific evidence mounting as well. Thousands of people have experienced near-death experiences that have scientists and skeptics believing there is life after this life.
May 11th 2020 - Rejoicing WiselyJake BoxPhilippians 1:12-21. Is it possible to have joy while in isolation and captivity? It is when your joy is anchored to Jesus rather than your circumstances.
May 4th 2020 - Wisdom In LifeJake BoxEphesians 5:15-17. During this pandemic, we've been focused on being careful with our physical health. We also need to use this time to be careful with our spiritual health so that time is not wasted but instead redeemed.
Apr 27th 2020 - Wisdom In WaitingJustin ChristopherIsaiah 40. In times of waiting, we can be passive (thinking we can't do anything) or active (thinking we can do something). Waiting on the Lord, however, is coming to God, asking him to do something. Waiting requires surrender, prayer, and trust.
Apr 21st 2020 - Why In The WorldJake BoxWe all wrestle with the question of why God allows evil in the world. If there was a perfect answer to the question, it might not help us because what we want more than answers is the nearness of God. We want a God who feels our pain and enters into it and provides a way out of an evil world.
Apr 12th 2020 - Surprising PeaceJake BoxEaster 2020. Even while we're in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can find peace because of what Jesus did for us. We can have peace with God, peace in hard times, and peace in the face of death.
Apr 5th 2020 - AngerJakeJames 4:1-2. What causes us to get angry? Is it circumstances, people, or something out there? Or is it more profoundly something inside of our hearts when we don't get what we want?
Mar 29th 2020 - Fear and AnxietyMatt TolanderMark 4:35-41. Jesus lived a life without fear because of His assumptions about what God is like. If we have confidence that God is good, attentive, competent, and faithful, then we can join Jesus in the settled conviction that if we belong to God, then God's universe is a perfectly safe place for us to be.
Mar 23rd 2020 - Consider One AnotherJustin ChristopherHebrews 10:23-25. During this time of mandatory isolation, we must remember to consider others and how we can love them. We also must continue to find ways to meet together so that we can help each other hold on to the hope we have in Jesus and become more loving people.
Mar 15th 2020 - Video Conference Church: CoronavirusJake BoxIsaiah 26:3. Our response to the coronavirus outbreak reveals that we value life by the measures we're taking to protect life. As important as that is, our hearts long even more for eternal life, which can only be found in Jesus. In this trying season, let's remember to run to Jesus and point others to Jesus.
Mar 9th 2020 - GuiltJake BoxRomans 8:1-4. We all experience guilt when we realize we have done something wrong. When we feel the emotion of guilt, we do one of two unhelpful things. We deny our guilt or to let our guilt define us. There is a better third way of handling the emotion of guilt. It involves remembering that Jesus has taken our guilt and, therefore, God sees us and not the things that cause us to feel guilt.
Mar 2nd 2020 - The Heart of the MatterJake BoxMatthew 15:10-20. Jesus says that what comes out of our hearts puts us at odds with God, because the heart is the place where evil thoughts reside. This truth should cause us to pay more careful attention to our emotions, thoughts, and words.
Feb 24th 2020 - The Compassion of GodJake BoxJonah 4. All people matter much to God because all people are made by God. Given that truth, the question God asked Jonah, and the question he would ask us is this: Do all people matter much to you?
Feb 17th 2020 - The God of Second ChancesJustin ChristopherJonah 3. Jonah gets a second chance to go to Nineveh. What God does with Jonah in Nineveh is proof that God is immensely patient with us and that no one is beyond God's use or beyond God's reach.
Feb 9th 2020 - The Inside StoryJake BoxJonah 2. What caused Jonah's heart to change from chapter 1 to chapter 3? After three days in the belly of a fish, he recognized that God had saved him from what he did deserve and had given him what he did not deserve.
Feb 3rd 2020 - The ChaseJake BoxJonah 1. Like Jonah, we often run from God because we don't trust God's heart for us or don't share his heart for others. Thankfully, God runs even harder after us and can accomplish his purposes through us even while we run from Him.
Jan 26th 2020 - What Mr. Rogers and Jesus Have in CommonJosh ChevalierLuke 5:27-32. Through Jesus, we are able to experience the type of love that we all long for. The story of Levi is a great example of this love expressed through grace and belonging, and the impact it can have on a person’s life.
Jan 20th 2020 - What's After Life?Jake BoxI Corinthians 15:42-44. What happens to us when we die? Tens of thousands of people around the world have had near-death experiences and come back to life to report what they experienced outside of their bodies. Their reports are very similar to each other, and they align with much of how the Bible describes the afterlife.
Jan 13th 2020 - FastingJake BoxMatthew 6:16-18. Throughout the Bible, we see individuals and groups of people fasting, refraining from food to pursue God. Even Jesus fasted, and he expected his followers to fast, but only if they fasted in for specific reasons.
Jan 6th 2020 - The SabbathMatt TolanderMark 2:23-28. The Sabbath is meant to be a blessing, not a burden. While Christians are not obligated to keep the Sabbath, they would be foolish not to keep the Sabbath. We keep the Sabbath when we make time to stop, rest, and delight.
Dec 30th 2019 - Scripture MemoryJustin ChristopherPsalm 119:9-11. What can we do to overcome the obstacles of temptation and doubt in our walk with God? We hide God's word in our heart by remembering the past and remembering His promises.
Dec 22nd 2019 - The Hope of a Promise KeeperJake BoxMatthew 1:1-6. Matthew starts his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus, and he deliberately includes the details that point to why he wrote this gospel. He points to the story of David and Bathsheba to show that God's grace is greater than our sin. God was faithful to the promise he made to David because God keeps His promises no matter what.
Dec 16th 2019 - The Hope of a New LabelJake BoxMatthew 1:1-5. Matthew starts his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus, and he deliberately includes the details that point to why he wrote this gospel. He points to the story of Rahab, the prostitute, to show that God's grace is greater than the law. She received a new label in Christ, as do we.
Dec 9th 2019 - The Hope of Great GraceJake BoxMatthew 1:1-3. Matthew starts his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus, and he deliberately includes the details that point to why he wrote this gospel. He points to the story of Judah to show that God's love and acceptance does not depend on what we do for Him, but on what He has done for us.
Dec 2nd 2019 - SOSMatt TolanderJames 5:13-20. Suffering is inevitable, but it can be profitable if we stay faithful to God. When suffering becomes overwhelming, we need the prayer and support of others to help us remain faithful.
Nov 25th 2019 - Wisdom on WaitingJake BoxJames 5:1-11. The way of the world is to get all you can any way that you can with the aim of living a life of luxury and self indulgence on earth. The way of God is to wait patiently for Jesus's promised return and to live for eternal rewards in heaven.
Nov 18th 2019 - Wisdom About HumilityJake BoxJames 4:11-17. Pride is defined as placing yourself above others while humility is defined as bringing yourself lower than others. Humble people bring themselves low by not speaking against others and by not making plans for the future without seeking God's will first.
Nov 11th 2019 - Humble YourselfJustin ChristopherJames 4:1-10. Our selfish living and pursuit of worldly pleasures above God is like adultery in His eyes. Still, there is grace to be found when we humble ourselves before Him.
Nov 4th 2019 - Wisdom About WisdomJake BoxJames 3:13-18. The wisdom of the world calls us to live life for ourselves which leads to disorder and evil, but the wisdom of God calls us to live a life of humility by putting others above ourselves which leads to peace.
Oct 28th 2019 - Taming the TongueMatt TolanderJames 3:1-12. Our words have consequences and they reveal what is in our hearts. We must learn to tame our tongue and use our words to bless people. Tongue mastery is the measure of spiritual maturity.
Oct 21st 2019 - Faith and WorksMatt TolanderJames 2:14-26. If we're saved from God's judgment by grace through faith alone, then why does James say that we also need works to accompany our saving faith? It depends on what he's saying we're being saved from and who he's saying we're justified by.
Oct 14th 2019 - Show No FavoritismJustin ChristopherJames 2:1-13. Showing favoritism and casting judgment toward specific types of people is incongruent with the Christian faith. It violates the great commandment and shows that we've forgotten how merciful God has been with us.
Oct 7th 2019 - The Wisdom of ListeningJake BoxJames 1:19-27. To get wisdom for today we must listen and obey. When we do, it results in true freedom that changes how we live and who we love.
Sep 30th 2019 - God Is Good All The TimeJustin ChristopherJames 1:12-18. God tests us, but he does not tempt us. However, temptation will come during times of testing, especially the temptation to believe that God is not good.
Sep 22nd 2019 - Wisdom For TrialsJake BoxJames 1:1-8. When we face trials, what should we do? James encourages us to believe God is using them for our good and will give us wisdom to see how.
Sep 16th 2019 - Now and ForeverJakeRevelation 4 and 5. One of the reasons we don't make time to be with God is that we don't understand how great He is. The Apostle John's glimpse at the glory of God should move us to worship God and value being with Him.
Sep 8th 2019 - Staying In Step With The SpiritJustin ChristopherGalatians 5:16-26. Jesus promised that he'd send the Spirit so that we could see and know Him even after we could see him no longer. Now that we have his Spirit, we can see him and walk in step with him as we are made more like him.
Sep 2nd 2019 - It DependsJake BoxJohn 15:4,5,8. We are invited to live life with God. However, pride gets in our way. When we realize how dependent we are on God, we will be moved to spend time with Him.
Aug 26th 2019 - Choosing What's BetterJake BoxLuke 10:38-42. God invites us to be with him, but we're often too busy to meet with him. Our busyness is often driven by our fear that we can't do enough or be enough. That fear, if humbly embraced, can lead us to Jesus to find that he is enough and he is who we want and need.
Aug 19th 2019 - Endurance Inspired By HopeJustin ChristopherI Thessalonians 1:2,3. Biblical hope is confident assurance in God and His promises. The hope of eternal life, regeneration, and being with God forever is a catalyst to give us perseverance and purpose in this life.
Aug 12th 2019 - Labor Prompted By LoveI Thessalonians 1:2,3 and 4:9,10. What kind of love moves us to sacrificially serve others without expecting anything back? It's Agape love - a love we learn to give to others after experiencing God's Agape love toward us.
Aug 4th 2019 - FaithJake BoxI Thessalonians 1:2,3. What does God use to produce change in our lives? Too often Christians use shame, guilt, and obligation as motivators which do not produce real life change. What does produce real life change is faith, love, and hope. Today: Faith.
Jul 28th 2019 - What Do You Want?Justin ChristopherPsalm 73. There are seasons in life when the circumstances force us to take a look at our motives in following Jesus. If we seek God in those seasons, He can purify our motives so that we want God more than anything else on earth.
Jul 22nd 2019 - HappinessMatt TolanderPsalm 1. One of the greatest ironies of human existence is that the search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. The Bible teaches that real happiness is possible, but only if it is sought in the right way.
Jul 14th 2019 - Are You Gonna Go My Way?Jake BoxPsalm 25. God promises that he has good works for us to do and he promises to guide us in them. When considering God's guidance, the question is not "How does God guide us?" Rather, the question is "Who does God guide?" He guides those who fear him.
Jul 8th 2019 - UnfollowJustin ChristopherJohn 6:25-69. Many of the people who were following Jesus ultimately decided to unfollow him. We will be tempted to do the same, especially in seasons of transition, trouble, and temptation. Peter, however, gives us one powerful reason to keep following Jesus.
Jul 1st 2019 - Follow The LeaderJake BoxMark 10:32-45. Jesus was the best leader in history, but not in the top-down way leaders function in the world. He led by becoming a servant and giving his life as a ransom. He takes his disciples aside and teaches them that this is the way he wants them to lead as well.
Jun 24th 2019 - What I Want To WantJosh ChevalierMatthew 26:6-16. Jesus's disciples were consumers before they became true followers. This is evident in how they respond to things Jesus did that were outside the scope of their expectations of a Messiah. Ultimately they hit a fork in the road and had to decide to be a follower instead of a consumer.
Jun 16th 2019 - The Fine PrintJake BoxMark 8:27-38. To this point in the book of Mark, people were trying to figure out who Jesus was. After two years of following Jesus, Peter is the first to rightly call him Messiah. Then Jesus explains what he must do for them, as Messiah, and what it will cost his disciples to follow him.
Jun 10th 2019 - What Christians WearJustin ChristopherJohn 13:34,35. On the last night that Jesus was with his followers before he was arrested, he gave them a new command. It was similar to commands he had given before, but was new because of the qualifier and promise attached to the command.
Jun 3rd 2019 - Have No FearJake BoxMatthew 10:16-31. Where did Jesus want to take those who would follow him? Become a better person? Go to heaven? Live a pain-free life? Not at all. He promised to take them to a place of growing confidence in the character of God that would result in a fearless life.
May 26th 2019 - Your Next Step of FaithJustin ChristopherLuke 5:1-11. When Jesus called Peter to follow him, it was not the first time Jesus has spoken with him. Peter took baby steps of faith before he was ready to leave everything to follow Jesus. We, too, need to simply take the next step of faith that God is calling us to do.
May 20th 2019 - Everyone Is InvitedJake BoxMatthew 9:9-13. What is necessary in order to follow Jesus? Is it belief? Is it obedience? Is it theological agreement? Who Jesus invites to follow Him reveals the answer…and it’s refreshing.
May 13th 2019 - The Disbelieving BrotherJake BoxJames 1:1. Jesus's brother, James, was not a believer in Jesus before his death, but after his resurrection he called him his Lord and worshiped him. What produced such a change in James, and what does it mean for us today?
May 6th 2019 - The DisciplesJustin ChristopherJohn 20 and 21. John records the first three times Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection. What do Peter, John, and Thomas claim to have seen? Why should we consider their eyewitness testimony credible? If true, what does it mean for us today?
Apr 28th 2019 - The WomenJake BoxMatthew 28:1-10. Mary and Mary were the first two people to witness Jesus as risen from the dead. What did they claim to see? Is there reason to believe them? If so, what does it mean for us today?
Apr 21st 2019 - Easter SundayJake BoxI Corinthians 15. There are many objective reasons to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. If Jesus really did rise from the dead, what does it mean for us today? How should we respond?
Apr 15th 2019 - The Joy of ContentmentJake BoxPhilippians 4:10-23. What is the secret to finding contentment no matter our circumstances or financial situation? It's in trusting that your life is in Christ's care. When you have this kind of trust you're free to use your finances for good purposes.
Apr 8th 2019 - Pathways to PeaceJustin ChristopherPhilippians 4:1-9. We all want peace. We want peace in our relationships instead of conflict. We want peace of mind instead of anxiety. In this part of the letter, the apostle Paul gives the Philippians three pathways to promised peace.
Mar 31st 2019 - Citizens of HeavenJake BoxPhilippians 3:17-21. We all need to follow great examples who can help us learn to follow Jesus and set our minds on heavenly things. If we don’t, we’ll end up following our culture and the examples of others who think only about earthly things which lead to destruction.
Mar 25th 2019 - Pressing ForwardJustin ChristopherPhilippians 3:10-14. Paul's life-long goal was to know Jesus and become more like him. While he admitted it was unattainable, he would press on toward that goal knowing it would one day be attained when he would meet Jesus face to face.
Mar 18th 2019 - What Do You Want?Jake BoxPhilippians 3:1-11. We're prone to value other things above Jesus. We don't see the value in Jesus, largely because we don't truly believe that he is our only means of salvation. When we think we're saved by Jesus plus our religious acts, we will value Jesus less than he is worth.
Mar 11th 2019 - Becoming the GOATJustin ChristopherPhilippians 2:19-30. Paul points to the Philippians to two people who serve as excellent examples of how to live selflessly. The example of two men (Timothy and Epaphroditus) is meant to inspire us to live selflessly and know that to become the greatest we must become the least.
Mar 4th 2019 - A Workout LessonJake BoxPhilippians 2:12-18. We're called to "work out our salvation," but we can only "work out" what God has already "worked in" us. We received salvation by faith, and we grow in Christ (sanctification) by the same faith.
Feb 24th 2019 - The Mind of GodJake BoxPhilippians 2:5-11. If the Bible is a mountain range, this passage is one of the highest peaks. It describes how the loving and humble God, displayed in Jesus (equally God and man), humbled himself to death on a cross.
Feb 18th 2019 - The Me Monster RemedyJakPhilippians 2:1-4. Imagine a world where everyone considers others needs above their own. It's hard to imagine because we're always fighting the "me monster" that wants others to value us. The remedy for the "me monster" is found in believing that Jesus values us so much that he would die for us.
Feb 11th 2019 - Living in a Manner Worthy of the GospelJustin ChristopherPhilippians 1:27-30. Paul's first command to the church he loved so much was to "live up to what they say they believe." It's an important first command because hypocrisy keeps people from following Jesus, but living up to what we say we believe moves people to want to follow Jesus with us.
Feb 4th 2019 - Jail - Proof of JoyJake BoxPhilippians 1:12-26. How do we find stable joy that is not attached to our circumstances? It comes from anchoring our hopes to Jesus who is stable. It comes from living for Christ more than for comfort, success, security, relationships, religion, or anything else.
Jan 21st 2019 - Unusual JoyJake BoxPhilippians 1:1-11. Paul was filled with joy because of his partnership in the gospel with the Philippians. Gospel partnership brought meaning to his life. So what exactly is gospel partnership? Who gets to be a gospel partner, and how are they qualified to do so?
Jan 14th 2019 - Philippians: Unexpected OriginsJosh ChevalierActs 16:12-40. The Philippians church had a strange and beautiful beginning. The church started with the conversion of several families from radically different backgrounds. It's a story only God could write.
Jan 7th 2019 - Virtuous Resolutions part 2Justin ChristopherThis time of year it's common to set goals to become a better person. What if this year we resolved to become more virtuous? In many of Paul's letters to the churches he would list a set of virtues, encouraging the body of Christ to practice these virtues as a means to grow in love for one another. In this two-week series, we'll examine twelve of these virtues and learn how to grow in our capacity to love each other well.
Dec 30th 2018 - Virtuous ResolutionsJustin ChristopherThis time of year it's common to set goals to become a better person. What if this year we resolved to become more virtuous? In many of Paul's letters to the churches he would list a set of virtues, encouraging the body of Christ to practice these virtues as a means to grow in love for one another. In this two-week series, we'll examine twelve of these virtues and learn how to grow in our capacity to love each other well.
Dec 23rd 2018 - Love AllJake BoxThe good news proclaimed by the angels was for "all people." When the expert in the law asked, "who is my neighbor," Jesus told him a story about "all people."
Dec 17th 2018 - Giving GiftsJustin ChristopherNormally at Christmas we exchange gifts with friends and family members. What instead we focused on giving gifts? Meaning, giving to those in need who are not able to give anything back to us.
Dec 10th 2018 - Giving PresenceJake BoxWhen we think of Christmas, we usually think of presents. We often thoughtlessly purchase presents for people without really thinking about what people really want and need. What if this year we focused more on giving our "presence" to people than giving "presents" to people?
Dec 3rd 2018 - Worship FullyJake BoxWhat will you worship this Christmas season? Jesus said you can't worship God and money. Christmas is a story of God coming to the poor and marginalized, the type of people God has always loved. What if we determined this season to care for the poor and marginalized instead of getting caught up in the consumerism of the season?
Nov 26th 2018 - As ChildrenJake BoxMatthew 6:7-13. Jesus taught that there is a right an wrong way to pray, but it is not in what you pray or how you pray. It is in why you think God will answer your prayers. Do you think God will answer your prayers because of what you do for Him or because of who you are to Him?
Nov 5th 2018 - Go With UsJake BoxExodus 33. When we come to God in prayer, we often come seeking His presents more that His presence. But being with God is better than getting things from God.
Oct 29th 2018 - God On DisplayJake BoxDaniel 6. Daniel gives an incredibly practical example on how to remain faithful to God while loving and respecting those who are opposed to him, which results in God's character being displayed.
Oct 22nd 2018 - Pride and FaithfulnessJake BoxDaniel 5. God goes to great lengths to show a prideful king that He is the Sovereign King in control of the whole world. We, like that king, should surrender our lives to God rather than pridefully trying to control our own lives.
Oct 15th 2018 - The Patient Pursuit of GodJustin ChristopherDaniel 4. God patiently pursues Nebuchadnezzar, a pagan, polytheist, murderous, king. He does the same with us today by giving us faithful witnesses, divine experiences, and humbling circumstances.
Oct 1st 2018 - Grace and TruthJustin ChristopherDaniel 2. Is it possible in our culture to speak the truth to those who disagree with us and still maintain loving and respectful relationships with them? It is, and Daniel shows us how to do it.
Sep 23rd 2018 - Faithfullness In ExileJake BoxDaniel 1. What does it look like to remain faithful to God and his ways while also engaging our culture in a loving way? As we begin our series in the book of Daniel we will see there are two things we must live in light of.
Sep 17th 2018 - God's Heart for the NationsMark ProegerThere are several misconceptions that most Christians have around the topic of God's heart for the nations and His call to missions. Guest speaker, Mark Proeger, brings light and truth to three of the most common misconceptions.
Sep 11th 2018 - Compelled to LoveJake BoxII Corinthians 5:14-21. God has loved and served us. When we respond to Him in faith, we become his beloved children. He then invites us to join Him in the family business of reconciling people to Himself.
Sep 11th 2018 - A Loving FamilyJake BoxI John 4:7-21. We are a part of the family of God because we have been loved and served by God. If we are living in line with who we are, what is the the number one thing that should result? And what does that look like?
Aug 26th 2018 - A Loved FamilyJake BoxMidtown Church is a family loved and served by God and compelled to love and serve Austin with God. But, why is that who we are?
Aug 19th 2018 - Happy OthersJake BoxIt is common to believe that in order to be happy you need to focus on yourself. However, observation, experience, modern research, and God’s Word all say a key to happiness is serving others. Why is that?
Aug 12th 2018 - You Can't Buy ItJake BoxIt’s often said that money can’t make you happy. However, we all know that is not entirely true. There is a strong connection between money and happiness, but the connection isn’t what we would expect.
Aug 6th 2018 - Rhythms of HappinessJustin ChristopherThere are several rhythms that lead to happiness in life. God has "baked them into the cake" of humanity. These rhythms help us fight against the most common "happiness hindrances."
Jul 23rd 2018 - Being WithJosh ChevalierHappiness is found in being with those who love us deeply. And no greater happiness is discovered than the happiness that comes from BEING WITH God, because He loves us deeply.
Jul 15th 2018 - The SourceJake BoxWhat makes you happy? Contrary to what every advertisement you see tries to tell you, happiness is more about a who than a what. But why?
Jul 8th 2018 - Digest ItJake BoxWe deceive ourselves when we read God's word but don't obey it. We're prone to this deception because it is difficult to obey the word. However, we're enabled and compelled to obey the "word in text" when we consider the sacrifice of the "word in flesh.”
Jul 2nd 2018 - Chew ItJustin ChristopherGrowing believers feed their souls with solid food, not milk. Solid food requires chewing - studying and meditating on the word of God.
Jun 25th 2018 - Taste ItJake BoxWe have a soul. How do we take care of it? According to Jesus, God’s Word is to our spiritual wellness what food is to our physical wellness. We nourish our soul by feeding on God’s Word everyday.
Jun 18th 2018 - Sent With GodJake BoxWhen you think about what God is doing, what comes to mind? As we bring our series in Acts to a close we are reminded that God is on mission to seek and save that which is lost and he invites us to join Him on His mission.
Jun 3rd 2018 - Evidence Of GraceJustin ChristopherWhat evidence of God's grace does Barnabas find when visiting the new church in Antioch? He finds that people have believed the gospel, have been changed by the gospel, and are committed to their new spiritual family.
May 21st 2018 - Changed By LoveJake BoxWhat can change a person like Saul from being a persecutor of Jesus to a follower of Jesus? Only the steadfast pursuing love of Jesus.
May 14th 2018 - To AllJosh ChevalierIn this interaction between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, we glean insights into how to effectively connect with others, and share the good news of Jesus in light of their story.
May 7th 2018 - Joy in the CityJake BoxThe church is scattered after the stoning of Stephen, and normal Christians bring the good news to Judea and Samaria. As a result, there was great joy in the city.
Apr 30th 2018 - The Turning PointJustin ChristopherThe stoning of Stephen was a turning point in the book of Acts. It became clear that Jesus's followers were beginning a new religion different from Judaism - a religion for all people, even the Gentiles.
Apr 22nd 2018 - Following Jesus to a Dinner PartyJake BoxJesus invites Levi, a tax collector, to follow him. This shows that everyone (even a tax collector) is invited to follow Jesus. What results from this invitation? Levi invites his friends to a dinner party because that's what people following Jesus do.
Apr 16th 2018 - A Picnic by the SeaJustin ChristopherAfter a busy time of ministry and after hearing of John the Baptist's murder, Jesus and his disciples just want to get away from people. However, they are greeted by more than 5000 people on the shores of Bethsaida. How did they find the strength to minister to these people even while they were emotionally spent?
Apr 9th 2018 - Giving Grace at DinnerJake BoxIn Luke 7:36-50 Jesus uses the events of a shocking dinner to show us how we will respond to Him when we grasp who he is and how he has come to relate to us.
Apr 1st 2018 - Resurrection and RestorationJake BoxPeter, Jesus's friend and disciple, felt that his denying Jesus forever broke his relationship with him. Jesus, however, restores his relationship with Peter by offering him a meal at the very place where he first called Peter to follow him.
Mar 25th 2018 - The Most Meaningful MealJake BoxJesus did something radical at the Last Supper with his closest friends. He redefined the meaning of the Passover meal by claiming that his body was the the bread that would be broken (the bread of affliction) and that his blood would bring salvation (the blood of the lamb).
Mar 18th 2018 - Making Use of TimeJustin ChristopherTime is something God has given us to steward. How do we steward it well? By obeying the three commands in Ephesians 5:15-17 - to assess our time, to determine our priorities, and to make plans to do God's will.
Mar 11th 2018 - Time To Rest?Jake BoxBusyness is the enemy of intimacy. That's why God created the Sabbath and why He invites us to rest. Rest is a priority of God. The purpose of rest is to reflect and remember that God is our ultimate rest.
Mar 4th 2018 - Missions SundayChris MerrellThe Old and New Testaments contain one common theme: God loves all people. Psalm 67 and Matthew 28 contain the same Great Commission message: God loves all people so He sends us to all people.
Feb 25th 2018 - God's Promise for the RighteousJustin ChristopherWhat does God promise for those who respond in faith to Malachi's message, to those who continue to wait in faith for the Messiah and His reign? God will be just, and He will redeem His people.
Jan 28th 2018 - Preparing for God’s PowerRob HarrellActs 1:1-11. Listen to our honored guest speaker as he shares with us how we can prepare to experience God’s power by understanding truth, waiting on God’s presence, gathering together, and knowing God personally.
Dec 31st 2017 - First Things FirstJustin ChristopherHaggai 1:1-15. After beginning the work of rebuilding the temple, the Israelites faced opposition which led them to discontinue their work. After 16 years of building their own houses instead of the temple, God sends Haggai to challenge the people to continue their work building the temple. Like the Israelites, we too can lose sight of God and allow other things to become first in our lives. We need the reminder of Haggai to put first things first.
Dec 17th 2017 - Spread the WordJake BoxLuke 2:8-20. After the shepherds met Jesus they “spread the word concerning what had been told to them about this child.” Why did they react that way? And what will enable us to respond likewise? The answer to both questions is found in what had been told to them about Jesus.
Dec 10th 2017 - Moved to GiveJustin ChristopherMatthew 2:1-12. The Magi receive revelation by way of a guiding star that a King has been born. They make the long journey to Bethlehem to worship Jesus. In response to the gift that God has given the world in Jesus, they worship Jesus with extravagant giving of their own.
Dec 3rd 2017 - Treasuring the TruthJake BoxLuke 2:19, Matthew 1:22-23. After giving birth to Jesus we are told that Mary responded by treasuring and pondering all that Jesus’ birth meant. As we reflect on Jesus’ birth this Christmas season let us respond in the same way.
Nov 26th 2017 - Sing to the KingJustin ChristopherLuke 2:8-16. The angel that appears to the shepherds reveals the Baby Jesus to be their long-awaited Savior and Messiah. At the announcement of this good news the host of angels sing, as should we.
Nov 19th 2017 - A Priestly MovementJake BoxActs 6:1-7. As a church grows more time and attention must be given to care for the people in the church. But focusing on serving the church can cause the church to lose her focus on serving the city. Is it possible to serve the church family while also working together as a church family to serve our city? Yes, if the church is full of priests.
Nov 5th 2017 - Gospel Motivated OnenessJustin ChristopherActs 4:32-5:11. In this passage Luke gives us his second summary report that describes the oneness in the church demonstrated by meeting each others’ needs. Luke gives us two contrasting examples in Barnabas and Ananias and Sapphira to show the difference between gospel-motivated worship and worship for selfish ambition.
Oct 15th 2017 - The Courageous OnesJosh ChevalierActs 4:1-22. What does it look like to live a courageous life? In Acts 4:1-22, we observe the courage of Peter and John and discover the attributes of those who choose to live a courageous life.
Oct 8th 2017 - A Beautiful MovementJake BoxActs 3. How should Jesus’ followers respond in the face of all the suffering in our world? In Acts 3 we are given a beautiful picture of what God has done, is doing and will do to alleviate suffering.
Oct 1st 2017 - The Church: Described and PrescribedJustin ChristopherAct 2:42-47. What was the first church like? What did they do? What were the results? Act 2:42-47 is one of the most beautiful descriptions of what the first church was like. This wonderful description of the first church gives us clarity on the type of activities we should still be seeing in the church of our day.
Sep 24th 2017 - As the Spirit MovesJake BoxActs 2:1-41. The Church was born when the Spirit of God descended. In Acts 2, we learn a lot about the work of the Holy Spirit and how He empowers the movement of God.
Sep 17th 2017 - Missional RhythmJustin ChristopherActs 1:12-26. What did Jesus’s followers do during the 10 days between Jesus’s ascension and their being baptized with the Holy Spirit? They did what Jesus told them to do – they waited. But this was not passive waiting. It was the Biblical kind of waiting, the kind that reminded them of their great need for God’s power to accomplish His mission.
Sep 10th 2017 - The Means of a MovementJake BoxActs 1:1-11. In Acts 1:8 Jesus’ followers are told that we will be His witnesses starting where we are and moving out to the ends of the earth. That’s a big calling! What will enable us to do that?
Aug 20th 2017 - Seek God’s Kingdom Not Your OwnJake BoxLuke 12:13-34. One core belief in our culture is that your money is your money to be first used to serve you. Jesus turns that upside down when he teaches that your money is really God’s money and you are to use it first to serve his kingdom. In Luke 12 he confronts the main thing that keeps us from seeking first his kingdom and shows us how that can change.
Aug 6th 2017 - Die To LiveJake BoxJohn 12:1-8, 23-27. In God’s kingdom things are turned upside down. For example, Jesus said, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” But what does losing your life for Christ look like? And what results if we do it?
Jul 30th 2017 - I Will Remember YouJake BoxPsalm 103. What is the one thing we must do in order to live in light of all the life changing, joy bringing, benefits of the gospel? If only I could remember.
Jul 23rd 2017 - Why Do The Nations Rage?Justin ChristopherPsalm 2. Why is there so much chaos in the world? Who is really in control of every ruler and every nation? Psalm 2 answers these questions in an amazing way. It is a Messianic Psalm that prophetically answers these timeless questions. Jesus is King.
Jul 16th 2017 - Midtown Moving MeetingInformational meetingInformational meeting about the upcoming location change for Midtown Austin Church. While no new location has been chosen this meeting and the follow-on Q and A address some of the questions and concerns posed by the partners.
Jul 16th 2017 - Every Breath You TakeJake BoxPsalm 139. God is all powerful, all knowing, and all present. These truths about God can overwhelm and unsettle us. However, in the light of the gospel, they bring unparalleled joy and comfort.
Jul 9th 2017 - Number Our DaysJustin ChristopherPsalm 90. This is the oldest Psalm, written by Moses. As Moses meditates on the incredible fact that God is eternal and outside of time, he is reminded that his time on earth is incredibly short. These truths cause Moses to pray four simple prayers, including “teach us to number our days"
Jul 2nd 2017 - Rest in Times of TroubleJake BoxPsalm 62. Life is often difficult. We all long to find rest in the midst of trouble, but where should we look for it and how do we get it? In Psalm 62 we are told where not to look for rest, where to look and how to find it.
Jun 25th 2017 - Joyful SecurityJustin ChristopherPsalm 16. How can we find joy in the midst of uncertainty and insecurity? Psalm 16 begins with a plea for security. From this place of fear, David calms his heart by remembering five wonderful truths. After meditating on these truths, David emerges joyful and unshaken with renewed faith in God’s promise of eternal security.
Jun 11th 2017 - Don't Worry Be Happy?Jake BoxPsalm 27. How do you deal with the worry and fear in your life? Psalm 27 points us to the one thing that can truly calm our fears. It also has much to say about how to make that one thing our one thing.
Jun 4th 2017 - Parenting: Church, I Am Your FatherBrad "Big Red" LawsVarious Scripture. Whether you're raising children of your own or leading a discipleship these are some great principles to keep in mind: 1) A healthy marriage is the best environment to raise kids. 2) Begin with the end in mind. 3) Understand the need of your children. 4) Intentionally invest in a relationship with your children in creative, memorable, and effective ways. 5) Let God be your father and their father.
May 28th 2017 - Parenting: A Biblical PerspectiveJake BoxPsalm 78:5-7. Deuteronomy 6. What is the foundational purpose of parenting? What is the pattern that God gives parents to help them fulfill that purpose? In this message, Jake takes us through Psalm 78 and Deuteronomy 6 to find God's answers for these important questions.
May 21st 2017 - Marriage: How to Grow in Selfless LoveJustin ChristopherPhilippians 2:3,4; 3:17; I John 4:7-9. Justin talks today about how marriage continuously changes and shapes you as the years pass, and gives suggestions on how to remain connected to community during conflict.
May 14th 2017 - Marriage: A Biblical PerspectiveJake BoxGenesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:21. Today's message looks at how God designed marriage to be: 1) A covenant and NOT a consumer relationship 2) A whole life giving relationship 3) The penultimate relationship, NOT the ultimate relationship.
May 7th 2017 - Singleness and FriendshipJustin ChristopherVarious verses. One of the most difficult things singles experience is loneliness. This message parses out the value of friendship, the characteristics of a friendship, and how to be a good friend.
Apr 30th 2017 - Singleness: A Biblical PerspectiveJake Box1 Corinthians 7:6-9; 32-35. Singleness is hard but ultimately not forever. Singleness is good because of 1) Jesus. 2) It is a gift from God. 3) It has advantages to being married. This messages explores all three of those reasons more in depth.
Apr 23rd 2017 - Re-creationJustin ChristopherVarious verses. The final in this four part series discusses Christ's triumphant return and why we can have hope in the promise of Christ's return.
Apr 16th 2017 - RestorationJake BoxIsaiah 52:13-53:12. This week we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a beautiful message of hope, love, and sacrifice.
Apr 2nd 2017 - CreationJake BoxGenesis 1-2:3. Everything came from God who is eternal, creative, powerful, orderly, and loving. We were made to reflect and to represent God and in us we have great value and great purpose to Him.
Mar 26th 2017 - The Gospel And The RefugeeJake BoxThough it has received plenty of attention in the news lately, the world's refugee crisis is anything but new. The Bible is full of stories of refugees and offers clear cut truths about them and how we are called to respond to their plight.
Mar 19th 2017 - The Gospel And The InsiderJustin Christopher1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 1:10-17, Matthew 18:21-35. One of the greatest tools that Satan uses is division. Whether it's personal beliefs held between individuals within the church, or the beliefs of different churches, it's important to recognize that at the end of the day we are called to worship, love, and forgive just as Christ did.
Mar 12th 2017 - The Gospel And The OutsiderJustin ChristopherThere are many groups of people that we as believers are called to love. Our world has many people of many faiths and backgrounds. As Christians, we ought to love all who are outside the church...not just those who are "like us".
Mar 5th 2017 - The Gospel And The OrphanJake BoxGalatians 4:3-7; Romans 8:14-17. There are many groups of people that we as believers are called to love. One of those groups are the Orphans. Jake Box shares personal experience with adopting his son, Enoch, as well as draws out of scripture that are we all orphans crying our to our Abba Father.
Feb 26th 2017 - The Gospel And Racial ReconciliationTori MayoGenesis 4; Ephesians 2, and Rev. 7. We all have witnessed and/or experienced racial division and disunity within our nation. Tori addresses the issue of unifying the races while recognizing that there is beauty in the difference of our cultures.
Feb 19th 2017 - Joy and GenerosityJustin ChristopherHabakkuk 3:17-19(Also referenced: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 21:1-4). The call to give is written everywhere in the Bible. Whether it's the giving of our time, talent, or treasures, we are to do it with a cheerful heart despite the perceived hardship giving could bring. By the end of this book Habakkuk realizes the delight he can have in trusting God's goodness regardless of what he sees around him.
Feb 12th 2017 - How to Sing in SorrowJake BoxHabakkuk 3(Also referenced: Luke 9:31). The definition of contentment as described in this series has been: an internal sense of well being not based on circumstances but based on confidence in God's loving leadership of my life. Contentment is a choice and by remembering God's faithfulness in the past, you will find faith and even contentment in the most sorrowful of times present day.
Jan 29th 2017 - Go Back to Go BeyondGuest speaker Ben SchenckGuest speaker and new Hill Country Bible pastor Ben Schenck joins Midtown this week to discuss what it means when we think God is holding us back and what we have to look forward to in His promise of good grace.
Jan 22nd 2017 - Where is the Rest?Jake BoxHabakkuk 2:4-20. Why doesn't faith lead to peace in troubling times? What does it mean to question God's character? Habakkuk wrestled with and experienced these same questions through an inexplicably difficult time in his life and managed to endure.
Jan 15th 2017 - Waiting is the Hardest PartJustin ChristopherHabakkuk 2:1-5. Waiting on God is normal and it requires us to be active. Two easy ways to wait are: 1) Look ahead to God's promise and 2) Look back to the cross.
Jan 8th 2017 - What's Going On?Jake BoxIs there a way to experience contentment that is not anchored to our ever changing circumstances? When life gets hard or disappointing is contentment really an option? The small book of Habakkuk answers those hard questions in a powerful way. In this new six week series we learn together how we can experience contentment in troubling times.
Jan 1st 2017 - Cultivating a Life of PrayerJustin ChristopherLuke 4:42, 5:15-16, 6:12, 11:1,4. Psalm 5:1-3, 51:1-2, 63:1. Reasons FOR praying: 1) Prayer gets us closer to God. 2) In prayer God changes us. 3) In prayer we participate with God's work. Reasons we DON'T pray: 1) We've sinned and we think God doesn't welcome us. 2) Not trusting God for anything bigger than what we think we can accomplish ourselves. 3) We're not hungry for God as we are satisfied with lesser things.
Dec 18th 2016 - Who the Light has come forJustin ChristopherLuke 2:8-38 (Also referenced: John 3:16-17, 4:9-10, Matthew 5:14-16). Jesus came to server everyone: religious and non-religious, educated and uneducated, young and old, married and unmarried, rich and poor, Jew and Gentile, you and me. How does God come to us? He speaks to us, he gives sign, and He makes His presence known when we seek Him.
Dec 11th 2016 - Why We Need The LightJake BoxIsaiah 9:2, 5-7(Also referenced: Isaiah 8:21-22, 53:5; John 1:9). Christ brings the light to our lives. The light gives life, reveals truth, and brings joy to our lives. We respond to the light by living it in a humble and strong way.
Dec 4th 2016 - Jesus, Our Life and LightJustin ChristopherJohn 1:1-5. Who is Jesus? He is with God, is God, has been with God from the beginning, and is the Creator of everything. He came to give life and give light to all of mankind.
Nov 20th 2016 - Practicing the Presence of GodJustin Christopher1 Thessalonians 5:16-21(Also referenced: John 6:7-8; Philippians 4:4-7; James 1:2-4; Colossians 3:16; Habakkuk 3:17-19). This section of Thessalonians examines eight explicit commands given on how to experience God throughout your daily walk.
Nov 6th 2016 - A Moving DayJake Box1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, John 3:16-18. Be prepared for the day of the Lord's return! Although we don't when He is coming back we know who is coming and who we are because of what He did when he first came to save us. So arm yourself today with faith, love, and hope of salvation.
Oct 30th 2016 - Moving On UpJake Box1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:20. Death was not part of God's original plan for humanity and came about only as a result of sin entering the world. Christ, having conquered death through His resurrection, is our hope for life.
Oct 16th 2016 - Avoiding Sexual Immorality (2/2)Jake Box1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 5:27-30. While last week's message covered why not to pursue sexual immorality this week we take a look at why we should pursue sexual morality and how it can add be a blessing in our lives when practiced correctly.
Oct 9th 2016 - Avoiding Sexual Immorality (1/2)Justin Christopher1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. Sexual immorality is one of the most prevalent sins in society today. The Bible speaks clearly though to what it is, how it effects us and those around us, and how to avoid it.
Sep 25th 2016 - A Loving MessageJake Box1 Thessalonians 2:13-16. God 's word lays out a clear path for where's our faith should be moving us to and provides a clear depiction of what it should look like as we move ourselves towards a closer relationship with Him.
Sep 18th 2016 - A Moving ExampleJake Box1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. When God gets a hold of your life He moves you to grow in Christ likeness and to go with Him on His mission to fill the Earth with His glory. In setting up the church in Thessalonica Paul gives a great example for a faith that is missional(with bold initiative), is pure in motive(with the purest motive being love), and moves us to love like mothers and fathers.
Sep 11th 2016 - Signs of LifeChristianity was never meant to be a stagnant faith. Discussed today are three great ways to assess where we are in our spiritual life: 1) Responding to God's word. 2) Growing in Christ's likeness (Galatians 5:22). 3) Influencing others to follow Christ using the Word, the Spirit, and other people.
Sep 4th 2016 - Gospel MovementJake Box1 Thessalonians 1:1-3, 8-9; Acts 17:1-10. People respond strongly to hearing the Gospel. The Apostle Paul's mission trips in his lifetime demonstrate the same strong reactions that people give today to hearing the Gospel.
Aug 28th 2016 - Gospel SaturationJake BoxNehemiah 1-2; Habakuk 2:14; John 7:38. Vision is a clear picture of what could be fueled by a conviction that it should be. God's vision for the Earth is Gospel saturation personally, locally, and globally. In this message you'll hear the three and five year plan of the church and how our mission aligns with God's vision for the Earth.
Aug 21st 2016 - The Platinum RuleJake BoxMost everyone has heard of the Golden Rule which is to treat others the way you want to be treated. This week we upgrade that rule and focus on what the Bible says about treating others the way Jesus treated them.
Aug 14th 2016 - MoneyJustin ChristopherMoney is mentioned in over 2300 verses in the Bible and Jesus preaches on money in more than 15% of his recorded teachings. Money is morally neutral but is one of the greatest indicators of where our hearts are. The Bible offers an abundance of guidance on the topic of money and how we as Christians need to interact with it.
Aug 7th 2016 - GenerosityJake BoxGenerosity comes in many forms. Giving of your time, talent, and treasure is something we're all called to do as Christians. When we sow generously, we reap generously. We may not reap the way we expect to but the Lord is faithful to those who give.
Jul 31st 2016 - EternityJake BoxThe Bible is love story that starts with a divorce and ends with a wedding. This week Jake walks us through a look at the difficult book of Revelation and the prophecy of the end times that ultimately leads to Christianity's union with the Lord. Revelation can be looked at in four distinct sections: 1. Letters to the Seven Churches(Ch. 2-3; a warning and a promise) 2. Tribulation (Ch. 4-19) 3. Millennial Kingdom (Ch. 20 part 1) 4. Great White Thrown Judgement.
Jul 10th 2016 - The GospelsJake BoxA 30,000ft look at the first four books of the New Testament. Tips on how to study the Gospels: 1) Each Gospel account stands alone. 2) Each Gospel was written from the view point of its author with a specific audience in mind. The Gospel's Big Picture Significance comes in two ways: 1) The entire Old Testament pointed to Jesus. 2) Jesus lived, died, and rose again to save us and renew the world.
Jul 3rd 2016 - The Silent PeriodJake BoxApproximately 400 years passed between the end of the final book of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. What happened during that time period and what can we learn from it?
May 22nd 2016 - ExodusExodusExodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. Justin Christopher. A 30,000 foot look at the Israelites journey from enslavement and captivity in ancient Egypt through the desert and into the promised land.
May 15th 2016 - GenesisJamie TrussellGenesis 1-12, 15. A look at Genesis from a 30,000ft view outlining creation, the fall of man, the first proclamation of the coming of Christ, the lineage of Seth, story of Noah, and Abraham.
May 1st 2016 - The Truth That Sets Us FreeJake BoxJohn 8:31-32, 36. What is the truth that sets us free? Jesus Christ is that truth and we get to know him by: 1) Spending time with Him. 2) Spending time with others that know Him. 3) Seeking His presence when reviewing our day. 4) Depending on Him. How does knowing the truth set us free? It sets us free by: 1) Freeing us from the penalty of sin(Romans 3:22-24). 2) Freeing us from the power of sin(Titus 2:11-12, Romans 12:2). 3) Eventually setting us free from the presence of sin(1 John 3:2). When confronting sin in your life the following are some helpful questions to walk through: 1) What is it I am doing? 2) What am I believing? 3)What is the truth? 4) What do I believe? 5) What will I do?
Apr 17th 2016 - God is Gracious (1)Jamie TrussellRomans 3: 19-26. Earning someone's love can be exhausting. Likewise, the actions and characteristics we require of others to give them our love differ from person to person. God's love is unique in that it is impossible for us to earn by our own actions and has in turn been given freely and perfectly to each of us if we only believe. Referenced verses: Galatians 3:23-24, Zachariah 3.
Apr 10th 2016 - God is GoodJake BoxJohn 10:11-15. When tragedy, pain, and suffering occur how can we know that God is still good? This week's message provides insight into how our God is still an infinitely good God. Because God is good, he suffered. Because God is good, we do not suffer in vain. And finally, because God is good, I don't have to look elsewhere. Referenced verses: John 8:31-32, James 1:16-17, Psalms 119:68.
Apr 3rd 2016 - God is GreatJake BoxMark 4:35-5:43. In the first message of this five part series the question is asked: Do you really believe God is great? In many examples throughout the Bible God is seen as all powerful(omnipotent), all knowing(omniscient) and in control(sovereign). His power is shown over the natural world, the supernatural world, life and death, and sickness and health. How then can we better understand this and adopt this to our way of knowing and seeing Him in our lives? Referenced verses: John 8:31-32, Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:28.
Mar 27th 2016 - Why An Empty Tomb?Jake BoxThe Book of John. This Easter Sunday message focuses on Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus and their role throughout Christ's life and death.
Mar 13th 2016 - Humility, God's Care and The DevilJamie Trussell1 Peter 5:6-13. The end of Peter's letter exhorts us to humble ourselves, giving to Him our worries and anxieties because He so deeply cares for and desires for us to be in close relation with Him. Referenced verses: Isaiah 41, 46; Romans 4, 6.
Mar 6th 2016 - Honoring the Chief ShepherdJake Box1 Peter 5:1-5. Church Elders play a pertinent role in the life of the church. They are called to: 1) Shepherd the flock among them. 2) Exercise oversight. 3) Be examples to the flock. This message and passage also relate how the church is to relate to the Elders and to each other. Referenced verses: Heb 13:17, John 10: 11, 18. Midtown Church also extends a warm congratulations to Shelby Sementelli on her baptism.
Feb 28th 2016 - Suffering from being a ChristianJamie Trussell1 Peter 4:12-19. Peter addresses the suffering that we can expect in life simply by proclaiming to follow Christ. Referenced scripture: 1 Peter 1:6-7, Romans 8, Luke 9, Ezekiel 9, Malachi 3.
Feb 21st 2016 - Living SaneJake BoxLove one another. Show hospitality to one another. Serve one another. This passage explores these three tenets that Peter calls us to live by. In the wake of the passing of one of Midtown's core partners, Sue Gibson Wright, we remember a life richly lived where these principles were exemplified.
Feb 14th 2016 - Loving Without Hypocrisy1 Peter 4:7-11. First Peter is a New Testament letter that exhorts us to stand firm in the true grace of God. This letter helps Christians see how God's transformative grace practically plays out as they seek to live faithful and loving lives regardless of their cultural surroundings.
Dec 13th 2015 - For and FromJamie TrussellContinuing in a series titled With: Evaluating the way we relate to God and based on the passage by Luke 15:11-31. Presented by Jamie Trussell on December 13, 2015.
Oct 25th 2015 - Jesus: Friend of SinnersJustin ChristopherPart of the Love Where You Live series, Justin Christopher presented Jesus: Friend of Sinners on October 25, 2015. It is based on the passage from Matthew 9:9-13.
Oct 18th 2015 - Value Your NeighborJake BoxPart of the Love Where You Live series, Jake Box presented Value Your Neighbor on October 18, 2015. It is based on the passage from Jonah 4.
Oct 11th 2015 - Love Your NeighborJamie TrussellPart of the Love Where You Live series, Jamie Trussell presented Love Your Neighbor on October 11, 2015. It is based on the passage from Luke 10:25-29
Sep 27th 2015 - Together as PriestsJamie TrussellContinuing the Standing in Grace series, Jamie Trussell presented Together as Priests on September 27, 2015. It is based on the passage from 1 Peter 2:4-10.
Aug 23rd 2015 - The Joy of a New ChapterJake BoxCelebrating the combination of Hill Country Bible Church Central and Midtown Church Austin, The Joy of a New Chapter was presented by Jake Box on August 23rd, 2015. Based on John 2:1-11
Aug 16th 2015 - Becoming OneJake BoxFrom the series John: That You May Believe. Becoming One is based on John 17:20-23 and was presented by Jake Box on August 16, 2015.
Aug 9th 2015 - Growth in ChristJake BoxFrom the series John: That You May Believe. Growth in Christ is based on John 15:1-11 and was presented by Jake Box on August 9, 2015.
Aug 2nd 2015 - The Great LifeJake BoxFrom the series John: That You May Believe. The Great Life is based on John 13 and was presented by Jake Box on August 2, 2015.
Feb 1st 2015 - Practical Biblical TeachingJake BoxSecond message in the series titled Grow: The Nature of Discipleship, Jake Box presented Practical Biblical Teaching based on Matthew 7:24-29 on February 1, 2015 at Midtown Church Austin.