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The Christmas Address: Is it Reasonable to Believe?

12/10/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Any person living in any part of the world having mail service can reach me by addressing a letter using seven specifications: country, state, city, zip code, street name, house number, and my name. The power of an address. This is what God does through the Old Testament prophecies about the Christ, the Messiah. The “address” of the Messiah all leads to Jesus and provides evidence that it really is reasonable to believe that He was the promised one, the one sent to earth to die for our sins.

What Will Steal Your Joy This Christmas?

12/03/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: What or who will steal your joy this Christmas? There are a lot of “Grinches” out there ready to do just that: expectations, circumstances, people, things and worry. If joy is to be ours this wonderful season of the year, just what and how are we to think about joy? Might we find the true joy of Christmas even as those shepherds of old did.

Primary Relationships

11/19/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 3:18–4:1

Summary: In this New Testament passage, the Apostle Paul gives instructions about primary relationships that run counter to the cultural climate of thinking and conduct in America today. The perspective he gives was revolutionary in his day and is so needed in ours. If we, who profess to follow Jesus, strive to live out these exhortations in our family and at work, our lives will reflect the grace of God and character of Jesus in our primary relationships.

If Then; Therefore…

11/12/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 3:1–3:17

Summary: The Scriptures are full of ligaments. Webster’s Dictionary defines a ligament as “a band of tissue connecting bones or holding organs in place.” In the Bible there are words, meaningful words, that connect things. In Colossians three, Paul uses two of those “ligaments”

Killers on the Loose

11/05/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 2:16–2:23

Summary: The Apostle Paul addresses the topic of legalism in his letter to the Colossian Christians. Though the specific issues might be different today, the danger of legalism still exists. One of the primary characteristics of legalism is to believe that your relationship with God is based on your works rather than Christ’s work. A second characteristic is an emphasis on outward conduct rather than on inward thoughts and motivations; in a word, legalism is self-righteousness. We also see legalism showing up in our relationship with others by imposing one’s application of a Biblical principle onto someone else. And the results can be deadly.

Complete in Christ

10/29/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 2:8–2:15

Summary: In Colossians, chapter two, there is one of the greatest truths that you possess as a Christian. The Apostle Paul declares that we are complete in Christ. The fullness of God dwells in Christ, and that fullness dwells in us. That means there is nothing we need spiritually that we don’t already have in Jesus.

A Blueprint For Ministry

10/22/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 1:24–2:7

Summary: Ministry (or service) is the believer’s God-given task, privilege, and responsibility. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he gives us a blueprint for ministry, the heart of which is a focus on discipleship – presenting every person complete, mature, in Christ. This should be our calling as Christians and as a local church as well.

The Supremacy of Christ

10/15/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: Colossians 1:15–1:23

Summary: Colossians, chapter one, is perhaps the strongest statement in the entire New Testament of the pre-eminence, the supremacy, of Jesus Christ. It refutes any position that places Jesus as less than he is. His argument is that Jesus is supreme in identity, supreme in creation, supreme in the church, and supreme in reconciliation. Paul’s teaching should produce awe and amazement of the greatness and supremacy of Jesus.

A Prayer for Spiritual Maturity - Colossians 1:1-14

10/08/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Have you ever wondered what you should pray for yourself or for another follower of Christ? The Apostle Paul gives us a marvelous example of prayer for spiritual maturity. It is a prayer for true knowledge of God’s will for our lives so that we might walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Faith Can Fix Anything

09/24/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: This statement often shows up when a situation looks hopeless. Alongside comes a well-meaning friend or a self-appointed counselor or even a religious huckster with these words: “If you just had enough faith….” The implication is that with enough faith cancer can be beat, death can be cheated, any problem solved. But is that really true? Is that what the Bible really says? And is that what faith is really for?

A Valley Means A Wrong Turn

09/17/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: When you find yourself in a valley does it mean you took a wrong turn? Or is it possible that you are right where God wants you? Perhaps God will use your valley in his plan of building Christ-likeness in you.

Everything Happens For A Reason

09/10/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: You have perhaps heard this statement from someone who is trying to encourage you or comfort you in the midst of a difficult or tragic situation. Maybe you have said this yourself to another person hoping that it would make them feel better or give them a sense of hope. But is that statement really true? Depends. A careful study of Romans 8:28 will help you know if this is just a dumb thing many smart Christians believe.

Christians Shouldn’t Judge

09/03/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe

Summary: No doubt you have heard someone say: “Judge not.” It is often the response to someone who makes a critical statement about another person’s beliefs or moral standards. This has become a prevailing view today, even among Christians. The problem is that isn’t what Jesus said and certainly not what he meant. When is judging appropriate and how does one judge rightly?

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: The Life and Times of Solomon the King

08/20/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: King Solomon’s life is a story of good, bad, and ugly. He started off well, but ended tragically – like so many people in the pages of Scripture. The challenge for us today is not so much how (or when) we started, but will we finish strong? By God’s grace and our commitment of obedience we can.

Life Firmly Rooted In Reality

08/13/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Life is difficult; life is unpredictable. Life encounters adversity. The real question isn’t, “Will you face difficulties?” It is, rather, “How will you deal with difficulties when they come?” David was well-acquainted with adversity. And we can learn from his example, in his writing of Psalm 27. The key for David was trusting in the God who wasn’t held hostage to his adverse circumstances.

A Mother’s Commitment

07/30/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: Samuel is one of the key Old Testament figures in Israel’s history. His story begins with his mother’s broken heart over her barrenness and the amazing commitment she makes to the Lord if he would grant her request for a son. The resulting prayer Hannah offers to the Lord is filled with praise and worship. It is strikingly similar to the song of another woman who miraculously conceives a son

Uniquely Wired. Wonderfully Made

07/23/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The kids at Vacation Bible School this past week connected with three great truths. These truths contain the secret to experiencing the life God wants for you. They are simple enough that children can understand and profound enough to occupy an adult’s attention for an entire lifetime. Here they are: Made by God; Made for a relationship with Jesus; and, Made to love others.

A Call To Faithfulness

07/16/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: When we arrive at the book of Deuteronomy, forty years have passed since the fateful decision at Kadesh-Barnea to not enter the Promised Land, fearful of the giants living there. God’s judgment has run its course, and now the people are poised to fulfill the plan God had for them. But would they be faithful to God and his Word to them? Chapter seven of Deuteronomy is all about faithfulness. In their experience and in Moses’ exhortations, we see our own lives and God’s call to us to be faithful to him and his Word.

God’s Instruction Manual To Israel

07/09/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: Moses leads the people of Israel out of Egypt to the mountain where God had appeared to him through the burning bush. Here God gives to Israel instructions on how they are to live their lives as His people. These instructions include the Civil Law to govern their civic life, the Ceremonial Law to govern their religious life, and the Moral Law to govern their personal life. The question for followers of Christ on this side of the cross and empty tomb is this: How should we view the Law today? The Apostle Paul presents three different ways of relating to the Old Testament Law in Romans, chapter seven.

God’s Got A Plan

07/02/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: In the midst of Israel’s terrible suffering in Egypt, God had a plan – a plan that included redemption, salvation and a man, Moses. God was getting things ready; He was getting a man ready. And in his perfect timing, His plan came to fruition. We need to be reminded, especially during times of difficulty and suffering, that God has a plan. His plan is perfect; His ways are righteous; and His intentions are good.

Breaking the Cycle of Family Dysfunction

06/25/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: One of the remarkable things about the Bible is that there is no attempt to idealize, romanticize or sanitize the lives of individuals filling its pages. People are presented with all their warts, all their inadequacies, and all their failures and foibles. The family of Abraham is a good example. This family history is filled with deceit, trickery, lying, and even attempted murder. But as the story of Joseph, Abraham’s great-grandson, unfolds in the book of Genesis, we see him breaking the cycle of family dysfunction. And how he does that is the same thing required of a believer today: forgiveness.

Jacob: Journey From Deceiving Faith to Authentic Faith

06/18/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: Jacob, the “Deceiver,” becomes Israel, “God rules” or “God prevails.” We see in Scripture, Jacob’s journey to authentic faith as he becomes next-in-line to the covenant promise made to his grandfather Abraham. God’s plans and purposes are sure, and are worked out in the lives of those whom God blesses. We learn that God’s grace is the foundation of our salvation and lives, even as it was for Jacob.

God’s Promise Through Abraham

06/11/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: God calls Abraham to be the start of a new nation, a distinct people. And He makes a covenant with Abraham, a covenant that will embrace the whole world and be fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah. Abraham is asked to believe God, to exercise faith in the promise of God. We too, as believers in Christ, are asked to trust in God who makes promises to us. It wasn’t easy for Abraham to obey, and it is not always easy for us either.

In The Beginning God

06/04/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Grand Narrative: Creation to Kingdom

Summary: There are three momentous things in the early chapters of the book of Genesis: the Creation, the Fall and a Promise. These three lay the foundation for the rest of human history. After Adam and Eve’s disobedience, God begins a rescue mission to reconcile his creation to himself and to restore Eden. This all comes to its conclusion in Revelation 21 & 22 with the new heaven and new earth; Paradise is restored and ‘Ādām is home. Please note that the videos that are used in this message series comes from The Bible Project and can be viewed on-line at thebibleproject.com.

Let’s Give: Moving God’s Kingdom Forward

05/21/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: This is the third message in a series on giving. If we are to be wise and responsible givers, we must be guided in our attitudes and actions from the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul lays down a number of principles in Second Corinthians, chapters eight and nine, related to giving. The principles addressed in this message are the Principle of Sowing and Reaping, the Principle of Supply, the Principle of Blessing, and the Principle of Glory. This statement from Warren Wiersbe is a wonderful perspective thought in the area of giving: “Giving is not something we do, but something we are. Giving is a way of life for the Christian who understands the grace of God.”

Let’s Give: Moving God’s Kingdom Forward

05/14/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: In Second Corinthians, chapters eight and nine, the Apostle Paul presents a number of principles that should govern our thinking about money, especially our giving. In this second of three messages, the focus is on the Principle of Proportionality, the Principle of Motive, and the Principle of Intention. To be wise, responsible and generous givers we must understand God’s perspective on how we handle the financial resources He has entrusted to us.

Let’s Give: Moving God’s Kingdom Forward

05/07/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The Church today seems to shy away from talking about money. But is this right? Is this wise? The Bible has much to say about money. Perhaps the Church has failed to help its members understand the importance of handling money in a responsible manner, especially in respect to giving. Properly understood, all a believer has and all they are comes from God’s gracious hand. And he/she is expected to be a wise and responsible steward over all that God has entrusted to them. These three messages will highlight nine principles that the Apostle Paul lays out in his letter to the Corinthians that relate to giving

The “So What” of Easter

04/30/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: In the “Resurrection Chapter” of the Bible – First Corinthians 15 – The Apostle Paul addresses the issue of the nature of the resurrection. He indicates what kind of a resurrection it will be (just like that of Jesus) and when it will take place. He then concludes with an ethical, moral application to the promise of resurrection: “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord….” Our lives, our activities, our labors all matter to God; they matter because of the resurrection of Jesus Messiah and our future resurrection in the likeness of his.

The "If Not" of Easter

04/23/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Does it really matter if Jesus was bodily raised from the dead? The Apostle Paul addresses this critical question in his letter to the Corinthians. If Christ has not been raised, there are all kinds of implications. It’s like a line of dominoes: once one falls, they all fall. Paul argues that the Christian faith is worthless without the resurrection. Consider Paul’s logic as he explains why the bodily resurrection of Jesus is essential to the content of our faith.

The “What” of Easter

04/16/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The Apostle Paul, writing to the Christians in Corinth, lays out the central message of Easter, the “What” of Easter: Jesus was crucified; he was buried; he was raised on the third day; he appeared to several hundred people showing himself alive. This was the message of “good news” that was proclaimed throughout the world by followers of Jesus. It is the historical truth that is at the heart of Christianity. An honest skeptic must wrestle with the fact of the empty tomb. Christians declare it is empty because God raised Jesus from the dead.

God Is On The Move, Join Him

04/09/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: God is on the move. His invitation to us, his expectation of us: join him. In the New Testament there are several statements of who we are that tells us what we should be doing. Consider what it means that we are SALT, LIGHT, AMBASSADORS, an AROMA of Christ, and STEWARDS of God’s mysteries.

The Shack: "Can You Really Know God?"

03/19/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The movie The Shack, based upon the best-selling book by the same title, is a work of fiction; it is a parable, not a theological treatise. Having said that, it does present theology for the very reason that it attempts to describe God. Who is this God who created us for a relationship with Himself? As opposed to a fictional account, God has revealed the truth about his character in the Scriptures and it is through them that we understand who God is and how we can come into a relationship with Him.

The Shack: "Can Good Come From Evil?"

03/12/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: That there is suffering in our world and in our lives is not debatable. There is no promise in the Scriptures that somehow, in some way, we who profess to believe in Christ escape the reality of suffering. The good news is that God provides many resources to us in the midst of difficult circumstances: his understanding, his presence, his goodness and grace, his promises and his purposes. The challenge, then, is how we respond in those times of suffering. We must choose to believe the truth, line up with the truth, and hang on to the truth.

The Shack: "Why Is There Suffering?"

03/05/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: This oft-asked question is a central theme in the book and movie "The Shack." The Scriptures provide insight into the reasons for suffering. These include evil, sin, and choices - choices that we make and that others make. Sometimes there is no visible answer for suffering; it falls into the realm of mystery. One question that often accompanies suffering is this: "Does God care?" The answer is an emphatic "Yes!"

"The Shack" -- What's The Attraction?

02/26/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: “The Shack” became a best-selling book and now comes to the big screen. Why did this fictional book touch so many people so deeply? And why is it likely that the movie will do the same thing? This message introduces a three-message series addressing some of the major issues raised in the book. There seem to be two chief reasons for the impact of the book: 1) People identify with “The Great Sadness,” and 2) People long to experience the “spiritual.” Explore these two reasons and then listen on to these topics the next three weeks: “Why Is There Suffering?” “Can Good Come From Evil?” “Can You Really Know God?”

The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Radical Transformation

01/29/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: When we come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, God begins his work in us; He begins the process of transformation. The Apostle Paul tells us that God involves us in this partnership of change: “… work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13). God’s part and our part. Both involve many things. Come explore some of those things together.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Transcendent Purpose

01/22/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Why are you here? What is your purpose for living? The Scriptures provides the answer for every believer: you were created to know God; you were created to reflect God’s glory; and, you were created to showcase God’s grace. God, who is eternal and has an eternal plan for your life, will accomplish his ultimate purposes in you.

The Live You’ve Always Wanted: Liberating Forgiveness

01/15/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Forgiveness sets you free! Because of what Jesus did on the cross, God’s justice is satisfied, freeing him to forgive sinners. There are wonderful benefits to forgiveness including peace with God, reconciliation with God, eternal life with God, unhindered access to God, and freedom from fear of God. Grace brings forgiveness; forgiveness sets us free.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Indescribable Hope

01/08/17

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Hope is the confident expectation of guaranteed certainty that what has been promised will be fulfilled. Biblical hope is found in a person in history anchored to an unprecedented event in history: the person is Jesus of Nazareth; the event is his historical resurrection from the dead. Because of the resurrection, we have certain hope in the future. And hope for the future determines hope for today.

The Promise of Christmas: You and Me

12/18/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The promise of Christmas passes through Bethlehem and ends up outside Jerusalem – from the cradle to the cross. The Christmas promise is found in a Savior: promised in the Garden of Eden, coming through the lineage of Abraham and the descent of King David, born of a young teenager, Mary, who willingly submitted to God’s will, who goes to the cross to pay for the sins of the world. The solution to sin, to forgiveness is found nowhere else.

The Promise of Christmas: Mary and Joseph

12/11/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes. The Christmas story focuses on two very ordinary people, two people who willingly submitted to God’s plan for them even though this totally interrupted the plans they had for themselves. God still uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes. It requires a response like that of Mary and Joseph.

The Promise of Christmas: Isaiah

12/04/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Isaiah carried on his prophetic ministry between 740 and 701 B.C. – more than seven hundred years before the coming of the Messiah. God further unveils information about the promise of Christmas, a promise first stated in Genesis, chapter three, following the fall of Adam and Eve into sin. Isaiah speaks of this child, the seed of the woman, and his conception, his name, his character, his mission, his identity and his everlasting kingdom. The funnel of history continues to narrow as the promise of Christmas draws nearer.

The Promise of Christmas: Abraham

11/20/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Abraham is a central figure of importance in the Scriptures. We see God and his leading/preparing all over Abraham’s story. Abraham plays a major role in the Promise of Christmas. And his response to God is an example to us today in very specific ways, especially in his willingness to believe God’s promise.

The Promise of Christmas: Adam & Eve

11/13/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: If we are going to understand The Promise of Christmas, we must go back to the beginning. Without seeing the events of Genesis, chapter three, we miss the reason for Christmas. We have to put the fall of man and the redemption of man together to make sense of it all. There are two truths that we must hold simultaneously. Both are essential if we are to understand our problem and God’s solution which lie within the promise of Christmas: Sin is far worse than we realize; Grace is far greater than we imagine.

What To Do When You Are Back On Top

11/06/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: If anyone had reasonable grounds for revenge, Joseph would qualify: hated by his brothers and sold into slavery, falsely accused and thrown into prison, forgotten and left to rot in a prison cell. Then, through God's divine intervention, he is elevated to the position of prime minister of Egypt. He is back on top and has the power & opportunity for payback. But, Joseph chooses instead to forgive and extend mercy. What an example for us!

What To Do When It All Goes Wrong

10/30/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Joseph’s brothers thought they had gotten rid of Joseph. Little could they have imagined that they would end up seeking help from this man who, as far as they knew, was an Egyptian! Numbers 32 says, “…be sure your sin will find you out.” That certainly happened to them. We begin to see a true change of heart in them as the story in the Genesis account unfolds. They are forced to face their sin. Likewise, we too are susceptible to the sins of the brothers: jealousy, envy and anger. We too must choose to deal with these in our lives. Lessons to be learned!

What To Do When You Feel Forgotten

10/23/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Have you ever felt forgotten by others? By God? Joseph had that experience long ago. Imprisoned for false accusations against him, he must have been tempted to feel abandoned. And yet, his soul prospered even under those circumstances. What enabled Joseph to continue to trust in God and thrive under those harsh conditions? He looked up; he looked in; he looked out. Good advice for us when we feel forgotten.

What To Do When Temptation Comes Knocking

10/16/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: How do you deal with temptation? Joseph was confronted boldly with sexual temptation day after day. How he dealt with it can teach us a lot about how we can face such temptation and successfully resist giving in. Joseph makes the right choice and does what is right, but suffers consequences that are just unfair. How should you respond when a similar thing happens to you?

What To Do On The Worst Day Of Your Life

10/02/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers! Must have been the worst day of his life. Yet, we never see him having a “pity party” or playing the victim. We have the advantage of seeing the end of his life in the pages of Scripture. When Joseph looked back over his life, his conclusion was that “what they meant for evil, God used for good.” Could this perspective on the providence and sovereignty of God be crucial for you on the worst day of your life?

True Friends: David and Jonathan

09/25/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: When you think of a person you consider to be a true, genuine friend, what is it about them that makes it so? The relationship between David and Jonathan in the Old Testament is a wonderful model of what true friendship looks like. Consider these characteristics and then ask yourself two questions: Do I have a friend in my life like this? Am I a friend like this to someone else? In the end, the greatest truth is the Jesus is our friend – a friend that will never disappoint us, never abandon us, never fail us.

Dress for Success

09/18/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: John Malloy wrote a best-selling book titled Dress For Success, published in 1975. It talked about the effect of clothing on a person’s success in business and personal life. In Colossians, chapter three, the Apostle Paul exhorts Christians to “dress for success” in relating to others in a Christ-like way. He begins with three truths that are at the foundation of our security in Christ. Then he takes us to the closet and lists items of clothing that we must put on as we live in community with other followers of Christ.

Do You Have to Hate Your Job?

09/04/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: On Labor Day weekend, it’s a good time to think about the nature of work, however you want to define or describe work. The Puritans held a solidly biblical view of work, a view that would be worth our consideration. When properly understood, our work is part of our worship. The Apostle Paul instructs us: “Whatever you do, you your work heartily as unto the Lord…..It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3).

Contender or Pretender

08/21/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: We are to be contenders for the faith, not pretenders in the faith. This is the theme of the little letter of Jude in the New Testament. With the threat of false teachers in their midst, Jude encouraged his readers to contend for the faith that was “once for all delivered to the saints.” This task is also ours as we face many challenges in the church today.

Imitate or Avoid?

08/07/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: One of our great needs today is for models – men and women whose lives we might desire to imitate. Heroes inspire us to marvel; models challenge us to imitate. In his short letter we call Third John, John the Apostle holds up before us two men in the Christian church – one to imitate, the other to avoid.

The Temptation Tool Box

07/24/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Every one of us faces temptations of some kind in our lives. James addresses this issue in his first century letter. Here are three critical steps in dealing with whatever temptation comes our way: Expect it; Analyze it; Reject it.

God Came Near

07/17/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The New Testament book of Hebrews was written to present a superior, pre-eminent Jesus, one who was greater than the Old Testament prophets, than angels, than Moses and Aaron, and greater than Jewish ceremonies and practices. Nowhere is this “betterness” demonstrated than in Jesus’ ministry as our great High Priest. He offered a better sacrifice and mediates a better covenant. Through his ministry as High Priest, we have bold and confident access into the very presence of God.

God's Rescue Operation

07/10/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Chapter four is Matthew’s starting point in his gospel record of the public ministry of Jesus Christ. In that chapter we see the nature of Jesus’ ministry: it was incarnational, relational, transformational and proclamational. Consider how the kingdom work of God today, found in ministry and message, is defined by these same four characteristics. If you would like to view the video that was shown during this message, visit thebibleproject.com and scroll down to Read Scripture New Testament.

Romans: The Flyover

06/26/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: An aerial view of a city is quite different than a ground view. You don’t get the street details, but you do get the big view, the big picture. This is a flyover of the book of Romans, one of the greatest books in the entire Bible. Virtually every great movement in the history of the Christian church has been centered on the truths contained in this book. The entire scope of salvation is included within it. The overall theme is the righteousness of God. And so Paul deals with the need to get right with God, how to get right with God and, having gotten right with God, what effect this should have in our lives.

The Finish Line

06/19/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The Apostle Paul describes the Christian life as running a race. We are all in the race. The question is: “How will you finish?” There are three keys to finishing strong that we see illustrated in Paul’s life towards the end of his race: courage beyond belief, conviction beyond doubt, and confidence beyond circumstances. These same three keys will help you as you run towards the finish line of your life.

The Power of the Gospel (Acts)

06/12/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:16 that “the gospel is the power of God for salvation.” The gospel, “the good news,” is the power of God to save. It is sufficient to accomplish God’s purpose in saving sinners. There is a process that we see throughout the book of Acts: the gospel is shared; the gospel is believed; the gospel is celebrated. The Gentile soldier Cornelius, in Acts 10, is a wonderful example. This pattern in Acts is the same pattern we see and should see today: the gospel shared; the gospel believed; the gospel celebrated.

Starting Point

06/05/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: This message kicks off a church-wide summer reading program through the New Testament. Each Sunday message will deal with a topic out of the coming week’s reading. Every story has a beginning. There are two momentous experiences that prepare Jesus for public ministry and bear witness to his unique personhood: his baptism with the giving of the Spirit and the temptations in the wilderness. With each one there is application for all who placed their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Set Your Foundation: Encounter God’s Character

05/15/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Set Your Foundation

Summary: How big is your God? Your answer tells much about the depth of your faith and the measure of your trust in God. What difference does it make? It goes to the heart of this question: “Can God be trusted?” The truth is, you will only trust God in direct proportion to how trustworthy you believe God is; and that has everything to do with who God is, which speaks of his character.

Set Your Foundation: Grow in Christ

05/08/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Set Your Foundation

Summary: Are you satisfied with the depth of your Christian life? Have you ever observed another Christian and thought to yourself: “What do they have that I don’t?” It’s all about growing spiritually. You will not grow unless you feed your soul. Your life will not be what God intends it to be apart from an infusion of His Word.

Set Your Foundation: Communicate with the Sovereign God

05/01/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Set Your Foundation

Summary: The God who created all that is created, who spoke the universe into existence, wants you to know him. Central to this relationship is communication. It's a two-way street: you talk to God; God talks to you. What should that look like in your experience? Come explore the answer to that question.

Set Your Foundation: Be Empowered For Living

04/24/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Set Your Foundation

Summary: Have you ever been frustrated with the quality of your Christian life? Have you ever found yourself struggling to square how you live with what you believe? If so, you aren’t alone. Many Christians are ignorant of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. The critical question regarding your life is: “Who’s in charge?” It comes down to the issue of control.

Set Your Foundation: Embrace God’s Love and Forgiveness

04/17/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Set Your Foundation

Summary: Two of the greatest needs we have as human beings are the need to be loved and the need to be forgiven. What difference would it make in your life if you were assured of these two things? God loves you unchangingly, unconditionally, relentlessly. And when you place your trust in Jesus as your Redeemer, God forgives you completely. Letting these truths about God’s love and forgiveness sink into your heart and mind will shape the way you think, the way you speak, and the way you lead your life.

Set Your Foundation: Claim Your New Position in Christ

04/10/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Set Your Foundation

Summary: Miles Stanford, in his book The Principle of Position, writes that “if the believer does not know of his position in the Lord Jesus, and how to abide in Him as his very life… he will struggle in his un-Christlike condition rather than rest in his Christ-centered position.” It is so important that believers know and understand all that God has declared to be true of them. These positional truths include the following that happen at the moment of one’s salvation: saved, raised up, seated, blessed, chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, inherited and sealed. Our identity in Christ must begin with the truths of our position and then those truths must shape the way we view our lives and how we live our lives.

Set Your Foundation: Base Your Security in Christ

04/03/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Set Your Foundation

Summary: Two questions that arise when you think about being secure in Christ: “Is it possible to lose your salvation?” And “Can you really be assured of your salvation?” How you answer those two questions will determine how secure you are and how secure you feel you are in Christ. Come examine five truths from the Scriptures that provide the foundation for your security in Christ: God’s sovereign promise, God’s infinite power, God’s unfathomable love, God’s solemn promise, and God’s certain guarantee.

Shock of the Resurrection

03/27/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The idea of a dead person coming back to life would shock anybody. This Easter message looks at three people’s responses to the resurrection of Jesus and how these responses typify that of people today. Consider Caiaphas, the High Priest, Thomas, the disciple, and Mary, the grieving follower of Jesus. Three different people each who heard Jesus predict his resurrection. Each was presented with evidence that he had been raised from the dead. Each responded differently.

When God Overrules Both

03/20/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Lord Never Fails

Summary: How do you evaluate what happens in your life? What is the framework or context that gives meaning and perspective to those things? Two foundational truths are prominent as the story of Ruth reaches its conclusion: the providence of God and the faithfulness of God. These truths will shape the way you view events in your life: good and bad.

When Good Things Happen To Bad People

03/13/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Lord Never Fails

Summary: The Providence of God encompasses both the good things and the bad things that happen to us. Naomi and Ruth experience the latter through the loss of their husbands. But God extends his grace and provision to them through their kinsman Boaz. In this delightful love story, we see good things happening to them despite the fact that they were undeserving. What a picture of our lives when God extends grace to us! He takes the initiative and, though we deserve nothing, shows his love by working on our behalf.

When Bad Things Happen To Good People

03/06/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Lord Never Fails

Summary: One of the great love stories in the Bible is the book of Ruth in the Old Testament. In and through it all stands the providence of God, one of the great doctrines of the Bible. The God who created and sustains everything there is knows and cares about his people. And he is working for their ultimate good and his glory all things according to his eternal purposes. When bad things happen to you, how do you guard yourself against bitterness, even to the point of blaming God? This message explores what you can do when you feel life has dealt you a bad hand.

Marks of a Good Steward

02/28/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Most messages on stewardship focus on three things: time, talent and treasure. Those are all very good things - things that need to be addressed in stewardship. But there is much more involved in being a good manager of God's grace. What are some of the marks of a good steward, traits that would characterize a person who manages well all they are and all they have?

Sign Gifts: Then and Now

02/07/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: This final message in a series on Spiritual Gifts explores what are called “sign gifts.” There are four generally recognized gifts that fall into this category: healings, miracles, tongues and interpretation of tongues. What are these gifts? What is their purpose? And does God still give these gifts today?

Finding Your Ministry

01/31/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Before you ever came into a personal relationship with Christ, God already prepared ministry – service – for you. But where? And how? Borrowing the acronym SHAPE, explore how these five things will help you begin to see where you should serve and minister: Spiritual gifts, Heart/Passion, Abilities, Personality, Experience/Know-How.

Discovering Your Spiritual Gift

01/17/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: When you became a Christian, God gave you one or more gifts of grace. These spiritual gifts are to be used for the benefit of the Body as a whole and to bring glory to God through their use. So how do you discover what your spiritual gifting is? There are several things that might be helpful as you seek to find out just how God has gifted you for service in his Kingdom work.

Understanding Spiritual Gifts

01/10/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: What is a spiritual gift? For what purposes does God give spiritual gifts to his children? And what are the various gifts indicated in the New Testament Scriptures? These questions are addressed in this message that is part of a five-week series on the subject of spiritual gifts.

Receiving Spiritual Gifts

01/03/16

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: This message begins a five-week series on the subject of Spiritual Gifts. The gift of the Holy Spirit was promised by Jesus in the Upper Room prior to his betrayal and death. This gift (begun on the Day of Pentecost) is now given to every person who places their trust in Christ and is saved by God’s sovereign grace. At the same time of conversion, every believer is given one or more spiritual gifts. From passages in First Corinthians, Romans and Ephesians, we see all three persons in the Godhead involved in the giving of these gifts.

The Messengers

12/20/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: God chose to announce the coming of the promised Messiah through his messengers – angels. Three appearances highlight the Christmas story: Gabriel’s declaration to Mary and then Joseph, and the angel’s proclamation to the shepherds watching over their sheep outside Bethlehem. In all three, the initial response was fear. Each time, the angel gives a similar message: “Don’t be afraid; I’ve got great news.” Their message brought four things to those who heard, the same things that the message of the angels should bring to us this Christmas: courage, humility, joy and peace.

The Journey to Bethlehem

12/06/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Joseph and Mary journeyed some 70 miles from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem. Though the Gospel writer Luke does not specify the route they took, it is quite possible they traveled on a direct path through the Judean hills. They would have passed through villages and mountains filled with the history of God’s faithfulness and man’s sinfulness. Though Mary and Joseph probably were not thinking about these things on their way, it is important for us because this journey took place in real physical settings, a part of history, rooted in time and space.

The Power of Giving Thanks

11/22/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: There may be nothing more powerful in our Christian character and experience than the practice of giving thanks. There are many reasons why we should give thanks. Considered here are five of them: because of who God is, because it is God’s will for us, because of what God has done and will do, and because it is an appropriate expression of our life in Christ. Thanksgiving isn’t just one special day a year; it should be every day!

The Church: "What's In It For Me?"

11/08/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: For many Christians, the question they ask about attending church is “What’s in it for me?” Recent surveys would seem to indicate this perspective of “Why bother?” is increasingly prevalent among those who identify themselves as believers in God, even those who would say they are evangelical in faith. This message explores some of the reasons why Christians don’t attend church and then some very basic and important needs we have that are addressed by being active in church.

Practices of the Church

11/01/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: In the New Testament, there are two sacraments or ordinances which the local church is to practice in the functioning of the church: baptism and communion. Teaching on these two ordinances coincided with several baptisms during the Sunday worship service plus celebrating the Lord’s Supper as part of worship.

Purposes of the Church

10/25/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: For what purposes does the Church exist? This message examines five commonly-identified purposes, namely, worship, discipleship, fellowship, evangelism and service. If we, the church, are about these things, we are fulfilling the purpose - the vision and mission God has for us.

Contentment: The Secret of Joy

10/18/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Tucked away in the last section of the letter of Philippians is the secret of joy. Set in the context of thanking these believers for their financial support, Paul explains that the source of his joy in plenty or in need, with much or with little, was contentment. Are you a contented person? What does it mean to be content? Paul chooses a word, a concept, that the Stoic philosophers used to describe a position of self-sufficiency. Listen, and see how Paul takes this word and uses it to describe the secret of his joy.

Joy In Spite Of Worry

10/11/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Worry is a thief that will steal away your joy. The Apostle Paul gives us the antidote to worry in Philippians, chapter four. There are three ingredients to this antidote: right praying, right thinking and right living. These three are bookended by the peace of God that will guard you and the God of Peace who will guide you.

Pressing On

10/04/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Are you a captive to your past? Are you so focused on things in your past, that you are robbed of joy in the present? The Apostle Paul gives the key to pursuing his relationship with Christ: “forgetting what lies behind, I press on.” Paul focused on his present position in Christ. His attitude was: “I will let the past be past. God has called me to live in the present. Therefore, I press on to know him afresh, anew, with renewed vigor.” Shouldn’t that be our perspective as well?

The Value of Things

09/27/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: “Things” have a way of robbing us of joy. Perhaps the main reason is because we assign too much value to them. The Apostle Paul writes to the believers in Philippi and illustrates from his life the proper valuing of things, in his case his accomplishments and achievements in Judaism. He considers all of his gains as one, big loss when he compares those things to the value of knowing Christ Jesus. What is the most important thing in your life?

Work It Out!

09/20/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: One key to living the Christian life is holding in tension two truths that the Apostle Paul states in Philippians, chapter two: “Work out your salvation” and “Know that God is at work in you.” Either truth alone is bad theology and practice, but the two together emphasizes the responsibility we have in the process of sanctification within the sphere of God’s empowering work through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Living in Community

09/13/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: “I love mankind,” Charlie Brown says. “It’s people I can’t stand.” People can be joy-stealers in our lives. Paul writes to the Philippians and talks about how God’s people are to live and relate

When Life Does You Wrong

09/06/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: The Apostle Paul writes his letter to the Philippians in the midst of very trying and difficult circumstances. He is in prison, awaiting trial, not knowing whether he will be acquitted or beheaded. Yet, he rejoiced! How do you respond when life does you wrong? We see in Paul’s life a pattern for the way we can respond to adverse situations in our lives. His God was bigger than his circumstances. Is yours?

Fellowship in the Gospel

08/30/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Joy Is A Choice?

Summary: Some have called the book of Philippians “the epistle of joy.” The reason is because “joy” is one of the main themes of this letter from the Apostle Paul to those in the church of Philippi, the first church Paul founded in Europe. He encourages them to choose joy when facing those things that will steal joy away. In this opening section, Paul expresses his deep thankfulness and affection for them because they were joint-participants with him for the sake of the Gospel, both in advancing the kingdom of God and in coming alongside Paul through their generosity in giving to his needs.

Does It Matter What You Believe?

08/09/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Critical Issues: Does It Matter What You Believe?

Summary: For 2,000 years Christians all over the world have trusted The Bible as God’s word and based their lives on it. How should a modern day thinking person view the Bible? Perhaps The Bible is simply a book of ancient literature and nothing more or perhaps the ancients had it right and The Bible really is God’s divine truth for us. In this message Pastor Mark shows us why we can have confidence that The Bible is God’s word and is just as relevant for our lives today as it has ever been.

What is God’s Plan for Sexuality?

07/12/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Critical Issues: Does It Matter What You Believe?

Summary: Lost in the discussion of sexual ethics and expression today is “What is God’s plan for sexuality?” This question is critical if those who profess to be followers of Jesus are to think rightly about the subject. An examination of the Genesis account of Adam and Eve’s creation gives us a framework of understanding that God created man with sexual complementarity to be expressed in a life-long commitment of marriage. Come and celebrate this wonderful gift, experienced most fully when following God’s plan for sexuality.

Does Science Disprove Biblical Creation?

07/05/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Critical Issues: Does It Matter What You Believe?

Summary: Much is made of the apparent contradiction between science and the biblical account of creation. But is the issue really science versus the Bible? John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, writes: “There is a conflict, a very real one, but it is not really a conflict between science and religion at all…. No, the real conflict is between two diametrically opposed worldviews: naturalism and theism. They inevitable collide.” This message is intended to reinforce the confidence Christians can have in the Bible without putting their mind on the shelf. It also suggests the consequences, the implications, if the Biblical view of God as Creator is rejected.

The Unity of the Church

06/14/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: This message completes this series from the first ten chapters of the book of Acts. One of the major themes in the remaining chapters is the unity of the church in the midst of the expanding Gospel reach throughout the Roman world. Challenges and conflict had to be dealt with to resolve issues that could have torn the young church apart. Leaders in the church demonstrated godly attitudes and actions, resulting in a unified church. The Acts of the Holy Spirit through the church continue. They continue to this day as God builds his church founded upon the cornerstone of Jesus Christ. And it is essential that we stand in unity.

Outside the Comfort Zone

06/07/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: Acts chapter ten is one of the most important chapters in the entire New Testament. The events of this chapter reveal the working out of God’s eternal, divine plan of redemption that was to encompass all peoples, all nations. God prepares a Gentile to hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the same time, He prepares a Jewish believer (the Apostle Peter) to be the bearer of the “good news” of forgiveness. In doing so, God takes Peter well outside his comfort zone, a process in which this leading apostle has to deal with long-held cultural and religious prejudices. God wants to take us out of our comfort zones as well. Will you respond as Peter did?

The Power of a Life

05/31/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: Luke, the historian, illustrates the power of a life by relating the experiences of three people in Acts, chapter nine: Saul, Barnabas and Peter. We see how God uses each of these men to accomplish his divine purposes as they are faithful to the calling they had from him. Will we be faithful to God’s calling in our life? Part of our calling is to serve Jesus, to walk in “the good works that God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

The Power of a Story

05/24/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: God certainly did the unorthodox in choosing Saul, a persecutor of the church, to be his instrument for taking the Gospel of Jesus to the whole world. On the other hand, Saul was a perfect choice given his Roman citizenship, his Jewish credentials, and his natural abilities. Acts, chapter nine, is his story. What is yours? If you are a believer in the Risen Christ, you have a story; what is it? God can use your story to encourage others, maybe to convict others, perhaps to show others the power of God’s grace to change a life.

Road Trip

05/17/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: With the martyrdom of Stephen, opposition to the church in Jerusalem grows until believers are dispersed, scattered out into the world. Acts, chapter eight, is the beginning of a major shift, a gargantuan transition in the life and make-up of the church. There is a shift geographically from Jerusalem to Samaria. There is a shift in focus from the apostles to other Christian believers who spread the message about the Messiah. And there is the discrimination-shattering transition from Jew to non-Jew. Philip is the main figure at the beginning of this momentous transition.

Stephen: The Cost of Discipleship

05/10/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: Two years after the resurrection of Jesus, the church probably numbered around 20,000. One of the growth problems centered around the food distribution for widows. A conflict between Hellenistic widows and Palestinian widows ensured. To remedy the situation, seven men were selected to oversee this important ministry. One of those men was Stephen. He was a man of godly character whom God used far beyond just the food distribution. When brought before the Council, he gives a brilliant sermon, highlighting the history of rejection on the part of the Jews. In response, he becomes the first martyr of the church.

Truth or Consequences: Life in Community

05/03/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Summary: The Holy Spirit, given to believers at the moment of salvation, is the source, the cause, of unity within the church. This unity is worked out in community by the love and care given to each other. This was evident within the first church. But, where there is truth, there often follows deceit. Where there is genuineness, there often follows hypocrisy. The early church was not immune to the impact of sin. Ananias and Sapphria are deceived by Satan and lie to the Holy Spirit. God’s judgment was swift, and its impact on the church was to bring “great fear upon them all.”

The (Almost) Perfect Storm

04/26/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Passage: Acts 4:1–4:31

Summary: The Apostle Peter heals a man lame from birth through the name of Jesus (recorded in Acts, chapter 3). Then Peter preaches a sermon in which he declares that God raised Jesus from the dead. This precipitates the first formal opposition to the church (Acts 4). Peter and John are hauled before the Council and threatened if they continue to speak of the resurrection of Jesus. They declare that they must obey God, furthermore declaring that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The message is clear, unambiguous, exclusive and narrow. This is the message of the Gospel; this is the message we have been given to share with others. Will we stand for the truth of God even if unpopular? We are called to be witnesses to the Risen Christ, through whom men and women may be saved. What a glorious message to share with others!

Birth Announcement

04/19/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: A.D.: The Story Continues

Passage: Acts 2

Summary: Acts, chapter two, is the birth announcement of the Church. Fifty days after Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, the disciples obediently waited in Jerusalem for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Church was birthed and God began a great movement by his Holy Spirit that continues today. We stand in the continuum of what God began almost two thousand years ago. And followers of Christ have the same power available to them that was experienced by those first-century believers

Easter Sunday

04/05/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Category: Easter

Passage: 1 Corinthians 15

Summary: The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the distinguishing mark of Christianity. But what exactly did it accomplish? What is the significance of what happened that first Easter morning. The resurrection certified three things: that Jesus’ death was sufficient, that his death was acceptable, and that our death is not final. He is risen; he is risen indeed!

Simon of Cyrene

03/29/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Encounters with Christ

Summary: Simon of Cyrene could never have imagined such a unique, life-changing experience when in Jerusalem. Hoping that through his participation in the Passover his sins would once again be covered over by the sacrifice of a lamb, he was to see the fulfillment of centuries of prophecies about the coming Messiah – a Messiah whose blood would actually bring about forgiveness of sin! Pulled out of the crowd by Roman soldiers, he was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus to Calvary. This “bit player” in the redemptive drama would have his life changed though this encounter, just as ours is changed when we lay hold of the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Malchus

03/22/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Encounters with Christ

Summary: Malchus was a servant of the Jewish High Priest. He accompanied Judas and the authorities to the Mount of Olives to observe the arrest of Jesus. He could never have imagined what his experience would be like: Peter lopping off his ear with a sword; Jesus touching his ear and instantaneously restoring it. Many believe that through this experience he became a believer in Jesus. Look at the event in the Garden of Gethsemane through his eyes as one who encountered the Christ.

The Greeks

03/15/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Encounters with Christ

Summary: The day after Mary’s anointing of Jesus in Bethany, Jesus enters Jerusalem. At this time, the Apostle John records that some Greeks seek an audience with Jesus. Perhaps it is significant because the time is drawing near when Jesus will die for the whole world – Jew and Greek (Gentile). Against this backdrop, Jesus lays out three great paradoxes of faith: Only by death comes life; Only by spending life do we retain life; Only by service comes greatness. How incredibly important and applicable are these truths to Jesus’ coming death and the disciples’ experience in living out their faith in the days, months and years to follow.

Mary of Bethany

03/08/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Encounters with Christ

Passage: John 12:1–12:8

Summary: Jesus is enroute to Jerusalem where his earthly life will end on the cross. There are several poignant encounters during this last week. The day before he enters Jerusalem, Jesus stops in Bethany, home to Mary, Martha and Lazarus who put on a dinner for him. Mary chooses to give her most precious possession to Jesus as an act of love, of devotion, of worship. She anoints Jesus’ head and feet, declaring (according to Jesus) his coming death and burial. We see in Mary’s action three wonderful aspects of love: love’s extravagance, love’s humility and love’s unselfconsciousness. All are a small example of God’s love towards us as his children.

Stewardship

02/01/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Category: Stewardship

Summary: Stewardship – what does that mean for Christians today? It’s not just about money, though that is part it. Stewardship involves bringing Jesus into the middle of our lives, bringing him into every facet of life which means my time, talent and treasure. Take a fresh look at how you manage the life God has given you.

Confident Faith: Abraham and Sarah

01/25/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Oswald Chambers writes, “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” That so describes Abraham and Sarah. God made them a promise about a son, an heir who would come from them. The Scripture says that “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Abraham’s faith simply rested upon God’s promises. What God promised, Abraham believed. He trusted in God’s truthfulness, his faithfulness and his power to do what he said he would do. We are called to depend upon those same things about God in our faith walk: his truthfulness, his faithfulness and his power.

Reverent Faith: Noah

01/18/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Faith: What It is, What It Isn't

Category: Faith

Summary: The Old Testament character Noah is one of those “persons of faith” who are mentioned in the Faith Chapter of the Bible - Hebrews, chapter eleven. What is interesting is the connection between his obedient faith and his reverent fear of the Lord. It was his holy fear, his reverent awe of the Lord that led him to obey God’s command to build the ark. God still looks for those who will in reverent fear walk with him and obey him. We discover in our own spiritual experience that reverent faith is expressed by obedient faith.

Confident Faith: Abel

01/11/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Faith: What It is, What It Isn't

Category: Faith

Summary: The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews illustrates what faith is in the lives of Old Testament characters. In what many call the Faith Chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 11, the first person he highlights is Abel. We see in Abel’s life obedient faith. Some instruction must have been given as to what was acceptable worship to God. As a result of his obedience, Genesis 4 says that “God had regard for Abel and his sacrifice.” If we believe God, obedience is the result. Faith that pleases God is an obedient faith.

Faith: What It Is; What It Isn't

01/04/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Faith: What It is, What It Isn't

Category: Faith

Summary: The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews makes this significant statement: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” If faith is that important, then it is imperative that we understand what faith is. The Bible doesn’t really define faith; rather, it describes and illustrates faith. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith in two parallel ways: a sense of assurance within us and a certainty of realities unseen by our human eyes. Understanding what faith is, and what it is not, forms the foundation of seeing faith demonstrated in the lives of those who are listed in the “Hall of Faith” (Hebrews, chapter 11).

Life Interrupted: Mary's Story

12/14/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life Interrupted

Category: Christmas

Summary: A young woman - full of dreams and plans for the future. And then, God interrupted her life. That young woman, engaged to be married, was Mary who was chosen by God to play a special role in his redemptive plan for the human race. That she had a trust relationship with God already is evidenced by her response to the angel’s message: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” What an act of faith! What an act of submission! We can benefit much from her experience as to our response when God chooses to interrupt our lives.

Simply Amazing, Miracles of Jesus - Power Over Derecho: The Disciples' Story

11/23/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Simply Amazing - Miracles of Jesus

Category: Simply Amazing - Miracles of Jesus

Summary: The disciples pushed away from the shore on the Sea of Galilee and soon were swamped with a huge storm. Finding Jesus asleep in the boat, they shook him awake and cried, “Don’t you care that we are perishing?” Many live with the myth that storms shouldn’t happen, or if they do, shouldn’t happen to them. How we deal with storms of disappointment, illness, broken relationships, bitter experiences, etc. reveal much about our view of God and the perspective we have on our Christian life. This message explores how we should face

The Master's Plan (Part 1 of 3)

10/19/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Community Groups at KCC

Category: Community Groups at KCC

Summary: The Mission Statement at Knollwood is "To help people grow into disciples of Jesus." Three passages from the New Testament form the biblical foundation for this mission: Matthew 28, Ephesians 4 and 2 Timothy 2. Based on these teachings, we are beginning a renewed emphasis and focus on growing disciples in community groups.

Don't Lose Heart in The Race

10/12/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Steadfast Heart

Summary: This final message in the series, The Steadfast Heart, explores the exhortation to not lose heart in the race (of life). The Christian life is pictured as a race and the Christian as a runner. The writer of the New Testament letter of Hebrews urges his readers (and us) to run the race set before them with awareness, resolve, endurance and focus. We have a “running partner” who ran his race - a completed race that makes possible the sinner’s reconciliation with God. “Consider him (Jesus) who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

Don't Lose Heart in Well-Doing

10/05/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Steadfast Heart

Summary: The exhortation to “do good” is all over the pages of the New Testament. In fact, the Apostle Paul links well-doing with our grace salvation in Ephesians 2:8-10. God delights when his children live out their salvation by doing good. No wonder, then, that Paul exhorts believers to not lose heart in doing good. It is part of our calling in salvation.

Don't Lose Heart in Suffering & Trials

09/28/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Steadfast Heart

Summary: Life is difficult and complex, filled with mystery and unknowns. Suffering, troubles, trials and problems are part of the human experience. We are exhorted in the New Testament to not lose heart in suffering. So, how do we do that? How do we avoid losing heart when faced with these common human experiences? We need a perspective adjustment. We need to understand that there is a greater reality than what we see and experience. There is something better, far more significant, than this life alone.

Don't Lose Heart in Criticism

09/21/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Steadfast Heart

Summary: Have you ever felt the sting of criticism? It hurts, doesn’t it? Particularly if it is unfounded criticism, unfair criticism, unjust criticism, or just plain misguided criticism. Both the Apostle Paul and the Old Testament character Job experienced intense criticism. Much can be learned from their examples on how to deal with criticism so you do not lose heart.

Don't Lose Heart in Prayer

09/14/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Steadfast Heart

Summary: Have you ever been discouraged in prayer? Maybe you didn’t receive an answer, or you didn’t receive the answer you wanted. We are encouraged in the Scriptures to not lose heart in prayer. There are three things that are important for our understanding about God that we might not be discouraged and lose heart in prayer: God’s heart, God’s purpose, and God’s method.

I Am The Only Way

09/07/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus made some audacious claims, exclusive claims. None more controversial than this one - that he is the only way to God. It is important to step back and consider the issue from a “need” basis, and then to evaluate Jesus’ statement in that context. Every religious system has an emphasis on doing good, of being good. The question, then, is this: Can anyone be good enough? The Bible has a clear answer to that question, an answer that requires us to examine why Jesus made the statement he did, and is there evidence that he has credibility in saying what he did. Finally, we have to respond to what we discover about Jesus’ claim if true.

Deny Yourself

08/31/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” That is not a popular concept for the typical 21st century status-seeking, goal-pursuing, ego-driven person, even one who is a Christian. What did Jesus mean when he said that, and what does it mean for us today? This message explores this statement in the context of Jesus’ teaching about discipleship. Concepts related to Jesus’ sayings include: sacrifice, identity and obedience.

The Last Shall Be First

08/24/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus said things the disciples (and we) probably didn’t expect, things that go against the common grain of thinking. On at least five separate occasions, Jesus told the Twelve: “The first shall be last.” If you couple these sayings with Jesus’ teaching about the subject of greatness in the kingdom, you have a real counter-intuitive explanation of how God measures success. The reality is: God measures success differently!

Hate Your Father and Mother

08/17/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus said that one must hate his father and mother in order to be his disciples. Did he really mean this literally? A look at the context of Jesus’ statement coupled with the Old Testament Scriptures, helps us examine this hard saying and understand what Jesus meant. There are implications today for those who would be disciples of the Master.

Love Your Enemies

08/10/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: Jesus said some very difficult things as he taught about his kingdom and how his followers should live their lives. He countered a common saying in his day, “Hate those who hate you,” with “Love your enemies.” Explore what Jesus meant when he said this extraordinary thing and what it means for us today.

Called To Freedom: Lordship - Choosing Freedom

07/27/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Called To Freedom

Summary: Liberty comes by the pathway of Lordship. In Galatians, chapter five, Paul describes the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. The desires of these two stand in opposition to each other. The key to living in freedom, neither flaunting nor stifling liberty, is to walk in the Spirit. That is, to make the choice to live under the power and direction of God’s Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer.

Called To Freedom: License - Flaunting Freedom

07/20/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Called To Freedom

Summary: Paul declares in Galatians 5:1 - “It was for freedom that Christ set you free.” Then he warns against submitting again to a yoke of slavery. He is speaking about legalism. But he also knows that the tendency is for the pendulum to swing to the other side. And so, he warns his readers against using their freedom as a covering for evil. That is license. It addresses the person who concludes, “Well, I am free. I can do anything I please.” Paul argues for a balanced perspective: living free, neither stifling freedom with legalism nor flaunting freedom with license.

Called To Freedom: Legalism - Stifling Freedom

07/13/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Called To Freedom

Summary: The Apostle Paul declares, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” Unfortunately, this freedom is often stifled by legalism. Legalism can suck the life out of the enjoyment of the Christian life. It can also adversely affect the quality of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Beware of the hazards and the victims of legalism.

Called to Freedom: Liberty - Experiencing Freedom

07/06/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Called To Freedom

Summary: The Apostle Paul, writing to the churches in Galatia, declares: "For freedom Christ has set us free." But, free from what? We must understand, first of all, that we have been set free from sin and sin's consequence - death. As believers in Christ, we need to know that truth, then to believe it, and finally to live it. It is our responsibility to stand firm in the liberty for which Christ has set us free.

Constructive Relationships

06/29/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wisdom for Relationships

Summary: Do you want to know how to build healthy relationships? In the New Testament, there are 28 “one another” statements that give instructions for how we are to relate to others. This message deals with several of those biblical mandates for constructive relationships: encourage one another, forgive one another, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, admonish one another, and love one another. Obeying these commands will transform your relationships.

Slow To Speak

06/15/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wisdom for Relationships

Category: Relationships

Summary: James does not present a very pretty picture of the tongue. In fact, he describes it as a “fire from hell.” Understanding the power of the tongue - power to direct, power to destroy, power to deceive - helps us to see why James exhorts us to be “slow to speak.” Words matter. Words have power - power for good and for bad. Consider what James and Solomon, in the Proverbs, have to say about “words” and the impact they have in our relationships.

Slow To Anger

06/08/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wisdom for Relationships

Category: Relationships

Summary: Anger is a very common human emotion, isn’t it? The New Testament writer James exhorts us to be “slow to anger.” Is anger all bad? The Apostle Paul gives us a framework for dealing with anger in Ephesians 4:26-27. In these two verses, we have a green light, a flashing yellow light and a glaring red light. Take time to examine your anger to determine whether it is appropriate or not.

Encounters With the Risen Christ - Peter the Denier

05/11/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Encounters With the Risen Christ

Category: Encounters With the Risen Christ

Summary: One of the common human experiences is failure. Who better to illustrate failure than the Apostle Peter. He failed spectacularly! Yet failure did not render him useless for God’s use. Through his life, we learn how God redeems our failures through his wonderful grace, making us useful for his divine purposes.

Encounters With the Risen Christ - Thomas The Doubter (TEXT ONLY)

05/04/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Encounters With the Risen Christ

Category: Encounters With the Risen Christ

Summary: Doubt is one of those afflictions that most of us have faced at some time in our life or might be facing right now. We see in the life of Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, a reflective Christian - one who wrestled with doubt. His encounter with the Risen Christ changed him and all things were made new. How do you deal with doubt? This message provides some suggestions on how to face your doubts and to see your faith grow in spite of those doubts.

Encounters With the Risen Christ - Cleopas the Depondent (TEXT ONLY)

04/27/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Encounters With the Risen Christ

Category: Encounters With the Risen Christ

Summary: In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 24, we meet a fellow by the name of Cleopas, a follower of Jesus. He and his companion, perhaps his wife, are walking on the road from Jerusalem back to their home. They are trying to make sense of the events of the prior week - a week when they experienced the height of joy and the depths of sorrow. Now on their way home, they were in the grip of despondency. And then, they met the Risen Christ. And everything changed!

All Things New

04/20/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: All Things New

Category: Easter

Passage: 1 Corinthians 15

Summary: Does it matter whether or not Jesus was literally raised from the dead? In his letter to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 15), the Apostle Paul shares three things that result from the fact of the resurrection: a new identity, a new reality and a new certainty. Apart from the resurrection, none of these things are possible.

Final Farewells

04/13/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: The last two chapters in the book of Joshua record the Final Farewells that Joshua gave to the leaders of Israel and to the people of Israel. His exhortations are as applicable to us today as they were to Israel so long ago. Obey God; cling to God; love God; and choose God - all call us to a life of fidelity and allegiance to the God who has redeemed us. The challenge before Israel and before us is to guard against drifting away from God and chasing after the gods of the culture around us.

When God Asks You to Do Something Slowly

04/06/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: Joshua leads the Israelite army in their quest to conquer the land God had promised them and had said that He had given to them. God told them that He would drive out their enemies “little by little.” The conquest would be a slow process; it would be accomplished in a steady and strategic manner. For the believer today, the process of possessing the land (salvation) promised to us is also a slow one. It requires a steady effort; it means perseverance. The God who empowered the Israelites to possess the Promised Land and enter their rest is the same God who empowers us to possess our salvation and to enter our rest.

When God Asks You To Do Something Silly (TEXT ONLY)

03/30/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: The nation of Israel is now inside the Promised Land. They are poised to begin the conquest and take possession of the land God had promised them. But then God asks them to do some silly things. What would they do when God asked them to do something silly? The same question might be asked of us today. What do we do when God asks us to do something silly? (By silly, I mean silly from a human perspective). The requirement is the same as expected of Israel - obedience.

When God Asks You To Do Something Scary

03/23/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: This message takes the journey with Israel across the Jordan River. What a scary time for the nation! They are entering the unknown, the unfamiliar, the uncertain. They certainly had grounds for fear. But God calls the nation to exercise faith - truth in Him. Israel’s experience gives insight into the confidence, courage and conviction of God’s people and their response of faith while providing for us today the same encouragement to trust in the God who never changes.

Rahab: A Study in Grace (Text Only)

03/16/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: Rahab is a study in grace. Here is a woman in whom there was absolutely nothing to warrant God’s grace. But she had heard of Israel’s God and had come to believe in him. As Jericho is in the sights of the Israelite army, God works to save this believing woman and her family. God not only saves her; he creates a legacy through her. Rahab is one of five women mentioned in the genealogy of the Christ. What amazing grace!

Passing the Baton

03/09/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: Joshua faced a daunting task: taking over the leadership of the nation of Israel from Moses. There must have been ample room for fear, uncertainty, wondering if he was up to the task. God, in a private commissioning recorded in Joshua chapter one, encourages and exhorts Joshua with four great truths - four great assurances: his promise, his presence, his power and his precepts. These same four truths should encourage us in whatever situation or task faces us today.

A Call To Renewal

03/04/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: God judges Israel for their rebellion and unwillingness to enter the land following the spy mission (Numbers 13 and 14). None of that generation, save Joshua and Caleb, will realize the promise God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now, it's forty years later. On the verge of their entering the Promised Land, Moses calls the people to renewal - a renewal of commitment to reaffirm their allegiance to the one true God. How applicable this call to renewal of commitment is for God's people today.

Giants In the Land

02/24/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Promises, Promises - The Journey Home

Summary: God made a covenant with Abraham, recorded in Genesis 12. One part of that covenant was the land of Canaan. After the Israelites came out of Egypt, they journeyed to Mount Sinai where God met with Moses and handed down instructions, laws, ordinances, and commands to govern the religious, personal and civic life as a unique nation. This new message series picks up where the Old Testament book of Exodus ends. We will journey with Israel from the spies sent into the land (Numbers 13-14) to the east bank of the Jordan River (where Moses gives his final charge) and on into the conquest of Canaan (book of Joshua).

Stewardship Is

02/16/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Category: Stewardship

Summary: Stewardship: it’s not just about money. It is really about your whole life. When you understand that God is the owner of all you are and all you have, you begin to see that, as a steward, you are to be responsible for every aspect of your life. In particular, this message focuses upon giving (money), serving (ministry), and growing (maturity).

Living the Gospel

01/19/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Gospel Changes Everything

Category: The Gospel (Salvation)

Summary: Understanding the Gospel and believing the Gospel have a profound affect in how we live the Gospel. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians and reminded them, "It was for freedom that Christ set us free." Living the Gospel means living free from guilt, living free from performance, and living free from enslavement. In turn, we are free to enjoy, free to serve, and free to live!

Believing the Gospel

01/12/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Gospel Changes Everything

Category: The Gospel (Salvation)

Summary: The Gospel requires a response. The necessary response after understanding the Gospel is repentance and faith. This message explores what these two mean. God wants to forgive us; he offers his life to us, but we must accept this gift he offers by trusting in him.

Understanding The Gospel

01/05/14

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Gospel Changes Everything

Category: The Gospel (Salvation)

Summary: The Gospel. What does that mean? What is the Gospel? The Scriptures teach us that the Gospel is centered on four main truths. The first has to do with God and our accountability to him. The second is the dilemma that all mankind finds itself in because of sin. The third truth focuses upon the sacrifice of Jesus in our place. The fourth (in the next message on January 12) explains the response that is necessary to the first three.

Home Alone

12/29/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas at the Movies

Category: Christmas

Summary: For the month of December, our message series is “Christmas at the Movies.” Our desire is that this series would be enjoyed by the whole family. Today's feature is "Home Alone." (Audio is not available for this series.)

It's A Wonderful Life

12/22/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas at the Movies

Category: Christmas

Summary: For the month of December, our message series is “Christmas at the Movies.” Our desire is that this series would be enjoyed by the whole family. Today's feature is "It's A Wonderful Life."

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

12/15/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas at the Movies

Category: Christmas

Summary: For the month of December, our message series is “Christmas at the Movies.” Our desire is that this series would be enjoyed by the whole family. Today's feature is

A Christmas Carol

12/08/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas at the Movies

Category: Christmas

Summary: For the month of December, our message series is “Christmas at the Movies.” Our desire is that this series would be enjoyed by the whole family. Today's feature is

A Charlie Brown Christmas

12/01/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas at the Movies

Category: Christmas

Summary: For the month of December, our message series is “Christmas at the Movies.” Our desire is that this series would be enjoyed by the whole family. Today's feature is "A Charlie Brown Christmas." We have provided for you the text of these messages for your reflection during this season of celebration. (Click on the message title to download the text. Audio is not available for this series.)

iFocus on Ministry

11/24/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: iFocus

Category: Vision, Mission & Core Values

Summary: This final message in the series focuses upon Knollwood’s fifth Core Value: Engaged in Ministry. Every person that God saves is called to serve him. But what does service or ministry mean? From Matthew’s Gospel account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry we learn that ministry is Incarnational, Relational, Transformational and Proclamational. The same is true today as we minister and serve others as disciples of Jesus Christ.

iFocus on Grace

11/10/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: iFocus

Category: Vision, Mission & Core Values

Summary: Committed to Grace - this is another Core Value at Knollwood Community Church. What is grace? Grace is the free, unmerited gift of God, as revealed in and through Christ, for the purpose of redeeming us; thereby bestowing on us the privilege of access to the Father, and producing in us Christ’s own character with a view towards eternity.

iFocus on Excellence

11/03/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: iFocus

Category: Vision, Mission & Core Values

Summary: A spirit of excellence in the life of a Christian, in the life of a church, is a reflection of one of God’s attributes. One of the Core Values at Knollwood Community Church is: Committed To Excellence. But, what does that involve? Tucked away in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians is a passage that sheds light on the subject of excellence. Excellence means doing the right thing, doing it the right way, doing it for the right reason, and doing it for the right master.

iFocus on Truth

10/27/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: iFocus

Category: Vision, Mission & Core Values

Summary: At Knollwood, Core Values provide the philosophical framework around which we minister and serve in our mission of helping people grow into disciples of Jesus Christ. The first Core Value is: Passionate about Truth. Truth matters! We are committed to stand for truth and to speak the truth. God, who is the God of Truth, calls us to know the truth and to apply the truth in our lives.

iFocus on Vision

10/13/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: iFocus

Category: Vision, Mission & Core Values

Summary: Vision is crucial to any organization. And so it is with the church. What is the vision of Knollwood Community Church? Simply put, it is “To see lives changed by Jesus Christ.” God desires that every one of his children grow up spiritually. This means change. The Bible calls this change “transformation.” It is our desire that every one of us would see God at work in our lives, bringing about change in character that results in change in conduct.

Crisis Management: Identity

10/06/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Crisis Management

Category: Christian Living

Summary: When you think about yourself, what kind of thoughts do you have? How you perceive yourself will have a lot to do with the person you become. The Scriptures teach that if you are a believer in Christ, you are special; you are God’s child. There are things true about you that you not only need to know, you need to allow your thoughts and actions to be conditioned and shaped by them. The writer of Proverbs says, “As a man thinketh within himself, so is he.” We need to think rightly about ourselves as a child of God and all that means about our identity as a person.

Crisis Management: Expectations

10/02/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Crisis Management

Category: Christian Living

Summary: Expectations can be deadly! This is especially true in two areas: unrealistic expectations and unmet expectations. This message suggests a framework for managing expectations and focuses the attention on placing our hope in God, not in worldly possessions, accomplishments, other people or ourselves.

Crisis Management: Busyness

09/22/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Crisis Management

Category: Christian Living

Summary: Life is busy, wouldn’t you agree? We seem to be more busy, more hurried, and consequently more stressed. There are three questions addressed in this message: 1) How did we get here? 2) How does it affect us? and 3) How do we get out of here? We are called to live purposeful lives, full lives, but not frantic lives. Changes might be in order.

Regrets

09/15/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Crisis Management

Category: Christian Living

Summary: Regrets - we all have them. But do we manage them or do they manage us? The Apostle Peter is a classic case study of one who dealt with the crushing weight of regret. From his example, we can learn some important steps to take in dealing with regrets in our lives.

Going...Going...Gone

08/25/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul concludes his letter to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 16) with words of encouragement, admonishment, warning and grace. All are as applicable to the church in the 21st century as they were to those in Corinth in the first century.

Resurrection: A Theology of Hope (TEXT ONLY)

08/18/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: What will a future resurrection look like? When will it take place? These were questions that puzzled the believers in the church at Corinth. They are also relevant questions for every Christian today. Paul explains the nature and timing of our resurrection in the last half of First Corinthians 15. This message deals with the implications of our resurrection; it really is a theology of hope.

If Christ Has Not Been Raised...

08/11/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: What does the future hold? Is there life after death? If so, on what basis? The Apostle Paul deals with these questions in First Corinthians, chapter fifteen. Do you want certainty about your future destiny beyond the grave. This message deals squarely with Paul’s teaching that provides answers to questions people have today.

Tongue In Check

08/04/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In chapter one of First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul stated that the church was not lacking in any spiritual gift. Unfortunately, it seems that some in the church were misusing these gifts of the Spirit. So Paul deals with this in chapters 12-14. When he comes to chapter 14, he focuses on two of the more public gifts: prophesying and speaking in tongues. Paul sets forth his desire that the church would most value prophesying while putting restrictions on the exercise of both gifts in the public worship service.

What's Love Got To Do With It

07/21/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: First Corinthians, chapter thirteen, may be the most quoted description of love. But, why does Paul place this marvelous discourse on love in this section of his letter? Some believe it is out of place. On the contrary, Paul was very deliberate in its placement. The Apostle is dealing with another problem in the Corinthian church: misuse of spiritual gifts, in particular, some of the more spectacular, public gifts: tongues, prophesying and knowledge. But Paul says that because of their lack of love shown towards other believers, there was little value to the exercise of their gifts. This teaching is an indictment against any group of Christians who are more focused on spiritual gifts than spiritual graces.

Gotcha Covered

06/30/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul moves on from the subject of idolatry (Chapters 8-10) to address issues related to public worship. He begins this section dealing with the question of whether or not it was proper for women to pray and prophesy in the public worship service with their heads uncovered. While the application is different today in most American churches, Paul’s teaching goes deeper to the subject of God’s creation order and the corresponding implications. This is one of those passages that causes you to come in humility and submission to God’s wisdom and work, and wrestle to understand the text in its original context.

Pay Attention

06/23/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul concludes this lengthy section on the subject of idolatry by pointing back to the experiences of the people of Israel. He shows that, though they were blessed by God, they were not spared God’s judgment and discipline when they sinned. This is a warning to the Corinthian believers to be careful not to fall back into idolatry. The issue then was eating meat sacrificed to idols. We probably cannot relate to that today in the 21st century, but idolatry is still a danger even for believers in our time and in our culture.

Liberty & Responsibility - Paul's Example

06/16/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In chapter 8, Paul addresses those who were exercising their Christian liberty to the detriment of other believers weaker or newer in faith. He exhorts them to choose the greater good of their brothers and sisters by refraining from eating meat sacrificed to idols and to exercise responsibility in considering the spiritual welfare of others. In this chapter, Paul presents his life and ministry as an example of what he is calling his fellow Christians to do. He explains his rights as an apostle and then offers three reasons why he has not exercised those rights among the Corinthian believers.

Liberty & Responsibility

06/09/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: One of the vexing issues facing Christians in Corinth was whether or not it was permissible to eat meat that had been sacrificed to idols. To understand the seriousness of the matter, we need to look at the cultural setting and why this was a question at all. Having done that and understanding the way Paul answers the Corinthians, we can draw out a principle for application in the 21st century.

To Marry or Not To Marry

06/02/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: From answering a question about marriage from members of the Church in Corinth, Paul moves on to address the status of those not married. Before giving his guidance on whether or not they should marry, he talks about the key which connects both groups. That is, one should be content in whatever state they are in when God calls them in salvation whether single or married. He uses two examples to drive his point home: circumcision or uncircumcision and slave or free. One of the great needs in our lives as believers is to learn contentment �

Dear Abby (aka Paul)

05/26/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In First Corinthians, chapter seven, Paul shifts from dealing with issues brought to his attention through various reports, and turns to answering questions contained in a letter written to him by believers in Corinth. This is not a theological treatise on marriage and sexuality, but does address specific questions that dealt with those subjects. Paul presents right up front the obligation of sexual relations between husbands and wives while, at the same time, encouraging those who are single to remain single and celibate if God has given them the gift of self-control.

Your Body, God's Temple

05/19/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In First Corinthians, chapter six, Paul returns again to the topic of sexual immorality. This topic needed to be addressed in first century Corinth and is greatly needed in 21st century America. Given our culture where

Order In The Court

05/12/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Paul continues to appeal to the believers in Corinth to deal with problems in their midst. This message addresses the situation of one brother suing another brother in a secular court. Paul’s concerns, as it is with all of the problems in the church, are the unity of the body, their witness to the world, and practicing their position in Christ.

Stepping Up to the Plate

05/05/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: What do you do if there is a member of the church who is living a clearly sinful lifestyle. The Apostle Paul deals with just such a situation in the church of Corinth. From this passage we can draw some principles that apply to the need for and the process of church discipline today.

Lucy, Harpo and Paul

04/28/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In First Corinthians, chapter four, Paul presents four pictures of how he, Apollos and other apostles should be viewed by the believers in Corinth. They are: servants, stewards, a spectacle and a father. This message examines the latter two. Paul contrasts the “superior” view the Corinthians held about themselves with that of the apostles, whom God called to a life of suffering, deprivation and death. Then he appeals to them as their “spiritual father” in the faith, that they would imitate his life as a means of knowing the way of Christ.

Measuring Up

04/21/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: How should we measure ourselves? How should we measure those who minister among us? These are the questions Paul addresses in this passage. Measuring correctly means applying God’s terms, his standards, in order to make correct assessments. When done properly and when we measure up to God’s qualifications, we receive our commendation from him in the final judgment.

Farmers & Builders

04/14/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Within this larger section of First Corinthians dealing with the problem of disunity, Paul paints a number of pictures. He speaks of the Corinthian believers as “infants in Christ,” as “God’s field” and “God’s building,” and finally as “God’s temple.” These are very descriptive of the conduct and identity of the Corinthians. Then Paul describes how those in the church should view his and Apollos’ ministry: as servants, as farmers and builders. This also gives us some insight as to how we should view our ministry.

Wisdom & The Word

04/07/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In this passage, Paul explains that it is the Spirit of God who reveals the wisdom of God. This Spirit-revealed truth is viewed as folly by those who do not know God and do not have the Spirit of God. The contrast is the person who is “spiritual,” that is, the person who lives in the realm of the Spirit. If you are a believer in Jesus, the Spirit lives within you and he illuminates your understanding of God’s truths.

Five Reasons To Believe in the Resurrection

03/31/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Category: Easter

Summary: Is the resurrection of Jesus plausible? This message considers Five Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection. When faced with the facts, one must reach a conclusion and make a choice: reject what Jesus has done on the cross for you or accept God’s gracious gift of forgiveness.

Wisdom & Power

03/24/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: The Apostle Paul deals with the deficiencies of human wisdom and human power to comprehend God’s purpose of redemption. The cross - God’s method to provide the basis of forgiveness and reconciliation - is seen to be foolish and weak in the world’s eyes. “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” The message and meaning of the cross is the same today as it was in Paul’s day: “to those who are called…Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Unity of the Body

03/17/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: Cliques, Sticks, Picks, Ticks. These four words capture what was going on in the church at Corinth. After reminding these believers of their identity in Christ, he takes them to task for the disunity that had infected their relationships with one another. Disunity, to a great extent, was the root of the other problems Paul will discuss in this letter. Paul appeals to them to be united in mind and judgment. This would be his counsel to churches today who are manifesting many of the characteristics present in the Corinthian church.

Called To Fellowship

03/10/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: The Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Corinthians by reminding them of their position and identity in Christ. Before he ever lowers the boom on how they were behaving (and Paul will not hold back), he reminds them that they belong to God, have been set apart for God, and were called to be holy. This is your identity if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. And even though we don’t always live as we ought, we should be certain of our position in Christ. That remains unchanged even when God disciplines us as his children.

Corinth: A Flyover

03/03/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: 1 Corinthians

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: In early A.D. 50, the Apostle Paul arrived in the city of Corinth (See Acts 18) with the Good News of Jesus Christ. When he left eighteen months later, he left behind a church of growing believers. What kind of city was Corinth? What was its culture like? This message introduces a new study in the book of First Corinthians.

Life In A Whole New Light: Congratulations, You're Gifted

02/10/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In A Whole New Light

Summary: The final message in this series continues the topic of stewardship. God calls us to account as stewards not only of our treasure (money, possessions), but also our time and talents. Every Christian is called to serve as part of the body of Christ. But where and how? Finding your SHAPE will help you find your place of ministry.

Life In A Whole New Light: Why Are We Talking About This?

02/03/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In A Whole New Light

Summary: Some would say that in the culturally-sensitive church today, we shouldn’t talk about money, don’t ask for money, certainly don’t preach about money. But perhaps one reason why Christians give so little is a lack of biblical understanding about how God wants us to view money. This message explores three questions: Why should we give? How should we give? And how much should we give. Through a better understanding of God’s perspective, you will find freedom and blessing in giving.

Life In A Whole New Light: Where's The Power?

01/20/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In A Whole New Light

Summary: God has called us as his children to a life of growing Christ-likeness. But how does that happen? Where’s the power to see one’s life changed, or to use the biblical term - transformed? God has made that power available to every believer through the presence of the indwelling Spirit of God. Three key requirements on our part to see that power released in our lives: Desire, Present, and Walk. Take this message to heart and watch what God will do in and through you.

Life In A Whole New Light: Forgiveness

01/13/13

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In A Whole New Light

Summary: Every one of us intimately knows the need for forgiveness. Sin has its consequences and the only remedy is forgiveness. What does it look like and how is it worked out in our lives as we experience forgiveness and through our lives as we grant forgiveness. This goal of this message is to help us really understand forgiveness and know how to experience this gift of grace from God.

The Majesty of God Revealed Through You

12/30/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Majesty of God Revealed

Category: Christmas

Summary: Jesus called himself “the Light of the world.” When he (the Light) ascended back to heaven, what happened to the light? Paul writes that the believers in Christ are children of light and we are admonished to walk in the light. God desires to reveal his majesty through those who believe in him. It is part of our calling as his children.

The Majesty of God Revealed to the World

12/23/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Majesty of God Revealed

Category: Christmas

Summary: The wonderful message of Christmas is the majesty of God revealed to the world. Promised long before by the prophets, the Messiah came at just the right time. His mission would be redemptive, God’s perfect plan to deal with the sin of mankind. What a majestic and glorious gift to each of us as we remember “the reason for the season.”

The Majesty of God Revealed to Simeon & Anna

12/16/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Majesty of God Revealed

Category: Christmas

Summary: God revealed his majesty to two older people in Jerusalem: Simeon and Anna. God revealed to them the Christ-child, the consolation of Israel, the Redeemer of God’s chosen people and all who would believe in him. Each had waited expectantly and actively for God to fulfill his promise that they would see the Christ. We, too, need to wait expectantly and actively - wait for Jesus to show up.

The Majesty of God Revealed to Mary & Joseph

12/09/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Majesty of God Revealed

Category: Christmas

Summary: God set his favor upon a young woman and chose her to be the human mother of the Christ-child. In the angel’s appearing and in his message, God revealed something of his majesty to this favored one. God also revealed his majesty to Joseph to whom Mary was betrothed. This Child would be called Jesus for “he will save his people from their sins.” The greatness and splendor of God’s plan was bound up in his gracious gift, the gift of his Son.

The Majesty of God Revealed to the Prophets

12/02/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Majesty of God Revealed

Category: Christmas

Summary: God is a majestic God. The Christ is God’s majestic Son. The majesty of God speaks of his greatness, his glory. In this message, God’s majesty related to the Christ-child is explored as revealed to the prophets of old. This revelation is about the One who is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

11/25/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: Psalm 100 is a wonderful psalm of thanksgiving. It invites us into fellowship with the great God of the universe. The psalm is simply constructed with two stanzas. Within each are three commands and then three reasons why those commands make sense.

Thanks-Giving

11/18/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: As we approach the observance of Thanksgiving this week, what should our perspective as believers be on giving thanks? This message explores five propositions that describe this perspective from the point of the Scriptures.

Fully Present - Part 1

10/21/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In The Rearview Mirror: Antidotes to Regret

Category: Christian Living

Summary: The essence of life is relationships. To reach the end of your life and look back, without regret, means you must work at developing meaningful relationships, relationships in which you are Fully Present. One of the critical needs is to be authentic, real, genuine. To be authentic means to risk being real, being who you really are.

Meaningful Work

10/14/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In The Rearview Mirror: Antidotes to Regret

Category: Christian Living

Summary: Since the average persons spends so much time in their life at work, it is important for the Christian to have a Biblical perspective on this subject. Your work really does matter to God. God ordained work and thus established its dignity and value. One of the dangers we have is not seeing how our work fits into the larger context of doing everything to the glory of God. A.W. Tozer wrote:

A Vibrant Faith: Walking Like Jesus (TEXT ONLY)

10/07/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In The Rearview Mirror: Antidotes to Regret

Category: Christian Living

Summary: The most active word used in the New Testament to describe living the Christian life is “walk.” Our “walk” reveals much about our understanding of spiritual truth, of the meaning of faith, and the application of it to life. In Ephesians, chapter five, the Apostle Paul gives four exhortations that quality our walk - four perspectives and expectations that demonstrate a vibrant faith. Those four are: Walk in Love, Walk in Light, Walk in Wisdom, and Walk in the Spirit. If your faith life is vibrant, filled with vitality, your life will be increasingly characterized by this kind of walk.

A Vibrant Faith: Becoming Like Jesus

09/30/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Life In The Rearview Mirror: Antidotes to Regret

Category: Christian Living

Summary: God has a plan for your life. This is more than a cliché; it is more than a lead into a presentation of the Gospel. It is a Biblical truth. God is working from a blueprint when it comes to your spiritual life. He has destined your life for glory, being conformed to the image of Christ. The process by which he does this is called “transformation” and it is a partnership between God and the believer in Christ.

God's Covenant Renewed Once Again

08/19/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: We see in Exodus 34 a demonstration of the longsuffering love and mercy of God. The people of Israel had sinned grievously against God, yet God chose to forgive them, though his justice needed satisfaction. Such is our experience with God through the work of his Son on our behalf. And when we become God's child by grace through faith, God inhabits our lives through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Moses experienced an outward exposure to God's glory. But we experience the inward reality of God's glory through the Spirit.

God's Glory Manifested

08/12/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: In Exodus 33, we see one of the most profound manifestations of God's glory in all of the Old Testament. Moses was given a glimpse of the glory of God's perfections. This expression of glory finds its ultimate fulfillment and manifestation in the person of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God. Hebrews 1:3 declares: "(Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature...." Do you want to see the glory of God in all its fullness? Look at Jesus.

REVOLT!

08/05/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: In the midst of the holy time of God giving his covenant to Israel, the people yield to the lure of idolatry and immoral behavior. While the Israelites had left Egypt, Egypt hadn’t left Israel! This is a reminder of how wicked sin is and why the Holy One of Israel had to punish the people because of their sin. Only Moses, standing as a mediator, would prevent God from totally wiping out the nation. How different it is for us under the covenant of grace because THE MEDIATOR has come, perfectly satisfying the justice of God, freeing him to forgive sin.

Renewal of the Covenant

07/29/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: In Chapters 20-23 of Exodus, we see the terms of the covenant God was making with Israel. From the end of Chapter 23 through Chapter 24, we now see how the covenant was ratified. This includes the benefits of the covenant and, most significantly, the means of the covenant. We see here the importance of the blood sacrifice which is required for putting the covenant into effect.

Value Contentment

07/15/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The 10th Commandment is probably the greatest one of the second section of the Ten Commandments. It goes beyond regulating outward acts and focuses upon one's state of mind and heart. It is a commandment that calls us to content, with gratitude, for those things we have, and warns us to guard our hearts against coveting those things which are not ours to have.

Value Honesty (TEXT ONLY)

07/08/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The ninth commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor," protects your neighbor's name. In its most strict sense, this commandment refers to conduct in a court of law. But there is a much wider application for us today. It also addresses the broader issue of lying which is so prevalent and widespread, and, may we say, acceptable, in our world.

Value What Belongs to Others

06/24/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Robbery is big business in America! Theft comes in many forms and in many shapes. God is against it all. He says, "Do not steal." God calls us to work hard, enjoying the fruits of our labors to meet our own needs and to help others. Commandment 8 is a call to a life of integrity, to honesty.

Value Purity (TEXT ONLY)

06/17/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Commandment 7 addresses the subject of moral purity. God gave the precious gift of sexual relations to be enjoyed within the context of the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. We have paid a terrible price in consequences because of violating this commandment. Perhaps more than in any of the other commandments, we see that God has given this instruction not just as a prohibition, but as a protection. Obeying this commandment is not easy, but it is essential if we are to live faithfully to God's desire for our lives.

Value Life

06/10/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Commandment 6 has to do with valuing life. We are living in a time where life is not valued or is selectively valued. God is the author of life, the giver and taker of life. It is important, especially in our day, to understand what God has to say about this wonderful gift from him, what are his prerogatives alone, and what our response should be to the commandment.

Time-Out to Avoid Burn-Out; Honor Mom & Dad

06/03/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Commandment 4 is an exhortation to take "Time-Out to Avoid Burn-Out." We live lives of intense and exhaustive schedules and activities. God says, "Set aside one day for Me." This is to be a day to rest from our labors, refocus our priorities and renew our perspective. Commandment 5 shifts the focus of the Commandments from God to others, from relationship vertically to relationship horizontally. It addresses a most foundational relationship: children to their parents. We are to honor our father and mother - not because they deserve it or because they have earned it, but because they have given us life.

Be Careful How You Worship; Be Careful How You Use God's Name

05/27/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The second commandment says, "Worship me spiritually!" This commandment follows naturally from the first. God is concerned about how you worship him. Do not fashion images - mental or physical - of this invisible God who calls you to worship. The third commandment is in the flow of the first two: "Worship me exclusively. Worship me spiritually." And now, "Be careful how you use my name. D0 not use It in a false or empty way."

The Big Ten: Introduction & Commandment #1

05/20/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: This message begins a mini-series within our study of the book of Exodus. God redeemed his people; he delivered them out of their bondage in Egypt. Now he shows them how they should live as a redeemed people. The first commandment is basic; it is foundational to the nine that follow. God says,

Mt. Sinai: Preparation & Consecration

05/13/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Israel is at a critical junction as a nation. What has happened in her deliverance out of Egypt and is about to take place during this time at Mount Sinai defines her as God's people. The Israelites arrive at Mount Sinai, the mountain where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. God is going to codify the conditions of the covenant He has made with the people upon whom he has chosen to set his love, the nation through whom his redemptive plan for the world will culminate in the Messiah. Preparation and consecration are required in anticipation of God's instruction.

Facing Enemies (TEXT ONLY)

05/06/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Israel has already faced numerous enemies: the Egyptian army, hunger and thirst. In this text, there are two more enemies: one is the Amalakites who attacked the Israelites; the other enemy was fatigue and exhaustion that "attacked" Moses. Once again, in these two experiences, we see patterns that apply to the lives of 21st century believers.

When the Goin' Gets Tough, Everyone Complains (TEXT ONLY)

04/29/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: As the people of Israel move out into the wilderness, God puts them to the test. Faced with a lack of water and food, would they trust in the One who delivered them from slavery, made a way through the Red Sea, and defeated the Egyptian army? Or would they resort to grumbling, complaining and whining? What does this have to do with believers in the 21st century? We shouldn't be surprised.

The Song of Moses

04/22/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The first major test of Israel's faith during the Exodus comes at the Red Sea. With the Egyptian army hot in pursuit, they now were between the proverbial "rock and a hard place." Fearing for their lives, they cry out against God. Instead of granting their wish to return to bondage in Egypt, God displays his mighty hand – protecting the Israelites and punishing the Egyptians. In this Exodus story there are some wonderful parallels with believers today, experiencing delivery out of bondage into a new life.

The Exodus

04/15/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: A final night of terror for the Egyptians and then the Exodus begins. God's judgment in the tenth plague is all that Pharaoh can stand. He now expels Israel from his land. In the midst of this great upheaval, God instructs the people of Israel how they are to remember his deliverance of them by his mighty hand. Thus we have outlined the observances of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the redemption of the firstborn.

The Passover

04/08/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: As God prepares to execute his judgment against Pharaoh, Egypt, and Egypt's gods and goddesses, he instructs Moses to prepare the people for this horrific night by instituting the ritual of Passover. The selection and slaying of the Passover lamb is a beautiful symbol of the Lamb of God who would become our substitute, a sacrifice for our sin. It is then the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead that certifies that this sacrifice was wholly sufficient to satisfy the justice of God and appease the wrath of God. He is risen; he is risen indeed!

The Plagues

04/01/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Despite Moses' entreaties that Pharaoh release the people of Israel from their bondage, the king's heart is hardened and the answer is a defiant "No!" God now unleashes his judgment against Pharaoh, Egypt and Egypt's gods and goddesses through a series of ten plagues. Frankly, there is some pretty disgusting things involved: water into blood, frogs, lice, gnats, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and, finally, death. It's quite an amazing experience for Moses, Pharaoh, and indirectly, the Israelites.

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

03/25/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: Moises and Aaron take the message to Pharaoh: "The LORD says, 'Let my people go.'" Pharaoh responds, "Okay." Oh, if it had only been so simple. The battle of Yahweh versus Pharaoh now begins. God had already told Moses that only by his mighty hand would the Egyptian king ever relent. It would be God who would ultimately prevail. It was Moses' responsibility to simply be obedient to what God told him to do. The rest would be up to God.

Moses: Preparation and Commission

03/18/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: After 40 years of palace living, Moses tries to intervene in the brutal treatment of his fellow Hebrews. If he thought they would rally around him as their Deliverer, he was sadly mistaken. He flees Egypt for his life, settling in with the nomadic Midianites. For the next 40 years, Moses is "on the shelf," in the "penalty box." But God wasn't through with Moses. He calls upon Moses to take up the mantle of leadership and commissions him to return to Egypt and lead the Israelites out of bondage. But does Moses buy into this plan? Only after an amazing conversation where Moses puts up a series of objections.

God's Got a Plan

03/11/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Summary: Egypt's Pharaoh does everything in his power to brutalize the Hebrew people in order to prevent them from ever becoming a threat to his power: slavery, infanticide, murder. What he does not count on is God's plan for the Israelites. God has in place supervisors of the Hebrew midwives who fear him more than they fear the Pharaoh. He counters Pharaoh's orders to have male Hebrew children thrown into the Nile by having the baby Moses placed upon the water only to be rescued by Pharaoh's daughter. God's fingerprints is all over this story. All is preparation for the salvation, the deliverance, of his people.

A Nation's Journey from Beginning to Enslavement

03/04/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Exodus

Category: Old Testament

Summary: The book of Exodus continues the story of Genesis. It picks up where Genesis leaves off. In this introduction to Exodus, we examine how the people of Israel came to this point in their history. To do that, you must go all the way back to God's call of a man to become the father of a new nation, a distinct people, a covenant people.

Significance: A Step Beyond Success

02/26/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Category: Christian Living

Summary: There are many people who have succeeded in life but still find something missing in their lives. Could it be what they really long for is not, in reality, success but significance. Where does significance come from? Moses penned one of the greatest psalms - Psalm 90. It is a psalm of significance. This passage of Scripture needs to shape your perspective that who you are and what you do really matters.

Life Firmly Rooted in Reality [Text Only]

02/19/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Category: Christian Living

Summary: Life is difficult; life is unpredictable. Life encounters adversity. The real question isn't: "Will you face difficulties?" It is, rather: "How will you deal with them when they come?" Psalm 27 is an insight into David's perspective in the midst of trying times. Learn from him how to respond when life is difficult. See how life is to be firmly rooted in reality.

Leadership in the New Testament Church

02/05/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Church Leadership

Category: Church Leadership

Summary: What was the leadership structure of the first century church? What did the

Growing Up or Growing Old? - Spiritual Disciplines

01/29/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Growing Up or Growing Old

Category: Spiritual Growth

Summary: The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, exhorting him to train/discipline/exercise himself for the purpose of godliness. In this final message on the subject of spiritual growth, a panel of KCC members share how the practice of spiritual disciplines have benefitted them personally.

Growing Up or Growing Old? - Faith

01/08/12

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Growing Up or Growing Old

Category: Spiritual Growth

Summary: This message examines faith not in its role in one's conversion experience, but rather faith as it relates to one's spiritual growth as a converted person. What is faith? How is faith acquired? What are the limitations of faith? All good questions. Dive in, and see how a proper understanding of faith is so necessary in spiritual growth.

The Church (Ecclesiology)

11/13/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Summary: This message examines the biblical teaching on the Church, the Body of Christ. Every believer in Jesus is placed into the universal church at the moment of their salvation through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We also choose to affiliate ourselves with a local body of believers which comprises the local church. This marvelous entity is to be a place of encouragement, spiritual growth, community, and an outlet for service.

Great Words About Salvation

10/30/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Summary: This message, part one of two, deals with the marvelous subject of salvation. Three great words: Grace, Atonement and Conversion. What a blessed salvation we have when we believe the Gospel and place our trust in Jesus Christ.

Pneumatology (The Holy Spirit)

10/16/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Summary: When God calls us into a relationship with himself, he doesn’t just save us and then say, “Okay, you’re on your own. And, by the way, I want you to live up to my standard which is absolute holiness and perfection. So, good luck. Try hard! Depend on your resolve and resources.” He gives us his Spirit and says, “Be filled, controlled and empowered by him – and your life will be pleasing to Me and you will bear abundant fruit. And the Spirit will lead you into my truth; he will glorify Christ in your lives, and he will pray for you according to My will.” Come and learn in this message about the Holy Spirit and his work in the life of every believer in Jesus Christ.

The Incomparable Christ (Christology)

10/09/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Summary: The centerpiece of biblical Christianity, the central focal point, is the person of Jesus Christ. We see in him the revelation of the very nature of God. The writer of Hebrews says of Jesus: “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature….” This message is on the subject of Christology, the study of Christ.

Theology Proper

10/02/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Summary: What is God like? This is a very profound question, and a question that really cannot be answered apart from God’s revelation of Himself to us. This message explores the Biblical teaching about the nature of God. A.W. Tozer said it well: “The gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.”

Bibliology

09/25/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Summary: God is a God of revelation – revealing truth that would be, and would remain, hidden or unknown if not revealed. In special revelation, which is necessary for salvation, God has revealed Himself in two things: the Living Word – Jesus Christ, and the Written Word – Holy Scripture. The subject of this message is Bibliology – the doctrine of the Scriptures.

Introduction: Why Study Theology

09/18/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christian Doctrine

Summary: This message introduces an eleven-week series titled What We Believe. Using Knollwood’s Statement of Faith, we will examine all the major doctrines of historic Christian faith. The question must be asked from the outset: “Why Study Theology?” Really, we have no alternative.

Encounters With Jesus: On the Road to Emmaus

09/11/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In this final message of our Studies in Luke, we explore the encounter two disciples on the road to Emmaus had with the Risen Christ. We see in their experience what is so often our experience: discouragement, disappointment, frustration and confusion. We, like they, need an encounter with Jesus where we see him revealed through the Scriptures and a personal encounter with eyes of faith.

Encounters with Jesus: Pilate & Herod

09/04/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke gives an account of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest. Following Jesus’ appearance before Caiaphas, the High Priest, and then the Jewish Council, he is taken by the chief priests and scribes to two other men who would have the official “say” on the disposition of this “problem.” Pontius Pilate and King Herod both question Jesus and find no guilt in him. Pilate, swayed by the crowd, ultimately gives in and delivers Jesus over to his execution.

Encounters with Jesus: Bartimaeus

08/21/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke, in his Gospel account, sets up an interesting contrast between the disciples who were “seeing yet blind,” and Bartimaeus who was “blind, yet seeing.” Oftentimes we are more like the disciples rather than Bartimaeus. Come and explore this encounter with Jesus.

Encounters with Jesus: The Transfiguration

08/08/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke, in addition to Matthew and Mark, records the amazing event of the Transfiguration in his Gospel account. There on the mountain, Jesus’ divine glory within was manifested/unveiled, without. Jesus was transformed before Peter, James and John. God’s plan for his children is that their lives would also be transformed. While the glory unveiled in Jesus was intrinsic to his divine nature, ours comes by virtue of the presence of God’s glory through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Jesus on Ministry

07/31/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In chapter ten of his Gospel account, Luke records the incident of Jesus sending out seventy-two of his “other” disciples. They are given a specific warning and specific instructions for this specific mission. In this account we learn some things about Jesus’ teaching on ministry and see its application for us today in the 21st century.

Jesus on Prayer

07/17/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: This message examines two passages in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus teaches on the subject of prayer. In both instances, we are encouraged to develop our relationship with God through prayer. God desires his children to come and bring their needs to him. Jesus also emphasizes how important persistence and perseverance are in seeking our heavenly Father.

Jesus at Prayer: Timely Prayers

07/10/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Jesus taught through his life and words, by example and explanation. In this first message of five on "Teachings of Jesus" in the Gospel of Luke, examine three situations of Jesus at prayer: a time of success, a time of decision, and a time of crisis.

Jesus on Discipleship

07/03/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Jesus called the Twelve to be his disciples. What did that mean to these first century guys? What does it mean for us in the 21st? And how are we to interpret and apply some hard sayings of Jesus on discipleship recorded in Luke's Gospel?

The Storms of Life

06/05/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Through this miracle of calming the storm, Jesus teaches his disciples a lesson on his power over nature and, specifically, his power to protect. This message explores application to us as we face storms in our lives. What are some of the challenges to our faith in the midst of storms? How can we trust in God and allow him to accomplish his purposes through difficult and, sometimes tragic, circumstances of life?

The Centurion and the Widow

05/29/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In this first message of five on miracles in Luke’s Gospel, consideration is given to the primary purposes behind Jesus’ miracles. Then, in Luke 7, two miracles are examined: one involving faith as a center-piece of the story; the other where faith isn’t even mentioned. Two primary applications follow: First, that we cannot put God in a box. He works as He wills, in his time, for his purposes. Second, it pleases God greatly when we exercise faith (belief, trust) in Him.

Parables Revealing the Heart of God

05/22/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In the Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Loving Father (the Prodigal Son), we have a glimpse into the heart of God. We see a God who seeks after those who are lost, and the great joy and delight that comes to Him when they are found and restored. In response to “seeking and finding” Zacchaeus (Luke 19), Jesus revealed his motivation and mission when He said: ‘The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” As the church, the body of Christ, this too needs to be our vision and mission.

Parable of the Rich Fool

05/08/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Where should we find our security – in this life or the next? It is easy to get so wrapped up in this life that we lose perspective on the next; we lose the proper focus. Jesus tells the Parable of the Rich Fool which was a message for a young man seeking Jesus’ help in resolving an inheritance dispute; it is a good message for us today.

Parable of the Sower

05/01/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: One of the well-known parables Jesus told is the Parable of the Sower. What was the main truth He wanted to convey in this story "thrown down alongside the truth to illustrate the truth?" it is a truth which has application and significance to us today just as it did for those along the seashore who listened to Jesus' teaching.

Parable of the Good Samaritan

04/17/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Jesus often spoke in parables, stories “thrown alongside the truth to illustrate the truth” (R. Zuck). The difficulty is in interpreting a parable. Consider five principles that Zuck gives in his book Basic Bible Interpretation, and then apply them to one of the most well-known parables – the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Beginnings: Preparation for Ministry

04/10/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke relates three stories in his Gospel account that are preparatory and lay the foundation for Jesus’ earthly life and ministry – his baptism, the temptation and his visit to Nazareth, his hometown. There are significant and relevant applications to our lives and ministry drawn as parallels from the experiences of Jesus. Come explore in this message purposes for God’s giving of the Spirit, for seeing in Jesus’ experience of temptation a model for how we are to respond to temptation, and the defining characteristics of our ministry in line with that of the Messiah and his.

Jesus: The Journey Begins

04/03/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In his Gospel account, Luke turns his attention to the beginnings of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry. He relates three acts of obedience to the Old Testament Law on the part of Joseph and Mary: circumcision of Jesus, the redemption of the firstborn, and the purification after childbirth. While they were fulfilling their parental responsibilities under the Mosaic Law, they encounter two people who have been patiently, expectantly, waiting for the consolation of Israel: Simeon and Anna. There is nothing else in the biblical record about Jesus’ childhood after that until, at the age of twelve, his parents take him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the Passover. In this incident, we see Jesus at an early age beginning to differentiate himself from his human family and identifying himself with his Heavenly Father. All of this is setting the stage for his public ministry.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

03/27/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Mary – a person perhaps over-honored by Catholics, but under-honored by Protestants. How does Luke present Mary in his Gospel account? What can we learn from her as an ordinary person chosen for an extraordinary task? The answer is: “Much.” She, herself, in the Magnificat says that she would be called “blessed” throughout all generations, and so it should be that we honor her as the mother of Jesus our Savior.

Studies in Luke: John the Baptizer

03/20/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke provides us with more information about John the Baptizer than any of the other Gospel writers. Who was he? What was his mission? What was his message? Come explore the extraordinary character and calling of this man. And through his life and ministry, we see the calling that we have as followers of the Christ.

Studies in luke: An Introduction

03/13/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Welcome to a new series of studies in the Gospel of Luke. This journey will provide an account of the life and ministry of Jesus through the precise eye of an historical researcher, that of Luke – a physician and companion of the Apostle Paul. Through his eyes, we will come to a deeper understanding of the facts about the Christ, the Savior of the world. You are encouraged to visit The Blog and interact with observations from these messages each week.

Charting the Course: Caring for God's People

03/06/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: SJ III

Category: Stewardship Journey III Launch

Summary: This is the final message in this series on the Mission Statement of Knollwood Community Church. We are called to "Care for God's People." There are several "pictures" of the church presented in the New Testament. These include a Building, a Body, a Family, and a Flock. Each helps us to understand our responsibilities as believers in Christ in community together.

Charting the Course: Sharing God's Love

02/27/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Stewardship Journey III

Category: Stewardship Journey III Launch

Summary: This message continues the series on Knollwood’s Mission Statement. Today the focus in on Sharing God’s Love. What is the Gospel and why is it important? Why and how do we share the Gospel? And how do we overcome obstacles to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ? Most of us, as believers in Christ, have probably struggled with this aspect of Christian living. Hopefully, this message will encourage you in being a witness to the Savior.

Charting the Course: Declaring God's Truth

02/20/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Stewardship Journey III

Category: Stewardship Journey III Launch

Summary: This is the second in a series of four messages looking at the Mission Statement of Knollwood Community Church. God has called us to Declare His Truth. What is truth? Why is truth necessary? What does truth accomplish? Declaring God’s Truth is a central element in “Charting the Course” for Knollwood.

Charting the Course: An Overview

02/13/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Stewardship Journey III

Category: Stewardship Journey III Launch

Summary: This Sunday launches Knollwood Church into its third capital campaign (Stewardship Journey III) for the building of Phase 1 in our Master Plan. Over the next four weeks, messages will focus on our church Mission Statement: To exalt God and reflect the glory of Christ by: Declaring His Truth, Sharing His Love, and Caring for His People. This first message gives an overview of the Mission Statement and sets it into a context.

A Word About Words

01/30/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wise Up!

Category: Proverbs

Summary: Solomon says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” This message examines the wise King’s teaching on the power of the tongue and the contrast between the fool and the wise when it comes to our words.

A Word About Work

01/23/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wise Up!

Category: Proverbs

Summary: Work. The very word conjures up feelings – some pleasant, some not so pleasant. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon speaks of work in the context of the life of the sluggard and that of the diligent. After considering the work habits and results of each, we examine work in a broader context: does work matter to God? The Puritan attitudes of work challenge us with our view of work.

A Word About Wealth

01/16/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wise Up!

Category: Proverbs

Summary: Money is a fact of life, always has been. No surprise, then, that the Scriptures have much to say about money, wealth and finances. Continuing in the series, Wise Up!, this message looks at the teaching on this topic from the book of Proverbs. Solomon never defines “wealth,” that is, “how much.” The issue seems to be “attitude,” not “amount.” Come explore how to be wiser this New Year in the stewardship of the resources God has placed into your hands.

A Word About the Wise

01/09/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wise Up!

Category: Proverbs

Summary: A wise person - how do you identify him or her? In the book of Proverbs we see a number of distinguishing marks of a wise person. Here's a good measuring stick for some self-evaluation.

Wisdom for the New Year

01/02/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Wise Up!

Category: Proverbs

Summary: A New Year - 2011. How about this for a New Year's resolution: to be a wiser person in how I live my life? That really is possible! Discover from the book of wisdom - Proverbs - where this wisdom comes from and how to acquire such wisdom for the new year.

Missing Christmas

12/26/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas Series

Category: Christmas

Summary: Who missed that first Christmas? And why? This message explores those who missed the arrival of the Christ-child. Did you miss Christmas? It’s not too late to celebrate. In fact, you can celebrate Jesus’ coming all year long. Here’s how.

Celebrating Christmas

12/19/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas Series

Category: Christmas

Summary: How did the main players of the Christmas story celebrate the first Christmas, the birth of the God-man, Jesus? This message explores the experiences of the angels, the shepherds, and Mary and Joseph. What characterized their first Christmas? And how might we celebrate Christmas this year in a similar manner? Three words capture their celebration: Worship, Witness and Wonder.

Preparing for Christmas

12/12/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Christmas Series

Category: Christmas

Summary: Christmas is a time filled with preparations…and, sometimes unfortunately, filled with expectations – some good, some bad. What about the expectations of the main players in the Christmas story? What was their preparation for the first Christmas like? What were God’s preparations? This message concludes with some suggestions for preparing for this Christmas.

Encourage to Ministry

12/05/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–5:28

Summary: In this final section of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle encourages these new believers to ministry. This ministry has several different targets: the spiritual leaders that God had set over them, others in their community of faith, and even themselves. Then Paul concludes by encouraging them with the ministry of God in their lives – a commitment to preserving them until the return of Jesus, a commitment tied to and guaranteed by the faithfulness of God.

Encourage to Watchfulness

11/28/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–5:11

Summary: What does the Bible have to say about your future? What can you expect? And, in light of coming these coming events, how should this affect the way you live your life? These questions will be explored in the book of First Thessalonians, chapter five, as Paul continues his teaching on the end times.

Encourage to Hope

11/21/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–4:18

Summary: Paul addresses a question arising from the fact that some of the believers in Thessalonica had died. What will happen to these folks and when? Paul offers comfort and encouragement that they will not only be raised up when Christ returns, but will precede living believers who will be caught up to meet Jesus when He returns in glory. This Blessed Hope should help frame the process of grieving the loss of loved ones who have died in Christ.

Encourage to Dignity

11/14/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1–4:12

Summary: In First Thessalonians, chapter 4, Paul encourages these believers to live lives of spiritual vitality, sexual purity and social responsibility. The word dignity originates from a word meaning “worthiness, equivalent to worthy.” Some of the synonyms for dignity are: decorum, propriety, seemliness and stateliness. Our lives, as believers in Christ, are to be worthy of the calling to which we have been called. They should reflect well on the state in which we find ourselves – children of God, called by Him for His purposes. How are we doing?

Encourage to Steadfastness

11/07/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:13–3:13

Summary: Are you experiencing difficulties, trials, problems? Paul writes to the believers in Thessalonica to encourage them to steadfastness, to “hanging on,” to continue in their faith in the face of persecution and difficulty. Perhaps this is the encouragement you need today. Don’t give up; keep trusting; stay faithful – that’s Paul’s encouragement to you and me.

Encourage to Integrity

10/31/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–2:16

Summary: In First Thessalonians, chapter 2, we gain insight into Paul’s ministry of encouragement. In the first sixteen verses we see Paul’s motive, his manner and the message of his ministry. This instructs us as to how we should minister and how we should evaluate the ministry God gives us to fufill.

Encourage to Transformation

10/24/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1–1:10

Summary: When is the last time you received a word of encouragement? When is the last time you gave a word of encouragement. We all need encouragement. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the fledgling church in Thessalonica, a letter of encouragement. In this opening message from the book of First Thessalonians, the focus in on being encouraged to transformation: change on the inside which is evidenced by actions on the outside.

Burnout

10/10/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Buyer's Remorse

Category: Christian Living

Summary: Chronic overload brings with it the risk of burnout. In this message, we consider Elijah’s experience on Mount Carmel in his duel with the prophets of Baal. And we see an emotionally spent prophet as he runs away, hides and asks God to take his life. How did he get there? How do we get there? And how do we prevent burnout or recover from burnout?

Busyness

10/03/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Buyer's Remorse

Category: Christian Living

Summary: Life is busy! I suspect we would all agree with that. Our lives are filled with running to and from activities. Is there hope for the busy? This message explores some of the causes of extreme busyness, the impact of busyness on our lives, and some practical suggestions for getting a handle on our schedule.

Bitterness

09/26/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Buyer's Remorse

Category: Christian Living

Passage: Ruth 1:1–4:22

Summary: Bitterness is often the result of broken dreams, broken relationships, broken expectations. This message looks at the life of Naomi in the Old Testament – a woman who experienced bitterness because of her life situation. What causes bitterness in our lives, how does it affect us, and how can we move from bitterness to blessedness?

Broken Dreams

09/19/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Buyer's Remorse

Category: Christian Living

Passage: 1 Samuel 1:1–1:18

Summary: Have you ever purchased something, got it home, took another look or tried to use it, and realized it wasn’t what you thought it would be or found out it didn’t do what you thought it would do? Life is often like that. We buy into a way of thinking only to discover that it isn’t what you thought it would be. Buyer’s remorse. This message is the first in a four-week series. It explores Broken Dreams, looking at the Old Testament person of Hannah who experienced the broken dream of barrenness.

Family Photo Album

09/05/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 16:1–16:27

Summary: Romans, chapter 16, is like a family photo album. As the Apostle Paul concludes this amazing letter, he asks the church to greet a number of people by name as well as those in three house churches and two households. Enjoy turning the pages in the album and learning about some of the believers who comprised the church in Rome.

The Debts You Owe

08/15/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 13:1–13:14

Summary: This message from Romans, chapter thirteen, examines three debts that each of us owes. The first debt is what we owe to government; that is our public debt. Then there is the debt we owe to others – our private debt. Finally, there is the debt we owe to God because of our gracious salvation; this is our eternal debt. This debt calls forth a response of righteous living in light of the consummation of history and our salvation.

Shoe Leather

08/08/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 12:3–12:21

Summary: We are often better at what we believe than how we live, aren’t we? In Romans, chapter twelve, Paul shifts focus from doctrine to application, from theological to practical. In the first two verses, he states two foundation imperatives if we are to live rightly, if our lives are to accurately reflect and represent what we believe. They are consecration – yielding our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, and character – being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Now in the remainder of the chapter, Paul gets down to shoe leather, down to where we live, how we walk. He talks about a proper evaluation of ourselves, and then lists specific actions that should characterize how we relate to others if we are, indeed, experiencing God’s transforming work in our lives. Evaluate your relationship with others by means of this checklist.

Living on the Altar

08/01/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 12:1–12:2

Summary: Romans, chapter twelve, begins another major division in this profound New Testament letter. This section is all about application. Paul transitions from doctrine to practice, from what we believe to how we live. There are two main topics in the first two verses of this chapter: consecration and character. These two are foundational to everything else Paul will cover in the remaining chapters in Romans.

Seeing God Through the Prism of His Work

07/25/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 11:1–11:36

Summary: In Romans, chapter eleven, Paul concludes his teaching on God’s relationship to the Jew. Because of Israel’s unbelief, has God rejected them as his chosen people? Paul’s answer is an emphatic “No!” But Israel’s rejection was good news for the Gentile. The conclusion, by way of application, we draw from Paul’s teaching in Romans 11 is that God is sovereign; He is merciful; He is faithful.

The Gospel and Human Responsibility

07/18/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 10:1–10:21

Summary: How do we reconcile these two great truths related to salvation: God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? In Romans, chapter nine, the Apostle Paul wrote about God’s divine election according to his purpose as it relates to Israel. Now, in chapter ten, Paul shifts the focus to the human responsibility in believing the Gospel and trusting in Christ.

The Character of God on Trial

07/11/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 9:1–9:33

Summary: In Romans 9, Paul begins to address questions about the Jews’ position in grace. How do they fit within God’s plan as Paul has outlined in the prior eight chapters? Isn’t the fact that they were God’s “chosen people” sufficient for salvation? Paul’s answer has direct bearing on the basis of our own salvation today.

True Freedom

07/04/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 8:31–8:39

Summary: Are you free to be everything you were meant to be? Only when you are secure in Christ’s love and God’s purpose for your life will you be free to be an instrument of grace to others. The end of Romans, chapter eight, concludes Paul’s teaching on the security of the believer’s salvation.

Life In Perspective

06/27/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 8:19–8:30

Summary: Do you want to know what God’s ultimate plan is for your life? Paul explains this wonderful plan in Romans 8:18-30. He provides perspective for when you are suffering in hard times, when you don’t know what to pray, and when you can’t figure life out.

Life In The Spirit

06/13/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 8:1–8:17

Summary: Do you struggle with assurance of your salvation? Can you know that your eternal destiny is secure? Paul has something to say to you in Romans, chapter eight. You will be amazed!

You Do the Math

06/06/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 7:1–7:25

Summary: Where does obedience fit into the concept of salvation? In Romans, chapter seven, Paul addresses three different perspectives on the subject of salvation, faith and works.

Choose Your Master

05/30/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 6:1–6:23

Summary: Whose slave are you? This question and the implications of the answer are the focus of this message. You might be surprised.

Known by the Company You Keep

05/23/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 5:12–5:21

Summary: One deed by one man = an eternal difference. In this message discover the truth of that statement through two men: Adam and Jesus. You are known by the company you keep!

Romans: Benefits Package

05/16/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 5:1–5:11

Summary: When you had your last job offer, was the Benefits Package of interest to you? In Romans, chapter five, Paul explains some of the benefits that are yours through justification by faith. It is part of the richness of your salvation in and through Jesus Christ.

Romans: Paul's Star Witness - Abraham

05/09/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 4:1–4:25

Summary: How can you be in right standing before God? Paul presents the experience of Abraham, revered by Jews, as testimony to the fact that one is justified (declared righteous, "not guilty") by faith in Christ alone. What are you counting on?

Romans: Bad News/Good News

05/02/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 3:1–3:31

Summary: When all is said and done, is anybody really good enough? Pastor Mark answers that question from Romans, chapter three, and explains God’s solution to our sin. Do you know the meaning and importance of these key concepts: justification, redemption and propitiation? Listen and find out.

Romans: The Moralist and the Religionist

04/25/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 2:1–2:29

Summary: How can a person be made right with God? Are good deeds and a moral lifestyle enough? What if they are a religious person who follows all the rules? Is that good enough? In his continuing study of the book of Romans, Pastor Mark will answer these questions and show whether or not human self-effort can make a person right with God.

Romans: The Path of Moral Destruction

03/21/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 1:24–1:32

Summary: The Path of Moral Destruction

Romans: The Gospel

03/07/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: Romans 1:2–1:17

Romans: A Revolutionary Revelation - Introduction

02/28/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Romans Series

Category: New Testament Letters

Summary: An introduction to the book of Romans.