For most of us, the word, "saved" is a very misunderstood word. In fact, in recent history, we have reduced it to something that God never intended it to be. That if I must be saved, all I got to do is pray a prayer, and get out of hell free. But what if there is more to it than that? Paul explains to us in Romans 10:9 that there are two things we must do to be saved. And those two things are pretty simple, but they are not always easy.
“Do not let your heart be troubled. You have put your trust in God, put your trust in Me also.” This is an interesting statement because it implies that we have some measure of control over the state of our heart. That there are things that we can do that can trouble our heart and there must be some things that we can do to lessen the trouble. This message looks at some practical ways to move your heart away from being troubled and towards peace.
When we find ourselves trying to live up to our own self-defined expectations, there will always be a gap. And self-defined expectation gaps are the worst of all the comparison traps because we will never measure up to our own expectations. But there is hope; you can escape the comparison trap by listening to Jesus and what he says about you, who he says you are and where he sees your life going.
Comparison is something we do every single day and most don't even realize it. But there is danger to comparing, it is a danger of the heart; in facts it’s trap. And the highlight reels we see of other people are the bait that comparison uses to trap me. In this message, we begin to see the way out and we learn a better way to look at life.
Jesus was the most spiritually formed, spiritually deep person who ever lived. He was righteousness itself. And at the same time, Jesus was a magnet for people far away from God. In fact, he loved those people. And he didn’t just love them because it was his job to love them; he liked them. He liked being with them. He sought them out, and they sought him out.
It should be no surprise then, that God’s plan for His church is that it be people who have the character of Jesus and, therefore, love the people that Jesus died for. So, how can we do that? In this message, Pastor Clay explores how influence works and how God uses it to transform lives.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” So, the question is do you have people in your life who live here, locally, who've got your back, who will stand with you back to back to help you fight through those biggest troubles in life?
Today's message looks at that's how you're better when you're connected with others and how your church family can be your family, a family that makes you better, a family that's here for you when you're down and can even celebrate with you when things are great.
Who are you? Are you the sum of your success - Job, Career, Size of bank account? Are you the sum of your failures - failed relationships, additions, bad decisions? Or are you something bigger, more grand than all of that. Are you someone valued more than all the wealth on earth?
If you believe that you are unique, valued, and owned by God, are you living like it? Do you wake up each day excited to live out your purpose in God’s grand story?
If someone were to ask you what your purpose in life was, could you answer that? You may be successful in your career or trying to finish out those last few credits to complete another degree but what are you really living for. . .what’s your purpose? God wants you to know what His design is for you and for you to stop living by default. Listen as we discover the things we all need to find so that we can truly know our God-given purpose.
Whether you’re a man or a woman we all have the desire inside of us to leave our world better than the way we found it. . .to spend our lives working for something that will outlive us. In this message we discover how to begin working on that eternal legacy and how to make a real difference in your world.
How can I know God's will? Why do bad things happen, even when I am doing good? We all have questions, but what if, rather than answer our specific questions, God wants to use them to grow closer to Him. Kevin Kennedy shares with us three of the things that God uses to grow our faith.
If we could see as God sees, we would be more inclined to do as God says. When we use Gods word to listen, we gain wisdom, insight and understanding. This is the basis for good decision making. Our greatest regrets could have been avoided if we had this wisdom, insight and understanding.
When we pray, we usually want God to fix something immediately. What if God just needs to say something or explain something to us? We must learn to open His word and listen. Spending time alone communicating with God will make it easier to communicate with us.
God moves in churches that join the Jesus mission. So what is it like to be on that mission? Next Level’s founding pastor, Dan Southerland, joins us to share exactly what it looks like. And when the individuals in a church catch this vision, it moves them from being a Great Church to being a God Church; a church where there is no other explanation for all that is happening except it must be a God thing.
God desires to have an intimate relationship with us—a relationship in which we can be fully known with no fear of rejection. That intimacy was destroyed when sin, sorrow, and death entered the world and God has been striving to reconcile the relationship ever since. In this message, Clay explores the three main ingredients to a more intimate relationship with your creator.
Matt Hastings explores the idea that sometimes, in order to move forward, we need a rebellion. But maybe not the rebellion you think, it is a push against the thing that seems to be holding you back to most. What would life be like if that thing was no longer a problem for you. That is the offer that Jesus has for you.
What if, like what if God used Next Level Church in the way that he used the early Acts church. It can happen. It happened 2000 years ago, and it can happen today. All that has to happen is we have to realize, just like they did, that it isn't really ours, it is His. If we'll learn to share often, and give regularly, God will use us in powerful ways.