Being the Church To Your Friends
 
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Title: Being the Church To Your Friends

Scripture: John 15:13, Mt 22:37-40, Mt 28:18-20, Rm 8:31-39

Big Idea: Would you die for a friend? The Bible says that the greatest gift of love anyone could give is to be willing to die for a friend. If we want to share our friendship with Jesus with people who haven’t met him yet, we need to and be willing to make deep sacrifices in order to show our friends that they are loved by us, and that they are loved by God… because that’s what God has done for each of us.

Pete Kopplin
Being the Church To Your Enemies
 
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Title: Being the Church To Your Enemies

Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48

Big Idea: Loving our friends is easy. Loving our enemies is hard. But the Bible says that we should treat our enemies with just as much kindness and love as we do our friends… maybe even more! When we interact with people who don’t feel the same way about God’s grace that we do, let’s not miss out on the chance to show them by loving them sacrificially. 

Pete Kopplin
Being the Church In Your Church
 
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Title: Being the Church In Your Church

Scripture: Galatians 6:9-10

Big Idea: Doing good is tiring, but it’s fruitful. Doing good takes a commitment, but it comes with the promise of a harvest. It’s our job as the ecclesia–the called out ones–to continue to value what we have been called to by encouraging others in our midst through our service.

Pete Kopplin
Being the Church In Our Homes
 
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Title: Being the Church In Our Homes

Scripture: Psalm 23:4, Matthew 5:4, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Psalm 127:1

Big Idea: Being the church in your home means being willing to put the needs of other people even above your own rest when you most want it, and even when it’s terribly inconvenient. Sometimes it’s easier to plan to serve at a soup kitchen or go on a mission trip. Our homes are intimate, and where we go to escape the burdens of the world–which, if we aren’t careful, makes them into barricaded environments that allow us to reject the call to serve Christ always, in every place, and in every situation. Serve your family and your guests with the understanding that teaching and modeling the comfort found in redemption allows them the chance to experience God’s comfort for themselves.

Pete Kopplin
The Separation Is In the Preparation
 
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Title: The Separation Is In the Preparation

Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25, Hebrews 11:32-40

Big Idea: Routines are good, because they allow us to do important things with little-to-no thought; but shouldn’t the things that are important to us be things we actively think about? If we aren’t careful, a passive relationship with church as a routine can turn us into watchers or workers–people who come preparing to be entertained, or to just check a box. God doesn’t want us to be watchers or workers… he wants us to be worshipers! To do that, we need to be prepared to see God do impossible things, and we need to prepare to celebrate those things by returning praise to him and by being obedient to his call on our lives. God’s love is so much more than routine!

Pete Kopplin
Called Out
 
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Title: Called Out

Scripture: Matthew 16:13-19

Big Idea: Jesus wants to call people out from their sin, call people out from their apathy, call people out from the relentless pursuit of false idols and American Christianity. And he wants to call them into redemption, fellowship, love, and hope as part of his family.

Pete Kopplin
Prayers of Comfort
 
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Series: Psalms - Season of Prayer

Title: Prayers of Comfort

Scripture: Psalms 23, 34, 46, 73 and 91

Pete Kopplin
Jeremiah Edition
 
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Series: Better Off Dead

Title: Jeremiah

Scripture: Jeremiah 20:7-18

Big Idea: No matter how hard we try, there are times we can’t just “pray the pain away.” It’s important that we realize that, when we face times of deep depression, this doesn’t mean God has left us or that we are doing anything wrong. Jeremiah was doing exactly what God wanted him to do, yet still felt sad about his journey and the willingness of the people to continue to defy God; but Jeremiah found peace with God through worship, and through prayer, and through the belief that God’s presence is undeniable, even when we have a hard time seeing him.

Pete Kopplin
Jonah Edition
 
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Series: Better Off Dead

Title: Jonah

Scripture: Jonah 1-4

Big Idea: It’s easy to wish good things for good people when they are facing tough circumstances. It’s more difficult to wish good for people that are wicked. Jonah was sent to Nineveh to offer the people grace in exchange for their wickedness, and he wasn’t excited to go. They were wicked, and they had earned God’s wrath… Jonah wanted destruction. Yet, God’s measuring stick is perfection, and we all fall short–even Jonah. God uses a plant and a worm in the midst of a hot day in the desert to teach Jonah just how far He is willing to go to show His creation how much they are loved.

Pete Kopplin