Being the Church In Our Homes
 
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Series: Next

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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Series: Next

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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Series: Next

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
Finding the Strength to Keep Going
 
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Series: Better Off Dead

Title: Finding the Strength to Keep Going

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-9

Big Idea: God will restore us and give us the strength to carry on so we can experience his greatness more fully.

Pete Kopplin
Leaving The Nest
 
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Series: Ephesians - One Big Happy Family

Title: Leaving The Nest

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-24

Big Idea: Ephesians is a book that talks about the church, talks about how to live as part of the family of Jesus, talks about relationships, and talks at length about how we can live in ways that demonstrate the love of Jesus. But then, it ends by talking about war. It may seem strange to end this letter this way, but the fact is, everything we learn about how to act should culminate with action–and we are all in a spiritual battle. By doing the things the book of Ephesians has taught us to this point, we are outfitting ourselves with the necessary tools for protecting ourselves and prepare for fighting the spiritual battle that exists all around us.

Pete Kopplin
Can't We All Just Get Along?
 
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Series: Ephesians - One Big Happy Family

Title: Can't We All just Get Along?

Scripture: Ephesians 5:21, 6:1-9

Big Idea: Submitting to one another out of reverence to Christ doesn't just apply to husbands and wives, like we talked about last week.  Sometimes the responsibility for maintaining a Christ-like relationship isn't equal.  Sometimes you have to approach it as a child, from a place of honor and obedience.  Sometimes it's as a parent, owning extra responsibility for teaching and guiding.  Sometimes it's as a slave working through our situation even though it's not what we may have chosen.  And always, as masters, it's about understanding that we need to treat each other equally since we are all slaves to the father who gifts us grace and adoption.

Pete Kopplin