Nothing Lasts Forever
 
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Series: Easter 2019

Title: Nothing Lasts Forever

Scripture: Luke 21:5-6, John 2:18-21, Luke 24:36-39, 44-48

Big Idea: We tell ourselves that nothing lasts forever. Not buildings made of brick or stone, not our highs or lows, not the good times we hope will never end or the bad times that leave scars on us until the day we die and that we wish we could forget. But there are two things that will last forever: you, and God. Because of God’s grace, he lets us experience his presence, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And because if Christ’s sacrifice, we get to experience forever with him the moment we believe what he’s done for us. 

Pete Kopplin
We’re All God’s Children
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: We’re All God’s Children

Scripture: Col 1:16-17, John 1:12-13, 1 John 3:1-3, Rom 8:14-17

Big Idea: We all want to belong to something, because there is power and comfort in belonging. For people who believe that God created everything, it’s easy to believe that we belong to the creator–and we do; but the Bible is pretty clear that authority and ownership doesn’t necessarily equate to adoption. God is the owner and will be the authority for all things, but to be a child of God means that we accept him as our Father, and let our life look like the one he wants for us to live. God’s children do the things that their Father says to do, and if we aren’t living the way the Father wants us to live, we are rejecting the gift of adoption into the family of God.

Pete Kopplin
The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

Scripture: Galatians 6:9, Hebrews 10:24-25, Phil 2:12-13, Col 3:23-24, Luke 14:28-32

Big Idea: The road to hell isn't paved with good intentions… but it is paved. Simply, it’s easier to travel in the ways of the world. It’s more comfortable, and there are less bumps, and we can travel at whatever speed we wish. But the Bible tells us that the road to heaven is narrow, and the slower, bumpier, often more uncomfortable journey is worth it in the end. We should intend to do good, and we should also do what we intend to do. When we intend to do and do good, and when we are willing to be a little uncomfortable for the sake of God’s goodness, we grow in our relationship with God, and we help others experience his goodness too.

Pete Kopplin
Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

Scripture: Rom 7:14-20, Gen 3:5-7, Mk 7:17-23, Ro 2:11-16

Big Idea: Truth is like the temperature. It is objective, absolute, and even if you don’t like what the thermometer says, it doesn’t change the weather. Our conscience is more like a thermostat–we are allowed to affect the temperature in a specific place, in a specific way, to temporarily replace the objective temperature with one that is more to our liking. Our conscience doesn’t create the temperature, it just interprets it and allows you to adjust based on how you feel, which gives it the possibility of being a very bad guide, depending on where you have set it. Our conscience tells us when we are violating our own standards, not God’s. We need to work to be comfortable to align the thermostat of our conscience with God’s thermometer of right and wrong.

Pete Kopplin
Another Angel Gets Their Wings
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: Another Angel Gets Their Wings

Scripture: Genesis 1-3, Hebrews 12:1-2

Big Idea: There’s nowhere in the Bible that talks about us getting our wings when we die. Death is mysterious, so people tend to fill in the blanks between what we know and what we don’t, and they start to believe things that aren’t true but make them comfortable. We don’t know for sure that our loved ones aren’t looking down on us from heaven, but we do know that heaven is a place filled with the joy of God, and there’s no room for pain because God has vanquished it. We know that we get to spend time in the presence of God when we die, and we know that this world is full of pain. Maybe we do have loved ones looking down on us, but I hope not. I’d rather have them staring at Jesus, worshiping him, and celebrating their time with him until we get there too.

Pete Kopplin
God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:11-13

Big Idea: Many people believe God won’t give them more than they can handle–and that’s not entirely true. God won’t lead you to sin, or allow you to be overcome by temptation IF you are willing to let him lead you through whatever it is that you are facing. Your trial, your temptation, your test… nothing is too big for God to guide you through; but it does take faith. Without faith, we can surely be overwhelmed by this world and by sin; but through faith, we make God the source of our strength and our hope in the midst of tough and trying times.

Pete Kopplin
God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9

Big Idea: Hard work pays off. We see it when we challenge ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally… but what about spiritually? Is our relationship with all God all about working hard to earn joy or happiness, a blessing from God, or even an inheritance? The fact is, God appreciates out hard work; but we could never do enough to earn our way to heaven, because of our sin. Instead, we are thankful that God helps those who CAN’T help themselves, you and me. We can’t earn our way into a relationship with God or into heaven–and we don’t have to–thanks to God’s grace.

Pete Kopplin
Money Is The Root Of All Evil
 
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Series: The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Title: Money Is The Root Of All Evil

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:2b-10

Big Idea: The Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil. It says that when we love our money, and pursue contentment through financial means over the contentment that God provides when we pursue him, we are disregarding the blessings God has in store for us. When we are generous, and hold loosely to things that bring about financial gain, God gives us true peace and contentment. It’s the only topic in the Bible where God challenges us to test him as we give and watch him return unfathomable returns on our investment. May we all be willing to set our financial pursuits aside for the exponential blessings promised by God!

Pete Kopplin
To Love And To Cherish
 
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Series: Let’s Talk About Sex

Title: To Love and to Cherish

Scripture: Mark 10:1-12

Big Idea: Jesus has harsh words for people who have been divorced. In fact, it would be easy to think that your divorce may be enough to separate you from God. And it does… but not any more than any other sin. God doesn’t want our marriages to end any more than he wants sin to separate us from him. So he has made a way–through Jesus–for us to experience freedom from our sin and our guilt and our shame, and to be restored to a right relationship with Him. In a sense, Jesus’ blood divorces us from our sin so that we can experience true redemption with God the Father.

Pete Kopplin