How To Make Your Parenting Dreams Come True
September 07, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 16:1-5 & 1 Timothy 1:1-20
Series: Driven
Duration: 31:20
Parents have an important role in working with God to make their God-honoring dreams a reality in their children’s lives. Dreams to pass on someone genuine, gifted, faithful, and respected, to the world. In today’s message, Pastor John shares some observations about parenting that will help make your parenting dreams come true.

Conventional Christianity
August 31, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 15:1-41
Series: Driven
Duration: 39:23
Christianity is a “conventional” faith in the sense that there are orthodox beliefs – such as salvation by faith through grace apart from works - that line up with Scripture. And conventional in the sense that, just like a convention is a gathering of people, Christianity involves people who gather and share life together. In this message, Pastor John discusses a practical approach to Christianity that honors Jesus and other Christians.

Grace Alone
August 24, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 14:1-28
Series: Driven
Duration: 33:29
The Christian faith is based on God’s unmerited grace shown to sinners. In this message, Pastor John explores the doctrines of saving grace, common grace, and preserving grace that are crucial for all believers to understand.

Tuning in to the WORD
August 17, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 13:1-52
Series: Driven
Duration: 34:55
The Word of God is a thread woven through the story of Acts 13. It is revealed, proclaimed, heard, some try to block it or are jealous of it (for no good reason), it spreads, and it is honored and glorified. How will you respond to it?

Pride & Parasites
August 10, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 12:1-25
Series: Driven
Duration: 36:20
Acts 12 is a strong warning against pride, and also a comfort to the church that God takes care of those who humble themselves and call out to him in prayer. In this message, Pastor John explores why pride is so distasteful, and what we can do to hedge against pride in our own lives.

The City within the City
August 03, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 11:1-30
Series: Driven
Duration: 36:51
The premise on which the church operated in the 1st century– and today - is sharing the good news of forgiveness of sin through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, which results in people who are liberated from sin and filled with joy, who then turn around and do good. Good news breeds good deeds.

Jesus don't make no junk!
July 27, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 10:9-48
Series: Driven
Duration: 37:24
In a pile of what looks like junk to us, God provides something valuable and redeemable and worth going after. In today’s message, Pastor John replays Peter’s sermon to Cornelius’ household that no one needs to be unacceptable to God.

Good News Breeds Good Deeds
July 20, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 9:32-10:8
Series: Driven
Duration: 44:11
The premise on which the church operated in the 1st century– and today - is sharing the good news of forgiveness of sin through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, which results in people who are liberated from sin and filled with joy, who then turn around and do good. Good news breeds good deeds.

POINTing to Jesus, Part II
July 13, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 8:26-40
Series: Driven
Duration: 40:30
Being a witness for Jesus is both a responsibility (because Jesus commanded it, Matthew 28:18-20) and a joy (because the Bible commends it, Philemon 1:6). This message concludes a look at several case studies in evangelism and the Christian’s call to POINT to Jesus wherever we may find ourselves.

POINTing to Jesus, Part I
July 06, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 8:1-25
Series: Driven
Duration: 35:24
Being a witness for Jesus is both a responsibility (because Jesus commanded it, Matthew 28:18-20) and a joy (because the Bible commends it, Philemon 1:6). This week and next we’re going to be looking at the process of evangelism and the Christian’s call to share our faith wherever we may find ourselves using five “points” to POINTing to Jesus.

Amazing Grace that Saved a Wretch like me
June 29, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 9:1-19
Series: Driven
Duration: 34:22
The conversion of Saul of Tarsus is one of the most well documented conversions in all of Scripture. On the Damascus Road, Saul was transformed from a persecutor of the church to a promoter of the gospel. In Saul’s conversion we see a demonstration of the patience and power of Jesus that is given as an example to each of us to encourage us in our faith and witness.

What do you do when the foundations are knocked out from underneath you?
June 22, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 7:1-60
Series: Driven
Duration: 36:16
What do you do when the foundations are knocked out from underneath you? The three primary foundations of life in the 21st century are Health, Relationships, and Resources. In reality, these foundations can be very flimsy and easily knocked down. In this message, Pastor John shows how Jesus is the solid foundation that everyone needs.

A Few Good Men (and Women)
June 15, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 6:1-15
Series: Driven
Duration: 38:49
Part of Luke’s purpose in writing Acts was to record the growth of the church as, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus continued the ministry He began. The growth of the church - any church - is for the glory of God. It isn’t pastors, programs, or practices that cause a church to grow – it is the Holy Spirit that causes growth as He draws people to Jesus. But, we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit for growth to happen. With that in mind, this passage provides us with three observations about the building of the church.

Honk if you love Jesus
June 08, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 5:12-42
Series: Driven
Duration: 36:43
How do people know that you love Jesus? Perhaps you’ve heard of or seen a bumper sticker, “Honk if you love Jesus!” Anybody can honk, right? So, what are the indicators of your love for the Lord? How do you know if He is at work in your life? Does everyone that makes a noise and a ruckus, love Jesus?

Playing Church
June 01, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 4:32-5:11
Series: Driven
Duration: 37:54
Some people are very skilled at “playing church,” putting on a certain face and speaking through a mask of hypocrisy. Corruption and corrupt ideas can easily worm their way into the church. Passages like this teach us that God is a holy God whose purpose in grace is to eliminate our corruption. The church is not to be a breeding ground for corruption, deceit, and hypocrisy.

The Relevance of the Resurrection
May 18, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 4:1-31
Series: Driven
Duration: 39:04
Charges levied against Christianity are that it is exclusive, restrictive, and irrelevant. If it weren’t for the resurrection, those charges might be true (1 Co 15:17). But the resurrection changes everything. It has a profound effect on how we should view Jesus Christ and huge implications for the world.

Walking with Jesus
May 11, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 3:1-26
Series: Driven
Duration: 38:05
We have a picture in our mind of what the perfect life is like. But that isn’t always the case. When the imperfect family observes the “perfect” family, they wonder, What must it be like? In our text today, Luke shares a story to illustrate that only by walking with Jesus can things truly be perfect.

How We Worship
May 04, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 2:42-47
Series: Driven
Duration: 40:53
Over the last decade, there’s been a lot of interest in the subject of how early Christians worshiped and did “church” as new (and older) generations of Christians feel the pull to get back to their “roots” as followers of Jesus. The reality is that there is no prescription of an entire Christian worship service in Scripture, although both Paul (1 Corinthians 14) and Luke (Acts 2:42-47) provide descriptions of Christian worship. Today we’re looking at Luke’s description of the lifestyle and worship practices of the early church.

God Speaks
April 27, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 2:1-41
Series: Driven
Duration: :0
God speaks in many different ways – through His word, through nature, circumstances, the Holy Spirit, and through the ultimate expression of His word, Jesus. In the book of Acts, God speaks to share the good news with the whole world and encourage believers. The message today is about how God speaks, and carries out what He promises to do.

Things are looking up!
April 20, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 1:10-26
Series: Driven
Duration: 44:20
Before Jesus ascended back to His Father in heaven, He gave His disciples these instructions: “Do not leave the city, but wait for the gift that my Father has promised.” What do you do during times when God says, “Wait.” In this section of Acts, we see the church waiting and preparing for God to act in a powerful way. There are some important lessons that we as a church can learn about prayer, unity, and courage.

What Drives You?
April 13, 2008
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Acts 1:1-9
Series: Driven
Duration: 41:48
As a church we are called to be “driven” by two things. 1) Glorifying Jesus through worship and obedience. 2) Ministering to others and proclaiming the gospel. Throughout the book of Acts, there are people driven by just these two things who are immensely satisfied and joyful. What drives you? What is the mission of your life? The direction of New Testament Christians is simultaneously vertical (as the church glorifies and obeys Jesus) and horizontal (as we minister to others under the guidance of the Holy Spirit).