A Tree and Its Fruit - The Demands of Life in the Kingdom
October 17, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 7:13-29
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 46:31
In the closing words of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has strong, direct words to say about the demands of life in His kingdom.

How to be Narrow Minded Without Being Judgmental
October 10, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 7:1-12
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 44:42
3-out-of-4 unchurched people agree with the statement: "The church is fully of hypocrites who judge others for doing things they do themselves." Perhaps it's just an image problem, but Christians who take Jesus' commands seriously are often perceived as being narrow-minded and judgmental. In this message, Pastor John talks about how serious this command is, and what we can do to make sure we obey it properly.

Rich Towards God
October 03, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 6:19-34
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 46:10
The recession of 2008-2009 has led many to rethink their ambitions. In this passage, Jesus gives us three commands that will help us experience richness towards God.

7 Practical Essentials of Prayer
September 26, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 6:9-13
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 48:21
Jesus had a practical prayer life, and He calls us to pray in the same way. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus doesn’t give a formula for prayer, but a format for prayer that is meant to intersect and interact with our daily lives in a practical way.

Conversations with Dad
September 19, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 6:7-15
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 40:42
Prayer is a rather universal thing. It's remarkable how many people say, "Yes, I pray." In this passage, Jesus shows us that the difference between Christian and non-Christian prayer is not fundamentally in how prayers are made, but in who is being addressed.

Fast. Pray. Love. For Real.
September 12, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 6:1-8 & Matthew 6:16-18
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 38:44
We love praise. Attention. Admiration. Applause. The reality is that everything we do carries the risk of being tainted by hypocrisy. In this message Pastor John shares how Jesus instructs us to be careful to avoid crashing on the rocks of hypocrisy.

Loving Like God Loves
September 05, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 5:20 & Matthew 5:43-48
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 44:32
It's our role - our desire - to be known as God's children. And that happens, Jesus says, by loving like God loves.

From Religion to Righteous
August 29, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 5:17-48
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 43:50
As Jesus addresses the disciples of His kingdom, He teaches them the difference between religious and righteous. We need to have a righteousness that is exceptional (greater than that of the Pharisees) in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. We have a perfect, righteous Father and we are to imitate Him, which is accomplished by the practice of love.

Blessings of the Kingdom II
August 22, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 5:1-16
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 49:25
The kingdom of God operates different than the kingdoms of the world. Believers are thrust into a culture war that is inevitable. In the opening to the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares three outcomes to kingdom living.

Following the King
August 08, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 4:12-25
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 50:16
During His earthly ministry, Jesus was immensely popular. He is still popular today, but what does it really mean to follow Jesus? In this sermon, Pastor John shares that we aren’t just saved from the condemnation of our sins, but are selected for service in the kingdom.

The Testing of the King
August 01, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 4:1-11
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 45:58
Temptation to sin is something that we deal with all through life. Is there hope for us to be able to resist temptation? In this passage from Matthew’s gospel, Jesus the Son of God resists temptation and shows us how we find victory over temptation.

The Inauguration of the King
July 25, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 3:13-17
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 41:06
Every kingdom needs a king. Kings are not voted on, but are appointed, anointed, and coroneted in public ceremonies. In this passage from Matthew’s gospel that describes Jesus’ baptism, we see Jesus publicly identified as King by His Father.

Preparing for the King
July 18, 2010
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 3:1-12
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt. i
Duration: 44:23
Some think that repentance is just for “big” sins or big sinners, or something that happens only once in a believer’s life. In this message, Pastor John begins a series of messages from Matthew’s gospel that will help us unlock the blessings of the Kingdom.