Room at the Table for One More
December 24, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 22:1-14
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 23:17
In the parable of the Wedding Banquet, we learn that, right now, Jesus is preparing the party to end all parties. As we celebrate Christmas, we should be reminded of the great celebration that will take place for all of God’s people in heaven.

A Precious Word for A Rebellious People
December 18, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 21:33-46
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 49:54
In an intense parable, Jesus illustrates the truth of our relationship with His Father, and what He has to say about it.

By What Authority?
December 11, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 21:23-32
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 44:18
Around Christmas many get all sentimental about baby Jesus. We like baby Jesus because we can talk to Him - and He doesn’t talk back. He doesn’t tell us what to do or make us feel uncomfortable. But Jesus is the God-Man, and as grown-up Jesus He said and did things and some responded with belief and worship, and some responded with anger and accusations. What we’ll see in the text today is that it’s important for every one of us to change our minds about the authority of Jesus.

A House of Prayer for All Nations
December 04, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 21:12-22
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 44:56
Jesus wants all people to know and worship His Father in Heaven. But there are many ways that people are robbed of that opportunity when the church does not operate according to God’s plan and design. And more importantly, God is robbed of the glory and honor due Him when we are uncareful and unfruitful. In this message, Pastor John describes four images of the church, and four ways we steal from God when we don’t operate as a church according to His plan.

What Child is This? - pt. i
November 27, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 21:1-11
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 48:32
Who is this? was a question asked about Jesus all through His life. He spoke with authority, forgave sins, and did mighty miracles – What manner of man is this? A genuine Church exists for the admiration of Jesus Christ! When the world sees a Church worshiping like that, they will begin to wonder and ask, “Who is this?

Becoming Compassionate Christians
November 20, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 20:29-34
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 41:33
In a recent study, 70 million Americans said they feel “left behind” and are not living to their fullest potential. On top of that, many are dealing with unresolved emotional pain and experiences that have caused them to seriously question God. How should we respond? In our brief text today, we see that Jesus is a compassionate healer and will learn how to imitate Him as His disciples.

The Way Up is Down
November 13, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 20:17-28
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 44:32
We live in a world that aspires to greatness. And Jesus is not opposed to us pursuing greatness in His kingdom. It’s just that He has a different way of achieving it than the world.

Encouraging Words from an Eccentric Employer
November 06, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 20:1-16
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 45:30
While the country has unemployment rates hovering around 10%, we look at a parable where Jesus teaches that His Father is like an employer who hires laborers - not because He needs workers, but because we need work. In this sermon, Pastor John explores the grace of God, and how we need to be cautious to not turn it into legalism.

HIMpossible
October 30, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 19:16-30
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 42:35
Jesus' Kingdom is not of this world, so the priorities of the Kingdom will be different than what we are used to. In the passage we’re looking at today, Jesus tells a rich man to do what is seemingly impossible. But then we see that what is impossible for us, is only possible in Him. It is HIM possible.

Kingdom Family
October 16, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 19:1-15
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 42:23
When it comes to marriage and family, the culture of a 21st century disciple of Jesus is much like the culture of a 1st century disciple of Jesus. When it comes to your family, will you trust the culture, or will you let God's word be your guide and your guard. In this message, Pastor John looks at Jesus' counter-cultural teaching on the Kingdom Family.

Kingdom Discipline
October 09, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 18:15-35
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 46:51
We have been focusing in this chapter on the Kingdom Community. There are really two kingdom communities around us. The kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom of the World. Which do you belong to? One operates on the basis of Grace. The other on the basis of Law. Which do your actions towards others show that you are a citizen of?

Kingdom Calling
October 02, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 18:10-14
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 45:13
There are many images used to describe the church community in the Bible – a fellowship, a family, a body. But one of Jesus’ most common images for the church was a flock because of what it says about His heart and our calling. Do you have the same heart for the Good Shepherd that the Good Shepherd has for you?

Kingdom Humility
September 25, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 18:1-10
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 38:27
Jesus want s you in His kingdom community. And His concern and care are that people in His kingdom not get wounded, hurt, or led into sin. In this message, Pastor John explores how obedience to the Word of God demonstrates our humility and dependence on Jesus.

Jesus Paid it ALL
September 18, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 17:22-27
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 39:41
Two topics that no one likes to talk about, but we cannot avoid, are death and taxes. In this passage, Jesus addresses both. He uses the issue of taxes as an analogy of how He uniquely can address the death that we must all face.

Faith that Cannot be Shaken
September 11, 2011
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Matthew 17:14-20
Series: Keys to the Kingdom pt.vi
Duration: 36:16
Ten years ago today, America was attacked by radical Muslim extremists. Since then, it seems we have been living with anxiety through two wars, recession, polarizing politics and a string of natural disasters. In this message, Pastor John uses Jesus’ healing of a demon-possessed boy to illustrate where we should fix our eyes to establish a faith that cannot be shaken, regardless of the confusion around us.