Buried with Him in Baptism & Raised to New Life
August 10, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Luke 3:1-21 & Colossians 2:12-15
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 45:20
The Bible tells us that at His baptism and at the cross, Jesus identified with all the sins of humanity (2 Co 5:21) to show that God knows the needs of sinners and has a plan for our forgiveness. The Bible also says that we are to identify with Him through faith – which is an unseen reality - and connect ourselves to Him through baptism and obedience as a seen reality. In this message, Pastor John describes what it means for us to be baptized "in Christ."

How to Grow Your Faith: Delighting in the Faith
August 03, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 45:57
It is very easy when we hear the commands of God to think of them as duty rather than something to delight in. But the psalmist says there is a blessedness that comes from meditating on and obeying and delighting in the commands of God day and night. In this final message from 1 Thessalonians, Pastor John looks at how delighting in the commands of God gives us great reason to worship.

Dying in the Faith
July 27, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 50:33
Death is tragic. Losing someone close to us through death is an all too common experience and it is frustrating to us, because we were meant to live. In this message, Pastor John shares how the resurrection of Jesus gives us hope for life in the face of death.

How to Grow Your Faith: Work Matters
July 19, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 52:30
We were made for work, but the presence of sin and sinners in the world has corrupted the good thing that is work. In this message, Pastor John shares some encouraging words for the sinful Workaholic, the Lazy boy, and the Disillusioned to help us turn ordinary work into something extraordinary.

How to Grow Your Faith: Wholly Holy Like Jesus
July 13, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 44:39
Spiritual growth is God's will. For many Americans, the holes in their knowledge or application of the gospel are the closest they get to "holiness". In this message Pastor John explains how God works to fill our "holes" with His holiness.

How to Grow Your Faith: Strengthened by Community
July 06, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 52:04
You were made to know Jesus and then to grow to become like Jesus. Sadly, many Christians do not give evidence of their new life in Christ. In this message, Pastor John review five key areas of spiritual growth for every believer, and then focuses in on growth as a community project.

A Passion for Faith for the Glory of God
June 29, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5 & Acts 17:24-34
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 50:32
Jesus said that a day was coming when the hearts of many would freeze over and grow cold, when instead He calls us to have a white-hot passion for the gospel and God's glory. In this message, Pastor John looks at Paul's sermon on Mars Hill as one pattern for our gospel witness to those who do not know Jesus yet. The application is to go face-to-face with evangelism for the glory of God!

Suffering for the Faith - Spiritual Warfare
June 22, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:18
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 48:40
We have a tendency to either overlook or overestimate Satan's power and influence on our lives. A full 65% of professing Christians say that either Satan is not real, or they are not sure. Meanwhile, there are others who are misguided and try to taken on demonic forces in their own spiritual "power encounters." In this message, Pastor John shows the reality of evil supernaturalism described in the Bible, as well as the Biblical approach to responding to Satan's hindrances so that we might have victory through Jesus. It's all about Jesus and His authority!

Suffering For the Faith - pt i
June 15, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 48:49
America was first settled predominantly by men and women who desired the freedom of religion, and America remains "unusually religious for an affluent, industrialized Western nation." (NYT, 5/17/2014) Yet, even in America, we feel the pressures of persecution. In addition, world-wide religious persecution against followers of Christ is at some of the highest levels ever. In this message, Pastor John explores what God's response to persecution teaches us about what our response should be.

Examples of Faith - pt. ii
May 16, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 51:30
American society gives a lot of influence to those with celebrity and status, but is that the kind of influence we need in the church? In this message, Pastor John preaches on the nature of and call to Biblical church leadership.

Examples of Faith - pt. i
May 11, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 47:55
As Americans we get very sentimental about some things that seem to typify American ideals. Things like, "Mom, baseball, and apple pie." Moms mean giving and sharing. But how much do our lives exemplify God's ideals? In this message, Pastor John focuses on how the humility of a shared soul brings great glory to God.

Called to Faith
May 04, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 45:44
From the first page of the Bible, God says to us, "Enjoy my grace! Extend my glory!" In this message, Pastor John explores how Biblical faith calls us to these two actions. More importantly, the Bible teaches us that God chose us in eternity past for this purpose. "Enjoy His grace! Extend His glory!"

In God We Trust: Faith and the American Dream
April 26, 2014
by: Pastor John Stillman
Passage: Selected Scriptures
Series: Radical Faith
Duration: 51:09
Many Christians are living the American Dream. This is tragic! The American Dream leads us to focus on a faith that makes us feel fulfilled, caters to our comforts, or makes us the most happy. In this opening sermon from 1 Thessalonians, Pastor John looks at three foundations of Biblical faith.