We all know that the Bible teaches that everyone will die. But what does it teach about life after death? What about Heaven and Hell? In this series, Pastor Merritt explores what God's Word teaches about what happens from the moment time stops for us on earth to the moment of Jesus' return.
There was an entourage of characters involved in the story of Christmas. They were the ones who passed down a true story that has endured for more than 2,000 years. As we open the Bible to look at these people, we'll discover that it can change the way we look at Christmas... forever. Join Pastor Merritt as we take a fascinating look at the wise men, angels and shepherds and their unique role in the Christmas story.
There’s an old saying when something is done with excellence, managed well, with good result. We’ll say it’s right on the money. The fact is, when it comes to money, very few of us are right on the money. God’s Word says more about managing finances than just about any other topic. When we get real with our dollars and cents, and begin to live right on the money, we will understand how to be a blessing to others even as God pours out His blessings to us, for His glory.
It's a word that can change everything. It paints a contrast between the world's path and God's ideal. It one way that God lets us know how He makes a way, when there seems to be no way. So much hope, encouragement and inspiration wrapped up in a simple, thee-letter word: but.
Join Pastor Merritt as we open Scripture to look at four exceptional verses. Exceptional because the word but changes everything. Through this teaching series you'll learn how God turns harm into good, death to life, our dreams to His plans, and our fear into faith. Yes, But will be four practical sermons that you will not want to miss.
The Holy Spirit is mysterious... even to most Christ-followers. Who is He, and how does He interact with us each day? How do we know when the Holy Spirit is talking to us. What does it mean to grieve the Spirit, or to quench the Spirit, or to be baptized in the Spirit? Join Pastor Merritt as we dive into the Bible to learn Who the Holy Spirit is and how we can live more like Jesus every day through Him.
If you're a parent, you've certainly had joys, but almost as certain you've also had frustrations. How can you raise your kids without resorting to those same threats that your mom and dad might have used on you? In the Bible we find that we don't have to parent by reacting to our kids sins and mistakes. Instead we can be proactive, and parent forward, giving our children a godly example to model and teaching them how to obey the God we want them to come to know.
If you want to know what salvation in Christ really is... the "grace of God" that is often spoken about in churches, then there's no better place to find the answer than the book of Romans. Through the first eight chapters the Apostle Paul unfolds the plotline... man's great sin and the complete and utter separation from God that it has caused. But then, just when all seems lost... well, we won't give away the ending.
What makes a church something that people are intrigued by and want to experience? It's not a building or a program or a song list. The church at its heart is people. When we live and serve as Jesus teaches, people will be drawn to Christ through us. Join us as we find out how our church can move from being merely attractive to being truly magnetic.
What is the Christmas Story? Is it a baby, a manger, a star and some wise men? The reality is that the Christmas story starts at the very beginning of time. It continues through two thousand years of expectation, and gives way to a promise yet to be fulfilled. Pastor Merritt teaches a three-part message series from the Bible entitled "Christmas In 3D". Hear a new dimension to the classic holiday narrative you probably never knew or expected, but will make the Christmas story leap off the page and into your life in a brand new way.
She just left you for another man. He won't stop hitting you. The boss just handed you a pink slip. There is no getting rid of that big red "F." We all face problems so looming and so large that only God can solve them. Luckily, we aren't the only people to run out of options. In this series, we'll study four stories of people who were forced to rely on God in desperate circumstances. And along the way, we'll learn how we can also access the power of God for the life crises we face.
Think you've got life figured out? Or are there some questions that just leave you guessing? When you get stumped, there is a place to turn for answers, and that is God's Word, the Bible. In Scripture we find the solutions to the most profound, the most complex and the most far-reaching questions we can ask. When we understand where we came from, why we are here, what we are doing and where we are going, according to God's design, we can move from being stumped to being sure of our past, present and our future.
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ? In this teaching series, Pastor Merritt unpacks the Scriptures' teachings on how a Christ-follower interacts with his friends, neighbors and community. Key to Jesus' instructions to His followers in the Bible is the idea that followers of Jesus make followers of Jesus. As we live of our lives and share our faith, we become a witness of Christ to others, and God uses that witness to draw people to Himself.
People Tweet and post Scripture verses all the time. So often, in fact, that there are "viral verses"--Scriptures that receive the most attention online. Which verses are they, and why do people share them? Can we learn something intentional and important from God's Word as we study the "viral verses?"