LOVE 'N THE BURBS (ACTS 17:16-35) - THE WHY, THE WHERE, AND THE WHAT

Paul traveled to many different places and spoke to many different cultures influencing them for the sake of the gospel. How did Paul posture himself to act as a good and faithful servant to such a multiplicity of people? We learn from Paul, who was a follower of Christ, first and foremost, what that looks like and how we might model our lives in the same way. 

THIS IS US (GENESIS 32-33) - UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Whatever is different about us, we all have some sort of family. Some of us loved our growing up years and loved chances to be with our families. Others couldn’t wait to move out and start fresh; wishing to never go back. However, as Christians, we are called to go back. In the book of Genesis, we learn that Jacob’s path of reconciliation with Esau began with God. It’s the same for us. Reconciliation is at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian.

EASTER SUNDAY (JOHN 21)- WHAT EASTER MEANS

The resurrection is about the victory of God, but for individuals the resurrection meant special things.  For Mary Magdalene, the resurrection meant learning what God is really like. For Thomas, the resurrection meant empirical proof that Jesus was alive. For Peter, in a very tangible way, the resurrection meant a second chance, a real opportunity at forgiveness. This second chance is for us as well and it’s all our hearts have longed for.

GOOD FRIDAY (PHILIPPIANS 1:20-21) - TO LIVE, CHRIST. TO DIE, GAIN

Like a storybook or a fairy tale, the impact of the Cross can be powerful but quickly forgotten once the book has closed and the season has passed. Paul, however, believed there was no life apart from knowing God. He said, “To live is Christ. To die is gain”. In Philippians 1 we learn that this oft-quoted passage has more to it than we realize.

PALM SUNDAY (John 12:12-19) - LAMB OF GOD

The events of Palm Sunday inspire, confound, convict and reveal the goodness of Jesus to us in amazing ways. Although the Jews were looking for a king who would bring a revolution, we learn in John 12, that Jesus had a different plan. He knew there was an eternity-wide chasm between what the Jews wanted and what they needed. This story, just beneath the surface, would change everything. For them and for us as well.  

KINGDOM COME (MATTHEW 6:25-34) - CURE OF WORRY

We give power to all kinds of things around us to determine how we feel about our lives and view our situation and futures. We think we are secure when we have money, control, health, and success. If we’re lacking, however, we become filled with worry. In this passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminds us that is only one thing we can seek that will free us from worry.

KINGDOM COME (MATTHEW 6:5-13) - OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN

The Lord’s prayer isn’t a prayer designed for us to simply recite the words. It’s a model for us to follow.  Jesus didn’t say "pray these words exactly". Rather, He encouraged His followers saying "this is how you should pray". The first approach becomes a ritual, the latter shapes a relationship. In Matthew 6, we learn the significance of this special language called prayer.

KINGDOM COME (MATTHEW 5:33-37) - YES, YES, NO, NO

Jesus taught about radical truthfulness. In a time when the Pharisees tried to evade God’s commands by creating modified vows and loop holes, Christ responded with a challenge to practice and cultivate a life of integrity. He said our lives should be marked by such a demonstration of truth that it makes promises unnecessary. In this passage in Matthew, we find out how. 

KINGDOM COME (MATTHEW 5:21-26) - IF THOUGHTS COULD KILL

When Jesus began teaching on the side of a mountain about the Kingdom, He was teaching His hearers a new paradigm in which to understand God’s desire for them. Although, the Pharisees prided themselves in following the law to the letter, the condition of their heart was not considered a part of the equation. In the book of Matthew, we learn God is not as concerned with the outward appearance of faith as he is with what is happening on the inside.

KINGDOM COME (MATTHEW 5:1-10) - YOUR KINGDOM COME

Jesus’ passion was the Kingdom of God. It was the major theme of His teaching & mission. He told stories & used metaphors & similes in order to expand our understanding. It can be hard for us to grasp this Kingdom of God, however, when we’re so deep in other kingdoms. In the book of Matthew, we find a perspective shift that can help us live in His kingdom now.

HOW TO BE RICH TOWARDS GOD (PROVERBS) - BE WISE

It’s been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. Although a misquote, how we use money does have the potential to wreak havoc on our lives. It also has the potential to unlock opportunities for spreading the gospel. That’s why we need wisdom when it comes to managing our finances. In the book of Proverbs, we learn how to think about and manage the money God has given us.

CHANGE IS GOOD (ESTHER 4:7-16) - TIME TO LAND THE PLANE

The mission that drives us, at Legacy Church, is to help people find their identity in Jesus, and their place in his mission to impact the world through the Gospel. We want to help people trust Jesus for everything in this life and beyond, but what does this look like in real-life? In the book of Esther, we learn just how to land the plane.