July 29, 2019
Pastor Erik continues our sermon series on Everyday Evangelism. He explores the freedom of the Christian to draw close to non-Christians, and the joy of sharing the hope of Christ.
Text: Acts 19:11-20
11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were curedand the evil spirits left them. 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. 17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
July 25, 2019
Pastor Erik sits down with Mitch Saad, a missionary is Southeast Asia to discuss evangelism, missions work, and being a missionary.
July 22, 2019
Pastor Ben continues our series Everyday Evangelism
Text: Acts 16:25-34
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.
July 18, 2019
Pastor Erik is joined by Pastor Blake Shipman, a seminarian at Wartburg Theological Seminary and pastor of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Galena, IL. They discuss pastoring, congregations, and the beauty of life together.
July 15, 2019
An update from Pastor Erik and a teaser for an upcoming podcast!
July 11, 2019
Pastors Ben, Erik, and Phil discuss Life Groups and how groups can intentionally care for one another.
July 8, 2019
Pastor Ben continues our series on Everyday Evangelism, exploring how invitation is a powerful tool for the Gospel.
Text: Acts 18:24-28
24 Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross over to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.
July 4, 2019
Pastor Ben, Pastor Erik, and Pastor Phil discuss the importance of life sharing and the small group experience. They further explore Lutheran discipleship, the "consolation of the brethren," and how transformation happens.
July 1, 2019
Pastor Erik continues our sermon series, Everyday Evangelism, and how to use the Law and the Gospel to evangelize.
Text: Acts 9:19b-22
For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” 22 Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.