STRONG FINISHERS
Preached: November 14, 2021
Teacher: Derek Simpson

STRONG FINISHERS ACTS 28:15-31 Strong finishers must be: CONNECTED to the FAMILY of God. CONTROLLED by the WORD of God. COMMITTED to advancing the KINGDOM of God.  

Maximize Major Moments
Preached: November 7, 2021

MAXIMIZE MAJOR MOMENTS ACTS 26:1-32 A movement that is built to last maximizes major moments: Leverage your INFLUENCE. Tell your STORY. Invite people to BELIEVE.

SACRIFICIAL LEADERSHIP
Preached: October 31, 2021

SACRIFICIAL LEADERSHIP ACTS 20:17-38 Sacrificial leaders: 1. Guard their INTEGRITY. 2. Take RESPONSIBILITY for others. 3. Practice GENEROSITY. 4. FINISH well.  

CASTING A WIDE NET
Preached: October 24, 2021

CASTING A WIDE NET ACTS 19: 1-10 A movement that is built to last casts a wide net that reaches: SEEKERS who need GUIDANCE. SKEPTICS who need CONVINCING. SERVANTS who need to carry out the MISSION.

PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT
Preached: October 17, 2021

ACTS 18:1-28 People who develop people: Lay a FOUNDATION. Leverage INFLUENCE. Leave a LEGACY.

CROSSING CULTURAL BARRIERS
Preached: October 10, 2021

ACTS 17:10-34 A movement that is built to last is intentional about crossing cultural barriers. MEET people where they are. SPEAK boldly about JESUS. INVITE them to RESPOND. LEAVE the results to GOD.  

TRUE BELIEVERS
Preached: October 3, 2021

ACTS 17:1-9 Since our faith is built to last, we must: Be ANCHORED in the SCRIPTURES. Hold on to KING JESUS. Resist the SWAY of CULTURE. Turn the world UPSIDE DOWN

CALLED TO EXPAND
Preached: September 26, 2021

ACTS 16:6-40 God wants to expand His movement through you: Are you being LED by the SPIRIT? Are you LIFTING UP all kinds of PEOPLE? • OPEN hearts. • BROKEN hearts. • HARD hearts. Are you LAYING DOWN spiritual ROOTS?

CALLED TO UNITY
Preached: September 19, 2021

ACTS 15:36-16:5 God’s mission propels us to unity. No one is PERFECT. We all have PREFERENCES. Unity is GREATER THANK our preferences. God REDEEMS differences and disagreements.  

CALLED TO CLARITY
Preached: September 12, 2021

ACTS 15:1-35 In a world that prefers ambiguity, the Holy Spirit propels us to clarity: The Christian faith CALLS us to clarity. Faithful leaders FACILITATE clarity. Confessions of faith ARTICULATE clarity. A church family is ENCOURAGED by clarity.  

PROPELLED TO ENDURE
Preached: September 5, 2021

ACTS 14:19-28 We are propelled to endure: In the FACE of OPPOSITION. For the SAKE of OTHERS. By the GRACE of GOD.

PROPELLED TO SPEAK
Preached: August 29, 2021

ACTS 14:1-18 In a world that wants us to be silent: We must be CLEAR on our MESSAGE. We must be COMMITTED to SPEAK. We must be CONFIDENT in Jesus regardless of the RESULTS.  

PROPELLED TO STRATEGIZE
Preached: August 22, 2021

ACTS 13:4-52 The Holy Spirit has a growth strategy – A strategy that engages with LOSTNESS and BROKENNESS. A strategy that tells the STORY of JESUS. A strategy that anticipates OPPOSITION and SUCCESS.

PROPELLED TO MOVE
Preached: August 15, 2021

ACTS 13:1-3 God propels us to move through: The GATHERED church. GIFTED leaders. The GUIDANCE of the Holy Spirit. GUTSY obedience.  

GOD LEADS US
Preached: August 8, 2021

DEUTERONOMY 34:1-12; JOSHUA 1:1-18 God leads us by cultivating: CLOSENESS with Him. COURAGE to fight. COLLABORATION with others. CONVICTION for the mission.  

GOD HEALS US
Preached: August 1, 2021

NUMBERS 21:1-9 God is our healer. We see: God heals in a particular way. God heals in a peculiar way. God heals in a public way. God heals in a personal way.  

GOD IS FOR US
Preached: July 25, 2021

NUMBERS 13:1-33; 14:1-11, 28-31 Focusing on the PROBLEM amplifies FEAR. Focusing on God’s PROMISES amplifies FAITH. Focusing on JESUS amplifies OBEDIENCE.

GOD IS WITH US
Preached: July 18, 2021

EXODUS 40:1-38 God instructs us with His PRINCIPLES. God fills us with His PRESENCE. God guides us by His LEADERSHIP. God provides a way for us through JESUS.  

GOD IS JEALOUS
Preached: July 11, 2021

EXODUS 32-33 A jealous God: REQUIRES us to come to Him on HIS TERMS. REBUKES those He loves. RELENTLESSLY PURSUES you.

GOD LOVES
Preached: July 4, 2021

EXODUS 20:1-21 God lovingly gives us His law because: The law reveals GOD to US. The law reveals something ABOUT us. God wants to HEAL us.  

GOD PROVIDES
Preached: June 27, 2021

EXODUS 16:1-36 Are you TRUSTING or COMPLAINING? Are you CONTENT or GREEDY? Are you RESTING or RUSHING? Do you believe Jesus is the TRUE BREAD?  

GOD MAKES A WAY
Preached: June 20, 2021

EXODUS 14:1-31 When we face a hopeless situation: Do not FEAR. Stand FIRM. See the SALVATION of the LORD.

GOD DELIVERS
Preached: June 13, 2021

EXODUS 12:21-28 We all need to be DELIVERED. God is DETERMINED to DELIVER. The point of the story is JESUS. We are COMMANDED to tell the STORY.  

GOD CALLS & EQUIPS
Preached: June 6, 2021

EXODUS 3:1-21 God calls us after a SEASON of PREPARATION. God calls us in SPITE of our PAST. God calls us to PERSONAL OBEDIENCE. God equips us with HIS PRESENCE.    

GOD KNOCKS DOWN OPPOSITION
Preached: May 30, 2021

ACTS 12:1-25 God is SOVEREIGN. Opposition is PRESENT. Prayer is POWERFUL. Jesus is UNSTOPPABLE.  

GOD KNOCKS DOWN OLD LIMITATIONS
Preached: May 23, 2021

ACTS 11:19-30 The Holy Spirit destroys old limitations when a church family: Believes PROBLEMS create PROGRESS. Understands the POWER of SPEAKING the GOSPEL. Gets INTENTIONAL about PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT. Pursues PARTNERSHIPS to propel the MOVEMENT. Chooses RECONCILIATION over RESENTMENT.  

GOD KNOCKS DOWN OLD DISTINCTIONS
Preached: May 16, 2021

ACTS 10:34-11:18 God is not limited by our DISTINCTIONS. The gospel is for EVERYONE. There is no “them” in GOD’S FAMILY.  

GOD KNOCKS DOWN CULTURAL BARRIERS
Preached: May 9, 2021

ACTS 10:1-33 When God knocks down cultural barriers: Our Christian IDENTITY rises above our cultural IDENTITY. Our Christian MISSION rises above our cultural AGENDA. Our love for PEOPLE rises above our cultural PREFERENCES.  

GOD KNOCKS DOWN SPIRITUAL IMMATURITY
Preached: May 2, 2021

ACTS 9:19b-31 A spiritually mature person is: CONVERTED to Christ. COMMITTED to a church family. CRAVING God’s Word. COMPELLED by the mission.  

GOD KNOCKS DOWN YOUR PAST
Preached: April 25, 2021

ACTS 9:1-19 God is in RELENTLESS PURSUIT of you. God is not interested in your RELIGION. God is interested in a RELATIONSHIP with you.  

OVERCOMING GOSPEL BARRIERS
Preached: April 18, 2021

ACTS 8:26-40 God knocks down walls with the gospel when we: RESPOND to His leading. RUN to those who are seeking. RAPIDLY obey His call. RELEASE new believers to impact their world.  

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Preached: April 11, 2021

ACTS 8:1-25 God is knocking down our PREJUDICES. God is knocking down COUNTERFEITS. God is knocking down DIVISIONS in the CHURCH. God is making us ONE.  

RESURRECTION DAY
Preached: April 4, 2021

MATTHEW 28:1-10 The resurrection story is a TRUE story. The resurrection story is a LIFE-CHANGING story. The resurrection story offers you an INVITATION and a CHOICE.  

TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
Preached: March 28, 2021

MATTHEW 21:1-17 What is triumphal about the triumphal entry? Jesus is the KING. Jesus is a DIFFERENT KIND of King. Jesus is a King for people. Is Jesus YOUR King?

WHAT IF I RISKED IT ALL?
Preached: March 21, 2021

ACTS 6:1-8; 7:51-56 The Holy Spirit wants you to risk loving an IMPERFECT CHURCH. The Holy Spirit wants you to risk loving PEOPLE who are DIFFERENT from you. The Holy Spirit will teach you to take the risk of STANDING ALONE.  

WHAT IF I DIDN’T CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK?
Preached: March 14, 2021

ACTS 4:32-37; 5:1-11, 40-42 The Holy Spirit sets you free: To seek GOD’S approval (not MAN’S). To LOVE others (not USE them). To exercise true FAITH (not fake RELIGION).  

WHAT IF I WASN’T AFRAID?
Preached: March 7, 2021

ACTS 4:1-31 The Holy Spirit overcomes our fear by giving us: Boldness to BELIEVE. Boldness to SPEAK. Boldness to STAND. Boldness to RISK.  

WHAT IF I NEED HEALING?
Preached: February 28, 2021

ACTS 3:1-16; JAMES 5:13-16 What if I need healing? EVERYBODY needs healing. God cares about my PHYSICAL needs and my SPIRITUAL needs. Physical healing ALWAYS points to JESUS. Spiritual healing ONLY comes through JESUS. When you need healing: Go to your PASTORS. Ask for PRAYER. Deal with SIN in your …

WHAT IF I WASN’T ALONE?
Preached: February 21, 2021

ACTS 2:42-47 You could be part of a church family that: LEARNS together. WORSHIPS together. LOVES one another. GROWS together.  

WHAT IF I BELIEVED THE IMPOSSIBLE?
Preached: February 14, 2021

ACTS 2:1-41 When you believe: The impossible happens TO you. The impossible happens IN you. The impossible happened FOR you. The impossible happens THROUGH you.  

WHAT IF I FOUND A BIGGER PURPOSE?
Preached: February 7, 2021

ACTS 1:1-8; LUKE 1:1-4 The purpose of God for your life requires three essential ingredients: The PLAN of God – His KINGDOM. The PRESENCE of God – the HOLY SPIRIT. The POWER of God.  

RELENTLESS
Preached: January 31, 2021

MARK 12:38-44 Jesus cares about: WHAT we give. WHY we give. WHERE we give.  

BECOMING RICH TOWARD GOD
Preached: January 24, 2021

LUKE 12:13-34 If you want to be rich toward God, you need to: Learn to TRUST GOD. Learn to be CONTENT. Learn to GIVE. • REGULAR giving • PERCENTAGE giving • CHEERFUL giving • GENEROUS giving  

GOD’S FINANCIAL PLAN
Preached: January 17, 2021

MATTHEW 25:14-30 God is the OWNER. We are the MANAGERS. Invest FAITHFULLY. GIVE. SAVE. Live on the REST.

SPEAK RIGHT
Preached: January 10, 2021

JAMES 3:1-12 To experience joy through adversity, believers need to use: Speech that is CONTROLLED. Speech that is CONSCIOUS. Speech that is CONSISTENT.

DO RIGHT
Preached: January 3, 2021

JAMES 1:22 – 2:7 Thriving under pressure means: LIVE the Word. LOVE the Word. Love OTHERS.  

THINK RIGHT
Preached: December 27, 2020

JAMES 2:1-8 Living out our faith no matter the circumstance means: 1. We meet TRIALS with JOY. 2. We request WISDOM with EXPECTATION. 3. We exercise FAITH with CONFIDENCE.

JESUS COMES FOR A FAMILY
Preached: December 20, 2020

LUKE 2:1-20 (KJV); JOHN 3:16 (KJV) Christmas shows us that: 1. Love comes down from GOD. 2. Love comes down for SINNERS. 3. Love invites EVERYONE into a FAMILY.

JESUS COMES THROUGH A WOMAN
Preached: December 13, 2020

LUKE 1:26-38; MATTHEW 1:18-25; ISAIAH 9:6-7 The supernatural birth of Jesus offers supernatural peace: Peace is SUPERNATURAL not NATURAL. Peace is God’s INITIATIVE, not man’s INGENUITY. Peace is for the UNLIKELY not the ENTITLED.  

JESUS COMES TO A CITY
Preached: December 6, 2020

MICAH 5:2-5 Bethlehem shows believers we can take joy because: 1. God’s PLAN is UNSHAKEABLE. 2. God’s PROVISION is UNWAVERING. 3. God’s PEACE is UNENDING.

JESUS COMES FROM A LEGACY
Preached: November 29, 2020

MATTHEW 1-17 You can have hope this Christmas because: God KEEPS His PROMISES. • His DELAYS are not DENIALS. God FULFILLS His PURPOSES. • Your DETOURS are not DISQUALIFICATIONS. God will keep His PROMISE and fulfill His PURPOSE in YOU! • You can have HOPE.

ONE FUTURE
Preached: November 22, 2020

CORINTHIANS 15:3-8, 26, 55-57 I believe through Jesus: Death is DEFEATED. Resurrection is REALITY. Heaven is FOREVER. Everyone is INVITED.  

ONE CHURCH
Preached: November 15, 2020

MATTHEW 16:18-19; HEBREWS 10:19-25; EPHESIANS 4:11-17   UNIVERSAL Church – all believers everywhere from all time. LOCAL Church – a specific group of believers in a specific place at a specific time. When I say I belong to Family Church, I mean: I have a RELATIONSHIP with God and His people. I …

ONE SPIRIT
Preached: November 8, 2020

EPHESIANS 4:3-6; JOHN 14:12,16-17; 15:26; 16:8-11, 14   When I say, “I believe,” I mean: The Holy Spirit is GOD. The Holy Spirit LIVES in my HEART. The Holy Spirit is my HELPER. The Holy Spirit POINTS PEOPLE to JESUS.  

ONE SAVIOR
Preached: November 1, 2020

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11; ACTS 4:8-10, 12; HEBREWS 1:1-4 I believe: Jesus is my REIGNING KING. Jesus is my RISEN SAVIOR. Jesus is my RETURNING JUDGE.  

ONE CREATOR
Preached: October 25, 2020

JUDE 1:3; MATTHEW 6:9-13; ROMANS 8:14-16; LUKE 15:11-32; ISAIAH 40:21-31; ROMANS 1:18-25 I BELIEVE: God is KIND enough to LOVE me. God is POWERFUL enough to HELP me. God is LOVING enough to FIND me.  

ONE FAITH
Preached: October 18, 2020

JUDE 1:3 When I say “I believe:” I agree that what the BIBLE SAYS is TRUE. I am ALIGNING MY LIFE with the truths I believe. I know that my BELIEFS will put me in a CULTURAL MINORITY. I choose to PERSONALLY EMBRACE these truths. I am submitting my MODERN DOUBTS to the ANCIENT FAITH.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR CITIZENSHIP
Preached: October 11, 2020

COLOSSIANS 3:1-4 When Jesus is at the center of our citizenship: We honor the LAWS, LEADERS, and GOVERNMENTS here on earth. • Romans 13:1, 7 We acknowledge the role that CHRISTIANS played in the FOUNDING of our nation. We should point out that the most important AMERICAN idea is really a BIBLE idea. …

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR CONVERSATIONS
Preached: October 4, 2020

 COLOSSIANS 4:2-9 When Jesus is at the center of our conversations: We are PRAYERFUL. We are INTENTIONAL. We are PERSONAL.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR WORK
Preached: September 27, 2020

COLOSSIANS 3:22-4:1 When Jesus is at the center of your work: You work with the right HEART. You work for the right REASONS. You work for the right PERSON.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR PARENTING
Preached: September 20, 2020

COLOSSIANS 3:20-21 When Jesus is at the center of our parenting:  Parenting is for TRAINING.  Parenting is for ENCOURAGEMENT. Parenting is for LIFE.

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR MARRIAGES
Preached: September 13, 2020

COLOSSIANS 3:18-19 When Jesus is at the center of a marriage: You RECOGNIZE God’s DESIGN. You RESPECT God’s INSTRUCTIONS. You RECOVER God’s BLESSINGS.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR IDENTITY
Preached: September 6, 2020

COLOSSIANS 3:5-17 1. REMOVE the rags from your OLD life. 2. PUT ON the righteousness of your NEW life.   TAKEAWAYS: 1. Let the PEACE of Christ rule. 2. Let the WORD of Christ dwell. 3. Get into the NAME of Jesus.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR WORSHIP
Preached: August 30, 2020

COLOSSIANS 2:16-3:4 Jesus-centered worship: REJECTS focusing on what we can do. REMEMBERS what Jesus has done. REFOCUSES our lives on Jesus. REJOICES in our future hope.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR CONVICTIONS
Preached: August 23, 2020

COLOSSIANS 2:1-15 When Jesus is at the center of your convictions: Jesus is your TREASURE. Jesus gives you ROOTS.  Jesus sets you FREE. Jesus is your VICTOR.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR TRANSFORMATION
Preached: August 16, 2020

COLOSSIANS 1:21-29 When Jesus is at the center of your transformation: He works IN you. He works AMONG you. He works THROUGH you.  

JESUS AT THE CENTER OF OUR FAITH
Preached: August 9, 2020

COLOSSIANS 1:1-14 When Jesus is at the center of your faith: You BELIEVE in Jesus PERSONALLY. You are TRANSFORMED by Jesus in COMMUNITY. Jesus QUALIFIES you SUPERNATURALLY.  

SUPREMACY OF JESUS
Preached: August 2, 2020

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20 Why the supremacy of Jesus is non-negotiable? 1. Jesus is SUPREME over CREATION. 2. Jesus is the HEAD of the CHURCH. 3. Jesus has done the WORK of RECONCILIATION.  

SEE AS GOD SEES
Preached: July 26, 2020

JUDGES 16:19-30; 21:25 PROVERBS 15:3; 2 CHRONICLES 16:9; 1 SAMUEL 16:7 See God’s BIGGER AGENDA. See the DANGERS of your own APPETITES. See YOURSELF and OTHERS with God’s EYES.

LEADERS CAN FALL
Preached: July 19, 2020

JUDGES 16:1-22 No one is TOO GREAT to fail. No one is TOO SMALL to fail. Failure is something we all have in COMMON. No one can FIX their own FAILURE. Only ONE can OVERCOME our failure.  

Curb Dangerous Appetites
Preached: July 12, 2020

Judges 13-15 God wants us to leverage our ADVANTAGES to advance God’s MISSION and LIFT others up. God wants us to CURB DANGEROUS appetites and CULTIVATE GODLY appetites. God is determined to RESCUE and DELIVER His people forever.  

INFLUENCED BY GOD
Preached: July 5, 2020

JUDGES 10:6 – 12:7 1. God uses WHOEVER He WANTS. 2. God HATES “Canaanite thinking.” Canaanite thinking says it’s all about YOU. God says it’s all about HIM and about OTHERS. Canaanite thinking says you have to MANIPULATE God. God says, “TRUST Me. I LOVE you!” 3. God is full of LOVE and GRACE.  

God Does More With less
Preached: June 28, 2020

Scripture References: Judges 6:36-40; 7:1-25 God is calling us to replace FEAR with FAITH. Trust GOD even when you don’t have all the ANSWERS. God can do MORE with LESS than we can do with MORE. We NEED God more than He NEEDS us.