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Real Faith With Endurance and Persistance

Watch the full teaching here September 30, 2018 // This is part four of a six-part teaching series on the early Church. When John wrote about the Church in Ephesus, it was a very pagan place actively persecuting Christians, but they never gave up and patiently endured suffering. This pagan city worshipped Artemis, the fertility goddess. People thought that Artemis was the protector of their wealth and would made them rich, so people were very protective of Artemis. When Paul came and taught at Ephesus, he essentially said that Artemis was a figment of their imagination. The people would not accept that because this threatened all of their wealth and power. Paul undermined their entire

Marching Directly Into the Heart of Satan's Home

Watch the full teaching here September 23, 2018 // This is part three of a six-part teaching series on the early Church. Jesus spoke to the Church in Pergamum and said it was where “Satan lived.” What would it have been like for one of the early believers to live in a place where Satan lived? It was considered Satan’s throne because they worshipped a pagan god named Dionisis (the son of Zeus). Satan imitated Christ through Dionisis to trick people into an eternal death. Pergamum also worshipped Oskolopius for healing. Sound familiar? Once again, this was Satan mimicking Christ. Imagine taking the Gospel message into this rich, ancient city considered the jewel of Asia. We need to be able t

Stay Awake, Stay Focused, Drive Hard

Watch the full teaching here September 16, 2018 // This is part two of a six-part teaching series on the early Church. Located in Asia Minor, Sardis was the richest, most fertile, and most pagan area in all of the Roman Empire, yet there was a fast-growing church planted there. The message of holiness and righteousness would have been the exact opposite of what the pagan religion taught. Although the church successfully grew in this rich place, Jesus warned it against complacency. Today, we are at the epicenter of Wright County, we live in the richest and most powerful country in the world, and we are surrounded by a secular society with many people living like pagans. Christ has placed

Upon This Rock Christ Builds

Watch the full teaching here September 9, 2018 // This is part one of a six-part teaching series on the early Church. This teaching looks at the foundation of the Church that was established by Jesus before He died and ascended. He is the foundation of the Church! When Jesus shared this with the Disciples, He took them to the heart of pagan worship and to the place that the Greeks believed was the entrance to Hades. This message from Jesus was a powerful reminder that we are to assault the gates of Hades, go right into the middle of human suffering and sin, and build the Church from these ashes. Our church is going to reach out to the hurting and those with whom we have failed to share the

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