In the context of community, we should always be seekingthe best for one another. Where it can, at times, be easy to lose patience and fall into judgement, we are called to walk in compassion. “Mercy triumphs over judgement!”
Living just for yourself is too small a thing. You belong to the family of God. So, find your place and live, giving away what is given to you.
Are we hearing and following Jesus' teaching? Look at Jesus' example of praying, modeling transparency, showing and empowering people, and serving people. The motivation is love.
If you have ever felt like you have to be something you are not, there is hope. Christ doesn't label us. We belong.
Matthew 28:19-20 records Jesus’s final words to His disciples about making disciples. It reminds us of the importance of this focus for the church at large and for Oasis. Daniel exhorts us to consider what our next steps should be as we grow in this area of discipleship and the importance of each of us being mentored in the gifts that God has given us.
Jacob concludes this series with a final challenge to be faithful with our "yes's" as we live out our response to Christ's invitations. We don't know where our "yes's" will lead. But, we do know that in God's kingdom economy, "What is sown in weakness is raised in promise," and it all begins with a "yes!"
John continues our series on avoiding shallow living, and in so doing, he challenges us to consider how we can transform our lives and rid ourselves of tiny ambitions.
We are overly stimulated by technology and committed to trends that will not create new value in our lives. Instead, they push us toward more and more shallow living. Jacob continues his series as he explores how we can avoid these pitfalls and find new depth in our lives.
There are forces in life that are constantly pushing us toward shallower living. How can we curtail this shift toward the shallow? Listen in as Jacob suggests concrete tips, and so kicks off a new series focused on building a more fruitful life in Christ.
God is, at His core, love. On the other hand, wrath is His careful opposition to those things in conflict with who He is, that being sin and evil. Thus, wrath, is not who He is, but what He does. Daniel takes on a complex and uncomfortable topic, because how we view a holy God effects how we live.
Montha was not expecting suffering in her young life. As she navigated a surprising diagnosis, she wrestled with the question, "Why me?" With candor, Montha shares her journey into increasing physical weakness, while discovering new depths of an ever-present, loving Father.
Relationship with Christ is where real life is produced. Darrell focuses his message on building a relationship that is built on connection, dependence and continuance.
Worry and Fear are two narratives played out in the world around us. Their implied message is that somehow worry prevents pain. Darrell’s message draws us into the narrative of scripture and Jesus’s exhortation to lay aside fear and pray.
Are our relationships suffering, because we don’t have time for them? Are we too busy for a relationship with the Father? Many of us suffer from the “hurry sickness.” We’ve bought into the lie that time is money, and so we are only as valuable as what we produce. In this pattern, our relationships suffer—at work, at home, and, yes, at church. Phil concludes that the most important things in our lives cannot be rushed, and bottom line, God did not call us to this frantic lifestyle. Listen to this exhortation to “eliminate hurry” and change the tempo of your life.
In order to eliminate the False narratives that keep us in a cycle of defeat, we must, as the scripture tells us, renew our minds with the truth of Jesus. Daniel gives us a picture of what this looks like as he exhorts us to train our souls with the Spirit-led disciplines of life in Christ.
Darrell summarizes in a practical way the “I am’s” of the book of John. As he concludes, he exhorts us to embrace the powerfulpromise of Christ when He says, “Dwell in me, and I will dwell in you."
Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. You might ask, “Was Christ who He said He was?” Do we believe Him when He saysthat He is with us with an unfailing love? Listen in as Darrell clarifies the fulness of the life that Jesus promised.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd…. and I lay my life down for the sheep.” Jacob clarifies for us the the extent to which Jesus rescued us. He did, indeed, drop everything to ransom us so that sin would not destroy us.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, he also becomes the shepherd of our lives. As our good Shepherd, He protects and directs. Our role is to listen and follow In this message, Darrell explains what it means to be sheep who follow their good Shepherd even in those inconvenient moments.
Jesus says, “I am the gate for the sheep.” He declares in John 10 that He is the only gate through which to enter, and His sheep will hear his voice and walk through. Darrell breaks down the context of this word picture, whereby we are all invited to enter in and find life.