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29 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
Prayer: Longing For God’s Presence, Week 2
Prayer: Longing For God’s Presence Week 2 - The Presence Psalm Scripture: Psalm 130 Speaker: Adam Schultz, Grow and Restore Ministries Pastor We are not good at standing by. Whether waiting for something to happen or to finish, most of us struggle to bide our time. Having patience can be all the more challenging regarding our relationship with God. We typically are seeking something urgent from God rather than desiring God himself. In our series entitled “Prayer: Longing for God’s Presence,” this week, we’ll see how watching and waiting with God can increase our longing for him.
42 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
Prayer: Longing For God’s Presence, Week 1
Prayer: Longing For God’s Presence, Week 1 - How to Think About Prayer Scripture: Psalm 27Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church As followers of Jesus, each of us faces stressful circumstances that could and should drive us to prayer. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, at least not right away. Any reluctance to pray may have several reasons, but ultimately it belies something more significant – an underlying belief about who God is. In our new series entitled “Prayer: Longing for God’s Presence,” we’ll spend four weeks in the Psalms learning to talk with God (i.e., pray). This week, we’ll see that how we think about prayer radically changes how we pray.
32 minutes | Jun 12, 2022
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving, Week 6
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving Week 6 – The Most Cheerful Giver Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church God isn’t just good at doing impossible math – he loves doing it! How do we know? Throughout the pages of scripture, we continually see situations where the equation doesn’t work. These are the spots where God is quick to insert himself and do what only he can. But the important thing is not that God can, or that God will…it’s that he genuinely wants to! In this last installment of Impossible Math, we’ll learn the key to having a generous heart and see what incredible impact that has on others.
38 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
The Wind Of The Spirit
The Wind of the Spirit Scripture: Acts 2Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church "Merry Christmas!" "Happy Easter!" As Christians, we readily celebrate these big church holidays. Twice each year, we have extra services, ask people to save seats online, create beautiful stage sets, sing particular songs, and set photo walls so everyone can share memories on social media. But there's another big day in the church's life that is equally important from a spiritual and historical perspective but unfortunately doesn't garner the same attention. This week, Pastor Jon sheds light on the momentous day of Pentecost, and what the coming of the Holy Spirit means for God's people.
40 minutes | May 29, 2022
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving, Week 5
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our GivingWeek 5 - Giving and Joy Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:1-11Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church So far in our Impossible Math series, the Apostle Paul has boldly asked the more wealthy gentile Christians in Corinth to prepare a collection for impoverished Jewish believers in Jerusalem. A big ask! The Corinthians seemed eager at first, but their enthusiasm has waned. To spur them on, Paul employs the example of the openhanded Macedonians and sends an advance delegation headed by Titus. But in case those are not motivation enough, Paul provides a further reason for making a generous gift, and it’s the best one yet!
48 minutes | May 22, 2022
Student Takeover 2022
Student Takeover 2022: Against All Odds Scripture: Various passages in the book of ActsSpeakers: Maddy Bradshaw, Shane Slocum, Alli Villanueva, Carson Martin Christianity has always been an "against all odds" kind of movement. From the church's very beginnings, people who had no business leading much of anything were standing up and preaching to thousands boldly in the name of Jesus. In this same spirit, we now turn to this generation of teenagers. Facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles, they are pressing forward to boldly live and teach the words of Jesus. This weekend at our Student Takeover, we'll hear from four students who open the book of Acts and share the ingredients to following Jesus against all odds.
37 minutes | May 15, 2022
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving, Week 4
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving Week 4 - Giving and Leadership Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:10-24Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church Starting is easy. Finishing is hard. This is especially true with endeavors of consequence. Completing a critical project takes more than a plan – it takes motivation. Sometimes, a fresh reason helps us get going again if we’ve stalled. That’s precisely what the Apostle Paul provides for the Corinthian church – extra impetus to act on their honorable desires. We’ll see that these reasons are also essential for us when it comes to giving.
39 minutes | May 8, 2022
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving, Week 3
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving Week 3 - The Good Portion (Mother's Day) Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church Do you struggle to regularly prioritize the important over the urgent? Of course, you do. We all do! Urgent things continually feel so pressing that important things can always wait just a little longer. But at what cost? In this special Mother’s Day edition of Impossible Math, Pastor Jon will explore the story of Martha and Mary in Luke’s gospel. We’ll discover that in his gentle way, Jesus empowers both of them to do the one thing that is always most important. This message honors all women, especially moms. But guys, don’t tune out! There are important lessons for you as we observe how Jesus relates to both Martha and Mary.
42 minutes | May 1, 2022
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving, Week 2
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes Our Giving Week 2 - The Power of Giving Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:7–9Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church As followers of Jesus Christ, we want our faith in God to be strong! We believe that the Holy Spirit is transforming us from the inside out, but sometimes there are aspects of our lives where we don’t connect the dots. One prominent area is our finances. How we view and use our money tells a story about our faith. This week in our Impossible Math series, we’ll learn that our giving not only impacts how we see God working in us but how others see Him as well.
38 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes our Giving, Week 1
Impossible Math: How The Gospel Reframes Our GivingWeek 1 - Visible Grace Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-6Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Pastor of Oak Pointe Church “It just doesn’t add up.” How many times have you said that about your personal finances? Oftentimes, the stuff you’d like to do with your money doesn’t seem very possible – especially charitable giving. After all, the expenses are added up, where does that money come from? The same was true for the Corinthian church. They had made a commitment to a giving campaign for the church in Judea but were struggling to follow through. That’s when Paul shares a story about another church that involves some impossible math. Continuing into Chapter 8 of 2 Corinthians, this week Pastor Jon begins a new series on the topic of generosity and giving. We were going to call it “Money Matters” but then changed the title. Find out why on Sunday.
31 minutes | Apr 17, 2022
Easter 2022 - Of First Importance
Of First Importance - Christ Died. He Was Raised. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church The Apostle Paul begins our Easter weekend passage with this statement: “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.” Why does Paul feel he needs to issue a reminder? Because it’s easy to get our priorities out of whack and forget what is most important. How often do we major in the minors and minor in the majors? For example, we are easily frustrated with people’s idiosyncrasies and hypercritical of cultural issues, yet are slow to acknowledge or address the most vital need of our own heart and life – that we’re sinful and need a savior! This year on Good Friday and Easter, we’re going to rehearse that gospel. We’re going to remind ourselves of that gospel, just as Paul reminded the Corinthian believers. Because if we don’t hold firmly to this gospel, we’ve believed in vain. Let’s celebrate together that which is of first importance!
40 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
Jars of Clay, Week 7
Jars of Clay, Week 7 - The Tussle of True Relationships Scripture: 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church Have you ever struggled in a relationship? Hopefully so! If not, the relationship probably wasn’t all that important. Truth is, the most transformative relationships are complex. On one hand, they bring comfort and joy. On the other, sorrow and pain. We tend to much prefer comfort and joy relationships. After all, when things run smoothly, relationships are easy. But when the sorrow and pain arrive it becomes very tempting to bail out. Since this relational complexity exists between the Apostle Paul and the Corinthian Church, let’s learn from them! In this final message of our Jars of Clay series, we’ll explore three things that mark the very best relationships.
35 minutes | Apr 3, 2022
Jars of Clay, Week 6
Jars of Clay, Week 6 - Perfecting Holiness Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 Speaker: Rick Barry, The Rock Middle School Ministry Pastor The world today is complicated. But navigating how we are to live out our faith in our current culture can be even more complicated. Is it even possible to approach holiness, let alone perfect it? How can we interact with the world around us and faithfully live among people who don't share our same convictions? This week in our series, Jars of Clay, we will first define what holiness is, and then discover not only what it requires, but also what it can accomplish.
40 minutes | Mar 27, 2022
Jars of Clay, Week 5
Jars of Clay, Week 5 - When the Heart Shrinks Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church We all have people we love. They are dear to us and our actions toward them often reveal our sentiments. But things can happen that cause us to withhold our affection. On occasion, it is something they’ve done. More often, it is something going on within us. For some reason, we can no longer be transparent in the same way. An emotional distance has been created. The Apostle Paul sensed such a dynamic was occurring between the Corinthian believers and himself. That’s why every word through the first six chapters of his letter now culminates in a grand appeal that could change the trajectory of their church. It could change our trajectory as well!
44 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
Jars of Clay, Week 4
Jars of Clay, Week 4 - Are You Reconciled to God? Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:2 Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church “So…what’s new with you?” Certainly, you’ve been on the receiving end of this simple conversation starter. Everyone has. What’s our usual response? “Oh…not much.” But is that true? As followers of Jesus, there is always something new with us. If God’s mercies are “new every morning” and we are a “new creation” in Christ, newness will be our daily experience. But if it’s not, what’s missing? What are we not understanding about being “in Christ” and what it means to be reconciled to God? From this week’s passage, we’ll discover the ways in which reconciliation transforms our lives and the lives of those around us.
43 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
Jars of Clay, Week 3
Jars of Clay, Week - An Eternal Body? Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church How many times a day do you let out a groan? Sometimes the source of the groan is physical – you’re sore from a recent workout, or you’re getting older and are attempting to tie your shoes. Sometimes the source is emotional – sadness at world affairs, or the frustration from having to suffer fools. But every groan is, in some way, an expression of longing; not just the reprieve of a burden we currently carry, but a profound desire for something new, and better. This week’s passage will leave you with confidence that God hears our longings and intends to fulfill them, but in the most amazing way.
43 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
Jars of Clay, Week 2
Jars of Clay, Week 2 - Light Troubles, Eternal Glory Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church Anyone who achieves greatness and glory sees things a little differently. Take the Olympic athlete. You and I see someone who may have great talent, great resources, great lineage, or great privilege. And some or all of these external things may be true. But we don’t see how hard they work, how much they sacrifice, or their singularity of focus on a distant prize. For four minutes we focus on what we see. But for four years, they’ve focused on something unseen. In this week’s passage, the Apostle Paul challenges God’s church not to dwell on the difficulties of living in our present age, but to discover the power God unleashes through jars of clay.
48 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
Jars of Clay, Week 1
Jars of Clay, Week 1 - Not Losing Heart Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-7Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church Have you ever observed human behavior when someone pulls out a camera? Bodies straighten, chins jut out, hair gets tossed, eyes widen, shoulders broaden, and smiles appear. No one wants to appear at a disadvantage. We want to look attractive, composed, focused, and strong. Yet, such a pose belies an ever-present reality that people are easily breakable – emotionally, relationally, financially, and in so many other ways. This fragility can cause us to lose heart. As Christians, we can wonder why God asks us to carry the glorious message of the gospel in vessels that are nothing special. As we continue to trace the Apostle Paul’s argument through the first seven chapters of 2 Corinthians, he unveils a pointed metaphor that gets to the paradox of the Christian message and life: jars of clay.
43 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
Together: We Will Not Be Shaken, Week 7
Together: We Will Not Be Shaken, Week 7 - Superior in Every Way Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church “You have to try this. It will change your life!” Has anyone ever said that to you? It usually means your friend discovered something far superior to what he or she had known before. Maybe Ms. Frozen Pizza was introduced to wood-fired pizza. Or Mr. Carnival Ride Guy went to Cedar Point for the first time. The experience is night and day. Likewise, the Christian life can seem mundane, even oppressive to some, with lots of perceived “do's and don'ts” and so many “shoulds.” But a true experience of the Gospel changes everything!
39 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
Together: We Will Not Be Shaken, Week 6
Together: We Will Not Be Shaken, Week 6 - True Gospel People Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6Speaker: Jon Morales, Lead Paster of Oak Pointe Church Though cultural issues are often complex, it is all too easy to become polarized, seeing only two sides. Sometimes the side with which we most identify can seem like the correct side... even the only side. When this happens our theology and our passion can grow entwined, leaving the clarity of the gospel a casualty to our convictions. But Jesus speaks to all sides! This week we’ll see how a picture Paul paints in his second letter to the Corinthians helps us to refocus on being true gospel people.
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