Faith like a child. To have faith like a child is something Jesus talked about and encouraged us to have. Jesus was not expecting us to have an immature faith but a faith that believes, a faith that expects and a faith that endures. In this series, Pastor Doug will take us through what having faith like this looks like as we challenge ourselves to have faith Like a Child.
God Is For Me
Who is on your side and who is not? In the world we live in, it seems like we always have to be looking over our shoulder. Are our friends truly our friends? Who can we trust and who can we lean on. This week, Pastor Doug will start the discussion of Jesus’ statement that we are to have faith like a child and realize that God is for us. God is rooting for us and he is someone we can trust aa well as someone we can lean on.
The most precious and valuable items are kept in a vault, safely kept and treasured. There are 31,102 verses in the Bible, and no single verse is better than another. However, Pastor Doug has four verses that have been a key part of his spiritual journey. In this series, we will look at these four verses and uncover the gems, both on the surface and those deep below, to see why they are worthy to be placed in the vault of faith.
Use Your Brain!
God never said sit around and do nothing to make your life better. He did not say I will do everything for you. We have an active role but the role we play is secondary. When our plans line up with God’s plans we move in a synchronized fashion. When our plans are opposite of God’s we work against him and struggle is our reality. This week, Pastor Doug will finish up this series as he talks about his #1 life verse and shows how we are to partner with God and what he is up to in the world and in our lives.
Jesus Does Not Condemn
People have portrayed God as a vengeful, angry, destructive God that is looking for you to mess up and toss you into the pit of Hell. Many of us fear that we will ever measure up and that a bolt of lightning is waiting for us if blow it deliberately or even accidentally. We see salvation from this through some kind of a cosmic scale where all our good or all our bad is piled on either side and whichever way it tips is our fate. The Bible does not teach this but Christians believe it. This week, pastor Doug is going to look at a verse that tells us something about God that confronts the lie we believe of earning salvation.
God Always Gets It Done
Some people have their favorite team or their favorite restaurant, favorite movie or favorite child (not that they would admit it). Apparently Pastor Doug reads his Bible and he reads it enough to have favorite verses. This week he is going to share a favorite that he believes is not on anyone else’s favorite verse list. Come hear his choice and discover why he thinks this verse should be on everyone’s list. In fact, Pastor Doug thinks Larry the Cable guy just might have gotten his catch phrase from this verse, “Get R Done!”
Living in Light or Darkness
If. Such a small word with such significant implications in our journey of faith. This week, God will start our verse with “if” and “if” we decide to do what He suggests, we will discover a blessing of eternal significance. This week, Pastor Doug will walk us through this “if” statement and challenge is to take the risk and step into this way of living that God calls us to. Don’t miss the start of our From the Vault series.
The Patience of Job
Have you ever heard the phrase "patience of Job"? What does this mean? How can we have patience in tough times? How can we have patience when other people or circumstances annoy us? Tarina answers these questions and more this Sunday.
How are we doing? Where are we going? How do we get there? Evaluation, examination and assessing our progress is the best way to determine if we are in track or if we are missing the mark. In this series, Pastor Doug will take an honest look at how we are doing internally, within Sioux Falls and around the world. Be inspired and be challenged as we look at the State of the Church at Hillcrest.
God has called His Church to be the light in the world. She is the bride of Christ as well as the body of Christ. When Jesus ascended to heaven he left the church to continue His work as we wait for His return. Hillcrest has a significant role and part in the Church of Christ. This week, Pastor Doug is going to set some goals based off the messages this month with the goal of leading Hillcrest to her unique and special calling. Don’t miss this core message about the calling of Hillcrest.
How Are We Doing in the World?
In our modern age, the globe seems to be getting smaller. News spreads from one side to the other the moment that it happens. We hear of hurricanes, earthquakes, starvation, wars, refugees and human trafficking. With all this connection to information how is the church doing at responding? This Sunday, Pastor Doug will look at how Hillcrest is doing in her global impact and make some assessments and challenge us as we move into the future.
How Are We Doing in Sioux Falls?
God has placed Hillcrest Church within the city of Sioux Falls. He must have had a reason for this and he must have a plan for Hillcrest. If Jesus were to take the reins, would Hillcrest be doing something different than she is right now? This Sunday Pastor Doug is going to ask the tough questions and honestly evaluate how we are doing as a church in Sioux Falls.
How Are We Doing, Internally?
When a church looks inward they will typically find one of two things, connected and disconnected people. Jesus says that we are to be one, Paul says we are to be one body and the song says that the world will know we are Christians by our love. What do you see when you look inside Hillcrest? This Sunday Pastor Doug will pull back the curtain and expose, evaluate and honestly look at how Hillcrest is doing inwardly.
Temptation is the seductive little voice that twists what you want into what you need. It distorts your thoughts until you’re trapped—and when you’re trapped by temptation, it’s not the time to listen to yourself. Learn to put your trust in someone who knows A Way Out. God always gives us a way out. We won’t try to manage temptation, but eliminate it. In this series we will learn to attack temptation from a positive perspective by focusing on living by the Spirit.
Feed Your Spirit
In this final week of our series on Temptation, Pastor Doug is going to tie it all together with three things that he will challenge us to do. You won’t have to do all three but only pick one to work on. The Holy Spirit is the key to beating the temptations in our lives and this week we will discover the final piece of the puzzle.
Living by the Spirit
There is a simple concept most of us know: Whatever you feed grows and whatever you starve dies. Your lawn may be illustrating that right now or that fern you keep forgetting to water. This week, Pastor Doug is going to address this truth as it related to our temptations and our spirit. We already suffer from growing temptation and an undernourished spirit so how can we feed our spirit and starve our temptation? Come learn how to live by the Spirit!
Every one of us seems to have something in our life that seems to be more powerful than our ability to resist, stop or change it! This week, Pastor Doug is going to look at the key principle to resisting temptation so we can have both the hope and the faith that when God said he would be faithful and give us a way out, we are able to bank on it!
Always a Way Out
Temptation is the calm before the storm, it is a lie that says you’ll be satisfied but all it delivers is misery. This week Pastor Doug will launch this new series and help us see that it is not the presence of temptation that is the problem but what we do with that temptation that sets our course. God makes us a promise…when we find ourselves tempted, he will always provide a way out!