The church is one, but it seems so fragmented. The church is to be united, but it seems so divided. The church is to be God’s expression of love, but it seems so unloving at times. With the formation of so many denominations over so many different theological issues and practices, fighting, arguing and even demonizing has become normal behavior but that is not how God intended it. In this series we will look at the issues churches fight about and discover how we should behave amid our differences.
The way we practice and live out our faith should be something we can agree upon, right? WRONG! What should you wear to church, can you play cards, drink alcohol, date, listen to Rock and Roll, see an R rated movie, can women lead in the church, are men the boss of their families, is there a right and wrong bible to use, is worship to have drums or just an organ or no instruments at all? This week, Pastor Doug will set us all straight on what are the right and wrong traditions in the church! Good luck Pastor Doug!
Jesus said he would prepare a place for us but how do we get there? Salvation is the goal of our faith, so it should be the one thing we can all agree upon, right? WRONG! Are we are saved through a salvation prayer, family faith, heritage, baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, good works, election, grace or some other method? The church fights about this more than any other issue! This week, Pastor Doug will set us all straight on what’s the right way! Good luck Pastor Doug!
Jesus said that we are to be baptized. Simple enough, right? WRONG! Immersion, pouring, sprinkling, infant, child, adult, needed for salvation, not needed for salvation, in the name of the Trinity or just God or just Jesus, tanks, rivers, lakes, public, private, spirit baptism and a few more! Bet you had no idea how many things the church can fight on regarding baptism. This week, Pastor Brian will set us all straight on what’s the right way! Good luck Pastor Brian!
Are you fed up with the status quo? The way things are isn't the way things have to be. In fact, the status quo usually disappoints us and leaves us with a life that falls short of God's plan. In this series, come see what happens when we're ready to say, "I Quit."
I Quit Comparing
Do you know who your neighbor is? Chances are, their name is Jones and you’ve been trying to keep up with everything they do and buy, and you’re dissatisfied, or even depressed, in your inability to keep up. This week, Pastor Doug will wrap up the series by looking at the attitude of comparing that robs us of contentment. Maybe it’s time to give up on comparing and say, “I Quit!”
I Quit Living in Fear
It starts when we are children, frozen in our beds because of a fear of what lives in the closet. As we grow up, our fears grow with us. This week, Pastor Doug will look at the issue of fear and identify the positive and negative aspects and how they relate to our faith and trust in God. Maybe it’s time to give up on fear and say, I Quit!”
I Quit Complaining
When things are not going the way someone wants them to go, they usually complain about them. Complaining is almost as natural as breathing for many people. This week, Pastor Doug is starting a new series and will look at the causes and dangers of a heart that regularly complains. Maybe it’s time to give up on complaining and say “I Quit!”
Can you hear me now? One thing is an annoying cell phone company trying to sell you service but it’s quite another when it’s Jesus himself who’s calling! Peter said, “For God called you to do good”. Do you know what God’s call on your life is? In this series, we will look at this significant question. Kaleo, can you hear me now?
Called to Make Disciples
We are called to make disciples? Do we even know what that means? Disciple is not a word that we use on a regular basis, but it is something that was both common and well understood 2000 years ago when Jesus said it. This week, Pastor Doug will walk us through the understanding of what a 1st century disciple was in order to help us understand what Jesus meant when he called us to make disciples.
Called to Serve
Serving others is not as simple as it may seem. You have a server when you go out to your favorite restaurant. When your car brakes you take it to the service center. What is service? When Jesus taught on it he illustrated it with foot washing but I’m not sure any of us have ever done that. This week, Pastor Doug will look at this important calling by looking at the life of a kid named David and see what this serving thing looks like in our lives.
Called to Generosity
Are you generous? Today everyone wants your money and they will manipulate you any way they can to get it, even the church! God calls us to be generous but what does that look like in our current climate? This week, Pastor Doug will look at God’s call for us to be generous and say a few things that just might get you attention!
Called to Care
You are called. Last month you were called to pay your taxes. This month we are looking at the things Jesus calls us to do if we are going to be his disciples. Would you call yourself caring? To care, like Jesus cares, has a price. This week, pastor Doug will look at the excuses we make and what real caring looks like.
To the dead man, Jesus was life. To the prostitute, he was a second chance. To the searching, he was the long-awaited answer. Who is Jesus to you? This April, discover what it means when He says, “I Am Jesus.”
I Am the Vine
In the final week of the I Am Jesus series, Pastor Doug looks at one of the green thumb statements Jesus made. He said he was the vine and we are the branches. This week, pastor Doug, who is no horticulturist, has studied Jesus’ statement enough to discover the graphing and fruit producing illustration Jesus wants us to get. So whether you’re a professional farmer or you kill every plant you touch, you’ll learn the spiritual truth from Jesus’ last I Am statement the he is the vine and we are the branches!
I Am the Light of the World
Jesus says "I am the light of the world". This Sunday, we discussed the freedom and grace we can find in "the light of the world". We also looked at some incredible click-bait headlines and Brian talked about a book he read but can't endorse even though it's incredible.
I Am the Good Shepherd
In week two of the I Am Jesus series, Pastor Doug will look at the statement Jesus made when he said, “I am the good Shepherd”. If he’s the good one, who’s the bad one and who are the sheep in this metaphor? Come hear Pastor Doug make fun of cats and help us understand this significant I Am statement from Jesus
I am the Resurrection and the Life
Seven times Jesus said “I Am” in the book of John. This week Pastor Doug is going to look at the first of four of these statements as we look at what Jesus meant when he said he was the resurrection and the life. This Easter, come hear about this I Am statement the power Jesus has to bring the dead back to life!
Within this teaching series lies the truth; actually, it’s the truth about lies. We tell ourselves lies and those lies cause damage if we don’t take hold of the truth and expel the lies. There’s nothing little or white about them – lies keep us from finding our true identity: the identity we have knowing the we’re living up to the amazing potential that God has planned for us. All of us suffer from this in one way or another…Identity Theft.
I Am What I Do
Who are you? Most people answer this with a lie. They don’t mean to lie but most people don’t know who they are. If you don’t know and understand your true identity, you’ll lose yourself when you lose that which you identify with. This week Pastor Doug will finish up the series as he looks at our true identity, an identity that can never be taken away from us.
I Am Not Good Enough
It's difficult to live the life Jesus wants for you when you don't think you're good enough to begin with. The bad stuff from our past tells us that we are not good enough and that we will never amount to the person God wants us to be. This Sunday, we look at scripture and a cameo appearance from a Tom Cruise movie to remind us that God calls and completes us.
This Is Just the Way I Am
Ever thought there was no use trying to give up a bad habit because "that's just the way you are"? Ever wanted to experience success in your relationships, your finances, your spiritual life, your professional life only to give up because you think that's how it always be? Sunday we continue our Identity Theft series by looking at a 3 Biblical ways you can overcome the strongholds in your life.
I Have to Be Strong
We tell ourselves lies. We don’t mean to, but we listen to voices that are not from God, voices that tell us that we should be able to do it on our own. This week, Pastor Doug will kick off the series with the lie that we have to be strong. How can that be a lie? It seems like truth but when you compare it to what God says about our strength, it becomes clear that our real strength comes from somewhere other than ourselves.
Hey friends, it’s me, Bobby Filet. I want to tell you about a new series starting here at Hillcrest called Jonah. Pastor Doug is going to tell us the tale of this man who ran away from what God asked him to do, got swallowed up by a fish and vomited up on the shore. Sounds a little fishy to me! Which reminds me, do you know why fish are considered dumb? “Because all their school work is below sea level!” Ha Ha I love that one. Seriously, don’t miss this series, it starts real soon. And remember, a fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other!
The Jonah In Us
Whether pitching, fielding, catching or running the bases, each person on the team has a role to play. The pastors and leaders at Hillcrest are a team. Each one using their gifts and talents for the benefit of the whole. This month, four of those leaders will teach on a topic that is important to them and one that they believe is important for the church. Doug, Brian, Tarina and Jacob will take turns in the greatest game on Sunday morning. Will it be a swing and a miss or a home run? Don’t miss, Pastor’s Choice!
Wait For It
We have all experienced times in our life where God has asked us to “wait for it”. This week, Jacob (The Young Gun) VanEngen dives into the things that we can do to wait in a way that is productive to our faith rather than destructive.
Sweet & Salty Speech
Tarina discusses our words, the image of salt used in scripture, and how our words can both help and harm our faith.
Stay in School
Brian talks about the fears he dealt with during his book writing process, discusses how fear handcuffed God’s people, and reveals two questions that will greatly help you overcome any fear in your life.
Theology: Blessing or Curse
Theology…just reading the word creates anxiety, confusion and a sense of “I’m too dumb”. Some of the brightest men and women of faith have spent their lives studying God, faith and how we should practice that faith and they do not agree. The result of this disagreement has split within the church and an inability for different denominations to work together. This Sunday, Pastor Doug will take us through the benefits and challenges of theology and talk about the solution to the global church problem.
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.
My God Can Do Anything
My God can do anything! When you think of the Christmas story and how God used a young teenage girl from Podunk nowhere to usher in the savior of the world, well, God not only can but will do amazing things! Does he for you? Many of us believe that God can do something but will He? In the face of illness, suffering and pain, will God be there for you and will he change or correct it. This week, Pastor Doug will not only talk about what God can and will do but also about when he doesn't. Don't miss the final week of the Like a Child series!
My God is With Me
God is with you. You know this but does the way you live reveal this? This week as Pastor Doug continues the discussion about having faith like a child he is going to reveal how God is with us. Because of this truth, there are a couple of things we can and should do that will help us benefit from this very real truth. Come hear about God being with you and the power that can come when you tap into that truth.
My 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.