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Three Sermon Series You Should Watch

Here are 3 sermon series you should bookmark to watch later:

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“When we compare our unfiltered lives to a world cropped and edited where everything is perfect, we’re left with thoughts of misery and frustration. The struggle to know who we are in the world without compromising who we are in Christ is a battle as old as mankind – but so is God’s answer for finding peace. In this series, we’ll discover how finding our identity in Christ can save us from the greatest obstacle standing in our way – us.”

The Counselor

“If you could ask God one thing, what would it be? Our questions reveal more about our faith than our curiosities. When Jesus asks the questions, He sheds light on who we really are and what we truly believe. Find out how His questions reveal our hearts in The Counselor.”

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“Every battle begins with hunger. Whether it’s wealth, power or freedom, we’re all hungry for something.  And it’s our hunger that drives us — it’s the light that gets us through and the whole point of why we fight. Right now, you’re in a battle — it could be a battle for your marriage, your children, your purity or your finances. Whatever it may be, you’ve got the hunger and now you’re standing in the battle and faced with a choice: run or stand and fight? What are you hungry for? Are you willing to fight for it?”

Your turn… What are some other sermon series worth checking out?

 

 

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Three Lies We Believe About Eternity via @NewSpring Church

NewSpring Church is one of my favorite churches. I listen to Perry Noble’s sermon podcast every week. I’ve shared some of their resources in the past, you can find them here. Today I want to highlight a recent article they shared focusing on the afterlife. You can read the whole thing here. Here is an excerpt from the article, 3 Lies We Believe About Eternity:

Here are three common misconceptions about the life after death and the truth that God wants us to understand about it:

Lie #1: There’s no heaven or hell.

This view says that after our physical bodies die, that’s it. Nothing else. Humans don’t have souls that live on after we die. Or if we do have souls, they will be destroyed rather than existing in eternity.

Truth #1: Heaven and hell exist.

Everyone spends eternity in one of these places. Jesus spoke about heaven, hell and eternity many times (John 3:13-16). The Bible describes hell as a place where those who reject Jesus will endure eternal suffering and separation from God. Heaven is a place where Jesus followers live forever with God. In heaven, everything that’s wrong with this world  is set right. There are no tears, pain or death. Following Jesus is the only way to experience heaven (John 14:6).

Lie #2: Good people go to heaven, bad people go to hell.

This view says people get what they deserve. Where you spend eternity depends on how good of a person you are in life. This leaves people hopeless if they’ve lived a messy life, and it leaves well-behaved people prideful about their accomplishments.

Truth #2: Bad people go to heaven, bad people go to hell.

If where we spent eternity depended on the actions in our lives, none of us would go to heaven and all of us would go to hell. Our eternal status does not depend on anything other than our relationship with Jesus.

God’s grace is big enough for everyone. Everyone’s guilty of rebelling against what God says (Psalm 14:1-3). Because we all sin, we’re all headed toward hell. But it’s only because of Jesus that anyone’s life is changed and saved.

Lie #3: There’s a heaven but no hell.

This view, sometimes called universalism, teaches that everyone goes to heaven regardless of what they decide about Jesus. It takes God out of the picture and replaces Him with a general sense of happiness.

Truth #3: Hell exists, and God doesn’t want anyone to go there.

God’s love is far bigger than a sense of happiness. His love is so big He wants all people to be saved from their sins and know Him (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

Sin hurts us and others. God would not be good if He allowed us to hurt ourselves by sinning without consequences. It would be like a young child who kept touching the hot stove while the parent did nothing to protect the child from her self-destructive behavior. God is not OK with us hurting ourselves or others. Because God is a good father, He made a way to stop the cycle of sin once and for all.

Touching a hot pot leads to burned fingers. The consequence for sin is death. When Jesus died on the cross, he took the penalty for all of our sin — past, present and future. Because Jesus paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to enjoy a relationship with God now and for eternity.Romans 10:9 says we just have to believe.

Don’t let the afterlife become an afterthought. Saying “yes” to Jesus means spending both now and eternity with Him.

Your turn… How does this article resonate with your soul?

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Three Series by Perry Noble

Perry Noble, founding Pastor of NewSpring Church, is one of my favorite communicators. I believe you would enjoy watching these 3 series:

From interracial dating and marriage to whether or not you can lose your salvation, this eight-week series answered the most asked questions of our church.

What does it mean to be a man? Do you get to call the shots? Do what you want? Be the master of your own domain? Or is there more to masculinity? What about finding and caring for your wife? Leading your family? Pointing them to God? Providing for them and being a real leader? Are you up for the challenge?

The average life expectancy in America is 78 years old. That’s 28,470 days, give or take a leap year. The book of James in the Bible asks, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” We’re all ultimately limited by time. So what are you doing with your days? How do you spend them? What do you fill your time with? God has given you a life to live for His glory and your good. Your life is too short to wander, to be filled with regret, or to pass by opportunities He puts in front of you. Don’t let it slip away. Don’t waste your life.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on these series and/or what are some other Perry Noble series you’d recommend?

PS: His latest book, Overwhelmed, will be available on April 1. You can learn more about it here: Overwhelmed.

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Three Churches That Provide Great Resources

Here are 3 Churches that help make me better. One of the ways they do this is by the free resources they generously provide. I think you’ll enjoy spending some time on their sites and benefit from the resources too:

LifeChurch.tv wants to make a lasting difference in your life, in our community, and in the world. How do we go about that? By leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. That’s the driving purpose behind everything we do. Here are a few links that will take you directly to some resources they provide (make sure you explore all the different areas on each page):

  1. Weekend Messages
  2. Talk It Over Archive (includes video messages and discussion guides for each lesson/series)
  3. Resources for Your Personal Growth
  4. Resources for Churches (includes lots of great resources churches can use at no cost)
  5. Featured Resources (this page has some of the ones above and more all in one place / make sure you spend some time here)

NewSpring Church exists to reach people far from God and teach them to follow Jesus step by step. We believe that growing people change, that we can’t do life alone, that saved people serve people, that we can’t outgive God and that found people find people. You can learn more about their VISION here. Here are a few links to resources they provide:

  1. Weekend Messages
  2. Resources for Your Personal Growth (their Next Steps page is helpful too)
  3. Resources for Churches (Make sure you click on each tab | Series | Students | Kids | Groups | Volunteers | for lots of great resources)

So that people far from God will be raised to life in Christ. That was the vision of Elevation Church when it began in 2006 with a group of eight families led by Pastor Steven Furtick. Over the past seven years, that vision has remained the same as our church has grown to seven locations in the Charlotte, NC area with multiple extension sites around the U.S. and Canada. You can learn more about Elevation Church here. Here are some links to some of their resources:

  1. Weekend Messages Go to the Sermons To Go Page for a variety of ways to watch messages.
  2. Resources for Your Personal Growth (fyi: this link goes to Steven Furtick’s blog where you’ll find resources to help you grow)
  3. Resources for Churches
  4. Worship Resources

Your turn… What are some churches you know of that share great resources.

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Three Resources that Focus on Evangelism

Here are 3 series I’ve enjoyed recently that focus on helping Christians learn how to better share their faith with others:

Witnessing is not something we do; it’s something we are if we follow Jesus. This series will help equip us to see and respond to God-created opportunities to bring some 1 to the One and Only.

Erich’s note: This is the church where I serve as Spiritual Formation Series. If you don’t listen to Rick Atchley weekly, check his messages out (he delivers a great one every single week). This is a great series!

This series contains 3 lessons called Famous Farmers, Famous Witnesses, and Famous Testimony that remind us that we are the supporting cast so that God can show His Son to the world. You can find sermon notes and a discussion guide for each message when you click on the link to watch or listen to it. One of the things it will encourage you to do is to create a “10 Second Testimony” so you can quickly engage others in conversations about Christ.

We’re called to “go and make disciples of all nations.” But most of us don’t. Why is that? Why do we gloss over or ignore one of the basic tenants of Christianity?  What are the realities of evangelism that we must deal with? What can we learn from Jesus about evangelism? What are practical things we can do to prepare to share our faith with others? Set aside two hours to engage with this simple, straightforward evangelism seminar taught by Senior Pastor Perry Noble. You don’t have to fear sharing your faith anymore!

Your turn… What are some evangelism resources you would recommend to others?

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Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy

Let me say right up front that it was hard to narrow this list to 3 so I’m sure I’ll share a few more in coming weeks (I’ve mentioned a few of them at the bottom of this post if you want to check them out too). I listen to about 20 different podcasts on a regular basis (I know, I’m weird like that). The Carolinas are represented well in this list as 1 is from South Carolina and the other 2 are from Charlotte, NC. I’m going to exclude my preacher’s podcast (Rick Atchley @ The Hills) from this list since I listen to him live every week. If you don’t you should add him to your playlist (I highly recommend his recent series on Revelation, probably the best I’ve ever heard on that book). So, without any further ado, here are the 3 I think you would enjoy listening to on a regular basis:

Perry is the founder and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina (a multi-campus move of God on a mission to reach more than 100,000 people in SC). He is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible (he can be very blunt and his messages are full of humor and truth). God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. His first book, UNLEASH, is also a great read. Check this series out first: Adam & Eve. His next series that begins on July 14 is called REDNECK.

Steven is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC. He is also the New York Times® Best Selling author of Greater and the national bestseller Sun Stand Still. You’ll enjoy his books and messages. Check this series out first: The Expectation Gap. For a unique message that is compiled from talks Steven has done around the world this past year check out Pound the Ground.

Jonathan leads the liars, dreamers, and misfits of Renovatus: A Church for People Under Renovation, in Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his wife Amanda. He is the author of the book Prototype. I absolutely enjoy listening to Jonathan. I discovered his podcast one day when Steven Furtick mentioned him being his “favorite preacher.” He might become your favorite too. Check this series out first: A Song of Ascent (a series on David)

UPDATE, 9.11.13: Jonathan started a new series this past week called PARABLE. You really should check it out. Here is a description of this series: Jesus was the master storyteller, and you are invited to come and sit by the fire to listen to his stories.  These stories are full of wonder, intrigue, enchantment, truth, beauty…and layers upon layers of deep meaning.  These are startlingly human, three-dimensional stories that bring the kingdom of heaven into color in our real lives.  They are stories from a time that is not our own about people we do not know–and yet ultimately stories about us.  

You can watch or listen to all 3 of these guys from their church’s website or search for them on your favorite podcast APP (by the way, these guys preach anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour plus at times).

Your turn… What are some of your favorite sermon podcasts?

Here are some of my honorable mentions that I’ll say more about in future posts: Andy Stanley, Judah Smith, Craig Groeschel, Dave Clayton, Toby Slough, Chris Hodges, Robert Morris, John Ortberg, Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, Jonathan Storment, Matt Chandler, and Tim Keller to name a few more (and make sure you check out Rick Atchley from my home church).

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Three Leadership Podcasts You Should Listen To

Leaders are learners! With that in mind here are 3 podcasts you should listen to on a regular basis:

Michael Hyatt is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson). His blog focuses on “intentional leadership.” Spend a few moments browsing around his site, you’ll find lots of great resources there. His weekly podcast is designed to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.

Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 33,000 people attend NPM’s five Atlanta-area churches. Over two million of Andy’s messages are accessed from North Point websites monthly, including both leadership and sermon content. You’ll definitely want to spend some time looking around Andy’s website where you can access free content, leadership resources, and upcoming events—all designed to help leaders go further, faster. Here is a direct link to the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast via iTunes. By the way, you’ll also want to listen to his weekly messages from North Point (always relevant and practical).

Perry Noble is the founding & Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, a multi-campus move of God on a mission to reach 100,000 people in South Carolina with the Gospel. You can find lots of great resources on Perry’s website. Here is a direct link to the Perry Noble Leadership Podcast via iTunes (his most recent podcast is called: LESSONS LEARNED AT CHICK-FIL-A). Perry is one of my favorite communicators to listen to and watch (his messages are powerful, convicting, expressive, and full of humor). You’ll also want to listen to the messages he delivers each weekend at NewSpring Church. Trust me, you’ll enjoy them — Perry’s messages.

Your turn… What three leadership podcasts would you recommend for us to check out?

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