[Speaker: Cole Moog] We all crave satisfaction from somewhere. We have culture offering us so many different ways to be satisfied, but are any of them truly lasting? Listen as Cole takes us through the story of King Solomon and how his endless pursuit of all things pleasurable led him to love the gifts and forget the giver.
[Speaker: Emilee Meurer] We all have a deep longing to be loved. Whether that be from our friends or significant other, our parents, our professors. It can be easy to look to the people around us for meaning, identity, and a sense of worth. Listen as Emilee takes us through the story of Leah, who was rejected by the people around her, and yet God saw her – and he loved her.
[Speaker: Kermit Summerall] If you've ever felt like you're not good enough, that you'll never measure up, Jacob's story is for you. The wounds of Jacob's early life sent him running scared, endlessly grasping at anything to feel good enough. One dark and lonely night, everything changed when he got desperate enough to grasp onto God and never let go.
[Speaker: Audrey High] We often feel like we aren't being seen. Whether by friends, by family or by God, that feeling of being ignored or looked over is hard. What do we do with that feeling? How should we respond? Are we truly ever not seen? Listen as we look at Hagar's story to see how she dealt with not being seen, and how God responded to her despite her circumstances.
[Speaker: Jensen Holt McNair] We live in a culture that is constantly telling us how we can be more impressive. The expectation of perfection that is placed on us is enough to make us crack under the pressure and long for relief. Listen as we hear the story of Zerubbabel, who didn't meet the expectations placed on him, and see that ultimate freedom is found in Christ.
[Speaker: Justin Derks] We've grown up being told by parents and teachers, "Patience is a virtue." Now while that is great to hear, I'm sure we all can think of ways we have been impatient recently. Listen as Justin kicks off our sermon series for this summer by looking at the story of Sarah and her impatience with God's promises.
[Speaker: Austin Conner] What's your relationship with doubt been like in your life? Have you had doubts about Christianity? How have your doubts been dealt with? Are you minimizing them? Have you been shamed for them? Perhaps most importantly - if I'm a Christian, am I allowed to have them? If you or someone you know has questions like these, listen to hear how the Bible answers the question "Can Christians Have Doubts?"
[Speaker: Austin Conner] What do we do with the following statements: "The God the Old Testament is full of wrath and judgment, unlike Jesus in the New Testament. There are so many weird and offensive things in the Old Testament- slavery, genocide, child sacrifice. Jesus died for sins and fulfilled the Law, so now the Old Testament is irrelevant." Are all of these true? What place, if any, should the Old Testament play in my life? Listen as we continue our series "Four Questions Every College Student Needs To Answer."
[Speaker: Kyle Richter] The apostle Paul tells us in a letter to Timothy that the Bible is God's word: it is trustworthy. But 2000 years removed from that, how can we know that what we have now is what they had back then? Do we know for sure that the Bible hasn't been changed or altered? Listen as Kyle explores these questions and talks about whether or not we can trust the words of scripture.
[Speaker: Kyle Richter] As Christians are coming together this weekend to celebrate the good news of an empty tomb, tonight we ask the question: why was Jesus' tomb empty? Is there any credible evidence to suggest that Jesus actually rose from the dead? Listen as Kyle kicks off our newest series exploring the questions and answers surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus!
[Speaker: Justin Derks] Justin Derks wraps up our sermon series in the letter of 1 Peter with Peter's final warning to the exiles - resist the devil. But who is the devil and how are we able to resist him?
If you knew how everything was going to end, would it change anything about your life today? Peter tells his readers that the end of all things is near, and that it has big implications for how they are called to live right now. What does it really mean for the end of all things to be near, and how we as believers should be living life in light of that reality?
[Speaker: Kyle Richter] Peter's audience lived in a culture that wanted little to do with their faith and yet how they lived was important. How we live is a good indicator of what or who we're building our lives on. What do people see when they look at your life?
[Speaker: Austin Conner] "Fake": Not genuine; counterfeit; claiming to be something or someone they aren't. 1 Peter 1:15 says that Christians must "be holy in all our conduct." Is this true of you, or are you faking it?
[Speaker: Jensen Holt McNair] Trials are a part of the Christian life. Peter tells Christians to expect trials as exiles living faithfully in a world that isn't our home. Why it might be worth faithfully following Jesus, even when that means walking into difficulty?
Being away from the comfort and security of home is disorienting, but that is exactly the situation Peter's audience finds themselves in. Even more, they're caught in the tension of living faithfully in a culture that rejects them for their beliefs. What does their situation have to do with us though?
[Speaker: Austin Conner] Why do I need to commit to a church? If I read my Bible and have my smaller group of Christian community, do I need to go to church? How important is the church to Jesus?
[Speaker: Kyle Richter] Faithfully following Jesus means accepting the uncomfortable truths that Jesus teaches. It means embracing a willingness to do uncomfortable things like loving others sacrificially. But it also means committing ourselves to living alongside uncomfortable people.
[Speaker: Colleen Luley] Loving others as Jesus does is far harder than it seems, but Jesus calls his followers to love others, sacrificially, not selfishly. Colleen explores what this kind of uncomfortable love looks like and why Jesus thinks it's such a big deal.
[Speaker: Austin Conner] If we're committed to following Jesus together, we're going to be faced with some uncomfortable truths and difficult situations. But what do we do when Jesus asks us to be something that seems all-together unattainable?