God Never Said That | Being a Christian is Easy

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.'” (Matthew 16:24-25 NLT)

As our “God Didn’t Say That” message series winds to a close, we look at the common misnomer that life as a Christian is always easy. Listen as Pastor Jesse presents the big idea this week that if we are going to find life to the fullest, it is to be found in the daily work of following Christ.

God Never Said That | It Doesn’t Matter What You Believe As Long As You’re Sincere

“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6 NLT)

There are many who pick parts from Christianity and from other religions they like, including Jesus’ teachings of hope, peace and love, but they struggle with His exclusive claim to be the one way to God. Continuing our current series this week, “God Didn’t Say That,” we look at a common misconception that it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re good and sincere. Listen as Pastor Jesse brings a powerful reminder that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ alone.

God Never Said That | It Doesn’t Matter What You Do As Long As You’re Not Hurting Anyone

“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3 NLT)

As we enter week three in our current series, “God Never Said That,” we look at a statement many have made: “It doesn’t matter what I do as long as I’m not hurting anyone.” Listen this week, as Pastor Jesse unpacks some important truths regarding sin and some steps to move away from sin as we learn to grow in our obedience to God.

God Never Said That | God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle

We have often heard the statement, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” This week, as we continue our current message series, “God Never Said That,” Pastor Jesse looks at that statement and walks us through the idea that we were not created to have all the power, but instead created to need God. Listen as we hear the answer to the question, “why would we face things we cannot handle.”

God Never Said That | God Just Wants You to be Happy

As we begin the new year, we introduce a new message series titled “God Never Said That,” looking into some common sayings that have been wrongly attributed to God’s Word. Listen as Pastor Jesse looks at the false theology that God just wants us to be happy, along with some other misconceptions formed from that belief.

Avalanche of Generosity | Radical Love

“This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.'” (Matthew 1:18-21 NLT)

As a child, oftentimes we received an unexpected gift from someone that turned out to be what we considered to be “the perfect gift.” As this year’s “Avalanche of Generosity” winds down, Pastor Jesse continues a look at SLW’s core principles, closing with “Radical Love,” the ultimate perfect, unexpected gift we received at Christmas with the birth of Jesus Christ.

Avalanche of Generosity | Reckless Pursuit and Transformational Multiplication

Continuing our “Avalanche of Generosity” series and our look at five missional principles we focus on at SLW, we look at “reckless pursuit” and “transformational multiplication” as they relate to the Christmas story and to our call to live out these principles in our lives as we serve others.

Avalanche of Generosity | Courageous Generosity

This week’s scripture is taken from 1 Kings 17:8-16 NLT

As we begin this year’s “Avalanche of Generosity” series during this Advent season, we want to take a look at five mission principles we focus upon at SLW. Listen this week as Pastor Jesse takes a closer look at the “courageous generosity” we are all called to live out as we demonstrate God’s goodness towards others.

The Jesus Series | John 7

“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, ‘Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ When he said ‘living water,’ he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.” (John 7:37-39 NLT)

As we get ready to enter the Christmas season, we want to take a look at the issue of unbelief. Continuing our walk through the Book of John this week in the “Jesus Series,” we take a closer look at John 7, and the process of moving from unbelief as we come to Jesus.

The Jesus Series | Hope for a Future

“The time will come when I will heal Jerusalem’s wounds and give it prosperity and true peace. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel and rebuild their towns. I will cleanse them of their sins against me and forgive all their sins of rebellion. Then this city will bring me joy, glory, and honor before all the nations of the earth! The people of the world will see all the good I do for my people, and they will tremble with awe at the peace and prosperity I provide for them.” (Jeremiah 33:6-9 NLT)

In light of everything going on in our world recently, it can seem like at times there is an overwhelming fear and hopelessness, as if the enemy is marching directly towards us. This week, we step out of our study of the book of John for a week, but instead Pastor Jesse unpacks a passage in Jeremiah 33, where we see the hope God gives us beyond the circumstances surrounding us today when it can feel like our lives are in chaos.