Feb 21, 2021
Resist The Exist 6: The Heroic Neighbor
Many of us feel that we must do impressive things or be extraordinarily gifted in order to be a hero.  The story of the Good Samaritan tells us differently.  If one is willing to merely listen to the call of God to love our neighbors we can rise to seemingly impossible heights.  Who knows what one small act of kindness can mean in the view of eternity.  
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Feb 21, 2021Resist The Exist 6: The Heroic Neighbor
    Feb 21, 2021
    Resist The Exist 6: The Heroic Neighbor
    Many of us feel that we must do impressive things or be extraordinarily gifted in order to be a hero.  The story of the Good Samaritan tells us differently.  If one is willing to merely listen to the call of God to love our neighbors we can rise to seemingly impossible heights.  Who knows what one small act of kindness can mean in the view of eternity.  
  • Feb 14, 2021Resist The Exist 5: Persevere
    Feb 14, 2021
    Resist The Exist 5: Persevere

    Our keyword here is Persevere! Hold Fast, Outdo, Remain, and Persevere. Sounds like a very good defense against existing doesn't it. Persevere, means to simply not give up; to be patient in tribulation. It's right there in the text. Throughout the Bible, God constantly calls us to not give up when things get hard. It's kind of like our signature move as believers. We love others genuinely and we have a hope that perseveres through hardship. But of course it's easier said than done. When things get hard... our first response is usually to shelter up and try to survive... to keep existing. We say.. okay I didn't sign up for this so I'm out. But that mentality is not for us... if we are to resist the exist we must persevere.

    So how exactly can we persevere, how can we be patient in tribulation? This morning our verse gives us three ways we can be patient in tribulation and not give up. And what we will see is... If God has never given up on you, how could you ever give up on Him?

  • Feb 7, 2021What We’ve Learned In Our First Year As Stone Creek
    Feb 7, 2021
    What We’ve Learned In Our First Year As Stone Creek
    Series: Stand Alone
    A short devotion going over 7 or more lessons that we've learned our first year as Stone Creek Church.  
  • Jan 31, 2021Resist The Exist Devotional: Restore The Church
    Jan 31, 2021
    Resist The Exist Devotional: Restore The Church
    In Galatians 6:1-9 we see the Christian's responsibility to restore the broken, carry their burdens, and refrain from growing weary.   How are you restoring your brothers and sisters who are struggling with sin?  How are you carrying their burdens as Christ has carried yours?  Don't quit, don't grow weary.  Resist The Exist & Restore the Church! 
  • Jan 24, 2021Resist The Exist 4: Remain Passionate For The Lord
    Jan 24, 2021
    Resist The Exist 4: Remain Passionate For The Lord

    A passion for God is the defining characteristic of a Christian... or at least it should be. Merely existing is the opposite of that. Those who are merely existing have become apathetic, uncaring, mediocre in their faith, and simply lazy. They have given up on what matters the most to simply run out the clock. They have no passion for ministry or for the mission of God. Their fire has all but gone completely out. I see Christians like this all the time. Their hobbies get them excited. Their sports teams get them excited. Their shows get them excited. They are passionate about a great many worldly things, but when it comes to their Lord and Savior... they have very little passion... if any at all. For example, this morning we sang some very powerful songs about our Lord... but many of us probably just sang words rather than feeling the impact of what those words meant. Would anyone look at us singing these songs and say that we are passionate about our God? I'm not judging... I'm just trying to help us realize that it is possible that we have forgotten what a passion for God even looks like anymore. Let's face it church... we, and the rest of the American Church have a serious problem. We claim to be Christians yet we have lost our passion for our God and with it our identity.

  • Jan 17, 2021Resist The Exist 3: Outdo One Another In Love
    Jan 17, 2021
    Resist The Exist 3: Outdo One Another In Love

    The second exhortation God gives us to resist the exist is; outdo one another in love. When we are tempted to merely exist we must change our mentality. When we are tempted to put it in neutral and coast... Jesus tells us to push the clutch back in and put it into gear. And not just first gear... we need to punch it! The Bible has given us the prescription for the disease of mediocrity; excellence. You counter mediocrity with exceptional. You resist the exist by outdoing. And so we must outdo one another in love. Meaning we must love them so greatly, so exceptionally, that they can't categorize our love as anything other than extraordinary. They love you... you love them more. They love you more... you love them even more.

  • Jan 10, 2021Resist The Exist 2: Hold Fast To What Is Good
    Jan 10, 2021
    Resist The Exist 2: Hold Fast To What Is Good

    A key phrase which helps us resist the mentality to simply exist is “hold fast.” Don't slip into mediocrity, instead hold fast to the task at hand. Don't give up on what God has called you to do, instead hold fast to the mission. Don't quit, don't stop, don't get stuck, instead hold fast to the great calling of which you've been called.

    Hold fast is a sailing term where an officer would shout to the men to hold fast to the riggings so the sails don't swing around too hard and kill someone on deck or knock someone overboard. This was never more important than in a storm, where after holding onto the riggings for hours the sailors would be sore, tired, and frustrated. No doubt they would feel the temptation to give up... but they couldn't... the crew depended on it. And so they would hear this phrase of encouragement rally the men to continue to fight. Hold fast... hold fast... hold fast! My prayer is that this phrase would rally us to not give up the fight against sin, and for doing good.

    And the struggle is clear is it not? When times get hard, monotonous, and unexciting it's easy to lose focus on abhorring evil and doing good. When we loose some of the wind in our sails we could be tempted to love sin more and love doing good to people less. There is a common phrase that mom's have used for ages to get their kids off their butts and out of the house; “idle hands are the devil's playground.” Meaning, when you aren't doing something useful the devil will tempt you to do something sinful to fill the time. And over the years I've noticed this to be true. If we live in the mentality of simply existing... if we become idle... it's easy for Satan to nudge open the door and begin to creep into your mind. When you are going forward and focused it's much harder for him to succeed at finding a foothold... but when we are standing still he can get our attention and before we know it we are sinning.

  • Jan 3, 2021Resist The Exist 1: The Tragedy Of Not Really Living
    Jan 3, 2021
    Resist The Exist 1: The Tragedy Of Not Really Living
    In the movie "Braveheart" William Wallace is told by his mates, "you're going to die."  He replies, "all men die, not all men truly live."   There is a greater tragedy than dying.   Many churches and Christians have fallen victim to a mentality of merely existing in this life.  They are surviving instead of thriving.  Their work is mediocre, their attitude towards the mission is apathetic.  And they are merely running out the clock.  They are existing.  The greatest tragedy in this life is not dying... the greatest tragedy is not really living.  Are you really living?  Stop running out the clock... and start living for Christ!
  • Dec 27, 2020King of Kings 4: Facing An Uncertain Future
    Dec 27, 2020
    King of Kings 4: Facing An Uncertain Future
    We all face an uncertain future, but we forget that Jesus' family once faced an uncertain future as well.  They had to escape the threat of death at night and go to Egypt.  They had to return to another town because the threat remained even after they came back.  Even then they did not know what awaited their son Jesus who would eventually die for the sins of humanity on the cross.  We all face an uncertain future, and in 2021 the same threats we faced the year before will remain.  Where do we place our trust?  We place our trust in the one who raised from the dead and is coming again.  In the end we win... so in 2021 we also win.  
  • Dec 20, 2020King of Kings 3: A King You Can’t Kill
    Dec 20, 2020
    King of Kings 3: A King You Can’t Kill

    are we willing to surrender our desires to be our own king or are we going to reject the authority of the one true king in order to hold on to control over our lives. At some point we must realize that we are not the king of our life and trying to hold onto kingship will be our demise. True life, true freedom, is found in worshipping the one true king. And as we will see this morning; you really have one of two choices here. You must either die to your self or you must try to kill Jesus.

    But you say, didn't Jesus actually die? And I'm glad you brought that up. He did die... but not because someone killed him, rather because he laid his life down so that we could be saved. The only way Jesus could die is if he allowed it. And then just as quick as he died... he took his life back up again and was resurrected from the dead.