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Northgate

No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion. Northgate is focused on doing this not only through our weekend services in-person and online, but also by reaching outside our four walls. We accomplish this through multiple local outreaches every year, supporting global and local missions and taking teams on national and international mission trips each year. For more information about us, please visit our website: https://thisis.church

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Matthew: Finding Our True North
2d ago
Matthew: Finding Our True North
Embark with us on a fascinating exploration into the heart of what guides our moral and spiritual compass, as we reveal the mysteries of true north beyond mere geography. In our latest episode, we engage with the ancient wisdom of Isaiah and the powerful teachings of Jesus to reflect on how societies and individuals can veer off course, and the importance of realigning with our intrinsic direction. Through engaging storytelling and insightful commentary, we promise an enlightening journey into the parables that challenge us to ponder the essence of leadership, accountability, and the cultivation of just relationships.Our conversation takes a deep dive into the rich symbolism of the vineyard parable, dissecting the roles of Israel, its leaders, and the prophets as we correlate them with contemporary parallels. The rejected cornerstone—Jesus—emerges as a pivotal figure, shedding light on the themes of divine justice, reversal of fortunes, and the true meaning of spiritual fruitfulness. We synthesize these ancient narratives to present a call to action for all who strive to embody love, justice, and righteousness in their daily lives, setting a foundation for a community rooted in these eternal principles.As your guides, we tackle the complex interplay between stewardship and ownership, and how this dynamic influences our journey toward spiritual fulfillment. This episode isn't just about understanding biblical allegories; it's an invitation to examine the magnetic shifts in our own lives that might be pulling us away from our true north. Join us for an episode that offers not just historical and spiritual insights but also serves as a beacon, reminding us of the unwavering love and commitment that beckons us back to our true purpose, no matter how far we might have strayed. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: The Authority Game
12-05-2024
Matthew: The Authority Game
Have you ever had one of those candid conversations with a child that took a turn into unexpected territory? We've all been there, and I'll share a particularly amusing one about the birds and the bees that unfolded when a young one inquired about their origins. As laughter subsides, our thoughts turn to Mother's Day—a day that echoes with gratitude and complex emotions. In the spirit of Romans 12:15, this episode isn't just about chuckles; it's a heartfelt nod to the joys and sorrows of motherhood, opening a door to our upcoming "Hope and Help" series. Walking into the temple with Jesus, we find ourselves amidst confrontations and profound teachings that shook the religious foundations of His time. Witness the bold claims and challenges He presented, revealing His role as more than just a messenger; He became the living temple, the embodiment of God's presence. As we strip away the centuries-old imagery of a westernized Jesus, let's reconsider the humility of His origins and how that reshapes our understanding of authority and influence. Our preconceptions often dictate whom we respect, but today, let's question deeper—what authoritative voices are truly worth our allegiance?The sermon culminates with stories of skeptics finding unexpected freedom within the church's embrace, highlighting the life-changing power of genuine faith beyond mere appearances. By confronting our personal idols and embracing divine guidance, we can experience profound transformation. Join me in a closing prayer, seeking not only personal growth but also a community that reflects the very essence of the Gospel—a call to live under the authority of the one who set the ultimate example of service and sacrifice. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Praying In Faith
05-05-2024
Matthew: Praying In Faith
Have you ever heard about beavers parachuting into the Idaho wilderness? That's right, in 1948, Geronimo and his furry companions took an unconventional flight to replenish their habitat – an event that mirrors the continuous cycle of renewal and responsibility we share in our spiritual ecosystems. As Jeff Bachman, I invite you to join me in reflecting on this quirky slice of history and the ways it resonates with our roles in God's dynamic narrative, prompting us to nurture our faith and the world around us.Journey with me as we unravel the perplexing act of Jesus cursing a barren fig tree, a moment that offers profound insights into expectations, purpose, and our own spiritual growth. From the pressing urge Jesus conveyed in the days leading to his crucifixion to the cultural significance of the fig tree in ancient Israel, this sermon promises to enrich your understanding of biblical teachings and their application to our daily lives. Discover how this story, woven with threads of accountability and potential, calls us to align our actions with the authenticity and depth of our faith.This sermon culminates with a personal tale of cultural adaptation – how embracing Texas quirks can reflect the genuine transformation Jesus prompts within us. We discuss the natural symbiosis of fig trees and wasps, drawing parallels to the life emerging from Jesus's sacrifice, and delve into the essence of living out God's purpose for us. I offer you a prayer and a challenge to actively engage in God's work, to be receptive to the transformative power of Jesus, and to grow in your calling and faith. Let's embrace our journey, much like the industrious beaver, creating environments where our spiritual gifts can thrive and serve others. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Flipping Tables
28-04-2024
Matthew: Flipping Tables
Unveil the transformative power of divine love with us as we traverse the complex landscape of mental well-being and Jesus's poignant last days. Our "Hope and Help" series launches a vital conversation on mental health, inviting experts to offer a beacon of light to those touched by the shadows of depression, anxiety, and stress. As we prepare for this 12-week endeavor, we also turn to the sacred texts, recounting Jesus's purposeful path into Jerusalem and His profound acts within the temple walls, challenging us to examine the integrity of our own spiritual practices.Witness the unyielding passion of Jesus as He confronts the corruption rampant in the temple, juxtaposed with His immediate tenderness towards the afflicted. This episode delves into the dual nature of Jesus's mission—His righteous indignation against exploitation and His boundless compassion for humanity. Together with our guests, we ponder the lessons Jesus's actions offer us, stirring us to recognize that often, deep-seated love and concern manifest as anger, and that such emotions call for reflection and a striving for justice and goodness.Our journey culminates with an invitation to introspection, as we explore the ways in which we fall short and the necessity of Jesus's compassionate intervention in our lives. We discuss how Jesus's loving passion can address our pains and failings, offering solace and hope. Through prayer and reflection, we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help us embrace a life that honors Jesus as our compassionate king. Join us in this profound experience, as we seek to transform our hearts and renew our spirit with gratitude and a commitment to action. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: The Triumphal Entry
21-04-2024
Matthew: The Triumphal Entry
Walk with us through the streets of Jerusalem as we retrace the steps of Jesus during the most critical week in Christian history. Our exploration begins with the sound of palm branches rustling and cries of "Hosanna" as Jesus makes his triumphal entry, an act heavy with prophetic fulfillment. We'll uncover the deep connections between the ancient Jewish Passover and the Christian celebration of Easter, delving into how these events still resonate with us today. Revisiting the Gospel of Matthew, we decode the strategic and symbolic choices Jesus made and how they stirred a city into a mixture of excitement and turmoil.Imagine the anticipation of an unfolding divine plan as I recount a personal travel story that draws striking parallels to the Gospel narrative. Life, much like Jesus' journey, can lead us through a series of orchestrated events that leave us in awe of the unexpected paths we tread. We’ll reflect on the profound emotions that gripped those who witnessed Christ's entrance to Jerusalem, and how, like a flight attendant's unexpected act of kindness or the innocence of a baby, it's often the unanticipated moments that leave the most lasting impression on our hearts.Finally, we juxtapose the enigmatic provocations of the street artist Banksy with the radical messages of Jesus and the prophets of old. Through storytelling and insights into Banksy's disruptive artistry, we contemplate the power of public symbols in shaping our perceptions and actions. In the end, we're each faced with a decision—will we recognize the transformative message of Jesus as king in our own lives? The choice has never been more poignant. Join us for this profound discussion that weaves together art, faith, and the personal decisions that define our spiritual authority. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
14-04-2024
Matthew: Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
Have you ever felt a sense of desperation so profound that you would do anything for change? Join me, Pastor Larry, as we conclude our exploration of Matthew chapter 20 and find out how two blind men's encounter with Jesus teaches us about the transformative power of persistence in faith. This episode promises to awaken a deeper understanding of the spiritual battles we face today, drawing inspiration from the ancient stories that echo our own experiences.This week, we grapple with the nuances of desperation, exemplified by the story of Bartimaeus. His audacity to call out to Jesus, defying the crowd's disapproval, serves as a powerful illustration of the internal struggle between our pride and the need for divine intervention. As we dissect this biblical narrative, I urge you to consider the moments in your life where desperation has called for surrender, and how such vulnerability can lead to profound spiritual breakthroughs.We round off our discussion with a heartfelt examination of the unnoticed and desperate around us. By sharing real-life prayer requests from our community, we open our hearts to the immense value of compassion and togetherness in our walk with God. So, listen in and be moved by the stories that remind us of our mission to live out Jesus's love, and discover how embracing our desperation can bring us closer to the divine and to one another. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Servants Not Judges
08-04-2024
Matthew: Servants Not Judges
Prepare to be inspired by the profound insights shared by our special guests, fire chief and Solano County judge, Brian Kim. Together, we'll explore the intersection of faith and professional life, discussing the challenges and rewards of upholding one's spirituality in leadership roles. Learn how personal beliefs can be a guiding force in the workplace, and how men of faith are redefining success by embracing the teachings of Jesus.The Kingdom of God paints a different picture of greatness, one that contradicts the world's view of power and prestige. Our dialogue ventures into the depths of spiritual servanthood, examining how true leadership is grounded in service to others. We dissect the complexities around the concept of servitude against historical contexts, and courageously redefine what it means to lead with a heart for serving, guided by the revolutionary examples set forth by Christ.As we wrap up, feel the embrace of the blessings I share for all involved in the Changemaker Fair, along with a reminder of the resources at your fingertips. Hear my heartfelt encouragement to carry the light of the Lord into every endeavor and join in the celebration of our communal efforts to serve, uplift, and create ripples of change. Tune in next week to witness the incredible impact we can make when we unite in the spirit of transformative leadership and service. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Easter 2024
31-03-2024
Easter 2024
Easter's narrative isn't just about chocolate eggs and bunnies; it's a profound exploration of hope's triumph over despair. As I stood preaching on that momentous day, the weight of tradition and progress rested on my shoulders, honoring the women who've historically been the heralds of the resurrection story. Through a vibrant recounting of an Easter service, we traverse the emotions stirred by the empty tomb and the transformative impact it has on those who feel buried by life's trials. The concept of "tomb psychology," as introduced by Pope Francis, becomes a focal point, challenging us to rise above the metaphorical graves of our hopes and dreams to embrace the light of new beginnings.The journey doesn't stop at the empty tomb; it's where it begins anew, with the courage to confront our longest-held pains. We reflect on Mary Magdalene's encounter with Jesus and how it mirrors our own need to face sorrow with authenticity and the hope of understanding. This episode is not just a sermon but an invitation to tap into the resurrection power within, to break free from cycles of suffering, and to step boldly into a legacy of healing. As we weave through these themes, we come to see ourselves as people of hope, bearing the joyous proclamation, "He is risen," into every aspect of our existence. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: What's Your Motive For Faith?
24-03-2024
Matthew: What's Your Motive For Faith?
Have you ever felt a tug in your heart when seeking recognition or favor, not just for yourself but for those you love? We wrestle with this human experience as we unpack the story of Zebedee's sons' mother in Matthew 20:20-23, where her request to Jesus reveals our complex desires for control and honor. Together, we'll explore the cultural backdrop of her plea, Jesus' profound response about the nature of His kingdom, and how surrendering our ambitions can lead to a deeper alignment with God's will.Celebrating the courage and faith of biblical heroines, we highlight women's pivotal roles in the divine narrative, echoing our church's tradition of women sharing the Easter message. From Mary, the mother of Jesus, to other influential women like Phoebe and Lois, we illuminate their often-underestimated impact on Christian history and today's faith communities. This conversation is an uplifting reminder that women are not just participants in proclaiming the resurrection but mighty messengers of hope and transformation.In a heart-to-heart on authenticity in our spiritual pursuits, we question the purity of our motives and the true intent behind our relationship with Christ. Are we in it for the eternal or the ephemeral? Stripping away the layers of our worldly desires through prayer and worship, we seek a reverence that draws us nearer to the essence of Jesus' message. This episode is a call to embody His love and grace, inspiring us to live out faith as genuine and earnest as the examples set by the mothers, grandmothers, and faithful women throughout scripture. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
17-03-2024
Matthew: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Why did Jesus have to die? This profound question taps into the core of Christian faith and humanity's narrative, a tale of creation, fall, and redemption. As we journey through the scriptures, beginning with the book of Matthew, we delve into the crucial role of Jesus's sacrifice for humankind. Together, we'll navigate the ancient traditions of atonement, exploring how they reveal God's enduring love and desire for reconciliation with us. It's not just an exploration of biblical accounts; it's about comprehending these rituals' historical and cultural significance and their transformation from old to new within the Christian faith.Our latest sermon unravels the rich tapestry of God's covenant with Israel, the symbolism behind the Tabernacle, and the profound implications of atonement rituals. As we engage with the stories of the Israelites and their struggles to maintain divine guidance, we'll grasp the depth of human nature's tendency to stray and the mercy that remains steadfast despite it. The conversation highlights the transition from the Old Testament's visceral atonement practices to Jesus's ultimate act of love. Through this, we invite listeners to grasp the total weight of sin, the cost of atonement, and the hope offered through Jesus's life, death, and resurrection.Reflect on the transformative power of God's loveas we discuss the end of animal sacrifices and the introduction of new rituals such as baptism and the Lord's Supper. These sacred acts remind us of our humanity and God's unwavering love. Whether steeped in faith or just dipping your toes in spiritual waters, this episode extends a heartfelt invitation to partake in or ponder upon the rituals that symbolize renewal and a profound relationship with the divine. Join us to explore the most selfless sacrifice and its enduring impact on our lives and beliefs. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Undeserved Grace
10-03-2024
Matthew: Undeserved Grace
As we embrace the Easter season with open hearts, we're thrilled to welcome Ruthie Kim, who will be continuing our cherished tradition of a woman imparting the gospel message. Her unique perspective promises to enrich our understanding as we gather in celebration and reflection. This period also marks a time of joy and transformation, with over 40 individuals stepping into new life through baptism, symbolizing the profound journey of resurrection that we all partake in.Venture with us through the challenging teachings of Jesus, as laid out in the Book of Matthew, where the parable of the Kingdom of Heaven and the landowner turns our notions of fairness on their head. This narrative challenges listeners to grapple with God's lavish grace, a grace that is as confounding as it is comforting. It's a poignant reminder that in the realm of the divine, the last may be first, and the first, last, inviting us to find solace in our imperfections and assurance in His generous mercy.We then confront the corrosive effects of envy and the quest for contentment, delving into the spiritual malaise that can stem from a lack of joy in others' successes. Our discussion illuminates the dangers that envy poses not only to our personal peace but to the harmony of our broader faith community. Through introspection, prayer, and embracing the generosity of grace, we seek to cultivate a life of discipleship and genuine happiness, one where our will aligns with a higher purpose, enhancing our lives and those within our communities. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: The Disciples Reward
03-03-2024
Matthew: The Disciples Reward
As we gather to observe the profound traditions of Easter, I invite you to join a conversation that promises to reshape your understanding of commitment, especially in the context of faith and finance. This sermon peels back the layers of our relationship with money, using the lessons from Matthew 19 to question whether it's become an idol in our culture. We draw parallels between Hernando Cortez's drastic act of ship-burning and the radical decision to follow Jesus, urging you to contemplate the influence wealth holds over your life.Venture with us through a reflective journey on the price of true discipleship, holding up a mirror to the rich young ruler's pivotal moment with Jesus. This story is not just a tale from the past but a resonant challenge for each of us, as we examine our attachments and consider what it truly means to let go. Discover the eternal promises of Jesus juxtaposed with the transient, often deceptive, allure of worldly success. Through the disciples' own queries, we uncover the comforting truth that even amidst our strivings and confusions, Jesus offers a guarantee that transcends time and material wealth.Closing with a powerful call to surrender, we embrace the 'Burn the Ships' prayer, inspired by for KING & COUNTRY's stirring message of transformation. This episode doesn't just recount historical narratives or scripture; it invites you on a personal expedition towards relinquishing control, stepping past the boundaries of comfort, and into the liberating embrace of Jesus Christ. Together, we explore the rest, joy, and acceptance that await when we truly let Jesus take the helm of our lives. Join us for this soul-stirring dialogue on surrender, commitment, and the life-changing impact of embracing Jesus' invitation to eternal life. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: The God of Money
25-02-2024
Matthew: The God of Money
Have you ever felt the weight of your possessions tethering you to the ground, making the ascent to spiritual fulfillment seem like an insurmountable climb? Join us in an eye-opening discussion where we explore the rich young man's encounter with Jesus from the book of Matthew, illuminating the modern-day dilemmas of wealth, desire, and spiritual commitment. As we unpack the subtle idolatries of our time, mirroring the rich young ruler's own obsessions, we invite you to consider the depth of your own relationship with Christ—beyond the material successes that society holds in high regard.Confront the hard truths with us about prosperity and piety as we dissect Jesus' message that challenges the comfortable correlation between wealth and divine favor. The disciples' astonishment becomes our own as we question what we value most and what we're willing to trade for a life enriched with intrinsic worth, free from guilt and shame. This heartfelt conversation reaches into the very fabric of our daily lives, urging a reevaluation of our priorities and a call to live generously, in alignment with the kingdom of heaven.Finally, prepare to be moved as we wrestle with the concept of surrender—total, uncompromising surrender—to Jesus' lordship over every facet of our existence. Examine what it truly means to let go, to trust in God's provision, and to use our blessings purposefully. As we close with a prayer for divine dependence, we invite the Holy Spirit to comfort and challenge us, encouraging a transformative commitment to letting Jesus be Lord in every aspect of our lives. Join us on this transformative journey, and find the courage to let go of self-reliance and embrace a life of faith and surrender. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Wealth and Spirituality
19-02-2024
Matthew: Wealth and Spirituality
Have you ever stood at the crossroads of wealth and spirituality, wondering which path leads to true fulfillment? Within our latest spiritual exploration, we uncover the transformative lessons from the tale of the rich young ruler, as depicted in Matthew 19:16-22. Our pastoral team shares intimate discussions on the tug-of-war between completing tasks for satisfaction and the higher calling to live out our faith in Jesus Christ. We dissect our daily struggles that echo the young ruler's dilemma and the weighty choice between earthly treasures and heavenly riches.At the heart of our spiritual odyssey lies a deeper understanding of salvation, a gift not earned but given. We unravel the misconceptions surrounding good deeds as currency for eternal life, emphasizing the essence of being good at our core. Through personal reflections and analysis of the Ten Commandments, we highlight the distinction between superficial adherence and genuine, visible obedience to our faith. This episode challenges you to contemplate the true nature of security—found not in material gains but in the steadfast embrace of faith.As we close this heartfelt conversation, we confront the idols that vie for the throne in our hearts. From possessions to power, we examine what we might be holding onto at the expense of our spiritual well-being. Yet, in surrendering our idols, we find a liberating truth: with God, all is possible. Whether you're a seeker, a believer struggling to prioritize, or simply needing encouragement, this episode invites you to join us in a soulful garage sale, placing Jesus at the center of it all and embarking on a journey of obedience and divine glory. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Qualities in those Jesus Blesses
11-02-2024
Matthew: Qualities in those Jesus Blesses
Have you ever considered the sheer power of truly understanding the needs of those around you? We're opening our hearts in a candid conversation about the struggles that keep us awake at night, both for believers and non-believers alike. As we navigate the profound messages in Matthew 19:13-15, we're taking a closer look at the impact of childhood experiences on our self-worth and the all-encompassing embrace Jesus offers, especially to those who have felt marginalized or undervalued.This sermon isn't just a theological study; it's an intimate reassurance of Jesus's active role in our lives, an advocate who rises in our defense, particularly in the moments we've been most wounded. We dissect the powerful ways our interpretation of past traumas shapes us and how we can combat the lies etched into our self-belief. It's an invitation to rediscover the pure, unadulterated joy of childlike faith while rating our capacity to dream, forgive, and marvel at life's simplicities through 'ocean therapy,' laughter, and play.Join us as we wrap up with a poignant reminder of the intrinsic value and unconditional love each of us holds in the eyes of the divine. You're not just another face in the crowd; your creation was intentional and cherished, and you have a purpose. This episode is a heartfelt exploration of these truths, designed to heal, inspire, and transform, beckoning you to step into the fullness of your existence as one of God's beloved. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Jesus and Divorce
04-02-2024
Matthew: Jesus and Divorce
Navigating the complexities of divorce from a Christian perspective, we bring to light the tender intersection of faith, heartache, and the quest for healing in this powerful episode. Join us as we delve into Christ's teachings from Matthew 19, unraveling the intricacies of marriage and the wrenching reality of its dissolution. Our conversation ventures beyond the surface, offering a profound examination of the biblical stance on divorce and the imperative to provide compassionate support and growth for those walking through this valley of desolation.This sermon casts a lens on the poignant role of questions in the context of marriage—how they shape our understanding, intentions, and the very foundation of our relationships. We scrutinize the dialogue between Jesus and the Pharisees, exploring the depths of Jesus' wisdom on the sanctity of the marital bond and the implications of the historical divorce laws. The journey through these teachings reveals a stark contrast between self-serving inquiries and those that reflect the heart of God's design for us. I reflect on how nearly five decades of matrimony have enriched my insights into embodying grace and fostering growth within the bonds of love.Each chapter weaves a narrative that challenges us to embrace our imperfections and to be forthright in our walk with Christ. Our discussion offers a prayerful meditation on surrender and trust, inviting you to seek divine guidance through life's trials, including the difficulties inherent in marriage and the painful resolution of divorce. As we traverse these profound topics, this episode is a testament to the transformative power of faith and the enduring hope that commitment to God's path can bring, even amid our most arduous struggles. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: The Power of Forgiveness
28-01-2024
Matthew: The Power of Forgiveness
Have you ever grappled with the weight of forgiveness and the chains of resentment and wondered how to let go honestly? Our exploration of Matthew 18 culminates in a robust discussion on forgiveness, where Jesus' parable of the unmerciful servant acts as our guide. This parable reveals a transformative understanding of forgiveness that transcends mere action, becoming a central tenet of our faith walk. We journey through the teachings of Jesus, learning how the humility of a child and our approach to conflict resolution within communities embody the very essence of what it means to follow Christ.Christopher's story is nothing short of remarkable—a narrative that breathes life into the concept of boundless forgiveness. From the depths of the Cambodian genocide to the creation of a church among those who once inflicted unimaginable pain, his journey reminds us of the profound grace within the human spirit. As I share the complexities and nuances of forgiveness, we confront the misconceptions that often entangle us, emphasizing the need to balance grace and accountability and how forgiveness shapes our relationships and personal commitments to Christ.In our final act of reflection, I invite you to consider your spiritual commitments and to identify those in your life who deserve an extra measure of grace and love. By documenting our intentions and offering them in worship, we create tangible symbols of our dedication to discipleship. Join me as we seek the courage to live out the transformative and healing practice of forgiveness, drawing strength and guidance from the teachings of Jesus and the stories of those who have walked this path before us. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Three or More Are Gathered
21-01-2024
Matthew: Three or More Are Gathered
Walking alongside Jesus in our daily endeavors, have you ever wondered what it feels like to have your spirit's dwelling place expand and transform? This week, we invite you to a heartwarming series of reflections that venture deep into the essence of being truly present with Jesus and carrying His grace in every corner of our lives. We'll unveil the splendid journey of faith akin to nurturing a home, witnessing its evolution as we grow, and understanding how our spiritual tapestry can sometimes seem like a patchwork but is meant to be a harmonious whole. Together, we'll confront the challenges of embodying Jesus to others, especially those burned by church experiences, and celebrate the humbling triumphs of genuine community connection.Have you ever thought of your prayers as notes in a divine symphony, each one harmonizing with others to create a melody that resonates in heaven? That's the imagery we explore as we consider the power of unity in prayer, inspired by Matthew 18 and 19 scriptures. We'll share stories that mirror the Tough Mudder races, where teamwork and mud-splattered smiles are a testament to our collective journey in Christ—a journey where every soul counts, and each step brings us closer to the heart of God's kingdom. We'll also grapple with the delicate dance of balancing personal devotion and the vibrancy of communal worship, reinforcing the blessing of Jesus's presence whenever we gather in His name.To cap off our expedition, let's immerse ourselves in the 'unforced rhythms of grace' that Jesus beckons us to adopt, stepping into a life marked by spiritual freedom and inner peace. This episode is a tender reminder to savor the presence of our loved ones, recognizing that these moments of togetherness mirror our communion with God. As we introduce 'Rooted,' an initiative aimed at weaving God's presence into the everyday fabric of our routines, we aspire to cultivate habits that make dwelling in His grace as natural as breathing. Join us in embracing these rhythms as we commit to nurturing our spiritual abodes with intention, love, and the heartfelt desire to walk with the divine. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: Handle Conflict The Right Way
14-01-2024
Matthew: Handle Conflict The Right Way
When a bingo game at a wedding I officiated led to a full-blown conflict with another pastor, my journey into the heart of conflict resolution in the Christian community began. This episode brings to light the challenges and opportunities we face when addressing conflict and sin within our churches. Through personal stories and biblical exploration, we discuss how to approach these delicate situations with grace, aiming for restoration rather than punishment. It's a candid look at the transformative power of love and the steps we can take to foster healing and growth in our faith communities.Navigating conflict can be as tricky as deciphering a teenager's text messages, but it's a crucial part of building a strong, caring community. We unravel the intricacies of Matthew 18, inviting a spirit of empathy into the difficult conversations we must sometimes have. This episode isn't just about correcting each other; it's about the way we do it—reflecting Jesus's heart in every step. From the personal to the communal, we explore how accountability, handled with care, shapes a grace-filled environment where everyone is welcome to explore their faith.Lastly, we turn our focus to the outsiders, the 'pagans and tax collectors' of our time, and how our outreach and conflict resolution tactics can truly embody the love of Christ. We share stories of community events and personal interactions that show the profound impact of extending grace, modeling what it means to live as Jesus taught us. Join us as we consider how to represent His teachings in our relationships within the church, and be the agents of inclusion and transformation we are called to be. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...
Matthew: When the 99 Squirm
07-01-2024
Matthew: When the 99 Squirm
Have you ever pondered the true essence of greatness within a spiritual community? Join me on a compelling journey through Matthew 18, where we unravel Jesus' radical teachings on community and authority, shattering the disciples' and our own preconceptions along the way. We dissect core concepts like childlike humility, servanthood, and the upside-down kingdom that Jesus envisioned—a realm where the least become the greatest. This episode isn't just theological musings; it's a practical guide to living out our faith through genuine humility, fostering sincere connections within our community, and embracing the path of the royal priesthood.We've all heard the parables, but have we truly grasped their significance for today's disciples? I'll share personal anecdotes and biblical narratives—like the lost sheep and the Pharisee and the tax collector—that bring to light the profound importance of humility and active love in our lives. Our discussion examines guardian angels, the dignity of church members, and the balance of grace and accountability, all while challenging misconceptions about church authority and the role of evangelism. If you've been searching for a deeper understanding of your role in the faith community or yearning for a sense of belonging, this episode will provide both comfort and challenge.Wrapping up, we explore how we can manifest the hands and feet of Jesus in our daily interactions, fostering transparency to combat hypocrisy, and extending support to those on the fringes. I'll encourage you to reflect on the simple yet profound ways we can demonstrate care within our community, ensuring everyone knows they have a place at the family table. By the end of our time together, you'll be inspired to act on the imperative of love and restoration, with the Holy Spirit as our guide in identifying who needs our love and attention the most. So grab a seat at our family table, and let's embark on this transformative exploration together. Support the Show.With Northgate Online, you can join us every Sunday live at 9:00a and 11:00a, and our gatherings are available on-demand starting at 7p! Join us at https://thisis.churchSubscribe to our channel to see more messages from Northgate: https://www.youtube.com/@Northgate2201 —If you would like to give, visit https://thisis.church/give/—Check out our Care Ministries for prayer, food pantry, memorial services and more at https://thisis.church/care—You are welcome at Northgate just like you are. Life may be going great for you or you may have hurts, hang-ups, and habits. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Northgate. We value the process of journey. We believe in the transformative power of Christ. Northgate has a clear vision of transforming our homes, communities, and world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion.—Follow Northgate on Instagram: https://instgram.com/ngatecfFollow Northgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsNorthgate/Follow Larry Davis: https://www.instagram.com/sirlawrencedavisSubscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Apple): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/northgate/id1583512612Subscribe to Northgate's Podcast (Google): https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS81ODE2ODAucnNzShare your experience with Northgate by leaving a review: https://g.page/r/CRHE7UBydhxzEBM/review...