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The mission of Westside Christian Church is to reach people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ and to lead, teach and equip them to become life-long followers of Him.

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Immanuel - God With Us

Immanuel - God With Us

We have celebrated yet another Christmas, the season to remember the birth of Christ Jesus. Christmas can be a delightful time of the year for many, and for some, the season can pose a heavy sense of grief or loneliness. Typically, the season goes just as quickly as it came. The gift planning, Christmas parties, and relaxed conversations leads right into a new season of life, the New Year. This short window of time allows us to look into the future year and plan new life goals such as eating different, meeting someone new, budgeting different, etc. Instead of focusing so much on the New Year, let us focus on the life of Christ Jesus and how he renews us to new life. Join me this morning as we consider “Immanuel, God With Us!” ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Christmas With the Prophets

Christmas With the Prophets

It's coming....yes, Christmas is just around the corner. But just when did Christmas begin? Was it at the announcement to Zechariah the priest that he and his barren wife Elizabeth would have a son and name him "John" as he would be the forerunner of the Messiah? Was it when Gabriel announced to a young virgin named Mary that she would conceive of the Holy Spirit and bear the Savior of the world? Was it at the end of a long and difficult trip to Bethlehem to register for Caesar at the birth of Jesus? Christmas started well before that...it has always been in the mind of God and the Bible progressively unravels that fact from Genesis to Revelation. Because of this, I thought it might be a beneficial endeavor for us to spend "Christmas with the Prophets", those who spoke of this day centuries before there was a Christmas event. They may not have known all the details that we know after the fact, but they sure had some amazing insights that only affirm the truth and inspiration of the Bible concerning the first coming of the Son of God to that Bethlehem stable. Merry Christmas!!! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Book of Galatians: Faith and Freedom

The Book of Galatians: Faith and Freedom

Gospel or Law...Faith or Works... Freedom or Slavery. These are opposing doctrines that confront us all in our life of faith. Freedom is a precious gift that brings great joy. I am sure we would get a hearty confirmation from anyone released from the confines of prison, the enslavement of addiction, or any kind of oppression that hindered and inhibited one's freedom. It is true also of being delivered from the bondage of legalism. Even today, many people surrender themselves to the bondage of rules and regulations and rituals – which is exactly what Christ came to free us from. The letter of Galatians was written to remind us of that freedom. It points us away from the “gospel” of works and toward the wondrous grace of Jesus Christ. It is a book that reminds us that it is by faith alone, in Jesus alone that makes us right with God and that Jesus has set us free – from condemnation, from sin, from obligations to religion, to now worship God and live in a whole new way because of God's love and grace. May the truths of this book be used by the Holy Spirit to cause us to rejoice in God's salvation and in the freedom he has brought to us in Christ Jesus. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Faith That Risks!

Faith That Risks!

Faith…Is it just something we assent to or something that we live by? The book of Hebrews in Chapter 11 tells us that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” It involves the idea of belief, the idea of confidence in God, and the idea of faithfulness to follow where God leads. Many times we’ll come to the edge of faith in our own lives. We’re not sure where things are headed. Maybe it is a decision to start a relationship with Jesus for the first time. Maybe you need to trust him with a business decision or something related to a relationship. There is risk in stepping out in faith. Who will you trust? Will you trust in the Lord with all your heart? What if you’re wrong? Is it really God telling you to take the step of faith? And yet, it is in that confidence that we have in God to lead us that allows us to take that step. And it's not until we move in that direction that we will ever experience the power and glory of God in our lives, because Faith That Risks will take us to new levels of relationship and understanding of God. There is no fresh revelation of God when we remain stagnant in our life with God. How about you? Are you ready to have a Faith That Risks it all on God? Individually? As a church? I hope so. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Living the Larger Story!

Living the Larger Story!

Ever wonder if there was more to this life than you’re living?! I have, and I’d bet I’m not alone in these thoughts. What if I told you that there was, in fact, more to this life? What if I told you there was a larger story going on...and you are invited to be part of it? In fact, what would you say if I told you that YOU play a pivotal part in that larger story? How would that make you feel? What would you do? Would it change anything? Would it make a difference in your life? I welcome you this morning and encourage you to join with me as we look at Matthew 8 and discus “Living The Larger Story!” Discover that there is more to this life when we partner with God in His larger story! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

To Timothy, Trust the Gospel

To Timothy, Trust the Gospel

What do we trust? What we trust determines what we love, and what we love determines what we teach. So what are we teaching people? If we love our life, then we apparently trust our life and become the center of teaching. But how are we truly able to trust ourselves? Are we able to control our birth or even death? Did we sit down with our parents before coming into this world commanding them to birth us? Do we then trust someone else, another person? If so, that person must be able to control their birth, life and death. Is there anyone like that in the world to trust? He would be someone to love and be the center of our teaching. Join me this morning as we look at 1 Timothy 1:1-11 for “Trusting The Gospel” and discover what is worthy of our trust! ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Church: It's a Team Sport!

Church: It

So what is church anyway?! Is it the building where we meet? Is it the programs we have? Is it the designated time for gathering on Sunday mornings? The answer to these questions is an emphatic “NO!” The church is not an organization or a meeting. It’s not the facility we use nor is it the events we plan. The Church is us...you and me & the many people God calls to himself with the purpose of encouraging one another towards deeper intimacy & faith in Jesus. But often times the local church doesn’t look like that. In fact, many times the “church” is defined more by what it’s against rather than what it’s for; and we’ve lost the God-centered connectedness between each other and our community. But fear not, all is not lost! We can still be the body of Christ & learn to change our thinking from church being an organization to the living, breathing organism God designed us to be. Join me today for “Church: It’s A Team Sport!” and discover your place in “church”! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

The Book of Job

The Book of Job

"Why did this happen to me?" Over the centuries people have cried out that question in the midst of personal adversity and tragedy. Considered both a theological and a literary masterpiece, the Book of Job opens the discussion of why God allows the righteous to suffer. While that question may never be fully answered before we enter eternity, it should cause us to see that even in his trials, Job does not abandon his worship of God. With everything in his life pulled out from under him, Job chose to believe that God was good and worthy of worship despite the apparent evidence to the contrary. In his agony, he could still proclaim, "I know that my Redeemer lives!" (19:25) In the end, God vindicated Job's trust in Him. As we move through this amazing story of this man, may we learn from his experiences and faith how to patiently trust God and continue to worship God in the face of troubles and trials that come our way. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Sojourner Ministries

Sojourner Ministries

Steven Ger grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York and Aberdeen, New Jersey, where he was educated in both church and synagogue due to his distinctive heritage as a Jewish Christian. He is the founder and director of Sojourner Ministries, an organization dedicated to exploring the Jewish heart of Christianity. The name of the ministry is derived from the Hebrew meaning of Mr. Ger's surname. In Hebrew, the word "ger" means sojourner or wanderer. This particular "wandering" Jew's faith journey has led him to the conviction that Jesus is the Messiah who was foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures. We are so pleased and blessed to have Steven share his message with us and we encourage you to visit his website for more information at sojournerministries.com.

Jesus In His Own Words

Jesus In His Own Words

Who is Jesus? Some say he is a prophet, a king, the Messiah, the Lord, Master. There are some who believe He was simply a good man, a good teacher, or possibly an angel or a revolutionary. Others say He is an imposter, pretender, fake, charlatan, deceiver, liar, or lunatic. So often people make their decisions based upon improper information. They think they know because they have heard about him at a church or read about him in a magazine or have been told by someone else. The real issue, however, is whether or not each of us has personally taken the time and made the effort to discover what Jesus has to say about Himself. Over the next weeks we will endeavor to do just that in our series, “Jesus in His Own Words”. I hope it will help us better understand and appreciate the wonder of His identity and His mission and will increase our ability to answer His question, “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Let’s begin our journey! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

The Danger of Compromise

The Danger of Compromise

Compromise...it is an interesting word that evokes both positive and negative connotations. On one hand, it can refer to "a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; a reciprocal modification of demands" so that there can be some level of mutual agreement or benefit. However, it can also mean "an endangering; or exposure to danger" as in compromising one's integrity or beliefs. Compromise is therefore not always wrong, but there are those things which cannot, must not, be compromised. In today's world where relativism seems to rule, nothing is considered to be absolutely true, so everything can be compromised. As followers of Jesus, there are things that we cannot and should not compromise, or attempt to negotiate. As we begin the new year, we will look at several areas where we may be tempted to compromise or acquiesce in our faith as we consider several examples from the Scripture in our series “The Danger of Compromise". May it encourage us as we pursue our Savior in 2012. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro