Sunday Sermons

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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Behind the scenes of Christmas!

Behind the scenes of Christmas!

It’s Christmas! For many, it is a time to be awestruck at the incarnation of the Savior—God becomes flesh—and rejoice at the birth of the One who has come to bring deliverance and set free from sin those who will put their faith in Christ. Christmas is a time of giving and gifts and family and joy and reflection...and yet, Christmas is one of the links that comprise God’s grand redemptive plan. Over the next couple of weeks, I want to pull back the curtain, to look Behind The Scenes of Christmas, and consider more riches of God’s power, grace, mercy and love that are often overlooked when we celebrate this holiday. I hope that it will serve to expand our insight and understanding of the wonder and wisdom of God, not only at what Christmas means, but how Christmas is a promise that has been fulfilled on the way to you and I living by faith for His glory and praise. Merry Christmas! ~Pastor Frank

1 Timothy

1 Timothy

Sometime around 64-65AD, the church plant at Ephesus was struggling. There were false teachers leading people astray with legalism; relationships were a mess at every level of life; the wealthy disregarded generosity, holding tight their possessions; idolatry was still a big draw with the goddess Diana/Artemis—sin was everywhere threatening to ruin the church. Into this caldron of disarray, the Apostle Paul sends this letter to his young disciple Timothy. Paul had left Timothy in Ephesus to repair the damage, restore the focus and direct the church as to how those in Ephesus should respond and conduct themselves if they were going to be a healthy and worshipping church. Thus, 1 Timothy contains wisdom that leaders and every church, in every generation and in every location, can benefit from. So as we learn about the church of Ephesus from so long ago, we can also hear and learn what Jesus has to say to us at Westside Church for today as we, like the Ephesians, face “The Challenge Of Being The Church.” ~Pastor Frank

Elijah: Learning to follow God!

Elijah: Learning to follow God!

Our Bibles are filled with accounts of people that seem larger than life sometimes. People like Moses, David, Daniel, Esther, Paul and others. They all seem to be people who accomplished things for God that are so far above our own experiences that we feel like we could never be like them. That they are just biblical SUPERPEOPLE! But our study of Elijah will reveal a secret to us - all of these people were just that - PEOPLE! The Bible reminds us that Elijah "was a man just like us" (James 5:17). He was just a man, who, as we shall see over the next weeks, had to learn about God and learn how to hear and follow God just like you and I. My hope is that we will see that God can take a "nobody" that will totally yield their life to Him and use that life to accomplish great things for the glory of His name. As we study Elijah, we will be able to learn some of the lessons that he learned to know God, trust God, and follow God in obedient faith so that we may be better equipped to live a radical life of faith that points others to God and brings Him honor. Could we desire anything better than that? ~Pastor Frank

Planting the Gospel

Planting the Gospel

Jesus builds his church, and no one and nothing else. No amount of money, ministries, relationships, or reputation give life. God is the only source of life for people. God planted the gospel of Jesus for people to believe and live with him. Christians are people who embody the truth of God and plant the gospel where they live - honestly, authentically, and humbly. This takes belief, repentance, and conviction, which makes us increasingly unafraid of the world and failure, and awe (fear) God. Belief without repentance will always be a confusing way to live, and will hinder decision making and discipleship. But when we are ready to abandon ourselves, God brings life to our souls and includes us in his movement to make his name known, believed, and followed! God is the movement we follow. What are we afraid to lose? ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Commitment or Surrender?

Commitment or Surrender?

Commitment or surrender? Is there a difference?! These two powerful words are similar but have two distinct and different meanings. But in these ever changing times, the lines between them have been blurred and often Christians use them interchangeably when talking about their walk with Jesus Christ. So which is it? Are we called to a commitment to Christ or is it surrender. While a case could be made for both/and, I believe because of cultural laziness we have taken what was once a serious surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ and made it a casual commitment to a religious ideal. Today we will explore the differences between a cultural commitment and a radical surrender; what the Bible says about it, why it’s important, what we should do about it and what difference it will make in our lives and for generations to come. So thanks for joining us at Westside Christian Church this morning... I hope and pray that you are challenged as we discover together “Commitment OR Surrender!” ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Radical Gospel... Radical Faith!

Radical Gospel... Radical Faith!

There is no greater message in the entire earth than the message that we refer to as "the Gospel". Yet, even so, it is often times, especially among Christians, distorted and oversimplified and made confusing because we don't know what it essentially is ourselves. That should lead us to ask, "What is the gospel?" Just what is the essence of this "good news" that we have received and are to proclaim to the world. The message that we were commanded by Jesus Himself to take to the ends of the earth? If anyone should know the answer to this question, it should be those who call themselves Christians shouldn't it? Yet it causes many to become tongue tied and stumble to answer the question. It should not be so for us. It is a glorious message, it is a wondrous truth….and it has radical implications. I hope you will join us over the next few weeks as we explore the facets and implications of this Radical Gospel. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

Radical Savior, Radical Mission!

Radical Savior, Radical Mission!

Is Christianity a product or belief? Is the church to be relevant or repentant? Is the gospel to be sold or satisfaction to our life? Is our life a journey for our success or part of a historical movement? Are Christians called to make disciples of church or disciples of Christ? Are churches to be radical non-profit organizations with great visions of social change and expansion, or are they communities of people with deep convictions centered on truthful love? What grows healthier people, steroids or nutrients? What do we want to grow churches, spiritual steroids or spiritual nutrients? What if their were spiritual nutrients that create and reproduce healthy churches over time and in different places? What if Christianity was radically simple with deep, historical truths rooted in God, the Bible, and Jesus' life, death, resurrection? What if that simplicity spread across Sacramento and Northern California? Would we want that? ~Pastor Nathan Gunter

Radical Grace

Radical Grace

Grace. It’s one of those “churchy” words that gets thrown around a lot but is seldom fully understood. What is grace? Is it just being patient with an annoying person? Is it the kindness of strangers? Is it receiving what we don’t deserve? Often times we confuse grace and mercy...is there a difference?! So that is grace? And when we hear about the grace of God through Jesus Christ what’s really being talked about? I welcome you this morning as we take a look at “Radical Grace: It’s Not About Me...It’s All About HIM!” Discover the radical grace offered to you and how you can offer that same radical grace to others! ~Pastor Nathan Cherry

Radical Resurrection!

Radical Resurrection!

First of all, let me wish each of you a Blessed Resurrection Day, or if you prefer, Happy Easter! For those who have come to believe that Jesus is the Savior and Lord of their lives, today is the most wonderful celebration of the year. For without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christmas would have no meaning, it would be an empty day. But because Jesus has conquered sin at the Cross and death by the empty tomb, we have a Living Lord who promises us that we will live forever too by our faith in Him! I hope that today will be an encouraging day for you, whether you have believed on Jesus for your future or if you haven't - I trust that God has brought you here this morning to hear of the wonder of His love for you and the power He has displayed to make Jesus real to you and give you a new future by the power of the resurrection of His Son! ~Pastor Frank Mascaro

A Radical Savior - A Radical Faith

A Radical Savior - A Radical Faith

When you see or hear the words “radical faith”, what do you think of? Perhaps you think about passion, a faith that means so much that you want it to be seen in your life. Maybe your concept of “radical” is more negative, describing something “extreme” or “off the wall”. Maybe you think of it in terms of contemporary language, like “that was so radical, dude”. As you may, or may not, know, “radical” comes from the Latin radix which means “root”. Thus, the main meaning has to do with getting to the root. For the next few weeks, or months, we will be doing just that as we examine our faith and consider what our Savior has called us to be and to do. Plan to be here each week as we consider what RADICAL faith looks like and we determine to step across the line and take Jesus seriously. What would that look like in our lives? How would it change everything - us, our homes, our church, our community and even the world if we took that step? Are you ready? Are you willing to be challenged to live radically with Jesus? Join us as we study together - A RADICAL SAVIOR: A RADICAL FAITH. ~Pastor Frank Mascaro