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.
Have you ever wondered why it seems so hard to change? Many people make resolutions every year to kick that one bad habit, get healthier, get more organized, the list could go on. But for most, those aspirations seem to fade and disappear completely as the excitement of the new year wanes.
The same is often true in our spiritual lives. We set out to draw near to God with a plan in mind; to read the bible more, pray more, start attending church regularly. But on our own, we often end up falling short of the spiritual life God wants for us. This can lead to discouragement, and for the average Christian to become just that, “average”. But, Jesus wants more for you and I. And He came with an amazing offer…“Abide in me.” Jesus offer promises that His yoke is easy and His burden light. So, If this invitation found in the words of Jesus is true, why does it seem so hard to grow and mature in faith?
The Gospel of John chapter 15 offers up an amazing insight in the comforting words of Jesus to His closest friends on the night He was betrayed. Jesus was mere hours from being removed from their earthly presence, and yet His message in these moments was to abide in him, to find their everything in Him. Today, you and I can experience the abiding presence of Jesus to change us from the inside out.
The Star: A Journey of Christmas
More than two thousand years ago, a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long-awaited but still unexpected birth of a Savior. Today, another star shines, piercing the darkness of our lives with hope, love, joy, and peace. His name is Jesus and His light shines, drawing us into the journey of following Him.
This advent season, you are invited to join us as we follow the star on a journey of Christmas. It’s not just about the destination but about the journey of discovery that leads us toward hope, love, joy and peace as we draw near to Jesus Christ, the light of the world. In a season often marked by frenzied business, Advent is an opportunity to set aside time to prepare our hearts. Advent allows us time to share in the ancient longing for the coming Messiah, to celebrate His birth and to be alert for His second coming. So no matter what the department stores try to tell you, Christmas has not yet arrived. There is value, as well as excitement, in patient and expectant waiting.
May this be a season of wonder for you. May this be a time of discovery. And may the Christ of Christmas invade your heart. Just as the star led the Magi to Jesus so many years ago, may the Holy Spirit lead you as you embark on this adventure we call, “The Star: A Journey to Christmas."
- *The Crisis of Hope 2017-12-03 Hebrews 6:17-20 and selected verses [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Invasion Of Love 2017-12-10 Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 (Pg 479) and selected verses [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Impact Of Joy 2017-12-17 1 Peter 1:3-9 & selected verses [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Attitude of Peace 2017-12-24 Romans 5:1-5 [ Nathan Cherry ]
2 Samuel: After God's Heart (1-11)
2 Samuel is the continuing saga of David as he becomes King of Israel and the events that unfolded during his reign. David is known as “a man after God’s own heart” because, though he sinned greatly and made mistakes, he acknowledged those failures and repented before God. Repent means to turn away from sin and toward righteousness. A righteousness that can only come through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our Heavenly Father knows we are not perfect, just as David wasn’t perfect, yet, like David, we can choose to acknowledge our sin and humbly seek forgiveness and God will restore our relationship with Him. David is a lot like us; enjoying the blessing of God one moment and facing the consequences of bad choices the next. But through it all, he was still a man after God’s heart… and we can be too.
I’m glad you could join us this morning for the continuing story of David and all we can learn from him in this new series on 2 Samuel: “After God’s Heart!”
- *Intro & Overview 2017-09-17 2 Samuel 1 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Watching and Waiting 2017-09-24 2 Samuel 2 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Price Of A Self-Driven Life 2017-10-01 2 Samuel 3 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *A New Kingdom and Amazing Grace 2017-10-08 2 Samuel 4:1-12 and 9:1-13 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *The Lord Leading…David Following! 2017-10-15 2 Samuel 5 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Is It About God…Or Is It About Me? 2017-10-22 2 Samuel 6 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Accepting God’s Will 2017-10-29 2 Samuel 7 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Accepting God’s Will, Part 2 2017-11-05 2 Samuel 7:4-29 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Fighting God’s Battles: Taking Back Lost Ground 2017-11-12 2 Samuel 8 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Showing Kindness 2017-11-19 2 Samuel 10 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Downward Spiral of Sin 2017-11-26 2 Samuel 11 [ Jay Vincent ]
Church In The Park 2017
Welcome to Westside Christian Church and our very first “Church In The Park!” I’m so glad you choose to join us for this awesome worship experience in God’s creation. We designed this family friendly service to help engage with God outside of our normal four walls and encourage community and fellowship in a different setting. You will find the words for today’s worship songs on the insert in this bulletin & we will offer both communion and offering the same as at our regular service.
There are kid activity bulletins and Goldfish snacks available for children 11 and under so please don’t hesitate to ask an usher for assistance. We pray this experience helps you connect with God in a powerful, fresh new way…and don’t forget to stick around after the service for our all-church picnic. Pulled pork sandwiches, snow-cones, bounce house, games & more will be provided. So sit back, relax and enjoy “Church In The Park!”
What is the Church?
Have you ever wondered what the Church really is? What it’s all about? And why God chose the Church as the instrument of His grace and mercy? There are a lot of ideas floating around about what the church should be. Should we focus on social justice? Should we focus on meeting the needs of others? Should we focus on evangelism? These and many more questions are on the hearts and minds of people just like you and me, for they speak to our passions and concerns. But what did God say about His church? What does He say about the Church’s purpose? Is the Church even relevant today? And can we truly know or be the church as God envisioned it?
Join us as we journey these next 5 weeks together through God’s Word to answer these questions and discover “What Is The Church?!”
- *What Do We Mean When We Say Church? 2017-08-06 Selected Scriptures [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Connecting with God... 2017-08-13 Matt 22:36-38; Deut 6:5 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Connecting with Others... 2017-08-20 Matt 22:39; Lev 19:18; Luke 10:25-37 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *…Serve All! 2017-08-27 Matthew 28:19-20 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Where Is God Calling You? 2017-09-03 Psalm 139:23-24 [ Nathan Cherry ]
Life Lessons From 1 Samuel
1 Samuel is a book of transitions...we see Israel transitioning from a people transformed from a group of tribal families “doing what was right in their own eyes” to becoming a unified nation under an identifiable king. This is the beginning of Israel’s united kingdom. It will become a reality through the lives of the prophet Samuel, the (not so faithful) King Saul, his son Jonathan, and God’s ultimate choice of David as Israel’s King - the house of whom God’s ultimate King will come in the future. Just as Israel and her leaders were learning to know and follow God in this setting, we can learn valuable lessons from their experiences and responses to the Lord during this transition. So, prepare to take this journey through this book as we seek to discover and apply the “Life Lessons From The Book of 1 Samuel!” ~Frank Mascaro
- *Transition - God Selects the New King 2017-04-23 1 Samuel 16:1-23 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *Sold Out For the Glory of God 2017-04-30 1 Samuel 17:1-58 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson In Brotherhood & Jealousy 2017-05-07 1 Samuel 18 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *God Knows How To Deliver His Followers 2017-05-14 1 Samuel 19:1-24 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *The Strength of Covenant Relationship 2017-05-21 1 Samuel 20:1-42 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson In Wandering 2017-05-28 1 Samuel 21-22 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *A Lesson In What Consumes You 2017-06-04 1 Samuel 22:6-23:29 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *Doing the Right Thing - A Lesson in Character 2017-06-11 1 Samuel 24:1-22 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Crisis Defused by a Wise Woman 2017-06-18 1 Samuel 25:1-44 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson In Loving Difficult People 2017-06-25 1 Samuel 26 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *A Lesson In Fear & Doubt 2017-07-02 1 Samuel 27 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Downward Spiral of a Hard Heart 2017-07-09 1 Samuel 28:1-25 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson In Wise & Foolish Choices 2017-07-23 1 Samuel 29:1-30:20 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *A Lesson In Wise & Foolish Choices, Part 2 2017-07-30 1 Samuel 30:7-31:13 [ Nathan Cherry ]
Who Do You Say I Am?
Happy Easter everyone! We are so glad you choose to join us this Easter as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But who is this man we call Jesus? Over the centuries there have been many claims as to who he might be and I’ll bet this morning you have some ideas as well. Some say he’s just a prophet. Others, a very good man. There were those who saw him as nothing more than a rabble-rouser. Still to some he may be no more than a swear word.
Regardless of your preconceived ideas of who Jesus is, we invite you to join us as we answer the question, “Who Do You Say I Am?” Taken from his own words, we will explore the claims of Christ and what they mean for us today. So good morning and welcome...we’re excited that you’re here!
Life Lessons From 1 Samuel (1-15)
1 Samuel is a book of transitions...we see Israel transitioning from a people transformed from a group of tribal families “doing what was right in their own eyes” to becoming a unified nation under an identifiable king. This is the beginning of Israel’s united kingdom. It will become a reality through the lives of the prophet Samuel, the (not so faithful) King Saul, his son Jonathan, and God’s ultimate choice of David as Israel’s King - the house of whom God’s ultimate King will come in the future. Just as Israel and her leaders were learning to know and follow God in this setting, we can learn valuable lessons from their experiences and responses to the Lord during this transition. So, prepare to take this journey through this book as we seek to discover and apply the “Life Lessons From The Book of 1 Samuel!”
- *Lessons From a Desperate Housewife 2017-01-08 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson in Contrasts 2017-01-15 1 Samuel 2:11-36 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson In Faithfulness 2017-01-22 1 Samuel 3:1-21 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Danger of Missing the Presence of God 2017-01-29 1 Samuel 4:1-22 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *Lessons For People Everywhere 2017-02-05 1 Samuel 5:1-7:1 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *From Revival to Rejection: The Problem of Surrender to God 2017-02-12 1 Samuel 7:2-8:22 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson In Perspective 2017-02-19 1 Samuel 9:1-27 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *God’s Selection of Israel’s First King 2017-02-26 1 Samuel 10:1-27 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A New Commitment to God’s King and Kingdom 2017-03-05 1 Samuel 11:1-15 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *A Lesson In Remembrance 2017-03-12 1 Samuel 12:1-25 [ Nathan Cherry ]
- *The Peril of Impatience 2017-03-19 1 Samuel 13:1-22 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *Faith, Foolishness and Reality 2017-03-26 1 Samuel 14:1-52 [ Frank Mascaro ]
- *The Tragedy of A Life of Disobedience 2017-04-02 1 Samuel 15:1-35 [ Frank Mascaro ]
Life’s Journey: Our Exodus
It’s been 400 years since the Israelites entered Egypt to be joined with Joseph and receive the protection of Pharaoh. The hand of God is evident in the events leading up to the relocation and reunion but then there was silence. Now God begins the process of moving more than two million people back to the land promised to the patriarch Abraham.
It’s a new day, a great trek ahead yet even Moses asks, “who should I say sent me, who are you, what is your name?” The journey of Exodus is a daily discovery of the person of God Almighty and much like our journey in our life with God. Today we look at the parallels and discover keys to our journey as we walk with the one true God, our Creator and Savior.