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“For I resolved to know nothing among you while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2)
Why a Cross?
The late British pastor John Stott once observed that the early church “wished to commemorate as central to their understanding of Jesus neither his birth nor his youth, neither his teaching nor his service, neither his resurrection nor his reign, nor his gift of the Spirit, but his death, his crucifixion.” Of all the...
Friday, September 25, 2020
“For two whole years Paul stayed there (Rome) in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ - with all boldness and without hindrance” (Acts 28:30-31, NIV, 2011).
What a way to end a book! No closure on the end of Paul’s life. No word about his proposed trip to Spain. Just a man under house arrest, boldly preaching from his living room without any interference. It’s what scholars...
at Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
“‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked. ‘How can I?,’ the Ethiopian eunuch said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’” (Acts 8:30-31).
African Christianity is old, very old, and this text provides a clue as to why that is. After he preached to the Samaritans, an angel of the Lord sent Philip south, toward Gaza, where he met an Ethiopian official on his way home from a trip to worship in Jerusalem. This man was a eunuch, rich...
at Thursday, September 24, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
“Those who had been scattered (from Jerusalem) preached the word wherever they went” (Acts 8:4).
If the first seven chapters of Acts tell us how the church preached Jesus in Jerusalem and Judea (its relative “comfort zone,” and I do mean “relative”), only in chapter 8 do we begin to see its evangelists go into Samaria and...
at Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
“They covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, all rushed at him (Stephen), dragged him out of the city and began to stone him” (Acts 7:57-58, NIV, 2011).
In over twenty years of teaching the Book of Acts to university sophomores, no one caught the imagination or attention of my students quite like Stephen, the church’s first martyr. According to one second-century Jewish tradition, people who were stoned were placed in a six-foot pit, backside facing...
at Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sunday, September 20, 2020
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished” (Acts 4:13, NIV).
“Unschooled” and “ordinary,” Peter and John. Maybe so. But here they stood in front of the ruling Jewish council, pressed hard to explain just how they had been involved in the healing of a man who was disabled from birth. The language in this chapter suggests Peter and John were actually on trial, or at least...
at Sunday, September 20, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
“But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while” (Rom 15:23-24, NIV, 2011).
For Paul, Spain was the westernmost part of the known world. No one could ever fault the man for thinking small. And while he had never been to Rome, he...
at Friday, September 18, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
by Kathy Rogers
“Then Paul answered, ‘Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus’” (Acts 21:13, NIV, 2011).
When the apostle Paul heard through a prophet he would be arrested if he went to Jerusalem, his friends pleaded with him not to go. Surprisingly, Paul seemed baffled by their reaction. "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready....to...
at Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
“Ananias said, ‘Lord, I have heard many reports about this man (Saul) and all the harm he has done to your people’ … But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel’” (Acts 9:13-16, NIV, 2011).
Initially, God’s call on Saul (later known as the Apostle Paul) to preach to Gentiles was hard on him because persecuting Christians was what he...
at Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
by Kathy Rogers
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV, 2011).
They say John 3:16 is the most well-known verse in the Bible. But like all things overly familiar, it can lose its impact. A worship song by Darlene Zschech expresses the startling truth of this verse differently: “Jesus the Son of God, the darling of heaven crucified.” That word...
at Monday, September 14, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020
“Brothers, if there is someone among you who has a word of encouragement for the people, speak up” (Acts 13:15).
Imagine what it might be like to preach to a crowd of strangers without being asked ahead of time. You just show up for church in a distant city, the Bible is read, and as a visitor you are asked to come up front and comment on the text! Then, when you finish, people begin to discuss amongst themselves what you had to say, and it’s all a part of their weekly...
at Friday, September 11, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor 15:58).
Be honest. Have there not been days of deep discouragement in recent months? Skeptics are saying people won’t come back. Cynics conclude maybe we never needed the church in the first place. But the Apostle Paul says, “Stand firm. Let nothing move you.” And...
at Thursday, September 10, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
“And so we came to Rome!” (Acts 27:14b)
The story of Acts is epic. Its author, Luke, takes us all the way from Jerusalem, capital of Judaism, to Rome, capital of the empire, with Paul as the leading evangelist. Back in those days, this would have been a massive undertaking, even for a visionary like Paul, but then again, he was no ordinary person. Raised in what is now Southeastern Turkey, he had dual citizenship, knew several languages, received extensive religious training...
at Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow …” (Psalm 23:4).
The “summer that never came” (as I have begun to think of it) will soon be coming to an end. Crowds, concerts, parks, games, vacations - all have been kept at a safe distance as we navigate this pandemic. So odd. So empty. Some days it feels as though we’re walking with David through “the valley of the shadow of death” itself. But take courage, church. David’s...
at Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Monday, September 7, 2020
“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha … who was always doing good and helping the poor” (Acts 9:36, NIV, 2011).
The Book of Acts is intimidating. With all these stories about great sermons and mass conversions, miracles and last-minute escapes, riots and trials, shipwreck and imprisonment, why, you would think you’d have to be some sort of superhero to become a Christian! But Luke, the author of Acts, knows better than this, which is why he also tells us...
at Monday, September 7, 2020
Friday, September 4, 2020
“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:5, NIV, 2011).
Acts 12 begins with King Herod beheading James the apostle, proceeds with the arrest of Peter, and follows with Herod posting many guards to watch him; it looks like Peter is going down too. But then the text says the church “prayed to God for him,” and, as a result, Peter was miraculously freed from his chains. The guards, in turn, were interrogated and...
at Friday, September 4, 2020
Thursday, September 3, 2020
“Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome … Cretans and Arabs - we hear them proclaiming the wonders of God in our own tongues!” (Acts 2:9-11, NIV, 2011).
Needing to find a new sound to shore up his body of work, singer/songwriter Paul Simon went to South Africa back in the 80s. As he walked the streets and learned the culture, and...
at Thursday, September 3, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
“God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them” (Acts 4:33-34, NIV, 2011).
The Jerusalem church took care of its own. No one fell through the cracks, at least not in its earliest days. Think for a moment about the economic impact of all those people who had become Christians. Surely, some had lost their jobs, as have many today. Others, in small family businesses, were no doubt cut off by some of their customers. Again, this...
at Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1, NIV, 2011).
Thus begins one of the ancient Psalms of Ascent, a little collection of songs Israel sang as she climbed up Mt. Zion during the feast days. Imagine Jewish pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean basin ascending that holy hill in the weeks following Jesus’ crucifixion, some of them having traveled from as far away as Rome, North Africa, and even Arabia, all gathered now...
at Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Monday, August 31, 2020
“They devoted themselves constantly to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers” (Acts 2:42).
Try to imagine three thousand people emerging wet from the thirty or so cisterns and pools scattered across Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. All of them are newly baptized, a bit disoriented, thrilled to be saved but uncertain about their futures and wondering whether they will be thrown out of their synagogues. “What’s...
at Monday, August 31, 2020
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Does anyone doubt we live in fearful times? Can we not gather from civic unrest, economic uncertainty, and the threat of a pandemic that these are very turbulent times? People have lost a sense of peace and security. I’m sure you’ve noticed their caution. For example, friends of mine have developed a new handless pandemic “handshake,” elbow to elbow, lightly touched.
It’s in this context that Northside is beginning a series from a part of the Bible called Wisdom...
at Thursday, July 9, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
We are witnessing a new way of life with the advent of COVID-19. No one wants this, but there may be treasure hidden in the pain: greater awareness of our seniors and those with medical conditions, a summons to act on behalf of others, growing attention to the many who provide for us day after day in the medical, food, shipping, and energy industries (and many others), understanding that ours is a global community, and, above all, heightened awareness of our profound dependence upon God. Here...
at Monday, March 16, 2020
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
It’s that season … pools are opening, smokers are cooking & graduation parties are starting up! We all feel a shift in our schedules as summer approaches and our priorities change.
We discovered this last weekend that Jesus caught everyone off guard in Luke 14 when He clarified the priorities of what it means to be His disciple.
“If anyone comes to me and DOES NOT HATE his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes even his own...
at Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
We have three core values that go along with our mission statement to ‘Connect unconnected people to Jesus Christ.”
Christ. Community. Calling.
Obviously our faith and hope are built on the life, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, and the gift of His Church is the way for us to be the people of God. But what does it look like to do the “calling of God” in our lives?
Jesus’ own mother and brothers were lost when it came to this question.
at Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
We talked last weekend about God doing extraordinary things in our ordinary lives. Serve Day is a testament to this truth & we even saw a seriously awesome story that took place during Serve Day. Check out the first 10 min of the sermon to hear what happened HERE !
Herby is a prime example of what Greatness in God looks like. We don’t have to be famous to live a great life in God, but we do need to know the one who is Great, Jesus.
Jesus rattled our cages this...
at Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
It’s amazing how much our schedules will change this week due to the biggest event in our area, the Kentucky Derby. It directs everything around us!
Kids will be out of school on Friday, people will wear the craziest outfits & this sort of marks that spring is officially here.
I can’t help but think that this is a small example of what the resurrection did for Christians. This event set in motion a new calendar, a new set of priorities & a new purpose in...
at Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
“We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.” - Barbara Johnson
It didn’t take long for us to remember why we needed Christ to die to take away the sins of the world & rise to defeat death.
With almost 300 lives lost & over 500 injuries in Sri Lanka from suicide bombers, we are met once again with disappointment, anger & deep heartache. Any life lost in situations like this is horrible, but to know our Christian brothers & sisters...
at Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
For Christians, the week leading up to Easter is truly in it’s own category. In this week we find every emotion possible! Read John 13-21 this week and you’ll see the rollercoaster of emotions and events that Jesus experiences.
A roller coaster might be the best visual I can think of for us to envision Easter.
The climb. The drop. The euphoria (rest of the ride).
The life of Jesus looked like one that was always having to climb up...
at Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
We’ve all used this line to speak of other people and give ourselves the permission to judge others without feeling guilty. This weekend we dove into week 3 of Pulling Weeds and found out how God calls us not to be people who condemn others or condone sin, but to care for one another. Jesus has some simple but surprising steps in how we live His life compared to the way of the world. Check out this weeks message HERE .
“So in everything, do to others...
at Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
This week Jason Petty our Next Gen Pastor dealt with one of the “weeds” that grow in our lives without much awareness; comparison. Here’s the LINK to the sermon.
There’s no win in comparison.
This was one of the points from the sermon and boy is it true! We often compare with others to feel in control or one up people, but that never satisfies our souls.
Jason challenged us to “Celebrate others and Celebrate...
at Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
This was said to me in a conversation after the Saturday night service by one of the Northside Family after I kicked off our new series, “Pulling Weeds: Letting go of what God never intended.”
Of course, this made me love our Church even more! This farmer was letting me know that what Jesus was calling His disciples to do in Matthew 16 (deny yourself, take up your cross & follow me) is exactly what he does physically to kill the...
at Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
I’ve got some amazing stories, pictures and life change to share with you from our Baptism Weekend. But behind the incredible stories, is a God who has remained faithful from the beginning, in our despair and in our turning towards Him. HE IS ENOUGH!
We saw Jesus rescue & redeem 60 people this week!
From seven to ninety-three year olds, life change was happening all over the place!
ROOTED TAKING ROOT
at Tuesday, March 12, 2019
These three words in Acts 9:15 are paramount to understanding how to deal with the topic we discussed this weekend of how to share our faith. Jesus is calling us to be His Ambassadors in this world and to help lead others to find healing and hope in Jesus. A simple way to remember how to share your story looks like this…
I use to ____________________ (list struggles, sins & issues) BUT THE LORD Saved me and now I’m...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
This kind of sounds harsh coming from such a “loving” God, doesn’t it? I mean, if He loved us, He’d give us what we wanted, right?
We discovered this weekend in Luke 12 that Jesus is more concerned about our hearts than our requests. A man came to Jesus & asked for His help to get his brother to share the inheritance (which he didn’t need to) with him. Turns out greed has been around for a loooonnngg time!
Jesus heard the man’s (and...
at Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Ben did a great job preaching this weekend preaching on the Good Samaritan out of Luke 10. Jesus was asked a question, “who is my neighbor?” by a man who was trying to justify himself by what he knew instead of how he lived. Jesus leaves no room for us to think we’re great followers of Him by only knowing Scripture by never applying it. So Jesus did as only Jesus can, He leaned into the heart of the matter so everyone could catch His...
at Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
This is a hard question to answer, especially if we don’t put purpose in its rightful place. This is why it’s always fuzzy when we ask ourselves or others ask, ‘what’s your purpose?’
We want to know what the purpose is for MY life but the problem is that purpose is a means not a goal. So we keep looking for ‘our’ purpose but never find it because we’ve focused on the end and not...
at Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
It has been an absolute joy to go through this Rooted series with you all. But I’ll be honest, it feels like each topic could be a series of its own! Some of you right now are saying, “Nate, you DID preach a whole series in a sermon!” I heard that!
Understanding spiritual warfare and Satan’s schemes are crucial to our growth as Christians. He’s slicker than we give him credit for but the good news is we have the power of the Holy...
at Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The Church has always been a place where people of all ages are to welcomed, poured into and set free to live the life God has called us to. But sometimes it takes dinosaurs to help communicate the good news of Jesus to the next generation!
Dino-Nite was an absolute success for our 3-5 th graders! We had 257 of them stay over night on Friday to have fun, learn about Jesus and build community with one another. It also involved 70 volunteers, 90 pizzas, 600 krispy...
at Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Hey Northside Family,
I hope this LOOP finds you doing well and excited as we kick off our first week of groups diving into ROOTED. This is not just a 9 week curriculum, but a plan of introducing us into life long habits of walking with Jesus because as He said in John 15:5 , “Apart from me you can do nothing .”
PUTTING ROOTS DOWN
Last night, Ruthie and I got to take our daughter Lily to her first ever IU basketball game...
at Tuesday, January 15, 2019
I hope you had a memorable and meaningful Christmas and you’re looking forward to an amazing year of walking with Jesus. If you happened to serve or attend one of our Christmas Eve services, I want to say thank you for being a part of the largest weekend gathering in Northside’s history and invite you to be praying for all of those who made decisions to start a “new tradition” by accepting the grace and mercy of Jesus into their lives.
I can’t wait to gather...
When Drew's father unexpectedly passed away, he turned to drugs to get him through the pain. Things went from bad to worse, and Drew went from being a home owner to homeless and living on the street. After a near-death experience, he turned to God for help and met him at Northside.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Another amazing experience in Guatemala!
We've shared the stats--164 people, 120 HS students and adults from The Rising, 9 houses built, and 3 baptisms. Beyond the stats, though, are the more important results of the trip--the countless moments of God working through this group.
Before the trip, Matt Jaggers was coming up $490 short in his fundraising efforts. One day, while driving a Mini Cooper into the Kroger gas station, a women drove up to him and...
at Thursday, April 6, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Here is a final update from Doug:
In only four days, 9 houses were completed by Northside for 9 wonderful families. Today was especially moving as we dedicated the homes to God and these families. Many tears of thanks (on both sides) were shed.
This afternoon, Cynthia Stillings and Ashley Ledrick were baptized into Jesus Christ in front of everyone from both groups.
Tomorrow, we'll enjoy some down time. Some will zip line, some will hike a volcano,...
at Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Today was another great day. Not only are the houses nearing completion, but also was a day of great interaction with the families and the community. One of the teams was invited to a school where kids were able to get out of class to play with our group. They had a blast!
Tomorrow, most of the houses will be completed in the morning, with dedications planned for the afternoon. There should be even more opportunities to interact with our new friends.
Every team seems...
at Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The team had a great 2nd day of working! Here is an update from Doug:
What an amazing day in Guatemala! Each of the teams stood walls of the homes and began putting up the siding. We're loving the interaction with the families and the kids in the community. The pastors have been working with us on the build sites, so it's great to see their support and work with the families. The community as a whole has been so encouraging, and thankful that we're here to help. Casas por...
at Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
It was a big first day of building for our teams!
Doug's team (with the adult/family group) was blessed to have a great worksite that was well prepared in advance and with lots of space to work. There house is for Pastor Juan's son and his family.
Two of the three adult sites were pretty challenging. One was up a steep hill, while the other is working in very tight spaces. Nonetheless, everyone enjoyed the hard day of work, knowing that we're serving families in great...
at Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Today, 164 students and adults left for a week long trip with Casas Por Cristo in Guatemala. They will be split up into two groups that will be building a total of nine houses (six by the student team!).
This afternoon, The Guatemala team all arrived safely. They made it to the camp to settle in, get some rest tonight and begin the house-builds in the morning.
Be praying that God uses this team in big ways and stay tuned for daily updates this...
at Sunday, March 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
This last week The Return, our college age ministry rounded out a teaching series called Made New with something we call The Experiment. The series had been focused on what changes when Jesus becomes Savior and King in our lives. We become members of a new family, we take on a new mindset about life, and a new mission is adopted for our lives.
The Experiment is simply that… an experiment, a testing of our hypothesis that God proves faithful in the moments we step out and trust Him....
at Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
Today, we packed up, moved out of camp, and headed for the beach to enjoy a little rest before returning home on Sunday.
Along the way, one of the trailers hauling luggage blew a tire. After repairs and getting back on the road, the other on the trailer blew. It was a minor inconvenience and all arrived safely where we will stay for the next two nights.
The highlight of the day was witnessing the baptisms of three of our teammates in the ocean:...
at Friday, October 7, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
What a great day of celebration...and sadness. We celebrated the completion of the 7 houses. They're beautiful, and to think that they were each built by unskilled and inexperienced laborers. Each dedication was special and tears were shed for our new Dominican friends, and the need to say goodbye.
On build team 6, the new homeowner shared that his father passed away one month ago today. In tears, he shared how his father would be proud to see that he now has a...
at Thursday, October 6, 2016