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Expectations for the Mission: Dirty Hearts (Luke 8:1-15)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Dirty-Hearts_-Expectations-for-the-Mission-2-22-15-Luke-8_1-15.mp3Podcast: DownloadWhat results should we expect when we spread the good news? Jesus gives his disciples (and us) a realistic look at exactly what we’re getting into. 02/22/15

Real Questions or a Hard Heart? (Luke 7:18-35)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Genuine-Doubt-and-Prideful-Unbelief-Luke-7_18-35.mp3Podcast: DownloadBelief: It’s not always easy. But there’s a difference between genuine doubt and prideful unbelief. This message provides some tips for telling the difference between the two… and some hope for the struggle. 02/08/15

Jesus Out The Box (Luke 7:1-17)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Dont-Put-Jesus-Compassion-In-a-Box-Luke-7_1-17.mp3Podcast: DownloadEver try to decide who Jesus should have compassion on and who He shouldn’t? Good luck with that! Our Savior reaches out to all kinds of people. Even people like you and me. 02/1/15  

Love In Beast Mode (Luke 6:27-42)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/1-18-15-Love-Your-Enemy-Luke-6_27-41.mp3Podcast: Download “Beast mode.” Sportscasters use this phrase to describe a player who’s playing on a much higher level than he or she usually does.  In this passage Jesus sets the bar for his followers impossibly high. Then he tells us to reach it: Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you! Sounds like love in beast mode to me.…

Crazy Talk or Words to Live By? (Luke 6:17-26)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/1-11-15-Beatitudes-Luke-6_17-26.mp3Podcast: Download Remember in Finding Nemo when the clownfish Marlin is listening to Squirt the little Sea Turtle? Marlin says: “”It’s like he’s trying to speak to me, I know it! You know you’re really cute, but I don’t know what you’re saying!” Sometimes when we read Jesus’ words in the Beatitudes, (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, Blessed are those who…

First Things First (Luke 6:12-16)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/1-4-15-All-Night-Prayer-Luke-6_12-16.mp3Podcast: Download Jesus was was about to choose 12 men to be his apostles. But before he made that huge decision, he pulled an all-nighter praying to His Father. In this very short message, we’ll be reminded that prayer before ministry is still essential for the body of Christ today. (This was initially shared right before a time of prayer for our…

New Years’ Restolution (Luke 6:1-11)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/12-28-14-Rest-Luke-6_1-11.mp3Podcast: Download That’s not a typo. As Jesus tangles with Pharisees in a field and a synagogue about the Sabbath rest, He will show them (and us) that He is Lord of the Sabbath: True rest is only found in Him. So,how about adopting this for a New Year? “In 2015 I will rest in Jesus Christ.” 12/28/14

The Gift That Keeps on Giving (Luke 5:27-39)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/12-21-14-New-Luke-5_27-39.mp3Podcast: Download Did you know that our favorite passages about the birth of Jesus give us glimpses into what drove His ministry years later? In this message, He meets Matthew the tax collector and his “sinner” friends. As he does, we’ll see the promises of the birth passages become reality. And we’ll discover that He continues to offer new life to all…

What Were You Expecting? (Luke 5:17-26)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/12-14-14-Paralytic-Luke-5_17-26.mp3Podcast: Download What kind of expectations do you have of Jesus? As we look at his moving meeting with a paralytic, we’ll examine ourselves: Do we come to Him bold and hopeful that He can make a difference in our lives? Or have we become crusty and cynical? Do we expect great things? Or have we settled for far less? 12/14/14

Touching The Untouchables (Luke 5:12-16)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/12-7-14-Touching-the-Untouchables-Luke-5_12-16.mp3Podcast: Download There is power in a touch. Especially the touch of Jesus Christ. As we unpack His powerful encounter with an unclean leper, we’ll ask a couple of questions: What do you need to bring to Jesus for His healing touch?  And Who are the “untouchables” God is calling you to reach? 12/7/14

The Heartbeat of Jesus (Luke 5:1-11)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-Heartbeat-of-Jesus-Luke-5_1-11-12_2_14-9.54-AM.mp3Podcast: Download What’s the most important thing in your life? What does your heart beat for? In this message, we’ll see a defining encounter between Jesus and Peter that helped Peter answer these questions. And along the way, we’ll ask ourselves the question: If someone could listen to my spiritual heartbeat would they hear the heart of Jesus? 11/30/14

Are You Becoming More Jaded or More Like Jesus? (Luke 4:31-44)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Jaded-or-Jesus_-Luke-4_31-44-12_1_14-3.42-PM.mp3Podcast: Download Sometimes the sheer amount of suffering in the world can leave us overwhelmed. At that point, we are faced with a choice: become numb and jaded or become more like Jesus. As He comes to Capernaum, we’ll see how He responds to our suffering and how we can walk in His footsteps today. 11/23/14

Homecoming Week in Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Homecoming-Week-in-Nazareth-Luke-4-14-30-12_1_14-2.42-PM.mp3Podcast: Download Sometimes homecomings are awesome. Sometimes they are filled with rejection. In this message, we’ll see what happened when Jesus came home and preached. And in Jesus’ own message to his family and neighbors, we’ll see that God’s work is not only something we celebrate in the past or look forward to in the future. Jesus is setting captives free TODAY!…

Can I Check Your ID? (Luke 3:21-4:13)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/May-I-Check-Your-ID_-Luke-3_21-4_13-12_1_14-1.37-PM.mp3Podcast: Download Hey Believer. Where do you find your identity? God tells us it is in found in Christ. But the world has told us to look a million other places. A quick look at Jesus’ baptism, genealogy, and temptation will show us who He is, who we are in Him, and how to fight when our identity comes under fire. 11/09/14

A Come to Jesus Moment (Luke 3:1-20)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/A-Come-to-Jesus-Moment-Luke-3-1-20-11_11_14-11.15-AM.mp3Podcast: Download Ever have a come to Jesus moment? A moment where you’re confronted with some truth that wasn’t easy to hear, but you needed to hear? In this passage Israel has a come to Jesus moment when they meet fiery John the Baptist in the desert. As we look back on Israel’s come to Jesus moment, we’ll talk about what’s involved…

Jesus – The Growing Messiah (Luke 2:39-52)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Jesus-The-Messiah-Who-Grew-Luke-2-39-52-11_19_14-9.11-AM.mp3Podcast: Download Jesus is fully God and God does not change or grow. But Jesus also became fully man. And growth is the normal way of things for men. In this passage, Luke gives us a glimpse into the childhood of Jesus which leaves us in head-scratching wonder of God in flesh. Join us as we see young Jesus of Nazareth grow…

Comfort In Your Chaos (Luke 2:21-39)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Waiting-for-Consolation-Luke-2_21-39.mp3Podcast: DownloadThe headlines seem to get worse and worse. Our personal lives are filled with drama and struggle. Is there any real cure for panic and worry? In this message, we’ll meet Simeon and Anna who show us exactly where to find the answer. 10.19.14

God Uses the Most Unlikely People! (Luke 2:1-20)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/An-Unlikely-Entry-for-a-King-Luke-2_1-20.mp3Podcast: DownloadEver feel like an unlikely candidate to experience God’s love or be used by Him in a powerful way? In this message, we’ll see how an unlikely entry for the King, His unlikely ancestry, and the unlikely messengers God chose to spread the word about His birth bring hope to all of us underdogs! 10.12.14

What’s Your Song? (Luke 1:46-80)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/The-Power-of-a-Song-Luke-1_46-80.mp3Podcast: DownloadU2 front man Bono said, ““Music can change the world because it can change people.” In this passage, we’ll watch the joy inside Mary and Zechariah explode into songs that have been changing the world for two thousand years. We’ll also see that singing is normal for all of God’s children who are filled with His Spirit. Which begs the question:…

You Can Be Sure (Luke 1:1-45)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/That-You-May-Be-Certain-Luke-1_1-45.mp3Podcast: DownloadIs it really possible for you to know what God has said and to know for certain that He will keep His Word? As Luke begins his account about Jesus, he tells us, “Yes.Yes it is!” 09.28.14

Because God Has Kept His Word In The Past and Present I Will Trust Him With The Future (Review Daniel 1-6)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Daniel-Review-1-6-9_2_14-1.58-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadWhen it’s done right, theology (the study of God) is life changing. You could sum this up as “Because God…I Will”. As we take a panoramic view of where we’ve been in Daniel 1-6, we’ll see what Daniel and his friends believed about God – and how it changed their lives. Along the way, we’ll also discover how God’s faithfulness today…

Because God is Holy I Will Live With Reverence For Him (Daniel 5)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Because-God-Is-Holy-I-Will-Live-With-Reverence-For-Him-9_2_14-2.12-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadThe Bible teaches that we should live with a healthy fear of God. So what does a healthy fear of God look like? In this message, we’ll answer that question. We’ll also identify three ways that we sometimes get away from the fear of God Then we’ll close by wrestling with a crazy idea: Is it possible that having a healthy fear of God…

Because God Is Sovereign I Will Live With Humility (Daniel 4) – Guest Pastor Jon Wolfinger

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Because-God-Is-Sovereign-I-Will-Live-With-Humility-Daniel-4-8_12_14-12.39-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadGod is sovereign. You are not. Join guest speaker Pastor Jon Wolfinger in a crazy true story where you’ll see how God drove this home to powerful King Nebuchadnezzar. We’ll also see how obeying the truth in this passage can keep us from learning the hard way today. 07/27/14

Because God is All-Powerful I Will Worship Him Only (Daniel 3)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Because-God-is-All-Powerful-I-Will-Worship-Him-Only-Daniel-3-7_15_14-11.06-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadIn this message, we’ll wrestle with some hard questions: How does mature faith act when it meets a trial? What kind of God do I believe in? Do I find my significance in my kingdom or His? What’s my primary reason for following God: Because I love Him or to get what I want from Him?  The example of 3 young men in the dark heart of Babylon…

Because God Knows Everything I Will Turn To Him First When I Need Wisdom (Daniel 2)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Because-God-Knows-Everything-I-Will-Turn-To-Him-First-When-I-Need-Wisdom-Daniel-2.mp3Podcast: DownloadOur apologies for the mic cutting in and out. It happens occasionally throughout this message (especially near the beginning) but you will still be able to catch the majority of it. What comes to mind when you think of wisdom? A person alone on a mountain thinking deep thoughts? Sounds nice. But most of us need some wisdom in the rat race…

Because God is my Father, I Will Trust He is For Me – Even in the Dark (Daniel 1)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Daniel-1-God-is-For-Me-7_1_14-11.08-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadWhether it’s a trial, temptation, or even God’s discipline, we often wrestle with our faith in the dark valleys of life. What we believe at those moments will determine whether or not we remain faithful to God. If we believe He has bailed on us, we will probably bail on Him. But if we believe that God remains our faithful Father,…

Finish Strong: The Finish Line (Acts 28:11-31)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Finish-Strong-The-Finish-Line-Acts-28-6_10_14-11.30-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadIn his song “After the Music Stops” Lecrae asks a poignant question: “After the show, after the set, after the music stops what’s next? Will there be fellowship, prayer, disciples, will you open your bibles after the music stops. After it’s over, after it ends, after the music stops, what then? Will you understand that Christ is King? Or will you…

Finish Strong: Let Your Light Shine (Acts 27:1-28:11)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Finish-Strong-Let-Your-Light-Shine-Acts-27-6_10_14-10.13-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadIn this message we’ll journey with Paul from Fair Havens through the heart of a deadly storm to the safety of an island called Malta. Along the way we’ll see how God encouraged Paul and Paul encouraged those around him. Then we’ll explore how we too can shine God’s light on those who travel life’s road with us; whether we find…

Finish Strong: Run with Hope (Acts 25-26)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Finish-Strong-Run-with-Hope-Acts-25-26-5_16_14-12.42-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadNeed some hope today? Ravi Zacharias said, “The absence of future hope has an amazing capacity to reach into the present and eat away at the structure of life, as termites would a giant foundation.” In other words, hope is kind of important! Check out this message and you’ll see that hope is confidence God will do what he has promised,…

Confused about Christ (selections from Mark 8-10)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Confused-About-Christ-4_23_14-1.28-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadEver feel confused? You’re not alone! In this message we’ll join Jesus and his confused disciples on a journey to Jerusalem. We’ll discover that Comfort, Comparing ourselves with others, and Craving Recognition can all leave us confused about Jesus. And along the way, as He teaches them, He will teach us as well: He will show us that there is clarity to be found…

Finish Strong: Compete According to the Rules (Acts 24)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Finish-Strong-Compete-According-to-the-Rules-Acts-24-3_25_14-3.51-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadGod has laid down a framework for life in His Word: the Bible. There are 3 basic responses to this framework: 1. You can reframe it: change it to your liking or turn to a different story altogether. 2. You can obey it: line up your faith and obedience according to what God has said. Or 3. You can ignore it:…

Finish Strong: Run with No Worry (Acts 23)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Finish-Strong-Run-with-No-Worry-Acts-23-3_26_14-12.10-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadCan you imagine your life without worry? How much could the Holy Spirit do in and through you if worry was not in the way? In this chapter, we see that Paul’s total trust in God enabled him to finish strong. Paul was not afraid to die. Jesus encouraged Paul when he needed it. And God used all the people and…

Finish Strong: Remember Why You Started (Acts 22)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Finish-Strong-Remember-Why-You-Started-Acts-22-3_26_14-12.13-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadHave you trusted in Jesus? Do you still tap into the passion you had when you began your race? Or has your race become a legalistic list of do’s and don’ts?  In this chapter Paul tells the story of how Jesus met him and changed his whole life. And he shares it with an angry mob that just tried to kill…

Finish Strong: The Home Stretch Begins (Acts 20)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Finishing-Strong_-The-Home-Stretch-Begins-Acts-20-1_14_14-12.09-PM.mp3Podcast: DownloadActs 20 begins the final decade of Paul’s life. The final lap. The home stretch. At the end he was able to say, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” So as we finish our own marathon in  the book of Acts, we’ll be asking the question: “What does it look like…

Celebrating Christmas in the Middle of a War

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Celebrating-Christmas-In-the-Middle-of-a-War-12_26_13-10.23-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadIt was Charlie Brown who said “I think there must be something wrong with me Linus. Christmas is coming but I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.” How many of us relate to him? We’re happy that Jesus came but overwhelmed by the weight of the war around us. Disease, death, broken relationships and financial hardship all sabotage our…

Do You Believe in a Generous God? (selected passages)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Do-you-Believe-in-a-Generous-God_-12_18_13-10.59-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadFrom stingy Scrooge to Get-Whatever-I Want-As Long-As- I’m-Nice Santa Claus, we carry around some warped perceptions of God. The Bible describes our generous God best in Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Check out this short message to learn…

It is Better to Give (selected passages)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/It-is-Better-to-Give-12_18_13-10.07-AM.mp3Podcast: Download“It is better to give than to receive.” Do you know who said that? Jesus, the ultimate gift Himself. He said a lot of other things about giving as well. Check out this message to hear what He said about the Heart (God’s giving should lead to our own), the Smart (giving makes good investment sense), and the Start (giving really…

Only Jesus (Acts 19)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Only-Jesus-Acts-19.mp3Podcast: DownloadJesus and His Gospel provide the the only ultimate answers to the deepest needs of our world. Unfortunately, there are times that the church tries so hard to blend in that we hide the very One the world needs. In an attempt to be relevant, we sometimes lose the actual relevance of the Gospel. Check out this message to see how…

Making Disciples: Don’t Give Up! (Pastor Paul Trout)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Dont-give-up.mp3Podcast: DownloadPastor Paul Trout shares that when it comes to making disciples, the enemy often uses discouragement and distraction to get us off mission. In this message, he looks at the way Jesus discipled his own followers through repeated encounters along the way. In the process, we learn that disciple making is not a one and done kind of deal. It takes…

Teachability and Teamwork (Acts 18:18-28)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Teachability-and-Teamwork-11_12_13-11.30-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadIt’s easy to look at all God did through guys like Peter and Paul and come away feeling like, “That’s really great. But I’m not an apostle. What can God do through me?” This passage will show you. We’ll look at how the Holy Spirit advanced God’s kingdom in  Ephesus and beyond through three “non-apostles”:  Priscilla, Aquila, and Apollos (all while Paul…

Real Faith in Hard Times (Acts 18:1-17)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Real-Faith-in-Hard-Times-Acts-18-11_12_13-9.13-AM.mp3Podcast: DownloadEver run into that brand of Christianity that says “If you feel weak or desperate, don’t you dare even say it. Put on a plastic smile, pretend like everything’s OK, and it will be?” Aside from being annoying, it’s just not Biblical. When Paul came to Corinth, he was (in his own words) weak, fearful, and trembling. How did he handle…

He Clinched the Nails: Security in Jesus (selections from John 6 &10)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/He-Clinched-the-Nails-Security-in-Jesus.mp3Podcast: Download(Audio message at bottom of post) A good carpenter sometimes has to clinch a nail to make it secure. That means after he drives it in, he turns over the two pieces of wood he is connecting and bends the nail with his hammer so it can’t slide out. When it comes to our connection with Jesus,  trials, temptations, emotions, and…

What Do You Do While You Wait? (Acts 17:16-34)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Look-Around.-Engage.-Bridge..mp3Podcast: DownloadAs believers, we eagerly wait for Jesus to return. But what do we do while we wait? When we see the moral decline of our culture, it is tempting to hide out and bury our heads in the sand. Athens was a city in decline when Paul was there waiting for Timothy and Silas.  What did he do? He looked around.…

October 2013 Baptisms

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Jennifer.mp3Podcast: DownloadA beautiful Fall day. A horse trough in a truck bed. And two women: Jennifer (brunette) and Brenda (blonde) who recently accepted Jesus proclaiming their love for Him through baptism. See pics below and click on the audio to hear how God saved Jennifer.  

God at Work (Psalm 40:1-10)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/God-at-Work-Psalm-40.mp3Podcast: DownloadThis message was originally preached on a morning when we celebrated with God as 2 women who recently trusted Jesus to save them proclaimed their love for him through baptism. Psalm 40 tells a story that’s been repeated in millions if not billions of lives: We cry out to God in trust. He answers by saving us. Then we respond by…

Sharing and Receiving the Word of God (Acts 17:1-15)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Word-of-God.mp3Podcast: DownloadFew things are as important to the growth of a Jesus follower than the Bible. Check out this message to learn some of the tools Paul used when he shared it. And learn what it looks like to receive it the way God wants you to.  Consider this your invitation to a more effective witness in the world and a deeper…

Jesus: Now That’s Living (selections from Philippians)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/To-Live-is-Christ.mp3Podcast: DownloadIs it possible to live with love, confidence, and peace even during difficult trials? “Yes. IF you turn to Jesus” is the answer Paul gave in his letter to the Philippians. Ironically (or supernaturally) he was in chains when he wrote to them about how Jesus is the source of our love, our confidence, and our peace. In a nutshell, Jesus…

Learning to Let Go (Acts 15:36-16:10)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Learning-to-Let-Go-Acts-15_36-16_10.mp3Podcast: DownloadWhether it’s a friendship, your rights, or your plans, letting go is hard to do. The good news is when we let go of something for God, we can trust Him completely. Check out this message to see how Paul and his missionary team learned to let go and what it means for us today. 08/25/13

Give me Liberty or Give me Death (selections from Galatians)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Freedom.mp3Podcast: DownloadPatrick Henry’s famous quote was the heartbeat of our nations’ founders. Freedom is worth everything. It is true politically. It’s also true spiritually.  How you respond when you come face to face with your sin will determine if you are free or not. Will you DENY your sin? Will you TRY to be made right on your own? Or will you…

The Meeting That Changed Everything (Acts 15:1-35)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Acts-15-Correct.mp3Podcast: DownloadWhen you think of important meetings, what comes to mind? The signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776? Lee’s surrender to Grant at the Appomatox Courthouse which ended the civil war? In A.D. 49, Paul and Barnabas traveled 300 miles to Jerusalem for a meeting that would decide the fate of Christianity: Would it be a small sect of Judaism…

4 Things To Count on When You Share the Good News (Acts 14)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/4-Things-To-Count-On-When-You-Share-the-Good-News-Acts-14.mp3Podcast: DownloadIt’s always good to get an orientation when you start something new. As we follow Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, we learn four things for when we go out on mission today: Count on Division, Count on the Message of God’s Goodness, Count on Other Believers, and Count on God to open the door of faith. 07/28/13

The (Real) Neverending Story (Acts 13:13-52)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/The-Real-Neverending-Story-Acts-13_13-52.mp3Podcast: DownloadIn the movie, The Neverending Story, Bastion was startled to realize that he was not only reading the book, he was a part of it. The same is true for us when it comes to God’s Neverending Story: The story of saving lost sinners and bringing them into relationship with himself. God’s story is not just dusty history or distant future.…

Sent Ones: Then and Now (Acts 13:1-12)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Sent-Ones_-Then-and-Now-Acts-13_1-12.mp3Podcast: DownloadAs Paul set out on his first missionary journey, we can learn about our mission today. Check out this message to see how he and Barnabas were sent by a local church, how they came face to face with the enemy of the mission, and how God’s power won the battle. Don’t go it alone. Expect opposition. Trust in a God…

Encouragement: Oil to Keep the Mission Running (Acts 11:19-30)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Encouragement_-Oil-to-Keep-the-Mission-Running-Acts-11.mp3Podcast: DownloadMission comes with friction: attack from the enemy, struggles with temptation, even disagreements in the church.  In the face of this friction, encouragement is the oil that keeps the mission running. Check out how Barnabas encouraged the early church and what you and I can learn about being encouragers today. Are you an encourager? Who’s encouraging you? 06/08/13

Jesus is Meant to be Shared (Acts 11:1-18)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Jesus-is-Meant-to-Be-Shared-Acts-10.mp3Podcast: DownloadIn the early church, the Jewish Christians needed a reminder that the Savior didn’t only come to save them, but the Gentiles as well. Does the church today need a reminder that Jesus is not only for us? He came to seek and save the lost.  Are we hoarding Him? Or are we sharing? (recording cut off early…sorry for the inconvenience)…

How to Serve (The 4 P’s)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/How-to-Serve.mp3Podcast: DownloadGoing out to serve in the name of Jesus? Check out these 4 “P’s” to keep in mind: Purpose, Partner, Posture and Prayer. Originally created for 40 teams from 6 churches that served on the 2013 Day of Service in Prescott, Arizona, this 15 minute “Before you Go” talk will help any time you serve. 05/18/13

Peter and Cornelius: A Divine Connection (Acts 10)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/A-Divine-Appointment.mp3Podcast: DownloadCheck out what happened when our Missionary God orchestrated visions, angels, and the voice of the Holy Spirit, Peter and the good news about Jesus to bring Cornelius into a relationship with Him: A momentous event which opened the door for the good news to go to all Gentiles. Then be blown away by the fact that He’s still making these…

Don’t Just Kill the Weeds…Feed the Grass! (Selections from 1 & 2 Peter)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Dont-Just-Kill-the-Weeds…Feed-the-Grass.mp3Podcast: DownloadHow do you get a healthy green lawn?  Don’t just pick and spray the weeds. Fertilize, feed, and water the grass so it thrives. The thicker the grass, the less room for weeds. The same is true in our spiritual lives.  We must remove sins, but we can’t stop there. We need to feed and cultivate our relationship with God so…

How We Roll: The Life of a Spiritual Tumbleweed (Acts 9:32-43)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Spiritual-Tumbleweed.mp3Podcast: DownloadPeter traveled here and there, going wherever God led: like a tumbleweed blowing in the wind of the Spirit. As he went, God did the supernatural through him and many believed in Jesus.  If you follow the Spirit’s lead in your own life, what kind of adventures will you roll into? 04/13/13  

The Nightmare Before Easter (I Corinthians 15)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Real-Resurrection.mp3Podcast: DownloadUseless preaching. Futile Faith. Christians enslaved by sin. Dead believers lost forever. Live however you want, because it all ends in the grave anyway.  That’s the nightmare of life without the Resurrection.  Thankfully, Paul shakes us awake and reminds us that our faith is based on the reality of a Savior who died for our sins, rose again, and appeared to…

Saul: When a Driven Soul Meets the Risen Lord (Acts 9:1-17)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/When-a-Driven-Soul-Meets-the-Risen-Lord.mp3Podcast: DownloadToo often we treat Christ’s death and resurrection like an exhibit at a museum. We come check it out once a year. Maybe we even shed a few tears. But then we move on with “life as normal”, seemingly disconnected from what we just looked at. But what happened that week in Jerusalem is not some dusty artifact. Check out this…

Stephen: A Big View of God (Acts 6:8-8:3)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Stephen_-A-Big-View-of-God.mp3Podcast: DownloadA.W. Tozer said what a person thinks about God is the most important thing about them. How’s your view of God? The story of Stephen shows us some bad news and some good news. Bad news first:  A small view of God will cause you to miss out on some of what he wants to do in your life. The good…

Look. Rest. Trust. (Psalm 121)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Look-Rest-Trust.mp3Podcast: DownloadOur journey through this world is filled with hope and danger. Psalm 121 is a traveling song sung in Israel as God’s people made the risky journey to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate with God and his people. Like them, we will find strength for our own journey if we look to God, rest in Him, and trust that his…

Problems are Often God’s Platform to Show His Power (Acts 6:1-7)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Our-Problems-are-Gods-Platform-to-Show-His-Power.mp3Podcast: DownloadProblems come in all shapes and sizes. Satan attacks individuals and churches. Disagreements, discouragement and depression can lead us to desperation. But don’t give up!  Often the deepest darkness comes just before God makes a significant breakthrough. 1/26/13

Three Marks of the Early Church (Acts 5:12-42)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Three-Marks-of-The-Early-Church.mp3Podcast: DownloadIf you had to pick three things that characterized the early church, what would you say? (Hint: The answer is not Cozy, Convenient, and Comfortable.) They went public with their faith. They spoke the words of life. And they made a decision about Jesus that radically shaped the way they lived. Check out this message for more. 1/12/13

Giving Well Means Getting Real (Acts 4:32-5:11)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Giving-Well-Means-Getting-Real.mp3Podcast: DownloadAnanias and his wife Sapphira left us a clear and tragic reminder: When we give and serve, God cares more about the inward reality than  outward appearances. What do you care more about? The reality God knows or what others see? Maybe if we found our significance in the truth that God loved us so much He sent His only Son…

Prayer Under Pressure (Acts 3:1-4:31)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Prayer-Under-Pressure.mp3Podcast: DownloadUntil Acts 3, the early church enjoyed relative peace. Then Peter and John went and healed a crippled man. They were jailed and told to stop speaking in the name of Jesus. When they were released, they told the other Jesus followers what had happened. What do you think they did? Did they hold a protest in the town square? Seek…

Politically Correct? Yeah Right (Acts 2:22-41)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/222-Politically-Correct_-Yeah-Right.mp3Podcast: DownloadDo you wish more people would just say it like it is? Then you would love Peter’s preaching. When it comes to sharing the good news about Jesus, we can learn a few things from his first message. 10/27/12

Real Hope and Change (Acts 2:42-47)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Real-Hope-and-Change.mp3Podcast: DownloadGod’s primary agent for hope and change in the world is not Democrat or Republican. It’s not socialism or capitalism. It’s not even solely American. It is the Church and the Gospel it carries. Check out this message to see what it means to be People of the Word and People of Fellowship – the world changers God intended His Church…

Now That’s How To Introduce a Sermon (Acts 2:1-21)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Now-Thats-How-To-Introduce-a-Sermon.mp3Podcast: DownloadPreachers think long and hard about how to introduce their sermons. Do I tell a joke? A story? Show a video? But at the end of the day, no one introduces a message like God Himself.  When the Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost there was the sound of a violent wind, 120 believers had tongues of fire over their…

Where do you go with your Failure?

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Where-do-you-go-with-your-failure_.mp3Podcast: Download What’s the difference between Judas (who hung himself) and Peter (who became a key leader in the Jesus movement)? Judas failed Jesus and Peter was perfect, right? Wrong. They both failed Jesus in epic ways. The difference was where they went with their failure. How they handled it. What they did with it.  And the same is true today. We…

Breathe In Breathe Out

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Breathe-In-Breathe-Out.mp3Podcast: DownloadTrue love for others comes from breathing in God’s love for us. Check out this short message from I John to see what the simple act of breathing can teach us about receiving God’s love and passing it on to others. 09/15/12

Just the Beginning

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Just-the-Beginning-2.mp3Podcast: Download Acts 1: 1 says that in the gospel of Luke, he recorded all that Jesus began to do and teach. That means his sequel (the book of Acts) records what Jesus continues to do and teach through his body, the church: the same church believers today are a part of! Check out this intro to our series on the book…

Jonah Fumes (Jonah 4)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Final-Cut-Jonah-fumes-Jonah-4.mp3Podcast: DownloadWhen you and God have a disagreement, who needs to change their mind? Easy answer. Not so easy to live out. Thankfully, God is patient with his children and has many ways to teach us. We don’t know if Jonah ever really agreed with God about reaching the  people in Nineveh. When it comes to reaching those who need Jesus, are…

Jonah Obeys (Jonah 3)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Jonah-Obeys.mp3Podcast: DownloadPeople spend a lot of time waiting. Sometimes, it’s just the way it has to be. Other times, there’s no reason to wait at all: Like when it comes to sharing the good news about Jesus. Don’t Wait until you have it all together. Don’t Wait until you’ve mastered a complicated message. And Don’t Wait to obey God’s message to you.…

Jonah Prays (Jonah 2)

https://churchnextdooraz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Jonah-Prays.mp3Podcast: DownloadEver heard a message that started with a game of limbo? Nuff said. If you need more, think about this: “How low can you go?” is a great goal for that game, not such a great goal for life. Here’s the good news: Jonah cried out to God from the bottom of the ocean and God saved him. No matter how…