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Stand Firm! (1 Peter 1:1-12)

The Christ follower in this world lives in a constant paradox. We are elect but we are also exiles. We suffer grievous trials but glorious treasure is promised. We love a Savior we have not yet seen. We are both beat up and blessed beyond our wildest imaginations. To persevere we must have the proper…

Church Next Door AZ 1 Timothy sermon series Scott Mitchell

Cross-Training (1 Timothy 4:6-10)

Passively waiting for God to automatically make you more like Jesus is like taking a nap on a weight bench and expecting to wake up ripped. Spiritual growth is impossible without the Holy Spirit. But it’s also impossible without our active cooperation. Check out this message for 3 essential components to boost your Spiritual Training…

Is There Anyone I Can Trust?

It seems that for every person who keeps their word there’s one who abandons their family to chase their idols. For every faithful friend there’s one who hits the road when things hit the fan. As a result, trust comes hard for many of us – maybe even trusting God. But one message of Christmas is this: Our loving Father always keeps…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

In 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…

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

Need 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…

Confused About Christ (selections from Mark 8-10)

Ever 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 –…

Celebrating Christmas in the Middle of a War

It 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 celebration.…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

Only Jesus (Acts 19)

Jesus 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…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

Teachability and Teamwork (Acts 18:18-28)

It’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,…

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

Ever 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,…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

Whether 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.

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

When 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…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

In 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…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

As 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.…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

In 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…

The Nightmare Before Easter (1 Corinthians 15)

Useless 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 many: Historical…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

If 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…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

Until 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…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

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

God’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…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

Where do you go with your failure?

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…

Acts sermon series Church Next Door AZ teaching pastor Scott Mitchell podcast

Just the Beginning

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…

Jonah sermon series Bible Teaching Pastor Scott Mitchell Church Next Door AZ Podcast

Jonah Fumes (Jonah 4)

When 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…

Jonah sermon series Bible Teaching Pastor Scott Mitchell Church Next Door AZ Podcast

Jonah Obeys (Jonah 3)

People 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…

Jonah sermon series Bible Teaching Pastor Scott Mitchell Church Next Door AZ Podcast

Jonah Prays (Jonah 2)

Ever 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…

Jonah sermon series Bible Teaching Pastor Scott Mitchell Church Next Door AZ Podcast

Jonah Runs (Jonah 1)

So you’re on Family Feud. The first question is: “Name something in the book of Jonah.” Number one answer is…Fish? Jonah? Nineveh? The truth is all these things are like little pictures in a giant collage. When you zoom out and your eyes adjust, you see that they all blend together and form a big picture:…

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The Holy Spirit: Truth

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics was given a nickname: “The Truth.” One of the most famous movies lines of all time was: “You can’t handle the truth.” People often say, “My truth is my truth, your truth is your truth” and  “There is no absolute truth.” The truth is talked about a lot. It…

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The Holy Spirit: Unity

Every groom is concerned when his bride is sick. One thing that concerns Jesus is when His bride, the church, is racked with disunity. That’s why the Holy Spirit works to bring Inward Unity (between churches and individual believers). When Jesus prayed for this unity in John 17, He knew it was intricately connected to…

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The Holy Spirit: Power

The Bible has many pictures of the Holy Spirit’s power.  One of them is a stream of living water. Simply put, your life is like a hose. The Holy Spirit is like the powerful, refreshing water that wants to flow through you and bless those around you. You can’t create His power, but you can…

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The Holy Spirit: Misunderstood

Spiritual interest is up. Church attendance is down. Could it be that some looking for spirituality are looking elsewhere because the church has been trying life in our own power? Too often, the Holy Spirit is ignored or misunderstood. Check out this message for an introduction to some of the common ways He’s misunderstood and…