J. Brian Craig

Role: South Bay Worship Leader
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Sun, Jul 21, 2019
In the spiritual dimension of our universe, the church plays a unique role. When we understand the part we play, it affects how we view suffering and struggles, and how we invest for the future. Don’t approach life half-empty. Learn to be filled all the way up!
Sun, Jul 14, 2019
Studies show that everyone on earth craves (1) relationship, and (2) purpose in life. See how God’s plan for us gives us both security and significance. Each of us was made on purpose, for a purpose, and we’re never alone.
Sun, Jul 07, 2019
With life’s daily struggles, we can so easily forget that In Christ we are chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. We have hope, purpose, and power available to strengthen us. This study aims to open our eyes to how much we have to celebrate in Christ.
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
What John describes as “perfect love” is love that is growing and maturing until fear is no longer present. Change takes place when truth is safely presented in relationship - both with God and with others. (1 John 4:13-21)
Sun, Jun 09, 2019
In this lesson we talk about the difference between goals and desires in terms of relationships. There are two criteria that need to be met in order to make encouragement count. There are three ways people handle negative emotions that come up in friendships, and we discuss which one is the best. (I John 3:18-4:12)
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
Although all of us would like to be considered encouragers, it takes real character to be one. There is a stark contrast between the Jesus way and the way of the world in terms of relationships, and it's not easy to choose the right way. God wants to hold tightly to certain things, and hold loosely to other things, in order to have great faithful friendships. (1 John 2:15-3:16).
Sun, May 26, 2019
True connections are possible not only when there is transparency, but when open communication occurs within a framework of commitment. Jesus' teachings are best applied in our relationships. He models a perfect balance of self-sacrifice with proper personal autonomy. And the church should be a community of love which best shows Jesus to the world. (1 John 2:3-11)
Sun, May 12, 2019
In this fallen world most of us experience only "surface community." Our fears make us hide, and we struggle to truly be known and to know others. But Jesus came to bring restored intimacy with God and others. Jesus gives us a SECURITY that allows us to open up to others, and a solution for our hurts and fears. (1 John 1:5-7)
Sun, Apr 21, 2019
I John 1:1-4 Shows us that the early witnesses to the resurrection were proclaiming something they had actually experienced. It is possible in our “sophisticated and scientific” society to believe in bodily resurrection. This new reality makes it possible to have personal transformation and real and deep relationships (“we have fellowship with one another”). God uses others in our lives. Connection brings continual renewal.
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
In this sermon we look back at the story of Palm Sunday in the Bible and what we can learn about God's purpose, his heart for the city, and how our community fits into this in terms of our identity and purpose.