J. Brian Craig

Role: South Bay Worship Leader
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Sun, Sep 30, 2018
The book of Acts illustrates God moving in people, using the Holy Spirit in the disciples to bring about his Kingdom on Earth. God's kingdom is not physical, but spiritual, with His Spirit living inside us and guiding us towards His ultimate plan for us. We enter this kingdom through baptism, wherein the Holy Spirit dwells within us. Acts 2 focuses on God's spiritual kingdom being established here, through the Apostles after Jesus had gone back to Heaven.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
The Spirit works in all God's followers. Many times, it asks us to wait for God's timing, which can often be very different than ours. If we are will to wait, God can do amazing things for us and through us. Often times he will use us to reach out to others with our lives. Our patience and faith can be incredibly impactful to others as they watch us go through different stages or situations. Our example an inspire them to want to seek God for themselves.
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Many people have preconceived notions about who Jesus is. Many pictures display him as pale-skinned, blue eyed, ultra gentle person. Jesus was indeed loving and focused on helping people, but he was not afraid to tell it as needed. He often challenged the authority of the day and was willing to be rough verbally when needed. He was willing to stand up for what was right, even if others did not like it.
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Duration: 1 hr 46 mins 32 secs
Timothy may have been a kingdom kid, but that does not mean he knew it all. Paul mentored him, especially when he was put into a leadership position. He had a very strong spiritual upbringing with both his Mom and Grandmother being disciples, but that does not guarantee that he will have the same spiritual values. He had to learn the on his own. Whether you have come into the kingdom fresh, or live among it all your life, God still needs to be a personal relationship for you.
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
Duration: 1 hr 29 mins 26 secs
The Bible is replete with ordinary people that God used to further His kingdom in various ways. In the earliest days of the scriptures Enoch was a man that was described as 'walking with God' and 'pleasing God' We don't know much more about him, but we do know that God did not allow him to die in the traditional sense. He was simply "taken'. Any of us can have the same said about us.
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins 47 secs
God may have started the church with the Jewish people, but always had plans to open it up to all nations. He never intended to "wall-it-in" to only a certain people. He always wanted to spread His message to the entire world. It is our job as His followers to take that message to all those that we can.
Sun, May 20, 2018
Duration: 1 hr 28 mins 30 secs
One of Jesus' goals was to bring about the kingdom of God. It was going to be a hard road, filled with much suffering and pain. The prophecies about this often were made in times of hardship from the Old Testament, yet they always talk about hope for the future. Following Jesus will often bring hardships from the World, but we always have hope for the future, because of Jesus' sacrifice.
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
Duration: 1 hr 44 mins 2 secs
The life that God has planned for us is more than just getting things done. While that is definitely a part of it, he wants us to thrive in life and constantly better ourselves. His plan is to make us better through His teachings and to provide us with all the opportunities to be the best version we can be. We just need to be brave enough to follow the path that He has laid out for us.
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Duration: 1 hr 45 mins 38 secs
God does have plans to prosper us, however not always as we would want or expect. Part of the process is that we have to follow his plan for our lives. Just expecting that our lives will be blessed and perfect, without adhering to God's word and obeying it, is fool-hearty at best We need to walk the path he has set out for us, to gain the blessings he has laid forth in his word.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins 53 secs
In today's society, it is very easy to listen to things without actually hearing them. When you hear good direction or advice, it needs to be followed. The scriptures are filled with God's plan for our lives and we have to not only listen to what it says, we need to obey it. Living out God's plan is the only way to truly understand all that he has in store for us.