J. Brian Craig

Role: South Bay Worship Leader
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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.
Sun, Apr 07, 2019
Christians can best impact the lives of others by simply inviting them to "come and see" who Jesus is. It's not about having all the answers, but rather knowing WHO has all the answers. From the story of the Samaritan woman (John 4:27-42) we learn that our job is to have open lives, open eyes, and a heart of Joy.
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
Every organization has a culture, ideals, core values - what should be those of the church? We examine the beginnings of the story of the church to see how these early Christians can inspire us in our modern-day setting. Learn to lead a life that is full of the Spirit.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018
Every organization has a culture, ideals, core values - what should be those of the church? We examine the beginnings of the story of the church to see how these early Christians can inspire us in our modern-day setting. Learn to lead a life that is full of the Spirit.
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