Follow

Follow

SERIES OVERVIEW

This Sunday, we start a new three week series called Follow, based on Jesus’s simple invitation – an invitation that began with some fishermen along the shores of the Galilee, and now extends to you and me. They decided to follow and it changed the world. Will you? Together, we’ll examine the call of Jesus, why He came and what He wants. And then…you decide. Don’t miss one of these important gospel messages, and invite a friend who might be interested in understanding anew the very real, living person of Jesus and His very real call to Follow. Will you accept the invitation to follow, or simply continue to watch along the shoreline, holding your nets?

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

This Sunday, we start a new three week series called Follow, based on Jesus’s simple invitation – an invitation that began with some fishermen along the shores of the Galilee, and now extends to you and me. They decided to follow and it changed the world. Will you? Together, we’ll examine the call of Jesus, why He came and what He wants. And then…you decide. Don’t miss one of these important gospel messages, and invite a friend who might be interested in understanding anew the very real, living person of Jesus and His very real call to Follow. Will you accept the invitation to follow, or simply continue to watch along the shoreline, holding your nets?

Sermon Description

One of the followers of Jesus, a disciple named Thomas, asked Him a pretty big question – one that anyone following someone would want to know. “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” It’s a pretty common question, maybe humanity’s most asked: “How do you get to heaven?” And when it comes to questions like this, they inevitably lead to more questions like, “Have I been good enough? Have I done enough? Have I given enough to get there? Are there many paths and ways to heaven? Do all roads lead to the same place?” This Sunday, as we look at the call of Jesus to follow, we discover how to get there from here.

Sermon Description

As we conclude our series on Jesus’s invitation to follow, we look at the power of godly leaders. Who is the leader of your pack…the one who sets the direction, pace, and destination? With a nod towards fathers, we examine the power of parents – specifically dads when it comes to the direction of future generations. In many ways, the direction Dad takes is the directions kids follow. If you follow often, so will they, and potentially generations to come. This Sunday, it’s Fathers’ Day and decision day at Mendham Hills. Who will you follow and who will you lead?

Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day 2018

SERIES OVERVIEW

This Mothers’ Day Sunday, we take a pause from our attitude adjusting to focus on the women in our lives. Jesus, in His earthly ministry, championed the cause and value of women like no other. In fact, I would argue that in many ways, our culture is now just catching up. Yet, is it possible that in correcting one societal ill, we have created another? Jesus said, “Come …all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…and you will find rest for your souls.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we fully applied this truth to the women in our lives amidst what has become a culture replete with unrealistic expectations, allowing them some rest for their souls? Destroying the myth of “Superwoman,” this Mothers’ Day at Mendham Hills.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

This Mothers’ Day Sunday, we take a pause from our attitude adjusting to focus on the women in our lives. Jesus, in His earthly ministry, championed the cause and value of women like no other. In fact, I would argue that in many ways, our culture is now just catching up. Yet, is it possible that in correcting one societal ill, we have created another? Jesus said, “Come …all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…and you will find rest for your souls.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we fully applied this truth to the women in our lives amidst what has become a culture replete with unrealistic expectations, allowing them some rest for their souls? Destroying the myth of “Superwoman,” this Mothers’ Day at Mendham Hills.

Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment

SERIES OVERVIEW

I really want to take control of my life. If I had my way, every step on the journey would fall exactly into proper place. Few of them do, though. The reason so many of us feel like our lives are out of control is…they are. Time has taught us a painful truth: there is very little in our lives we can actually command. What if there was one thing we could control that impacted everything we couldn’t? Imagine controlling the one thing that impacts everything? Controlling my one thing this Sunday at Mendham Hills – it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

I really want to take control of my life. If I had my way, every step on the journey would fall exactly into proper place. Few of them do, though. The reason so many of us feel like our lives are out of control is…they are. Time has taught us a painful truth: there is very little in our lives we can actually command. What if there was one thing we could control that impacted everything we couldn’t? Imagine controlling the one thing that impacts everything? Controlling my one thing this Sunday at Mendham Hills – it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

Sermon Description

All of us, in one way or another, are in need of an attitude adjustment – but where do we begin? How about with the worst kind of attitude? The one attitude that all of us share, the one we hate in others but refuse to see in ourselves. There is no attitude that makes one more unpopular, and the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. It is, as C.S. Lewis wrote, “the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began and leads to every other vice.” Yeah, lets start with changing that one – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Christmas mornings last a lot longer now that my kids are older. When they were young, it seemed like a month’s worth of preparation was over in half a minute. They tore into the presents, barely looking at what they had unwrapped before casting it aside and picking up the next. No reflection, no appreciation, just pure consumption. It was like they felt entitled to all those things and when the last package was opened, it was not done with an “attitude of gratitude,” but through tears because there wasn’t more. Can you imagine? Blessing after blessing, gift after gift, and yet, they were miserable. Good thing we grow out of that…or do we? Maybe we need a change in attitude.

Sermon Description

Christianity remains the dominant religion in our country with about 75% of people polled identifying themselves as adherents. I would counter that there appears to be a more dominant faith amongst us. The religion of our day, which almost all of us seem to be following at one level or another, is cynicism. Cynicism is, in many ways, the complete opposite of faith or belief. It crushes hope and fuels apathy, distrust, depression and disdain. If everyone has an agenda or an ulterior motive, who can I trust? Is there anything or anyone I can actually believe in? Why am I so  cynical? Conquering the sin of cynicism – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Have you ever tried to use a fancy word and have it backfire? I have. It was pretty embarrassing. I thought I knew what it meant, but I was awkwardly and painfully wrong. In fact, I hurt someone’s feelings and left some “carnage in my wake” all because I though I knew something I didn’t. Turns out, the older I get, the more aware I am of my propensity to think I know things that I really don’t, and carnage results. I just thought I knew how to love God, love my wife, or parent my kids. Turns out, I didn’t know as much as I thought. My attitude was, “I knew it all.” Turns out, I didn’t and I don’t. So, how do I learn…change? This week at Mendham Hills, we embrace a bit of ignorance and learn what it means to be imitators. Oh, and a surprise guests helps me. You don’t want to miss this!

Sermon Description

As the great philosopher Taylor Swift sang, “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” That’s just what they do. Unfortunately, there is just a little bit of “hater” in all of us. We have a propensity towards critical spirits and judgmental attitudes. Why do we judge so quickly and harshly? We are commanded to have the attitude of Jesus and He has a pretty famous saying about judging. Does that mean we don’t judge anything or anyone…ever? This Sunday, we take the logs out of our own eyes and the splinters out of others’, as we adjust our judgmental attitudes.

Sermon Description

This Memorial Day weekend, we wrap up our Attitude Adjustment series with a look at what happens when our attitudes go unchecked and unchanged. Narcissism is the place where all bad attitudes eventually lead. Paul, an apostle of Jesus, told his “son in the faith,” Timothy, “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves.” In a culture hyper-focused on ME, how do we take our eyes – our thoughts – off of ourselves long enough to really love another? This Sunday at Mendham Hills, it turns out it really is not all about you.

All Things New

All Things New

SERIES OVERVIEW

We’ve spent the winter looking at our Origins; it’s time to look at our Destination. Where does our story end? What happens at my end? Our fear of death is supercharged by the fear of the unknown. What if it could be known? What if you knew what it will be already? Despite what you have been told, you are not getting wings, a harp, and going to an eternal church service in the sky. It is so, so much better than that and when you understand what will happen there, it will change forever how you live here. Come find out why you won’t wind up in heaven and discover a hope that can conquer any fear.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

We’ve spent the winter looking at our Origins; it’s time to look at our Destination. Where does our story end? What happens at my end? Our fear of death is supercharged by the fear of the unknown. What if it could be known? What if you knew what it will be already? Despite what you have been told, you are not getting wings, a harp, and going to an eternal church service in the sky. It is so, so much better than that and when you understand what will happen there, it will change forever how you live here. Come find out why you won’t wind up in heaven and discover a hope that can conquer any fear.

Sermon Description

One of the things I loved about being a dad was introducing my kids to new experiences – their first ball game, first amusement park, first ride on a plane. Of course, not every first was fun. There were also first shots, first stitches, first funerals. One common question they had that put every fear to rest and built up hope for what was coming was, “Dad, what will it be like?” Jesus proclaimed our great hope was not merely what was in heaven, but the “renewal of all things.” And so, in order to have our fears flee and our hope grow, the question rings out from our childlike hearts, “What will it be like?” Fight fear and build hope, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Origins

Origins

SERIES OVERVIEW

It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

Sermon Description

The word “genesis” and the word “gene” or “genetic” are the same word. Everything in you is determined by your genetic code. So, too, is everything in history – it is merely a playing out of our shared genes, which are exposed so clearly in this book of origins. Ever feel like most of your life, you are just waiting for “the other shoe to drop,” or that there is trouble lurking, waiting to pounce on you, your family, or your dreams? Yeah, Genesis explains that, too. The enemy is crouching at your door – learn how to escape this Sunday at Mendham Hills!

Sermon Description

I can remember one of my first toys being a Noah’s Ark play set. Thousands of years post-flood, and Noah and his animals are as ubiquitous as ever. Most of us think we know the story; most of us don’t. If we did, if we understood it, it’s about the last story we would read at bedtime. The real story of Noah is one replete with death, destruction, family dysfunction, sexual innuendo, generational curses, sexism, racism, and lots of ancient (and not-so-ancient) lessons about life for people like you and me. A look at what happened when God started over – Noah, the “grown-up” version, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

This Super Bowl Sunday, the question begs answering again: Does defense really win championships, or is it all about offense? For many of us, life mimics football, offering us the same two choices regarding how we live. Some of us are hard-chargers, modern day warriors grabbing life by the horns. Others of us have been so beat up that it’s much more about caution, safety and protection. Should life be lived on offense, defense, or is there another way? Life lessons from a Nimrod, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way

Frank Sinatra’s iconic ballad roars, and our independent, 21st Century hearts soar as we join in the chorus. Yet, if we are honest, doing it “my way” sometimes leads to “my mess.” Is there another way? A better way? This Sunday, a look at “Father Abraham,” the mess of his ways, the mess of our ways, and the better way.

Sermon Description

Influence – all of us have some and most of us want more. As adults, we fight for it, and as parents, we worry about it. Who are you intentionally influencing? Maybe a more interesting question is who are you unintentionally influencing and how? As we look back at our history, our shared nature, the question arises as to the impact of nurture and influence in our lives. Do I do what I do because they did what they did? The power of influence in our lives and over our lives this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Some of us spend our lives trying to be like someone else. Others of us spend our lives trying to be what someone else told us we should be. Still others wrestle years away trying to “find themselves.” Most of us fade into our golden years with regret and wonder – who is the me I was meant to be? Discovering ourselves, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

We cannot control much of what happens to us. We convince ourselves that we can and we spend much of our time attempting to maintain this facade. But the reality is that all of us, at one time or another, will find ourselves in places of brokenness, betrayal, or abuse. And so we have to ask, “What does it look like to bear fruit here?” And perhaps even more importantly, “How can God possibly use this for His good purposes?” Join us this Sunday at Mendham Hills as we look at the final character in Origins and reflect on what he learned in the land of his affliction.

New Year’s

New Year’s

SERIES OVERVIEW

Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. As resolution, as commonly defined, is a firm decision to stop or start doing something. The problem is, for most of us, that decision turns out to not be all that firm. What if this year, we replace resolutions with a revolution – a literal overthrow and replacement of the “old you.” Is that even possible? This New Year’sSunday at Mendham Hills, we will present to you the tools and an incredible new free gift to prepare you for the battle. Too much is at stake for all of us to simply roll into 2018 without a plan for change – come this Sunday and discover yours.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas

SERIES OVERVIEW

Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sermon Description

He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God…how mighty? One of the reasons Christmas hope has gone the way of tinsel is that we have lost our sense of awe and wonder! The Bible teaches that in response to what God was up to at Christmas, “even the angels stood amazed as they watched these events unfold.” Has the story of Christmas lost its amazement factor for you? Perhaps it’s time to stand in awe again. This Sunday at Mendham Hills, join us as we discover just how great, just how awesome, just how mighty this infant lying in a manger really is and why His promise can still change your world.

Sermon Description

The prophet Isaiah foresaw the completed promise of God: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father…” This newborn king would not merely be a reflection of your earthly father, but the revelation of a perfect father. This prophecy carries with it the promise of adoption, sonship and inheritance. If you have ever had your breath taken away by a Christmas gift, just wait until you glimpse the inheritance coming for the heirs of God.

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

SERIES OVERVIEW

“In God We Trust.” Really? For most of us, it’s more like, “In God We Wish,” or, “In God We Have a Backup Plan.” Have you ever noticed how easy it is to trust God with things you can’t control (where, really, you have no choice anyway…) or with the things that cost you little? Perhaps there is no greater irony than printing “In God We Trust” on our money because the truth is that our money is so often where we place our greatest trust. The Bible speaks of prayer approximately 500 times. There are less than 500 verses on faith. Money, however, is referenced over 2,000 times. In fact, 15% of the recorded words of Jesus are about money. Why? Because there is no greater suitor for your heart or threat to your soul than money. So, in whom or in what do you trust? Time to discover where our treasure really is (and our hearts) as we take a very practical look at what Jesus would not ignore – our money.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

“In God We Trust.” Really? For most of us, it’s more like, “In God We Wish,” or, “In God We Have a Backup Plan.” Have you ever noticed how easy it is to trust God with things you can’t control (where, really, you have no choice anyway…) or with the things that cost you little? Perhaps there is no greater irony than printing “In God We Trust” on our money because the truth is that our money is so often where we place our greatest trust. The Bible speaks of prayer approximately 500 times. There are less than 500 verses on faith. Money, however, is referenced over 2,000 times. In fact, 15% of the recorded words of Jesus are about money. Why? Because there is no greater suitor for your heart or threat to your soul than money. So, in whom or in what do you trust? Time to discover where our treasure really is (and our hearts) as we take a very practical look at what Jesus would not ignore – our money.

Sermon Description

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Our hearts follow our treasure, and Jesus wants your heart. So, it’s incredibly important what we do with our treasure. In light of this foundational truth, the question needs to be asked: What’s the plan for your treasure? Do you have one? How can you be sure you are serving God and not money? This Sunday at Mendham Hills, an incredibly practical discussion and guide to serving the right master. Having your financial house in order has more implications to this life – and the next – than you would think.

Sermon Description

How do you measure your life? How do you define it’s success? Is life to be measured on a happiness scale? Is it all about relationships or legacies? Jesus literally yelled out to people just like you and me, “Watch out! Be on your guard!” For what? Well, something that we get confused about regarding the purpose of our lives – something for which Jesus saved another exclamation, “You fools!” This Sunday at Mendham Hills, a lesson on what life must not consist of.

Sermon Description

Nothing competes with God for our hearts like money. And perhaps no one thing breaks up families and shipwrecks lives more than money. The love of it really is the root of all kinds of evil. This Sunday, we conclude our series, “In God We Trust,” with a look at ten biblical principles related to our stuff – five “thou shall” and five “thou shall not” commands related to our finances. Lessons on maintaining balance in life, achieving financial freedom, living on purpose, and the use of money as a tool instead of an end-goal, as we learn to live like it really is, “In God We Trust.”

I Am Who I Said I Am

I Am Who I Said I Am

SERIES OVERVIEW

Did you know God has a name – and it’s not God? Does it matter that God has a name and why should anyone care? What if in revealing His name, He also revealed who He is, who is God? While the vast majority of people still believe in God, this “God” is often just a projection of their own values, morals, and ideas. The current state and history of our world attests to that danger. Together, let’s discover what God has said about himself – who He says He is. His true identity and character are both far different and far better than we could ever imagine.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Did you know God has a name – and it’s not God? Does it matter that God has a name and why should anyone care? What if in revealing His name, He also revealed who He is, who is God? While the vast majority of people still believe in God, this “God” is often just a projection of their own values, morals, and ideas. The current state and history of our world attests to that danger. Together, let’s discover what God has said about himself – who He says He is. His true identity and character are both far different and far better than we could ever imagine.

Sermon Description

So, God has a name and it is not God, it is Yahweh. That’s what He wanted to be called. Why? Practically, what does it mean for how we relate to Him? For example, when I pray, does it really matter? Is God’s mind made up already, or can it be changed? Is God unchanging or not? If He is unchanging, why would it matter if I pray? If He can be changed, well then, how should I pray? Once we begin to realize that God has a name and a person-hood, it sure does raise a lot of questions. Come get some answers – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Yahweh makes some pretty stunning claims. He refers to Himself as The Creator God, The Everlasting God and The All-Knowing God. Yet, perhaps the boldest and most startling claim is the He is “El Elyon” – The God Most High. He is The God above all the other gods. Other gods? Are there other, lesser gods? Yahweh says He is jealous over you, so are there others vying for your affections? What would that mean? How much could that explain? Starting to wonder if everything you see is not all that there is? There is an eternal battle raging, and your heart is the prize. Yahweh amongst the gods – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

We all know someone like this – no matter how good the situation is, how well things have worked out, or how many blessings they have, they still feel cheated. Their baseline or default emotion is anger and they are always upset about something. Yet, most of us also know someone who, no matter the challenge, the hardship or the curse, remain happy and optimistic. Their default emotion is joy. Have you ever paused in life to reflect on your own baseline emotion? How you ever wondered about God’s? What is God’s default feeling and position towards you, and if you really understood that and believed it, what could that change in your life? Your destiny? Yahweh, the compassionate and gracious God, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

God is love (at least according to the Bible). We love this attribute of God – we lean into it, we celebrate it, we highlight it to our friends. Yet, what do we do with all those stories and scriptures about His anger or His wrath? Is an angry God compatible with a loving God? If God is angry, what does that mean for me? What makes Him angry? Do I? This God – who insists we call Him Yahweh, the One who is compassionate, gracious, and abounding in love – also reveals Himself as one who, although slow to it, gets angry. Understanding a God slow to anger – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

We leave. Things get tough, touchy, boring, dry, or someone does something or says something that offends us and we bolt. We are outta here! We leave jobs, cities, churches, friendships and marriages. We just cut ties and move on. Yahweh, He is different. Yahweh, He stays. You see, Yahweh has a deal with you – a covenant, a promise. It’s probably not what you think, but there is one thing you should know: He will suffer any hardship and pay any price to keep it. This Sunday at Mendham Hills, we discover a God “abounding in love and faithfulness,” a God who keeps His promises, a God who never leaves.

Sermon Description

This Sunday, as we wrap up our series on God’s great self-revelation statement, we get to the question you have all been asking: “What’s up with the ending?” “He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:7) Yahweh is compassionate, gracious, and maintains love to thousands, but he punishes innocent children? Well, not exactly. Yet, He is serious about the plague of generational sin. A message every parent needs to hear about Yahweh, the baggage we pass down to our kids, and finally being set free from generations of brokenness – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Fall Kickoff 2017

Fall Kickoff 2017

SERIES OVERVIEW

What a “Welcome Back” we have on tap at Mendham Hills this Sunday – it’s Kickoff 2017! Come hungry for food, friends and fun, with all kinds of new surprises in store for the coming church year. This is truly a Sunday you can’t afford to miss! We launch into a new season of ministry together with an introspective and inspirational look at ourselves. Who are we as a people, a community, and why do we do what we do? What’s our point, our purpose, our plan? It’s the perfect week to invite a friend as each and every ministry will be on display, and together we focus on squad goals for a new church year. Come and find your place!

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

What a “Welcome Back” we have on tap at Mendham Hills this Sunday – it’s Kickoff 2017! Come hungry for food, friends and fun, with all kinds of new surprises in store for the coming church year. This is truly a Sunday you can’t afford to miss! We launch into a new season of ministry together with an introspective and inspirational look at ourselves. Who are we as a people, a community, and why do we do what we do? What’s our point, our purpose, our plan? It’s the perfect week to invite a friend as each and every ministry will be on display, and together we focus on squad goals for a new church year. Come and find your place!