Holding On To Hope

Everyone faces challenges that leave us uncertain and feeling unstable. What can we hold on to during these turbulent times? In this sermon, we find learn three assurances we can grab onto in difficult situation: God will judge, God will be glorified, and God will be worshipped. When the idols of our lives are pulled … [Read More…] Holding On To Hope

Why He Came

We’ve all heard that Jesus is the reason for the season, but why? Why did Jesus come, and what did He accomplish through His life, death, and resurrection? The nativity was only the beginning. Jesus’ life here on earth fulfilled God’s promises given over 4,000 years ago, and that continues now and into eternity. The scope of the goodness and richness of Jesus’ blessings for us is incredible! This Advent season, don’t miss the bigger picture behind the Christmas story.

12/01/2019

Joy To The World, The Lord Has Come

Luke 4:18-19; 19:10

Joseph: A Story of God's Sovereignty

The story of Joseph—the son of Jacob and the great-grandson of Abraham—is an example of a life lived under the sovereign hand of God. It’s a story full of faith-building themes like integrity, faithfulness, trust, and forgiveness. Above it all is the loving and powerful hand of our Heavenly Father, who directs all things for the fulfillment of His promises, for our ultimate good and His eternal glory. Join us as we explore the ways the Lord leads His people through hardships and blessings, and learn to trust our mighty God more than ever.

11/24/2019

Am I God?

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Genesis 49:28-50:26

11/17/2019

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Michael BestGenesis 48-49:27

11/10/2019

Jacob, Joseph, and Jesus

Ed StetzerGenesis 46-47

11/03/2019

God’s Sovereignty in the Midst of Suffering

Ed StetzerGenesis 45

10/27/2019

Portrait of Repentance

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Genesis 44

10/20/2019

True Change

Michael BestGenesis 43

10/06/2019

The Cost of Rejecting God’s Sovereignty

Bill BertscheGenesis 42

09/29/2019

Delightful Trust in the Sovereignty of God

Steve FarishGenesis 41

09/22/2019

From Bad to Worse

Michael BestGenesis 40

09/15/2019

Joseph’s Character and God’s Sovereignty

Ed StetzerGenesis 39

Amazed & Confused

Has God ever done something in your life that was both astounding and completely unexpected? The Lord certainly works in mysterious ways. How should we respond to this surprising tension in our lives, when God’s actions don’t line up with our expectations? The prophet Habakkuk had to learn to trust God even in times of turbulence and judgment. His story conveys a powerful message for us today.

12/01/2019

Holding On To Hope

Michael BestHabakkuk 2:6-20

11/24/2019

Waiting for the World to Change

Michael BestHabakkuk 1:12-2:5

11/19/2019

Asking Why

Michael BestHabakkuk 1:1-11

Defeating Death

No matter what technological advances come, the reality remains that we all face certain death. The inevitability of death urges us to think critically about and look deeply into what God’s Word has to say about it. Where does death come from? What happens to us after we die? How should we grieve the loss of loved ones?

11/10/2019

Grieving Loss

Larry McCarthy, Jr.

11/03/2019

How Did Jesus Defeat Death?

Eric Targe1 Corinthians 15

10/27/2019

What Happens After You Die?

Michael BestLuke 16:19-31

11/20/2019

Where Does Death Come From?

Michael BestRomans 5:12-17

Identity

When you place your faith in Jesus, you not only are forgiven of your sin, but you also receive a whole new identity. What is this new identity? How does it impact how we see ourselves and live every day? In this series we'll discover who we are in Christ and how that changes how we live in this world.

10/13/2019

Temple of God

Michael Best1 Corinthians 3:10-17

10/06/2019

Slaves of Righteousness

Michael BestRomans 6:15-23

09/29/2019

Ambassadors of Christ

Michael Best2 Corinthians 5:18-21

09/22/2019

Royal Priesthood

Michael Best1 Peter 2:4-9

09/15/2019

New Creation

Michael Best2 Corinthians 5:14-17

09/08/2019

Children of God

Michael Best1 John 3:1

Unsung Heroes

Chances are you know the stories of the main characters of the Bible—people like Abraham, David, and Paul. Yet throughout Scripture we come across the stories of other men and women, many of whom we may not have heard of before. While their names may not be recognizable, their examples of faith and following God are significant.

08/18/2019

Phoebe

Kirk BakerRomans 16:1-2

08/11/2019

Mordecai

Josue ReyesBook of Esther

08/04/2019

Mephibosheth

Nate Brumbaugh2 Samuel 9

07/28/2019

Hosea

Eric TargeHosea

07/21/2019

Gideon

Justin MayJudges 6-7

07/14/2019

Micaiah

Eric Targe1 King 22:10-28

07/07/2019

Abel

Daniel StalkerGenesis 4

Single Messages

These are one-off messages on special topics preached by our pastoral staff or guest speakers.

10/13/2019

Explaining the Trinity

Michael Reeves

10/13/2019

Transforming Glory

Michael Reeves2 Corinthians 3:7-8

06/16/2019

He’s a Good, Abba Father

Ed StetzerVarious Passages

05/12/2019

The Fear of the Lord and the Next Generation

Ed StetzerProverbs 1:7–9

04/21/2019

This Changes Everything: The Resurrection and the Life

Ed StetzerLuke 24:1-12

01/06/2019

Triumph In The Face Of Adversity

Dave PearsonPsalm 199:92 | Psalm 143:10

01/06/2019

Keep It Simple

Bill BertscheMatthew 22:34–40

12/30/2018

The Holy Spirit In Our Lives

Kenny Damara

12/30/2018

Learning to Lean

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Proverbs 3:5-6

05/06/2018

The Great Need of the American Church

Steve FarishJoel 2: 12-17

All In For Jesus

What a person believes about Jesus is the most important factor in how they live their life. Our study in Colossians shows us how to fully trust and obey Christ's teachings. Jesus went all in for us; will we go all in for Him?

09/01/2019

Scripture Shoutouts

Michael BestColossians 4:7-18

08/25/2019

Walking Wisely in a Divided World

Ed StetzerColossians 4:5-6

08/18/2019

Praying With Power

Michael BestColossians 4:2-4

08/11/2019

Right Relationships

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Colossians 3:22-4:1

08/04/2019

God’s Script for the Family

Bill BertscheColossians 3:18-21

07/28/2019

Evidence of Holiness

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Colossians 3:15-17

07/21/2019

Putting on Virtues

Ed StetzerColossians 3:12-14

07/14/2019

A Heavenly Mind for Right Earthly Living

Kenny DamaraColossians 3:5-11

07/07/2019

United to Christ

Michael BestColossians 3:1-14

06/30/2019

False Fruit

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Colossians 2:20-23

Seven Woes

They can creep into our lives slowly over time, and we may not even realize what has happened. If we aren’t careful, any one of us could slide into the sins that marked the Pharisees during Jesus’s day. What’s the danger in sins like hypocrisy, cynicism, legalism, and exclusivity? Why did Jesus speak so strongly against them—and how can we guard against these attitudes in our own hearts?

06/23/2019

The Damage of Self-Deception

Michael BestMatthew 23:29-32

06/09/2019

Avoiding Contamination

Michael BestMatthew 23:27-28

06/02/2019

Avoiding Contamination

Michael BestMatthew 23:25-28

05/26/2019

Back to the Basics

Dan CameronMatthew 23:23-24

05/19/2019

When Truth Confronts Tradition

Michael BestMatthew 23:16-22

05/05/2019

The Danger of Exclusivity

Michael BestLuke 18:15-17

04/28/2019

Follower or Pharisee?

Michael BestMatthew 23:1-12

The Final Week

Did you know that over a third of Gospels are dedicated to one week of Jesus’ life? It is no exaggeration to say that this week was the most significant week in the history of the world. We'll look at each day in that week, and discover the significance it has on our lives 2,000 years later.

04/14/2019

Celebrate the Passover

Michael BestLuke 22

04/07/2019

Teach at the Temple

Michael BestMark 12

03/31/2019

Explain the Fig Tree

Michael BestMark 11:12-25

03/10/2019

Cleanse the Temple

Michael BestMark 11 and Matthew 21

03/03/2019

Palm Sunday

Michael BestMatthew 21:1-11

Breaking New Ground

During our annual Missions Week, our guest speakers will challenge us to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth.

03/24/2019

Advancing the Gospel in Cities

Oscar LeivaActs 8:1-8

03/24/2019

The Macedonian Call and Moody Church

Ed StetzerActs 16:7-10

03/17/2019

The Vine And The Branches

Paco AmadorJohn 15

03/17/2019

Breaking Through Ceilings

Mark JobeLuke 5:17-26

Explore God

We all have questions. We all wonder. Explore God with us as we investigate the seven most common questions about Christianity and faith.

02/24/2019

Can I Know God Personally?

Eric TargeVarious Passages

02/24/2019

Can I Know God Personally?

Ed StetzerVarious Passages

02/17/2019

Is The Bible Reliable?

John Jelinik1 John 2:18

02/17/2019

Is The Bible Reliable?

Erwin LutzerVarious Passages

02/10/2019

Is Jesus really God?

Dan CameronMark 2

02/10/2019

Is Jesus Really God?

Bill BertscheVarious Passages

02/03/2019

Is Christianity Too Narrow?

Charles ButlerVarious Passages

02/03/2019

Is Christianity Too Narrow?

Michael BestActs 17:16-32

01/27/2019

Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?

Steve FarishRomas 8:28

01/27/2019

Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

Kenny DamaraJames 1:2-4

Advent

Celebrate the coming king in this four part series.

12/23/2018

The Prince of Peace

Michael BestIsaiah 9:1-7

12/16/2018

All About That Baby

Children's Chorus

12/09/2018

Joy To The World

Ed StetzerLuke 2:8-11

12/02/2018

The Hope Of The World

Bill BertscheIsaiah 40:1-5

Be The Church

In this series, we're exploring how the life of the early church gives us the mission, message, and motivation to be a catalyst for change today in Chicago.

11/25/2018

How To Protect The Church

Bill BertscheActs 20:28–32

11/18/2018

Achieving Gospel Unity

Michael BestActs 15:1-21

11/11/2018

Even Them

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Acts 10:1-48

11/04/2018

God Can Save Anyone

Bill BertscheActs 9:1-22

10/28/2018

Contagious Christianity

Michael BestActs 8:26-39

10/21/2018

Jesus Is Worth It

Bill BertscheActs 6:8-7:60

10/14/2018

The Unstoppable Church

Michael BestActs 5:17-42

10/07/2018

Prayer for Boldness

Bill BertscheActs 4:23-31

09/30/2018

Stop Flying Solo

Michael BestActs 2:42-47

09/23/2018

The Spirit Empowered Church

Bill BertscheActs 2:1-41

The Gospel According To Matthew

We're walking through the Gospel of Matthew together, learning about the freedom experienced only through faith in Christ. Currently, we are studying the teaching of Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount.

09/09/2018

Jesus, Outrage, and the Gospel

Ed StetzerMatthew 9:9-13

09/02/2018

Healer, Master, and Savior

Bill BertscheMatthew 8:14-17

08/26/2018

The Mount, The Margins, and The Miracle

Ed StetzerMatthew 8:5-13

08/19/2018

Come To Jesus

Ed StetzerMatthew 8:1-4

08/12/2018

The Solid Rock

Ed StetzerMatthew 7:24-29

08/05/2018

Kingdom Warnings

Larry McCarthy, Jr.Matthew 7:13-23

07/29/2018

Don’t Stop Now

Michael BestMatthew 7:7-12

07/22/2018

The Dangers of a Critical Spirit

Bill BertscheMatthew 7:1-6

07/15/2018

Seek First the Kingdom, Find the King’s Peace

Ed StetzerMatthew 6:33-34

07/08/2018

Your Father’s Promise Destroys Your Worry

Ed StetzerMatthew 6:31-32

Legacy

What legacy did Abraham leave his sons Isaac and Jacob? And what lessons can we learn from their story that impact our lives today? In this series, we’re looking at how faith is a legacy that is passed down from one generation to the next.

12/16/2018

A New Name

Michael BestGenesis 35

12/02/2018

Deceit and Disgrace

Michael BestGenesis 34

11/25/2018

Return Of The Brother

Michael BestGenesis 33

11/18/2018

The Great Wrestling Match

Michael BestGenesis 32:22-32

11/11/2018

Shaking in His Sandals

Michael BestGenesis 32:1-21

11/04/2018

Running Away To Home

Michael BestGenesis 30:25-31:55

10/28/2018

The Un-Ideal Family

Michael BestGenesis 29:31-30:24

10/21/2018

An Old Fashioned Love Story

Michael BestGenesis 29:1-30

10/14/2018

Heaven Came Down

Michael BestGenesis 28:10-22

10/07/2018

The Blessing Thief

Michael BestGenesis 27:1-28:9

Promises

If we are to avoid spiritual nearsightedness, we must learn to rely on the promises of God.

06/24/2018

Diligent Waiting

Michael Best2 Peter 3:14-18

06/10/2018

To Be Fulfilled

Michael Best2 Peter 3

06/03/2018

Empty Promises

Michael Best2 Peter 2

05/27/2018

Can I Get A Witness?

Dan Cameron2 Peter 1:16-21

05/20/2018

20/20 Faith

Michael Best2 Peter 1:1-15

Miracles

As we explore the amazing miracles of Jesus, we'll discover how a miracle working God is the only one who can offer us hope.

09/09/2018

When Our Fears Test Our Faith

John JelinikMatthew 14:22-31

09/02/2018

The Blind Do Indeed See

Luke 18:35-43

08/19/2018

The Attributes of God

Larry McCarthy, Jr.John 11

08/12/2018

Christ Our Shepherd

Kenny DamaraMark 6:30-56

08/05/2018

The Boy With An Unclean Spirit

Bob GunterMark 9:14-29

07/29/2018

Total Miracle

Eric TargeLuke 5:17-26

07/22/2018

When Kingdoms Collide

Steve MasonMark 5:1-20

07/15/2018

Blessings Better Than Gold

Eric TargeActs 3

07/08/2018

A Glimpse of His Glory

Josue ReyesJohn 2:1-11

Samson: Strong

Samson was a unique character in Biblical history. As we study Samson's life, we'll learn more about how his strengths reflect the character of God and impact our relationship with the Almighty.

03/18/2018

The Great Fall

Michael BestJudges 16

03/11/2018

What Drives You

Michael BestJudges 15

03/04/2018

Slipping Spirituality

Michael BestJudges 14

02/25/2018

A Savior Is Born

Michael BestJudges 13

God's Road to Financial Freedom

On God's road to financial freedom, we learn God’s design for the pursuit of lasting treasure and ultimate joy.

02/04/2018

Money’s Purpose

Ed StetzerLuke 12:31-34

01/28/2018

Greed’s Antidote

Ed Stetzer1 Timothy 6: 17-19

01/21/2018

Debt’s Dangers

Bill Bertsche1 Timothy 6:6-10

01/14/2018

God’s Ownership

Ed Stetzer1 Chronicles 29:10–14

Lost and Found

When all seems lost, there is hope in a Savior who finds us.

01/07/2018

The Lost Sons

Michael BestLuke 15:11-32

12/31/2017

When All Seems Lost

Michael BestLuke 15:1-10

Shepherd: God's Provision for My Life

In this series, Pastor Charles Butler in teaching from Psalm 23, describing how God is our good shepherd.

02/18/2018

He Provides For My Home

Charles ButlerPsalm 23

02/11/2018

He Provides For My Victory

Charles ButlerPsalm 23

02/04/2018

He Provides For My Fears

Charles ButlerPsalm 23

01/28/2018

He Provides for My Strength

Charles ButlerPsalm 23

01/21/2018

He Provides For My Strength

Charles ButlerPsalm 23

JOURNEY: The Story of Abraham

Pastor Michael Best leads us through the life of Abraham, applying powerful lessons for our lives.

12/03/2017

Leaving a Legacy

Michael BestGenesis 22-23

11/26/2017

The Hardest Final Exam

Michael BestGenesis 22

10/15/2017

When We Go Our Own Way

Michael Best

10/22/2017

When God Changes Your Name

Michael Best

10/08/2017

Faithful Following

Michael BestGenesis 14:17–15:21

09/24/2017

Daring Faith

Michael BestGenesis 13:14-16

09/17/2017

When Sinning Seems to Make Sense

Michael BestGenesis 19:10-20

09/14/2017

An Unbelievable Promise

Michael Best

Home Improvement: Family, Faith and Relationships

Learn about God's special role for the family, marriage, and relationships in this series.

07/09/2017

The Marriage Bed: God’s Design for Sex

Ed Stetzer

07/02/2017

PG Parenting in an R-Rated World

Ed Stetzer

06/25/2017

The Making, Breaking and Restoration of Marriage

Ed Stetzer

06/18/2017

Step Up: Men, Fatherhood and Faith

Ed Stetzer

06/11/2017

The Advantages of Singleness

Bill Bertsche

06/04/2017

What the Bible Teaches about Family

Ed Stetzer

SENT

This series, leading up to Easter Sunday 2017, encouraged us to boldly proclaim the gospel message around the world. Like the apostles, we too are sent to scatter the message of the good news of Jesus Christ.

04/30/2017

Scatter

Kevin Harney

04/23/2017

Sent with Jesus

Ed Stetzer

04/16/2017

Jesus is Sent for You

Ed Stetzer

04/09/2017

Sent to the Harvest

Ed Stetzer

The Joy Of The Gospel Together

Interim Teaching Pastor Ed Stetzer leads us through the book of Philippians, teaching us about unity in the church, perseverance, Christian living, and joy.

05/28/2017

God’s Promise For God’s People

Ed Stetzer

05/21/2017

Giving That Pleases God

Bill Bertsche

05/14/2017

Learning To Be Content

Ed Stetzer

05/07/2017

Think of These Things

Ed Stetzer

04/02/2017

Stand Firm: The Medicine for Worry is Gospel Joy and Peace

Ed Stetzer

03/19/2017

Standing Firm: Unity in the Church

Ed Stetzer

03/12/2017

Kingdom View and Kingdom Lives

Ed Stetzer

03/05/2017

Hope for Helpless Hypocrites

Ed Stetzer

02/26/2017

Religion Versus The Gospel

Ed Stetzer

02/19/2017

Partners of Character: Epaphroditus

Ed Stetzer