Port City Community Church's mission is to Reach People and Help Them Walk With God. This podcast includes audio messages from Senior Pastor Mike Ashcraft and others. You can visit Port City online at www.portcity.church for additional content.
"Discovering What You've Seen" | Revealed Part 2
The Gospel message, with everything pointing to Jesus, is simple, yet at the same time utterly complex. It interrupts and disrupts what we know, ushering in something new. Due to its refractory nature, we have to take on a posture of humility and curiosity to allow this message to shape our view of the world and how we see ourselves. Wrestling out the implications leads to more insight and understanding and the need for more faith, dependency, and trust.
Relvealed | Part 1
Sometimes God feels aloof and hidden, like a mysterious wizard behind a curtain. We wonder in frustration why God makes it so challenging to get to know Him. If God would clearly lay out who He is and what He wants from us, we assume it would lead to our unquestioned obedience and a stronger relationship. But, deep down inside, this motivation to know God isn't to further a relationship but to fulfill our need for predictability and control. We reduce to understand, and in doing so, we remove the mystery, and with it, the need for faith. Jesus was wholly content with this dynamic, often speaking in parables and answering a question with another question. Revelation is the way of relationships, including one's walk with God.
Sermon On The Mount | Part 2
Our values are the ideas and principles that inform how we interact with the world around us. But, as broken human beings, sometimes the surface level becomes more important than what is happening underneath or inside our hearts. Over time, as our values from the world shape our picture of Jesus, He appears less and less like a King. Because when Jesus looks like us, He isn't all that powerful. Jesus desires to turn our values into something new, something better, something beautiful. He cares more about our hearts and motives than our behavior and mindless obedience. Jesus is calling us to go beneath the surface because that is where HE does the work. After dying to ourselves, we have to learn to depend on Christ and allow Jesus to be the thing that drives and shapes us.
Sermon On The Mount | Part 1
The words inside the Sermon on the Mount conflicted with the worldly values of the times. But, here's the thing: very little has changed over the years. The same agenda pushed by culture in the days of Jesus is present today. Fight for the spotlight, indulge until you are satisfied, never show weakness, and always remember to look out for your interests. So, what supposedly awaits us if we follow this plan? Adoration, fame, recognition, security, contentment, satisfaction, and relief await us on the other side. Yet, for some reason, we never seem to arrive at this destination. Jesus arrives on the scene and lets us know we are looking for life in all the wrong places. Are you searching for a life of fulfillment? Thirst for righteousness. Do you want to experience true joy? Love and fight for justice when others hate. Do you desire true significance? Serve others. Are you yearning for peace? Keep your heart pure.
Welcome Home | Part 5
Living a life of faith at home takes place through intentionality and investment, defined by humility and servanthood. We make time for others and breathe worth and value into those around us. We desire to be a home where everyone feels welcome. Imagine if we were the place in town that people flocked to, not because of all the bells and whistles, but because of the loving, humble, and Jesus-centered culture we create. We can only do this TOGETHER. Creating a space like this requires something from us.
Welcome Home | Part 4
When the cycles of pride and fear continue to spin, people can feel trapped and held captive. Breaking free seems impossible, but the message of Christ's forgiveness and mercy unlocks hope and freedom. The gates of hell can't resist the ways of Jesus and His love. It is this message that we carry with us wherever we go and in whatever we do. Jesus gave us the keys to His Kingdom to bring freedom to those held captive by the ways of this world.