Oliver Wong || Matthew 20

The disciples initiate a conversation about greatness with Jesus that reveals they are more cultured in Greek than they are the Kingdom of Heaven. As westerners and Americans, we are heavily influenced by our culture concerning greatness. In today's message, we find one simple question that can free us from the tyranny of self and cultivate the Kingdom of God wherever we are.

IQ: What are the needs of the people around me?

Oliver Wong || Matthew 19

How does your heart dream for the future? When a rich and successful man speaks with Jesus about discipleship, Jesus asks him a question that draws a line of discipleship for us: where do you dream without God?

IQ: Where do you dream of joy and power without God?

Oliver Wong || Matthew 18

Jesus invitation to us disciples to ‘come and die’ does not mean to be passive, permissive, or apathetic in life. In Matthew 18, Jesus shows us how dying to self means confronting sin and setting boundaries in the church. Listen in as we discuss what dying to self looks like in a Gospel community.

Who is trusting you to lead them back to Jesus when they wander?
Who are you trusting to lead you back to Jesus when you wander?

Oliver Wong || Matthew 16

We kick off this segment with an important discipleship conversation between Jesus and Peter. At first, Jesus affirms Peter for his revelation of Him as Messiah but then reveals to Peter a misconception of the kind of Messiah Jesus would be. The conclusion of this passage gives us important insight into where Jesus will lead his disciples for the rest of the journey and where Jesus is leading us as disciples today.

Intentional Question: Jesus, where am I losing my life by trying to save it? Where am I finding my life through losing it?

Oliver Wong || 1 Corinthians 15

This Easter CITYLIGHTS celebrated the Resurrection with a spoken word from Darelle Dove and a message on how the empty tomb affects every day of our lives

IQ: If the tomb is empty, and death is the beginning, how will you live your life today?

Oliver Wong || Matthew 21

Through history, God has used provoking and iconic images to communicate his heart to people. Initiating his final Kingdom proclamation in Jerusalem, Jesus enters the city on a donkey as crowds proclaim him as King. This image alongside the image of the crucifixion speaks loudly about the kind of King Jesus is today.

IQ: Do you follow and lead with an authority that arrives on a donkey and leads to the Cross?

Oliver Wong || Matthew 13

Have you ever read Scripture and found it confusing? Jesus often spoke in mysterious parables to explain the unseen, and to speak past the head to the heart. In this message, we look at Jesus first eight parables and find one important theme to move from blindness to belief.

Intentional Question: How do the parables of the Kingdom guide you to live low, slow and sacrificial rather than fast, flashy and comfortable.

Oliver Wong || Matthew 12

What is the culture of your family? What do you celebrate, create and correct? While Jesus is speaking with his disciples his mothers and brothers try to find him. Refusing their visit he explains that the spiritual family he was forming took priority over his blood family. In this message, we discuss the difference between blood family and kingdom family.

 

IQ: How does your family gather around the will of the Father?

Oliver Wong || Matthew 12

How do you discern if God is speaking or another voice? How can we tell the difference between God’s work or man’s influence? When Jesus heals a blind man the Pharisees say Jesus was partnering with an evil spirit. From here Jesus prepares his followers to discern the spirits to understand the difference between the work of God and the work of the enemy.

Intentional Question: Where have you put the Kingdom of God in a box and how has it affected your relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Oliver Wong || Matthew 12

Are you in a season of struggling to see or hear God? In a confrontation with the Pharisees, Jesus highlights an important verse that can cause spiritual blindness. In this message, we discuss how to see God in every moment. 

Intentional Question: For you, is following Jesus compelled by sacrifice or mercy?

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