Current/Coming Message Series

Look at the series blurbs below to read about the message series of Dr. McKinney's messages.



Join us on Sunday mornings beginning August 24 as we explore the story of Jonah. Get ready to see a lot of yourself in this prophet with a problem, and get ready to be amazed by the relentless love of God.

August 24 - “Running from God” - Jonah 1:1-16
August 31 - “What To Do When You’re Going Under" - Jonah 1:17-2:10
Sept 7 - “The God of the Second Chance" - Jonah 3
Sept 14 - “Letting God Be God" - Jonah 4



"Practical Faith"

Healthy faith is not just a Sunday thing - it should show up every day. And it is not just something in your head - it should make a difference in the way you actually live. On Sunday mornings this summer, we will turn to the book of Proverbs for wisdom in applying our faith to the everyday situations of life.

June 15 - "How To Be Wise" - Proverbs 3:5-8
June 29 - Freedom emphasis (July 4th); choir and orchestra
July 6 - "How To Love Your Friends" - Proverbs 17:17; 19:6; 22:24-25
July 13 - "Money Matters" - Proverbs 10:4, 15; 11:4, 24-25, 28; 15:16-17; 17:16
July 27 - "What To Do with Words" - Proverbs 10:19; 12:22; 16:24
August 3 - "Family Ties" - Proverbs 10:1; 14:26; 20:7; 22:6
August 10 - "Living a Focused Life" - Proverbs 4:23-27
August 17 - "Honoring God at Work and School" - Proverbs 11:1; 12:24; 20:14; 20:17; 26:15

“I'm Curious About Faith, But...”


Many intelligent people who explore Christianity stop short of embracing faith because of some difficult questions that arise. Is it really possible that Jesus rose from the dead? Does science make faith unnecessary? Don’t other religions basically teach the same thing? If God is real, why is there so much suffering? How can we embrace Christianity when the church is full of hypocrites? We will explore these big questions together on Sunday mornings beginning Easter Sunday, from April 20 through May 18. If you have some big questions about faith, or if you want some help learning how to address questions you hear from your friends, don’t miss this series of messages.

April 20 – “What About the Resurrection?”

April 27 – “What About Science?”

May 4 – “What About Other Religions?”

May 11 – “What About Suffering?”

May 18 – “What About Hypocrites?”



April 2014 Series: “Were You There?”

April 6 – “The Judge Who Was Put on Trial” – John 18:28-19:16

April 13 – “The Thief Who Went to Heaven” – Luke 23:32-43




Mar 2014 Series: “Magnify”

Mar 2- “God is Strong” - Psalm 24
Mar 9- “God is Different” - Psalm 99
Mar 16- “God’s Hand’s Are Dirty” - Psalm 147
Mar 30- “God’s Love Never Fails” - Psalm 57





Jan 2014 Series: How To Handle Life’s Toughest Challenges

What do you spend the most time worrying about? What temptation is most threatening to you and to people you know? What is the hardest challenge before you right now? We need God’s help with the difficult real-life issues we face every day. Our first message series of 2014 will seek to bring the truths of the Bible to bear on the toughest challenges of our lives.

Jan 5 – "Stress"
Jan 12 – "Money"
Jan 19 – "Family"
Jan 26 -- “Communication”
Feb 2 -- “Health”
Feb 9 -- “Sexual Temptation” 
Feb 16 -- “Self Image” (Lord’s Supper)
Feb 23 -- “Time Management”

Dec 1 – Dec 22 Series: Focus on Jesus
It is easy to get distracted during the Christmas season. All the lights, gifts, ribbons, bows and other shiny things grab our attention, and before we know it we have zipped through the holiday without paying attention to the Baby who is supposed to be at the center of it all. We must heed the advice of the book of Hebrews: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” During this message series, we will explore some of the portraits of Christ that we find in the book of Hebrews, and we will seek to reset our focus squarely on him.

Dec 1 -- “Fully God” -- Hebrews 1:1-4
Dec 8 -- “Fully Human” -- Hebrews 2:17-18
Dec 15 -- Choir/orchestra program – no sermon
Dec 22 -- “Our Sacrifice” -- Hebrews 9:26b

Oct 27 – Nov 10 Series: “The S Word”

Shhh! We are going to spend three weeks talking about the S word. “Sin.” It isn’t a pleasant or polite topic. It makes us uncomfortable. We would rather look the other way and pretend it isn’t there. But we are going to put it on the table and talk about it on Sunday mornings. Let’s get ready to have some honest conversation about our problem with sin.

Oct 27 -- Title: “The Thing You Did” -- 2 Samuel 11
Nov 3 -- Title: “I’m Sorry” -- Psalm 51
Nov 10 -- Title: “His Mercy Is Bigger”   Ephesians 2:1-10


Nov 24 -- Title: “God the Artist” Sermon focuses on the creativity of God, and includes opportunities for creative expression from the congregation

Sep 15 – Oct 13 Series: “I Can’t Believe He Just Said That!”

Jesus said some shocking things. Some of his words make our jaws drop, or make us scratch our heads, or offend us and make us want to walk away. During this series of messages, we will examine some of Jesus’ hard and outrageous sayings.

September 15 – “Be Born Again” – John 3:3-9
September 22 – “Eat My Flesh” – John 6:53-58  (Observance of the Lord’s Supper with the service)
September 29 -- TBD
October 6 -- TBD


Aug 18 - Sep 8 Series: “Intersections” -- You can listen to previous messages by clicking this link:  Previous messages.

Does your faith make a difference? How does it connect with the way you actually live? Join us Sunday mornings as we explore the practical ways our faith intersects with various parts of our daily lives.

August 18 – “How Faith Connects with Family” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
August 25 – “How Faith Connects with Free Time” – various Scriptures
September 1 – “How Faith Connects with Finances” – 1 Timothy 6:6-10
September 8 – “How Faith Connects with Work” – Colossians 3:23



Aug 4 - Aug 11 Series: "Burdens" -- You can listen to previous messages by clicking this link:  Previous messages.


Are you weighed down with everything you have to carry right now? Does it seem like more than you can bear? Join us Sunday mornings ready to find some help.

Aug 4 – “Boulders and Backpacks” – Galatians 6:2,5

Aug 11 – “A God Who Saves” – Psalm 68:19-20



You can listen to previous messages by clicking this link:  Previous messages.

Series: “Dare to Make a Difference”
In the Bible, faith was often a water walking, king defying, empire shaking kind of thing. In our world, “faith” is often a comfort craving, safety seeking, pew warming kind of thing. Through this series of messages, we hope to wake up to God’s call to be people who change the world. I dare you to make a difference!

May 5

Title: “Is Your Faith Boring or Bold?”
Will contrast the radical commitment of folks in the Bible with our comfort craving, safety seeking approach to Christianity.

May 12

Title: “A Dangerous Church”
Will explore God’s call for the church to make an impact on the world, not just be an inward-focused club.

May 19

Title: “(Extra) Ordinary”
Will affirm that God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for him.

May 26

Title: TBA
Will encourage people to live as missionaries in their everyday environments.

June 2

Title: “Audacious Prayers”
Will challenge people to pray bigger prayers, including praying that God will use them to impact others.


Series: “When Relationships Go Wrong”          April 7-21
Relationships are complicated! How do we love people who are difficult to love? How do deal with conflict in a healthy way? How do we handle the resentment we feel toward people who have harmed us? We will look at Jesus’ answers to these tough relationship questions.

April 7
Title: “How to Hug a Porcupine”
Text: Matthew 5:38-48
Series: When Relationships Go Wrong #1 of 3
Other info:

April 14
Title: “How to End an Argument”
Text: Matthew 18:15
Series: When Relationships Go Wrong #2 of 3
Other info:

April 21
Title: “How to Trade Grudges for Grace”
Text: Matthew 18:21-35
Series: When Relationships Go Wrong #3 of 3
Other info:


Series: “Jesus Is”        March 3-31
We can’t escape Jesus. His birth divides our calendars. His image is the most common content of works of art. His teaching shapes our laws. His name is used as a curse word by many, and it is worshipped by many others. He towers over history. Who is this guy? We will explore together the identity and impact of Jesus.

Mar 3
Title: “The Bread of Life”
Text: John 6:35, 48-58
Series: Jesus Is #1 of 5
Other info: Lord’s Supper

Mar 10
Title: “The Storm Tamer”
Text: Mark 4:35-41
Series: Jesus Is #2 of 5
Other info:

Mar 17
Title: “Friend of Sinners”
Text: John 8:2-11
Series: Jesus Is #3 of 5
Other info:

Mar 24
Title: “A to Z”
Text: Revelation 22:13
Series: Jesus Is #4 of 5
Other info:

Mar 31
Title: “The Living One”
Text: Revelation 1:18
Series: Jesus Is #5 of 5
Other info: Easter Sunday


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