The Rock Hesperia
By The Rock Hesperia with Pastors Jeff and Jennifer Little
The Rock HesperiaNov 20, 2022
#10 I Hope You Had the Tim of Your Life [His Needs/Her Needs] - Pastor Jeff Little
Because of Mark's desertion of Paul and Barnabas and his abandonment of the good work laid before him, we never get to see what great things Paul was prepared to build into him. Thankfully, Timothy (& Titus and others) "put their hands to the plow and didn't look back" and so were able to receive greatly from Paul the apostle. You and I can learn much by watching these relationships and modeling our lives after them. Initial views:
#3 What Does Jesus Need? [His Needs/Her Needs] - Pastor Jeff Little
Jesus... needy? Needful? How can that be? Tune in and find out what about the His needs.
#8 What Can I Say [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Pastor Jeff Little
Imagine looking back over your life and sheepishly admitting you didn't engage with Jesus' mission nearly at all. "What Can I Say? I was casually disobedient."
#7 What You Really, Really Want [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Pastor Jeff Little
Jesus' wants and our wants are not necessarily the same thing... but shouldn't they be(come) the same? For His sake?
#6 Fill In The Blank [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Will Jefferson
"If you love Me," Jesus said, "you'll obey My commandments." Today, we challenge you to fill in the blank of any area He is calling you to, as a disciple and therefore a disciple-maker. What blanks need to be filled in your life?
#5 Crushing Internal Walls [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Pastor Jerry Dirmann
We look deep, internally, today, discovering God's design and plans, His intent and commands. Whatever holds us back from accomplishing all He intends must be dealt with internally first, before it ever manifest externally. And YOU CAN DO IT!
#4 What Do You Want? [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Will Jefferson
With all our prayers and requests of/from God, in the name of Jesus, ever wonder how often anyone actually asks Him what He wants? Purpose and fulfillment are found through exactly that... asking Jesus - What Do You Want?
#3 Everyone Must Cross... (Even You!) [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Pastor Jennifer Little
Do you ever feel exempt or excluded from the group benefits package? Would you like, instead, to be right up in the front for all the blessing? THAT'S WHAT WE WANT FOR YOU, AND WHAT GOD COMMANDS! He's telling us, "Everyone Must Cross" in order to get all HE has for you. Let's (all) GO!
#2 YOU GOT THIS! [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Pastor Jeff Little
Ever feel like you're just managing your days and not living your life? "How can things be like this? Is this all there is for me - for my family? How will I make it?" There is a message directly from God that you need to hear... and not just as a bumper sticker, but in its entirety... "YOU GOT THIS!" Devote your attention to this message and let God's Word wash over you and wash you clean from all the doubt and mess of the world, so you can possess your promised land as God has always intended for you!
#1 The Humble Test [Possessing Your Promised Land] - Pastor Jeff Little
What if God promised that He would provide such an incredible, blessed, overflowing life of purpose and fulfillment, but He made all the promises conditional - so IF anyone took the terms seriously, they would definitely receive all His goodness, and IF not, they would not receive? Because that is exactly what God did. As we begin this new series, we each must ask ourselves how we are doing at humbly following His direction. Because if we do, all His best plans and promises are on the other side of The Humble Test.
#7 And So Are You [40 Days of Preparation] - Pastor Jeff Little
Yes, Jesus is the answer, but Jesus isn't here, so what are you gonna do about it? :) He says YOU are the answer WITH HIM! See how.
#6 The Answer [40 Days of Preparation] - Pastor Jeff Little
When life hits - and it always tends to hit hard - we need relief, we need support, we need answers. Thankfully, The Bible shows us exactly what the answer is for any situation you find yourself in. Give attention to what God has said, and what He backs up - and the answer will be yours.
#5 I Know You Can Hear Me (But Will You?) [40 Days of Preparation] - Susan Little
Hearing God is something that He makes so possible and simple for every one of us, but unless we create space and spend time with Him, we can (and do) limit how much interaction we have with the Almighty. As unfortunate as that current reality is, we are not those who rest in old realities, but respond to God's call closer and closer to Him.
#4 For You and Your Children [40 Days of Preparation] - Pastor Jennifer Little
There is an entire 3rd Person of the Godhead/Trinity called The Holy Spirit. Jesus was baptized with The Holy Spirit and also Himself baptizes others with The Holy Spirit to this day. Discover what that infilling and overflowing looks like in the life of a disciple of Jesus today as you give attention to God's Word and will for your life.
#3 A King's Love and Healing [40 Days of Preparation] - Will and Ally Jefferson
Our King on His throne in His Kingdom expresses His will for His subjects (and friends). He intends for everyone to live an abundant life, and gives each one the opportunity to become free from anything that has kept them bound.
#2 I Can't Make You Love Me [40 Days of Preparation] - Pastors Jeff and Jennifer Little
God, throughout all history, has given given given so much to people, wooing us to Himself, only to be met with contempt and rebellion time after time. Despite us grieving His heart, He still pursues us - and Jesus expresses how we show Him we love Him... unlike so many before us. As we repent and become obedient, may your heart be open to hearing God's plans for you... what to keep and what to ditch... what to start and what to stop.
#1 Prepare for an Outpouring [40 Days of Preparation] - Pastor Jennifer Little
When God makes a move and invites His devoted people to a specific time and specific place to receive incredible things from Him, GET READY... and that's exactly what He is doing right now, so that is exactly what we are doing right here.
#10 Criminal Healing [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
What would you do if obeying God was against manmade laws of the land where you live? As we look at Jesus, we see clearly what He would do... what He DID... and even what it cost Him. Are you willing to pay a price to obey The Lord? Does Jesus' model give you faith and strength to obey in the face of criticism and penalty? Watch what Jesus did...
#9 Stir It Up [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Will Jefferson
Could it be that we are still waiting for an angel to come stir the waters for us so one can get healed at a time? What if we all took responsibility to STIR IT UP and got active in our own pursuit of Jesus, The Healer, and got everything we needed?
#8 The HEALth LAB [Greater Things Than These] 2/20/2022
No sermon today, just discussion - about where we start with divine healing and God's will and Jesus' instruction... and while not exhaustive, it is a decent primer into a Greater Things filled life, because we get to honestly and openly discuss what we've experienced, have been taught, and what may have been holding us back from experiencing the blessing available by the faithfulness of God.
#7 Faith Enough To Do It [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jennifer Little
Everyone has struggles and needs and questions... Jesus is the answer to all that, but do we really know that to be true? Have we experienced it? How would someone come to fully know and live in that reality of GREATER, when most people tend to live out "LESSER THINGS THAN THESE?" We must start by getting TO Jesus, then listening and follow all the way through to obedience.
#6 Time's Up [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Who ever has that confrontational conversation about the complacency of someone else's spiritual life? Well, despite being devastatingly absent in our contemporary American Church, it happens during the episode with the woman at the well, when, as she proceeds from her encounter with Jesus to evangelize her hometown, He confronts His own disciples' lack of activity with these words, "Don't YOU say, 'there are still four months and THEN harvest?'" What do we do with such a confrontation? Find out in this message, "Time's Up."
#5 I Sent You To Reap [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Karla Luther
Joining Jesus on His mission, the Samaritan woman at the well, immediately proceeds from Jesus to call others to Him because of what great thing He did for her. Our lives must reflect the same sort of passion and commitment to living on purpose with our Lord as hers.
#4 Give Him a Drink [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Susan Little
Jesus comes to the Samaritan woman at the well with a request to give Him a drink. Jesus asks from us today as well. Will you give Him a drink? Will you do what He says and show Him you love Him?
#3 He Had To [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
There were certain things in the life of Jesus that were not optional... and as His disciples, as God's children, there are things that aren't optional for us either. Jesus had to do certain things. We have to... too!
#2 He Sent Me [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
God SENT His Son Jesus with a mission. Jesus lived on mission. Jesus commissioned believers to be on His mission with Him... Jesus Sent Us. Thus, "He Sent Me."
#1 HEMI [Greater Things Than These | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
When John the Baptist claps back at those frustrated about Jesus' increasing popularity with "He Must Increase and I Must Decrease," what are today's disciples to do except adopt and model that sentiment and lifestyle with vigor. With the unmistakable growl of a HEMI engine, we must vigorously decrease and seek to increase Jesus' fame, popularity, worship, etc. And when we do, we will surely see Greater Things Than These... what we've seen up to this point.
#30 Come To The Light [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Continuing to process how judgment, condemnation, love, and humility work, we continue digging into the scriptures surrounding these concepts to discover how to interface with believers and the world in presenting God's preferred option for everyone... Come To The Light.
#29 Judged and Not Condemned [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Our culture uses words from the Bible with some liberality that may not be warranted... such as judge and condemn. Today, as our study comes to the middle of John 3, we look all together at these words and discuss their Greek roots and implications for God's spiritual family on this earth, all in the context of our celebration of Jesus coming to earth, particularly how He explicitly didn't come to condemn the world but to save it. So... HOW THEN?!?!!?!
#28 People Must Know [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
While delivered during Christmas, we're continuing in our verse-by-verse study of the gospel of John, and how he lived to inform and encourage us along our journeys as the MESSENGERS we each are called to be, because People Must Know that God is real, Jesus is alive, and they are so loved and the rescue has come. Will we speak? I hope your answer is a resounding "YES!"
#27 Are You The Teacher? [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Jesus and Nicodemus continue in conversation regarding this second birth, being "born again," and we consider what may have been troubling Nicodemus, teacher of teachers, rabbi in Israel... both these men had thoughts about this. How interesting it is to see the language each uses and how similar circumstances in Luke 1 are brought to mind as well.
#26 Are You Trustworthy? [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jennifer Little
Jesus knew/knows EXACTLY what is in man's heart (and it ain't always good), so He didn't entrust Himself to people, even when they were believing because of the signs He was doing. No, it takes more, more that we explore in today's message asking, "Are YOU Trustworthy?"
#25 It's About Time [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
God is precise on what He chose to include in the Bible, and when events happen, etc. It's no wonder that Jesus made predictions and prophecies that are so perfectly aligned and connected with His overall redemptive plan. Confounding the religious leaders at the time, Jesus zealously and righteously answers their question in the way that only Jesus could!
#24 Premeditated [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
When Jesus starts flipping over tables and tossing money all over the place, you KNOW something's up. And He was RIGHT to do it! Not only that, but the God-man took the TIME to braid His own WHIP to crack in the temple. This is what we call, PREMEDITATED... See Jesus in action from John 2.
#23 Never Before Like This [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Jesus split time in two when He was born on earth. Jesus changes everything He touches. Jesus performed a miracle at a wedding in Cana and the change was immediately and pleasantly positive. From water to wine, from death to life, from old to new, Jesus transforms those who want to be transformed. Your old life, your old ways need not apply any longer, when you diligently follow Jesus with all your heart.
#22 Fill Me Up, Lord! [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Will Jefferson
Jesus performs His first miracle at a wedding, turning water to wine... what kind of water? The kind Jesus wanted. What kind of wine? The kind Jesus wanted. The big question is, who will welcome that transformational process and allow Him to "Fill Me Up, Lord!"
#21 Greater Than These [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Jesus guarantees greater things... yeah, but greater than what? What are "these?" Today, we explore what Jesus likely meant in these final two verses of John chapter 1... greater things for any and every disciple following Jesus.
#20 You'll See Greater [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Jesus guarantees His obedient, committed followers will see greater things than even He supernaturally performed on the earth... if we will expect it and declare it by faith... OPEN HEAVEN - ANGELS back and forth on our behalf... AMEN!
#19 You'll See [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Whoever wants Jesus will get Jesus... not just someone named Jesus, but the real Jesus in all His fullness. He is not interested in lip service, or mere proximity, but obedience, and life more abundantly because of it. Jesus wants your life lived in the fullness of The Holy Spirit and all that entails. We are beginning from the beginning, laying the foundation of our faith and not sugar-coating or side-stepping any of it... because that would be unprofitable for us all. When you follow Jesus, He tells you, "you'll see" greater things than you've ever seen before in your own life.
#18 How Do You Know Me [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Asking Jesus, "how do You know me" is kind of like asking the sun, "how are you so hot?" Nevertheless, Nathanael asks this question and we process together in this message that brings clarity to just how well Jesus knows each and every one of us - and how we are meant to engage because of it.
#17 Here Comes Nathanael [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Philip answers Nathanael's good question about Messiah with the words, "come and see" and immediately we read about Nathanael being on his way... to see Jesus!
#16 Come and See [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Switching formats to include The Rock LAB on a regular basis, giving people the chance to ask real-time questions, we focus our attention on how to actually get out there and make disciples, following Philip's humble example of using three little words... "Come and see."
#15 Following Him [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
Now that we understand and embrace the invitation to follow Jesus, we look at what it means, what it takes, what it requires to actually do the following. We hone in on something so profound as following so well as not to need a command or even explicit direction. Watch Jesus and His true disciples in action as we see what Following Him looks like.
#14 Follow Me [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
When Jesus says these two little words... well, people generally ignore them. When he says those three little words, though (YOU, follow Me), most people do the same thing... not much. Today's message is a poignant look at the reality and a strong Biblical call back to the basic tenet of discipleship... actually following Jesus. While we have some fun with this, prepare yourself for an honest call to action from several accounts with several people from the One and only God-man, Jesus.
#13 You Have A Name [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Karla Luther
What's your name? Do you know it? Does it matter? Today, Karla Luther discusses this from verses 40-42 of John chapter 1.
#12 Want You Gone [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
When John the Baptist declares, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" his disciples leave him and start following Jesus. We discover how that struck John and also what similarities and differences there are for us, present day.
#11 But He Who Sent Me [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
John the Baptist was given clear instructions by God, listened for them and obeyed them because "He Who Sent Me" made it clear. You have also been given general instructions by God, and whether you've invested in hearing them yet, personal instructions are awaiting you, too. You may or may not be obeying yet, "But He Who Sent [You]" has great plans for you. Don't stop short of any single one of them.
#10 The Spirit Reveals [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Will Jefferson
The Holy Spirit not only breathed or spoke the Scriptures out to John the Apostle to write down (and eventually be added to the canon of our Scripture - from which our Bibles are printed with everything God intended for us to have as holy instruction), but The Holy Spirit also moves in the life of every believer today - at least He wants to. And He will... if we're open to Him.
#9 What Do You Say About Yourself [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
John the Baptist, still being questioned by the priests and Levites (sent by the Pharisees), answers questions including the clencher... "What Do You Say About Yourself?" This, for all of us, is the main thing. As a man thinks, so is he... who does John think he is - and who actually is he? What does his life prove? Consider John's life and your own as we ask, "What Do You Say About Yourself?"
#8 Alright, I Confess [The Beloved | The Apostles' Teaching] - Pastor Jeff Little
In John 1:18-20 we see a strange occurrence, a confession, from John the Baptist... what is he confessing? And who's askin'?! What prompted such an encounter... and why deny when you can confess. All this in 3 verses of John 1... "Alright, I Confess."