At some point, everyone is a leader in some capacity, and the book of Nehemiah gives great insights into what leadership that brings glory to God truly looks like. The only way any of us can become God-fearing leaders is by trusting that Jesus is our ultimate Leader.
part 1: a leader prays. // nehemiah 1
At Mt Olive, we have identified five life-shaping essentials that focus and challenge us to be a unified community of intentional Jesus-followers. Our values keep us aligned with God’s greater purpose for us—to seek him, to share his love, and to build community.
Value 1: We stand for JESUS. // Luke 10:38-42
Everything we do at Mt Olive is about Jesus. Read more about our values here.
Value 2: We stand for God’s Word. // Jeremiah 36:20-28
Everything we do at Mt Olive is based on the Word of God. Read more about our values here.
Value 3: We stand for honest faith journeys. // luke 18:9-14
Everything we do at Mt Olive bolsters honest faith journeys. Read more about our values here.
Value 4: We stand for TRANSFORMED LIVES. // GALATIANS 5:13-26
Everything we do at Mt Olive encourages and supports a transformed life. Read more about our values here.
Value 5: We stand for outward focus. // Acts 8:26-40
Everything we do at Mt Olive focuses outward in love. Read more about our values here.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
(Palm Sunday) Incarnate: God takes on flesh to be King for you, for me // luke 19:28-40
If living for a purpose bigger than yourself is what drives you, it’s vital to have insight that is beyond you, but also about you. This series looks at how the Word of God shows us - gives us - a purpose that is bigger than ourselves and that breathes life into our future.
Part 1: How is the Word Heartbroken? // luke 13:31-35
Part 2: How is the Word Inviting? // Exodus 3:1-15
Part 3: How is the Word Angry? // Isaiah 12
Part 4: How is the Word Unorthodox? // Isaiah 43:16-21
Series: God on Display
january - February 2019
In the Christmas accounts, God appears as a man. During the season of Epiphany, Jesus, the man, appears as God. In this series we will look at how different characteristics of God are revealed in the person of Jesus. With that growing clarity of who God is and how he sees us, we go away changed: thrilled by his generosity, relieved by his mercy, driven by his delight, encouraged by his power, confident in his design, relieved of fear by his presence; our anxiety is diminished because he is trustworthy, and we are at peace with him because of his forgiveness.
Part 1: his Generosity // ephesians 3:2-12
Jesus reveals that God has boundless riches that are now available to us in Christ, leaving us thrilled by God’s generosity.
Part 2: his Mercy // Luke 3:15-18, 21-22
Through his baptism, Jesus reveals that God was willing to not only associate with sinners but also take their place in the inevitable judgment against sin, leaving us relieved by his mercy.
PART 3: His Delight // Isaiah 62:1-5
God’s delight is reflected in the new name he gives us, and that delight drives us to continue to know him better and to live freed and for him.
PART 4: HIS POWER // LUKE 4:14-21
Jesus displays God’s intended use of power: it’s distributed for the benefit of others.
Part 5: His Design // Jeremiah 1:4-10
God’s design gives us the confidence to keep moving forward, guided by his Word, guided by his Spirit.
Part 6: His Presence // Judges 13:6-24
God’s presence assures us that we are forgiven (righteous) and empowered.
Part 7: His Trustworthiness // Jeremiah 17:5-8
God’s trustworthiness makes us bold and confident and reduces fear and anxiety.
PART 8: HIS FORGIVENESS // GENESIS 45:3-8, 15
God’s forgiveness gives me the willingness to forgive.
PART 9: HIS Glory // luke 9:28-36
God’s glory is uncovering the King who came for us and cares for us.
2018 Sunday school christmas play // a night in bethlehem
Mt. Olive Sunday School Kids presented "A Night in Bethlehem" during the normal worship service time on December 16, 2018. Their God-given talents of all kinds were featured in the telling of our Savior's birth. It was joyful, musical, funny, and meaningful!
Watch it now by clicking the image above.
Series: Changing Expectations
God promised a mighty Deliverer. The expectations of what that Deliverer would look like and what that Deliverer would do were completely shifted when God fulfilled his promises.
Week 1: A Righteous Branch // Jeremiah 33:14-16
The Jewish expectation for the Messiah was that he would be a good king, like David. But David was also ruthless when his personal desires overtook him: he was a murderer, a philanderer, and an artful and scheming thief. God, through Jeremiah, promised, “I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line.” The surprising fulfillment was a human “branch” from David’s line, but he was not only good in some aspects of his life, he was perfect in everything! He was Jesus.
Week 2: A Refiner // Malachi 3:1-4
Some Jews—the Pharisees and teachers of the Law—expected a Messiah who would be pleased with their outward expressions and right acts—their performance. But Jesus called these religious performers “hypocrites” because those actions meant nothing when the inside was still polluted. The Messiah they got was one who would purify them from the inside out.
Week 3: A Babe // Micah 5:2-5a
Both wise Eastern sages and King Herod expected a king from Jerusalem, the royal city. But God chose a different route to deliver the King to this fallen earth. He picked a remote village and set the King in a cattle’s feed trough, not a throne.
CHRISTMAS EVE: The Eternal Life // 1 John 1:1-9
The Jewish expectation was more and more centered around a better earthly life. They were hoping for a leader who would make their earthly life better. When the Messiah showed up to fulfill God’s ancient promise, he came as the giver of eternal life - he was the Life.
God doesn't need anything from us, and yet he commands our gratefulness. Why? Because it benefits us. In this series, we will be exploring specific reasons why we are grateful for God and how those reasons always display his love for us.
Small Group Discussion Guides
Series: Psalms: Israel's Hymnbook
September - October 2018
In this series we explore the emotion, beauty, and thought behind the ancient hymns of the Israelites and how they can still be used in 2018 to express ourselves to Jesus.
Small Group Discussion Guides
Week 1: Blessed Is the One (Psalm 1)
Week 2: You Are My Hiding Place (Psalm 32)
Week 3: My Soul Thirsts for God (Psalm 42 & 43)
Week 4: Create in Me (Psalm 51)
Week 5: Earnestly I Seek You (Psalm 63)
Week 6: Bow Down in Worship (Psalm 95)
Week 7: I Run in the Path of Your Commands (Psalm 119)
Week 8: You Know Me (Psalm 139)
Series: Good News
june - august 2018
How can we articulate why we're Christian? In this summer series, we looked at what "evangelism" means and how we can accomplish this "good news" sharing element of being a disciple of Jesus.
Small Group Discussion Guides
Week 1: Declare the Wonders of God
Week 2: Scared Straight!
Week 3: Front & Center
Week 4: Fix Our Eyes
Week 5: Christ's Love Compels Us - no guide this week
Week 6: Testimony (A Public Faith)
Week 7: Seek Justice
Week 8: Instructions
Week 9: Lights...Action
Week 10: Serving the Twin Cities
Week 11: Living the Good News
Week 12: Faith & Work
Week 13: Go!