Have you ever wondered why the local church is so important?

In this series we’re going to discover our real purpose… The Church is designed to be a light in the darkness.

The ER

PS MONTE | 6/32018


What’s the Purpose of The Church?

The Church is neither a building nor a religion

And now the LORD speaks—the one who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant,
who commissioned me to bring Israel back to him. The LORD has honored me, and my GOD has given me strength.

He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles,
and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

When you accepted Jesus into your life, you were Called to be part of His Church

“I’m just looking for a place to worship”

Jesus never intended for us to simply be a place of worship

“…upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”

Community of people gathered around a common theme, purpose and goal

A building dedicated to worship

We’re His Community, not His building

ERs can get messy… because their job is to help and heal people, not to maintain people

The Church is designed by Jesus to be effective

Two realities that every saved person must accept for The Church to be effective:
1. We exist for the lost, not the religious
2. Everything we do is designed to reach the lost

If you don’t like something at NOLA Church, the best thing you can do is get involved in reaching the lost


CRESLEY PIERCE | 6/10/2018

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
JOHN 11:1-3 NLT
A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the LORD’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “LORD, your dear friend is very sick.”
But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death.
No, it happened for the glory of GOD so that the Son of GOD will receive glory from this.”
JOHN 11:11-17 NLT
Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”The disciples said, “LORD, if he is sleeping,  he will soon get better!” They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died. So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.” Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.” When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days.
JOHN 11:34-37 NLT
“Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “LORD, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said, “This man healed a blind man.
Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”
JOHN 11:43 NLT
Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!”
JOHN 11:44 NLT
And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth.
Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
In yourself
In others
JOHN 11:21-25 NLT
Martha said to Jesus, “LORD, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that GOD will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”
JOHN 12:17 NLT
Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it.
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

PS MONTE | 6/17/2018


What are the Priorities of The Church?

The Priority of The Church is not to make people more religious…
Our Priority should always be to connect people with GOD

I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my LORD. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.

A trip to the ER will change your priorities

The ER is practical medicine designed to heal, not educate

JOHN 5:39-40 NIV
"You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life."

Study the Bible to get closer to Jesus, not to stroke your pride

Recovery requires Realignment

Three Recovery realities The Church must accept:
1. Recovery doesn’t just happen… it’s a process that takes time
2. If we focus on the wrong priorities Recovery stops
3. Pride narrows our perspective and we can’t see the bigger picture

LUKE 10:38-42 NLT
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the LORD's feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, "LORD, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me."

But the LORD said to her, "My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her."

Spiritual Recovery only happens in the context of Life-giving relationships

What do we Value?

Our Priorities determine our Values



PS MONTE | 6/24/2018


(Galatians 6:9, NLT) Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.


(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

• I need LIFE-GIVING people in my life

• Don’t allow LIFE to rob me of the time I need with OTHER BELIEVERS

• Don’t allow PAST HURTS to dominate my relationships


• My friendships will be CLOSER if I’ll surround myself with LIFE-GIVING PEOPLE

Foundation for BETTER Friendships:

Build strong relationships with Life-giving people

(Proverbs 17:17, NLT) A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Three ways to build better friendships with Life-giving people:

1. Guard my HEART


3. Guard your EYES

BETTER Friends Value:

Have Fun - Having fun with Life-giving people fulfills my life and theirs

NEXT Step:

Set aside TIME this week to connect with my CLOSEST FRIEND