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The Search for Answers

Stuart Briscoe

Do you look at people who seem to have their lives perfectly together and wonder how they do it? So often, we judge people by their outward appearance. We see people who appear to be successful and happy, but inside they are dealing with feelings of emptiness and lack of purpose. And they don’t have answers for why they feel as they do. Maybe this describes you, too. What we portray to the world is seldom an indicator about what’s going on in our hearts.

In this series, Stuart Briscoe goes underneath the façade of contentment to address some profound questions, such as: Where do we find peace of mind? Is there a way to a satisfied life? How does being born again in Christ connect to a fulfilled life?

Messages From This Series:

When you hear the phrase "born again" what do you think of? For many people today, being "born again" simply means a change or a new outlook on life. But is that what Jesus meant when he said that we must be born again? In this message, Stuart Briscoe takes us through Jesus' conversation with the Pharisee Nicodemus and helps us understand in context what Jesus was really saying.

Scripture: John 3:1

While church attendance in America is declining, many non-attenders claim to be Christians, apparently assuming that one need not be a church-attendee to be a Christian. But if we look in the book of Acts at the church of Antioch, we see that the words "Christian" and "church" had different meanings than they do in today's society. In this message, Stuart walks us through the biblical definitions of these words and explains how the church is a vital way for Christians to grow.

Scripture: Acts 11:19

Shalom means peace. It defines a type of inner peace and sense of order on the inside, even when there is chaos around us.

Our lives are full of uncertainties that lead people to suffer with anxiety, chronic worry, and sometimes sheer panic.

In this message, Stuart Briscoe teaches from Philippians to show us where and how to find peace of mind.

Scripture: Philippians 3:20-4:9

How do you handle temptation? Do you just give in, shrug your shoulders, and say it's just the way you are? Do you give in and blame Satan? Or do you rely on God and in His power resist the temptation? 

Every temptation that comes our way is an opportunity to go wrong, but it is also an opportunity to do right, and Scripture tells us that God will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. In this message, Stuart Briscoe helps us understand what temptation is and where it comes from, and he encourages us to find opportunities to do right when we’re tempted to go wrong.

We all want just a little bit more… more money, more time, more beauty, a bigger house, a fancier car. The more we get, the more we want, and we never find satisfaction. If we can’t find satisfaction (the gratification of desires), maybe the problem really lies with our desires. In Ecclesiastes, the author tried to find satisfaction by filling his life with the best of many different things but found them all to be “meaningless.” Yet Paul tells us in the book of Philippians that he found the secret to contentment: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

In this message, Stuart Briscoe explains how desire and satisfaction are connected and guides us to the place where we, like Paul, can find contentment.

Scripture: Philippians 4:10-4:13

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