May 12, 2019
Hidden Figures – Women of Honduras
Philippians 1:1-6
 
The Honduras mission has been growing every year. Advent has been going for 10 years. We cannot stop now. As more and more of Advent gets behind and supports this mission (prayerfully, financially, physically), these village can blossom and carry on the work of Christ to its completion.
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  • May 12, 2019Hidden Figures – Women of Honduras
    May 12, 2019
    Hidden Figures – Women of Honduras
    Philippians 1:1-6
     
    The Honduras mission has been growing every year. Advent has been going for 10 years. We cannot stop now. As more and more of Advent gets behind and supports this mission (prayerfully, financially, physically), these village can blossom and carry on the work of Christ to its completion.
  • Apr 28, 2019Hidden Figures – St Columba of Iona
    Apr 28, 2019
    Hidden Figures – St Columba of Iona
    Mark 5:1-20; Luke 9:1-6
     
    Hitting "rock-bottom" can be a place for purifying our faith and discovering from Jesus what matters most in life.
     
    Saint Columba's story is an encouragement to look at what matters most in life according to God’s desires. Have we lost our way? Are we distracted by trivialities? Are we doing what matters most for His kingdom?
  • Apr 21, 2019Keeping Easter’s Flame
    Apr 21, 2019
    Keeping Easter’s Flame
    Series: Sermons
    Luke 24:46-49
     
    The resurrection of Jesus has the gravity to change our worldview.
     
    Death is the last weapon of the tyrant, and the point of the resurrection, despite much misunderstanding, is that death has been defeated. Resurrection is not the redescription of death; it is the overthrow and, with that, the overthrow of those whose power depends on it.
    - NT Wright
  • Mar 31, 2019Fret and Family
    Mar 31, 2019
    Fret and Family
    Series: Fret
    Deuteronomy 7:6-13
    God's faithfulness minimizes our worry over our family because we know God is faithful to His promises towards our family members.
  • Mar 24, 2019Fret and Finances
    Mar 24, 2019
    Fret and Finances
    Series: Fret
    Matthew 6:25-34
    God's love minimizes our worry over finances because we can rest in the fact that God loves us far more than the sparrow for whom He provides.
  • Feb 17, 2019Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Feb 17, 2019
    Key Ingredients: Connecting to Leaders
    Mark 14: 3-6
     
    This passage shows Jesus’ vulnerability for others, even before his sacrifice on the cross. Jesus is transparent, accessible, kind, accepting, and pardon-giving. Our paid and lay leadership needs to follow the way of Jesus: not hidden behind titles or tasks, but to be well-known and convincing enough for people to hand us your burdens.
     
    The practice for this value is for both leaders and laity to be eager to meet. We should provide some “how-to’s” for laity to follow when requesting time with staff. Staff needs to be challenged to carve out regular invitations for people to connect.
  • Feb 10, 2019Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Feb 10, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Non-Judgemental Christianity
    Mark 1:16-20
    Jesus’ invitation to his first disciples was compelling. He opened a door, presented a compelling life, addressed them in a way they could understand, etc. Ministry in Jesus’ name needs to be done in Jesus’ way, too.
    The practice for this ingredient is “Curiosity Field Trips.” At times, we tend to navigate life with people we solely agree with. Jesus was busy affiliating with people not like him. Try to read books outside of the norm, visit new places where you might be an outsider, and strike up conversations with people who are different than you. You can be convinced of your Christian faith and curious about outsiders’ experience, at the same time.
  • Feb 3, 2019Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Feb 3, 2019
    Key Ingredients – Hospitality
    Mark 5:21-43
    The key to hospitality is to host. To gather people within the Christian life and to be a carrier or “host” of the Jesus-centered life.
    Jesus, is both mobile and present in these passages. He’s never in a hurry, but addresses two, unique issues from two different women from two different parts of the social map. He was present and was eager to help.
    The practice for Hospitality for us will be to bless 3 people a week. Either with a word of encouragement, a material blessing, or doing something to lift their burden.
  • Jan 27, 2019The Squad That Practices Together
    Jan 27, 2019
    The Squad That Practices Together
    Series: Squad
    Luke 10:1-24
     
    The Christian life calls us to share about God’s love as a community. Just as Jesus broke down his disciples into working pairs, modern-day disciples join with one or two others to practice the faith, together. More than a worshiping or a learning group, a practicing group is a small, agile group where one can be known, can know others, and can work together in a life of service.
     
    Notice that Jesus sent the disciples “to every town and place where he was about to go.” (Luke 10:1) How incredible of a task was this… to go ahead of Jesus to prepare a way for him. Imagine the close connection each discipleship group had while in service to Jesus’ mission. Imagine how well they knew each other and how much of a blessing it was to have someone you could count on.
     
    We are given a chance to go in Jesus’ name with others at Advent. The best group size for this opportunity is a group with 2-3 people. We offer the T.I.E. groups that commit to the BELLS missional practices or mentoring groups which focus on helping to ground us into an early, growing Christian faith.
  • Jan 13, 2019Squad at Worship
    Jan 13, 2019
    Squad at Worship
    Series: Squad
    Colossians 3:15-17
    The Christian community gathers together to worship. Worship services give us a chance to return praises back to God, to be inspired in our faith, and to draw others into the life of the church.
    If you're in town on Sunday, try to be at worship. A regular practice of praise helps to keep one's life devoted to God and aware of our opportunity as Christians.