Nov 22, 2020
Love and Fear
1 John 4:13-21
 
God's perfecting love cannot dwell with fear; love and fear (from which comes hate) are mutually exclusive.
 
In a year like 2020, Christians have been connected to many different labels. It feels like we've become a caricatured stereotype on a sitcom some days. However, according to 1 John, our primary identity in the world doesn't need to be anything other than the heart of the Gospel. If we are going to be known for one thing, let it be love. Because of the transforming and energizing love of God for us through Christ, our default posture should be one of love. It is our light to a dark world where love is scarce. This is especially true in what promises to be a charged climate this month. John speaks of a powerful and unconditional love abounding from God through His people. It is grace and forgiveness as well as truth and justice. Love is the prevailing identity of Christians in our world today.
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  • Nov 22, 2020Love and Fear
    Nov 22, 2020
    Love and Fear
    1 John 4:13-21
     
    God's perfecting love cannot dwell with fear; love and fear (from which comes hate) are mutually exclusive.
     
    In a year like 2020, Christians have been connected to many different labels. It feels like we've become a caricatured stereotype on a sitcom some days. However, according to 1 John, our primary identity in the world doesn't need to be anything other than the heart of the Gospel. If we are going to be known for one thing, let it be love. Because of the transforming and energizing love of God for us through Christ, our default posture should be one of love. It is our light to a dark world where love is scarce. This is especially true in what promises to be a charged climate this month. John speaks of a powerful and unconditional love abounding from God through His people. It is grace and forgiveness as well as truth and justice. Love is the prevailing identity of Christians in our world today.
  • Nov 2, 2020The Light of Love
    Nov 2, 2020
    The Light of Love
    1 John 2:7-11
     
    Love is God's tool to overcome darkness in the world through us.
     
    In a year like 2020, Christians have been connected to many different labels. It feels like we've become a caricatured stereotype on a sitcom some days. However, according to 1 John, our primary identity in the world doesn't need to be anything other than the heart of the Gospel. If we are going to be known for one thing, let it be love. Because of the transforming and energizing love of God for us through Christ, our default posture should be one of love. It is our light to a dark world where love is scarce. This is especially true in what promises to be a charged climate this month. John speaks of a powerful and unconditional love abounding from God through His people. It is grace and forgiveness as well as truth and justice. Love is the prevailing identity of Christians in our world today.
  • Oct 18, 2020The Gospel and Outreach
    Oct 18, 2020
    The Gospel and Outreach
    Mark 2:1-12
     
    We must approach the work of the Church in the world with a complete Gospel that follows the form of Jesus' ministry.
     
    "We never move on from the Gospel; we move on in the Gospel." -J.I. Packer. What we've now defined as the core of our faith in the four chapter Gospel, we can now see at work on the ground in our lives. The Gospel doesn't just apply to a one-time moment of salvation; the Gospel has implications and foundations for every single area of our lives. It is not just the first rung of the Christian ladder; it is the hub into which every aspect of our lives is connected. It transforms us and continues to transform us so that everything revolves around Christ. In these four weeks we will explore the power of the Gospel in four important arenas of life. And each week we will see the danger of reducing the four-chapter Gospel to a two-chapter Gospel. We see that in a few ways. 1) Easy Believism: Fall and Redemption. 2) Moralism: Fall and Consummation. 3) Denial and Postmodernism: Creation and Consummation. 4) American Gospel: Creation and Redemption. 5) Despondency: Creation and Fall. These distortions of the Gospel show up in these four arenas of life and can create havoc and unhealthiness. That's why it's essential for us to bring the true Gospel to all of life.
  • Oct 4, 2020The Gospel and Parenting
    Oct 4, 2020
    The Gospel and Parenting
    Ephesians 6:1-4
     
    The Gospel transforms the purpose and method of parenting.
     
    "We never move on from the Gospel; we move on in the Gospel." -J.I. Packer. What we've now defined as the core of our faith in the four chapter Gospel, we can now see at work on the ground in our lives. The Gospel doesn't just apply to a one-time moment of salvation; the Gospel has implications and foundations for every single area of our lives. It is not just the first rung of the Christian ladder; it is the hub into which every aspect of our lives is connected. It transforms us and continues to transform us so that everything revolves around Christ. In these four weeks we will explore the power of the Gospel in four important arenas of life. And each week we will see the danger of reducing the four-chapter Gospel to a two-chapter Gospel. We see that in a few ways. 1) Easy Believism: Fall and Redemption. 2) Moralism: Fall and Consummation. 3) Denial and Postmodernism: Creation and Consummation. 4) American Gospel: Creation and Redemption. 5) Despondency: Creation and Fall. These distortions of the Gospel show up in these four arenas of life and can create havoc and unhealthiness. That's why it's essential for us to bring the true Gospel to all of life.
  • Sep 6, 2020Creation | Explicit Gospel
    Sep 6, 2020
    Creation | Explicit Gospel
    Genesis 1-2
     
    The Sovereign, Eternal, and Self-Existing God created everything out of nothing as good and for His own glory.
     
    With so many issues demanding our attention, we must clarify what is at the core of who we are as Christians. If we threw Advent into a refiner's fire, what would remain in the crucible? What is at the crux of what it means to be a Christian? What are the crucial tenets of our faith? Forgive the etymological wordplay, but the answer to all of this is the cross! More fully, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is everything. The Gospel is not only where it starts, it's where it ends and the means by which we get there. J. I. Packer said, "We never move on from the Gospel; we move on in the Gospel!" But before we spend four weeks studying where the Gospel applies in everyday life, we'll spend September diving into the nature and power of the Gospel. Every storyline you've ever enjoyed is made up of four parts: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. That's because humans were designed to long for the Gospel, and these four parts are the four chapters of the grand story of redemption that God is working out through history.
  • Aug 16, 2020Serve One Another
    Aug 16, 2020
    Serve One Another
    Series: One Another
    Galatians 5:13
     
    Do you want to experience lasting joy? Jesus set the example for us as He focused His life outside Himself. Join us as we explore various one anothers found in scripture that help us get outside ourselves to find true joy in community with one another. When we put our focus only on ourselves, we have a tendency to fall into despair and even depression. Jesus truly set the example of how to experience true joy by getting outside ourselves and focusing on others. These one another statements help us to live in healthy community and experience true purpose and joy that God has designed for us.
  • Aug 9, 2020Admonish One Another
    Aug 9, 2020
    Admonish One Another
    Series: One Another
    Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16
     
    Do you want to experience lasting joy? Jesus set the example for us as He focused His life outside Himself. Join us as we explore various one anothers found in scripture that help us get outside ourselves to find true joy in community with one another. When we put our focus only on ourselves, we have a tendency to fall into despair and even depression. Jesus truly set the example of how to experience true joy by getting outside ourselves and focusing on others. These one another statements help us to live in healthy community and experience true purpose and joy that God has designed for us.
  • Aug 2, 2020Greet One Another
    Aug 2, 2020
    Greet One Another
    Series: One Another
    Romans 16:16
     
    Do you want to experience lasting joy? Jesus set the example for us as He focused His life outside Himself. Join us as we explore various one anothers found in scripture that help us get outside ourselves to find true joy in community with one another. When we put our focus only on ourselves, we have a tendency to fall into despair and even depression. Jesus truly set the example of how to experience true joy by getting outside ourselves and focusing on others. These one another statements help us to live in healthy community and experience true purpose and joy that God has designed for us.
  • Jul 5, 2020Accept One Another
    Jul 5, 2020
    Accept One Another
    Series: One Another
    Romans 15:1-7
     
    In order to truly accept one another we must do so because of Christ: because we have been accepted by Christ. We must accept one another just like Christ: just like his perfect example of acceptance. We must accept one another as much as Christ: as much as he accepts and keeps on accepting us.
     
    Do you want to experience lasting joy? Jesus set the example for us as He focused His life outside Himself. Join us as we explore various "one anothers" found in scripture that help us get outside ourselves to find true joy in community with one another. When we put our focus only on ourselves, we have a tendency to fall into despair and even depression. Jesus truly set the example of how to experience true joy by getting outside ourselves and focusing on others. These one another statements help us to live in healthy community and experience true purpose and joy that God has designed for us.
  • Jun 14, 2020Commitment One Day at a Time
    Jun 14, 2020
    Commitment One Day at a Time
    Psalm 118:24, Hebrews 12:1-2
     
    The wisdom of addiction recovery is true for each area of our spiritual development; we commit to overcoming sin by God's grace and seizing the opportunities of the present one day at a time.
     
    If there’s one thing a pandemic has taught us, it’s that our entire world can change in a day. Even as we transition out of quarantine mode, we realize planning, anticipating, and committing to events is a rather nebulous concept. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? A gift of these last few months has been to force us into a Biblical rhythm that has been discovered effective in many areas of life, like counseling, health, addictions, or relationships: living one day at a time. This concept oozes from the pages of Scripture in direct and clear phrases and in the concept of a Creator and Sustainer God. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? God does. The reason we can live one day at a time is because we worship a God who lives outside of time. This sermon series aims to relieve the burden of those trying to live years, months, or even weeks at a time, to focus our hearts on the present, to inspire us to seize opportunity, and to magnify God’s greatness by increasing our trust in Him.