Apr 25, 2021
A church who serves the community
John 9:1-7, 15, 35-37
 
We examine the core values and priorities of Advent in this next season of her life. We look at stories of who we have been and what we have valued in the past. Then we use these stories to propel us toward our preferred future.
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  • Apr 25, 2021A church who serves the community
    Apr 25, 2021
    A church who serves the community
    John 9:1-7, 15, 35-37
     
    We examine the core values and priorities of Advent in this next season of her life. We look at stories of who we have been and what we have valued in the past. Then we use these stories to propel us toward our preferred future.
  • Jan 3, 2021Bored Well
    Jan 3, 2021
    Bored Well
    Series: Sermons
    Galatians 6:7-10
    The Gospel paves the way for us to embrace boredom in order to be effective for God's call.
  • Dec 24, 2020Significant Purpose
    Dec 24, 2020
    Significant Purpose
    Series: Fulfilled
    Isaiah 61
     
    We find our significance and calling in this world by following the One who came to proclaim good news.
     
    The suspense and excitement of awaiting the fulfillment of a promise is a pure and beautiful thing. The story of the Bible shows us that God's typical way of relating to humanity is through promises. And praise God for His faithfulness in fulfilling them. As we explore the story of Israel in the Old Testament, we see promise after promise for a Messiah targeting the deepest desires of Israel. Israel's desires are naturally the desires of every human. So when 2 Corinthians 1:20 says that Christ is the "yes" and "amen" of all of God's promises, that means God has been faithful in bringing about fulfillment for the longings of Israel and humanity with the birth of Christ. This advent season, we explore the book of Isaiah to see the promises of God for our deepest desires and how the fulfillment arrives in Christ.
  • Dec 6, 2020Pure Peace
    Dec 6, 2020
    Pure Peace
    Series: Fulfilled
    Isaiah 11:1-10
     
    With Christ's righteous reign comes security and reconciliation.
     
    The suspense and excitement of awaiting the fulfillment of a promise is a pure and beautiful thing. The story of the Bible shows us that God's typical way of relating to humanity is through promises. And praise God for His faithfulness in fulfilling them. As we explore the story of Israel in the Old Testament, we see promise after promise for a Messiah targeting the deepest desires of Israel. Israel's desires are naturally the desires of every human. So when 2 Corinthians 1:20 says that Christ is the "yes" and "amen" of all of God's promises, that means God has been faithful in bringing about fulfillment for the longings of Israel and humanity with the birth of Christ. This advent season, we explore the book of Isaiah to see the promises of God for our deepest desires and how the fulfillment arrives in Christ.
    Fulfilled: Jesus, the Hope of Every Promise
  • 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.