May 24, 2020
ALIVE and Alight
Series: ALIVE
Ephesians 5:1-21
 
Being ALIVE means being a light to the world through a life of integrity. Secret sin robs us of life; but a life lived in the light makes us truly ALIVE and displays that to the watching world.
 
Caught up in the conveyor belt of busyness, we often find ourselves with a posture of survival. Let's just make it through the day. But why just survive when we can be ALIVE? Jesus says that He came to give us life more abundant, so what's keeping us from experiencing it? When we forget who we are and why we're here, we miss out on so much of what God designed for us as truly life. Paul writes his letter to the Ephesians to remind them of their identity in Christ and their purpose for Christ so that they could know what it means through the Gospel to be truly ALIVE. In this sermon series, we'll explore the first five chapters of Ephesians as Paul shares the truths of the Holy Spirit's work to unite us to Christ and orient our lives towards His glory. We will see and savor the message that when we were dead in our sins, God in His grace made us truly ALIVE.
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  • May 24, 2020ALIVE and Alight
    May 24, 2020
    ALIVE and Alight
    Series: ALIVE
    Ephesians 5:1-21
     
    Being ALIVE means being a light to the world through a life of integrity. Secret sin robs us of life; but a life lived in the light makes us truly ALIVE and displays that to the watching world.
     
    Caught up in the conveyor belt of busyness, we often find ourselves with a posture of survival. Let's just make it through the day. But why just survive when we can be ALIVE? Jesus says that He came to give us life more abundant, so what's keeping us from experiencing it? When we forget who we are and why we're here, we miss out on so much of what God designed for us as truly life. Paul writes his letter to the Ephesians to remind them of their identity in Christ and their purpose for Christ so that they could know what it means through the Gospel to be truly ALIVE. In this sermon series, we'll explore the first five chapters of Ephesians as Paul shares the truths of the Holy Spirit's work to unite us to Christ and orient our lives towards His glory. We will see and savor the message that when we were dead in our sins, God in His grace made us truly ALIVE.
  • May 17, 2020ALIVE and New
    May 17, 2020
    ALIVE and New
    Series: ALIVE
    Ephesians 4:17-32
     
    To live as truly ALIVE, we live differently from the inside out, renewing our mind to live as the new self.
     
    Caught up in the conveyer belt of busyness, we often find ourselves with a posture of survival. Let's just make it through the day. But why just survive when we can be ALIVE? Jesus says that He came to give us life more abundant, so what's keeping us from experiencing it? When we forget who we are and why we're here, we miss out on so much of what God designed for us as truly life. Paul writes his letter to the Ephesians to remind them of their identity in Christ and their purpose for Christ so that they could know what it means through the Gospel to be truly ALIVE. In this sermon series, we'll explore the first five chapters of Ephesians as Paul shares the truths of the Holy Spirit's work to unite us to Christ and orient our lives towards His glory. We will see and savor the message that when we were dead in our sins, God in His grace made us truly ALIVE.
  • Feb 23, 2020God Is Infinite and Intimate
    Feb 23, 2020
    God Is Infinite and Intimate
    Series: God Is
    Psalm 113
    Knowing God in His paradox of being transcendent and immanent, both high above and close beside.
    "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." -AW Tozer. The words, "Be still, and know that I am God," mean next to nothing to the self-confident, bustling worshiper in the busy 21st century. If we are not constantly renewing our minds to think rightly about who God is, we will substitute the once lofty and deep truths of our faith for entertainment and general feel-goodery. If we are longing to be anchored in the truth of who God is among the waves of this world, we must know truly who God is from His Word. This series will examine several key attributes of God so that we can know the One who knows us completely; so that Advent can have a God-sized vision for the future.
  • Sep 8, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Bible Study
    Sep 8, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Bible Study
    Matthew 7:24-27
     
    What narrative are you building your life on? Is this narrative going to sustain you? Or, does it have weaknesses? Do these weaknesses function as blind spots? The answer is "Yes, we all live by some narrative, whether we realize it or not," and that narrative is not always our own.
     
    "...he thought his mind was his own. Never his own until he makes it Christ's; up till then, merely a result of heredity, environment, and the state of his digestion. I became my own only when I gave myself to Another." - C.S. Lewis
  • May 5, 2019Hidden Figures – George Muller
    May 5, 2019
    Hidden Figures – George Muller
    George Muller (1805-1898)
     
    Matthew 6:7-8
     
    Pray what is on your heart with honesty and simplicity; the Lord knows what you need.
     
    George Muller was a Christian evangelist and director of the Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol, England. He cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime, and provided educational opportunities for the orphans to the point that he was even accused by some of raising the poor above their natural station in British life. He established 117 schools which offered Christian education to more than 120,000. He was often known as a man of simple prayers with profound results.
     
    He prayed the prayer of faith, with directness and simplicity. His prayers were without elegance or flash, and the Lord responded. There are hundreds of incredible examples. He would pray for money for the orphanages and money was at his doorstep. He would pray for materials and materials would arrive.
     
    On one occasion (among many) the orphanage had run out of milk and food. Muller went before all the children at lunchtime and said, “Watch what God can do.” He then prayed for God to provide food for the children. Immediately after there was a knock at the door and a milkman’s wagon broke down in front of his orphanage. All the milk was given to the orphanage so that it would not spoil. Immediately after that, a bread truck arrived with the same issue. All the children and staff were well fed.
  • Feb 18, 2019More on that Monday | Ash Wednesday
    Feb 18, 2019
    More on that Monday | Ash Wednesday
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about our Ash Wednesday service.
  • Feb 14, 2019Theology Thursday | Repentance
    Feb 14, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Repentance
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Joe Skillen about repentance.
  • Feb 6, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Don Kerns
    Feb 6, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Don Kerns
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week's guest is our Arlington Campus Pastor, Don Kerns.
  • Jan 29, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Tie Groups
    Jan 29, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Tie Groups
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Jeff Roberts and Michael Bowman about their experience with a TIE Group.
  • Jan 21, 2019More on that Monday | Eating with Eight
    Jan 21, 2019
    More on that Monday | Eating with Eight
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community.
     
    Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we get to hear a little bit more about an upcoming event. This week we’re talking with Leslie McKinney about Eating with Eight.