Aug 18, 2019
Swiss Army Knife – Giving
Matthew 6:1-4
 
From the beginning, Christian give, not just to "keep the band together," but because giving was a part of who they were. Giving re-frames one's entire worldview about life that God hasn't formed a stingy world but one where you can give a significant portion away and never go without. If we give or choose not to...it reveals our God.
 
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  • Aug 18, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Giving
    Aug 18, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Giving
    Matthew 6:1-4
     
    From the beginning, Christian give, not just to "keep the band together," but because giving was a part of who they were. Giving re-frames one's entire worldview about life that God hasn't formed a stingy world but one where you can give a significant portion away and never go without. If we give or choose not to...it reveals our God.
     
    View the video shown in this sermon: http://youtu.be/INif7NPg22M
  • Aug 11, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Being with Children
    Aug 11, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Being with Children
    Matthew 18:1-14
     
    When the disciples needed a lesson, Jesus used kids as an object lesson. Jesus tell us that children are the best image for who we should become. Children help us to unlearn corrosive things and seek out purity, kindness, wonder, and creativity.
     
    "In a day when children were viewed as inferior and patriarchs ruled with an iron fist, Paul, contrary to the prevailing culture, calls parent and child into a space of mutuality in the Lord." - David Fitch
  • Aug 4, 2019Swiss Army Knife – Miyagi, Manning and Mimetics
    Aug 4, 2019
    Swiss Army Knife – Miyagi, Manning and Mimetics
    Ephesians 2:8-10, Matthew 5:1-2, Ephesians 4:22-24, Philippians 4:8-9
     
    Grace is not opposed to effort. We are saved by grace but we are also called to action.
    - Practices highlight an important aspect of faith. That is, we learn in motion not just in learning environments. - Practices address a gap between our "Christian knowledge" and our actual "Christian action." - Practices develop our community. We "mimic" the faith of one another.
     
    Would you follow you if you had a chance?
  • Jul 30, 2019Reluctant to Repent
    Jul 30, 2019
    Reluctant to Repent
    Jonah 4
     
    Jonah was angry that God relented, it seemed "very wrong" to him. Jonah the "son of truth" could not fit this response into his ideology. Perhaps this is the reason he ran and was reluctant. He expected God to be tough on the proud, like Obadiah reveals one step back in the biblical narrative. God "relented" and decided to be compassionate.
     
    God interacts with Jonah, seeking to reason with him. The book ends with a question to Jonah and we wonder what Jonah will do. Goldingay says that the writer ends the book without Jonah's answer because we are intended to answer it for ourselves. Jonah is polemical book, seeking to lead us to transformation and change.
  • Jul 21, 2019Crossing Over
    Jul 21, 2019
    Crossing Over
    Series: Jonah
    Jonah 3
     
    Through Jonah's modest message, the great city of Ninevah enacts corporate repentance before God. The writer brings a sharp contrast between Jonah's slow response and Ninevah's rapid response. In Jonah 1, the prophet called himself "Hebrew," literally "crossed over one." Jonah uses this term to conceal himself to the sailors. The term in the Hebrew connotes "sin." Without saying specifically what he did, Jonah admits "in disguise" his own guilt.
     
    "This word emerges again in Jonah 3:6 when the king ""took off"" his robe in order to show repentance. Brown says he ""crossed over"" from royalty to penitent.
     
    Transformation in our lives looks similar. Instead of concealing ourselves like Jonah, we cross over like the king and the rest of Ninevah."
  • Jul 14, 2019A Reluctant Prayer
    Jul 14, 2019
    A Reluctant Prayer
    Series: Jonah
    Jonah has been called the reluctant prophet. He was reluctant to follow God's call to preach against the city of Ninevah.
  • Jul 4, 2019Theology Thursday | Perspicuity of Scripture
    Jul 4, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Perspicuity of Scripture
    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 Greg Aydt about the perspicuity of Scripture.
  • Jun 30, 2019A Reluctant Story
    Jun 30, 2019
    A Reluctant Story
    Series: Jonah
    A Reluctant Story
     
    Jonah 1:1-3
     
    Jonah is a story that accomplishes more than it probably should. Jonah is not a protagonist; he doesn't fit into Joseph Campbell's hero framework. Theologian George Landes suggest that "no fewer than sixty-three places in the text where the author's deliberate or inadvertent withholding of information poses at least some interpretative issue for the reader and, in addition, thirteen places where narrative features create a dissonance in the logic or coherence of the story."
     
    "Even though the story doesn't fit into a predictable story pattern, we choose no to ignore it. It invades us; it slips through our defenses and seeks to take us captive.
    Its discomfort might be by design. Jonah is discomforted. We are discomforted. We are tempted to accuse Jonah of reluctance, but in the end, we are confronted by our own reluctance.
     
    Jonah can be dated earlier or later in the Old Testament story. Jonah's name is mentioned in the Old Testament history books (2 Kings 14:25). Ninevah isn't a significant city at the time though, nor would they have threatened Israel as a mighty empire. Jonah's visit there would have been strange. If Jonah visited Ninevah after the Assyrians invaded Israel, his visit has a different significance.
     
    Reluctance has many faces: either indifference or bitterness. Nevertheless, God pushes Jonah and seeks to deal with his reluctance."
  • Jun 26, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Jerry Stone
    Jun 26, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Jerry Stone
    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 we'll hear from our Care Ministry Director, Jerry Stone.
  • Jun 25, 2019Detours Flat Tires and Unplanned Stops
    Jun 25, 2019
    Detours Flat Tires and Unplanned Stops
    Detours, Flat Tires, and Unplanned Stops
     
    Deuteronomy 8:1-18
     
    God uses obstacles, difficulties, and slow progress to shape us, just like he did with the Israelites on their 40-year journey. God is as concerned with who we are becoming and the journey itself as he is with the destination. What will we learn and how will we be changed by the journey itself?
     
    "One of the main lessons we learn during this stage of the spiritual journey is that God is not in any particular hurry to get us to the Promised Land. He is much more concerned about the transforming work he is doing in us to prepare us for greater responsibilities of freedom living." Ruth Haley Barton. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry.
     
    What are the obstacles, difficulties, and slow progress I've faced or am facing now on my journey? How have I responded to them? What might God be teaching me or in what ways might he be shaping me?