For the first five Sunday worship services of 2019 we will be focusing on the Sancity of Life. Our emphasis will address the value of life from the unborn to the elderly. Sancity of Life also relates to our care for creation, concern for displaced peoples, acceptance of all ethnic backgrounds, and simply seeing the image of God in all people.
We are going to go on an adventure with Jesus during this advent season!
Nehemiah is often seen as a great example of how to be a leader, or as a story of perseverance under opposition, but it is really so much deeper than any of that. This sermon series on the book of Nehemiah will challenge us so see how the events laid out for us in this book should really be seen as part of the Big Story, as a meta-story for the grander story of the way being made for Jesus to come into the world and to reign as our Savior. These messages will encourage us to take our eyes off of ourselves and see things from the perspective of our great God.
Encounters with Jesus Christ change lives. In the gospel of John, whenever someone encounters Christ, they either realize who He is and follow Him, or oppose Him. Those who encounter Christ and choose to follow Him experience a spiritual rebirth and have their eyes opened to the truth, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Those who don’t, the pharisees, remain in darkness and cannot understand the things of God. As we study these encounters together, we will learn more about who Jesus Christ is, how He transforms lives, and what it means to be His disciples. Please join us this summer as we encounter Jesus Christ in the gospel of John, and see what He offers to all those who meet Him.
As Jesus walked toward the cross and his death, He intentionally demonstrated that He was indeed the Messiah and that the Messiah was going to become the new temple of God. In our series of sermons for Lent and Easter we are going to look at how Jesus taught with words and deeds that He is replacing the temple system of the Old Testament and becoming Himself the new Temple of God. And He also then makes the way for us to become the Temples of God too. Nothing but miraculous!
What do you understand about the sovereignty of God? Do you fully comprehend God's might, as well as His grace and goodness and compassion? Do you understand how all these attributes of God relate to our own suffering?
Do you have eyes to see the big picture of God's glorious reign and the spiritual battle that He wages? Is it possible that the way in which Christians respond to afflictions can help give God victories over Satan in the spiritual realm?
Is it really true that God can use evil and turn it to our profit?
We will tackle these questions and many others in this sermon series on the book of Job.
Does it seem like the world is spinning out of control and that our lives are not the way they're supposed to be? Jesus' Sermon on the Mount addresses His disciples and teaches them how to live a beautiful life in an ugly world.
The apostle Paul took many journeys in the course of his ministry, but in reality his whole life was a spiritual journey that continually formed and transformed him. The same is true for all Christians. And a key point in that journey, a point that must be recognized by any true follower of Christ, is the point of conversion. This is that moment when the true God collides with the gods we have created for ourselves and we realize that our gods are too weak to change our hearts. Then the miracle of spiritual light comes to us and we see the truth about Jesus, about ourselves, and about the church. And once we know that truth we embrace new, selfless relationships and allow God to do His transformative work in us.
The scope of the cross of Christ is so much greater than many Christians realize. The impact of Christ's crucifixion is so much more revolutionary than we might believe or expect. We often speak of Christ's death simply as the atonement for our sins, an event by which we can get our ticket to heaven punched and then just wait for the Gloryland Train to come for us when we die, or when Christ returns...
This sermon begins a series on Elijah and Elisha. In I Kings 17 we find Elijah bringing the Word of the Lord to Israel that it would not rain there for three years in punishment for their sinful ways. We also find Elijah being provided for by the hand of God and bringing a widow's son back to life...