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Sun, May 12, 2024
Duration: 45 mins 21 secs
Emotions are signals and connectors. They live and flow deep within us. Sometimes they emerge in unexpected ways. While our culture makes too much of them, in the church we have relegated emotions to the basement of our spiritual lives. We must unearth them. Emotions are essential to our humanity, and they reflect the nature of God. This sermon will provide a theology of emotions and six ways to become more emotionally healthy.
Sun, May 05, 2024
Duration: 49 mins 48 secs
"You are your body." While this phrase is not only contested in contemporary, secular debate, this belief has also crept into the church. We have a low view of the body. And yet, this goes against the biblical evidence that describes our bodies being good and essential by design. This sermon casts a biblical vision for the body, helping us to embrace our embodiment and become healthier humans.
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Duration: 49 mins 55 secs
We have a mind. It is essential to our humanity. As God's image-bearers, we reflect his ability to think. We are moral agents. Unfortunately, our minds have been corrupted by the fall and are negatively influenced by culture. We have to work hard to renew our minds. This sermon will move us toward healthier minds so we can love God and others better.
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
As Paul's letter to Timothy comes to a close, he offers his spiritual child a final charge: fight to the finish, stay strong, keep your commitments. Paul knows the importance of vigilance in the Christian faith. It is easy to grow apathetic, get distracted, and drift. There is a better way. We must stay committed to Christ. Our view of Jesus and hope for heaven will keep us moving forward until he returns.
Sun, Apr 14, 2024
God created us with desire. Our consumer culture exploits this, surfacing desires it cannot satisfy with material goods. We are conditioned to want more, more, more. However, the secret to a godly life is to trust that God's enough. This message will take us through 1 Timothy 6:2-10, dealing with false teaching, money, and how to redeem desire.
Sun, Apr 07, 2024
Throughout our lives, the bottom will fall out. We can all benefit from a safety net. According to the apostle Paul, the church should be one of our safety nets. In 1 Timothy 5:1-6:2, Paul outlines two ways members in God's household care for one another. They help those in need (e.g., widows) and honor those who lead (e.g., elders). This sermon encourages us to recapture this beautiful ethic in today's church.
Sun, Mar 31, 2024
Series: Easter
Duration: 41 mins 41 secs
Jesus's death was tragic. His resurrection was triumphant. Indeed! The resurrection reorients reality. It gives us a picture of overcoming faith, everlasting life, and renewal. This sermon will walk us through Matthew's final chapter in three acts. Along the way, we will engage in sensory activities to engage more fully in the Easter story.
Sun, Mar 10, 2024
Christian faith is embodied. We do not simply love God with our mind and emotions. We love him with our eyes, fingers, stomach, and legs. God designed us as image-bearers; we serve him in our bodies. He gave us creation to steward and enjoy--trees for climbing, fruit for eating, gardens for cultivating. And he expected us to forge bonds of friendship and family. The false teachers in Ephesus had rejected the goodness of creation. They were teaching a life of abstinence not faithful engagement. This passage is a challenge to their errant thinking that still plagues the church today.
Sun, Mar 03, 2024
During the COVID pandemic, the term "essential workers" became common nomenclature. These were people with jobs that provided infrastructure for our country. Without their work, our nation would collapse. The church, too, has essential workers. Paul called them "deacons." They are doers, good stewards, and trusted teammates in ministry. They work behind the scenes so the work of God goes forth. This sermon highlights the historic service of deacons and several people who serve in this capacity at our church.
Sun, Feb 25, 2024
An group, organization, or institution without leadership is vulnerable. Good leaders guard and guide their people. They provide good role models. They elevate others. We need good, godly leaders. While the church benefits from several leadership roles, the elders provide the base. They guard the doctrine from perversion. They guide the people from division and moral corruption. They help the body of Christ grow up and stay fit. We need guardians of the ecclesia.
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