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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.
Sun, Feb 18, 2024
In pursuit of a "quiet life" for the church in Ephesus, Paul implores the men to pray without anger and women to learn without disrupting doctrinal instruction by the elders. To be clear, Paul wants every disciple to learn good doctrine and demonstrate good deeds. Unfortunately, privilege, presumption, and bad theology have threatened the church in Ephesus. This sermon will navigate a notoriously difficult passage-- filled with grammatical, linguistic, and cultural challenges--and address the disputable matter of gender roles in church leadership. While not everyone in the church is called to leadership, this passage reminds us that learning Christ (Eph. 4:20-24) is an inclusive calling.
Sun, Feb 11, 2024
Prayer is important. Most of us would concur. However, many of us struggle to pray regularly and with purpose. Paul turns Timothy's attention to prayer. It is powerful a nd pivotal for the peace of the congregation and its public witness. This was true in ancient Rome where Christians were viewed with suspicion. It is true today, where Christian faith is viewed with skepticism. If we want to good standing in these godless times, we should get praying!
Sun, Feb 04, 2024
Your life tells a story. What is at the center? Your successes or failures? Your family of origin or romantic exploits? Your journeys, anxieties, or idols? The apostle Paul was living a story of religious zeal and ignorance. Then Jesus interrupted him. The Lord confronted Paul, gave him a new calling, and centered his story around God's mercy. Perhaps you need interrupted too.
Sun, Jan 28, 2024
God has work for each of us to do. Unfortunately, staying on task is difficult. We spend too much time deviating, speculating, and letting ambition lead us. Paul and Timothy dealt with this in Ephesus. A good church had drifted. Paul left his beloved protégé to address unfaithfulness in the church. If we want to advance God's work, faithfulness to our calling, convictions, and community is essential.
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