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Sun, Dec 03, 2023
Paul waxes advent in Galatians 4:4, where he describes the birth of Jesus in the "fullness of time." Jesus entered time to redeem it. Unfortunately, many of us suffer the ravages of time. We're busy, rushed, and distracted. This sermon provides a brief history of time and its myths; a theology of time and its key moment; and ways to embrace time.
Sun, Nov 26, 2023
Duration: 43 mins 25 secs
Galatians reads like an intervention. Paul writes in ALL CAPS to get the attention of the Galatian Christians. They have traded the true gospel for an un-gospel. Foolishness! His letter not only reprimands their drift toward Jewish law but also reminds them of the amazing grace of Jesus and wonderful gift of the Spirit.
Sun, Nov 19, 2023
Duration: 40 mins 31 secs
Philippians is a friendly letter. Paul was grateful for his partnership in the gospel with the church in Philippi. He was grateful for the ongoing work of God. Imprisonment and death were no threat to his joy because the hope of resurrection loomed. At the core of this letter is the Christ Hymn (Phil. 2:6-11), describing Jesus's humility. Paul avers that adopting Jesus's humble thinking will keep the Philippians linked in gospel service. This principle remains. Today we will focus on humility.
Sun, Nov 12, 2023
Duration: 39 mins 28 secs
When God calls us to reconcile with one another in the church, he asks us to do something he has done. In Christ, he reconciled the world to himself. We were offending sinners, but he turned us into beloved sons and daughters. Thus, when Paul sends Onesimus, a runaway slave, back to his former owner, he implores Philemon to receive him openly. To reconcile. Restoring broken relationships is challenging, but it highlights the gospel at work in our lives.
Sun, Nov 05, 2023
We need a sixth sense. We need that ability to perceive the spiritual real. To see God's glory shimmering in creation. To see Christ's victory looming over our sin. To see the devil's schemes, so they do not ensnare us. Ours is a spiritual world. Elisha perceived this. He prayed others would, as well. In this final message of the series, we observe Elisha standing firm in a spiritual battle because he knows God's invisible army outnumbers his Aramean opponents.
Sun, Oct 29, 2023
Duration: 46 mins 13 secs
God's redemptive story enfolds unlikely people. Outsiders become insiders. The ritually unclean become righteous. Sinners become saints. Sadly, the inverse happens: insiders become outsiders. Entitlement, greed, and idolatry affect religious people, exposing their lack of commitment to God. This story contrasts the paths of Naaman -- an outsider -- with Gehazi -- an insider -- showing God can reach anyone who is open to him.
Sun, Oct 15, 2023
Duration: 45 mins 17 secs
Elijah and Elisha's mentoring relationship comes to a dramatic end. God calls Elijah heavenward; he ascends in a whirlwind with a chariot of fire leading the way. Elisha grieves and goes, picking up where Elijah left off. He had work to do. So do we. The meantime is our time to join God's mission.
Sun, Oct 08, 2023
Mentors mold us, shape us, and make us into more effective workers for God's kingdom. The Bible is full of mentoring relationships, from Moses and Joshua to Paul and Timothy. Likewise, Jesus called his twelve disciples to learn how to live as kingdom saints. Modern mentorship provides the same growth opportunities through personal relationship. This sermon will be conversational, sharing with one another about mentoring.
Sun, Oct 01, 2023
Elijah's defeat of the prophets of Baal was a mountain top experience. But the elation did not last. Jezebel conspired to kill Elijah, so he fled. The running and hiding, exhaustion and hunger drained him. Elijah wandered in the wilderness with a death wish. But God spared him, spoke to him, and renewed his calling. For anyone who has suffered alone, this story reminds us that God provides, speaks, and gives us purpose. He is for us; we need to hear this!
Sun, Sep 24, 2023
The showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal is outstanding. Yahweh's servant stands alone but radiates confidence. He demands an audience with the king, proposes a contest with his prophets, and calls on God to show his glory. He does in dramatic fashion. The episode ends with shouts of praise, bloodshed, and long-awaited rain. The story teaches the power of prayer.
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