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Messages with tag - paul

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 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 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 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.
Sun, Dec 31, 2023
Paul's view of Jesus in Colossians is exalted. Nonetheless, the exalted Christ lived a fully embodied life. In fact, he was the fullness of God in human form. Our final "waxing" in Christmas brings us back to the 2023 theme: In Christ - Jesus as the core. We'll revisit the 5 blessings of being "in Christ," 4 meanings of the phrase, and what it looks like to have Jesus at the core of our thinking, spending, doing, and relating.
Sun, Dec 10, 2023
The early church was a confessing community. The gospel was its foundation. It shaped them into godly people. This good news of Jesus unveiled a mystery spoken by God from history's first days. Paul waxes on this mystery in his first letter to Timothy. A brief hymn takes center stage in the letter describing the revelatory work of Jesus. The hymn steels us against false teaching and selfish living. It invites us to wait, wonder, and worship King Jesus.
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.
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