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Messages with tag - jesus

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, 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 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 07, 2024
Duration: 39 mins 25 secs
Jesus had a mission. So do we. Our flows from his, but Jesus accomplished MORE than we ever could. He sought and saved the lost. We love God and others. This is our mission. This is our MUST. And life without a must amounts to LESS. This is the first sermon about our 2024 theme: LESS IS MORE.
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 17, 2023
The author of Hebrews waxes advent. Providing a "word of encouragement" (13:22) to his Jewish-Christian readers who are tempted to return to their religious roots. Pressure in Judea is high for followers of Jesus. Nonetheless, he insists they keep their eyes fixed on their the author and perfecter of their faith. Jesus has died for them, forged them into a new family, and defeated Satan. He did this by become lowly. His human experience gave him firsthand experience with humility. Not only did he save us, but he also showed us how to live lowly.
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.
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