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Messages with tag - church

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 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, 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, Aug 27, 2023
Duration: 40 mins 20 secs
People are messy. This applies to the church. God's people are not immune to sin. We think too highly of ourselves. We create stumbling blocks for ourselves and others. We wander. Hence, Jesus envisioned the church as a community of correction and exhortation. We confront others without accusing them. We insist on holiness. This is called church discipline. It has formative and corrective applications. It helps bring structure where messes abound. (NOTE: Around 34:40, the audio dropped out. Part of the sermon was lost. The quality of the last five minutes of the recording is not as good.)
Sun, Aug 20, 2023
The call to discipleship is costly. Jesus said this clearly. His first followers lived this reality. In the 2000 year history of the church, disciples have lost rights, comforts, and their very lives. Confessing Jesus as the Christ, Son of God, and Lord has consequences. But with this confession comes a spiritual community, mission, and eternal reward. Is it worth it? Absolutely. (NOTE: There is a deliberate break in the sermon. When it resumes, the lapel microphone has cut out, so the quality of the last 10 minutes is poor.)
Sun, Apr 02, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 46 mins 47 secs
The letter to the Thessalonians ends with a recital of house rules. He fires off the instructions to conclude this friendly letter to ensure the church remains healthy. These words address leadership, community, perspective, and discernment. These principles are still relevant for healthy churches.
Sun, Feb 26, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 41 mins 11 secs
Prayer is a way of connecting with God. We share our heart for him. We express our love for others. This conversation should overflow in our lives. Paul prayed like this for the Thessalonians while apart from them. It is a model prayer.
Sun, Feb 05, 2023
Series: Upside Down
Duration: 48 mins 2 secs
Change is challenging. We like our routines. We get stuck in our ways. Predictable is comfortable. However, God invites us to change. The living and true God wants our full allegiance, which means rooting out idols and serving his purposes. This opening sermon in the new series will provide background to Thessalonians, Paul's gratitude for good work, good news, and good examples. And it will inspire a call to change that could turn the world upside down!
Sun, Jan 22, 2023
Series: In Christ
Duration: 36 mins 19 secs
All who are in Christ are incorporated in the church. To illustrate this, Paul loved using the body as an organic metaphor. The human body is fearfully and wonderfully made. It is comprised of many parts, working together to help us labor, play, grow, and live with others. The church should be a picture of unity in diversity. Different gifted people share a goal and an ethic in helping others know Jesus better and give Jesus their best.
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