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
Duration: 50 mins 53 secs
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
Duration: 39 mins 39 secs
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
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
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
Duration: 48 mins 43 secs
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, Dec 03, 2023
Duration: 43 mins 13 secs
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 05, 2023
Duration: 41 mins 28 secs
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.