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Sun, Feb 25, 2024
An group, organization, or institution without leadership is vulnerable. Good leaders guard and guide their people. They provide good role models. They elevate others. We need good, godly leaders. While the church benefits from several leadership roles, the elders provide the base. They guard the doctrine from perversion. They guide the people from division and moral corruption. They help the body of Christ grow up and stay fit. We need guardians of the ecclesia.
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 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 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, Jan 21, 2024
Passage: Luke 10:38-42
Duration: 42 mins 47 secs
This sermon is about choosing the better way, which is a life focused on Jesus. Simplicity is a means to this life. Mary (sister of Martha) models it. We'll consider several principles and practices of simplicity in 3 realms and 4 movements. Let's go!
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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