Messages with tag - grace

Sun, May 23, 2021
Do not be deceived: Civil rights gains did not erase racial tensions. They have been simmering for decades, and the spotlight on police shootings has amplified tensions. Nearly one year from the anniversary of George Floyd's death, cries for equality and the end of racism persist. Meanwhile, a swell of "fragile" and "privileged" white people have begun to wonder if they are bigots or victims of reverse bigotry. In other words, our world is a mess. Fortunately, the Bible teaches that we share a common ancestry and our God loves the nations impartially. The gospel is public news for all peoples, and racial reconciliation is one evidence of the gospel at work. Indeed, we have work -- tough, messy, emotional, just work -- to do.
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
Duration: 39 mins 37 secs
Followers of Jesus have all experienced a miracle: God raised them from the dead. Paul comments on this dynamic act of salvation in Ephesians 2:1-10. This new life includes a secure place in God's presence, as well as good works to live out today. Our new life in Christ matters, Paul writes, compelling people to receive God's gift of grace and become fully alive.
Sun, Aug 09, 2020
Duration: 39 mins 59 secs
Jonah grouses with God. He's angry, ranting, raging. Twice he expresses his desire to die. God listens, asks, questions, and gets the last word. Jonah ends with a question about concerns. What concerns Jonah? What concerns us? Sadly, our anger blinds us to others as image-bearers in need of God's mercy. Anger riles us up, wears us out, and exposes our fragility. What we need is a long look at God's large love to turn our anger away.
Sun, Jun 07, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 52 secs
We all have a name and bus stop. Sometimes we confuse the two. Sometimes our names and bus stops tell a tragic story that only God, by his grace, can redeem. Mephibosheth has such a story. The orphan child receives forgiveness, fortune, fellowship, and family when King David invites him to the table. Jesus invites us to the table and offers the same. Moreover, he asks us to extend such grace to others.
Sun, Apr 05, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 42 secs
The apostle Paul was a theologian of the Cross. Jesus's scandalous death disrupted his life. He centered much of his preaching to declaring the wisdom and benefits of the Cross. This message traces the theme of the Cross through Paul's writing, encouraging us to appreciate Jesus's costly victory.
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
Our world loves outcomes. We crown the winner of the game. We award the student with remarkable grades. We praise the business with rising sales and church with growing attendance. Achievement is king. But God keeps a different scorecard. He prefers obedience to outcomes. He wants us postured to receive grace not achieve greatness.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016
Duration: 51 mins 34 secs
David is the foil of Saul. While the first king of Israel was proud, David demonstrated humility. He trusted God, stood in His strength, showed restraint, and practiced gratitude. This sermon gleans lessons on humility from the ruddy king of Israel after God's own heart.
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