Why Palm Sunday?
Apr 15, 2019 2800
1. Jesus is misunderstood, v. 28-40
a) When you relate to God based on your expectation you create a standard by which God is now evaluated
b) We tend to evaluate God based on what is best for us
c) Jesus knows and controls what is happening
i..the day Jesus enters Jerusalem is lamb selection day
ii. the animal had to be without blemish or defect
iii. they had to keep the animal for five days to inspect it
iv. Jesus will be crucified as the Passover lambs are being sacrificed
2. Jesus is sad, v. 41-44
3. Jesus is angry, v. 45-48
The Sanctifying Power of Sexual Morality
Apr 9, 2019 2542
The Sanctifying Power of Sexual Morality
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
I. Explanation of the text
II. Commands within the text
that you abstain from sexual immorality
that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor
that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter
III. Consequences for not holding to these commands
1. Immorality shrinks our pleasures, v. 1
"Sin acts as a powerful astringent upon the soul to shrink it down to the size of the individual." -Jonathan Edwards
2. Immorality misrepresents Christianity, v. 4-5
3. Immorality requires God to be the avenger, v. 6
4. Immorality violates the environment of your calling, v. 7
5. Immorality disregards God, v. 8
IV. The Context of Morality
1. The will of God, v. 3 & 8
2. Your sanctification, v. 3
Sanctification is a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and more like Christ in our actual lives. -Wayne Grudem
Questions for reflection:
How often do you think about holiness?
What stirs in you when you hear of God as “an avenger?”
If you took away the need to be constantly forgiven, what would you enjoy most about God? What would draw you to Him?
What will you most want to discuss as a result of this morning?
Sanctification is a work of God and man. In what ways are you cooperating with God in your sanctification?
How You Relate to Jesus
Mar 31, 2019 2402
1. Lazarus- What does Jesus knows about you?
Here are some characteristics of a Lazarus...
Can’t tell you how to get it because he just experienced it
His/her life is a threat to the religious subculture, v. 9-11
Forgot the score
Has a deep faith that they often cannot explain in ways that makes sense
People appreciate this person from a distance but seldom let them get close
It’s all going to be alright in the end
Lingers long at dinner
2. Martha- What does Jesus need from you?
Here are some characteristics of a Martha...
Has one tool, one response and one way of doing things
Typically feels under-appreciated
Busy but rarely joyful
Obsesses over possible outcomes
Cannot score enough points to feel secure enough to sit down on the inside
Can give lip service to the idea of change but rarely changes
Service is like an armor which protects them from the vulnerability of being known
Cleans up after dinner
3. Mary- What does Jesus want from you?
“After a certain amount of immersion in public life, I begin to burn out. And I have noticed that I burn out inwardly long before I do outwardly. Hence, I must be careful not to become a fanatic bundle of hollow energy, busy among people but devoid of life. I must learn when to retreat, like Jesus, and experience the recreating power of God. We are told that Peter tarried in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner. And along our journey we need to discover numerous tarrying places where we can receive heavenly manna.”
-Richard Foster, The Freedom of Simplicity
Here are some characteristics of a Mary…
Lives with a sense of devotion to who God is and what He is doing
Doesn’t just look to understand but be involved
Engages in behaviors that do not make sense in the moment but makes a big difference in hindsight
They are often misunderstood, seen as different and live with a low grade sense of loneliness and aloneness
Something about this person that people want to be around
Slow, often seen as a lack of planning skills but in reality this person is not done with the moment when everyone else is done
Doesn’t even know there is a game going on much less the score
Leaves the dinner without anybody noticing
4. Judas- What do you want from Jesus?
Here are some characteristics of a Judas...
Has a set of expectations which are to be met and if not then he has another plan.
Keeps the score
Faith is in himself and his plan
Can be a pathological liar who simply sees lying as a means to an end
Motivated by personal gain, “what’s in it for me?”
Evaluates everything but rarely really experiences anything
Life is transactional and never relational
Pitches a fit over how much the dinner costs
Questions for reflection…
What do you do to relax in God’s presence?
Is there anything that you wish you could quit doing but have yet to figure out how?
Where are your tarrying places?
What are some of the bigger agendas in your life these days and how many of them are necessary?
If you wrote down a one sentence summary of what you take away from this morning, what would that sentence be?
The Prideful Path and The Humble Path
Mar 25, 2019 2816
What are the two options we have when we encounter God’s majesty?
1. Prideful Path
A. Prosperity (Daniel 4:4)
B. Poor Counsel (Daniel 4:5-8)
C. Passing Time (Daniel 4:24-27, 29-30)
2. Humble Path (Daniel 4:34-37)
The Inescapable Enoughness of Jesus
Mar 18, 2019 2574
1. Jesus is inescapable, v. 45-48
2. Political solutions without spiritual renewal never changes a nation, v. 49-50
In the 2018 election cycle alone…
Democratic party- $954,729,181
Republican party- $993,963,461
Democratic national Committee- $176,782,851
Republican national Committee- $324,836,805
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee- $296,422,428
Republican Congressional Campaign Committee- $205,755,914
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee- $148,698,958
National Republican Senatorial Committee- $151,570,520
3. In the big picture, God uses little people, v. 49-53
4. The Cross is God’s will not man’s, v. 54
5. Jesus is enough, v. 55-57
Questions for discussion…
In what ways is Jesus threatening you these days and what is He threatening?
If you had control over all the money we spend on politics how would you spend it?
Who is God using to teach you things about yourself these days?
How would your life change if you believed that God was in charge of the times and the timing of your life?
How do you see God coming to you in the normalcy of your life?
What God Does and Why He Does It
Mar 11, 2019 2070
Observations for the text:
Jesus’ lack of action was anything but a lack of love.
The more we pray, listen, observe and are obedient, the less we will miss it.
In the middle of something, all we see is that "Something", not comprehending
What God Does
2. Does not heal
3. Raises from the dead
Why God Does It
1. Because He loves
2. To communicate
3. He cares
4. To show His glory
Jesus Being God Is The Gospel
Mar 4, 2019 2312
“At its briefest, the gospel is a discourse about Christ, that he is the Son of God and became man for us, that he died and was raised, and that he has been established as Lord over all things.”
- Martin Luther
“Here’s the gospel in a phrase. Because Christ died for us, those who trust in him may know that their guilt has been pardoned once and for all. What will we have to say before the bar of God’s judgment? Only one thing. Christ died in my place. That’s the gospel.”
- Alister Begg
“but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
- John 20:31
I. The Confrontation vv 24-30
1. He is the Son of God John 5:17-18
2. God has sent Him John 7:28-29
3. He is God John 8:19, 58
“John says in the first chapter: we beheld His glory, and it was the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. He was he very essence of God, the writers of the epistles picked this up. The writer of Hebrews says He’s the exact representation of God, the express image of God. The apostle Paul says all the fullness of deity dwells in Him. John says if you deny His deity and His humanity, you’re cursed. This is Christianity. He is introduced by Matthew, as Emmanuel, God with us. He’s introduced by Mark as God the Son. He’s introduced by Luke as the Holy One who is born as a child. This is the heart of the Christian gospel. He is not a noble teacher only. He is not a religious leader only. He is not a highly moral man. He’s not someone with unusual wisdom alone, although all of those things are true. He is God, and anything less than that is blasphemy against Him, against Him.”
- John MacArthur
- Philippians 2:12-13
II. The Response V31
1. By not denying to be God, Jesus is telling the Jews that He is God.
2. Jesus meets an angry rock-holding crowd with the intent of stoning Him, right where they are
3. Jesus loves second chances
Provision and Promise
Feb 25, 2019 1090
a) rescue from Egypt
b) freedom from slavery
c) redemption by God’s divine power
d) renewed relationship with God
1. Provision, v. 22-23
2. Promise, v. 24-25
Questions The Bible Asks Us
Feb 18, 2019 2608
1. How did God design this relationship to be?, v. 3-6
2. Do you recognize God’s voice?
The primary way that God speaks to us is by his Son, through His Spirit in the Bible.
a) Does this line up with the clear teaching of the Bible?
b) Does this in any way grieve the Holy Spirit?
c) Is this in keeping with the character and nature of Jesus?
3. What experiences characterize the Christianity? v. 9
4. Who is the thief?, v. 10
5. Would you fear death if you knew you would live again? v. 17-18
Thinking Rightly About God
Feb 10, 2019 2362
1. Is Jesus really the only way to God? v. 1-2, 7-9
Religious pluralism refers to the belief in two or more religions as being equally valid or acceptable. More than mere tolerance, religious pluralism accepts multiple paths to God or gods as a possibility.
Three things religious pluralism says…
1) “If we live a good life then we get to the afterlife. Isn’t this what all religions teach?”
2) “Aren’t all religions the same and basically teach the same thing?”
3) “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you are sincere.”
“The commercialized mindset moves away from personal conviction toward pragmatic effectiveness. It feels that if the consumer is unhappy with the presentation, there must be something wrong with it. When this feeling becomes overriding, it circles around and redefines the “truth” being presented so that the presentation can be made enjoyable. If the claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation offends people, the commercialized mindset will either not talk about it or stop believing it.”
“The psychologized mindset defines love as whatever the other person feels is loving. The effect is the same as with the commercialized mindset. If a person or group finds your summons to believe on Jesus for salvation to be arrogant instead of humble and loving, then, if you have the psychologized mindset, you will feel guilty and apologetic. It must be your fault. If this mindset becomes overriding, it too will circle around and change not only the presentation, but, if necessary, the thing presented, so that the other person will not feel unloved.”
“In this way, the unhappy consumer and the offended listener take on a power that once belonged only to the Bible. There is an epidemic fear of man behind these two mindsets. In the name of marketing savvy or sensitive communication, cowardice capitulates to the world, and we surrender the offensive truth of Christ’s uniqueness and supremacy.”
-John Piper, Jesus, the Only Way to God: Must You Hear The Gospel to be Saved?
*** There are few things you can believe in this pluralistic world that can be more consequential than the Biblical truth that Jesus is the only way to God. And yet, this is exactly what Scripture teaches us to believe. Not as a statement of hate but as one of hope.
Core Values: Blessing
Feb 4, 2019 2454
To be a blessing is to apply biblical doctrine to my actual lived out life.
1. Love authentically, v. 9
2. Live in the Big Picture, v. 10-11
Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
3. Keep doing old things, v. 12-13
4. Practice harmony, v. 14-16
“The Church owes Paul to the prayer of Stephen.”
5. Think and do, v. 17-21
Questions for reflection…
1. What should you be hating right now but aren’t?
2. When are you around others who live a different note than you and what are you like in those environments?
3. How much of what you do is an accurate reflection of what you really think?
4. Of all you heard today, what will you still be thinking about on Thursday?
Core Values: Mission
Jan 28, 2019 2452
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
1. Missions is more than action, it is identity
-You have a ministry and have been given a message
-Salvation has a cost
2. Your Identity is an Ambassador
Definition: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign
-The message is not our own.
3. The Message is the Gospel
What is the Gospel?
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
-According to the Scriptures
-Sharing the Gospel is not a negotiation
4. Find your mission
Core Values: Community
Jan 21, 2019 5316
a) similarity- we are alike
b) affinity- we like each other and the same things
c) community- we like what God does when we are together
1. Jesus is necessary to Gospel community, v. 13-16
a. separated from Christ
b. alienated from the commonwealth of Israel
c. strangers to the covenants of promise
d. having no hope
e. without God in the world
2. Gospel community is deep and wide, v. 17-18
a. fellow citizens
c. members of the household of God
f. Christ Jesus
3. Together we become, v. 19-21
4. God builds community so he can inhabit community, v. 22
Core Values: Gospel
Jan 14, 2019 2598
What we see in this section are eight things…
a) the capacity to be good enough doesn’t exist
b) no one understands
c) no one seeks God
d) all have turned aside
e) together they have become worthless
f) there is no fear of God before their eyes
g) the Bible builds a irrefutable case against humanity
h) the whole world is accountable to God
1. God is a god of relationship, v. 21
Notice two things:
a) God didn’t wait for us to come looking for it, he “manifested” it, put it on display for the world to see.
b) the entire Old Testament, the “law and Prophets” tells us about it
2. What Jesus accomplished is enough for anyone, v. 22
b) death- sufficient
c) resurrection- confirming
3. God’s goodness exceeds your badness, v. 23
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and (all) are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood…”
“redemption”- means the freedom that comes from the payment of a ransom.
“propitiation”- means that God is not mad at you because of your sins
4. You can experience this for yourself, v. 25
a) acknowledge- means you not just agree with but understand the consequences of these truths for your life.
b) acceptance- means you accept what Christ has done on your behalf.
c) actuality -means the truths of the Gospel are actually being experienced and displayed in your life.
Come In, Dig In, Buy In
Jan 7, 2019 2852
1. Come in - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
a) washed- Because the sinner is unclean, polluted as it were by the filth of his sins. Whoever obtains remission of sins has his sins put, so to speak, out of God's sight — is cleansed from them in the sight of God. They are washed, they are clean.
b) sanctified- to separate from profane things and dedicate to God, to purify by expiation, to free from the guilt of sin. Expiation means the act of making amends or reparation for guilt or wrongdoing; atonement.
c) justified- to make a person righteous, such as they are and wish themselves to be considered.
2. Dig in- Psalm 34:8
3. Buy in- Malachi 3:6-12
One reality: origin & ownership
Old Words For A New Year
Dec 31, 2018 2722
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
a) intellectual knowledge- informs and influences your thoughts
b) moral knowledge- informs and influences your actual living
-2 Corinthians 1:12
-1 Timothy 2:5-6
The Advent of Love
Dec 24, 2018 2144
1 John 3:1-10
1. This love is transforming, v. 1b-3
“In the world it is call Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair…the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”
a) “we are God’s children”-
b) “what we will be has not yet appeared”
c) “we shall be like Him”-
2. This love destroys, v. 4-9
3. This love clarifies, v. 10
Questions for reflection…
What has changed the most about you this year?
What do you want to understand more as a result of this morning?
Was there one thing in particular that you want to discuss with your family over lunch?
Before you leave this morning, what should you pray about?
The Advent of Joy
Dec 17, 2018 2508
1. “For unto you…"
2. “…is born…"
“To be under the Law means that the Law has jurisdiction and authority over a person to judge and condemn. If such a person breaks the Law (sins), then there is a necessary judgment and condemnation based on the Law. All law-breaking brings separation between God and the sinner and results in death. So, to be under the Law means that the person is obligated to keep that Law in all its aspects, and if he does not the Law condemns him.”
3. “…this day…"
4. “…in the city of David…"
- Micah 5:2
5. “…a Savior…"
a. I can no longer find my identity in my sin because there is no identity in that which Jesus came to eradicate otherwise there would be no basis for knowing who I am and the incarnation would be nullified.
b. I can no longer pay back my enemies for their sins against me.
c. God has done something about my sin.
6. "…who is Christ the Lord.”
Advent - The Absurdity of Hope
Dec 3, 2018 2497
1. Obedience, v. 12-13
Obedience is inconsistent because…
1) we still count equality with God as a thing to be grasped
2) obedience is an expression of humility
2. Distinction, v. 14-15
3. Identification, v. 16
“The Bible, like all sacred writings, contains helpful accounts of ancient myths but is not literally true.” -Quote agreed with by a large number of American Millenials
-John 1:1, 14
The Beauty of God's Heart
Nov 26, 2018 2110
2 Samuel 7:18-22
1. With initiation in mind, v. 18
2. With “house” in mind, v. 18-19
3. With knowledge, v. 20
4. With greatness in mind, v. 21
a) because of your promise
b) according to your own heart
Progression when it comes to the heart…
a) old heart
b) new heart
c) God’s heart
What if this is the way God designed life to be?
Can you be trusted with the greatness of God’s heart?
How To Love People You Don’t Like
Nov 19, 2018 2662
1. Loving ourselves means learning not to settle
-To whom have you given the power to decide how you should be loved?
2. Loving ourselves moves us from duty to desire
3. Loving ourselves mean we move from roles to responsibility
Roles in our family system…
The Air Traffic Controller
The Noble Martyr
The Little Girl/Boy
The Problem Child
The Good Boy/Girl
4. Loving yourself means you begin to regard yourself
Regard means “to have or show respect or concern for.”
Spiritual Blindness and Spiritual Sight
Nov 11, 2018 2316
Spiritual Blindness and Spiritual Sight
Characteristics of Spiritual Blindness
2. Personal preference vs inclining towards the unknown
3. Desperate to be right
4. Dulls the senses
Characteristics of Spiritual Sight
2. Recognize Christ
3. Results in Worship
How To Be Consequential
Nov 4, 2018 2602
How To Be Consequential
1. Learning to see is a choice, v. 1
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” -Helen Keller
2. We look for blame, God looks for opportunity, v. 2-3
“I just don’t believe the God of Christianity exists. God allows terrible suffering in the world. So he might be either all-powerful but not good enough to end evil and suffering, or else he might be all-good but not powerful enough to end evil and suffering. Either way the all-good, all-powerful God of the bible couldn’t exist.”
Framework for thinking about evil and suffering...
a. When you think about it, the existence of evil and suffering is actually evidence for the existence of God because people have a sense that what is happening is wrong and shouldn’t be happening.
b. Upon what is this sense of injustice founded? How do you know this is wrong? If there is no God then why do you know to expect better, desire it and are angry when it doesn’t happen?
c. Evil and suffering causes us to feel the limits of our humanity. We can feel how deeply we want to stop the suffering all around us but cannot because of our human limitations. Therefore, it is hard to conceive of a God who has the capacity, who is all powerful and yet he chooses not to do something about all of this.
d. God has done something but He didn’t do what we would have done if we were God. We all want to do away with evil and suffering in ways that are insufficient because they are temporary. God has chosen to deal with the problem of evil and suffering in a way that is eternal.
e. Because Jesus did come, God put himself on the hook of human suffering in the person of Jesus. Because of this, evil and suffering has a context, God is making all things new. He created the world to be governed by love and goodness and it will one day be. In the meantime, our lives can be used as single candle, added to the flame of God’s goodness that announces to a dark and suffering world that because God has come to us, there is a way out of the darkness.
3. There is an urgency that is born of identity, v. 4-5
4. Obedience leads to experience, v. 6-7
5. Evangelism born of explanation, v. 8-17
A Conversation in Three Movements - Third Movement: What Are The Implications of Jesus Being God?
Oct 28, 2018 2808
1. We are free from seeking our own glory, v. 50
-1 Peter 4:1-5
2. Death no longer has power over us, v. 51
-2 Corinthians 5:1-10
“We have no consciousness after you die. For us we fear death because we are born knowing only life. For me, the knowledge that I am going to die creates the focus that I bring to being alive.”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
So what can I take away from this passage?
a) I was created to live forever
b) in this body I am going to suffer
c) its not about being set free (Greek) but about being forever (Christian)
c) for the Christian, death is the transition to Life
d) the Holy Spirit resides in us as assurance of these things
e) these truths are intended to encourage me
f) to be away from the body is to be with the Lord
g) I was created to live a life that pleases God
h) my life on this earth will matter in heaven
3. Jesus is the divine son of God, v. 59
What does this mean for us...
1. We have a God who keep this word
2. God has acted personally, at great cost to himself, to do something about our greatest problem.
3. You have a resource you can trust in the Bible.
4. Life change is possible.
When Love Doesn't Make Sense
Oct 21, 2018 2694
A Conversation in Three Movements - Second Movement: What Does It Mean To Have God as Your Father?
Oct 15, 2018 2678
1. Believe God, v. 39-40
2. Love God, v. 41-42
Three types of love ...
a) eros- romantic love.
b) phileo- relational, brotherly love.
c) agape- to have an unconditional preference for, to take pleasure in, to prize above other things and be unwilling to abandon or do without.
3. Hears the Word, v. 43-47
Questions to think about...
Do you believe in God or do you believe God? What is the difference?
Which of the three types of love best describes the way you love God?
Is the way you love God changing? If so, how?
Do the words of God find a resting place in you?
Are you most often offended or convicted by the teachings of the Bible? What does that say to you about you? About the Bible?
Oct 7, 2018 2946
1. The Ascension Detonated the Helper (verses Luke 24:50-51)
a. The Helper Comes with the Nearness of God (John 14:16-17)
b. The Helper Comes with Boldness (Luke 10:16, Luke 12:11-12, Matthew 10:10)
c. The Helper Comes with Joy (Romans 1:16)
2. The Ascension Detonated Radical Worship (verses Luke 24:52-53)
A Conversation In Three Movements Part One: Trust The Process
Sep 30, 2018 2544
“In a nutshell, abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles!”
“ginosko”- “to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of.”
Four things that helps us learn to know...
“It was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statues. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.”
- Psalm 119:71-72
“Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.”
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. “
Progression of our thoughts about freedom...
a) Old Testament- freedom was deliverance from slavery, liberation
b) classical freedom- inner freedom for the Stoics who believed in an internal detachment from the world (escapism). For Aristotle and Plato it was external, mainly having to do with political freedom and was experienced in the context of the law.
c) cultural freedom-our culture thinks of freedom in terms of a lack of norms, laws or restrictions so people are free to do whatever they want which leads to destruction personally as well as culturally.
d) New Testament- the predominant note of the New Testament is freedom in Christ from bondage to sin. Human beings by nature “love darkness” and “hate the light.” Because of this we live in a state of unreality. Throughout the Bible God is simply saying, “Freedom is what you were created for and the by-product of this biblical freedom is human flourishing as well as cultural flourishing."
“When we come into bondage to the Word of God we come into freedom, because the Word liberates us from the lustful pull of our own nature, and brings us on, via the pathway of hard obedience, into new realms of living for God. It is the Law of Liberty.”
”True freedom is not the liberty to do anything we please, but the liberty to do what we ought; and it is genuine liberty because doing what we ought now pleases us.”
Questions for reflection…
Today we said that abiding in the word means allowing the Bible to fill your mind, direct your will and transform your affections. Of those three, which do you most need the Bible to do right now?
What is the hardest thing you’ve been through in this past year and what did you learn from it?
Who do you spend time with on a consistent basis that nourishes you spiritually?
What would change in the way you thought about Christianity if you believed the the goal for the Christian really was freedom?
Sep 23, 2018 2602
1. You don’t walk in darkness
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood fo Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
- I John 1:5-7
2. You believe all the truths about Jesus, v. 21-28
Lenses through which we look at Jesus...
b) our intellect
c) our experiences
d) our preferences
e) our culture
3. You live with a sense of God’s presence, v. 29
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”
4. You do what is pleasing to God, v. 29
“His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” -Psalm 147:10-11
“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.”
-I Thessalonians 4:1
Questions for reflection...
Is there any part of your life where you are walking in darkness?
What do you find hard to believe about Jesus?
Does the thought of God being everywhere bring you comfort or concern?
How often do you think, “Is this pleasing to God?”
The Beauty of Law and Gospel
Sep 16, 2018 3056
1. Jesus upholds the law, v. 1-5
This is important in three different contexts...
“If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”
2. Jesus applies the law, v. 6-10
3. Jesus fulfills the law, v. 11
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show Gods’ righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
Questions to consider...
Who or what is your faith in?
Is the grace of God big enough for you?
What behaviors accompany that belief?
How does the Gospel empower me to stop sinning?
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Faith at Work
Sep 2, 2018 3070
Genesis 2:15 & 3:17
How you know you are making work an idol:
-Your work is the primary source of your satisfaction
-The goal is to make a name for yourself
-Freedom in the right priorities
Working for Jesus gives you freedom to worship God through your work.
Working for Jesus gives you freedom to serve others.
Working for Jesus gives you freedom to trust God in your work which also allows rest from it.
Working for Jesus gives you joy at work.
In order to be a witness at work, you must:
-Have to be intentional
-Pray, Read, Ready
“…in the Gospel, Jesus has secured salvation from our sin, satisfaction for our souls, and significance in our work in such a way that we are now free to worship God wholeheartedly as we work, to love others selflessly in our work, and to trust God completely with our work.” - David Platt
Ross King: Cultivating Thought Through Love, Lyric, and Insight
Aug 26, 2018 3026
Singer/Songwriter Ross King led us in worship and shared his songs and stories with us.
Feasting On God
Aug 20, 2018 2954
The Most Important Question You Will Ever Answer
Aug 12, 2018 2456
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
1. God has had a plan all along
Three commonly held beliefs about the Messiah at that time are all listed in this chapter:
a) no one will know where he is from, v. 26
b) the messiah will perform miraculous signs, v. 31
c) He will come from Bethlehem and be of the lineage of David, v. 42
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
2. There is a solution to your sin problem
“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.”
“How, in the name of logic, common sense, and experience, could an imposter — that is a deceitful, selfish, depraved man — have invented, and consistently maintained from the beginning to end, the purest and noblest character known in history with the most perfect air of truth and reality? How could He have conceived and successfully carried out a plan of unparalleled beneficence, moral magnitude, and sublimity, and sacrificed His own life for it, in the face of the strongest prejudices of His people and age?”
3. Places a high priority on His words
”Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came; and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Why People Hated Jesus
Aug 5, 2018 2726
Why People Hated Jesus
1. They didn’t believe in Him, v. 1-5
“Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
2. He lived according to different timing, v. 6-9
3. He was a threat to religion, v. 10-13
4. He preferred God’s will to his own, v. 14-18
5. He was always seeing a bigger picture, v. 19-25
“See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
Praying For God's Glory
Jul 29, 2018 3316
1. Lords prayer
a. Pray like This
b. Make Your name be Hallowed
c. Cause Your Kingdom to come
d. Your will be done
e. Day by day bread
f. Forgive our debts
g. Keep us safe from ourselves and Satan.
2. New Testament vocabulary for prayer
a. Proseuchomai – προσεύχομαι Matt 6:9 & James 5:17-19
b. Aiteo -αἰτέω James 1:5 & Matt 7:9
c. Deomai – δέομαι Matt 9:38
d. Erotao - ἐπερωτάω Matt 15:21-25
e. Parakaleo παρακαλέω Romans 12:1 & 2 Corinthians 12:8
f. Entugchano –ἐντυγχάνω Hebrews 7:25 & Romans 8
3. Three things to take away from today
a. The Primary purpose of Prayer is that God may be Glorified
b. Time to come to God in Prayer and ASK!
c. Get some big rocks, because we serve a big God!
How To Disagree To The Glory Of God
Jul 22, 2018 2540
1. An obligation, v. 1-2
2. An example, v. 3-4
References in Psalm 69 to Jesus include...
4- hated and lied about by his enemies
8- estranged from his family
v.11- shunned by the people
v.12- talked about by rulers
v.12- sung about by drunkards
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.”
Four things we get from the Bible…
3. A prayer, v. 5-6
Paul prays for two things...
a) to live in such harmony with one another
b) in accord with Christ Jesus
4. A practice, v. 7
What I've Learned In 41 Years Of Ministry
Jul 15, 2018 2906
Mark 12: 28 - 31
1. You need to Love God Completely
a. Is the Lord the all consuming passion of your life?
b. Do I have a deep and abiding affection for the Lord?
c. Am I striving to become like Him?
d. Do you love anything more than you love Christ?
e. Do I enjoy spending time with the Lord?
f. Do I tell the Lord that I love Him?
g. Do I talk with the Lord as much as I can?
-Psalm 139:23 - 24
2. You need to Love Others Genuinely
-1 John 4:20
Places to meet people
a. Join a local gym
b. Civic organizations
c. Coach a sports team - not just a Christian team
d. Invest in Kids or Grandkids Schools
e. Meals with neighbors
f. Study or work at a Local coffee shops
g. Prayer walk your neighborhood
h. Volunteer to help at a local university - international students
3. Your Family Must Be a Priority
-Eph. 5:25 - Wife
-3 John 4 - Children
4. Get involved in Missions
- Matt. 28:18 - 20
5. Life is not always going to be easy
-James 1:2 - 4
6. Our lives need to exhibit Joy
-Philippians 4:4 - 5
-Habakkuk 3: 17 - 18
7. Give - Be Generous
-1 Timothy 6:18
8. Get Involved with Small Groups
9. Always do your best - what you are doing is an offering to God
10. Love What you Do.
11. Our Example is as important as our teaching
-1 Corinthians 11:1
12. Be Yourself
-1 Samuel 16:7
13. God is always working in me
Seeing Into The Text
Jul 8, 2018 2784
1 Samuel 17:1-40
Seeing Into the Text
1. Accommodation robs me of authority, v. 16
2. I am responsible for obedience, God is responsible for outcomes, v. 17-18
3. There is power in really believing some things, v. 24-27
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
4. Expect resistance when you upset the status quo, v. 28-30
5. What happens in private determines what happens in public, v. 31-37
6. Know and like who you are so much that you can resist being anybody else, v. 38-40
The Gospel According To Scorekeepers
Jul 1, 2018 2205
1 Corinthians 13:5
Three reasons why we shouldn’t keep score:
1. …because we don’t have all the facts.
“Our use of mobile phones and the internet… collapse boundaries between social groups and conversations and break down generational, educational, and social distinctions. We are all brought closer to each other in a way that disguises and is hostile to pronounced differences of competence, authority, and right to honour. Our media tend to flatten out our social spaces in an egalitarian way, falsely suggesting that all voices merit an equal part in the conversation. As conversations that would previously be clearly separated from each other start to eavesdrop upon, to intrude in, and to become entangled with each other, the results can be volatile.”
2. …because it’s a mark of immaturity
-1 Corinthians 3:1-4
3. …because it turns a road into a highway.
If I could buy myself a conscience that wasn’t broken
Mend every fence I drove my hard head through
Re-lock all the doors I wish I never opened
Unlearn the things I wish I never knew
And it came out through the bottle
It came out through my fists
It came out way too early
I wish it never did
Push it down, it comes out sideways
Push it down, it comes out sideways
Bitter roads turn into highways
Push it down it comes out sideways
I have days where it’s just nose above water
Keep it together while I fall apart
I have moments when I act just like my father
The only man that ever broke my heart
And it comes out in my silence
Sometimes unwanted tears
Comes out disguised as anger but it’s really fear
Push it down, it comes out sideways
Push it down, it comes out sideways
Bitter roads turn into highways
Push it down, it comes out sideways
“Sideways” by Travis Meadows
4. How keeping score affects our relationship:
a. with others
-leads to resentment
b. with God
-leads to entitlement
c. with ourselves
-leads to self-hatred
5. Make peace, don’t keep the peace.
What Is Your Calling?
Jun 24, 2018 2266
"The most dangerous heresies the church is called on to combat from time to time are not those which openly and blatantly assail the person of our Lord but rather those which subtly detract from His dignity while giving the appearance of honoring Him.” - Everett Harrison
1. Keep Seeking v. 1-2
a. Shop around.
Unless you try on the outfit, you’ll never know if it fits. Do the same with vocations, avocations, hobbies and skills. You’ll need to sample every flavor to know your true favorite taste. (I’m not making this up!)
b. Find a problem to solve.
Being the solution makes your work feel meaningful. Having an issue to work against also gives you a villain to play against—and makes you the hero.
c. Burn your plans.
Your life will not go according to plan. Nobody’s ever has. So don’t worry if you get off track. The track was imaginary anyway.
2. Set Your Mind on Christ v.2, 5-10
3. Hide v.3, 12-14
Grace covers us completely (John 1:14; Ephesians 2:8–9; 2 Timothy 1:9).
God chose us and calls us friend (Ephesians 1:4; John 15:15).
We have forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Ephesians 1:7).
God provides for all of our needs (Philippians 4:19).
We have the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7; John 14:27).
Why Mike Tyson Is Right
Jun 17, 2018 2454
1. There is a way we need to think, v. 2
“Count”means “to have authority over, to rule, to lead, to think, to go before.”
Questions that foster right thinking about trials...
a) Do I believe God is at work in this?
b) How do I see God at work in this?
c) What would it look like for me to join God and participate in my sanctification?
2. There is something you need to know, v. 3
With every trial will come a temptation and the temptation is to trust something or someone other than God to see you through this period of testing.
2 Corinthians 11:21-33
“In the crushing, in the pressing you are making new wine. In the soil I now surrender, you are breaking new ground. So I yield to you and to your careful hand when I trust you I don’t need to understand. Make me Your vessel, make me an offering, make me whatever you want me to be. I came here with nothing but all you have given me. Jesus, bring new wine out of me.
New Wine, Hillsong
Does your heart more lean towards what God is doing to you or in you?
3. There is something you need to allow, v. 4
Steadfastness is the characteristic of a person who is not swerved from their deliberate purpose and loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.
Steadfastness does three things...
a) Teaches you the insufficiency of sin.
b) The sufficiency of God.
c) It reminds you of the capacity of self.
4. There is someone you need to ask, v. 5-8
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1 Corinthians 11:23-26
1. The death of Jesus was necessary.
How does the death of Jesus inform the way you think about your sin?
2. The death of Jesus was personal
What does it stir in you when you understand that Jesus died in your place, for your sins?
3. The death of Jesus was consequential.
How does the death of Jesus inform and affect your daily living?
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Matthew, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, Acts
-The Great Commission
-The spreading of the Christian Gospel by public preaching and/or personal witness
a. Builds Trust
b. Provides Credentials
c. Multiple Opportunities to Witness
-We have to be on purpose in order to evangelize everyday.
1 Corinthians 1:1; 17
“Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians is a classic of pastoral response: affectionate, firm, clear, and unswerving in the conviction that God among them, revealed in Jesus and present in His Holy Spirit, continued to be the central issue in their lives.
He takes them by the hand and and goes over all the old ground again, directing them in how to work al the glorious details of God’s saving love in to their love for one another.”
Ephesians 1:1; 4-6
a. Biblical Truth
-Jesus is the only way
b. Your experience
“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”
Radically Ordinary Hospitality
May 27, 2018 2512
1. A picture
2. A definition
“Radically ordinary hospitality is using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God. It brings glory to God, serves others and lives out the gospel in word and deed.”
3. Basic requirements
1) We live under the authority of God and the church.
2) We must work hard to know who our neighbors are and how they struggle.
4. Five things to remember...
1) Hospitality is an expression of reciprocity.
2) Must distinguish between hospitality and entertaining.
"Entertaining focuses attention on self. Hospitality focuses attention on others. Hospitality involves setting a table that makes everyone feel comfortable. It chooses a menu that allows face time with guests instead of being chained to the stovetop. It picks up the house to make things pleasant, but doesn’t feel the need to conceal evidences of everyday life. It sometimes sits down to dinner with flour in its hair. It allows the gathering to be shaped by the quality of the conversation rather than the cuisine. Hospitality shows interest in the thoughts, feelings, pursuits, and preferences of its guests. It is good at asking questions and listening intently to answers. Entertaining is always thinking about the next course. Hospitality burns the rolls because it was listening to a story. Entertaining obsesses over what went wrong. Hospitality savors what was shared."
3) Hospitality is a culturally acceptable form of evangelism.
"God saved me through hospitality. To be more precise, God used hospitality crucially in his pursuit of my soul. After years of a debate between my agnosticism and my longing for God—a debate that had taken place in conference halls and libraries and classrooms, in bedrooms and liquor stores and clubs—closing arguments took place in an unexpected location: a Christian family’s home. A pastor and his wife, friends of my parents, invited me into their home to stay. During the mornings, I met with the pastor and aired my grievances with God and Christianity. The Bible passages and commentary he presented to me were vital to what God did in my heart in those weeks. But just as vital was the evidence his wife brought to the debate. Her evidence was often wordless: space made in her afternoon to drink tea with me or take a walk; clean sheets in a bedroom I shared with one of her own daughters; a cultivated calm in a home full of children and teens; a hug given freely with a peck on the cheek. The words were necessary. But the hospitality gave the words context and weight.
4) Hospitality is a requirement for leadership in the church.
“Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must mange his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
-1 Timothy 3:2-7
5) Hospitality turns your home into a hospital/incubator.
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-You are chosen to be holy and blameless, v.4
-You are adopted into God's family, v.5
-You are redeemed and forgiven, v.7
-You are lavished with wisdom and understanding, v.8
-You are sealed with the Holy Spirit, v.13
The Beauty of God Being God
May 13, 2018 3114
1. God is always capable of more than we can understand, v. 60-62
2. God controls the salvation process, v. 63-65
When you embrace this simple truth it does two things:
a) leaves you with a deep sense of gratitude towards God
b) informs how you pray for the unconverted
3. There is always room for progress in and towards what we believe, v. 66-71
“we have believed and have come to know”
Questions from the Congregation
1. Do we have free will? Can we say no to God once He has revealed himself? Adam and Eve first had revelation of God and even daily intimacy with Him. Then they chose to eat of the Tree. If we do not have free will after God's revelation, how did Adam and Eve have it?
2. If God draws us to Himself, why does he need us to proclaim Him? Or put another way, if we don't proclaim Him to someone, will that person lose heaven because we didn't do our job?
3. On different occasions in this chapter Jesus refers to “the last day." Is that a reference to Judgement day? The reference to us being raised up seems to imply we are somewhere different prior to being raised up than we are after being raised up? Can you clarify?
4. When Jesus talks about eating his body and drinking blood is this a reference to Communion? Is there another metaphorical meaning?
5. My question from John 6 is about the “age of accountability” idea that many churches teach. I think the teaching says basically that if a child dies before reaching an age where they can accept Christ, they go to heaven anyway because God has mercy and the children are not held accountable. But Jesus says that God gives people to him, and that we are unable to come otherwise so what about the young, the mentally incapable, the native person in the unreached people group that will never hear of Christ?
May 6, 2018 3104
Dr. Dan Allender, founder of the Allender Center, preaches from Genesis 16 on seeing the God who sees us.
Special Guest - Zayne Smith
Apr 29, 2018 300
Zayne shares his takeaways from the book This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe.
Seeking Jesus, Finding Truth - Part 2
Apr 29, 2018 2613
1. Jesus teaches through the familiar, v. 41-42
2. God initiates the relationship v. 43-45
How God draws...
Two types of listening:
1) listening for discovery- always open to truth because you want to grow, often enlightened, teachable.
2) listening for reinforcement- always open to agreement, often offended, defensive
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news?’ But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah, says, ‘Lord, who has believed what he has heard form us?’ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” -Romans 10:14-17
3. Jesus is better, v. 48-59
Seeking Jesus, Finding Truth
Apr 22, 2018 2768
1. The capacity to believe is a gift from God, v. 37
A) Calvinism- an attempt to summarize the doctrines emphasized by John Calvin
T- total depravity of man
U- unconditional election
L- limited atonement
I- irresistible grace
P- perseverance of the saints
B) Arminianism- an attempt to summarize the doctrines emphasized by Jacob Arminius
1) Partial Depravity- humanity is depraved but still able to seek God.
2) Conditional election- God only chooses those whom He knows will choose to believe.
3) Unlimited Atonement- Jesus died for everyone, even those who will not believe
4) Resistible Grace- God's call to be saved can be resisted or rejected
5) Conditional Salvation- Christian can lose their salvation if they actively reject the Holy Spirit’s influence in their life
C) Biblicist- a willingness to simply believe everything the Bible teaches even when it disagrees with my preferences.
** Notice the balance of v. 37...
“All that the Father gives to me will come to me”- affects how I pray!
“whoever comes to me I will never cast out”- whosoever will
2. For the Christian there is great assurance, v. 39
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
3. The work of the son is central to the gift of the Father, v. 40
”How are you righteous before God?”
Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. In spite of the fact that my conscience accuses me that I have grievously sinned against all the commandments of God, and have not kept any one of them, and that I am still ever prone to all that is evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of my own, out of pure grace, grants me the benefits of the perfect sacrifice of Christ, imputing to me his righteousness and holiness as if I had never committed a single sin or had ever been sinful, having fulfilled myself all the obedience which Christ has carried out for me, if only I accept such favor with a trusting heart.
The Four Soils
Apr 15, 2018 2690
1. The Hardened Heart
2. The Superficial Heart
3. The Worldly Heart
4. The Fruitful Heart
The Shaping Nature of Storms
Apr 8, 2018 2530
1. Expectation, v. 17
2. Storm, v. 17-18
Notice the mood of the text:
“it was now dark”
“Jesus had not come to them”
“the sea became rough”
“a strong wind was blowing”
Has your response to difficult times changed the longer you’ve been a Christian?
3. Fear,v. 19
Fear does two things to us:
a) Fear signals something beyond itself
b) Fear turns all of our thoughts and words inward
*fear- ‘phobeo’ to put to flight by terrifying.
Four questions that fear answers for us...
What do I really want?
What is important to me?
What do I value?
What do I love?
How do you remind yourself of God’s faithfulness towards you and your family?
4. Capacity, v. 20-21
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
-2 Timothy 1:7
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hand, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but o power and love and self-control.”
-2 Timothy 1:6-7
I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
-2 Timothy 1:3-5
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
-2 Timothy 1:1-2
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
-2 Timothy 1:1-7
How is your life different after you became a Christian? What capacity do you now possess that you didn’t before you came to Christ?
What The Resurrection Reveals
Apr 1, 2018 2570
1 Corinthians 15:20-24
1. The resurrection is a fact, v. 20
a) preaching has no purpose, v. 14
b) faith is pointless, v. 14
c) there is no solution for sin, v. 17
d) there is no life after death, v. 18
2. There is life after death, v. 20
3. Death comes for a reason, v. 22
4. Jesus Christ came for a reason, v. 22
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
“I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”
5. Someone is in charge, v. 24
How God Wins
Mar 25, 2018 2608
1. By keeping His word, v. 12-16
2. By being obedient
Two things about obedience…
a) If you can know the outcome, consequence, or the result of every act of obedience then it’s no longer obedience but manipulation.
b) Obedience requires abandonment.
“Abandonment to God is the fruitful way to experience good under God. It means relinquishing ‘our way.’ It means not being angry or resentful when things do not go our way. It means that in God’s hands we are content for him to take charge of outcomes. And in that posture we make way for him to occupy our lives with us, and achieve what is best for us and for others far beyond anything we can even imagine.” -Dallas Willard
“And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” -Mark 8:31-33
3. By seeing the Big Picture
Seeing the Big Picture means two things...
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desire of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another and envying one another.” -Galatians 5:16-26
Here are two ways to tell you are not living in the Big Picture:
1) everybody knows every injustice you experience
2) every time something goes wrong it is suddenly the biggest thing in your life and the life of everybody who really loves you
Injustices Jesus suffered in the last week of his life:
washes the feet of Judas
denied by Peter, his most passionate follower...three times
questioned by people who know less than him
He has power He chooses not to use
people choose him to be crucified instead of a known criminal
they make him carry his own cross
he is mocked
as he is dying he gets to watch soldiers gamble for his clothes
his mother watches him die
The Sufficiency of Not Much
Mar 18, 2018 2454
a) The most experienced miracle of Jesus
b) This is the only miracle mentioned in all four gospels besides the resurrection
c) Three kinds of miracles: creative, transformative, restorative. This is a creative miracle.
1. Motivation, v. 2-4
b) religious tradition
2. Testing, v. 5-6
test- “for the purpose of ascertaining his quality, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself.”
“And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.”
“You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.”
3. Excess, v. 7-13
Three people speak in this section...
4. Refusal, v. 14-15
The Jesus You Expect and the Jesus You Need
Mar 11, 2018 2507
The Witnesses to Jesus:
God the Father
John the Baptist
Works of Jesus
1. When you depend on God, you hear from God, v. 30-37
2. The Old Testament is all about Jesus, v. 37-40
a. The savior would be born from a woman
b. The savior would suffer
c. The savior would conquer
3. The Jesus you need is better than the Jesus you expect, v. 41-44
4. Examine your hope, v. 45-47
"You sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all."
-J.I. Packer, Knowing God
How We Shine As Immigrants In This World
Mar 4, 2018 2868
How do we shine as immigrants of this world?
1. We need to be self-aware, not self-absorbed v. 3, 5
2. We need to reconcile repeatedly. v. 7, 9
3. We need to make much of what God makes much of. v. 4, 6, 8
Jesus Is God: What It Means And Why It Matters
Feb 25, 2018 2830
1. What it means.
It means four things…
“Therefore, be imitators of God as beloved children.”
“beloved"- esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love
b) affectionate revelation
Zoe is the absolute fulness of life, both essential and ethical, life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ.
2. Why it matters.
1. God has always been present with His people.
2. It makes Him fit for the work of redemption.
3. God has personally done something about your sin.
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-Jesus changing water into wine testified to His creative power to change the quality of things.
-His cleansing of the temple showed His authority over the institutions of Judaism.
-Nicodemus testified to Jesus having come from God, and His role as an authoritative teacher, which was a common Jewish response to Him.
-John the Baptist bore witness to Jesus' identity as the Messiah.
-The Samaritan woman's testimony implied that Jesus was omniscient [all knowing].
-Many other Samaritans acknowledged Jesus as the Savior of the world, which was a common Gentile response to Him.
-The official whose son Jesus healed from afar came to recognize Him as the Healer whose word can overcome the problem of distance as well as disease.
Questions Jesus Asked
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?”
“A familiar captivity is frequently more desirable than an unfamiliar freedom” - C.S. Lewis
Healed him- “He took his bed and walked”
Instructed him- “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
Were immediate- “At once the man was healed”
Fulfilled Prophecy- Isaiah 35:3-6
Questions to Think About
How do we respond to the healing Jesus has given?
Do we respond with praise and thanksgiving?
Do we respond with attentiveness to the Messiah?
Or do we hoard the blessing we receive and crave for more?
Do we gratefully accept what God offers freely, or do we grumble and demand that God play by our rules?
Do we respond by seeking out other people in need of blessing so we can point them to Jesus?
Analyzing The Nature of Your Belief in God
Feb 11, 2018 2538
1. Talk publicly about Jesus, v. 43-47
"What’s exciting about this “out loud with words” set of propositions is that it can and should lead to real equality, racial unity and radical generosity. This is exactly what unfolded in the early church."
a) real equality- “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
b) racial unity- “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”
c) radical generosity- “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches in Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints- and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”
-2 Corinthians 8:1-5
2. Think deeply about how you believe, v. 48-54
Two types of faith in this passage:
a) intellectual faith- mere acknowledgment of some fact or event. "Believe that." Starts on the outside and never moves inward.
b) personal faith- the conviction and trust to which a person is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul. "Believe in." Starts on the inside and moves outward.
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith- that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Six things that a Christian does...
1. treasures Christ
2. devalues everything else
3. puts faith in Christ alone
4. knows Him
5. suffers for Him
6. becomes like Him
Communion: Remember and Proclaim
Feb 4, 2018 914
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” -Isaiah 9:6-7
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.”
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”
“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our
Answering the Call
Jan 28, 2018 2424
Answering the Call
2 Peter 1:5-11
“Calling is not only a matter of being and doing what we are but also of becoming what we are not yet but are called by God to be.”
“He is so awe inspiring and His summons so commanding that only one response is appropriate - a response as total and universal as the authority of the Caller.”
1. What is a call?
-It is more than a casual suggestion that requires action on the part of the hearer.
2. What did it look like?
-A soft whisper that had compression
-1 Kings 19:11-13
3. What to do with it?
-Hear, Listen, Respond
“Our primary calling as followers of Christ is by Him, for Him.
Our secondary calling is that everyone, everywhere and in everything should think, speak, live, and act entirely for Him.”
The Dimensional Gospel
Jan 22, 2018 2569
1. Gospel is conceptual, v. 11-15
b) concentric learning
c) competency based development
2. Gospel is directional, v. 16-18
3. Gospel is clarifying, v. 19-30
a) “you worship what you do not know”
b) “will worship the Father in spirit and truth”
c) “for the Father is seeking such people to worship him”
The One Story God Loves To Tell
Jan 14, 2018 2562
1. No one out grows the Gospel and no one out sins the Gospel.
2. God doesn’t take his cues on how to treat you from the way people treat you, v. 4
Two shaping questions to consider...
1) What do you know that God doesn’t know?
2) What does God know that you don’t know?
Here are a few things that God knows...
a) God cannot be surprised by anything about you.
b) Every sin you’ve ever committed and will commit were paid for on the Cross.
c) God’s heart towards you is unchangeable.
d) It’s never too late.
3. Knowing the right things changes every thing, v. 10
Two things Jesus points to...
a) the gift of God-
b) who it is that asks you for a drink
The Blueprint for a Consequential Life
Jan 7, 2018 2274
1. Identify yourself with Jesus, v. 22-24
2. Know yourself, v. 25-30
a) know your smallness
b) know your role
c) know your joy
3. Believe things that are consequential, v. 31-36
Two things for the believer:
a) a Believer has a life that is ruled by eternity
b) belief manifests itself in obedience
Two things for the unbeliever:
a) you will never know life as it could be.
b) the wrath of God is still on you.
The wrath of God is a reference to the settled and active opposition of God’s holy nature to everything that is evil.
A New Year's Prayer
Dec 31, 2017 2490
1. Leverage everything against the Gospel, v. 1-3
2. Be led by the Spirit, v.3
3. Think rightly about God, v. 6
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
-1 Corinthians 6:18-20
4. Exercise your gift, v. 7
5. High priority on Scripture, v. 8
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
-2 Timothy 3:16–17
6. Let’s grow, v. 11-15
"unity of the faith"
"knowledge of the Son of God"
7. Let’s each do our part, v. 16
"when each part is working properly"
"makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love”
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1 John 4:7-12
1. The love of God is an expression of God’s character, v. 7-8
2. The love of God is visible, v. 9
3. The love of God is defined, v 10
4. The love of God is the standard, v. 11-12
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I Peter 1:6-9
1. THERE IS REJOICING, v. 6
2. THERE IS SUFFERING, v. 6
The prepositions of suffering...
a) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father
b) in the sanctification of the Spirit
c) for obedience to Jesus Christ
3. THERE WILL BE A RECOGNITION, v. 7
v. 7- “may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
4. THERE IS SOMETHING TO DO IN THE MEANTIME, v. 8
a) you love him
b) you believe in him
c) rejoice with joy
Peace As A By-Product
Dec 10, 2017 792
1. Honesty- what lies am I telling and what lies am I believing?
2. Obedience- am I consistently surrendering my life to the truths of the Gospel?
3. Service- am I finding ways to serve others or am I serving myself?
4. Gratitude- does my gratitude exceed my expectations?
5. Repentance- as an act of worship am I turning away from sin?
Finding Hope When It Feels Hopeless
Dec 3, 2017 2396
1 Peter 1:1-5
1. Because of the resurrection we have a hope that cannot die, v. 3
a) Hope leans your life forward.
b) Hope reframes what is.
c) Hope prepares us for what will be.
d) Hope empowers us to live with the values of heaven while here on earth.
“Hope structures your life in anticipation of the future and influences how you feel in the present. Hope creates a positive mood about an expectation, a goal, or a future situation. Such mental time travel influences your state of mind and alters your behavior in the present. The positive feelings you experience as you look ahead, imagining hopefully what might happen, what you will attain, or who you are going to be, can alter how you currently view yourself.”
2. Because of our salvation we have an inheritance that is waiting for us,v. 4
3. Because of God’s power we are being guarded, v. 5
The So Love of God
Nov 26, 2017 2706
1. This is what God did, v. 16
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person-though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, though whom we have now received reconciliation.”
2. This is what God didn’t do, v. 17
3. This is what we can now do, v. 18
Notice two things about this verse...
a) unbelievers do not have a positive or a neutral standing before God
b) this rules out the belief that a sincere person following any religion can have eternal life with God.
4. This is why some people don’t do it, v. 19-21
A Mission of "Must's"
Nov 19, 2017 2680
1. The life of Jesus validates the claims of Jesus, v. 1-2
2. Jesus is focused on what matters, v. 3
3. This is a supernatural process, v. 4-12
Three things to understand...
a) What does “born again” mean?
b) What does it mean to be “born of the water and the Spirit?”
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues and be careful to obey my rules.”
c) It is revealed by it’s effects.
Evidences of new birth:
-faith in Christ and in His gospel
-repentance from sin
-possession of new life
-love for His people
-joy in worship
-hunger for His word
4. Jesus is the only way, v. 13-15
Why The Church Is Not A Business
Nov 5, 2017 1764
1. Because this is sacred space, v. 14
2. Because we value content over convenience, v. 16
“The consumer of today recognizes the shortage of time, they want to get the most out of every nanosecond, and retailers need to cater to this preference. Convenience means whatever suits you best. It means being able to choose what you want, when and where you want it.”
Four types of subtext in churches:
a) social reinforcement- “Aren’t we great?”
b) selling- “Isn’t this a great church?”
c) training- “Isn’t this information great?”
d) Worship- “Isn’t God great?”
3. We have one audience, v. 17
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1. Purposeful, v. 1-5
4:21 – “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.”
4:23 – “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to
5:25 – “Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”
5:28 – “Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice.”
7:6 – Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.”
7:8 – “Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.”
7:30 – Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.
8:20 – He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
12:23 – “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”
12:27 – “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.”
2. Better, v. 6-10
“Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches. And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
- Mark 7:1-8
3. Believe, v. 11
Believe refers to the conviction and trust to which a person is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul.
4. Consequence, v. 12
“Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn’t repent. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.” -Matthew 11:20-24
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1. There is texture among Jesus’ followers
2. Relationship means responsibility
3. We all have a Nazareth
4. God’s knowledge exceeds our understanding
5. Confirmation comes
2017 Men's Retreat - Session Three
Oct 21, 2017 4038
Pastor Chris Brooks speaks from Psalm 31 on committing our calling into God's hands.
2017 Men's Retreat - Session Two
Oct 21, 2017 2106
Pastor Chris Brooks speaks from Psalm 31 on committing our brokenness into God's hands.
2017 Men's Retreat - Session One
Oct 20, 2017 1614
Pastor Chris Brooks speaks from Psalm 31 on committing our spirits into God's hands.
When God Calls
Oct 15, 2017 2910
1. God has a purpose for us
2. God will prepare us
3. God calls us to proclaim Jesus
How This All Got Started
Oct 8, 2017 3008
How This All Got Started
1. A picture of discipleship
2. People talking about Jesus
Three ways people talk about Jesus:
biblical proclamation- John the Baptist
personal testimony- Andrew
personal invitation- Jesus
3. Jesus is confrontational
“And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all. And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
I would like to buy about three dollars worth of God please. Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I become inconvenient to any of my friends. I don’t want so much God that I learn to really hate covetousness, lust and my addiction. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate others before myself. I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation. I prefer a warm womb to actually being born again. I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself prefer to be left alone. I want to be appreciated but not accountable, more socialization without transformation, please. I would like enough God to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged. I would like as much of this as I can have without my plans changing. I would like about three dollars worth of the God, please.”
-adapted from original by Wilbur Rees
4. The power of grace
Grace is the unconditional acceptance of God which brings us into relationship with and exposure to the capacity of God.
“For the grace of God has appeared (Jesus), bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness (NO) and world passions, and to live (YES) self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people of this own possession who are zealous for good works.”
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
1. Have I ever spent intentional time with a spiritually mature person for the purpose of becoming a disciple of Jesus?
2. How am I bearing witness to the reality of Christ right now?
3. Who or what am I avoiding that I should be confronting?
4. If God has the grace of acceptance and the power of transformation, what is keeping me from being changed?
Embracing the Possibilities
Oct 1, 2017 2752
1. God has done something about our sin, v. 29
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”
What the law cannot do…
a) the law can never make perfect
b) under the law sacrifices never ceased to be offered
c) under the law people never felt cleansed
d) the law reminds people of their sins
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
What Jesus Christ makes possible…
a) in Christ I am perfect (complete, not lacking)
b) I don’t have to make sacrifices for my sin.
c) in Christ I am clean
d) sin is no longer necessary
2. God allows for progress, v. 31
3. Embrace the part you play
4. Learn to live in the reality, v. 31-33
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”
Sep 27, 2017 5858
Special Guest Mary Jo Sharp speaks at our Midweek session on September 27, 2017.
In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture
Why Do You Believe That?
Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women’s Ministry
Come Let Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics
Why God Came Into The World And Why It Matters
Sep 24, 2017 3241
1.God comes at us in ways we recognize, v. 1
Four things about the people John is writing to...
1) Greeks believed that the universe was governed by this “order of nature” they called the Logos/Word.
2) A well lived live was defined as a life that conformed to this rational and moral order.
3) Life was about contemplating this order and trying to discern what it was all about. Lots of thinking, talking and discussion.
4) One of the reasons they put so much energy into contemplating this Logos is b/c they also thought of God as detached from the world regarding it’s struggles and fears so figuring this all out was up to them.
The progression of the incarnation…
* The Word existed…
* The Word was with God…
*The Word was God.
2. God is most recognizable in Jesus, v. 2
“This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” -John 5:18
3. All of humanity is morally responsible to God, v. 3
4. God came to be received, v. 4-13
5. It is the nature of God to reveal Himself, v. 14-18
The Purpose of John
Sep 17, 2017 2260
1. Not everything but enough, v. 30
2. Written with a purpose
a) that Jesus is the Christ / Messiah
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy they rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden and the staff for his shoulder; the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
b) the Son of God
3. The goal of it all
Zoe is the absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God; life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions, among them a more perfect body, and to last forever.
The Necessity Of A Right Rhythm
Sep 10, 2017 2456
1. Jesus models connection over capacity. v. 34
2. The right rhythm orients us towards what we value, v. 35-36
3. The right rhythm will eventually lead you to the impossible, v. 37-44
4. The right rhythm increases our faith, v. 45-52
A good rhythm consists of five things:
a) activity- time I spend doing the necessary things
b) ministry- time I spend doing the things I am called to do
c) leisure- time I use for my enjoyment
d) formation- time I take to be spiritually formed and conformed
e) rest- the time I take to do nothing
Our God Of Promise And Practice
Sep 3, 2017 1566
1. God always has a plan after disaster, v. 1
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”
2. Think about the way you treat each other, v.6
To see what God was responded to look back to Genesis 6:5-8...
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.' But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
3. God keeps His promises, v. 8
This is the first of five covenants that God made with people in the Bible.
“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat: this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Living With Authority
Aug 20, 2017 2234
Text: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
“A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feel supreme love for One Whom he has never seen. Talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see. He expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order that he might be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, and goes down in order to get up. He is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and is happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, and gives away so he can keep. He sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge.” -A.W. Tozer
1. Respond To Grace v. 1-3
2. Endure v. 4-6
a. Trials of a general nature
-"Afflictions" or "troubles" are oppressive experiences that put various
kinds of pressure on you.
-"Hardships" are difficulties that you cannot diminish.
-"Distresses" are situations from which you cannot escape. The
Greek word pictures a person trapped in a confining place.
b. Sufferings inflicted by other people
-"Stripes" or "beatings" are punishments delivered with a whip or lash (cf.
-"Imprisonments" in Paul's day involved confinement and extreme
discomfort (cf. 11:23).
c. Hardships inflicted on self for the furtherance of the gospel
-"Labors" or "hard work" encompasses all the strenuous activities of life
including manual labor.
-"Watchings" are "sleepless nights."
-"Fastings" or "hunger" refers to missed meals.
3. Speak Truth v. 7-10
Tell The Story
Aug 14, 2017 2330
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
1. A CHANGE IN HOW WE SEE PEOPLE, v. 16
Ten factors that distinguish us according to the flesh...
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
2. A CHANGE IN WHAT WE HOPE FOR PEOPLE, v. 17-19
“...is in Christ…”
“...he/she is a new creation.”
3. A CHANGE IN HOW WE SEE OURSELVES, v. 20-21
Live The Story
Aug 6, 2017 2656
2 Corinthians 5:11-15
1. WE MUST BELIEVE WHAT IS MOST TRUE ABOUT OURSELVES
* Non-Christian- no need to change
* Christian- no means for change
“Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.”
2. WE MUST TURN FROM OUR FALSE-SELF TO OUR TRUE-SELF
* false self - the person you had to become in order to survive up to this point.
* true self- who you were created to be in Christ.
3. THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION TO SELF-HATRED BUT SELF-AWARENESS
* Philippians 2:1-11
Some questions to ask yourself from this passage...
a) are you participating with the Spirit?
b) is your ambition singular or plural?
c) when in your presence do people feel more significant than you?
d) are you pursuing humility in the right way?
Know The Story
Jul 30, 2017 2568
The Story: Know the Story
2 Corinthians 5:11-15
1) Belief is possible
2) God is consequential
“A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feel supreme love for One Whom he has never seen. Talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see. He expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order that he might be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, and goes down in order to get up. He is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and is happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, and gives away so he can keep. He sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge.”
3) The Cross is necessary
The Story God is telling can be summarized with these words...
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”
-1 Timothy 2:5-6
Conversation With The Soul
Jul 23, 2017 2522
1. I am created to worship God's holy name, v. 1.
2. Don't forget what the Lord has done, v. 2-5.
a. Forgives all your iniquity
b. Heals are your diseases
c. Redeems your life from the pit
d. Crowns you with steadfast love and mercy
e. Satisfies you with good
3. God’s character is always consistent, v. 8-14
4. God loves his children, v. 14
Life Song: I've Messed Up
Jul 16, 2017 2212
THE BIBLE ASSUMES OUR SINFULNESS, v. 1-2
Why do you need God?
How does the life, death and resurrection of Jesus make any sense?
What is there to be redeemed from or for?
Is there an objective moral standard by which all of life is evaluated?
Is there such thing as truth and who decides?
Does absolute truth exist?
Three things you have to explain if you believe man is inherently good...
a) the state of the world
“We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope for.” --Timothy Keller
b) our sinful choices
“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” -Romans 7:15-19
c) Jesus Christ
2. THERE IS ALWAYS A CONSEQUENCE FOR SIN, v. 3-4
Two phrases to notice:
1) “when I kept silent”
2) “your hand was heavy upon me”
3. WE HAVE AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW, v. 5
a) “I’m sorry if you thought that.”
b) “There must of been some sort of confusion.”
c) “I’m not sure what happened.”
d) “I don’t have a problem with it”
Life Song: Still A Carpenter
Jul 9, 2017 2018
1. God makes new things
2. Still discovering creation
3. God is willing to fix the broken
4. Repairs have rewards
-2 Samuel 9
5. Scars give character
6. Everyone has scars and they tell a story of God’s restoration
Life Song: How To Celebrate To The Glory Of God
Jul 2, 2017 2644
1. Celebration involves response, v. 1-6
a) God’s dealings with various people
b) God’s connection to creation
2. Celebration involves thanksgiving, v. 7-11
3. Celebration involves perspective, v. 12-20
“And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.”
Life Song: How To Be Sad To The Glory of God
Jun 26, 2017 2734
How To Be Sad To the Glory of God
Some introductory thoughts on sadness...
Sadness teaches us to sing in the minor key
Sadness enlarges my perspective of God and myself
Sadness rescues us from weightless “spirituality”
Sadness deepens my faith
Sadness moves me beyond my anger
“We have traded in the language of lament for something far less. Namely, the language of grief management or psychology. When we trade biblical vocabulary for the vocabulary of the culture we are increasingly subject to losing our ability to hear this language.” -Keith Anderson
1. Learn to live in the trajectory not just the moment
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Martin Luther King
2. Trust God’s nature not just his activity
3. Don’t look for the lesson, listen for the invitation
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” -John 5:39-40
4. Cultivate the habit of speaking honestly with God
5. Don’t think of this as historical but personal
“What then shall we say these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised- who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:31–39
The Web of Worry
Jun 18, 2017 2352
You Will Be My Witnesses
Jun 4, 2017 3268
1. God brings hope to the hopeless, v. 15
2. God brings community to the outcast, v. 8-9
3. God redeems at great personal cost, v. 21
“We owe Christ to the world-to the least person and to the greatest person, to the richest person and to the poorest person, to the best person and to the worst person. We are in debt to the nations!” – David Platt
May 28, 2017 959
1. We are forgiven.
2. We are delivered
3. We are becoming.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
-2 Corinthians 5:21
May 21, 2017 2054
1 Corinthians 12.12-31
vv. 12-13 Unity of the Church
vv. 14-20 Diversity of the Church
vv. 21-26 Connectivity of the Church
vv. 27-31 Functionality of the Church
Life Song: I Am Quiet On The Inside
May 14, 2017 2350
1. Who am I prideful towards?
Here are two ways to know if you are prideful/haughty:
a) we are more aware of what everybody else is doing that we are of what we are becoming
b) I cannot celebrate my success so I celebrate other people’s failure
2. What is beyond me?
Three calibrating realities about the unknowable…
a) Knowledge is one of the things that separates God from his creation
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
- Deuteronomy 29:29
b) Not knowing is part of the human experience.
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part: then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
- I Corinthians 13:9-13
c) Not knowing makes faith necessary.
3. How is my soul?
Nine needs of the soul…
1) a keeper
2) a center
3) a future
4) to be with God
4. What is my hope in?
Jesus, You, and Me
May 7, 2017 2684
I. Jesus is at the center of it all.
1. Jesus is God
2. Jesus is the agent of creation, v. 16
3. Jesus is the reason for which everything exists.
4. Jesus is before, v. 17-18
5. Jesus is fully God, v. 19-20
6. Jesus is reconciliation, v. 20
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
-2 Corinthians 5:18-20
II. We need to understand people from God’s view.
1. Man is by nature, not choice, separated from God.
2. Separation from God manifests itself in how people think and what people do, v. 21
3. Reconciliation changes who you are.
* holy- ‘haggis’ means “most holy thing, a saint.”
* blameless- without fault
* above reproach- unaccused
4. Continuing is a consequence of salvation.
III. The minister bears a sobering responsibility.
1. Being a minister is not about privilege but responsibility
2. Ministers have a responsibility to suffer
3. Ministers have received something from God
4. Jesus is the object and your maturity is the goal
Life Song - God Is Merciful
Apr 30, 2017 2650
1. Waiting for the Lord is a learned behavior, v. 1
“Our perspective on waiting is one of the stronger ways our society is out of stride with the biblical worldview.”
“But they that wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.”
2. God’s deliverance is evangelistic by nature, v. 3
3. Learn from your experiences, v. 4-5
4. Sin reveals how I relate to God, v. 6-8
Three ways people relate to God:
Life Song - Worship: The Lyric of the Heart
Apr 23, 2017 2628
1. Worship is about how we approach God’s presence, v. 1-2
2. Worship is motivated by God’s nature, v. 3-5
“The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.”
-John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
Two reasons we must hold on to a God-sized view of God:
a) to properly humble man
b) to facilitate worship
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man show him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?”
3. Worship involves intimacy, v. 6-7
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable…”
4. Worship starts and stops in your heart, v. 8-11
The Importance of Easter
Apr 16, 2017 3075
I Corinthians 15:1-11
1. The death of Jesus is real, v. 3
“And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priest, with the scribes and elders mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. “He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, “I am the Son of God.” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.”
- Matthew 27:39-44
2. The death of Jesus was necessary
“For while we were still weak, at the right time christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
3. The Bible is reliable, v. 4
4. The resurrection is verifiable, v. 5-9
b) the five hundred
*least of the apostles
*I persecuted the church
5. Grace is available, v. 10-11
“Grace is the merciful kindness by which God, exerting His influence upon souls, turns them to Christ and then keeps, strengthens and increases them in the Christian faith.”
Apr 9, 2017 2874
1. The Big Picture existed long before I got here
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse form Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.”
2. Hearing makes you responsible for doing, v. 2
3. Our obedience is affected by how we think of it, v. 2-6
4. Obedience is most needed in the public square, v. 7-9; 12-17
5. I can trust God for what is next, v. 10-11
Better...At Holding On To Your Hope
Apr 2, 2017 2584
1 Peter 1:3-9
1. Our Hope is sure, v. 3
2. Our Hope is steadfast, v. 4
3. Our Hope is secure, v. 5
4. Our Hope is refined, through suffering, v. 6-9
Better...At Hard Conversations
Mar 26, 2017 2565
1. The Bible holds the Christian to a higher standard, v. 17
“You have heard that it was said to those of old. You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgement. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brothers has something against you, leave your gift there before the alter and go. First, be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.”
2. The Gospel is by nature non-conforming, v. 20-24
3 The Gospel is by nature clarifying, v. 25-32
How to have hard conversations…
a) speak the truth
b) be angry but also be intentional
c) don’t create space for the devil
d) talk to not just about
e) don’t grieve the Spirit
f) raise it up
g) reflect back
Questions to ask before having a hard conversation:
1. Am I clear on my biblical responsibility towards this person and this conversation?
2. Have I prayed about this, for this and for the other person?
3. What is my desired outcome?
4. Am I open to hearing as much as I am speaking?
5. Can we leave the conversations with a plan to move forward with our relationship?
Mar 19, 2017 2359
1. GOD TESTS US FOR A PURPOSE, v. 1
Temptation has as it’s goal exposing your weakness or leading you into wrong action.
The goal of testing is to prove the quality of something.
2. GOD UNDERSTANDS WHAT HE IS ASKING, v. 2
3. HE ALSO UNDERSTANDS THE MAGNITUDE OF WHAT HE IS DOING
Genesis 13:14- “The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you se I will give to you and to your offspring forever.”
Genesis 15:5- “And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, So shall your offspring be.”
Exodus 11:2- “Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every women of her neighbor for silver and gold jewelry.”
Isaiah 7:3- “And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer’s Field.”
4. OBEDIENCE IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP, v. 3-5
5. GOD TELLS A BIG STORY, v. 6-8
6. GOD IS STILL TELLING HIS STORY, v. 9-14
Mar 12, 2017 2621
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
a) inclusion- it is part of
b) integration- it is inseparable from
1. “the mercy of God”
* Ephesians 2:1-5
2. “we do not lose heart”
3. “to tamper with God’s word”
4. “those who are perishing”
5. “the god of this world”
6. “blinded the minds of unbelievers”
7. “but Jesus Christ as Lord”
* I Thessalonians 4:2-8
8. “For God…”
2 Peter 1:19-21
Mar 5, 2017 1951
2 Samuel 16:5-14
1. Criticism is a universal experience, v. 5
Criticism is defined as any judgment made about you by another, which declares that you fall short of a particular standard.
2. Criticism is often times a veiled attempt at control, v. 5-6
3. Criticism is personal, v. 7-8
If you would like to get better at receiving criticism here are some questions to ask yourself…
* How do I typically react to correction?
* Do I pout when criticized or corrected?
* What is my first response when someone says I’m wrong?
* Am I overly noble when criticized?
* How well do I take advice?
* Are people able to approach me to correct me?
* Am I teachable?
* Do I harbor anger against the person who criticizes me?
* Do I immediately seek to defend myself?
* Can my spouse, parents, children, brothers, sisters or friends correct me?
4. Criticism is an opportunity for self-evaluation, v. 9-13
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies! Let a righteous man strike me- it is kindness; let him rebuke me- it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.”
Two questions to ponder…
1) If I continually squirm under the criticism of others, how can I say I know and agree with the criticism of the cross?
2) If I typically justify myself, how can I say I know, love and cling to Gods justification of me through Christ’s cross?
5. Criticism reminds us of our humanity, v.14
v. 14- “And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself.”
“And the king…”
“…and all the people who were with him…”-
“…arrived weary at the Jordan.”
“And there he refreshed himself."
Better...At Parenting, Part 2
Feb 26, 2017 2528
II. How Do We Do This?
This section on ownership parenting vs. ambassador parenting is from the book Parenting by Ted Tripp
Two types of parenting:
1) Ownership parenting- shaped and influenced by what parents want for their children and from their children
2) Ambassador parenting- shaped by what God wants to do through us in our children
The difference in these two parenting styles manifest itself in four ways…
1. Identity- where you look to find your sense of who you are
Owners- look to kids for identity, self-worth and affirmation of their parenting.
Ambassador- not about what I need from you but based on what I understand about God, the Gospel truth and you
* salvation culture vs. gospel culture
2. Work- what you define as the work you’ve been called to do as a parent
Owners- have to turn their children into something and they rely on their resources to do it
Ambassador- have to live as instruments in God’s hands in the lives of their children
3. Success- what you define success to be
Owner- work towards specific horizontal indicators such as academic performance, social acceptance, popularity, athletics as evidence of parenting skill
Ambassador- not about reaching goals but being usable and faithful tools in God’s hands because He alone is able to produce good things in your kids
4. Reputation- what tells people who you are and what you’re about
Owner- children are trophies, they enjoy parading their kids when they do well but are deeply embarrassed when kids sin and often withdraw from relationships when this happens
Ambassador- see misunderstanding and embarrassment as part of parenting and keep big Gospel goal of kids being “oaks of righteousness” in mind as they parents. God does the work and God gets the glory for who their kids become
III. How Do We Become Parents God Works Through?
1. We ruthlessly and consistently return to the Gospel
* Romans 1:16
2. We realize that we are raising a worshipper
3. We exercise discipline in our home
IV. Four Questions Every Parent Should Ask Their Kids
1. Do you trust me?
2. Do you feel like you matter in this family?
3. What need are you trying to meet with this behavior?
4. What are you learning about yourself these days?
Feb 19, 2017 2340
Fruit v. 1-2
Abide v. 4-11
4 sabbath practices:
(1) ceasing--not only from work but also from productivity, anxiety, worry, possessiveness, and so on
(2) resting-- of the body as well as the mind, emotions, and spirit--a wholistic rest;
(3) embracing--deliberately taking hold of Christian values, of our calling in life, of the wholeness God offers us;
(4) feasting--celebrating God and his goodness in individual and corporate worship as well as feasting with beauty, music, food, affection, and social interaction.
Feb 13, 2017 1094
Better...At Parenting, Part 1
Feb 5, 2017 3241
1. Learning is for living, v. 1
2. Parenting is consequential, v. 2
3. You are to be monotheistic in a polytheistic culture, v. 4
4. You parent from the heart, v. 6
5. God intends that parents be the most spiritually formative people in a child’s life, v. 7
6. Prioritize the Word of God, v. 8
7. Remember that fullness leads to forgetfulness, v. 11-12
8. God does not have to prove Himself to you, v. 16
9. Have history with God not just church, v. 20-22
10. Don’t just come out but enter in, v. 23
Three questions parents have to answer…
1. Is God real?
2. What is He like?
a) nature- who God is apart from us
b) character- who God is in relation to us
3. Does He really have a plan for my life?
Better...At Spiritual Conversations
Jan 29, 2017 2887
1. We need a sense of belonging
* Acts 1:8
* Acts 8:1
2. We need to be tune din to what God is saying
How God speaks to us today…
1) His word
3) spiritual authority
3. We need to never assume
4. We need to ask good questions
Good questions to ask include…
1) What did you mean by that?
2) How did you come to that conclusion?
3) Is this something that you live by?
4) Do you ever wonder if there is more than what you currently believe?
5) What are the consequences if you are wrong?
5. We need to be Gospel fluent
The good news about Jesus includes…
1) He was the Son of God
2) His death on the cross was purposeful
3) His death was consequential
4) This forgiveness is experienced only in relationship with Jesus
Better...At Confidence in the Midst of Crisis
Jan 22, 2017 2520
This week there is a difference in the audio quality due to a technical error. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Better...At Being Tired
Jan 15, 2017 2622
1 Kings 19:1-18
We are most spiritually vulnerable when…
1. When we are sacred, v. 3
What is your most consistent fear?
2. When we choose aloneness, v. 3-4
When you get scared do you move towards people or away from people?
3. When we lose perspective, v. 4
He does three deadly things that never give us the proper perspective…
a) he evaluates
b) he decides
c) he compares
Who do you compare yourself to?
4. When we are tired, v. 5
Some things to remember when you are tired…
1) God always has provision to get you to where he wants you to be, v. 5-8
2) Get where you can experience God, v. 8
Where is your Mt. Horeb- the place you meet God?
3) God still wants to speak to you, v. 9-14
4) God still has use for you in His plans, v. 15-17
How do you see God using you these days?
5) God will always have a remnant, v 18
Better...The Intimate Life
Jan 8, 2017 2598
2 Kings 6:8-23
1. Being used by God, v. 8-10
a) dissatisfaction with most things
b) consistently angry
c) rarely joyful
2. Known by the enemy, v. 11-14
3. Able to see what God is doing, v. 15-17
4. Prayers get answered, v. 18-19
5. Live outside of what comes natural, v.20-23
Jan 1, 2017 2366
Prayer is the actual, physical exertion of my thoughts, fears, emotions, understanding, sins, requests and willingness to and towards God.
Forms of prayer…
1. Growing knowledge, v. 17
“Knowing God is more than knowing about him; it is a matter of dealing with him as he opens up to you, and being dealt with by him as he takes knowledge of you. Knowing about him is a necessary precondition of trusting him, but the width of our knowledge about him is no gauge of the depth of our knowledge of him.”
-J.I. Packer, Knowing God
Is your relationship with God ruled by knowledge or necessity?
2. Intimate hope, v. 18
If your heart were enlightened today and you understood the hope to which God has called you what would you be more hopeful about?
3. Rich inheritance, v. 18
How do you think God sees you?
4. Great power, v. 19
Do you understand the power that is available to you as a Christian?
A Thrill of Hope: Christmas Day
Dec 25, 2016 2259
The Progressive Nature of the Incarnation
I John 1:1-4
1. "That which was from the beginning…”
2. “…which we have heard…”
* Genesis 3:8-10
* Ezekiel 43:2
* Job 37
3. “…which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life- the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us- that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you…”
* John 1:1-5
* John 1:14-18
4. “…so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”
A Thrill of Hope: Christmas Eve
Dec 24, 2016 1336
A Thrill of Hope: Love
Dec 18, 2016 2222
The Indicting Nature of the Love of God
I John 3:1-18
1. Motivation, v. 1-3
2. Sin, v. 4-9
3. Standard, v. 10
4. Love, v. 11-16
5. Indifference, v. 17-18
A Thrill of Hope: Joy
Dec 11, 2016 2735
Luke 1:26-55 (ESV)
Anawim = “the poor ones” - the “pious poor” or the “faithful poor.”
“For He has looked on the humble estate of His servant.” (1:48)
“Greetings, O favored one! The Lord is with you.” (1:28)
Mary is “greatly troubled.” (1:29)
Mary experienced the supernatural reality of joy joy despite things not going as planned.
What happens to your joy level when things don’t go as planned?
Maybe God is using our detour, interruption, or problem to get our attention to draw us to Himself where He can infuse us with the joy that evades us when we try to control or escape?
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
“I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
Wonder, Joy, and Adoration
“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior… Luke 1:46
How is this response possible?
1) God is with her (v. 28)
2) “Nothing is impossible with God.” (v. 37).
How do we access this joy that transcends circumstances?
Prayer of surrender
Find your “people”
Celebrate Recovery slide
Divorce Care slide
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice!” - Philippians 4:4
A Thrill of Hope: Peace
Dec 4, 2016 821
A Thrill of Hope: Hope
Nov 27, 2016 2600
Exodus: The Glory of What Matters
Nov 20, 2016 2054
1. The tabernacle matters, v. 1-33
a) the tabernacle is a microcosm of creation.
b) the tabernacle is a new creation
c) the attention to detail reflects the created order of the universe
d) the tabernacle should inform how we think about our bodies
I Corinthians 6:18-20
If you thought of your body as the temple where God lived, what changes would you make to what you do with it?
“Sometimes what the Bible does is change how we think about God, ourselves and the world we live in. Only after our thinking is properly adjusted can we behave in ways that reflect that thinking.”
?? How is the Bible adjusting the way you think?
2. Finishing matters, v.33 b
What is unfinished in your life this year?
3. Glory matters, 34-38
“I believe the glory of God is the going public of his infinite worth. When we live for the glory of God it means feeling, thinking and doing whatever we do in such a way that it gives evidence of His supreme greatness. And when that goes public in creation, the heavens are telling the glory of God, and human beings are manifesting his glory, because we’re created in his image and we are trusting his promises so that we make him look gloriously trustworthy.”
How is God glorifying himself in you these days?
Exodus: God Moves In
Nov 13, 2016 2491
Life “with God” is the ultimate destination.
“All this was done just as the Lord commanded Moses.” Exodus 39:1, 7, 21, 26, 29, 31, 43
- God wanted His People to know that even more than the Promised Land, “with God” was their ultimate destination.
- The most frequent promise of the Bible is “I will be with you.”
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
“God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3
- “With” God is the only way we flourish.
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.” Genesis 1:26
“For” God v. “With” God
Dangers of allowing “for” God to trump “with” God…
- “For” can rob us of the abundant life God has for us “with” Him here and now.
- “For” can be unintentionally harmful to those we are trying to help or bless.
“We are His workmanship, created for good works in Christ…” Ephesians 2:10
- “For” has the potential to crush us.
“Better Life of Blessings” v. “Better Hope of Intimacy with the Father.”
(The Pressure’s Off by Dr. Larry Crabb)
Present myself to God as I am – good, bad, or ugly.
Attend to where I notice God’s presence or absence.
Purge myself of whatever, at the moment, might be keeping me from noticing more of God.
Approach God with abandon and confidence, wanting to just be with Him to know and enjoy
Him, not to use Him to make my life better.
Being an Image Bearer means that my identity, my joy, and my purpose are completely wrapped up in my relationship with God. Not the blessings of God, but God.
“Our souls cannot rest until they find rest in Thee!” – St. Augustine
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” – John Piper
“To know, enjoy, and glorify God!” - GPBC Mission
Life “with God” is our ultimate destination!
What would it look like to shift from a “for” God life to a “with” God life?
How will I lean into life “with” God this week?
Exodus: The Power of Everyone
Nov 6, 2016 2210
1. Giving comes from the heart, v. 5
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
2. Be skilled at something, v. 10-19
3. God uses then to prepare us for now, v. 20-24
Here is a link to the video referenced in the sermon: https://vimeo.com/187711437
4. God uses women to accomplishes His purposes, v. 24
5. Giving is proportional, v. 27
6. God uses artisans and artists, v.30-2
a) called him
b) filled him with the Spirit of God
c) inspired him
7. The power of everyone, 36:2-7
Exodus: The Rhythm of Reconciliation
Oct 30, 2016 2160
“A ritual protects common but essential elements of human life from reduction, degradation and exploitation. I cannot take charge of a ritual, I can only enter in — or not. Neither can I engage in a ritual by myself; others are involved. So a ritual, simply as ritual, prevents me from retaining any illusions that I am self-sufficient at the same time that it thrusts me into a life with others.”
Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places
a) Feast of Unleavened Bread- deliverance
b) Feast of Weeks- provision
c) Feast of Ingathering- faithful
The fruit of rituals...
1) Without some consistent rituals in our life we live at the mercy of our urgency and our appetites.
2) Rituals reorient our lives around what we value.
3) Rituals bridge the gap between what I desire and what I experience
Some rituals for consideration…
Sabbath does two things:
a) Reminds us that we are not slaves any more
b) Everything doesn’t depend on me
Question for reflection…
1. In your relationship with God, what are you in danger of forgetting?
2. What is a ritual you are willing to engage in every day, week, month and year?
3. What did you used to be a slave to?
Exodus: Moses, The Moon, And Why You Are Breathing
Oct 23, 2016 2210
1. Not everything in the Bible is about us
2. Moses has been with a glorious God
3. Moses speaks with authority, v. 31-35
Questions for reflection…
1. In your worldview are you the moon or the sun?
2. Who’s name is majestic when it comes out of your mouth?
3. Who do you submit to?
4. Who or what has authority over you?
Exodus: You Can Trust Me
Oct 16, 2016 2587
I can’t make my life work on my own! But as I fully trust God, I find help to experience the freedom and joy of the life I was created to live.
What is a covenant?
Two becoming one: “What is mine is yours and what is yours is mine.”
Mercy, Forgiveness, Grace - v. 7
Miraculous Provision & Access to His Power - v. 10
Presence & Guidance: Will drive out the inhabitants of the Land He promised - v.11
God’s People promise:
To be trust Yahweh implicitly, without reservation or rival – v. 14
In their context, trusting God will involve...
v. 12, 15 – no treaties.
v. 13-17 – tear down pagan altars and idols.
v. 16 – no intermarrying outside the tribe.
v. 19-20 – give God the first of everything you have.
v. 23-24 - 3 times a year all the men leave camp to appear for God.
v. 25-26 – no yeast; no cooking a goat in its mother’s milk.
Then, 3 feasts that are past, present, & future reminders that Yahweh can be trusted.
Past: Feast of Unleavened Bread – v. 18
Present: Sabbath – v. 21
Future: Festival of Harvest - v.22
All of these terms of the covenant speak to an exclusive relationship of trust.
v. 28 – God writes this covenant in stone!
What does this have to do with us?
“Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
“When I am weak, then I am strong.” - 2 Corinthians 12:10
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on our own understanding.” - Proverbs 3:5
Let’s ask ourselves…
What is the evidence, or lack thereof, that I trust God?
Where am I clinging to “By myself” or “I got this”?
Where might I be “going along to get along”?
What is keeping me from fully trusting God?
What is one way I can trust God this week that I haven’t before?
Good News: I can’t make my life work on my own! But as I fully trust God, I find help experience the freedom and joy of the life I was created to live.
From Faith To Love
Oct 9, 2016 2600
2 Peter 1:1-11
Exodus: The God of Another Chance
Oct 3, 2016 2934
1. God’s word is authoritative, v. 1-5
2. God’s character is clear, v. 6-7
slow to anger
a) iniquity- more deeply rooted, means premeditated choice, continuing without repentance. Inquiry left unchecked less to a state of willful sin with no fear of God. Iniquity causes us to bend or twist the law of God in our hearts long before it expresses itself in our hands.
b) transgression- refers to presumptuous sin, the choice to intentionally disobey; willful trespassing.
c) sin- to miss the mark, dong wrong against God or a person, doing the opposite of what is right, failing to do what you know is right.
3. Worship is the proper response to God’s revealed character, v. 8
Exodus: Eavesdropping On Friends
Sep 25, 2016 2733
1. A deeper knowledge of God, v. 13
The logic of intercession- a request that is based on a truth that God has already established in His word or a principle that He has demonstrated in His character.
a) guidance…our need
b) character…God’s nature
2. Redemptive leadership, v. 14
3. How God thinks about His people, v. 14-16
I Peter 2:9-12
I Peter 1:1-2
a) according to the foreknowledge of God
b) in the sanctification of the Spirit
c) for obedience to Jesus Christ
4. Goodness is enough
1. God is reason able
2. There is always more
3. We can accept being accepted.
4. We can see the basis of our salvation
I Timothy 2:5-6
Exodus: God's Recalibrating Presence
Sep 18, 2016 2572
Exodus 33:1-11 NLT
1. God is coming closer!
2. God is not afraid of messes.
3. God doesn’t come all the way inside the camp.
4. God’s Presence Recalibrates Us!
Psalm 73 NLT (The Finding Nemo Psalm)
God’s presence has the power to not only recalibrate us but to transform us.
What’s one way, outside my regularly scheduled programming this week, I will meet with God?
Women's Fall Gathering
Sep 11, 2016 3506
This is a recording of our Women's Pastor, Marcie McClendon, speaking to our women on Perseverance from Hebrews 12 and leading in a time of prayer.
Exodus: How Idolatry Happens
Sep 11, 2016 2593
1. When we neglect our hearts
* The idol of approval- I want the approval of the people I’m talking to
* The idol of control- using gossip as a way to manipulate/control others
* The idol of reputation- I want to feel important so I put others down
* The idol of recognition- talking about others gets people to notice me.
* The idol of success-someone is succeeding-and I’m not- so I gossip about them
* The idol of knowledge- talking about people is a way of showing I now more
2. When we experience God as slow
3. When God is present but unmanageable
4. When we forget
Two things we are prone to forget:
a) the trajectory of our relationship
b) the nature of God
5. When we fail to see the bigness of what God is doing
Communion Sept. 4, 2016
Sep 4, 2016 1109
The Jesus Way: Build Well
Aug 28, 2016 2528
1. The Bible is self-validating, v. 24
2. You can hear and never listen
Hearing- what someone says.
Listening- what you do with what that person says.
3. The storm reveals what you trusted in, v. 25
4. No one chooses sand, v. 26
5. People are drawn to authority, v. 28-81
The Jesus Way: Undiluted Truth
Aug 21, 2016 2731
Section I, v. 13-14
1. God wants an understanding not a following
2. Many people are religiously lost
Section II, v. 15-20
3. People have always distorted the truth
2 Timothy 4:1-5
4. Fruit is evidence of conversion
Section III, v. 21-23
5. Don’t confuse doing with being known
The Jesus Way: Progressive Praying
Aug 14, 2016 2568
1. Prayer is about persistence
Three postures of prayer:
2. Prayer is an expression of faith
3. Prayer puts us in touch with the nature of God, v. 11
“If you then…”
4. Prayer exposes us to a bigger experience of good, v. 11
5. Prayer moves us beyond ourselves, v. 12
The Jesus Way: Intentionality In Our Relationships
Aug 7, 2016 2250
1. Not being judgmental will not get you to heaven, v. 1-2
2. Always start with yourself, v. 3-5
I Corinthians 9:24-27
1) Am I solid in the faith?
2) Is my lifestyle in obedience to Jesus Christ?
3) Am I committed to following God’s word?
4) Do I talk openly of spiritual truths?
5) Am I prayerfully optimistic about the people around me?
6) Am I joyful?
7) Does sin still bother me?
8) Am I growing spiritually?
9) Do I find comfort in the Gospel?
10) Is my faith sharing me?
3. Specks matter, v. 5
4. There is a time to be intentional with silence, v. 6
The Jesus Way: God's Got Us
Jul 31, 2016 2353
The Connection between Worry and Treasures
What does Jesus say to us worriers?
Make the Kingdom of God my Primary Concern
“Place top priority on identifying and involving yourself in what God is doing and in the kind of rightness he has. All else needed is provide.” (Dallas Willard paraphrase of Matthew 6:33)
Identifying and Involving myself in what God is doing
The Jesus Way: Salt and Light
Jul 11, 2016 2089
"The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians - when they are somber and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths.” Sheldon Van Aukin
Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message)
Being Salt & Light = Being with people as a conduit of God’s grace, healing, and wholeness (Shalom).
Practice the Art of “Withness”
The Jesus Way: Everybody Gets To Play
Jul 6, 2016 2117
Matthew 5:1-12; 4:18-22
Hebrew Education System:
In a world whose way is earning, performance, and privilege, Jesus invites everyone to play on His team.
Jesus believes you can be like Him!
Exodus: God Centered Thinking About the Sabbath
Jun 26, 2016 2320
1. The Sabbath is a priority of God
* Psalm 138:2
2. The Sabbath is a sign, v. 13
3. The Sabbath is holy, v. 14-15
4. The Sabbath reminds us that we are in a relationship, v. 16
Think of it like a triangle with three points…
i. relate to
ii. think about
5. The Sabbath invites us into a rhythm, v. 17
“Learn to obey. Only he who obeys a rhythm superior to his own is free.” - Calvin Miller
6. The Sabbath is a command of God, v. 18
2 Timothy 3:16
2 Peter 1:16-21
Exodus: God Is In The Details
Jun 19, 2016 2382
1. The accommodation of God
2. The otherness of God
3. It’s not always going to be this way
4. This is an indication of things to come
Exodus: Seeing What You Need To See
Jun 12, 2016 2201
1. Look closely at the details v. 31
- Ex. 12:35-36
- 2 Sam. 7:1-11
2. The lampstand points to life v. 32-35
3. The lampstand holds light. v. 36-39
4. Look closely at the pattern. v. 40
a. access to God
c. no more curse
Jun 5, 2016 982
Exodus: Sustaining Presence
May 29, 2016 2358
The Bread of Presence
Bread = Sustenance
Presence = Face, the gateway to deep communion
God’s presence nourishes and sustains us.
“Every moment we live without an awareness of God’s presence we are sleep walking.” John Ortberg
Cover of The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
“The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His divine company, speaking humbly and lovingly with Him in all seasons, at every moment, without limiting the conversation in any way”. Brother Lawrence
Practicing the Presence of God
“Sleep is God’s invention for giving us help He cannot get into us while we are awake.” George MacDonald
“For Christians the beginning of the day should not be haunted by the various kinds of concerns they face during the day. The Lord stands above the new day, and all worry and all anxiety flee before Him. Therefore, in the early morning hours of the day, may our many thoughts and our many idle words be silent and may the first word and the first thought belong to the One to whom our whole life belongs.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Bread of Presence is available to us as the Bread of Life to nourish and sustain us!
Exodus: Start Here!
May 22, 2016 2681
1. The ark symbolizes the presence of God
2. The ark reminds us of God’s holiness
3. The ark reminds us of God’s faithfulness
a) omer of manna- God will provide
b) Aaron’s staff- I have a plan for how this should go
c) two stone tablets of Ten Commandments- God must be obeyed
4. The ark reminds us of God’s mercy
Exodus: How God Builds A Sanctuary
May 15, 2016 2184
1. Obedience in the area of stewardship is something we should talk about in church, v. 2
Stewardship involves two things:
2. Most people rarely give an offering because they don’t experience the blessing of tithing, v. 2
Priority of the first’s:
Exodus 13:1-2, 11-13
b) first fruits-
Notice three things about this passage:
1) Notice that God does not change
2) Notice the word God uses to describe their behavior
3) Notice the two things God mentions
3. The motivation comes from your heart, v. 3
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Exodus: The Framework of Worship
May 8, 2016 2593
Covenant- a sacred relationship, established by God, in which God belongs to his people and his people belong to him.
1. Jesus is necessary, v. 1-4a
I Timothy 2:5-7
2. Jesus is enough, v. 4b-8
Two kinds of sacrifices:
a) whole burnt offering
b) peace offering
Exodus: Go Bless
May 1, 2016 2008
Exodus: How God Relates To People
Apr 24, 2016 2761
1. Guidance, v. 20-22
? How often do you sense God’s active leadership in your life?
2. Worship, v. 23-27
2 Corinthians 5:11
The terror of God is a biblically informed understanding of God’s nature, capacity and willingness.
?? Who is your “they” these days?
3. Longevity, v. 28
?? How does this shape how you think about tomorrow? If you could know how many days you had left would you want to know? And if you knew, what would it change about the way you live?
4. Big Picture, v. 28-31
I Kings 4:20-21
Exodus: The Posture of Your Fear
Apr 17, 2016 2778
1. There is a beautiful purpose to God’s law, v. 18-19
a) it reveals our inability to keep it
b) it reminds us of the judgement to come
c) it glaringly magnifies our need for a mediator
d) it shows us our need for a Savior
e) it is intended to increase our wonder at and worship of Jesus
2. There is a posture to our fear, v. 20
a) servile fear
b) filial fear
Flourish: Learning Contentment
Apr 10, 2016 2198
• Contentment is not being driven by wanting more.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12
• Learning Contentment…
Relentlessly establish realistic expectations.
Contentment = reality – expectations
• Cultivate gratitude.
"Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20
• Stake your life on that which can satisfy your soul.
Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33
Flourish: Living In A Pinocchio Nation
Apr 3, 2016 2746
1. A culture of the lie
a) Lies subvert a fundamental requirement for civilization-trust.
b) Lying is a reflection of a worldview
c) Without truth you have no shared meaning
2. The anatomy of a lie
* to escape accountability
* to create a fantasy life/escape our mundane life
* to avoid punishment
* to get what we want
* to mange people’s impression of us
* to exploit others
* to avoid awkward or unwanted conversations
* to display our lack of trust in God
3. The consequence of lying
* Romans 1:24-25
4. We are people of the truth
* Ephesians 4:11-16
The King: The Story of Easter
Mar 27, 2016 2611
I Corinthians 15:1-11
1. A Story worth repeating, v. 1
The Gospel is the good news that God saw how messed up the world was and how messed up I was and did something about it.
2. A Story worth responding to, v. 1-2
c) saves you
d) hold fast
3. A Story worth believing, v.11
The King: Kingdoms Collide
Mar 20, 2016 1965
Kingdom 1 – Rome
Kingdom 2 – Israel’s Religious Leaders
Kingdom 3 – King Jesus
Kingdom - living under the rule and reign of Jesus
Repent - agreeing with God
Believe - live like it’s true
Flourish: Waking Up To The Sin of Stealing
Mar 13, 2016 2582
1. Stealing communicates something to God.
I Timothy 6:17
2. Stealing confers something onto your children
3. Stealing robs people of the dignity of accomplishment
4. Stealing takes many forms
“…until there is no more need.”
Flourish: The Insufficiency of Adultery
Mar 6, 2016 2602
“The Christians idea of marriage is based on Christ’s words that a man and wife are to be regarded as a single organism...The male and the female were made to be combined together in pairs, not simply on a sexual level, but totally combined. The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union, the sexual, from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union. The Christian attitude does not mean that there is anything wrong with sexual pleasure, any more than the pleasure of eating. It means that you must not isolate that pleasure and try to get it by itself, any more than you ought to try to get the pleasures of taste without swallowing and digesting, by chewing things and spitting them out again.”
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
1. It violates God’s design for marriage
I Corinthains 7:3-5
2. It misrepresents God’s covenant with his Bride, the Church
3. It is a sin against the Trinity
I Thessalonians 4:2-8
I Corinthians 6:15-20
4. It has eternal consequences
I Corinthians 6:9-11
Mar 3, 2016 910
Flourish: Redeem & Restore Freedom
Feb 21, 2016 1789
Exodus 20:1-13, Matthew 5:21-22, Psalm 14:1, Joshua 25:15, Psalms 14:1-4, Exodus 20:13, Matthew 11:28-30
Flourish: A Heavy Posture Towards Your Parents
Feb 14, 2016 2739
Two ways to think about discipline:
“If anyone fails to honor his parents, is there any he will spare?”
Flourish: Living In The Rhythm of God
Jan 31, 2016 1994
Sabbath looks back at creation and redemption where God says two very important things:
a) I rested
b) I redeemed
Three things we can do to keep the sabbath:
a) work hard all week
b) notice the direction of the Sabbath
c) remember that God blessed the Sabbath day
Flourish: The Fullness of God’s Name
Jan 24, 2016 2105
a) This is the only commandment with a sanction.
b) God speaks in the third person
c) God has a deep, abiding regard for His name.
d) God’s name is HIs identity.
1. When we seek to define God by insufficient means
Anthropomorphic- ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.
2. When we subject God to human capacities
3. In therapeutic worship
“kabod”- which means weight, burden
4. When we use God’s name for our purposes
5. When we take God’s name and continue living for ours.
Flourish: The High Price of Idolatry
Jan 17, 2016 2132
1. Idolatry changes the nature of the relationship
* Dt. 4:9-18
2. Idolatry robs God of his majesty
3. Idolatry is an attempt to use God
4. Idolatry shapes the trajectory of your family
* Isaiah 40:18-41
Flourish: The Prominence of God
Jan 10, 2016 2142
1. Speaking is an expression of love, v. 1
2. Command is evidence of relationship, v. 2
3. The command is revealing, v. 3
“The tragedy of modern faith is that we no longer are capable of being terrified. We aren’t afraid of God, we aren’t afraid of Jesus, we aren’t afraid of the Holy Spirit. As a result, we have ended up with a need-centered gospel that attracts thousands…but transforms no one. What happened to the bone-chilling, earth-shattering, gut-wrenching, knee-knocking, heart-stopping, life-changing fear that left us speechless, paralyzed and helpless? Why happened to those moments when you and I would open our Bibles and our hands started shaking because we were afraid of the Truth we might find there? William Barclay tells us that the word used in the bible for “truth” has three meanings- a word used to describe a wrestler grabbing an opponent by the throat; a word meaning to flay an animal; and a word used to describe the humiliation of a criminal who was paraded in front of a crowd with a dagger tied to his neck, its point under his chin so he could not put his head down. That is what the truth is really like! It grabs us by the throat, it flays us wide open, it forces us to look into the face of God. When is the last time you and I heard God’s Truth and were grabbed by the throat?”
I Timothy 2:5-6
Exodus: Thinking Rightly About The Ten Commandments
Jan 3, 2016 2392
1. We must understand God’s purpose for the Commandments
2. You cannot separate the commandments from the Story
3. The commandments keep us from falling back into slavery
4. The commandments are a proposal
Exodus: Old Words For The New Year
Dec 30, 2015 2013
1. God leads us with sanctification in mind not satisfaction
2. God is not the problem
“The ancient man approached God as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock. He is quite a kindly judge: if God should have reasonable defense for being the god who permits war, poverty and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God’s acquittal. But the important thing is that Man is on the Bench and God is in the Dock.”
How we test God:
a) when we refuse to wait for Him
b) when we demand that He does the same thing the same way at the same time…every time!
c) when we believe we know better
d) when we doubt His character
e) when we insist that He prove Himself by doing specific things
3. Sin has consequences
4. Presence without provision
Christmas Eve 2015.mp3
Dec 30, 2015 1266
Advent 4 - The Indicting Nature of Incarnational Love
Dec 29, 2015 2172
The Indicting Nature of Incarnational Love
I John 4:7-12
1. Love is evidence of conversion, v. 7
The perfect tense in the Greek language refers to an action completed at a specific point of time in the past with results continuing into the present.
2. Love is demonstrated, v. 9-10
3. Love makes us responsible, v. 11-12
I John 3:16-18
Advent 3- The Joy of a Little While
Dec 13, 2015 1888
1. Jesus knows what you want, v. 19
• I knew you before you were born. As my hands formed you, I whispered purpose into your bones. I can’t not love you. (Psalm 139:1-6)
• I am not like people. So please - don’t put human words in my mouth or apply human behaviors to my character. You will miss me altogether. (Isaiah 55:8)
• I’ve never ignored you. I’ve been here all along. Protecting. Loving. Waiting. (Psalm 56:8)
• As resourceful and brilliant as you are, you cannot save yourself. It’s by God’s grace and faith in Me alone that you are saved. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
• The shame and guilt weighs you down has been taken care of on the cross. Your bill has been zeroed out. (John 3:16)
• No matter what you’ve heard or what you’ve come to believe, there’s nothing that can separate you from my love. (Romans 8:38-39)
• My love for you won’t walk out, fail, or ever come to an end. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
• I love you. Let’s talk. (Jeremiah 29:13)
2. Joy is often born from sorrow and anguish, v. 21
3. This isn’t it, v. 23-24
Advent 2 - The Relational Nature of Peace
Dec 6, 2015 2386
1. Relationship, v. 25
3. Manner, v. 27
a) the world gives according to what they think you deserve. Christ gives according to what He knows you need.
b) The world gives at little cost to themselves. Christ gives at great cost to Himself.
c) The world gives out of obligation. Christ gives out of desire.
4. Context, v. 27
5. Believe, v. 30
Advent 1- The Sustaining Power of Hope
Dec 2, 2015 2106
1. Hope is bigger than our circumstances, v. 1-4
2. Hope is a confession of remembrance, v. 5-6
3. Hope reminds us that God remembers, v. 7-9
“To sentimentalize something is to savor rather than to suffer the sadness of it.”
Exodus: How Do You Relate to God?
Nov 22, 2015 2638
1. Does God always have to prove himself to you?
2. Is God provision or Provider?
“go out and gather a days portion”
3. What do you think moves the heart of God?
Luke 7- extravagant gratitude
Luke 18- persistent faith
Luke 21- real sacrifice
Exodus: How to Respond When We Get Rescued
Nov 15, 2015 1940
1. Remember and understand the rescue v. 1-3
a) It is powerful
b) It is promised -Ex. 3:6
c) It is salvation.
2. Enjoy the rescue v. 4-12
3. Look forward to the rescue v. 13-18
Exodus: Moving Forward
Nov 8, 2015 2318
1. God has a motivation for everything He does, v. 1-4
2. God is doing more than you can see, v. 5-9
3. Faith is sometimes still and silent, v. 10-14
4. Ask the right question, v. 15-18
a) because we have a short memory
b) because we settle
c) our faith is a noun not a verb
Exodus: The Way of The Wilderness
Nov 1, 2015 2019
God’s path is often not the most direct route
Obstacles to trusting God’s Direction
II. There is purpose in the wilderness
What we see—While we strain to see over the next horizon, God sees the map from above—and so knows the best way to proceed. So the Lord often leads us according to the needs of our heart, not always according to its desires.
What God sees—The Father sees the fear buried in our hearts that the quick and easy way would bring out. In our lives, we must realize that God’s goal for us—the best He could possibly give us—isn’t found in simply taking us from here to there. It isn’t even found in a new biblical insight. These come as but the means of His real goal—to know Him.
- Wayne Stiles
III. There is provision and direction in the wilderness
Isaiah 41:4-10 MSG
Entering The Rest of God
Oct 25, 2015 986
1. Is there any part of your heart that is not believing the Gospel?
2. Are there any sinful appetites that need to be made to surrender to the truths of the Gospel?
3. Is there any area of your heart that has been hardened by the deceitfulness of sin?
4. Are you as spiritually confident now as when you began?
The Bigness of Why
Oct 20, 2015 2450
What do the plagues teach us about God:
a) He is Almighty
b) He is jealous
c) He is just
d) He is merciful
1. The favor of God changes things, 11:3
2. We’re not all God’s children
* Ezekiel 22:23-27
3. The rhythm of your life should be set by God, 12:1-2
4. God always has a why, 12:3-14
The Weight of Glory
Oct 11, 2015 1752
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Freedom from Fear
Oct 4, 2015 2073
1. Fear is not from God
2. Fear is the reciprocal of Faith
3. Fear can be a Feeling, Fear is a Spirit
Afraid of the Storm
• When what is on the outside, begins to come into the inside.
Afraid of the Solution
• What would you do if you had no Fear?
Finding Truth in Consequences - Part 2
Sep 27, 2015 2223
1. This will get personal, Exodus 9:8-11
* I Corinthians 10:13
2. There is a difference in having sinned and being a sinner, Exodus 9:13-21
* vv. 27-35
Three purposes for the plagues:
a) God’s power is unlimited and purposeful
b) The plagues were part of God’s missionary purpose to glorify his name in all the earth.
* Joshua 9:9
* I Samuel 4:5-8
c) God has control over creation
3. God defines obedience, Exodus 10:1-11
4. Who do you trust in now, Exodus 10:21-29
Finding Truth in Consequences
Sep 20, 2015 2472
1. God acts from a big agenda, 7:14-19
v. 17- “By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold…”
* Is God selfish or merciful?
2. Relief is a vain substitute for the truth, 8:1-11
* Has there ever been a time where you settled for relief instead of the truth?
3. My capacity exceeds yours, 8:16-19
4. God is a caring, personal God, 8:20-23
v. 22- “That you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.”
* Is there an area of your life where it doesn’t feel like God is Lord over?
5. God makes a distinction, 9:1-7
Aaron Cotton Ordination
Sep 17, 2015 1735
The Ordination of Aaron Cotton on May 17, 2015.
Cultivating Christian thought through lyric, love, and insight.
Sep 13, 2015 2585
Since 1995, Ross has worked as a full-time musician. He also led our church in worship during an interim period for over a year. Ross is a lyrical craftsman and a very down-to-earth soul. Be refreshed as we hear his story and worship God together.
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Work and Faith
Sep 6, 2015 2729
1. Is your motivation at work more internal or external?, v. 22
2. Who do you work for? v. 23
3. What does knowing this enable you do do at work? v. 24
How To Hear When You Don’t Want to Listen
Aug 30, 2015 2229
v. 2- “I am the Lord”
v. 6-8 There are seven “I will” statements in these verses that divide into four categories:
v. 9- “broken spirit”
1. Ask the practical
2. Go where you can see God
3. Spend time with people who restore your soul
4. Talk to yourself
Exodus - How to Handle Spiritual Resistance
Aug 23, 2015 2667
1. Meet with God, v. 1
2. Don’t expect lost people to act like Christians, v. 2
3. Tell the whole story, v. 3
a) there is something to believe
b) this belief is specific and exclusive
c) there is an action required
d) there is a consequence of not believing
Exodus - The Power of Obedience
Aug 16, 2015 2976
1. The power of sovereignty, v. 21
Four things to keep in mind about God’s sovereignty:
a) God’s sovereignty is never subjected to our circumstances
b) God’s sovereignty is expressed in what he does and doesn’t do
c) God is sovereign and merciful
d) The purpose of sovereignty is worship
2. The power of sonship, v. 22-23
3. The power of the blood, v. 24-26
“The foundation of our justification- our acquittal, our forgiveness- is not a flimsy sentimentality in God, nor is it a shallow claim of human worth. It is the massive rock of God’s unswerving commitment to uphold the worth of his own glory, to promote the praise of his holy name and to vindicate his righteousness. The God-centeredness of God is the foundation of his grace to the ungodly. If God were not committed first to vindicate the worth of his own glory, there would be no gospel and no hope, for their would be no glorious God.” -John Piper
* Genesis 17:9-14
4. The power of testimony, v. 27-31
Exodus - Our Excuses, God's Answers
Aug 9, 2015 2639
Exodus - Life’s Most Important Question
Aug 6, 2015 2777
1. Where “if” becomes “when”, v. 12-14
a) that God is self-existent and therefore not dependent on anything else for his own existence
b) that God is the creator and sustainer of all that exists
* Hebrews 1:1-3
c) that God is immutable in his being and character and thus is not in the process of becoming something different from what he is
d) that God is eternal in his existence
e) that God is personal
2. Why God distinguishes himself, v. 15
a) polytheism- the worship of or belief in multiple gods.
b) pantheism- everything and everyone is God.
c) syncretism- the mixing of different religions which results in a “new religion.”
3. That God knows the past, present and future, v. 16-22
Psalms - Happiness...Found
Jul 26, 2015 2241
Psalms - Why We Don't Skip Imprecatory Psalms
Jul 19, 2015 2411
1. REMINDS US DIVINE JUSTICE IS COMING (VV. 19-20)
2. RELATIONSHIPS ARE PUT IN THE RIGHT ORDER (VV. 21-22)
Psalms - Preparing to Meet Our God
Jul 12, 2015 2380
Part One: Believers gather to give thanks, sing, and declare God’s Word (v. 1-4)
-1 Cor. 14:15
Part Two: Learn how to deal with the culture shock of two kingdoms. (v. 7-9)
-2 Pet. 3:1-13
Part Three: Prepare to meet your God (v. 12-15)
a) The apostles’ teaching
b) The fellowship
c) The Lord’s Supper (the breaking of bread)
d) The prayers
Psalms - Why We Should be Thankful for God’s Steadfast Love
Jul 5, 2015 2180
1. God’s Love is Loyal v. 1-4
2. His Love Delivers v. 5-21
3. God’s Love Saves. v22-29
Exodus - How to be a Part of Changing the World
Jun 28, 2015 2318
1. Stay curious, v. 1-4
The fruit of curiosity:
a) promotes exploration and discovery
b) produces questions
c) produces persistence
d) provides involvement
2. See your life as a blank check, v.4
3. Get a grasp of the nature of God, v. 5-9
4. Look through the right lens, v. 11
Exodus - Posture Before Your Father
Jun 21, 2015 1931
“Posture Before Your Father”
1. RUNNING v 11-15
2. Resting v 16-22
a) We misunderstand the posture of rest
b) We misunderstand God
a) Trust in God’s provision
b) Live in Blessing
3. Responding v 23-25
Exodus - The Smiling Hand of Providence
Jun 14, 2015 2432
1. God is always at work, v. 1-2
God moves in mysterious ways,
His wonders to perform
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm
Deep in unfathomable mines,
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break,
In blessings on your head
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face
* Deuteronomy 10:8-11
2. God works in your enemies hearts as well, v. 5-6
How to pray for your enemies:
a) remember that you were once God’s enemy
b) ask yourself what you need to let die
c) pray for mercy not just justice
3. God works in our lives in ways we don’t expect, v. 7-10
I Peter 2:3
Exodus - A Story of Promise, Provision & People
Jun 7, 2015 2212
3. God keeps his promises. v. 5-7
2. Wherever you are headed God is already there, v. 6
1. This is a big story
a) know the Story
b) live in the Story
c) tell the Story
d) contextualize the Story
Exodus: Overview of Exodus
Jun 2, 2015 2389
1. Freed from but delivered to
2. God exerts himself to make knowledge possible
3. God places a priority on worship
4. God is relational
5. God is holy
6. The law is necessary
7. Following God is a must
May 24, 2015 1229
1. Let us draw near, v. 22
2. Let us hold fast, v. 23
3. Let us consider, v. 25
The Day When Love Goes Cold
May 17, 2015 2157
1. JESUS IS IN CHARGE (v. 1)
2. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE INVOLVES WORK (V. 2-3, 6)
A. Works, toil, patiently endurance (v. 2)
B. Don’t not tolerate sin (v.2)
C. Identify falsehood (v. 2)
D. Keep God’s glory in mind (v. 3)
E. Don’t grow weary in doing good (v. 3)
3. LOVE FOR GOD IS PRIMARY (v. 4)
4. RESTORATION IS MADE AVAILABLE (v. 5, 7)
Broken Together - Managing What Multiplies In Marriage
May 10, 2015 2211
1. Be intentional
a) the goal-
b) the definition-
c) the task-
2. Be doctrinal
3. Play offense not defense
4. Understand new birth
5. Be God-centered
Symptoms of a God-centered family:
a) a willingness to say “no” to children when it is in the child’s best interest
b) a marriage in which dad and mom are united before their children
c) a willingness to make your marriage more important than your children
d) a willingness to be different
Broken Together - Marriage As a Vehicle of Acceptable Worship
May 3, 2015 2929
1. Honor the institution of marriage, v. 4
How do we honor marriage?
a) Let what belongs to marriage stay in marriage.
b) Submit to God’s definition of it.
2. Guard the marriage bed, v. 4
I Corinthians 6:9-20
3. Keep your lives free from the love of money, v. 5
I Timothy 6:5-10
4. Be content with what you have, v. 5
Broken Together - Gospel Imperatives for Marriage
Apr 26, 2015 1736
1. Have a former way of life, v. 22
2. Speak the truth, v. 25
3. Be angry, v. 26
4. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, v. 30
5. Forgive as you’ve been forgiven, v. 32
Broken Together - Roles & Responsibilities in Marriage
Apr 19, 2015 2318
a) Men and women have distinct roles in marriage
b) Their roles are equal in value but different in function
c) These roles were established before the Fall
1. Submission, v. 22
2. Headship, v. 23
a) a physical head, I Corinthians 11:7
b) source or origin, Colossians 1:18
c) a person with authority, Ephesians 1:22
What does headship mean?
1) Headship is more of a responsibility than a right.
2) Headship is the authority to serve.
“If headship means ‘power’ in any sense, then it is power to care, not to crush; power to serve, not to dominate; power to facilitate self-fulfillment, not to frustrate or destroy it. And in all this the standard of the husband’s love is to be the cross of Christ, on which he surrendered himself even to death in his selfless love for his bride.”
3) Headship is the opportunity to lead.
4) Headship nurtures and nourishes.
3. Love, v. 25-30
“Christ ‘loved’ the church and ‘gave himself’ for her, in order to ‘cleanse’ her, ‘sanctify’ her, and ultimately ‘present’ her to himself in full splendor and without any defect. In other words, his love and self-sacrifice were not an idle display, but purposeful. And his purpose was not to impose an alien identity upon the church, but to free her from the spots and wrinkles which mar her beauty and to display her in her true glory. The Christian husband is to have a similar concern. His headship will never be used to suppress his wife. He longs to see her liberated from everything which spoils her true feminine identity and growing towards that ‘glory’, that perfection of fulfilled personhood which will be the final destiny of all those whom Christ redeems. To this end Christ gave himself. To this end too the husband gives himself in love.”
4. Respect, v.33
5. The Gospel, v. 32
“When God made man, then women and then brought them together in a relationship called marriage, he wasn’t simply rolling dice, drawing straws or flipping a coin. He was painting a picture. His intent from the start was to illustrate his love for people.”
Broken Together - Thinking Biblically about Marriage
Apr 12, 2015 2513
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1. Marriage is instituted by God.
2. Marriage is governed by God’s commands.
Three regulations God puts on marriage:
a) forbids homosexual marriage
b) forbids polygamy
c) forbids marriage to an unbeliever
* Philippians 2:3-7
3. Marriage is designed for lasting joy.
4. Marriage is a covenant
* Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
* Malachi 2:13-16
5. Marriage has a mission
* Psalm 34:3
40 Days to the Cross - The What and the So What of Easter
Apr 5, 2015 2801
1. Resurrection means the life of Jesus is verifiable, v. 44
2. Resurrection means the death of Jesus was purposeful, v. 46
3. Resurrection makes forgiveness possible, v. 47
4. Resurrection means God is available, v. 49
40 Days to the Cross - What Do You See?
Mar 29, 2015 2431
1. Prophecy being fulfilled, v. 37
2. History being filled full
3. Our greatest need being addressed
a) sufficient motivation
b) sufficient sacrifice
4. A compassionate God, v. 41-44
40 Days to the Cross - What to Do When Things Get Crazy
Mar 22, 2015 2178
1. Focus on what is coming, not just what is happening, v. 8
2. This gets personal, v. 9
3. Don’t confuse pragmatism with Christianity, v. 12
4. Persevere, v. 13
a) Perseverance is not a condition for salvation but a consequence of salvation.
b) This happens not because of my effort but because of my identity.
c) My positional righteousness is bigger than my circumstances.
d) Perseverance is a responsible expression of Christianity.
5. Proclaim the Gospel, v. 14
Forty Days to the Cross - Stay Ready
Mar 15, 2015 2313
1. Watch yourselves
c) cares of this life
Ten things people worry about…
1. How am I going to pay my bills this month?
2. Will I ever find the right person for me?
3. What do I want to do with my life?
4. Am I spending enough time with my family?
5. Is my life making a difference?
6. What if I lost my house?
7. Could I lose my job?
8. What can I do to lose some weight?
9. Will I be able to take care of my parents as they age?
10. Will my marriage ever get better?
2. Stay awake
a) carve out some solitude
b) immerse yourself in the Psalms
c) Stay curious
40 Days to the Cross - The High Priestly Prayer
Mar 8, 2015 2434
I. God’s Glory demands obedience. (v 1-5, John 1:1-4, John 6:38, Philippians 2:3-11)
“ There is only one way to glorify God, and that is to obey God.” - Dr. Christopher Blum
II. Service is Selfless (v 6-19, )
• Keep them loyal and obedient to The Father (v.11)
• Unity (v.11)
• Fill them with Joy (v.13)
• Faith through persecution (v.14)
• Keep them from the Evil One (v.15)
• Sustain their sojourn (v.15)
• Sanctify Them set them apart for God’s service (v.17)
• Know, understand, believe, and obey God’s Word (v.17)
"Christianity was never meant to withdraw a man from life; it was meant to equip him better for life. Christianity does not offer us release from problems; it offers us a way to solve our problems. Christianity does not offer us an easy peace; it offers us a triumphant warfare. Christianity does not offer us a life in which troubles are escaped and evaded; it offers us a life in which troubles are faced and conquered. . . . The Christian must never desire to abandon the world; he must always desire to win the world.” - William Barclay
III. Unite in Belief. (20-26)
40 Days to the Cross - The Gospel is Extravagant
Mar 1, 2015 2682
The Gospel Is Extravagant
1. The goodness of God surpasses the badness of man
II Corinthians 5:21
2. We live our understanding
3. Extravagant gospel, extravagant response
Towards thinking extravagantly about the Gospel:
a) The Gospel is the power of God
b) The Gospel changes my view of God’s commands
c) The Gospel reminds me that my righteous standing with God always holds firm regardless of my performance, because my standing is based solely on the work of Jesus and not
d) The Gospel guarantees my acceptance by God and the impossibility of condemnation.
“The Gospel isn’t one class among many that you’ll attend during your life as a Christian – the gospel is the whole building that all the classes take place in! Rightly approached, all the topics you’ll study and focus on as a believer will be offered to you ‘within the walls’ of the glorious gospel.” – C.J . Mahaney
"Terror accomplishes no real obedience. Suspense brings forth no fruit unto holiness. No gloomy uncertainty as to God’s favor can subdue one lust, or correct our crookedness of will. But the free pardon of the cross uproots sin, and withers all its branches. Only the certainty of love, forgiving love, can do this."
— Horatius Bonar
Questions Christians Ask: Why Do We Observe Communion?
Feb 22, 2015 965
I Corinthians 11:23-32
1. Because it helps us to remember Jesus.
2. Because in it we look back as well as forward.
a) “we proclaim the Lord’s death…”
b) “until He comes”
3. Because life is meant to be examined.
Questions Christians Ask: What Can I Do?
Feb 15, 2015 2349
1. Walk in Love
• Imitate God
• Walk In Love to the level of Christ
• Walk In Love as worship
• Walking in Love is passive and active
• Patience is not Tolerance
“Tolerance Is the Attitude of Those Who Do Not Believe in Anything” - G.K. Chesterton
“ Tolerance means at best indifference to everything” - G.K. Chesterton
• Be Kind
• Do not rejoice in wrongdoing
• Rejoice in the Truth
Questions Christians Ask: Why Pray if God Already Knows?
Feb 8, 2015 2021
0. Because God knows everything
1. Because prayer is where we see the see the nature of God, v. 24-28
2. Because prayer reorients us around the nature of faith, v. 29
3. Because prayer moves the heart of God, v. 31
* Exodus 32:1-14
Questions Christians Ask: How Do I Grow?
Feb 1, 2015 2269
1. Start with regeneration
Regeneration is an act of God in which he imparts new spiritual life to us.
I Timothy 6:11-12
2 Peter 1:5-8
Five things we need to exert ourselves in:
a) our marriage
b) the Word
e) formative friendships
2 Corinthians 7:2-7
Questions Christians Ask: What About the Holy Spirit?
Jan 25, 2015 2249
1. Full of the Spirit, v. 1
I Corinthians 6:19
Three things happen when we are full:
a) joyful worship
c) mutual submission
2. Led by the Spirit, v. 1
3. In the Power of the Spirit, v. 14
Questions Christians Ask: Is the Bible Really Reliable?
Jan 18, 2015 2447
2 Timothy 3
1. Learning leads to believing, v. 14
* Luke 1:1-4
2. This is a personal process, v. 14
3. It’s never too early to start, v. 15
4. The Scriptures lead us to Jesus, v.14
5. The Bible was recorded by man but not written by man, v. 16
2 Peter 1:12-21
Things to remember:
1) People will always doubt the Bible.
“No fact of contemporary Western life is more evident than its growing distrust of final truth and its implacable questioning of any sure word.
-Carl. F. Henry
2) People start with their experiences
3) The Bible is self-authenticating…it has to be.
4) The Bible is sufficient
Questions Christians Ask: What Happens When We Die?
Jan 11, 2015 2142
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
1. Our fate is sealed
2. We go immediately into God’s presence
Implications of this truth:
a) No such thing as purgatory
b) No “soul sleep”
3. We will be conscious of where we are
4. Our bodies will rise at the second coming.
Living in the When
Jan 4, 2015 2752
Giving your money to help people who need it.
Prayer is the intentional act of talking and listening to God.
* Prayer is about submission
* Prayer is relational
* Prayer is a place of authenticity
* Prayer is proportional
Fasting is the intentional avoidance of food for the purpose of focussing on the spiritual over the physical.
* Fasting is a tangible form of self-denial.
* Fasting reveals how often we use food pleasure to avoid discomfort
* Reveals the satisfying nature of obedience
* Increases spiritual leverage
* Turns down the volume on the external and turns up the volume on the internal
* Reveals what controls you
Far More: A New Year's Prayer
Dec 29, 2014 2771
1. Be strong (v.16)
2. Make room for Jesus (v.17)
3. Love regardless (v. 18-19a)
4. Be filled with fullness (v. 19b)
Christmas Eve 2014
Dec 24, 2014 924
Advent - The Responsibility of Love
Dec 21, 2014 1819
I John 4:7-12
1. Love is an experience, v. 7-8
a) "love"- means “to love dearly, to be contented at or with, to love without conditions.”
b) “has been born of God”
c) “and knows God”
2. Love has been demonstrated, v. 9-10
3. Love is a responsibility, v. 11-12
Advent - The Greatness of Joy
Dec 14, 2014 2215
“A joyless Christianity will become an obstacle to believing the truth and will render the faith repulsive rather than attractive. However, a joyful Christianity is a most arresting advertisement for the transforming power of the Gospel. So all who hope to cut ice as witnesses for Christ will do well to study the art of joy as part of their spiritual preparation. The joy that gives Christians credibility also gives them energy.”
1. In the obedience
2. From the involvement
3. In the expectation
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Advent - A Peace That Overcomes
Dec 7, 2014 2572
1 .Peace Comes From God
2. True Peace Delivers Us
Advent - The Foundation of Advent Hope
Nov 30, 2014 2443
1. The promise of God, v. 13
2. The nature of God, v. 13-16
3. The consistency of God, v. 17
a) “more convincingly”
b) “the heirs of his promise”
c) “the unchangeable character of His purpose”
d) "two unchangeable things”
e) "it is impossible for God to lie”
4. The hope of God, v. 19
Seasons of Faith: Fall
Nov 23, 2014 1960
1. Fall is where we reap what we’ve sown
a) my choices matter
b) doing good matters
c) perseverane is a must
d) we all have opportunities
Fall is when we realize three things:
a) doing good matters
b) perseverance is a must
c) we all have opportunities
2. Fall is where we see how we’ve sown
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
3. Fall is where your faith is most on display
4. Fall is for feasting
5. Fall is for gratitude
“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch; to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with. . . . The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”
-C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
Seasons of Faith: Summer
Nov 16, 2014 1896
Seasons of Faith: Summer
1. Summer is a time of abundance
Where is your “of course” these days?
I Timothy 6:17
2. Summer is a foretaste of heaven
How does thinking about heaven affect how you live on earth?
What is the difference between dissatisfaction and longing?
3. Summer is where we experience the by-product.
4. Summer is a time of first fruits
I Timothy 6:18-19
Seasons of Faith: Spring
Nov 9, 2014 2620
1: Embrace the right Peace v. 1-2
2: Spring is a season of Work v. 3-6
3: There is Fruit in Commitment v. 7-10
4: Sometimes Spring Feels like Uz. v. 10-12
Seasons of Faith: Winter
Nov 2, 2014 2171
Introductory thoughts on this series:
a) The Christian life is seasonal by design
b) Not every season is a fruit bearing season
c) All of the seasons are necessary to produce fruit
How do you know when you are in winter?
a) People tell you things you know are true but it just irritates you
b) You feel ashamed or embarrassed about what you are but you don’t have the energy to do anything about it.
c) Life has lost it’s flavor
d) Your issue is not knowing, it’s doing.
3. Deep Feeding
Spiritual disciplines are holy habits that help me order my life around what I value.
Disciplines for winter:
ENCOUNTER: When Life Takes on Water
Oct 26, 2014 1838
1. Remember God’s Word
2. Locate your faith
3. Grow in your knowledge of God.
ENCOUNTER: God The Seeker
Oct 19, 2014 2134
1. Money will not make me happy, v. 1-3
Three things about Zacchaeus:
a) chief tax collector
2. Jesus call us with friendship in mind, v. 5
3. Forgiveness must be scandalous, v. 7
4. What you do with your money is a reflection of what God has done in your heart, v. 8-9
5. God is on a mission, v. 10
ENCOUNTER: The Call of Moses
Oct 12, 2014 2447
1. DON’T MISS THE BURNING BUSH (vv. 1-4)
2. FREEDOM MEANS FREE (vv. 5-9)
3. THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL – I AM (vv. 10-14)
ENCOUNTER: God's Passion for Authenticity
Oct 8, 2014 2018
1. There is a spiritual dimension to life, v. 21-22
* Ephesians 4:30
* Isaiah 14:12-15
* Matthew 25:41
* I John 4:1-4
2. The silence of God is purposeful, v. 23a
3. Pay attention to the posture of your life, v. 23-25
4. Know what moves God, v. 26-28
ENCOUNTER: The Beauty of the Life Interrupted
Sep 28, 2014 2781
1. No one has done so much that God has given up on them, v. 1-2
2. A right knowledge of God changes everything, v. 3-5
* Exodus 34:7
* Jeremiah 9:23-24
3. God operates with the belief that He gets to tell us what to do, v. 6
4. Friends don’t always understand, v.7
5. God uses ordinary people, v. 10
6. Understand the nature of authority, v. 14
7. You are going to suffer, v. 15-16
Sep 21, 2014 705
Sep 14, 2014 2126
On May 11th, 2002, a drunk driver killed Renee's daughter, Meagan, and Meagan's friend, Lisa. The driver, Eric Smallridge, was sentenced to 22 years in prison. In the midst of grieving the loss of her daughter, Renee came to forgive Eric, and in turn Eric decided to make something positive out of his tragic mistake.
ENCOUNTER: The 39 Most Misunderstood Words in the Bible
Sep 7, 2014 2200
1. Jesus upholds the Law, v. 1-7
* Leviticus 20:10
* Matthew 7:1-5
* I Corinthians 5:9-13
2. Jesus applies the Law, v. 8-10
3. Jesus fulfills the Law, v. 11
* 2 Corinthians 5:21
* Romans 3:21-26
Mission: Work as Mission
Aug 31, 2014 2438
“And what we all need to hear is that what lies most on the heart of God is not whether we move from one job to the other, but whether in our present work we are enjoying God's promised presence and obeying his commands in the way we do our work.” - John Piper
I. Genuine v. 9
II. Empathetic v.14-15
III. Honorable v. 16-18
IV. Good v 21
Mission: The Reconciling Nature of Mission
Aug 24, 2014 2306
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
1. The experience of reconciliation, v.18
* Colossians 2:6-15
2. The ministry of reconciliation, v. 18
3. The message of reconciliation, v. 19
“Redemption is much more than simply saving souls. It will ultimately entail the complete healing of creation, including social justice, the reunification of all humanity, and the end of physical decay and death. But even now it means bringing the health and coherence of Christ’s lordship back into every aspect of human life. The Christian church is to be a new society in which the world can see exhibited what family, business practices, race relations and all of life can be under the kingship of Jesus Christ.”
Mission: The Danger of Mission Drift - Part 2
Aug 17, 2014 2313
1) Unless you have a proper definition of mission then you will succeed at a lot of things that are less than mission. The mission of the church is to go into the world and make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit and gathering these disciples into churches, that they might worship and obey Jesus Christ now and in eternity to the glory of God the Father.
2) Mission is not thinking in terms of addition but intentionality.
3) Mission requires motivation. a) There is something worse than death. b) There is something better than personal prosperity. c) There is not, nor will there ever be, anything better than heaven. d) There is not, nor will there ever be, anything more agonizing than hell. 2. BAPTIZE- Acts 2:36-41 1) Baptism implies repentance 2) Baptism is observed only after conversion 3) In the NT baptism was by immersion 4) Baptism symbolizes the union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. * Romans 6:3-4 3. TEACH * John 13:34-35 * John 17:20-21 * Luke 17:3-4 “
I have seen so much emotional blackmail in my ministry I am jealous to raise a warning against it. Emotional blackmail happens when a person equates his or her emotional pain with another person’s failure to love. They aren’t the same. A person may love well and the beloved still feel hurt, and use the hurt to blackmail the lover into admitting guilt her or she does not have. Emotional blackmail says, “If I feel hurt by you, you are guilty.” There is no defense. The hurt person has become God. His emotion has become judge and jury. Truth does not matter. All that matters is the sovereign sufferings of the aggrieved. It is above question. This emotional device is a great evil.” -John Piper
Mission: Living Intentionally with the Gospel Before Us
Aug 10, 2014 2187
1. What do I mean by living intentionally?
2. What does it look like?
Numbers 13, 14
3. What difference does it make?
a. Changes your perspective
b. Enables public honesty
c. Fosters perseverance
4. What is God saying you?
Mission: The Danger of Mission Drift
Aug 3, 2014 2392
1. TEACH- “make disciples”
The Order of Salvation
• Election (God’s choice of people to be saved)
• The gospel call (proclaiming the message of the gospel)
• Regeneration (being born again)
• Conversion (faith and repentance)
• Justification (right legal standing)
• Adoption (membership in God’s family)
• Sanctification (right conduct of life)
• Perseverance (remaining a Christian)
• Death (going to be with the Lord)
• Glorification (receiving a resurrection body)
When making disciples you want to strike a glance of three things:
“I don’t think that anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality, and hence counterproductive to the evangelistic enterprise, than the unchristian, uncouth strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition.”
* Acts 13:36-44
Community: Community Service
Jul 27, 2014 1609
You Have a Unique Design (Psalm 139.14)
You Have a Priesthood (1 Peter 2.4-5)
Our Design is for Us (Ephesians 4.11-16)
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -
Community: The Four Commitments of Spiritual Friends
Jul 20, 2014 2886
Commitment One: Presence (1 Samuel 18.1-4)
“True friendships are not relationships we control but adventures we enter into; indeed, friendship is more a surrender than a conquest, more a loss of control than a calculated plan. Friendship is a matter of mutual affection, of reciprocal love, care, and concern.” - Paul Wadell
Proverbs 18.24 (NIV): “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
Commitment Two: Honesty (Proverbs 27.5-6)
Proverbs 17.9 (The Message): “Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and—good-bye, friend!”
Commitment Three: Encouragement (Hebrews 10.24-25)
“Therefore, the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth. The Christ in his own heart is weaker than the Christ in the word of his brother; his own heart is uncertain, his brother’s is sure.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Commitment Four: Mutual Pursuit of Christ (2 Corinthians 6.14-16)
Community: The Growing Community
Jul 13, 2014 2798
The Growing Community
Growing Communities Journey Together (vv. 27-30)
Growing Communities Value God’s Priorities (vv. 31-33)
“The great, great granddaddy of all sins is the denial of sin, the refusal to admit sin.” - Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way
1 John 1.10, Proverbs 14.12, Proverbs 28.13, Matthew 3.8
Growing Communities Have the Right Destination (vv. 34-38)
Community: The Value of Community
Jul 6, 2014 2787
Things that keep us from valuing community:
Three Main Points to the Passage
What is Community? (Matthew 18.20)
2.Why Do We Value Community? (Matthew 18.20a)
John 15.4-6, 12
“Christianity means community in and through Jesus Christ.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“God created us with a hunger for relationship - for relationship with him and with our fellow people. At our very core we are relational beings.” - Henry Cloud
3. One Caveat: We Value Christian Community (Matthew 18.20b)
1 Peter 5.8
The Gospel & Death
Jun 29, 2014 2556
* Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
* Resolved to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and the common circumstances which attend to death.
* Resolved, that I will live so, as I wish I had don when I come to die.
* Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.
* Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world.
* Resolved to live with all my might while I do live.
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” -Hebrews 2:14-15
1. Death is a reckoning, v. 11
* Acts 17:31
2. Death is an equalizer, v. 12
“We all have an appointment to sit down at a banquet of consequences.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson
3. Death reveals what is recorded, v. 12-13
a) book of deeds
b) book of life
“Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, buy rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
4. Death leads to life or death, v. 14-15
The Gospel & Homosexuality
Jun 22, 2014 2276
I Corinthians 6:9-11
1) Unrealized desires are not unique to homosexuals.
2) The Bible describes homosexual behavior as “unnatural.”
3) Our identity is not found in what we desire.
4) Context doesn’t determine morality.
5) Inconsistent application of Old Testament laws.
6) Homosexuality renders the cultural mandate an impossibility.
1. Homosexuality is not unique.
2. Homosexuality is a gospel issue.
“For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be.” -John Stott
3. Homosexuality is not inescapable.
The Gospel & Time
Jun 15, 2014 2774
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The Gospel & Money
Jun 8, 2014 2547
1. Matthew 6:19-24
2. Luke 18:18-25
3. Luke 12:13-21
4. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Right use of money has two effects:
a) Provides rewards of an eternal nature.
b) Draws our affections into the Kingdom of God
The Gospel & Parenting
Jun 1, 2014 2254
Communion // 5.25.2014
May 25, 2014 1229
I Corinthians 11
The Living Truth
May 18, 2014 2453
2 Timothy 3 & 4
Marriage Matters: The Conflictual Nature of Marriage
May 11, 2014 2165
Song of Solomon 5
Marriage Matters: The Content of Marriage
May 4, 2014 2483
Marriage Matters: The Creation of Marriage
Apr 27, 2014 2994
The Hope of Easter
Apr 20, 2014 2602
The One Story God Loves to Tell
Apr 13, 2014 2804
ROMANS: The Results of Romans
Apr 6, 2014 2927
ROMANS: Parting Shots
Mar 30, 2014 2540
ROMANS: The Power of Us
Mar 23, 2014 2455
ROMANS: The Fruit of a Long Obedience
Mar 16, 2014 2730
Mar 9, 2014 2450
ROMANS: Seeing Christ
Mar 2, 2014 2540
ROMANS: How to Find Hope
Feb 23, 2014 1596
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ROMANS: The Responsibility of Maturity
Feb 18, 2014 1909
Watch the video at
ROMANS: Why Thinking of Yourself is Godly
Feb 12, 2014 2702
ROMANS: The Motivating Nature of Then
Feb 5, 2014 2449
ROMANS: The Good of Submission
Jan 26, 2014 2698
ROMANS: The Busyness of Love
Jan 19, 2014 2716
ROMANS: The Clarifying Nature of Grace
Jan 12, 2014 2516
ROMANS: Why You Shouldn't Go to the Grand Canyon
Jan 5, 2014 2670
Get in the Game
Dec 29, 2013 2865
Dec 22, 2013 2507
1 John 4:7-12
Advent: Finding Joy in the Second Advent
Dec 15, 2013 2470
ADVENT: The Path to Peace
Dec 8, 2013 2553
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ADVENT: The Hopeful Wait
Dec 1, 2013 2365
1. Waiting is part of God's plan.
* Genesis 3:15
2. Waiting is the universal experience of God's people.
* Genesis 7:1-5, 8:13
* Genesis 12:1
* Genesis 37:18-24
* Exodus 32:1
* Acts 1:4-7
* Galatians 4:4
3. Waiting connects the process to the promise.
* Jeremiah 33:14-16
* Jeremiah 33:1
* Jeremiah 32:1-9
Nov 24, 2013 963
ROMANS: Mercy Tree
Nov 17, 2013 2513
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ROMANS: How to Keep Believing When it Seems Nobody Else Does
Nov 10, 2013 2428
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ROMANS: Preach Christ
Nov 3, 2013 1931
ROMANS: The Simplicity of the Gospel
Oct 27, 2013 2566
ROMANS: Jesus Defines the Terms
Oct 20, 2013 2628
Romans 9:30 - Romans 10:4
ROMANS: Questions That Leave a Mark
Oct 13, 2013 3026
ROMANS: How to Not be Ashamed of the Gospel
Oct 6, 2013 3171
Naghmeh Abedini - Interview
Sep 29, 2013 3477
Marcie McClendon (Pastor Neil McClendon's wife) interviews Naghmeh and finds out more about her experiences and her background.
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
Sep 29, 2013 2244
Naghmeh Abedini is the wife of imprisoned Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is currently serving an eight year prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith. Naghmeh met Saeed on a trip to Tehran in 2002 and began assisting him in his ministry to house churches. They were married in 2004 and have two young children, six-year-old Rebekka and five-year-old Jacob. Since Saeed’s arrest in the summer of 2012, Naghmeh has continued to gather support for her husband by speaking before churches, the news media, U. S. Congress, and even the United Nations. Her tireless efforts have led to international publicity on Saeed’s case, involvement by national and international legislators, and a widespread prayer movement in the Christian community.
The Necessity of Enjoying God
Sep 22, 2013 3204
Helping People Know God
Sep 15, 2013 2732
Communion // 9.8.2013
Sep 8, 2013 1072
1 Corinthians 11:23-32
The Glory of Work
Sep 1, 2013 2901
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God is a Verb
Aug 25, 2013 2970
Good News for Bad Times
Aug 18, 2013 2216
PARABLES OF JESUS: The Parable of the Ten Minas
Aug 11, 2013 3252
PARABLES OF JESUS: Parable of the Wedding Feast
Aug 4, 2013 2551
PARABLES OF JESUS: Parable of the Narrow Door
Jul 28, 2013 2564
PARABLES OF JESUS: Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
Jul 21, 2013 2385
PARABLES OF JESUS: Parable of the Midnight Friend
Jul 14, 2013 2622
PARABLES OF JESUS: The Parable of Defilement
Jul 7, 2013 2239
PARABLES OF JESUS: New Wine
Jun 30, 2013 2704
PARABLES OF JESUS: Mustard Seed and Leaven
Jun 23, 2013 2307
PARABLES OF JESUS: The Prodigal Son
Jun 16, 2013 2467
PARABLES OF JESUS: The Good Samaritan
Jun 9, 2013 3026
PARABLES OF JESUS: Shiny Soil
Jun 2, 2013 2614
Communion // 5.26.2013
May 26, 2013 1632
I Corinthians 11:23-32
May 19, 2013 2042
ROMANS: How to Think About God
May 12, 2013 2115
ROMANS: The Necessity of a Big "Then"
May 5, 2013 2500
ROMANS: The Death that Produces Life
Apr 28, 2013 2843
ROMANS: Where Do We Find Assurance?
Apr 21, 2013 2018
ROMANS: The Beauty of God's Law
Apr 14, 2013 2106
ROMANS: Why the Rules Don't Work
Apr 7, 2013 2019
EASTER: The Implications of a Living Jesus
Mar 31, 2013 2094
A Prayer for Holy Week
Mar 24, 2013 2485
ROMANS: The Logic of Conversion
Mar 17, 2013 2254
ROMANS: Why Sin is Not Your Master
Mar 10, 2013 2412
ROMANS: The Reign of Grace
Mar 3, 2013 2646
Communion // 1.24.2013
Feb 24, 2013 713
I Corinthians 11
ROMANS: The Power of Glory
Feb 17, 2013 2395
Feb 13, 2013 2284
ROMANS: The Necessity of Digging
Feb 3, 2013 2464
CORE VALUES: Blessing
Jan 27, 2013 2417
CORE VALUES: Mission
Jan 20, 2013 2534
CORE VALUES: Community
Jan 13, 2013 2497
CORE VALUES: Gospel
Jan 6, 2013 2465
1 Corinthians 15
Dec 30, 2012 2465
ADVENT: The Certainty of Advent
Dec 23, 2012 2817
ADVENT: Three Enduring Things About Mary's Savior
Dec 16, 2012 2930
ADVENT: The Second Advent
Dec 9, 2012 2377
1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11
ADVENT: The Silent Voice of Anna
Dec 2, 2012 2659
ROMANS: Why God Uses Big Words
Nov 25, 2012 2976
Communion - Homily
Nov 18, 2012 832
ROMANS: Do Rule Followers Go to Heaven?
Nov 11, 2012 2746
ROMANS: Five things Every Hypocrite Should Know
Nov 4, 2012 3058
ROMANS: Why the Seasons Change
Oct 28, 2012 2370
ROMANS: A Shameless Gospel
Oct 23, 2012 2553
ROMANS: Faith, Gifts and the Gospel
Oct 14, 2012 2631
ROMANS: The Lens of Romans
Oct 7, 2012 2474
Sep 30, 2012 3189
Sep 23, 2012 2479
Sep 16, 2012 2642
CHURCH: The Purpose of the Church
Sep 9, 2012 2013
CHURCH: The Work of the Church
Sep 2, 2012 2816
CHURCH: The Reason for the Church
Aug 26, 2012 2645
Aug 19, 2012 1766
2 Timothy 4
Aug 12, 2012 2145
II Corinthians 5:16-21
Aug 5, 2012 2050
I Corinthians 9
BECOMING: The Process of Progress
Jul 29, 2012 2643
BECOMING: The Truth - Change is Required
Jul 22, 2012 2778
The Distinguishing Nature of Obedience
Jul 15, 2012 2312
7.8.12 // Communion
Jul 8, 2012 1393
Ruth - The Epilogue
Jul 1, 2012 2179
Ruth - The Sacred Marriage of Trust and Redemption
Jun 24, 2012 2716
Ruth - How to Change Things
Jun 17, 2012 2568
Ruth Chapter 3
Ruth - Starting Over
Jun 10, 2012 2576
Ruth Chapter 2
Ruth - The Road
Jun 3, 2012 2821
An Invitation to Remember
May 27, 2012 2518
God Is...We Are
May 20, 2012 2397
The Hope of the Resurrection
May 13, 2012 2280
I Peter Chapter 1
How the Resurrection Defines the Mission of the Church
May 6, 2012 3215
Matthew 28:16-20, Exodus 33
What the Resurrection Makes Us Believe
Apr 29, 2012 2552
What the Resurrection Helps Us to See
Apr 22, 2012 2213
I Corinthians 15: 19-28
Putting the Spirit back into Spiritual Life
Apr 15, 2012 2288
The Importance of the Resurrection
Apr 8, 2012 2942
Matthew 27:57 - 28:7
Lessons from the Last Week
Apr 1, 2012 2835
The Glory of Your Deepest Desire
Mar 25, 2012 2073
Trustworthy Sayings - Part 5
Mar 18, 2012 2892
I Timothy 1
Trustworthy Sayings - Part 4
Mar 11, 2012 2402
I Timothy 3
Trustworthy Sayings - Part 3
Mar 4, 2012 2159
I Timothy 4:1-11
Trustworthy Sayings - Part 2
Feb 26, 2012 2599
II Timothy 2
Trustworthy Sayings - Part 1
Feb 19, 2012 2567
Simple Faith - Just Believe
Feb 12, 2012 2735
2.5.12 // Communion
Feb 5, 2012 1661
Ministry that Matters
Jan 29, 2012 2559
Biblical Community - "You Were Made for This"
Jan 22, 2012 2458
Intimacy with God
Jan 15, 2012 2224
Distinctions of the Church
Jan 8, 2012 3260
1 Corinthians 14:6-12
The Insufficiency of Being Human
Jan 1, 2012 2541
1 Corinthians 3
The Christmas Gospel
Dec 25, 2011 2487
The Violent Path to Peace
Dec 18, 2011 2715
Dec 11, 2011 2721
God's Love In Preparation
Dec 4, 2011 2426
Being People of the Wait
Nov 27, 2011 1384
The Permeating Nature of Prayer
Nov 20, 2011 2924
Corrosion, Corruption and the Call to Persevere
Nov 13, 2011 2555
The Reality of Every Christian
Nov 6, 2011 1286
Think About Your Life
Oct 30, 2011 2198
The Life of Wisdom
Oct 23, 2011 2266
Get Into the Game
Oct 16, 2011 2054
The Most Sinful Part of Your Body
Oct 9, 2011 2050
The Binding Glare of Religion
Oct 2, 2011 2339
Patriarchs, Prostitutes and the Public Nature of Faith
Sep 25, 2011 2197