The Dangers of Work - Work in Eden, Ep. 4

The Dangers of Work - Work in Eden, Ep. 4

Work in a fallen world can be hard and frustrating and seemingly fruitless. But that doesn’t mean we should give up on the whole enterprise. Perhaps the best example of this is the relationship between God and humanity. God makes people and they disappoint, disobey and fight against Him, but He doesn’t give up on them. Even after the Flood and even after Israel’s rebellion. The story of the Scriptures is in part, the story of God not becoming hopelessly frustrated with His work, but keeping tending to His garden.

Passage:

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

Genesis 3:17-19

Identity & Vocation - Work in Eden, Ep. 3

Identity & Vocation - Work in Eden, Ep. 3

If you are made in the image of God, and if you are a child of God, and if God made you and He prepared good works ahead of you, if you don’t see the implications of that in what you are doing right now, then you are going to waste a lot of opportunities… maybe there are things that you were meant to do you that you are not doing because you are not living in your vocation, in your calling, in the thing that God wants to do through you.

Passage: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10

God's Design for Work - Work in Eden, Ep. 2

God's Design for Work - Work in Eden, Ep. 2

When we look in the mirror, what do we see, do we see the image of God, or do we see our work? Our identity was supposed to be the based on the fact that we were made in the image of our God, when we make our identity our work, it becomes an idol, it is a cheap imitation of ourselves, because we are more than our work.

Passage: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26-28

Begin Again

Begin Again

Central to following Jesus, is the idea that there is an endless amount of new beginnings in God. In spite of who we are and what we’ve done, in spite of the mistakes we’ve made. There is a new beginning for us, for our dreams and our hopes. We can walk into the future knowing that there is always the possibility for more, because we believe in the God of hope who is making all things new, even when we fail.

Generosity - Spiritual Practices, Ep. 2

Generosity - Spiritual Practices, Ep. 2

How do we become more like Jesus?  That’s the question at the heart of discipleship.  This week in our Spiritual Practices sermon series, we share Jesus' words about generosity.  How does Jesus give and how do we respond?  Listen as we talk through we can apply his transformative and generous words to our lives.    

The Time Barrier - The Art of Neighboring, Ep. 4

The Time Barrier - The Art of Neighboring, Ep. 4

Time is the biggest obstacle we need to overcome to be effective neighbors. We live in a city that runs at a pace that makes is incredibly hard to make time to meet new people and develop true relationships with our neighbors. In this sermon, we take a look at how Jesus shows us a different way to live, a countercultural way where we can have the margin to develop relationships with our neighbors.

Church as a Family - The Art of Neighboring, Ch. 3

Church as a Family - The Art of Neighboring, Ch. 3

Church today can be many things: a concert, an inspirational talk, a non-profit organization, a childcare provider. But when we look at the early church in the New Testament, there are different images to describe the church: A bride, a body, and a family. We take a look at what it means to do church as a family and how God wants the church family to be the most welcoming family in the world.

Who Is My Neighbor? - The Art of Neighboring, Ep. 1

Who Is My Neighbor? - The Art of Neighboring, Ep. 1

Who Is My Neighbor? This is the question that an expert of the Jewish law asks Jesus, trying to justify why he didn’t care for his neighbors. A lot of times we act like the expert of the Jewish law, we think of our neighbors in an abstract manner; our neighbor could be anybody so it ends up being nobody. But what if Jesus meant to love our actual neighbor? What would our blocks, streets and neighborhoods look like if we loved them like Jesus commands?

Church Planting Sunday

Church Planting is very important to us. We exist because of the belief in the importance of church planting of many people and churches across the country, and we are committed to being a church planting church. The book of Acts shows us how church planting got started, and how it turned the world upside down. We also introduced Brian and Amy Tindell as our first church planting residents.

Carry The Name - God Has A Name, Ep. 8

Carry The Name - God Has A Name, Ep. 8

After God tells Moses His name and describes His character, He makes a covenant with Moses, and finishes the covenant by saying something else about His name, that His name is jealous. Why does He close with that? What does it mean that God is jealous? Is God insecure? For the final week on our series about the name and character of God, we will be looking at what it means that God’s name is jealous. And what it means for us as the people of God, to carry His name today.