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.

Yet He Does Not Leave The Guilty Unpunished - God Has A Name, Ep. 7

Yet He Does Not Leave The Guilty Unpunished - God Has A Name, Ep. 7

John the Baptist called Jesus “the Lamb of God” because Jesus is how God solves the tension between His forgiving nature and His justice. This God takes the consequences and the pain of our sin upon Himself, this God takes all of our suffering and all of our punishment into His son who lifts up, and takes away the sin of the world. That’s what God being forgiving means.

 

Slow to Anger - God Has A Name, Ep. 5

Slow to Anger - God Has A Name, Ep. 5

God’s predisposition is compassion, not anger. When God does get angry, it is precisely because He loves us. The injustice, oppression, and brokenness we see in the world, the devastating damage that sin does to our own lives and to the lives of others; these are the things that make God angry. And that should give us hope. Because it means that things are not going to be the way they are forever. God’s anger shows us He cares about our pain and suffering, enough to do something about it.

Compassionate and Gracious - God Has A Name, Ep. 4

Compassionate and Gracious - God Has A Name, Ep. 4

In God’s economy, things are not about what we deserve. Why? Because God is compassionate and gracious… The universe runs on grace, even for the people we don’t like, even for the people that have hurt us, even for the people that have broken our hearts, the universe runs on grace. And when you understand that, your life can change. This is the message of the cross: that Jesus came into the world to give Himself, not based on anything that we have ever done to deserve it, salvation is not about deserving.

Yahweh Elohim - God Has A Name, Ep. 3

Yahweh Elohim - God Has A Name, Ep. 3

The coming of Jesus into the world is the final proof of Yahweh being Yahweh Elohim, the one true God, the uppercase G God. And this means that the ultimate victory in the war between good and evil has already been won in Jesus.

The recording starts about 10 minutes into the sermon because of technical difficulties we experienced, however the bulk of the teaching is still in the recording.

Yahweh - God Has A Name, Ep. 2

Yahweh - God Has A Name, Ep.2

And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6–7

The Resurrection of Hope

The Resurrection of Hope

The Easter story is the story of a God that is willing to pay the ultimate price. A God who embedded Himself into our story and joined us in our suffering so that we can have hope again. For two thousand years, the followers of Jesus have called this the Gospel. The idea that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, God has set in motion a new thing, that death no longer has the last word, that one day, God is going to put an end to evil, that things are not going to be like this forever, and that the same thing that happened to Jesus, will one day happen to those who believe in Him.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

The people of Jerusalem turned on Jesus because He disappointed them. They wanted a warrior Messiah that would liberate them from the Romans, instead they got a Messiah that confronted their own brokenness and sin and who preached peace. That is exactly what the people of Jerusalem needed though, and that is what we need. Jesus is more interested in changing us than in changing our circumstances. And if we stick with Jesus through his provocation and don’t resist Him but rather hear his voice, then we will have the peace we so desperately need.

Together in This - Our Formation Series Ep. 6

Together in This - Our Formation Series Ep. 6

Jesus makes a direct correlation between loving Him and being disciples of Him, and loving people. In other words, you cannot be a disciple of Jesus without loving people, because love is at the core of who God is. Following Jesus is learning to love not only God, but other people as well, and learning to love takes practice. So there is no way of learning how to love without interacting with people. Which means that you cannot fully follow Jesus without living in community.