The Perfect Gift: Eternal Life

Sermon for December 9th, 2018 At a time when much of the world is frantically looking for the perfect gift, putting up Christmas lawn decorations and anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus, Christians around the world are observing the liturgical season of Advent. From the Latin word for “coming”, Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Christ both in the past in His incarnation as the baby Jesus, but also in the future with His promised second coming as Christ Triumphant. Furthermore, Advent is a time to focus on His present coming to us in the(...)

Together We Build

Sermon for November 25th, 2018 Last week we started our Stewardship series. For those of you who have been going to church your whole life, this time of year is something that you already knew was coming. You could say “I’ve heard it all before” and dismiss it before you even hear it. For those of you who are new to church, this might be a word you have ever heard. When you find out that it has to do with money it might make you think the common cliché that the church only wants your money. Both of these perspectives(...)

If God Builds it, They Will Come

Today we will start our Stewardship series. For those of you who have been going to church your whole life, this time of year is something that you already knew was coming. You could say “I’ve heard it all before” and dismiss it before you even hear it. For those of you who are new to church, this might be a word you have ever heard. When you find out that it has to do with money it might make you think the common cliché that the church only wants your money. Both of these perspectives are wrong. Stewardship is(...)

Blessed Are…

Sermon for November 4th, 2018 The Beatitudes begin what is commonly referenced as Jesus most famous sermon. The word "beatitude" comes from the Latin <em>beatitudo</em>, meaning "blessedness." The phrase "blessed are" in each beatitude implies a <em>current</em> state of happiness or well-being. This expression held powerful meaning of "divine joy and perfect happiness" to the people of the day. In other words, Jesus was saying "divinely happy and fortunate are those who possess these inward qualities." While speaking of a current "blessedness," each pronouncement also promised a future reward. But why do you think Jesus started with these? I think in(...)

Reformation Day

Sermon for October 28th, 2018 On October 31, much of the culture will be focused on candy and things that go bump in the night. Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31. It’s Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates? At the time, few would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, would soon be heard around the world and(...)

Living Differently

Sermon for October 21, 2018 We have started a new series called <strong>Who are the people in your neighborhood?</strong> Most people struggle to build relationships with their neighbors. Why? What would happen if every believer in our city made an attempt to build relationships with the people in the 8 households that are closest to them? The goal of this series is to inspire and equip believers to become neighborhood catalysts that move themselves and others from; Strangers to Acquaintances, and from Acquaintances to Relationship. We need to identify “neighborhood practices” that will help us to take practical steps towards becoming(...)

Crossing Cultures

Sermon for October 14th, 2018 We have started a new series called <strong>Who are the people in your neighborhood?</strong> Most people struggle to build relationships with their neighbors. Why? What would happen if every believer in our city made an attempt to build relationships with the people in the 8 households that are closest to them? The goal of this series is to inspire and equip believers to become neighborhood catalysts that move themselves and others from; Strangers to Acquaintances, and from Acquaintances to Relationship. We need to identify “neighborhood practices” that will help us to take practical steps towards becoming(...)

Bringing them to the table

Sermon for October 7th, 2018 We have started a new series called Who are the people in your neighborhood? Most people struggle to build relationships with their neighbors. Why? What would happen if every believer in our city made an attempt to build relationships with the people in the 8 households that are closest to them? The goal of this series is to inspire and equip believers to become neighborhood catalysts that move themselves and others from; Strangers to Acquaintances, and from Acquaintances to Relationship. We need to identify “neighborhood practices” that will help us to take practical steps towards becoming(...)