Go and Make Disciples

Pastor Ryan looks at our mission and what it really means to go and make disciples and to baptize and teach them.

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20

 

In Between Sundays

Pastor Juno looks at Our Mission and Big 3 Values and discusses how to apply these to our lives between Sundays.

Various Scripture

Church as a Meal

Pastor Mark continues our series by showing how the early church, following the practice of Jesus, primarily met in a house around a table for a meal — and shares this invitation for us today.

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47

Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner?

Pastor Juno continues our series by looking at the role of community in eating and drinking with others.

Scripture: Luke 7

Eating and Drinking

Pastor Mark starts our new series on the simple but profound act of eating and drinking with others to show grace – just like Jesus did.

Scripture: Luke 5:27-34

 

The Power of a Faithful Friend

While one of the most popular passages in the Bible, Pastor Juno takes a different look at Saul’s conversion emphasizing the role of Ananias’ friendship on Saul’s dramatic encounter with the risen Jesus.

Scripture: Acts 9:1-31

The Spirit Filled Church

Pastor Ryan shares about the four key elements of the early church — and our call to live those out today.

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47

Embrace Grieving and Loss

Most people associate grieving and loss with the death of a loved one or a traumatic catastrophic happening. Yet we all experience loss in so many ways: loss of a spouse or friend, loss of a job, career or retirement, the loss of your marriage, the loss of a miscarriage or abortion. Or maybe it’s the impact of a one night stand, your home is sold, your friend got married, etc. But, we cannot be spiritually mature followers of Jesus if we have not embraced grieving and loss.

God created us for shalom – a peace that transforms situations and brings our lives in alignment with God’s desire and design for us. The garden of Eden was a place that was a healthy place for growth and life filled with joy and delight. Yet, as humans we messed that all up and so from the beginning of humanity there was grieving and loss. Unfortunately, the Church usually does a poor job leaning into the emotions that are associated with grieving and loss. This sermon affirms the Biblical need for grieving and supplies some practical advise on how to grieve in a healthy way.

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Scripture: Genesis 2; John 11:35

An Urgent Call

Having spent the first half of this letter to the Ephesians establishing their new identity in Jesus, Paul now urges the Ephesians to live their lives in a manner that reflects this new identity. And to our surprise, Paul doesn’t start with sexual ethics, greed or any other hot-button issue. Instead, his immediate focus is on unity.

Paul exhorts the Ephesians (and us today) to keep the unity amongst us created by the Gospel. Unity does not mean uniformity, nor that disagreement won’t arise. Instead, following the example and fulfillment of Jesus, Paul instructs us to keep the unity by being humble, gentle, patient and bearing with one another in love.

When we urgently maintain unity, not only does the Church become who we already are together in Jesus, but we show the world that we are Jesus’ disciples by our love, and ultimately offer a foretaste of when Jesus will unite heaven and earth once and for all.

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-6

Rescue

We are reminded that we have been rescued from a life lived apart from God. The church is a unique place filled with very different people from all walks of life and naturally has problems. We are encouraged to reconcile, work together and put Christ first. In many ways we have become church centric, but need to return to a Christ centric life. Together, we are being built into God’s dwelling place.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-22