The Two Lost Sons

Lead Pastor Juno Smalley continues the Prodigal God series as we take a look at this famous parable realizing that both sons are lost, not just the younger son.

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

The People Around Jesus

Pastor Mark starts our new series on Jesus’ famous parable of the prodigal son by setting the scene leading up to Jesus sharing this remarkable, radical story of grace.

Scripture: Luke 15:1-10

(Please note: due to technical/recording difficulties, at the 4:01 minute mark a few minutes of the original sermon are omitted).

 

Worship and Mission

When we talk about worship and mission — we often don’t associate them together. But in fact, God designed worship and mission to function inseparably: for worship to fuel God’s people and send them out on mission to reach the lost, and for missional living to draw His children back to worship. Listen as Pastors Mark and Rachel share how being on mission and worshipping God is part of what it means to be made in God’s image, as well as what happens to Israel when they forget this fact and neglect being on mission for spreading God’s kingdom.

Scripture: Isaiah 1:11-17; Amos 5:21-24

 

 

Agape

Love is a powerful word that illicits a mixed range of emotions – some wonderful, others painful. And often our culture confuses the different meanings of love. We usually think of love as just a romantic feeling. Yet, in the Bible, the ultimate type of love – Divine love – is the Greek word ‘agape’. Agape love is God’s unselfish, sacrificial, unconditional, and generous love. In this part of the Bible, John says when someone is living and giving this kind of agape love you will know they are the real deal – a follower of this Jesus who died for us on the cross giving the ultimate example of true love.

Scripture: 1 John 4:7-12

Love

Israel was thrown out of their land, they were being oppressed, and they had nowhere to go. Yet they were reminded of God’s bigger picture – Immanuel: ‘God with us’! When Mary and Joseph’s life was turned upside down they were told the same thing. They were encouraged to not let fear ruin their dreams and to remember God was with them. During this time of preparing for Christmas, let’s remember God’s love is shown in His presence here with us. We as His church are His hands and feet, yet there are often times when God shows up and is simply or not so simply ‘just with us’. God loved us enough to ‘show’ up. Maybe that’s how God will use you this week – just showing up!

Scripture: Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39

Love: It Makes All the Difference in the World

What’s probably one of the most misread passages in the New Testament? If you’ve ever been to a wedding you’ve probably heard something said about it. It’s the ‘Love Chapter’ found in 1 Corinthians 13. The writer is talking to a community of Jesus followers and they all have their ego’s tied in a knot and dissension is happening. They are thinking because they have certain skills (spiritual gifts) God loves them more or they must be closer to God than the other followers of Jesus. So Paul addresses them all with a little ‘Hey, it’s time to do a reality check and focus on the thing that makes all the difference in the world – God’s love’. God’s love is not some sentimental mushy quote or poem written on a greeting card. Instead, the love of God is completely selfless and promises to change us all in so many ways – to make all the difference in the world

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Discipline: For the Sake of the Gospel

Do you think a church should ever ask a member to leave their church, even if they are involved in incest? Shouldn’t the church allow anyone who does anything? While the writer of the book isn’t thrilled with the actions of immoral behavior, he’s more disgusted by the lack of response by the church. Check out this message to see if church discipline is an outdated function of church leadership or if God still wants the church to step into private habits.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Matthew 18:15-16

What is Success

So what’s the big deal of showing a little love? Does it really make a difference? In the New Testament, James gives the church then, and ours today some key reminders about ‘being the church’. Being in three bible studies is not the answer. Loving others is, and he tells us how. It’s time to stop ‘proclaiming’ and start living how Jesus tells us.

Scripture: James 2:14-26

 

Hearing and Doing the Word

Throughout history, the church has talked about and struggled with the idea of both hearing and doing the word. James begins his book with that struggle, in fact some would say this theme of hearing and doing is the key of the entire book. From the perspective of James you can not separate the two concepts, We need to ‘hear’ to the point that our lives are changed and the ‘faith’ we are learning about moves into action. Without the action, is it real faith at all?

Scripture: James 1:22-27

Serving

Richard Foster writes – when we serve, “The grace of humility is woven into our lives”. Most people know intuitively the act of service, that the ideal of helping others is good and healthy, but do we know why? Are you a ‘Chair Chump’ when it comes to serving in the church? Finding rest by serving seems like a oxymoron. Listen and see how you might find rest in a restless world by serving.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10, John 13:4-5 & 14-15, I Samuel 12:24