Relevance Matters

Pastor Rachel wraps up our series on Acts explaining how Paul contextualizes the Gospel to his various audiences in Athens by entering their world, and invites us to do the same today.

Scripture: Acts 17:16-34

The Gospel is for Everyone

Pastor Mark describes the 3 main characters in Acts 16 and shows us that no matter who we are, Jesus can meet our needs.

Scripture: Acts 16:11-40

 

Grace to Grace

Pastor Mark unpacks the Jerusalem Council where Gentiles are told they don’t need to be circumcised to be saved but are to still abstain for pagan rituals. Though foreign to our cultural context, we learn from this passage that you don’t have to change for God to accept you, but God will change you once you’re accepted.

Scripture: Acts 15:1-29

The Feast of the Father

Pastor Mark wraps up our series on the famous parable of the lost sons showing how it fits into the Bible’s grand theme of exile, homecoming and feasting.

Scripture: Luke 15:25-32; Isaiah 25:6-8; Revelation 19:9; Matthew 8:11

 

The True Elder Brother

Pastor Ryan Klement shows us how Jesus is the true elder brother that we all need.

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

The Elder Brother

Pastor Mark continues our Prodigal God series, this time focusing on how the older brother was just as lost as his younger brother.

Scripture: Luke 15:25-32

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).

 

Loving Well

What’s the main mission of the Church?  Many would say it’s to love others. Jesus does a tag line to that concept as he says, “…as I have loved you.” Jesus describes that one way to love well is to enter the world of other people. To become incarnate to them – ‘God with skin on’.  And one of the basic yet undervalued ways to become God with skin on is to be present with others and to simply listen. Yet listening is a lost art but one of the best ways to show our love towards others. And the more we are in tune with our own emotional health the better we can love God and love others by listening to them. Loving the world starts with us loving each other in our local church. As we practice love we set the stage for God’s Spirit to move in some mighty ways.

Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11; John 13:34-35

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