SERMONS

 
 
AUDIO SERMONS

Jul 15, 2018
Running from God
In spite of our faithlessness, God is always faithful.
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  • Jul 15, 2018Running from God
    Jul 15, 2018
    Running from God
    In spite of our faithlessness, God is always faithful.
 
The story of Jonah is simple enough for children to grasp, yet rich enough for adults to delight in as well.  Interestingly enough, the portion of the story that Jonah is best known for is only a couple of verses out of the entire book.  As we work our way through this well-known tale, we will not only see ourselves in the story, but begin to find God’s heart of relentless love for His children.

Jul 8, 2018
Why I Am A Christian
 
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  • Jul 8, 2018Why I Am A Christian
    Jul 8, 2018
    Why I Am A Christian
     
  • Jul 1, 2018Worship, Spirit and Truth
    Jul 1, 2018
    Worship, Spirit and Truth
  • Jun 24, 2018Christ, Who Is Our Life
    Jun 24, 2018
    Christ, Who Is Our Life
     
 

Summer Guest Preachers

In June and July, we were blessed to hear from three guest preachers.  You can find their messages here.

Jun 17, 2018
Nothing Else Matters
When we’ve finished chasing the wind, we find that only three things remain.
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  • Jun 17, 2018Nothing Else Matters
    Jun 17, 2018
    Nothing Else Matters
    When we’ve finished chasing the wind, we find that only three things remain.
  • Jun 10, 2018Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness
    Jun 10, 2018
    Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness
    Through embracing our frailty and mortality, we find that the shadows prove the sunshine.
  • Jun 3, 2018One (Is the Loneliest Number)
    Jun 3, 2018
    One (Is the Loneliest Number)
    We find the antidote to our increased isolation by pursing community grounded in Jesus Christ.
  • May 27, 2018Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    May 27, 2018
    Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    When the stuff of earth is stripped away, hope comes on the winds of Heaven.
 
At first glance, Ecclesiastes can seem like a pessimistic pile of skepticism and futility. But there’s a reason why this book is included in the canon of Scripture, and it’s part of why it’s one of my favorite books in the whole Bible. As Eugene Peterson writes,“The author’s cool skepticism, a refreshing negation to the lush and seductive suggestions swirling around us, promising everything but delivering nothing, clears the air. And once the air is cleared, we are ready for reality – for God.” Over the course of this series, we’ll look at the futility of everything, the necessity of community, the life-giving nature of grief, and wrap up with a look at the only thing that really matters in the end.

May 20, 2018
God In The House
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can follow the apostles in transforming our communities. 
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  • May 20, 2018God In The House
    May 20, 2018
    God In The House
    Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can follow the apostles in transforming our communities. 
  • May 13, 2018Courage & Hope
    May 13, 2018
    Courage & Hope
    We are able to take courage and have hope because of the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
  • May 6, 2018A Sure Salvation
    May 6, 2018
    A Sure Salvation
    Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, we are given a sure and certain salvation.
  • Apr 29, 2018The Whole World
    Apr 29, 2018
    The Whole World
    We are assured of our salvation as we cultivate fellowship with God through Jesus Christ.
  • Apr 22, 2018My Sacrifice
    Apr 22, 2018
    My Sacrifice

    Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, we are able to offer God the living sacrifice of our hearts. 

  • Apr 15, 2018It Was Always The Plan
    Apr 15, 2018
    It Was Always The Plan
    It was always God’s plan to save us through the atoning sacrifice of the Suffering Servant.
  • Apr 8, 2018My Lord and My God!
    Apr 8, 2018
    My Lord and My God!
    May we follow Thomas' example and find ourselves in Jesus' presence, declaring, "My Lord and my God!"
  • Apr 1, 2018Jimmy Buffett Was Right
    Apr 1, 2018
    Jimmy Buffett Was Right
    We can fully live out the hope of the Christian life by focusing on the double cure given that Easter morning.

 
Emil Brunner once wrote, “[the atonement] is the Christian religion itself; it is the main point; it is not something alongside of the center, it is the substance and kernel, not the husk.”  But many today struggle to accept this most central of Christian doctrines.  Through this series, we will seek to understand the importance of Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross and what it means for our faith and our life today.

Mar 25, 2018
Dance!
We can know the faithfulness and joy that they knew that first Palm Sunday when we move to the same rhythm as Christ.
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  • Mar 25, 2018Dance!
    Mar 25, 2018
    Dance!
    We can know the faithfulness and joy that they knew that first Palm Sunday when we move to the same rhythm as Christ.
  • Mar 18, 2018Wrestle
    Mar 18, 2018
    Wrestle
    In wrestling with God, we find that His blessings are often more than meets the eye.
  • Mar 11, 2018Humbled
    Mar 11, 2018
    Humbled
    The blessings of God are opened to us when we walk the humble path of the Kingdom.
  • Mar 4, 2018Imagine
    Mar 4, 2018
    Imagine
    When we are grounded in the love of God, we begin to see the future hope and present reality of the Kingdom of God.
  • Feb 25, 2018Beloved
    Feb 25, 2018
    Beloved

    When we embrace the depths of love God has for who we truly are, we are set free from our false self.  

  • Feb 18, 2018Grounded
    Feb 18, 2018
    Grounded
    When we seek to ‘abide in Christ,’ we find the joy for which we’re all searching.

 
As we transition from winter to spring, most of us will celebrate the annual ritual known as “spring cleaning.” We clean out the cruft, muck, dust and general detritus that’s built up in our homes and yards over the past year in preparation for the warmth and growth of spring. Spring cleaning isn’t usually fun, and its often messy, but it’s worth the work because we know what is to come. Lent provides an opportunity for us to do some “spiritual spring cleaning” to make room for new spiritual growth.

Feb 11, 2018
The Gospel of the Revealed King
When we recognize the King revealed in the Gospel, the only response we can give is to listen to him.
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  • Feb 11, 2018The Gospel of the Revealed King
    Feb 11, 2018
    The Gospel of the Revealed King
    When we recognize the King revealed in the Gospel, the only response we can give is to listen to him.
  • Feb 4, 2018The Gospel of the King Trusted
    Feb 4, 2018
    The Gospel of the King Trusted
    When we exchange the shadow of the Gospel for the reality, we find fulness of life by trusting in Jesus Christ.
  • Jan 28, 2018The Gospel of the Devoted King
    Jan 28, 2018
    The Gospel of the Devoted King
    We can nurture a Christ-like devotion when we follow the example of the Devoted King.
  • Jan 21, 2018The Gospel of the Redeeming King
    Jan 21, 2018
    The Gospel of the Redeeming King
    In the Gospel of King Jesus, we find a redemption far bigger than we ever could have imagined.
  • Jan 14, 2018The Gospel of the Threatening King
    Jan 14, 2018
    The Gospel of the Threatening King
    We can find the life of true freedom offered by the Gospel of King Jesus when we realize the threat posed by this King.
  • Jan 7, 2018The Gospel of the Worshipped King
    Jan 7, 2018
    The Gospel of the Worshipped King
    When we recognize Jesus as King, we are invited to join the Magi in worshipping him in fulness and in truth.
  • Dec 31, 2017The Beginning of the Gospel
    Dec 31, 2017
    The Beginning of the Gospel
     

The Christian season of Epiphany runs from January 6 (the Feast of Epiphany) up to Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins.  It is a season in which we intentionally and purposefully reflect on the wonder and awe of the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ.  And it provides for us an opportunity to look, with fresh eyes and ears, at the Gospel.  For the Apostles, the Gospel was simply (and profoundly) the declaration of the good news that King Jesus has come to redeem Israel and all people.  That is what we’re seeking to explore through this series.


Dec 24, 2017
…Of The Christ
In the birth of the Christ Child, the zeal of the Lord Almighty fulfills Israel’s Story in ways far beyond anything we could hope or dream.
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  • Dec 24, 2017…Of The Christ
    Dec 24, 2017
    …Of The Christ
    In the birth of the Christ Child, the zeal of the Lord Almighty fulfills Israel’s Story in ways far beyond anything we could hope or dream.
  • Dec 24, 2017…Of The Shepherds
    Dec 24, 2017
    …Of The Shepherds
    When we join the Shepherds in their Story, we are invited to spread the good news of great joy to all people.
  • Dec 17, 2017…Of The Angels
    Dec 17, 2017
    …Of The Angels
    When we join the Angels in their Story, we are reminded that joy comes in the midst of the messiness of life.
  • Dec 10, 2017…Of Bethlehem
    Dec 10, 2017
    …Of Bethlehem
    In the story of Bethlehem, we find that peace is often found in the most unlikely places.
  • Dec 3, 2017…Of The Prophets
    Dec 3, 2017
    …Of The Prophets
    In the stories of the prophets, we find a life that trusts God, whose hopes are fulfilled in astonishing ways.
One of our favorite aspects of the Christmas season, each and every year, are the stories. Stories handed down through the years, such as A Christmas Carol or The Night Before Christmas, the stories of our family holidays in the past, the stories in the Bible of the Birth of Christ. In our Advent series, Tell Me The Stories, we will seek to connect with the stories of our faith in new ways.

Nov 26, 2017
Who Is Your King?
Because Jesus Christ is the all-sufficient King, we can trust Him for rescue, redemption, reconciliation.
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  • Nov 26, 2017Who Is Your King?
    Nov 26, 2017
    Who Is Your King?
    Because Jesus Christ is the all-sufficient King, we can trust Him for rescue, redemption, reconciliation.
  • Nov 19, 2017The Answer To All The Whys
    Nov 19, 2017
    The Answer To All The Whys
    We can take heart knowing that all is for God’s glory alone.
  • Nov 12, 2017Search and Rescue
    Nov 12, 2017
    Search and Rescue
     
  • Nov 5, 2017The Only Thing That Counts
    Nov 5, 2017
    The Only Thing That Counts
    Because the only thing that counts is trust in Christ, we are set free to love others.
  • Oct 29, 2017What’s Your Authority?
    Oct 29, 2017
    What’s Your Authority?
    Amidst the noise of our world, we can trust in the sure, timeless truth of the Word of God.
The Reformation was noted for having 5 particular emphases, known as the “Five Solas,” (‘Sola’ being the latin word for ‘Alone’) which we’ll be looking at over the next 5 weeks. They are Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, for the Glory of God Alone, and Christ Alone.

Oct 22, 2017
Relationally Challenged?
Series: Maximum Life
We can only achieve the ‘maximum life’ by ‘clothing ourselves’ in relationships with others.
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  • Oct 22, 2017Relationally Challenged?
    Oct 22, 2017
    Relationally Challenged?
    Series: Maximum Life
    We can only achieve the ‘maximum life’ by ‘clothing ourselves’ in relationships with others.
  • Oct 15, 2017Give It Away Now
    Oct 15, 2017
    Give It Away Now
    Series: Maximum Life
    When we excel in the grace of giving, we move closer to the maximum life God intends for all of us.
  • Oct 8, 2017The Grace of Giving
    Oct 8, 2017
    The Grace of Giving
    Series: Maximum Life
    When we excel in the grace of giving, we move closer to the maximum life God intends for all of us.
  • Oct 1, 2017A Biblical Truth – Toward a Theology of Creation Stewardship
    Oct 1, 2017
    A Biblical Truth – Toward a Theology of Creation Stewardship
    Series: Maximum Life
    By recognizing our relationship with creation, we can begin to live as faithful stewards of God’s creation.
  • Sep 24, 2017Over The Sun
    Sep 24, 2017
    Over The Sun
    Series: Maximum Life
    We can redeem our time by reaching the three checkpoints that enable us to get over the sun.

So often in the church today, we narrowly associate stewardship with finances, and specifically with church budgets. But doing so keeps us from seeing the bigger picture of the stewardship to which God is inviting us. When we realize that stewardship is about more than finances – including relationships, talents and abilities, our natural resources and time – we begin to see that by living life as a good steward, we begin to experience the fullness of life that God intended for us from the beginning. Ultimately, stewardship is an issue of discipleship, not church budgets.

Sep 17, 2017
The Great Mystery
When we train ourselves in godliness, we find the clarity for living that we’ve been missing.
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  • Sep 17, 2017The Great Mystery
    Sep 17, 2017
    The Great Mystery
    When we train ourselves in godliness, we find the clarity for living that we’ve been missing.
  • Sep 10, 2017The Great Vision
    Sep 10, 2017
    The Great Vision
    Because of our ‘bright hope for tomorrow,’ we can have ‘strength for today.’
  • Sep 3, 2017The Great Mission
    Sep 3, 2017
    The Great Mission
    We are invited to join Jesus in his mission to “seek and save what was lost.”
  • Aug 27, 2017The Great Witness
    Aug 27, 2017
    The Great Witness
    We can find joy and freedom in sharing our faith when we embrace the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • Aug 20, 2017The Great Commission
    Aug 20, 2017
    The Great Commission
    We can live out the Great Commission with confidence knowing Jesus will always be with us.
  • Aug 13, 2017The Great Commandment
    Aug 13, 2017
    The Great Commandment
    We are given a Faith that Sticks in the Jesus Creed of Loving God and Loving Others.
  • Aug 6, 2017The Great Promise
    Aug 6, 2017
    The Great Promise
    In Jesus’ Great Promise we find the freedom and hope needed in order to serve Him fully.

There are seven passages of scripture that carry the designation, “Great.” Many of these passages are familiar, some are not. But each one holds a wealth of wisdom and insight into who we are to be as Christians, as a Church, and how we are to carry the Gospel into the world.