Dec 29, 2019
Tell Me How You Really Feel
Series: Wait
  • Dec 29, 2019Tell Me How You Really Feel
    Dec 29, 2019
    Tell Me How You Really Feel
    Series: Wait
  • Dec 24, 2019The Wait is Over
    Dec 24, 2019
    The Wait is Over
    Series: Wait
    May God bless all of us this Christmas as we celebrate the end of our waiting, the coming of hope and peace and joy, even in the midst of our continuing to wait for hope, peace and joy to be finally and fully fulfilled.
  • Dec 22, 2019Waiting & Hastening
    Dec 22, 2019
    Waiting & Hastening
    Series: Wait
    We ‘wait for and hasten’ the coming of the Lord when we remember, hold fast and pursue righteousness.
  • Dec 15, 2019Wait For It
    Dec 15, 2019
    Wait For It
    Series: Wait
    When we wait for God’s timing, we are given an opportunity to trust more deeply in his salvation, deliverance and presence.
  • Dec 8, 2019The Divine Pause
    Dec 8, 2019
    The Divine Pause
    Series: Wait
    In God’s patience, we find an expression of His love and grace and a model for our own.
  • Dec 1, 2019A Holy Discontent
    Dec 1, 2019
    A Holy Discontent
    Series: Wait
    In waiting on the Lord, we can find peace & hope in the midst of our discontent.
The Christian calendar begins, not with January 1st, but instead with the first Sunday in Advent. It’s an interesting decision that the early church fathers made in doing this. Interesting because the Christian year begins not with resolutions and activity, but with waiting. Advent is an intentional season of preparation and pause, a time to reflect and prepare for the celebration of the coming of the Lord’s Messiah, Jesus Christ. There is great wisdom in this decision, particularly for our current times. We live in a culture of hurry and rush and activity, the last thing we want or like to do is wait for anything.
By starting the year with a season of waiting, we are invited to settle into a different rhythm of life and living, a rhythm that is ultimately about trust. Trusting in the God who created Time, trusting in the One who has set His plans in motion and will see them through, trusting that there is One who knows and understands more than we do, trusting that He is good and that He is love.  Join us as we ‘wait expectantly’ this Advent Season.

Nov 24, 2019
Community thrives on radical servanthood.
  • Nov 24, 2019Cruciformity
    Nov 24, 2019
    Community thrives on radical servanthood.
  • Nov 17, 2019Wholeheartedness
    Nov 17, 2019
    We find wholeheartedness when we “abide in Him” as individuals and as a community.
  • Nov 10, 2019The Toughest People to Love
    Nov 10, 2019
    The Toughest People to Love
    When we embrace the love that God has for us, we can begin to extend that love to others.
  • Nov 3, 2019Many Parts
    Nov 3, 2019
    Many Parts
    In the diversity of the Body, we find a unity that glorifies God.
  • Oct 27, 2019One Body
    Oct 27, 2019
    One Body

    We live a life worthy of our calling when we make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit.

  • Oct 20, 2019Perichoresis
    Oct 20, 2019
    In community we are called to reflect the light and life of the Trinity.
Being a “church” means being part of a community of faith. But as long as there are people involved, it’s going to be messy.  And yet, for the past two thousand years, the church has been God’s means of reaching the world with the hope and life of Jesus Christ.  So what does it mean to be “the Body of Christ?” How do we be in community with others? What defines us as a community? These are just a few of the questions we’ll be exploring over the course of this series.

Oct 13, 2019
God’s Triple Dog Dare
We can return to the Lord by accepting His triple-dog dare.
  • Oct 13, 2019God’s Triple Dog Dare
    Oct 13, 2019
    God’s Triple Dog Dare
    We can return to the Lord by accepting His triple-dog dare.
  • Oct 6, 2019Giving the Tenth, Giving the Thanks
    Oct 6, 2019
    Giving the Tenth, Giving the Thanks
    We can find new life and obedience to Christ by understanding and embracing what the tithe means today.
  • Sep 29, 2019For the Kingdom
    Sep 29, 2019
    For the Kingdom
    When we embrace who and what our giving is for, we begin the journey toward Christ-like stewardship.
  • Sep 22, 2019It’s All Meaningless
    Sep 22, 2019
    It’s All Meaningless
    We find meaning in our money when we go back to the Source.
  • Sep 15, 2019You Can’t Take It With You
    Sep 15, 2019
    You Can’t Take It With You
    When we let go of our possessions, we move closer to the richness and abundance of life God has promised us.
  • Sep 8, 2019Consumed by Consuming
    Sep 8, 2019
    Consumed by Consuming
    We can avoid the trap of consumption when we learn the true secret to great wealth.
Over the past several weeks, the national news has been increasingly dominated with talk of a possible recession on the horizon. The slightest increase or decrease in the stock market makes instant headlines. With the obsession our culture has with money, along with the large amount of time that Scripture spends talking about finances and personal possessions, it is appropriate that we work through a series on financial stewardship. The first half of this series will focus on what the Bible says about money in general and the second half will look at helping us develop a biblical concept of giving.

Sep 1, 2019
Faithful Prayers
Series: Do Something
In all that we do, and particularly when we don’t know what to do, we should pray.
  • Sep 1, 2019Faithful Prayers
    Sep 1, 2019
    Faithful Prayers
    Series: Do Something
    In all that we do, and particularly when we don’t know what to do, we should pray.
  • Aug 25, 2019Patience is a Virtue
    Aug 25, 2019
    Patience is a Virtue
    Series: Do Something
    We can be patient when we remember that Jesus Christ’s return is sure and certain.
  • Aug 18, 2019Three Fingers
    Aug 18, 2019
    Three Fingers
    Series: Do Something
    When we remember the fate of worldly living, we find that true life is only found in Jesus Christ.
  • Aug 11, 2019Faith is not a Formula
    Aug 11, 2019
    Faith is not a Formula
    Series: Do Something
    In this passage, James is calling us to a deeper and richer sense of what our faith is all about.
  • Aug 4, 2019War Within & Without
    Aug 4, 2019
    War Within & Without
    Series: Do Something
    The wars within and without settle when we pursue God’s shalom.
  • Jul 28, 2019Pure Wisdom
    Jul 28, 2019
    Pure Wisdom
    Series: Do Something
    Pure, godly wisdom is shown in the harvest it produces.
  • Jul 21, 2019Tongue Tied
    Jul 21, 2019
    Tongue Tied
    Series: Do Something
    The depth of our relationship with Christ is shown in how we 'talk the talk.'
  • Jul 14, 2019Work It Out
    Jul 14, 2019
    Work It Out
    Series: Do Something
    The vibrancy of our faith is shown in how we ‘walk the walk.’
  • Jul 7, 2019Love Mercy
    Jul 7, 2019
    Love Mercy
    Series: Do Something
    We keep the ‘Royal Law’ when we extend Christ’s mercy to others.
  • Jun 30, 2019Discrimination, Distinctions and Discernment
    Jun 30, 2019
    Discrimination, Distinctions and Discernment
    Series: Do Something
    When words are redefined in a way that prevents Christians from thinking biblically, we need to do something.
James is a fascinating book, because he’s dealing with an issue that probably doesn’t surprise us – Christians who forgot how to be, well, Christians. They just weren’t “doing” what they were supposed to be doing. That’s something we see happening around us all the time, and is probably something you’ve struggled with in your walk with the Lord as well. But for us to struggle with that after 2,000 years of Christian history isn’t really surprising. What is surprising is that James found Christians of his day and age struggling with it. Why? Because James wrote his letter barely a decade after Jesus Christ died on the cross and was raised from the dead! Hardly ten years had passed, and Christians were already forgetting how to be, well, Christians. This incredibly pastoral letter from James is a call for Christians to get in the game.

Jun 9, 2019
Believing is Seeing
Series: Now I See
Every encounter with Jesus leaves us changed in profound ways that are worth sharing.
  • Jun 9, 2019Believing is Seeing
    Jun 9, 2019
    Believing is Seeing
    Series: Now I See
    Every encounter with Jesus leaves us changed in profound ways that are worth sharing.
  • Jun 2, 2019One Thing I Do Know
    Jun 2, 2019
    One Thing I Do Know
    Series: Now I See
    When it comes down to it, there's only one thing we need to know: the difference Jesus made in our life.
  • May 26, 2019UnAfraid
    May 26, 2019
    Series: Now I See
    We can find confidence in spite of our fear when we trust in what Christ has done for us.
  • May 19, 2019Breaking Sabbath
    May 19, 2019
    Breaking Sabbath
    Series: Now I See
    In the Sabbath, God provides the beat that maintains the rhythm of our lives.
  • May 12, 2019What’s Your Story?
    May 12, 2019
    What’s Your Story?
    Series: Now I See
    When the Light of the World shines, our lives are changed in ways others can’t help but see.
  • May 5, 2019Mud In Your Eye
    May 5, 2019
    Mud In Your Eye
    Series: Now I See
    Whether we find ourselves healed like the blind man or not, we can trust that God’s works will be revealed regardless.
  • Apr 28, 2019Sour Grapes?
    Apr 28, 2019
    Sour Grapes?
    Series: Now I See
    In Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question, we are being asked three questions in return.
Throughout his Gospel, John is constantly bringing forward a contrast between light and darkness, belief and unbelief, and sight and blindness. Sometimes John talks about these themes individually (such as John 1:5). Often, these three contrasts are brought together (take, for example, John 3:16-21). In John 9, he weaves these contrasting themes together into one of the most compelling stories in in his Gospel and in Scripture.
Over the course of the season of Easter (which runs from Easter Sunday through Pentecost), we’ll be exploring the richness of the story of the man born blind. In this story, John contrasts a man who was born physically blind yet could see better than anyone else with people who could physically see but were actually blind. Along the way, we’ll explore why bad things happen, how to find healing in Jesus, the power of a changed life, the importance of the sabbath, family matters, how to defend your faith, and what it really means to believe and see.

Apr 21, 2019
Out of Darkness, Light! (Psalm 22)
Because of the darkness of Good Friday, the light of Easter demonstrates God’s presence, provision and paschal victory.
  • Apr 21, 2019Out of Darkness, Light! (Psalm 22)
    Apr 21, 2019
    Out of Darkness, Light! (Psalm 22)
    Because of the darkness of Good Friday, the light of Easter demonstrates God’s presence, provision and paschal victory.
  • Apr 14, 2019When We Rejoice (Psalm 118)
    Apr 14, 2019
    When We Rejoice (Psalm 118)
    We can join the disciples in their Palm Sunday celebration by remembering where the life of prayer begins and ends.
  • Mar 31, 2019A Trust That Never Stops (Psalm 27)
    Mar 31, 2019
    A Trust That Never Stops (Psalm 27)
    We can find a trust that never stops by prayerfully making two trustworthy commitments.
  • Mar 24, 2019When We’ve Messed Up (Psalm 51)
    Mar 24, 2019
    When We’ve Messed Up (Psalm 51)
    We can find forgiveness ‘when we’ve messed up’ by joining David in the five movements of true repentance.
  • Mar 17, 2019Approaching the Unapproachable (Psalm 139)
    Mar 17, 2019
    Approaching the Unapproachable (Psalm 139)
    We can approach the unapproachable God by joining the Psalmist in reflection and response.
  • Mar 10, 2019The Problem with Prayer (Psalm 1)
    Mar 10, 2019
    The Problem with Prayer (Psalm 1)
    We can move past the problem with prayer by adopting three prayerful postures.
  • Mar 6, 2019Ash Wednesday – Springtime for Your Soul
    Mar 6, 2019
    Ash Wednesday – Springtime for Your Soul
    Just like we do spring cleaning around our homes, Lent provides us an opportunity for some spiritual spring cleaning.
Lent is a season of intentional reflection and prayer. Much as we practice the annual ritual of “spring cleaning” in order to clean up the dust and cruft that’s built up in our homes and yards over the course of the past year, Lent is the opportunity to do that with our souls. And there’s no better guide to help us with this than the prayer book of the Hebrews – the Psalms. Over the course of this series, we’ll look at the problem of prayer, how to approach the Inapproachable, how to pray when we’ve done wrong, how to cultivate a trust that never stops, how to pray when there is no hope, and what rejoicing really looks like.

Mar 3, 2019
The Point of Everything
When we remember the point of everything, we can trust God to answer our prayers.
  • Mar 3, 2019The Point of Everything
    Mar 3, 2019
    The Point of Everything
    When we remember the point of everything, we can trust God to answer our prayers.
  • Feb 24, 2019Deliver Us
    Feb 24, 2019
    Deliver Us
    In the sixth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, we appeal to God to deliver us from that which we can not deliver ourselves.
  • Feb 17, 2019Freely Forgive(n)
    Feb 17, 2019
    Freely Forgive(n)
    When we accept our need to be forgiven, we break the cycle of retribution by sharing that forgiveness with others.
  • Feb 10, 2019God is Great, God is Good
    Feb 10, 2019
    God is Great, God is Good
    In asking God for "our daily bread," we are reminded that all good things come from our great God.
  • Feb 3, 2019On Earth As It Is In Heaven
    Feb 3, 2019
    On Earth As It Is In Heaven
    When we pray the 2nd and 3rd petitions, we are given the destination and the bearing by which we live.
  • Jan 27, 2019Whats in a Name?
    Jan 27, 2019
    Whats in a Name?
    When we pray, “hallowed be thy name,” we declare God to be the ‘North Star’ for our lives.
  • Jan 20, 2019A Person and A Place
    Jan 20, 2019
    A Person and A Place
    Is God a person, and is heaven a place?  Yes...and no.  There's so much more to both.
  • Jan 6, 2019Daddy Issues
    Jan 6, 2019
    Daddy Issues
    When we pray “Our Father,” we are given a place and a purpose.
Just as with physical health, our spiritual health takes intentionality and commitment, and it begins with prayer. Prayer is a funny thing — most everyone has prayed at some point in time since they were a little child, and yet it’s also the one thing I hear that people struggle with more than most anything else. In fact, at one point even the disciples had to ask Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1).  On Sunday mornings through the season of Epiphany, we’ll dig deeply into The Lord’s Prayer – a prayer we all say every Sunday, but many of us don’t fully understand what we’re saying about or asking of God. If you, like the disciples (and most of us if we’re honest), are looking for someone to teach you to pray, or maybe you could use some encouragement in your prayer life, may these sermons bring you some encouragement.