May 19, 2024
Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part V
Philippians 2.12-19: By understanding Paul's playing off of Deuteronomy, we see the great confidence Paul has because of the coming of Christ. Moses had little confidence in the people, but Paul speaks of great confidence because of Christ and the coming of the Spirit. In Christ, we live in a completely different age and strength. It calls us to live confidently as we stay connected to the Word.
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  • May 19, 2024Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part V
    May 19, 2024
    Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part V
    Philippians 2.12-19: By understanding Paul's playing off of Deuteronomy, we see the great confidence Paul has because of the coming of Christ. Moses had little confidence in the people, but Paul speaks of great confidence because of Christ and the coming of the Spirit. In Christ, we live in a completely different age and strength. It calls us to live confidently as we stay connected to the Word.
  • May 12, 2024Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part IV
    May 12, 2024
    Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part IV
    Deuteronomy 32: As we continue to explore Paul's message in Philippians 2, we look back at one of the main sources he seems to be utilizing, the ideas of Deuteronomy 32. It is fascinating what we find.
  • May 5, 2024Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part III
    May 5, 2024
    Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part III
    Philippians 2.9-11: Jesus is said to be the name above all names. What does this mean? And how does this begin to connect us to the idea of shining like stars? We'll explore this and how Paul is tying into the idea of God's name from the book of Deuteronomy and how Jesus changed his whole outlook on life.
  • Apr 21, 2024Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part 2
    Apr 21, 2024
    Sermon: Shining Like Stars – Part 2
    Philippians 2.1-11: To know what it means to shine like stars, we first need to understand the glory of the light of Christ. For we follow from him. In ch. 2, Paul wants to highlight Christ's glory in his obedience to the Father, a willingness to give of himself in full obedience and not seek for himself glory. This is his glory, the cross, giving of himself, thinking of others before himself. This is our source of life.
  • Apr 14, 2024Sermon: Shine Like Stars – Part 1
    Apr 14, 2024
    Sermon: Shine Like Stars – Part 1
    Philippians 2.12-18: We begin a look at Paul's teaching in Philippians 2.12-18, which gives insight into the resurrection life of the Christian. In this opening part, we look at the connections of Paul's writing with background in the end of Deuteronomy, which focuses on Moses' final days and words. By making this connection, it will help us move forward to grasp better what Paul is talking about to the Philippian Christians.
  • Apr 7, 2024Sermon: The Soul’s GPS
    Apr 7, 2024
    Sermon: The Soul’s GPS
    Psalm 84: Life is a journey, but ultimately defined by setting the journey's correct destination. In life, simply the joy of the journey is meaningless without the right end. This psalm guides us to the proper end to desire and also the means to endure the journey.
  • Mar 31, 2024Sermon: “Truth is Stranger than Fiction”
    Mar 31, 2024
    Sermon: “Truth is Stranger than Fiction”
    Matthew 27.62-28.15: The resurrection of Jesus is not an earthly imagined reality, but one that must be brought to us from heaven above. But, it also calls for us to believe heaven's witness, that gets passed onto the women, and then the disciples, and then the world. By believing this 'strange' truth, our lives become reoriented around what is real and lasting. In the hardship of this life and its letdowns, the resurrection reorients us around hope, light, and life evermore.
  • Mar 24, 2024Sermon: The Trial
    Mar 24, 2024
    Sermon: The Trial
    Matthew 26.57-27.26: We have a longing for a true Judge deep in our hearts. Feelings of injustice well up within us when we notice something off. But as the true Judge came before us, the collective of humanity tried him unjustly and sentenced him to death. But Jesus accepts the unjust trial in order to establish justice into eternity. And in order to face the last judgment, we can have comfort if we are found in him as those who believe and are covered in his righteousness.
  • Mar 17, 2024Sermon: The Arrest
    Mar 17, 2024
    Sermon: The Arrest
    Matthew 26.47-56: Jesus wakes the disciples up as Judas arrives. In reality, the disciples are being woken up to the words of Jesus coming true. This hour is a dark hour that rattles them, but the words of Jesus about life also will be known. But now, Jesus must follow the path through the darkness, to bring the light to all who believe.
  • Mar 10, 2024Sermon: The Garden
    Mar 10, 2024
    Sermon: The Garden
    Matthew 26.31-46: Jesus enters into the path of isolation as he moves toward the Mt of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane means oil press, which speaks to the pressure that Jesus is experiencing as he is overwhelmed to the point of death. Because he has walked this path of isolation to victory, we can have confidence that he is present in all our sufferings, keeping us from being isolated and alone.