Feb 13, 2022
Sermon: An Inheritance Above the Desires of this World
Series: The New Self
Ephesians 5.3-5: We must see the world from a spiritual perspective, and especially the reality of words. Jesus is the Word made flesh and it is the Word and his words that create life and sustain it. To speak false words, especially the words of idolatrous patterns bring destructive reality. So, as we refuse to name the patterns of destruction, we are forming our hearts and communities to be formed by Christ, the divine Word. And this is done by words of thankfulness that orient us to the inheritance of the Kingdom of Christ that we've been gifted. 
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  • Feb 13, 2022Sermon: An Inheritance Above the Desires of this World
    Feb 13, 2022
    Sermon: An Inheritance Above the Desires of this World
    Series: The New Self
    Ephesians 5.3-5: We must see the world from a spiritual perspective, and especially the reality of words. Jesus is the Word made flesh and it is the Word and his words that create life and sustain it. To speak false words, especially the words of idolatrous patterns bring destructive reality. So, as we refuse to name the patterns of destruction, we are forming our hearts and communities to be formed by Christ, the divine Word. And this is done by words of thankfulness that orient us to the inheritance of the Kingdom of Christ that we've been gifted. 
  • Feb 6, 2022Sermon: Rejecting the Bitter Fruit
    Feb 6, 2022
    Sermon: Rejecting the Bitter Fruit
    Series: The New Self
    Ephesians 4.30-5.2: One of the most destructive powers in life is bitterness of soul. If not resolved or worked through, it can lead to great destruction within families, communities, nations, and oneself. Paul urges the Christian to rid oneself of it and the ugly fruits that come from bitterness. This takes soul inspection and a reliance on the words from above: forgiveness, grace, and the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.
  • Jan 30, 2022Sermon: A Constructive Heart & Mouth
    Jan 30, 2022
    Sermon: A Constructive Heart & Mouth
    Series: The New Self
    Ephesians 4.29-32: Through the Word made flesh, the world and life is built up for God's glory. As we are those filled with the Word, Christ, we are called to have speech that builds up life and doesn't bring the devil's destruction and decay. In our speech, we participate with Christ in bringing the world to a greater glory, of it being built up in Christ for the glory of the Father.
  • Jan 23, 2022Sermon: The Industrious & Generous Self
    Jan 23, 2022
    Sermon: The Industrious & Generous Self
    Series: The New Self
    Ephesians 4.28: Continuing to teach us how to live in the new self, Paul calls us to lives of generosity instead of lives of selfish thievery. How does this apply to our lives, since most of us aren't petty thieves? Or are we all tempted to this in different ways? The path of Christ guides us to true riches that are found in Christ's obedience. Following him, we do the work of the kingdom that we might be generous as he was generous to us.
  • Jan 16, 2022Sermon: Cloaked in Truth
    Jan 16, 2022
    Sermon: Cloaked in Truth
    Series: The New Self
    Ephesians 4.25-27: The beginning of the new self is embracing the truth of Jesus that we've been given. As our sin began through embracing the lie, so our path to life begins by embracing the truth. - truth on the large scale in the way of Jesus and on the small scale in our specific speech. This enables healthy community while deceit destroys community.
  • Jan 9, 2022Sermon: Putting on the New Self
    Jan 9, 2022
    Sermon: Putting on the New Self
    Series: The New Self
    Ephesians 4.17-24: The apostle Paul guides us into living out the "new self" that has been given us in Christ. First, we must recognize the wrong roads and increase our sensitivity to God's holiness and righteousness. This is the process of sanctification that brings us to fill out the new righteous wardrobe we've been gifted through Christ.
  • Jan 2, 2022Sermon: Eyes of Hope – Hearts of Prayer
    Jan 2, 2022
    Sermon: Eyes of Hope – Hearts of Prayer
    Luke 2.21-38: As we start 2022, we are called to have an inner spiritual demeanor of hope and a practice of confident prayer. We launch our Renew 2022 prayer focus and look to God to do the unimaginable.
  • Dec 26, 2021Sermon: Heaven Come Down
    Dec 26, 2021
    Sermon: Heaven Come Down
    Revelation 21.1-8: John is given for us a vision of that which is truly Real, the coming kingdom. It drives our hope as we live in this world littered with death and decay. But as those saved by Christ, we serve a witnesses to another world, a new world, one reborn to its original purpose of glory in worship to God. We live faithfully for Christ as we anticipate heaven coming down.
  • Dec 19, 2021Sermon: The Writing on the Wall of Our World
    Dec 19, 2021
    Sermon: The Writing on the Wall of Our World
    Daniel 5: The writing is on the wall in regard to the worthiness of humanity. We are found wanting in our sin and idolatry. We need to recognize this hard news in order to weigh correctly the solution. If we recognize the fragile state of our existence, we will seek protection through the gift of God, his Son, who we welcome at Christmas.
  • Dec 12, 2021Sermon: The Heavenly Hedge
    Dec 12, 2021
    Sermon: The Heavenly Hedge
    II Kings 6.8-23: This story of Elisha asks us if we are seeing what is really there? What he brings his servant to see is the heavenly hedge of protection in the midst of earthly danger and fear. The events of Christmas solidify that hedge of protection that we might live lives filled with joy, and not with fear.