Feb 18, 2024
Sermon: The Old, the New, the Eternal
Elder Jasper Hall leads us through considering the gift of Christ as our new and eternal blessing.
  • Feb 18, 2024Sermon: The Old, the New, the Eternal
    Feb 18, 2024
    Sermon: The Old, the New, the Eternal
    Elder Jasper Hall leads us through considering the gift of Christ as our new and eternal blessing.
  • Feb 11, 2024Sermon: Gotta Serve Somebody
    Feb 11, 2024
    Sermon: Gotta Serve Somebody
    Romans 6.15-23: The life of the Christian is marked by being freed from under sin's slavery. But that does not mean that since offense is taken away that we can continue to act in similar ways as before. Redemption leads us to a different place that are managed by different actions - actions that are righteous and filled with life. We are to be slaves of God, for he leads us to eternal life by his path of obedience.
  • Feb 4, 2024Sermon: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
    Feb 4, 2024
    Sermon: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
    Romans 6.1-14: The Christian life involves the constant remembrance of our state as being in Christ. The opposite is the old reality of being in sin. For Paul, sin in this sense is a brutal slave master who desires to bring harm. He can deceive us though into believing that his way is the best way and Christ's path toward righteousness is undesirable. We must trust the shepherd, who will take us down roads that are hard, but it is for our sanctification and growth. We must not be fooled and move back under the 'sin' master, for he desires to take our joy.
  • Jan 28, 2024Sermon: Watchful and Faithful
    Jan 28, 2024
    Sermon: Watchful and Faithful
    Luke 12.35-48: Right before this passage, Jesus promises the inheritance of the kingdom to his flock. To be a part of his flock means to be a people of watchfulness and going about the master's business. We are to be watchful of his coming, keeping before us the eternal kingdom and the character of the God who brings it. To be about the master's business is to bear the kingdom in the world - fulfilling our responsibilities to act out of God's character, his generous character of grace and blessings.
  • Jan 21, 2024Sermon: The Earth Has Nothing I Desire
    Jan 21, 2024
    Sermon: The Earth Has Nothing I Desire
    Psalm 73: Within the challenges of life, it is very easy to hear the whisper of the serpent that leads us to envy of others. Essentially, this is a frame problem, of not visioning correctly reality around us. Reality begins with the goodness of God and trusting in him to lead us to glory. When our feet begin to slip, we must seek the presence of God, a God that loves us in spite of our weaknesses and leads us to the path of glory.
  • Jan 14, 2024Sermon: More Precious than Gold
    Jan 14, 2024
    Sermon: More Precious than Gold
    I Peter 1.13-25: Because of the frailty of human life, it is natural for us to seek that which seems lasting and promising. Gold has served this purpose in a significant way for millennia. But here Peter dismisses it so quickly and points us to that which truly offers sustainable and lasting even unto eternal life - the precious blood of Jesus. Let us continue to look to the perfect and unblemished lamb for life, even eternal life.
  • Jan 7, 2024Sermon: The Time Fully Come
    Jan 7, 2024
    Sermon: The Time Fully Come
    Galatians 3.23-4.7: When the fullness of time speaks to Christ coming into the world, but also Christ inviting us out of the meaningless of the daily grind into the eternal reality where our lives are given meaning. This gives us hope as we move through the hardships of life. It can give us a taste of joy that we will someday know fully. Christ coming raises us up and invites us into the inheritance of the eternal kingdom.
  • Dec 31, 2023Sermon: The Fear of Bethlehem
    Dec 31, 2023
    Sermon: The Fear of Bethlehem
    Matthew 2.1-18: Bethlehem, in many ways, a comforting scene, as we witness in Luke, is a dangerous and threatening one in Matthew. With the story of Herod against the child-king, we are brought to the call for all humanity to bow before the feet of this Messiah. Herod will refuse, but instead seek his own path. Most, as well, seek their own path and refuse bowing at the feet of Christ. But peace is found in bending the knee, in giving him control, in trusting in his path toward everlasting peace.
  • Dec 24, 2023Sermon: Undermining the World
    Dec 24, 2023
    Sermon: Undermining the World
    Luke 2.1-20: The seeming insignificance of Christ's birth in the eyes of the world calls the world to mystery. It calls us to remember that we are not in control. If we attempt mastery of our lives without the mystery of God's workings, we will fail. Christmas teaches us to trust the mystery of the coming of Christ. To bow in response to this mystery raises us to the heights of our heavenly Father.
  • Dec 17, 2023Sermon: Looking Deep in the Cupboards
    Dec 17, 2023
    Sermon: Looking Deep in the Cupboards
    I Samuel 16: We long for a king. Our world longs for a king. We desire a king who can bring peace to the world and to our soul. In David, we see the imperfect model of a king, one that will be made perfect in the king to come, the King of kings and Lord of lords - Jesus of Bethlehem.