Dec 10, 2023
Sermon: Will There Be Bread?
Ruth 1: In the story of Naomi, we see a common experience of human life - of moving from pleasantness to bitterness, from fullness to emptiness. The question becomes what story will we cloak ourselves with - the story of bitterness or of trust in the promises of God. This is not a trite reality, but one of greatest depth and of longest outlook. It is an eternal outlook in tying your life story in the broader story of God's kingdom coming. This takes faith to trust in this hope. But it is worth the cost.
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  • Dec 10, 2023Sermon: Will There Be Bread?
    Dec 10, 2023
    Sermon: Will There Be Bread?
    Ruth 1: In the story of Naomi, we see a common experience of human life - of moving from pleasantness to bitterness, from fullness to emptiness. The question becomes what story will we cloak ourselves with - the story of bitterness or of trust in the promises of God. This is not a trite reality, but one of greatest depth and of longest outlook. It is an eternal outlook in tying your life story in the broader story of God's kingdom coming. This takes faith to trust in this hope. But it is worth the cost.
  • Dec 3, 2023Sermon: Bethlehem, Though You Are Small
    Dec 3, 2023
    Sermon: Bethlehem, Though You Are Small
    Micah 5.1-4: Our world and our lives are constantly threatened by the dark cloud of discouragement, despair, and decay that desire to claim us. But in Advent, we look to the hope of the unexpected - of the provision of fulfillment, of spiritual nourishment and everlasting promise. We look to Bethlehem!
  • Nov 26, 2023Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Life: The Life of Freedom
    Nov 26, 2023
    Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Life: The Life of Freedom
    Galatians 5.13-26: To conclude the Fruit of the Spirit series, we look at the context of Christian freedom that the fruit is taught in. What does Paul understand by freedom? What does it mean to live in freedom properly? What is the goal?
  • Nov 19, 2023Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Self-Control
    Nov 19, 2023
    Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Self-Control
    Proverbs 25.28: Self-control, the last of the fruit mentioned by Paul, is one that challenges our desires greatly. For the Christian, the goal is not just to resist desire, but to seek a higher desire - that of God and his holy way. Self-control is a forming of our spiritual walls to protect our souls from the destruction of the devil's schemes. It allows us to be ready and available to follow the Spirit's lead on our lives to live for God's kingdom purposes.
  • Nov 12, 2023Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Gentleness
    Nov 12, 2023
    Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Gentleness
    James 3.13-18: Gentleness is an ability to maintain humble strength in the midst of difficulty. It is a character of friendliness, of patient endurance to the irritations of life. It is a strength that doesn't allow the hardships of the world to alter our character and to act as like to those hardships. It entreats others with grace rather than treats other as hindrances towards one goals.
  • Nov 5, 2023Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Faithfulness
    Nov 5, 2023
    Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Faithfulness
    Psalm 33: Faithfulness is about keeping promises, fulfilling vows, and seeing things through to their end. Faithfulness allows systems of family and society to work well. As Christians, we are called to faithfulness as God has been faithful to us. We are to show the world a pattern of trustworthiness in our word and action, fulfilling vows that we've made.
  • Oct 29, 2023Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Goodness
    Oct 29, 2023
    Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Goodness
    Matthew 20.1-16: To bear goodness through the Spirit is to model the very character of God, who is generous and lavish with his love and care. To pass on goodness, we need to have stored within us the goodness from God. Then, we will have strength to be generous with others around us.
  • Oct 1, 2023Sermon: Philippians 4.4-9
    Oct 1, 2023
    Sermon: Philippians 4.4-9
    Philippians 4.4-9: We long for peace, but it is very difficult to find. So much challenges our peace and we often fail to be peacemakers ourselves. Peace is not natural, but the Spirit gives us a supernatural peace. How do we grow in is? What must we be aware of?
  • Sep 24, 2023Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Joy
    Sep 24, 2023
    Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Joy
    Psalm 126, I Peter 1.3-9: We long for a deep joy, a joy that lasts and that raises our spirit to a strength that overwhelms our sufferings. This joy is from the Lord. We cannot conjure it up via alternate means, but must gain it from the source, God himself. He offers an everlasting joy that fulfills all our deepest longings and hopes.
  • Sep 17, 2023Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Love
    Sep 17, 2023
    Sermon: The Spirit-Ripened Person: Love
    Galatians 5.13-26: To grow in the fruit of the Spirit, we need to stay in step with the Spirit. We put ourselves in the context of the Spirit's testimony. This will grow our love as we are continuously exposed to God and his character and action in Scripture and in our lives. A life of love is a summary of freedom.