May 2019 - Aug 2019
The old axiom, "you can't judge a book by it's cover" applies to biblical characters. Often times we misconstrue or misunderstand a passage or passages and that leads us to twisting our perspective on a particular character. This especially happens with female characters in the Bible. Historically, the Church has all too often marginalized or vilified certain women because of poor interpretation or unfounded bias.
This series, inspired by Dr. Sandra Glahn's book "Vindicating the Vixens", takes a closer look at a number of women in the Bible who've been misunderstood. For women and men alike, we'll discover some profound life lessons that can help shape our walk with God.
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Junia has been the source of a lot of debate for someone who's seemingly only mentioned in one Bible verse.
Upon further inspection, we can learn a lot about her and from her.
And as we conclude this series, we discover that she, like many of these misunderstood women of Scripture, is a light that guides us in the way of Christ.
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
Duration: 31 mins 56 secs
Mary Magdalene's story has been hijacked by some well-meaning people to be defined by things that just aren't in Scripture.
We get to the bottom of her life as recorded in the gospels and discover a marvelous example of discipleship and what it looks like to by transformed by God's grace.
Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Duration: 36 mins 29 secs
Jesus' well-known interaction with the Samaritan woman in John 4 has been over-sensationalized in some respects.
When we look at the story a little closer and take into account the historical world of the Bible, we'll realize the common portrait of a promiscious woman is inaccurate.
It's much more likely this woman was a sufferer at the hands of pain and death. Jesus provides her the healing she needs through living water, demonstrating that only he can satisfy our greatest longings.
Sun, Aug 04, 2019
Duration: 36 mins 22 secs
Mary the mother of Jesus is often ignored in our Protestant churches. We want to avoid the danger of veneration that we see in the Catholic Church.
But has that pendulum swung too far? When we take a look at the text, we'll discover Mary is a admirable example of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Duration: 31 mins 36 secs
Vashti, from all we know of history, was probably not a good person. Yet in Esther 1, she's actually a sympathetic figure who is dumped for standing up for herself. She's not a cautionary tale about disobedient wives, rather an example of how God can use all sorts of situations and people to work out his good purposes.
Sun, Jul 14, 2019
Huldah was a prophetess who played a pivotal role in Israel's spiritual history. Yet, this is probably the first time you've heard of her.
We take a look at her role and its relevance for us today in this message.
Sun, Jul 07, 2019
Duration: 35 mins 11 secs
Deborah's story in Judges 4-5 is often misunderstood on a variety of levels. Her leadership, Barak's behavior, and even Jael's actions have all been treated suspiciously by many commentators and pastors.
We take another look at this story and discover there are some really encouraging lessons of faith we can learn.
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Duration: 40 mins 49 secs
Hagar is the only person in Scripture who names God. She names him "El Roi", the God who sees, because God demonstrated that he personally cared deeply for her and was deeply loyal to her.
These truths about God should transform how we see both ourselves and others.
Due to apparent technical issues, the sermon doesn't start until about the 1:10 mark.
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Sarah's life story is full of ups and downs. Ultimately, her life teaches us about the walk of faith. Like all of us, she was a mistake-prone child of God who kept trusting God and received her promise.
(It appears that we don't currently have the audio available, so we'll be posting Pastor's sermon notes in a Word document instead)
Sun, Jun 09, 2019
Duration: 38 mins 52 secs
Extra-biblical writings, early church fathers, and even present day commentators all tend to paint Eve in a bad light. She was either too gullible, or she seduced Adam into sinning, or both.
But actually digging into Genesis 3 helps us discover a more accurate story. The fall involved believing lies and deception but also involved direct rebellion against God. And their mistake at the beginning is one we make over and over again - to say nothing of the fact that we'd do the same had it been us in Eden.
So let's take a closer look at Eve, Adam, and what Genesis 3 means for us.