Sun, Sep 27, 2020
Duration: 37 mins 28 secs
God appoints and establishes leaders. But that does not guarantee that God approves of what they do.
Even divinely-appointed leaders can lose their way on their God-given mission.
The history of 2 Kings 8-13 shows that God's favor is not a force-field. Leaders often err by going to far and also not going far enough.
Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Duration: 38 mins 58 secs
Jesus curses a tree (almost indiscriminately), it withers and dies.
What is going on with this random, harmful miracle?
Jesus uses this as a real-life parable to teach a lesson about faith, prayer, and dead religion.
Sun, Aug 09, 2020
Duration: 38 mins 11 secs
Jesus confronts a demon-possessed man and sends the evil spirits into a bunch of pigs who then promptly drown.
The dead pigs catch our attention, but there's an even more powerful aspect to this story.
Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Duration: 33 mins 21 secs
Jesus has an awkward interaction with a Gentile woman that has left many scratching their heads.
Was Jesus being mean, obtuse, even racist?
Or was he setting her up so that this whole interaction might be instructive about God's incredible mercy and grace.
(Message starts about the 10:45 mark)
Sun, May 31, 2020
Jacob wrestles a mystery man for an entire night.
Who was it? For what reason? Why does it end like it does?
We unpack this strange story this week to discover what we can learn, even if we don't get into a physical confrontation with a divine being.
Sun, Feb 23, 2020
With the abundance of grace that has been lavished on us, how should we respond?
Paul outlines two key expectations that come with God's grace.
God's grace isn't a hall pass to sin, it leads us to a transformed life where we are freed from sin's enslavement.
Sun, Feb 16, 2020
Having established that we become members of God's family through faith in Christ, Paul focuses our attention on all that God has done for us in Jesus.
(PowerPoint notes only)
Sun, Feb 09, 2020
Who gets to sing "Father Abraham" and really have it be true?
Paul applies this idea of God's level playing field to redefine who gets to be part of God's family.
It's all about God's grace, our response of faith, and his keeping his promises through Jesus. Or in other words, it's all about God's faithfulness.
(See "Live" page on our website for the sermon video)
Sun, Feb 02, 2020
Duration: 39 mins 30 secs
We are all on the same level playing field before God.
None of us are exempt from the failures of sin and the reality of death.
Thankfully, all of us are invited by God to find salvation in Christ.
Our unfaithfulness does not cancel out his faithfulness to his redemption promise.
Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Duration: 39 mins 19 secs
Romans 1:18ff describes the negative side of our spiritual level playing field before God.
In other words, all people make the same fatal mistake - we've traded worship of God for the worship of creation.
Whether it's literal graven images or idols of our hearts, mankind has embraced sinful worship of false gods.
We are all equally guilty and have strayed in a completely comprehensive way.
The good news about Jesus stands out in relief to the darkness of the bad news. And we can't understand one without the other.
*Sermon starts around the 10:40 mark.