Text: Psalms 98; Luke 2:8-21 One of the best-known Christmas songs is Joy to the World! But have you ever stopped to listen...really listen...to the lyrics? How is joy described in the song? Where is the author telling us to look? What does joy--full-bodied, explosive joy--even look like? Is it possible for people like us, [...]
Text: Isaiah 9:1-7: Luke 2:8-14 How many times have heard people wish for world peace? The hunger for a world unstained by the ravages of war and bursting with human flourishing is universal. But is such a desire just a pipe dream? If you limit your perspective to what you see in the news, you’d [...]
Text: Matthew 1:18-25; Hebrews 11:1 We are hope-driven creatures. We all hang our prospects for success, for joy, for peace, upon something or someone. According to Scripture, there is only one place--one Person--to look for a hope that won’t let us down. Join us as we begin our Advent series, Rescue Songs, where we allow [...]
John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 2:13-22 A million sermons have been preached and a million books written (from both a Christian and non-Christian perspective) about the importance of community. In this sermon, we discuss specifically how God uses Christians--the church--living in community to lead their friends and neighbors to faith in Jesus.
Text: Luke 7:31-35; John 15:12-17; Acts 19:28-31 How are you at friendship? Do you have true friends--people who know you to the bottom and love you anyway? If so, you know how important friendship is. As beautiful as it is in its own right, friendship can also accomplish even more: it can be a powerful [...]
Text: Genesis 2:8-10; John 14:1-3; Romans 12:12-13; Hebrews 13:1-2 Have you ever been welcomed into a place? A group? A family? How did it make you feel? Special? Cared for? Grateful? Loved? That’s what hospitality is meant to accomplish, and if we are to be a people who live our “sent-ness” successfully, we need to [...]
Text: Genesis 12:1-4; Matthew 5:13-16 God’s people were never called to be “sponges”--those who receive his blessings and just soak them up, with no further purpose. Instead, we have been called to be conduits of blessing. As we receive them, we not only taste their benefits, but pass them along to our friends and neighbors [...]
Guest Speaker: Mr. David Lloyd Text: 1 John 3:1; 2 Cor. 5:17-18; Luke 19:10 Identity is everything. What you believe about who you are at your core will, in large part, dictate how you think, feel and live. So it’s important that we get this one right. Thankfully, Scripture leaves us with no shortage of [...]
Text Mark 14:32-42; Colossians 4:12-13 We continue last week’s message by looking at two other difficulties that often keep us from having a consistent prayer life: Practical Difficulties, and Heart Difficulties.
Text: Romans 8:26; Matthew 27:45-46; Luke 11:1-4 Prayer is vital, but prayer is also hard. Really hard. What are the things that keep us from praying as we should? How can we overcome--or at least mitigate--those difficulties? In this message we look at Content Difficulty, and how to respond to it.