Shame can keep us from bringing our confusions, questions, temptations, or struggles into the light of community where we can discover that other followers have common struggles, they have support to offer, they have the understanding, and can bring us to Jesus to find answers. Listen to elder and part of the preaching team's own Lauren Ludlow explain why Christ-centered community is vital for our spiritual growth and how we can offer it to each other.
In the Dark
February 28, 2021 • Lauren Ludlow
April 4, 2021 • Chris Rattay
The disciples are living in their nightmare. Jesus has been dead for 3 days. Verse 19 says that it is evening, it is dark, and they are huddled together, in secret, behind locked doors, afraid - afraid because the people who hold all the power in their city are hunting them down. Those evil people just brutalized Jesus, tortured him, mocked him, and crucified him. So what happens next?
March 21, 2021 • Chris Rattay
The suffering [we] suffer is an important discussion to have because of the unique water we swim in as Americans. We are born and raised in comfortable idolatry. We have no idea how unique and obsessed we are with getting rid of pain and living in comfort. We actually believe this notion that I should be able to find a life that does not have any kind of suffering. There is nothing inherently wrong with not wanting to live a life of suffering - it is natural to desire a life with comfort. But there is a type of suffering that we are called to as Christians if we are to stay in the vine. Listen as Pastor Chris shares what it means to purposefully reject a life of comfortable idolatry and why we are called to live this way.