Shema to Shalom
2 Timothy • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Joe Tepe
Now that we've completed our Foundations series, this Sunday we looked at how these essential truths transform the way we live. Sometimes we can read the Bible and simply move on with our day, or come to church and hear a sermon, and then leave unchanged. This Sunday, we unpacked how we can put into practice the things we've learned about the foundations of Christian faith. We want to be people who are transformed by God's word as we become more and more like his Jesus.
Your Prayers Matter - Community Leader Updates
September 23, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
Your prayers matter. The book of James says that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Prayer is one of the primary weapons a Christian has to see heaven break through. God invites us to approach him and ask to move his hand. That’s why this Sunday we invited leaders from our cities to share how we can be praying in very specific ways for our community. You’ll get to hear from the mayors of Springfield and Eugene, the new Eugene Chief of Police, and other community leaders who will share insight for us to be praying about. As we kick off Fall here at First B, we want to start the season in prayer and with a continued outward focus towards our cities. This was a bit of a different type of Sunday, as we heard from these local leaders and we dedicate a bulk of our normal teaching time to give our attention to learn how we can pray this year.
Scatter to Gather: Part 1, We Scatter
July 15, 2018 • Pastor Sandy Park
Did you know that Jesus had a life verse? Early in his ministry, he stood up in the local synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth and read a passage from the Bible that captured his passion and purpose in life. If you’ve been around First B for a while, you know that this verse that defined Jesus’ life is a key to our model for discipleship. In this sermon, we look at this passage of Scripture and see how the driving passion of Jesus’ life gives us purpose today.
When You Struggle With Little Faith
Mark 8:1-21 • July 8, 2018 • Corey Rose
You can imagine that some of the most embarrassing moments for the twelve disciples happened when Jesus called them out for their lack of faith. Like the time Jesus said to Philip, "Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?” How do we face God when our faith is too small and our doubts are so many and so big? How do we deal with the frustration, disappointment, and even anger we can experience when God calls out our lack of faith in Him? What should we expect of God when we struggle to trust Him? And just as importantly, what does He expect of us? You might be surprised what the Bible has to say and how God can use our struggle to show us more of who He truly is.
Hebrews 11:1 • June 24, 2018 • Josh Bidwell
How do you stay full of hope? With all the frustration life can bring and all the challenges in our world, how do you stay hopeful? Hope is a huge benefit of living for God. But even as Christians, it can be easy to miss. We can even be hope-filled for a time and then it fades like the slow leak of a sinking balloon. In this message, we'll look at what causes hope to fade. It's so common to lose hope from insecurities, tragic events, or even despair. You might be experiencing that right now or know someone who is. We'll unpack this from the Bible's perspective and look at how we can live with a consistent hope. You'll want to listen, as we look at what God has to say and we reignite a sense of hope in the way we live.
Father's Day 2018
June 17, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
The power of a father is incredible. Whether your father was a great and positive force in your life or not, the influence of a father is undeniable. This Sunday, we looked at biblical fatherhood and saw how a father can have an unforgettable influence on his family. You'll learn how a father can lead in a way that leaves a legacy in a family for generations to come. You'll also learn how a man can make a difference in the lives of people who aren't his own children. You’ll hear the inspiring story of one man's story and how his mentor shaped the course of his life. For men without children, you'll see a snapshot of the difference you can make in someone's life. And for fathers, you'll get a glimpse of the incredible impact you can have to shape your family's story.
Winsome Witness: Part 2
Isaiah 61:1-4 • June 10, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
Jesus was abundantly clear that the purpose of every Christian is to share the gospel and make disciples. But this clear command is often one of our greatest weaknesses. In this message, we'll unpack different ways to share the Gospel and bust some myths about what it has to look like. To be effective, we must develop this essential practice that Jesus prioritized. You'll never regret obeying Jesus, and there is nothing like the joy of seeing someone trust Christ because you were faithful in your part. Listen to learn how you can improve at sharing the Gospel.
Isaiah 61 • June 3, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
Jesus had a reputation for being friends with sinners. He was known for being close with some of the least spiritual people in town. In fact, one of the attacks against Jesus was that he MUST not be God because of the people he was hanging out with. If he knew who his friends really were, he would never be associated with them. And yet, Jesus was incredibly effective at attracting lost people and drawing them back to God. How did he do that? This passage, we’re going to explore a theme that might be surprising to hear in church: God loves a good party. In fact, a celebratory spirit is deeply connected with the Gospel and reaching lost people and is modeled for us in the life of Jesus. This idea is also found in Jesus' life verse from Isaiah 61, a bedrock chapter for our church's disciple-making strategy.
1 Peter 5:1-5 • May 27, 2018 • Pastor Dan Collins
As Jesus led, he had twelve apostles and an inner circle of three. It was Peter–one of his inner circle–who repeatedly denied him and swore that he never met Jesus. After Jesus rose from the dead, the Gospels record a personal interaction between Peter and Jesus. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be Peter at this moment. We get to be a fly on the wall as Jesus and Peter talk, and it’s clear that later when he wrote the book of 1 Peter, he has this moment with Jesus in mind. When it comes to leadership, often people feel that it’s something reserved for the elite or specially-gifted. As we’ll see from Peter’s example, God uses everyday people to do extraordinary things when we are willing to say “yes” to him. In fact, as Christians, we all have marching orders from Jesus. In his final instructions before returning to heaven, Jesus commanded his followers to do the essential task of making disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20) To make a disciple means to help someone know and follow Jesus, and to do this requires leadership! That’s why this sermon will be tremendously helpful to you as we learn how to lead like Jesus.
Hebrews 10:19-25 • May 20, 2018 • Pastor Dan Collins
What does it look like to be a missional community that is real with each other and active on God’s mission? That’s what this sermon is all about. You can't play a match of ping pong on your own. A quarterback without anyone to throw the ball to wouldn’t get many touchdowns. A soccer player with no goalie is sunk. A Christian without community is the same way. Following Jesus is not an individual sport, and in fact the gospel is powerfully communicated through community. We explore the book of Hebrews, and you'll see how gathering together in community is critical to the Christian life.
Mother's Day 2018
Various Scriptures • May 13, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
From the very beginning of time, women have made enormous contributions to God's kingdom. In the Bible we see women working both behind the scenes in quiet ways and as outstanding leaders shaping the very course of gospel history. This is one of our most requested sermons and reflects our pursuit to see every single person fully equipped as a disciple of Jesus. You’ll rarely get a chance here at First B to hear the same message, but for this Mother’s Day, we’ve asked Pastor Ben if he would bring this message to us again. It will be an impactful morning to learn about the unique attributes of God's image expressed in women, as we appreciate moms and honor every single woman in our church.
April 1, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
At the cross Jesus defeated sin, death, and hell, and by raising from the grave he proved everything he said and made a way for us to be free. This weekend, we've had a couple of special services to remember what Jesus has done and celebrate the victory we have in him.