Look, Hook, Took
2 Samuel 11:1-27 • March 17, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
As we've seen in 1 & 2 Samuel, David has been on an escalator rise to power, from shepherd boy to national hero to now finally, to king of Israel. Now, at the top of his game, his troops are out to war while David stays behind. Maybe he felt he deserved a break, maybe he was getting lazy, or maybe he was exhausted from years on the run. You can imagine the intensity of what he had been through–perhaps even PTSD from years of combat–and his adrenaline glands were probably shot from so many close calls of life and death moments. As he looks out over his kingdom, David sees an attractive woman bathing and decides to take her. David abuses his authority and begins a series of despicable sinful acts that create chaos for him, his family, and eventually the kingdom. We all face temptations of many kinds–and when we’re worn out, low, depressed, exhausted, or simply unwise and unguarded, we’re capable of things we never imagined possible. The temptation that David faced is alive and well in our own times today, and this Sunday we’ll look at how to respond to temptation and how to win with God’s help.
2 Samuel 9 & 10 • March 10, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
In the latest episode from 2 Samuel, King David's reign is becoming more established, but all is not well in the kingdom. One of the life principles we learned on Sunday is that major moral failures often follow a series of smaller compromises, and King David is no exception. Even during a time of blessing and security, God's people failed to uphold justice and righteousness, and it led to their eventual demise.
The Golden Years
2 Samuel 8 • March 3, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
This episode of 2 Samuel is all about how David’s kingdom reflects the kingdom of God. We see David continue to have victory at every turn and see God’s promises come to pass as David’s enemies are defeated with God’s help This chapter reminds us that God’s enemies must be defeated for God’s kingdom promises to be fulfilled and established. Our God is more than able to accomplish what he said and save his people from every enemy that threatens them.
Rest, Worship, Praise
February 24, 2019 • Josh Bidwell
In the busyness of life, it can be so easy to forget God and his goodness. We have so many reasons to trust him and his promises, but how often do we actually stop to remember his goodness? That’s exactly what David did in this week’s passage from 2 Samuel. After coming to power as the king of Israel, David takes time to stop, sit back and reflect on how great God is and how much God had done for him. As a Christian, you have the incredible benefit of experiencing God’s peace and presence, just like David did. This Sunday, we’ll learn about slowing down to intentionally pause so we can experience God’s peace and presence in our everyday lives.
The Great Reversal
2 Samuel 7:1-17 • February 17, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
Can you imagine what it would be like for God to speak directly to you? And even more than that, for God to make specific promises about your future? That’s exactly what happens to David in this episode of 2 Samuel. God gives David assurance and confidence by promising his love and ongoing care for his future. The amazing thing is that these promises made to David actually benefit you and me today! Because of Jesus, we inherit God's promises as well. God assured David that no sin can destroy, death cannot break, and time will never exhaust the promises of God. Listen to hear how we can have absolute confidence in our God like David because of God’s promises.
When God Breaks Through
2 Samuel 5 & 6 • February 10, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
This Sunday in 2 Samuel, we looked at two episodes of God’s power breaking through. We also heard a testimony from someone who will share how God’s power broke through in their own life. In the first scene from 2 Samuel, God breaks through against David’s enemies, and in the second scene God breaks through with disciplines on his people, building on the themes from last week's message. This Sunday’s passage also includes David’s exuberant worship of God where he dances like no one is watching! Now I know what you’re thinking, you probably don’t expect to see worship like that on a typical Sunday morning, but as we look at this passage in detail, you'll learn about worship in ways you might find surprising.
Kingdom in Conflict
2 Samuel 2-4 • February 3, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
Betrayal, backstabbing, and deception are all part of this Sunday's episode from 2 Samuel. We'll look at three back-to-back stories, that together, form a grander narrative about God and his kingdom. As we read these plots and betrayals against David, you'll begin to see how they also reveal truths about a greater king with a greater kingdom, unstoppable by any human scheme.
Finding Hope in Grief
2 Samuel 1:17-27 • January 27, 2019 • Pastor Corey Rose
Last week we started a new teaching series on 2 Samuel. The book begins by building on the closing of 1 Samuel and the death of King Saul. The Bible records David’s grief in this raw moment, and has timeless wisdom for us to learn about how to deal with grieving, loss, and pain. Grief and loss are an unavoidable and all-too-common part of life on earth and in this message we’ll look at David's experience and how he walked with God in these challenging times.
You Can’t Fool the King
2 Samuel 1:1-16 • January 20, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
In this first episode from 2 Samuel we'll unpack how God is completely aware of our thoughts, motives, and intentions. Nothing is secret from him. When we begin to actively recognize God's complete rule and reign, even over the hidden parts of our lives, it causes us to live with an awareness of him in light of his authority.
Doing Life Together
James 5:12-20 • January 13, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
This Sunday, we completed our series on the book of James. In this last message from the book of James, we looked at the power of community for growing in our faith and we'll examine the four necessary ingredients of biblical community. We also learned about the power of prayer, and how radical confession and accountability in community can help us live in freedom.
Wealthy & Wise
James 5:1-6 • January 6, 2019 • Pastor Ben Cross
We continued in James this Sunday, and we explored a topic that quickly reveals our focus, priorities, and values...money. Money can be a sensitive topic, and James pulls no punches as he describes the consequences of misusing and mishandling wealth as well as how to honor God with money. The start of the new year is a perfect time to look at how we deal with money, and James has timeless wisdom that will help you handle your finances in a way that honors God in 2019.
For the Joy Set Before Us
James 5:7-11 • December 30, 2018 • Pastor Sandy Park
This Sunday, we continued in the book of James, and this passage is all about how to live with patience in the middle of suffering. James writes to a people where the idea of suffering wasn't just theological or theoretical, it was their life. As we'll learn in this message, James teaches about how to live in the face of suffering with a confidence and centeredness that only comes from knowing God.
James 4:11-17 • December 16, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
This Sunday, we continued in the book of James and looked at three ways we can start to play God... sometimes without even realizing it. In just two short verses, James uses the word "judge" six times as he confronts the way we typically judge others. James pulls off the mask of superiority and religiosity and goes right to the heart in a convicting and compelling way. We’ll also look at the intersection between pride and planning. We’ll learn how to plan in life in a way that honors God and lives with humility before him.
Down is Up
James 4:1-10 • December 2, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
In this Sermon, the challenge continues, as James confronts our pride and describes that our passions are battling within us. We'll learn about three deadly enemies that are warring against Christians, and how to oppose them with God's grace.
Tale of Two Wisdoms
James 3:14-18 • November 25, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
In this message we will learn about how to grow in our faith and become spiritually mature. Earlier in our study in James, we learned about asking for God’s wisdom, in this sermon, we'll learn more about how God’s wisdom causes us to be rooted in Christ. We’ll look at the role that Biblical wisdom plays in our spiritual development and how to put God’s wisdom into action in everyday life situations.
Dangerous as Hell
James 3:1-12 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
We've probably all experienced the power that words can carry to affect us, either for better or for worse. While it may sound tough when it's yelled across the playground, the sing-song rhyme of sticks and stones doesn't hold up to the reality of life. Words do affect us. And this Sunday, our study of James confronted us with reality checks about the power of our words. Destructive words were a problem in Jame's day, and as we look at our world today not much has changed. As we'll see in this message, the Bible has timeless truths that speak honestly and directly in ways that impact our own lives today.
Called to a Living Faith
James 2:14-26 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Ben Cross
This Sunday, we explored the theology of faith and works. James responds to the hypothetical example of someone who claims to know Jesus, doesn't live out their beliefs. He unpacks the disconnect that can so often happen between our faith and our actions. We unpacked this Sunday, how the Gospel impacts the way we live, and how we can actively live out our faith as we grow to be more like Jesus.
Hear and Live
James 1:19-27 • October 28, 2018 • Pastor Dan Collins
Last Sunday we saw how our sin leads to death and this week we saw how God’s word leads to life. The book of James continues to confront and challenge us, and there’s this great line in Sunday’s passage which says that our anger doesn’t lead to the kind of right living that God desires. Instead, we saw how God’s word has the power to bring life. We looked at how this applies to everyday life and how to live as both hearers and doers of God's word.
Kill or Be Killed
James 1:13-18 • October 21, 2018 • Jacob Jacobson
A few weeks ago, we started a new sermon series on the book of James. We'll be in this series through Christmas, and so far we've learned about how facing suffering and trial in a way that grows our faith. This Sunday's passage builds on that theme and focuses on how to deal (and how not to deal!) with temptation. It's a challenging passage that confronts us with the reality of who we are and shows us the grace that God gives to people in the struggle. We explored how to face temptation well this Sunday, with an even better view of our of our consistent and unchanging God.