We are the people of God living in the city of man. The Bible describes us as aliens and strangers exiled in a foreign land. The question is, what does it mean to be the people of God in our time and this place? What does it mean to follow Jesus faithfully in a world that is increasingly hostile to our faith? These are questions addressed in the epistle of 1 Peter. To help prepare our hearts and minds for an extended study of this New Testament book, this message, we will explore the nature of our times and the special challenges and opportunities we face as the Church. This is a hopeful moment for us, but it’s also a refining moment. Join us, as we seek the mind of Christ to navigate through this defining moment in history.
People of God In the City of Man
October 11, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross
Life In Exile • May 2, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross
In the last Sermon, we finished 1 Peter...well, almost. This Sermon, Pastor Ben will present “an addendum" by focusing on two important issues Peter only mentions in his closing remarks, likely, because the original readers didn't need further explanation. We do. Peter mentions "the devil" and uses the term "Babylon" to refer to Rome. Both topics span the whole of Scripture, and understanding their significance is helpful in understanding God's word from cover-to-cover. Prayerfully prepare your mind and heart for this message.
Down Is Up
Life In Exile • April 25, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross
This Sermon, Peter concludes his teaching on the believer's life in exile in this world with a loving kiss--really! In 1 Peter 5:6-14, he re-captures the dominant themes of his letter, taking us deeper into the realities behind Christian suffering that should comfort us and give us hope in even the most painful of times.
Under-shepherds of the Chief Shepherd
Life in Exile • April 18, 2021 • Pastor Ben Cross
In this Sermon, Pastor Ben will share a report on his recent ministry to missionaries in Kenya, Africa. We will also take a brief look at 1 Peter 5:1-5 and the vital role elders play in the local church, especially in times of crisis and suffering. This passage presents a timely opportunity for us to commission the four new elders our church family recently affirmed. Please join us for this important moment in our church's life.