Over the past 60 years, we have seen a radical shift in American culture. Now, more than ever, the Church needs to have the spiritual discernment of the men of Issachar, “who knew the times and understood what Israel should do.” (1 Chronicles 12:32) This sermon, we will find that the challenges we face in our present cultural moment is not a new moment at all. It may feel new to us, but what we are facing God’s people have faced, and far worse, for millennia.The prophet Daniel, who was exiled to Babylon, provides an excellent example for how to remain faithful to God and at the same time remain redemptive in one’s impact on a society that is far from God. Daniel demonstrates how we can be like Jesus, people of both grace and truth, as he both blessed and resisted Babylonian culture. Please join us in this second of two messages that prepare us for an extended study of 1 Peter, who opens his epistle addressing Christ-followers as exiles and resident aliens in this world.
Home Away From Home
Intro To 1 Peter Pt. 2
October 18, 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.