There's been much talk of the rise of the "nones" in our nation regarding Millennials and others who have no religious affiliation (and don't want one.) For the church to ignore this reality is tragic and yet, to continue a practice of inviting young people into lukewarm Christianity is not the answer. Jon speaks of this reality.
005 - Losing a Generation
January 29, 2017 • Jon Wood
019 - Ezekiel
Ezekiel 16 & 23 • November 17, 2019 • David Tarkington
This sermon was rated PG-13 due to the graphic and explicit details depicted in these two chapters. The question is why are such things revealed in Scripture like this? Why the pornographic, explicit, adulterous sin? Why in the Bible? Because we tend to minimize sin. We often "sugar-coat" it to make it palatable. Yet, the severity of sin is such that we need to be awakened to what it does and how it is viewed by God. God, gracious, merciful, and loving, tells us this so that we might awaken, repent, and be redeemed. That's the hope of the gospel.
018 - Ezekiel
Ezekiel 15:1-8 • November 10, 2019 • David Tarkington
Ezekiel uses the illustration of a dead branch or vine to represent the people who claim to be following God, but are not truly doing so. A similar illustration, but with different emphasis, was used by Jesus in John 15 regarding the vinedresser, the true vine, and the branches. As children of God, the expectation is that we produce fruit. Otherwise, we are like branches that are useless. There's much in this chapter to ponder.