Word Made Flesh
January 23, 2022 • Chris Bennett
Sunday, January 23 John 1:1-18
Ready, Set... Rest!
January 9, 2022 • Chuck Gschwend
“Rest means putting yourself near God with God, in a time of quietness every day. You put yourself with God just as you are, empty perhaps, but hungry and thirsty for Him. You can be very near to Him in your naked sincerity; and He will do the rest. drawing out from you the longings deeper than you ever knew were there, and pouring into you trust and love.” –Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1961-1974
Getting Ready For 2022
January 2, 2022 • John Keller
Sunday, Jan 2, 2022 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Release The Past Embrace The Present Anticipate The Future
December 26, 2021 • Chris Bennett
Instead of gathering in person on the final Sunday of each year, we rest in order to give a much-needed break to all of our wonderful volunteers, leaders, and staff. But that doesn’t mean we don’t worship on the Lord’s Day! We hope you will join us online for a brief worship service this Sunday. Merry Christmas and may you all have a happy and grace-filled New Year!
Week 4: Love
December 19, 2021 • Chris Bennett
Sunday, Dec 19 1 John 3:11-18 It’s Christmas Sunday, the fourth and final Sunday of Advent! Over the last few weeks, we have journeyed from hope to preparation to joy and, now, to love. For 2000 years, Jesus has been offering people the incredible invitation of abundant life, if only we would abide in him. And nothing reveals more clearly whether we are abiding in God than our love. Do we increasingly exude the love of God? In Matthew 24:12, Jesus said that many people’s love would grow cold leading up to his return. But his people would grow in love! Love, the Apostle John said, is perfected in God’s people. What an invitation — that despite the impoverished condition of this world, our hearts would come alive in our chests as we fellowship with God! Praise the Lord! Blessed be his name!
Week 3: Rejoice
December 12, 2021 • Chris Bennett
If you observe the tradition of the Advent wreath, you’ve noticed that there’s one candle – the pink one – that stands out among the rest. It represents joy, or rejoicing, and it marks a shift from waiting and preparation to a joyous anticipation of the coming of the Lord. Christmas Day is near! But joy didn’t end the day after Christmas. The Apostle Paul encouraged believers with these words in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Rejoicing is not merely a reaction to something good that has already happened. Joy is also a practice for when times are bad. Our rejoicing, even in the face of pain, is a declaration that all the bad news and calamities of this world do not have the last word. Jesus is coming. Sin, brokenness, injustice, trauma, sickness and disease, and death itself will all be defeated. So let us rejoice!
Week 2: Prepare
December 5, 2021 • Chris Bennett
The season of Advent is a time of preparation, first for Christmas as we enter into the ancient Israelite yearning for the Messiah. It’s also preparation for his second and final advent, when he will make all things new. Between that first Christmas and his Second Coming, the church (that’s us!) is sent into our chaotic, hurting, and rebellious world, equipped with an invitation – an invitation to live under Jesus’ reign. The good news is that we don’t have to live any longer under the cruel dictatorship of selfishness, addiction, hatred, and fear. We can learn to live trustingly under the loving and gentle rule of Jesus (aka discipleship). And when he does return one day (and he will!), we will be more than ready to see him and we will feel so overjoyed! “Finally!” we will shout! “My Savior!” “My God!” All the waiting and all the anticipation…the endurance and the patience…pressing through the doubts… Jesus really was worth it all.
Week 1: Wait
November 28, 2021 • Chris Bennett
Christ The King Sunday
November 21, 2021 • Shad Berry
Christ The King Sunday - Don't Forget, Remember Sunday, November 21, 2021 Shad Berry
Righteousness, Self-control & Judgment, Part 3
November 14, 2021
Week 37: Unstoppable Kingdom - A Journey Through Acts November 14 - Acts 28 Over the last couple of weeks in our series on the Book of Acts, we’ve slowed down a bit to sharpen our focus on transformation. Specifically, we acknowledge that God loves us, and out of that love, calls us to repent (aka a change of mind/heart ultimately leading to a change in our behavior). He does this because he doesn’t want to leave us where we are – in our sin, our addiction, our selfishness, our paranoia, and our pain. But there’s another reason he calls us to repent. He desires to use us – in our gradually transforming state – to bring healing to those around us… because he loves them, too! So there’s a lot at stake. The million-dollar question, of course, is how to engage this transformation. And that’s what we’re talking about this Sunday in our final session on the Book of Acts.
Righteousness, Self-control & Judgment, Part 2
November 7, 2021
Week 36: Unstoppable Kingdom - A Journey Through Acts Nov 7, 2021 - Galatians 5:19-25 As we’ve studied the Book of Acts this year, many of us have noticed a contrast between the early church and our own. This has led to a longing for God to do among us what he did so many centuries ago — the manifestation of his power, his deliverance, the transformation of our world, and a church singularly devoted to the glory of Jesus and the good of all people. Curiously, these primitive believers didn’t have all the advantages we have today: countless bible studies and curricula, conferences, worship music, and the like. What they did have was a sincere faith and simple (not shallow) practices that guided their lives. What if we who have been rescued by Jesus adopted those same practices?
Righteousness, Self-control & Judgment
October 31, 2021
Week 35: Unstoppable Kingdom - A Journey Through Acts October 31, 2021 - Acts 24:10-27
Expectation for Movements
October 24, 2021 • Ron Surgeon
Sunday, Oct 24 - John 4:1-29 Ron Surgeon
The Power of Testimony
October 17, 2021 • Fred & Val Bennett
Sunday, Oct 17 Fred & Val Bennett 2 Cor 1:3-4
When The World Has Lost It’s Mind
October 3, 2021
As we near the end of our study on the Book of Acts, we journey with Paul back to Jerusalem as he finishes his third missionary journey. As he’s preached the gospel throughout the Roman Empire, he’s also been raising money to bring back to the needy Jerusalem church. But he stumbles into a powder keg. Revolution is in the air. Partisan tensions abound. Everyone is on edge. Fear permeates day-to-day life. Sound familiar? What can we learn from Paul as we contemplate how to live according to the way of Jesus in our fragile world?
A Spiritual Ecosystem
September 26, 2021
One of the most moving and passionate scenes in all of Scripture took place at a seaport town when the Apostle Paul, about to board a ship to Jerusalem where he expected to suffer, summoned some of his closest friends to bid them farewell. Just before his ominous journey, he and his disciples knelt down and prayed together, wept, and embraced one other. And then these men kissed him, their spiritual father. Few of us know the depths of love that these men experienced with one another. Their relationships were shaped by the kingdom of God. This is the way it’s supposed to be! But, sadly, many of us have learned to keep a “healthy distance” between ourselves and other believers (which is actually unhealthy). We expect that, eventually, something will go awry, that what is good and beneficial in the church will be swallowed up by something sinister or, at least, some disappointment. But it doesn’t have to be this way! God has called his church to be a place of deep camaraderie and enduring friendship as we come together in faith to advance his kingdom.
Thriving in Exile
September 19, 2021 • Jeff Vanderstelt
Sunday, Sep 19 - Jeremiah 29:4-13 Jeff Vanderstelt
The Consolation of Christ
September 12, 2021 • Fred Bennett
Sunday, Sep 12 - 2 Cor 1:3-7
The Ephesian 12
September 5, 2021
Week 32: Unstoppable Kingdom - A Journey Through Acts September 5, 2021 - Acts 18:24-19:8 Toward the end of the Apostle Paul’s ministry, he went to a large pagan city in Asia called Ephesus. Breaking ground here would be difficult. This city was decadent, idolatrous, and would likely be resistant to the gospel. Many church-planters today would likely opt to launch somewhere else. Not Paul. Soon, he found a dozen disciples of John the Baptist. Remember, John was Jesus’ cousin and he told everyone that Jesus was the Messiah, the king of Israel and redeemer of all humanity. But these guys hadn’t heard of Jesus! They were still following the old way. So Paul took these 12 people and taught them — among many others — for the next two years (Imagine the Apostle Paul discipling you for two years!). And this is what the scriptures say happened as a result of their training: “all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord.” Do you think God can do this again in our city? Do you think that God can break the hard ground of our community and society so that people can hear the gospel? Do you think that God can renew lives and transform our city? We think so.
August 29, 2021
Week 31: Unstoppable Kingdom - A Journey Through Acts August 29 - Acts 19:8-10
For I Am With You
August 22, 2021
Week 30: Unstoppable Kingdom - A Journey Through Acts August 22 - Acts 18