S14-2014-Contemp-Sermon

Mar 19, 2017
What good is it to gain the whole world yet forfeit your soul?
Peter had just proclaimed that Jesus is the Messiah. But the disciples, and their culture, expected the Messiah to conquer the Roman Empire and renew Israel's glory. So Jesus begins explaining that the Messiah must suffer, be killed, and then rise from death. This means really following Jesus isn't about our lives great for our glory, but forming Christlike character and serving like Jesus. How do we view the Messiah? What do we expect from Jesus?
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  • Mar 19, 2017What good is it to gain the whole world yet forfeit your soul?
    Mar 19, 2017
    What good is it to gain the whole world yet forfeit your soul?
    Peter had just proclaimed that Jesus is the Messiah. But the disciples, and their culture, expected the Messiah to conquer the Roman Empire and renew Israel's glory. So Jesus begins explaining that the Messiah must suffer, be killed, and then rise from death. This means really following Jesus isn't about our lives great for our glory, but forming Christlike character and serving like Jesus. How do we view the Messiah? What do we expect from Jesus?
  • Mar 12, 2017Where Does Worry Get You?
    Mar 12, 2017
    Where Does Worry Get You?
    Our modern society seems built on the concept of anxiety. We are always striving, stressing, hurrying, and worrying. But into this state of anxiety, Jesus has words that can free us not just from the condition of worry, but that can open our eyes to an entirely different way of looking at and approaching life.
  • Mar 5, 20173 BIG Questions Jesus Asked
    Mar 5, 2017
    3 BIG Questions Jesus Asked
    Why are you so afraid? Why did you doubt?  Do you still not understand?   Jesus gives us insight into our hearts through conversation with his disciples’ experiences of fear, doubt & not “getting it”.
  • Feb 26, 2017Do You Only Love Those Who Love You?
    Feb 26, 2017
    Do You Only Love Those Who Love You?
    So often our world expresses love when there is self-centered advantage or profit to be made. Imagine if Christ-followers loved without strings attached. This would bring joy to God's heart and reflects God's love in our world hungering for genuine love and human dignity. So we'll affirm the need for healthy reciprocal relationships while being challenged to serve those who have nothing to give in return or who have never experienced love to know how to reciprocate love to others.
  • Feb 19, 2017Who Will Love God More?
    Feb 19, 2017
    Who Will Love God More?
    Do you love God? Why or why not? What motivates you to faithfully follow Christ? We'll explore a dramatic scene in which a proud religious leader learns how far he really is from God while a desperate woman expresses her love for Jesus to expose why our hearts either grow in love for God or stray away from God.
  • Feb 12, 2017Questions Jesus Asked
    Feb 12, 2017
    Questions Jesus Asked
    Jesus asked questions 173 times in the Gospels to probe our hearts and evoke our thinking. We'll explore ten of the most profound questions Jesus asked starting this Sunday until Easter. This week we'll study the question "Who do you say I am?" from Matthew 16:13-16.
  • Feb 5, 2017The Other Side
    Feb 5, 2017
    The Other Side
    Series: (All)
    We'll go on a journey across the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and his disciples, through a raging storm, to the other side called the "Gerasenes" where no Jewish people ever wanted to go, just to reach out to one demon-possessed, mentally ill, socially marginalized person. Come ready to be challenges to go to the "other side" for those who are spiritually lost and socially oppressed in our world today while learning how much we resemble the broken person in this narrative without God's grace in Christ.
  • Jan 29, 2017What Would Jesus Smoke?
    Jan 29, 2017
    What Would Jesus Smoke?
    By: (All)
    Series: (All)
    With changing laws, shifting cultural norms, and individualism running our ethics, how are Christians to live out a different vision of the Kingdom of God? What kinds of behaviors can and can't we participate in, and how do we make those decisions? Our message this week will look at some of these issues and how they point to a different way for Christians to live in community with Christ and one another.
  • Jan 22, 2017Oh How I Love Jesus
    Jan 22, 2017
    Oh How I Love Jesus
    Series: (All)
    Beth Kidd will be preaching. She is the Director at Place of Promise in Boston, a residential treatment ministry helping people transition from homelessness, prostitution, and addiction to build better lives.
  • Jan 15, 2017Build to Last
    Jan 15, 2017
    Build to Last
    Series: (All)
    Imagine if persecution arises to close our church and imprison our pastors, or temptations arise that feel so seductive, or sudden tragedy devastate our lives. Would we continue to follow Christ, even risking our lives, or would our faith dissolve because we depend on exciting church ministries, and expect God to protect us from pain? We'll explore the challenge of building our faith to last through uncompromising commitment to God and deeper devotion to live as Christ's missionaries.

 

 

 

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