S14-2014-Contemp-Sermon

March 2016

The Quiet Revolution

We live in a world that’s filled with noise and busyness, and it can feel like it grows louder every day. In the midst of so many distractions and demands on our time and attention, what does it mean to live a quiet life, as Paul suggests to the Thessalonians? Even more so, how do we bring glory to God through our regular acts of faithfulness and attentiveness? Though it may seem counter-intuitive, this revolutionary type of community is possible and even indispensable in our noise-filled society!




Spending our Strength for Social Justice

We’ll explore God’s vision for a society filled with justice. Some of the Scriptures we will study include: Exodus

23:6, Leviticus 19:9-10, Leviticus 19:33-34, Deuteronomy 10:17-19, Deuteronomy 24:14-15, Proverbs 22:22-23, Ecclesiastes 5:8, Isaiah 1:17, Isaiah 10:1, Amos 2:6-7, Zechariah 7:9-10, Malachi 3:5,

Luke 12:33-24, James 5:1-5.



February 2016

Spending our Strength Generously

Tragically, many people in our world suffer with poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, oppression, discrimination, violence, and more. God’s broken heart and call to action are expressed in Isaiah 58:10, “Spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry!” We’ll explore God’s heart and be challenged with practical ways to spend ourselves to alleviate poverty, advance social justice, raise up the oppressed, and share spiritual hope that shines Christ’s light in darkness.




Spending our Strength for Eternity

How will we feel when we look back at our one and only life? What will God say about our life? Will we be filled with joy or regret? We’ll explore the “Parable of the Talents” to be inspired to prioritize what matters most and challenged to live as faithful stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.




Spending our Strength for the Least of These

We’re exploring God’s heart for the poor, how Christ rescues people from our spiritual poverty, and calls us to live as Christ’s hands, feet, and voice in the world today.



Spending our Strength for the Weak

When we follow Jesus, we take a big risk with our hearts and minds, because Jesus can lead us into areas where he wants to see transformation. Often in the gospels, we see him engaging with the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, the “sinners” of his age. In all of these situations, Jesus redefines what it means to do justice and bring healing – and we, too, can partner with Jesus in both desire and action.




January 2016

Spending our Strength for our Community

This semester we’re exploring God’s heart for those who suffer with practical ways to alleviate poverty, advance social justice, raise up the oppressed, and share spiritual hope that shines Christ’s light in darkness.




Spending Ourselves

Tragically, many people in our world suffer with poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, oppression, discrimination, violence, and more. God’s broken heart and call to action are expressed in Isaiah 58:10, “Spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry!” We’ll explore God’s heart and be challenged with practical ways to spend ourselves to alleviate poverty, advance social justice, raise up the oppressed, and share spiritual hope that shines Christ’s light in darkness.




Where We’ve Never Been Before

“Where We’ve Never Been Before” is the message this Sunday from Joshua 3:1-5. Life is filled with times when we go where we’ve never been before. Moving away to college. Graduating and wondering what the future holds. Starting a new job. The birth of our first child. A medical diagnosis. Trusting God in a new way. We’ll explore a scene when God revealed his character and prepared his covenant community, filled with both anticipation and fear, to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land.




The God of Increase

In famine, all is well. In dearth, food doesn’t deplete. Does this make any sense? It does. If we believe in the God of providence and increase. Come and be blessed and inspired, as we expound on I Kings 17:1-16.