Jun 15, 2014
Then Abraham Prayed
This Sunday's sermon is “Then Abraham Prayed”, a look back at three instances of the discipline of The Lord in the life of Abraham; discipline that grew Abram out of a shallow trust in himself and into his calling to be God's blessing to all the families of the earth. (Genesis 12:3) Before we witness Abraham's dramatic trust in The Lord with his beloved son Isaac, we witness the bumpy and uneven turn-around of Abraham's trust in The Lord through his growing understanding of his prophetic calling and his union with and love for Sarah.
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  • Jun 15, 2014Then Abraham Prayed
    Jun 15, 2014
    Then Abraham Prayed
    This Sunday's sermon is “Then Abraham Prayed”, a look back at three instances of the discipline of The Lord in the life of Abraham; discipline that grew Abram out of a shallow trust in himself and into his calling to be God's blessing to all the families of the earth. (Genesis 12:3) Before we witness Abraham's dramatic trust in The Lord with his beloved son Isaac, we witness the bumpy and uneven turn-around of Abraham's trust in The Lord through his growing understanding of his prophetic calling and his union with and love for Sarah.
  • Jun 8, 2014Rebirth and Renewal
    Jun 8, 2014
    Rebirth and Renewal
    Paul's letter to Titus is packed with powerful instruction - leadership, division, fitting Christian behavior - all things that he desired the church to know as it sought its place in the surrounding society. But at the end of it all, Paul is sure to emphasize the basis for all of this instruction: the incredible work of our salvation that God enacted because of his goodness, mercy, and love. This Sunday, we will engage this amazing news of God's saving work and how, through God's renewal of our hearts, we will never be the same.
  • Jun 1, 2014A People Apart
    Jun 1, 2014
    A People Apart
    The church in the middle of Crete was a new, strange phenomenon - and the people around were watching closely. Paul continues his instruction to Titus by describing a community set apart, one defined by grace and built in community. What do these teachings have for the church today, which still works to portray Christ to a watching world?
  • May 25, 2014The Cretan Condition
    May 25, 2014
    The Cretan Condition
    The churches in Crete at the end of the first century were facing some pretty tough challenges, not least of which were false teachers causing confusion and division among the new believers, and a culture of confusion and sin that compounded the problem. What causes us to question our beliefs, and what about our culture today can lead us away from the truth of the centrality of Christ? We'll look at these issues and how we can rest in the knowledge of the gospel in our own contemporary culture of confusion.
  • May 18, 2014A Snapshot of Leadership
    May 18, 2014
    A Snapshot of Leadership
    What can today's church learn from a tiny letter written to a relatively unknown disciple nearly 2,000 years ago? Well, a lot, as it turns out! The Epistle to Titus covers everything from church leaders to opposition to the gospel, radical Christian living, grace and renewed lives, inter-congregational conflict, and more. This week, we will look at the opening to the letter and Paul's commission that Titus be a leader who raises up leaders. What does Christian leadership mean, and how do we respond to the call to represent the gospel in all that we do?
  • May 11, 2014Lessons from a Woman at a Well
    May 11, 2014
    Lessons from a Woman at a Well
    This Sunday's sermon is titled "Lessons from a Woman at a Well" and we will be looking at one of the early ministry interactions that Christ had with a Samaritan woman in John 4:4-26. In this story, Jesus has a conversation with a woman that changes her life forever. We will see a picture of ourselves in this story and how Christ speaks truth, grace and love into our fear, prejudices, shame and hurt. Pastor Brant Lingle, our Executive Pastor, is preaching.
  • May 4, 2014Anywhere But Here
    May 4, 2014
    Anywhere But Here
    This Sunday's sermon is titled "Anywhere But Here," and we will be looking at one of the post-resurrection appearances of Christ in Luke 24:13-35. In this story, two disciples mourn the death of Christ as they travel along the road from Jerusalem to their home town of Emmaus. However, they are soon joined by a stranger who has some illuminating thoughts on the events that have just taken place in the holy city. In this story, we see a picture of ourselves when we flee from disappointment, suffering, or loss - and yet Jesus reveals to us the constant presence that will lead and guide, if we are willing to listen and willing to invite Christ in to share in life with us.  Pastor Josh Raskin, our Pastor for Student Ministries, is preaching.
  • Apr 27, 2014Visioneering
    Apr 27, 2014
    Visioneering
    Series: Vision
    Our church community has been “visioneering” together the last four months prayerfully discerning God's vision goals for the next season of our church mission. We will explore the Biblical foundation for our vision goals leading us upward in worship, inward in community, and outward in service into the future, along with God Sightings from the past year and plans to make vision goals become reality.
  • Apr 20, 2014The Resurrection and Life
    Apr 20, 2014
    The Resurrection and Life
    Series: I Am
    Easter is where heaven and earth, good and evil, life and death, joy and sorrow, darkness and light, faith and doubt meet together. Jesus came from heaven to earth, but is killed on the cross, only to rise again to life. Evil seems to triumph at the cross, but good overcomes evil with the victory of the resurrection. The disciples were filled with doubt and sorrow at the loss of Jesus, then are filled with faith and joy when they see him alive. Darkness seems to prevail for three long days while Jesus is buried, then light bursts forth as Christ is risen. These are the same emotions we feel through many of our life experiences. We'll explore these paradoxes through the journey of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who are grieving the death of their beloved brother and confused about God until Jesus ministers among them and they begin to comprehend God's presence through their anguish and the difference resurrection makes. Happy Easter!
  • Apr 13, 2014The Good Shepherd
    Apr 13, 2014
    The Good Shepherd
    Series: I Am
    When Jesus proclaimed “I am the good shepherd” the crowd could vividly capture the image in their minds because they were an agrarian community filled with shepherds and sheep. We might struggle to grasp the image Jesus was portraying in our cultures and experiences. So we'll study the unique relationship between shepherds and sheep to understand the profound theological truths about the cross Jesus was explaining and the loving, nurturing, protecting, challenging relationship Jesus invites his flock to experience with our good shepherd.