Jun 14, 2015
The Empty God
Series: (All)
How do we view power? Influence? Status? These things that are so often sought after in our world are completely recast in the light of what Christ has done for us. This week we will examine a beloved passage from Paul's letter to the Philippians where he outlines the extraordinary lengths that Christ went to rescue us from our plight of sinful separation from God.
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  • Jun 14, 2015The Empty God
    Jun 14, 2015
    The Empty God
    Series: (All)
    How do we view power? Influence? Status? These things that are so often sought after in our world are completely recast in the light of what Christ has done for us. This week we will examine a beloved passage from Paul's letter to the Philippians where he outlines the extraordinary lengths that Christ went to rescue us from our plight of sinful separation from God.
  • May 31, 2015Tribe and Tongue
    May 31, 2015
    Tribe and Tongue
    Series: (All)
    We live in a world where diversity is a value that is highly sought after in schools, organizations, and society as a whole. We worship together as a congregation where diversity is a reality that we cherish and celebrate. We follow a God who the Bible says has a mission for every tribe, tongue, and nation. Racial and ethnic diversity are clearly important topics in our society and in our faith, but what role does diversity truly play in building us together as the body of Christ, and how can we more fully experience God's good news by grappling with the often difficult questions of race and ethnicity that confront us as God's people?
  • May 3, 2015To the Other Side
    May 3, 2015
    To the Other Side
    Series: (All)
    We all experience times of transition, moments when we have to leave what's familiar or comfortable or fruitful and enter into situations that are new and often challenging. How are we, as followers of Christ, to best engage with times of transition and change? What is required of us to remain faithful? This week, we will look at a story where Jesus asks his disciples to step into an unfamiliar and challenging environment, and how the results can teach us much about similar situations in our lives.
  • Mar 22, 2015Signs of the Times
    Mar 22, 2015
    Signs of the Times
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    As Jesus enters the final days of his ministry, he comes into intense conflict with the religious and political leaders of Jerusalem. In the midst of this confrontation, Jesus takes an opportunity to offer words of prophecy about the Temple, about Jerusalem, about history and, most importantly...about his followers. While the rest of the world may be pursuing power, pursuing wealth, pursuing change or pursuing security, the followers of Christ are called to pursue something altogether different: faithful witness and trust in God. How we deal with power, priorities, and persecution will be the focus this Sunday as we seek to place our hope fully in Jesus Christ.
  • Mar 8, 2015Where We Are and Want to Be
    Mar 8, 2015
    Where We Are and Want to Be
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    One of the greatest of all human desires is for relationship, but what happens when our access to relationships is restricted? This week, we will examine the story of Jesus and an influential tax collector named Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10 and see how this story is the culmination of many of the themes that Luke has presented throughout his gospel. In Zacchaeus, we see the extent and power of Jesus' pursuing love, as well as the great breadth of his saving power as he restores Zacchaeus in the desire for relationship with God and others.
  • Nov 30, 2014The Identity of Jesus
    Nov 30, 2014
    The Identity of Jesus
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    The Identity of Jesus is the question we will be looking at this Sunday, and it's one that Luke is sure to put at the center of his Gospel. In fact, when the question of Jesus' true identity is discussed amongst the disciples, it marks a crucial moment in the life and ministry of Christ and the disciples who follow him. The answer to this question is no simple title or status, but a revelation that is at once liberating and life-changing. How does the identity of Jesus lay claim to our allegiance and invite us into a life of self-sacrifice and true discipleship today?
  • Nov 9, 2014The Flip-Flop of Forgiveness
    Nov 9, 2014
    The Flip-Flop of Forgiveness
    Series: Who Is Jesus
    How do we think about or, more importantly, experience forgiveness in our lives and community? In this incredible story, Luke paints a picture of forgiveness that subverts countless social norms and reveals a love of God that is both universal and unfailing. Through the actions of a known sinner and social outcast, the question of Jesus' mission will be made even more clear as he envisions relationships with God undergoing the transforming power of true forgiveness and restoration.
  • 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.