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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  • 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.
  • Dec 11, 2016Christmas Chaos
    Dec 11, 2016
    Christmas Chaos
    Series: Advent
    Last Sunday we studied the prophecy of Messiah's arrival in Bethlehem from Micah 5:1-5. This Sunday we'll explore the first fulfillment of that prophecy. Jesus chose to enter a chaotic world filled with poverty and oppression while his temporarily homeless parents hurried to Bethlehem in fear. But God was working behind the scenes, and still works today, to unfold God's redemption in the midst of chaos.
  • Dec 4, 2016Least of the Least
    Dec 4, 2016
    Least of the Least
    Series: Advent
    Micah surprised everyone, writing 720 years before Jesus was born, when he prophesied that Messiah would come from the tiny town of Bethlehem. But God often works in surprising ways and through unsuspecting people to fulfill his redemptive purposes.
  • Nov 20, 2016If I Just Had ___
    Nov 20, 2016
    If I Just Had ___
    How would we fill in the blank when we feel if we only had something or someone we would be happy? What is the source of our identity? Where do we look for our happiness? Who meets our deepest needs? The 10th Commandment warns God's people from coveting what other people have so we build our contentment in God, guards us from chasing after things as idol replacing God, and protects God's community from damaging each other.
  • Nov 6, 2016You Shall Not Steal
    Nov 6, 2016
    You Shall Not Steal
    God's covenant people were about to enter the Promised Land. God proscribed laws to build a society with equitable distribution of the land, protection against exorbitant interest, guidelines to alleviate debt, resources for those who fell into poverty, etc. Now would they form a just society or scramble to horde the land? Would they honor each other or steal from each other? This 8th commandment against stealing challenges God's people to honor each other, live as generous people, and shine God's justice in the world.
  • Oct 30, 2016Don’t Even Think About Adultery!
    Oct 30, 2016
    Don’t Even Think About Adultery!
    Adultery is breaking a covenant. We'll study God's warnings throughout Scripture to protect against three forms of adultery: (1) Marital adultery that can destroy our marriage, damage our children, and distort our witness. (2) Spiritual adultery when we break our covenant with God by worshipping "idols" and indulging in sin. (3) Mental adultery when lust warps our minds and makes us vulnerable to commit adultery.
  • Oct 16, 2016Homes of Honor
    Oct 16, 2016
    Homes of Honor
    We'll explore the fifth commandment that expresses God's passion for societies filled with honor. Imagine a world in which people, nations, corporations, laws, and more really honored God and honored each other. But how do we learn to honor? We'll see how the family is a bedrock of society to learn how to honor.
  • Oct 9, 2016What is the Sabbath?
    Oct 9, 2016
    What is the Sabbath?
    We'll explore fourfold the meaning of the Sabbath: (1) Sacred space for God's people to refresh from work and reflect on God. (2) A witness of God's loving care for his covenant people. (3) Social Justice to give Sabbath rest for workers, immigrants, animals, and land. (4) A sign pointing to the ultimate "Sabbath Rest" of eternal life. Come learn more about the Sabbath than we often assume.
  • Oct 2, 2016God’s Name
    Oct 2, 2016
    God’s Name
    The third commandment, not to take God's name in vain, is often viewed as not using God's name to swear. This is true but misses so much of the heart of this command. The third commandment defines God's name, reveals a lot about God's character, and instructs us how to relate with God. You might be surprised by a fresh look at an often misunderstood command.
  • Sep 25, 2016You Are What You Worship
    Sep 25, 2016
    You Are What You Worship
    Whatever "gods" or "idols" we worship shape our lives over time. God warns how damaging our "American Idols" like greed, power, control, sex, and so many other temptations can be to warp the Imagine of God within us. So God is jealous for our worship, not how we define jealously in our fallen world as the control of an insecure lover, but because God passionately desires for our lives to be shaped into the Image of God. We'll also be challenged by how our lives can leave a legacy of blessing or curses to future generations.