Mar 31, 2024
“Easter Matters”
Series: (All)
Mark 16:1-8 and Acts 17:22–31
 
At one time or another, we’ve all wondered about God, whether God is really close to us or cares about us. When Paul addresses people in Athens about the God they didn't know anything about, he tells them about how the resurrection of Jesus reveals God's love and plan for us, and how it all centers on a man, Jesus Christ.
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  • Mar 31, 2024“Easter Matters”
    Mar 31, 2024
    “Easter Matters”
    Series: (All)
    Mark 16:1-8 and Acts 17:22–31
     
    At one time or another, we’ve all wondered about God, whether God is really close to us or cares about us. When Paul addresses people in Athens about the God they didn't know anything about, he tells them about how the resurrection of Jesus reveals God's love and plan for us, and how it all centers on a man, Jesus Christ.
  • Mar 24, 2024Altar’d: “At What Cost?”
    Mar 24, 2024
    Altar’d: “At What Cost?”
    Series: Altar'd
    1 Chronicles 21:18-26
     
    When David buys a threshing floor in order to worship the Lord, he refuses to receive it for free, because he recognizes that he needs to sacrifice a portion of his personal wealth to honor God. Otherwise, his worship will be cheap and his service meaningless.
    God's grace is free, but it is also costly, because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs us our lives, and because it condemns our sin, and above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son.
  • Mar 17, 2024Altar’d: “A Time of Renewal”
    Mar 17, 2024
    Altar’d: “A Time of Renewal”
    Series: Altar'd
    Joshua 8:30–35
     
    We need times of renewal for our commitments. After their delivery from slavery in Egypt, God made a covenant with the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai. As the people were entering the promised land, Moses led them in a time o f remembrance and renewal of that covenant, and instructed them to do it again once they had entered the land, which Joshua led them to do in Joshua 8.  What does this mean for us? The commitment we make in one season of life isn’t sufficient for another season of life. Every season and every stage in life forces us to ask the question again, “Is Jesus still Lord here and now?” And if we don’t intentionally renew our embrace of the Lordship of Jesus in the context of our changed circumstances, it is so easy to drift into an abandonment of the promises that we made to Jesus and to the commitment that we offered up to Him.
  • Feb 25, 2024Altar’d: “Surrender It All”
    Feb 25, 2024
    Altar’d: “Surrender It All”
    Series: Altar'd
    Genesis 22:1-9
     
    Are we willing to commit to the Lord only when it's conditional, when it's convenient, or when it's on our own terms? In the account of Abraham being called to offer Isaac, Abraham was called to commit every part of his life, wherever it may lead. But Abraham trusted the Lord, and experienced the power and blessing of God.
     
    Trust in God enables us to both surrender fully to God and also to experience the presence and grace of God in a powerful way.
  • Feb 18, 2024Altar’d: “Making Space to Surrender”
    Feb 18, 2024
    Altar’d: “Making Space to Surrender”
    Series: Altar'd
    Genesis 8:15-20
     
    After being closed up in the ark for a year, when Noah was able to leave, the first thing that he did was to build an altar. To face a new life required making space and surrendering to the Lord. Lent is a season to find out what is most important to us, and to seek Jesus alone; therefore it's a season to surrender ourselves to Christ and to do that, we have to make space in our lives to pursue him.
     
     
     
  • Feb 11, 2024Follow The Healer: “By His Wounds We Are Healed”
    Feb 11, 2024
    Follow The Healer: “By His Wounds We Are Healed”
    Isaiah 53:1-5
     
    The prophet Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be a man of sorrows, who would bear our griefs and carry our sorrows, and that by his wounds we would be healed. The cross tells us that God has fully identified with us in our suffering, and just like God transformed the cross into his instrument for redeeming the world, when things go tragically wrong for us, God can use that to bring blessings.
     
     
  • Feb 4, 2024Follow The Healer: “Jesus, Healing, and the Kingdom of God”
    Feb 4, 2024
    Follow The Healer: “Jesus, Healing, and the Kingdom of God”
     
    The Kingdom of God was the main thing that Jesus preached about, and Jesus taught two things at the same time...the Kingdom has arrived, yet it hasn't come in its fullness.
     
    Jesus' healing ministry was showing this reality, and that helps us to understand the healing of Jesus, why healing happens in unexpected ways, or not at all. And why even when people are physically healed, they still will grow old and die....because the healing is a sign of the Kingdom of God, which is not yet here in its fullness. We're looking forward to it when Christ returns in glory.
     
     
     
  • Jan 28, 2024Follow The Healer: “Healing and the Image of God”
    Jan 28, 2024
    Follow The Healer: “Healing and the Image of God”
    What we believe about healing is rooted in our view of what a flourishing, healthy, fulfilled human being looks like. What do we need to be healed from? When Jesus healed, he did not merely cure a disease, he also delivered from the power of sin and restored people after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness, in justice, mercy and truth.  Jesus continues to heal persons by both restoring the broken image of God and conforming people to his own image.
  • Jan 14, 2024Follow The Healer: “The Five Ways Jesus Heals”
    Jan 14, 2024
    Follow The Healer: “The Five Ways Jesus Heals”
    According to the New Testament, Jesus is the one through whom all things were made (John 1:3, Col. 1:16; Hebrews 1:2), all things hold together (Col. 1:17, Heb. 1:3), and all things are being made new (2 Cor. 5:17, Rev. 21:5). As Lord of both creation and new creation, he can heal in various ways. Jesus heals directly and supernaturally, through doctors and medicine, through the human body's healing power, through giving grace in suffering, and through victorious dying. 
     
     
  • Jan 7, 2024Follow The Healer: “Whose Ministry Is It?”
    Jan 7, 2024
    Follow The Healer: “Whose Ministry Is It?”
    Matthew 9:35-10:1
     
    One of the main parts of Jesus' ministry was his work of healing. Amazingly, Jesus continues that ministry through his followers. So we are called to participate in Jesus' ongoing ministry of healing by joining him in that ministry rather than simply asking him to help us do our own thing.