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Loving well means that we love God deeply, love one another passionately, and love our neighbors boldly. We spent the Fall of 2021 learning to love God deeply. We are now turning our attention to what it means to love one another passionately. To guide our thinking about loving one another, we will be working through the book of 1 John. 1 John was written to help churches to know the one true God and to learn how to love one another.
As the people of Israel languished in exile, one question which arose for them about God was, “Have you rejected us forever?” It could have certainly seemed so, for from the end of Malachi to the beginning of the New Testament were 400 “silent years” where God did not send any prophets among the people. But when the New Testament opens, God comes to His people in love and He speaks through the birth of His son, Jesus Christ.
In order to love well, we must know the God who loved us first, for the heart cannot love what the mind does not know. To know God more, we must know what he is like. Therefore, studying his attributes is one of the best ways to come to know him. As we walk through the book of Psalms, we will begin by seeing God as our refuge.
Love is a word that is easy to say but difficult to define with any precision. As Christians, we know that God is love. But what does that mean? And how does God's love influence our understanding of love? In 1 Corinthians 13, the apostle Paul lays out one of the most compelling descriptions and definitions of love ever put into words. This series explores what the Bible means by the word 'love' and how our love can be changed by God's love.
What is a man? What is a woman? And why does it matter? Confusion reigns in our culture today about the meaning and purpose of human life. Too often we attempt to live as autonomous individuals rather than those in deep relationships with one another. In Side by Side, we explore God's original design for men and women, how it was corrupted by sin, but how God redeems it in Christ.
In our Sermon Series, David, a Faithful Life in a Complicated World, we see that King David faced many trials and complex circumstances. Yet through it all, he trusted in God and lived a faithful life before the Lord. A faithful life, however, does not mean perfect. David definitely failed (sometimes spectacularly). But through those failures, he turned from his sin and entrusted himself to the Lord. This series explores how David points us forward to the King we really need, Jesus. We will see how we can live faithful lives in a complicated (modern) world.
Sermon Series: Renew: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ. We are saved by believing the gospel message, the good news that life with God is available through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The gospel not only brings us into a right relationship with God, it is also the way we grow in our faith. We are made new through the gospel, but, as Romans 6-8 shows us, we are also becoming new. Romans 6-8 shows us how to live the new life we have in Christ and how to put Christ’s power on display in our own lives.
Our sermon series, A Thrill of Hope, comes from the lyrics of “O Holy Night.” If you remember the song, the very next line is, “a weary world rejoices.” It is hard to find a better description of our world right now. It is anxious, depressed, and weary. It needs hope. And that hope is found in Jesus Christ. He is the hope of the world. Join us to see how the gospel gives us hope and how we can share this hope with others.
Core strength comes from working out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). It means allowing the gospel to influence every area of our lives and to change those areas on a deeper and deeper level. The gospel must move from merely changing how we behave to shaping our motives, desires, and loves. So Christians answer the question “Who am I?” in a very distinct way. They know their identity is “in Christ.” God gives each Christian a new identity of being connected to Christ.
Onesimus was a slave, likely running away from his master, Philemon. Along the way, Onesimus encountered the apostle Paul and accepted Christ. But Onesimus was now returning to his master with an advocate in his corner, Paul. While the letter was written primarily to Philemon, it also speaks of the work that God had done in Onesimus’ life to make him new. Here we will see all the new things that have come into Onesimus’ life as a result of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus invites us to find life and rest in Himself. Some people take Jesus' invitation while others don’t. Are there consequences to rejecting Jesus? If so, what are they? Jesus’ invitation is not only for those outside the faith. He regularly invites those who believe in Him to follow Him more closely. Yet, due to the remnants of sin within us, we can still struggle to accept His Word. Jesus discusses the consequences, and blessings, of accepting His invitation.
The message of Zechariah is that if the people return to God, God will return to them. Even though the people are back in the land, they are still in exile. But God promises to end their (spiritual) exile. One day he will atone for their sin, banish idolatry and false prophets from the land, lead the people back in a new exodus, and fill Jerusalem with his presence.
God gave the people of Israel the year of Jubilee to celebrate his goodness and faithfulness. Every 50 years, the people were to take a full year off from work and trust in the Lord. Unfortunately, the people never celebrated the Jubilee. Due to their unbelief, the people were sent into exile. But God brought jubilee to bear through the incarnation of Jesus.
The gospel empowers us to live for God. We don't live for God in order to get things from God. We live for God because of what Jesus has done for us through his life, death, and resurrection. But the Christian life is also one of continually growth. We grow, however, not solely as individuals, but within the context of community. We grow together within the church.
The book of Acts records the spread of the gospel across the globe. After Jesus instructed his followers for forty days, the Spirit of God comes down upon the church, empowering her for God's mission. Through the power of the Spirit, the movement Jesus started continued to multiply throughout the world.