A Community of Wisdom

This sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. SERIES OVERVIEW: There’s a lot of talk out there about what the purpose of the church truly is. Some say mission. Some say worship. Some say justice. Some say teaching. Some say this and some say that. But enough talk. Let’s listen. Years ago, C.S. Lewis wrote: “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” And there it is: The purpose of the church is to form people into little Christs. But how does that happen? It begins in community, and it begins with the cross. Here’s the hope of the church, even if it wasn’t said by a theologian. Dr. Seuss said: “It’s not about

A Community of Mission

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. SERIES OVERVIEW: There’s a lot of talk out there about what the purpose of the church truly is. Some say mission. Some say worship. Some say justice. Some say teaching. Some say this and some say that. But enough talk. Let’s listen. Years ago, C.S. Lewis wrote: “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” And there it is: The purpose of the church is to form people into little Christs. But how does that happen? It begins in community, and it begins with the cross. Here’s the hope of the church, even if it wasn’t said by a theologian. Dr. Seuss said: “It’s not about

A Community of Generosity

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. SERIES OVERVIEW: There’s a lot of talk out there about what the purpose of the church truly is. Some say mission. Some say worship. Some say justice. Some say teaching. Some say this and some say that. But enough talk. Let’s listen. Years ago, C.S. Lewis wrote: “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” And there it is: The purpose of the church is to form people into little Christs. But how does that happen? It begins in community, and it begins with the cross. Here’s the hope of the church, even if it wasn’t said by a theologian. Dr. Seuss said: “It’s not about

A Community of Family

This sermon is based on 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. SERIES OVERVIEW: There’s a lot of talk out there about what the purpose of the church truly is. Some say mission. Some say worship. Some say justice. Some say teaching. Some say this and some say that. But enough talk. Let’s listen. Years ago, C.S. Lewis wrote: “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” And there it is: The purpose of the church is to form people into little Christs. But how does that happen? It begins in community, and it begins with the cross. Here’s the hope of the church, even if it wasn’t said by a theologian. Dr. Seuss said: “It’s not about

A Community of the Cross

This sermon is based on Philippians 2:5-11 and introduces this series. SERIES OVERVIEW: There’s a lot of talk out there about what the purpose of the church truly is. Some say mission. Some say worship. Some say justice. Some say teaching. Some say this and some say that. But enough talk. Let’s listen. Years ago, C.S. Lewis wrote: “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” And there it is: The purpose of the church is to form people into little Christs. But how does that happen? It begins in community, and it begins with the cross. Here’s the hope of the church, even if it wasn’t said by a theologian. Dr. Seuss said:

Love for the Soul

This sermon is based on Revelation 21:1-4 and concludes this series. SERIES OVERVIEW: Goethe said it better than any of the other poets: “Everyone should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of their life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” Here’s my question for you: If this is true, how are you feeding your soul’s need to touch transcendence? And how are we as a church inspiring you to seek God by seeing beauty? See, God has placed beauty in our souls so that we would find him not only in worship and in nature, but in some rather unexpected places as well, in art, in music, in wonder and in moments that take our breath away. True, all truth is God’s truth, but there’s something even

Art for the Soul

This sermon is based on Ephesians 2:8-10. SERIES OVERVIEW: Goethe said it better than any of the other poets: “Everyone should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of their life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” Here’s my question for you: If this is true, how are you feeding your soul’s need to touch transcendence? And how are we as a church inspiring you to seek God by seeing beauty? See, God has placed beauty in our souls so that we would find him not only in worship and in nature, but in some rather unexpected places as well, in art, in music, in wonder and in moments that take our breath away. True, all truth is God’s truth, but there’s something even more wonderful than that:

God Spoke His Word Because He Wanted to be Known

We welcome Rev. Dave Shive as our guest speaker to share this two-part series. This sermon is based on Psalm 19:7-14. SERIES OVERVIEW: Ever wonder why God chose to create the universe? The answer wasn’t because of His need. This is way too anthropological, but it may get the point across: The trinity, dwelling together within the Godhead, enjoyed a perfect existence – perfect in love, perfect in joy, perfect in communion, and perfect in every other virtue. But while God didn’t need to create, he chose to do so. And therefore, creation must have arisen because of something God values. And therefore, answering the question, ‘Why did God create the universe?’ may be one the most important issues that confronts us. This is partly because it leads us to another critical question: “Who is this God who chose to create?” In this two-part series, Dave Shive will take us

God Created the Universe Because He Wanted to be Known

We welcome Rev. Dave Shive as our guest speaker to share this two-part series. This sermon is based on Psalm 19:1-6. SERIES OVERVIEW: Ever wonder why God chose to create the universe? The answer wasn’t because of His need. This is way too anthropological, but it may get the point across: The trinity, dwelling together within the Godhead, enjoyed a perfect existence – perfect in love, perfect in joy, perfect in communion, and perfect in every other virtue. But while God didn’t need to create, he chose to do so. And therefore, creation must have arisen because of something God values. And therefore, answering the question, ‘Why did God create the universe?’ may be one the most important issues that confronts us. This is partly because it leads us to another critical question: “Who is this God who chose to create?” In this two-part series, Dave Shive will take us

Glory for the Soul

This sermon is based on Psalm 19:1-4, 7-8, 10, 14. SERIES OVERVIEW: Goethe said it better than any of the other poets: “Everyone should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of their life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” Here’s my question for you: If this is true, how are you feeding your soul’s need to touch transcendence? And how are we as a church inspiring you to seek God by seeing beauty? See, God has placed beauty in our souls so that we would find him not only in worship and in nature, but in some rather unexpected places as well, in art, in music, in wonder and in moments that take our breath away. True, all truth is God’s truth, but there’s something even more

Beauty for the Soul

This sermon is based on Exodus 35:30-35. SERIES OVERVIEW: Goethe said it better than any of the other poets: “Everyone should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of their life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” Here’s my question for you: If this is true, how are you feeding your soul’s need to touch transcendence? And how are we as a church inspiring you to seek God by seeing beauty? See, God has placed beauty in our souls so that we would find him not only in worship and in nature, but in some rather unexpected places as well, in art, in music, in wonder and in moments that take our breath away. True, all truth is God’s truth, but there’s something even more wonderful than that:

Reading Backwards

This sermon is based on Revelation 22:1-3 and concludes this series on Moses and the Ex. SERIES OVERVIEW: The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola

Moses and the Sea

This sermon is based on Exodus 14:10-18. SERIES OVERVIEW: The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola or the Black Death are bad, but how about

Moses and the Pharaoh, Part 2

This sermon is based on Exodus 12:31-36. SERIES OVERVIEW: The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola or the Black Death are bad, but how about

Moses and the Pharaoh

This sermon is based on Exodus 7:8-13. SERIES OVERVIEW: The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola or the Black Death are bad, but how about

Moses and God

This sermon is based on Exodus 3:11-20. SERIES OVERVIEW: The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola or the Black Death are bad, but how about

Moses and the Empire

This sermon is based on Exodus 2:11-22. SERIES OVERVIEW: The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola or the Black Death are bad, but how about

Moses

This sermon is based on Exodus 2:5-10, 23-25. SERIES OVERVIEW: The Exodus contains the stuff Hollywood moguls can only dream of (see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments; no, literally, see DeMille’s The Ten Commandments). You have a strong leading man who comes from nowhere to rescue his people and become the greatest leader of his people. Plus, he’s not squeaky clean (he did murder someone, but don’t we all have a few skeletons in our closets). You have a great villain who seems invincible (but he can’t grow hair). You have a desperate situation with pain and misery. You have strong women who save the day (Yeah, women!). You have miracles; and just like in all great movies, the villain arises from his defeat for one last deadly encounter (but this time, it’s personal!). And I haven’t even mentioned the plagues (sure, Ebola or the Black Death are bad, but how

Love from Beginning to End

This sermon is based on Jonah 3:6 – 4:3. SERIES OVERVIEW: Yogi Berra once famously said: “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” I think we would agree. We all love the idea of loving others. After all, love is the definitive distinctive of a disciple of Jesus; and it’s our most memorable mandate, our most important imperative, and our most dynamic and decisive decree. That’s why it is called the Greatest Commandment. So, there you have it. In theory we love it! But then there’s practice. And loving everyone, everywhere and all the time just doesn’t seem all that practical. Now, don’t get me wrong. We love it as an idea, and we love to love people who love us and who are lovable, but some people just don’t fit that description (maybe because we don’t know them or maybe because we’ve known

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