Sermons

Out of Ur
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. -- Genesis 15:4–6 (ESV) Just 24 days till Christmas. The countdown is on. Like no other time of the year, there is an anticipation built into the season. We all have different traditions that build toward Christmas Day. As the first presents appear under the tree, the kids know it’s getting closer. We put out stockings in expectancy. We might open advent calendars, counting down the days. We light candles on wreaths to mark the weeks. But what if, in the words of C. S. Lewis, ‘it was always winter, but never Christmas.’? Would our hope be dispelled? Would our high hopes build or eventually wane? This week we look at God making the promise of a son, an heir, a child of promise. However, that promise would take years to arrive and even in its arrival it would be threatened. We will take a look at the next development in God’s unfolding redemptive plan by looking at a childless couple and God’s big promise to them.
In The Garden
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. - Romans 5:12–13 (ESV) Christmas time is nostalgic. We pull out decorations from years gone by. We listen to music from people and genres from years ago. We eat those secret family recipes. We rehearse memories of days gone by. One of the anchors of this nostalgia is the story of Christmas. We think back to shepherds, mangers, and a child, but in fact the story of Advent is much, much older than we usually think. This Advent season we will look back, way back. We will consider the full story of Advent that points much farther then most think. This week we will look back to the very beginning, not just to Mary, Joseph, or even John the Baptist, but back to the very beginning, the beginning of everything. In this beginning we will discover why Advent was even necessary. This is a great time to invite a friend to join you.
Fearless
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, - 2 Timothy 1:6–8 Fear is a crippling enemy. When we look around our world and we fear the threats that seem to be coming to our doorstep. We look inside and we fear our own inadequacies. We spin up scenarios of what might be and fear wells up again. With all of these threats, it seems the best option to take is to retreat. This week, Kevin Mays will be considering with us what it means to be a group of people ‘fearlessly on mission’. This involves us confronting what stands in our way and facing the consequences of what will come.
This is Us
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. -- Philippians 1:3-6 (ESV) How do you feel about your spiritual life? I’ve never heard anyone answer this question with a fully positive answer. We might be frustrated with our lack of prayer or bible reading. We recall our failures to speak with grace or to love the unlovely. We run through our minds all the opportunities squandered to communicate the gospel. It’s in those moments I turn to the Philippian 1 verses. In these verses, there is hope in Christ. We are in the midst of His work that He will complete. When I widen my gaze to Hope Church, I’m grateful that these verses don’t just apply to me individually, but corporately. This is God’s church, his bride. He will do His work. He will complete it. This week, I want to take a step back and consider Hope. Who are we? What are we about? What do we believe? If you are new to Hope, my desire is to give you a better understanding about your church. If you have been around Hope for a while, I hope this will re-focus us on our core commitments as a church. This will also give us a chance to consider what is ahead. Plan to be with us.
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