No One Like Him - God is HOLY
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" - Isaiah 6:1-3 (ESV) Isaiah 6 is written in a time of uncertainity and unrest. Israel had settled leadership in King Uzziah. He had led them into a era of prolonged prosperity, but now he was dead. What would happen next? Who would rule? How would they guide the nation? Would the enemies of Israel take advantage of this moment of weakness and confusion? In the midst of this Isaiah had a vision. It's a picture of another throne room. It's a picture of a greater king. With so much uncertainty, I would have expected the Lord would have declared Himself as - sovereign, sovereign, sovereign. That's not the call of the angelic heralds. Instead they declare - Holy, holy, holy! What do they mean? What is God's holiness? What does that have to say to our world that's in unrest? This week we look at God's Holiness in our series - No One Like Him. I'd encourage you to read Isaiah 6 in preparation. Derek Flesichmann will be opening up God's word for us.
No One Like You - God is Creator
Sun, Jun 07, 2020
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. - Acts 17:26-27 (ESV) The world is one of design. On both the micro and macro levels there is a pattern and imprint that can be see of a Divine hand. It's hard to miss, but people do. We do. When we dismiss this critical idea it skews not only our understanding about God but about ourselves, the people around us, and the world itself. This week we are going to continue our series: No One Like You. This week we will talk about God as our Creator. Take some time to read through Acts 17 as Paul describes God.
No One Like Him - God's One-ness
Sun, May 31, 2020
He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. - Isaiah 44:14-15 (ESV) We are monotheist. We believe and confess that there is one God. That's one of the things that makes Judeo-Christian belief unique both historically and among world religions. We almost take it for granted that people would believe otherwise. But what does that mean? How does the scripture talk about it? And why is that important? This week we begin to look at the attributes of God through our doctrinal statement by considering the Oneness of God. I want to encourage you to read through Isaiah 44 as we start this study. This will provide an important grid for the rest of our study.
No One Like You: Intro
Sun, May 24, 2020
The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? - Psalm 113:4-6 (ESV) Zeus, Apollos, Hercules, and Aphrodite are a few of the names I remember. Reading Greek and Roman myths are a mainstay in most educations in the humanities. This pantheon of gods are a heavenly soap opera that's used to explain the world around us and the difficulties in it. These immortals suffered from all the human foibles, just super-sized. Is that what the God of the Bible is like? Is He just a super-sized version of us?
Man on the Run - Pt2
Sun, May 17, 2020
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. - Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV) It was terrifying. A yard school Goliath stood between me and freedom. He was probably only 4 feet tall, but he might as well have been 15 feet high, had impenetrable armor, nuclear weapons, and laser eyes. Here I was without even a single pebble or rubber band slingshot, just a bag of insecurities and fear. At the moment that I knew I was about to be crushed into dust, his face suddenly transformed from intimidation to terror. He looked, how I felt. His eyes were wide and his stance changed from fight to flight. And then he was gone. What changed? Maybe in that moment of stress I'd become the superhero I'd always known I was in my mind. No. He'd just seen my high school, middle-linebacker friend Mark get out of his car and head toward me while calling my name. In the moment of fear I'd forgotten he was my ride that day. Been there? How did you respond? Did you puff up your chest proud of how tough YOU were? Or were you fawningly thankful for a friend like Mark? David was a man on the run. He'd escaped death numerous times. He wasn't afraid of battle. He'd won many, but with relentless energy Saul had pursued him, but now Saul was gone. How would he think about those years? How was he still here? Who had stood behind him? This week we close out our series in 1 Samuel, by looking at another Psalm. In Psalm 18, David reflects on how he was saved from his enemies including and especially Saul. This must have been a lyric that he sang often because not only is it in Psalm 18, but it is recorded in 2 Samuel 22 as some of the closing words of David's life. I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to read through it. We are going to consider how God is the one that delivers us.
Man on the Run - Pt 1
Sun, May 10, 2020
David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. - 1 Samuel 22:1-2 (ESV) Life was good. He had single-handedly driven back the nation's greatest enemy. He had won subsequent battles. He was the darling of the people. He had married into the royal family and was going to be the next king (even though it was still secret). Now everything was unraveling. His father-in-law, the current king, had become his rival instead of his champion. He was constantly looking over his shoulder. He was even running to his previous enemies looking for anywhere to hideout. Where could he turn for comfort, rest, and hope? In the next few weeks, we will wrap up our 1 Samuel study. David is a man on the run, but out of this moment he has something to teach us about living in crisis. I want to encourage you read through the story of 1 Samuel 20-31 to prepare your heart and mind for Sunday.
Rivals And Revenge
Sun, May 03, 2020
Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. So Saul removed him from his presence and made him a commander of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people. And David had success in all his undertakings, for the LORD was with him. And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them. - 1 Samuel 18:12-16 (ESV) Relationships are ruined through rivalry. When there is a competition for who is the fastest, smartest, bravest, or best within a friend group there is sure to be conflict. It's in our nature. We hate being bested. But when you add power, position, and politics in the mix expect an explosion. This is the situation with Saul and David. David is coming off the heels of an amazing victory over Goliath and the Philistines. His star is rising quickly. And Saul is seething. It's not that the nation had turned on Saul. They just have a new hero. In these chapters, that are filled with intrigue and escapes fitting for an action movie, we see the relationship go from admiration to anger. But where is God in the midst of all of this? And how is this part of his purpose and plan? I want to encourage you to take a few minutes and read through 1 Samuel 18-19 as we continue our series: We Need A King. If you have ever asked, 'Where is God?' in the midst of your crisis and pain these chapters will help provide insight through the life and experience of David.
God: The Giant Killer
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
And David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth." - 1 Samuel 17:32-33 (ESV) There are a few stories in the Bible that most people have heard and if you grew up in church probably saw play out on flannel graphs and coloring sheets. The story of David and Goliath is one of those stories. Underdog stories encourage us to overcome impossible obstacles. So, we love this story. When the 'little guy' wins (spoiler alert!) we feel empowered and inspired to kill our own 'giants'...but is that the point of the story? Is the story there to inspire us to have courage in the face of obstacles? Is David the hero of the story? This week we look at 1 Samuel 17. I want to encourage you to shed the mental pictures you may have accumulated and read the text for yourself before you listen to the sermon. It might be different than you remember.
Good Friday - A Harmony of Account
Fri, Apr 10, 2020
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. - 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 (ESV) You have heard the numbers. You have read the stories. You have seen the pictures. All of these things make me consider my mortality. I've had times in the past when I've physically suffered or when I've narrowly avoided an accident that for a little while the illusion of my invincibility has been pierced. In these days we consider what is dangerous and ultimately deadly. While this is a frightening reality to live in, it also forces us to confront the truth. We will all face death. Good Friday and Easter point us toward one who confronted death, used it, and will ultimately make it obsolete. This is a reason, at this time, to pause and consider who He is. Today we released a video where members of our congregation will read to you a Harmony of the Account of what happened on Good Friday. I want to encourage you to take 20 minutes and stop to watch or listen to this account.
The Church: More Than a Leader
Sun, Apr 05, 2020
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body "Jews or Greeks, slaves or free" and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. - 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (ESV) I've heard it A LOT. I'll ask someone where they go to church. They answer by saying, 'I go to (Insert pastors name) church.' It's as if that pastor is the sole proprietor & founding owner of the institution. I get it especially when it comes to gifted leaders, pastors, and teachers. It's easy to identify them with the church the pastor. But is the church just a key leader? Or is there something different going on? This week I want you to think about the church that is bigger than one person. In fact the pictures of the church mean that everyone no matter their title, position, or gifts has an important place in the church. This is so important in this moment as we continue to find our way through this season.
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