Sermons

Gospel Relationships
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
Duration:50 mins
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh . . . Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:16-23 ESV) Theology. Many people think this is for academics and ivory towers and not board rooms or dining room tables. If you are one of those people, the last few months through Galatians have been rough. We have been swimming in some pretty deep water. There has been a lot of discussion about the nature of justification. There has been a lot about the place of works and grace. And most recently, we have been outlining the nature of our sanctification. You might be saying at this point, "What does this have to do with me?" A lot actually, because what you believe about the gospel impacts your day to day life. But this week we are going to take a decidedly more personal turn. As Paul closes out the letter to these churches, he wants us to understand how we are to relate to each other. He wants the gospel to become the framework for their relationships. Why not take a few minutes and read through Galatians 6 to prep your heart and mind for this section? And consider bringing someone with you to church this Sunday.
Living out the gospel in the Spirit (Part 2)
Sun, Jan 24, 2016
Duration:59 mins
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh . . . Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:16-23 ESV) If you are honest, we often wonder if people can change. That’s because we question if WE can change. We work to modify what we say and what we do. Sometimes we even have some success at various levels. We might change what we say or what we eat or how much we exercise. But to change at a deep level, the level of our desires and emotions and loves seems impossible. In a real sense, you are correct. To change things at that level will take supernatural action. Last week we waded into this passage that reveals every believers internal struggle. If you missed it, I want to encourage you to take some time before Sunday and listen to it. Also, take some time to read through Galatians 5-6 to gain a greater context. Hopefully it will provide some ideas and encouragement that God can work in you to accomplish this deep change. Join us as we talk about it. If you want to dive even deeper, check out the discussion questions and consider working through them with a Community Group.
Living out the gospel in the Spirit (Part 1)
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
Duration:54 mins
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (Galatians 5:16-17 ESV) How are those New Year’s resolutions going? We are a couple of weeks into the new year, and those with resolve are still steaming forward. But for the rest of us who have lost the desire, never had a plan, and are adverse to the pain, the hopes of change for 2016 are fading fast. I always kinda chuckle at how full gym parking lots are in January, but how empty they are in March. How about you? This week I want to talk about growth and change, but from a perspective that is greater and deeper than you may have ever considered. Paul believed that when the gospel entered a life, something was different, radically different. Far from the external conformity that the Galatian false teachers were promoting, this transformation would affect them from the inside - out.
Return to God
Sun, Jan 10, 2016
Duration:38 mins
Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 1:3 ESV)
What Worry Forgets
Sun, Dec 27, 2015
Duration:49 mins
Fear Not, Matthew 6:25-34, Worry denies God's Creation of you, Worry denies God's Provision for you, Worry denies God's Power, Worry denies God's Mission for you
Christ: God with Us
Sun, Dec 20, 2015
Duration:30 mins
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). - (Matthew 1:23 ESV) Have you ever felt the presence of God? Was it one of the holy moments? Those times seem rare, isolated to moments of special venues and secret times. They are hard to describe and even harder to recapture. But what if God was here? Right where you are? That time and space would become sacred. Not in a mysterious hidden temple kind of way but at a spot where you met the only one who knows you thoroughly because he created you. We are told that in Jesus we are promised not a God that hides on lofty mountains or in secret temples, but someone who dwells with us! He is ‘God with Us’! Will you join us this week as we explore and celebrate Immanuel? Will you bring someone with you? Earlier this week, we sent you a digital invite. Forward it to your friends, family, and neighbors. Share it on social media. Get the word out. This Sunday @ 10:30 am we will have carols, a special children’s presentation, the advent wreath, and more. And then next Thursday, December 24th, on Christmas Eve, we will have a special family Christmas service with the Christmas story, carols, the final advent candle, and more songs by candlelight. It will be a great way to begin your celebration of Christmas.
Spiritual Gospel
Sun, Dec 13, 2015
Duration:54 mins
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13 ESV) “Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it.” - George Bernard Shaw. The book of Galatians has been a declaration of freedom. The gospel is freedom from sin, from Satan’s kingdom, and ultimately from death. But it’s also freedom from self-salvation projects. We are not trying to earn God’s love for us. The gospel tells us we already have it! Amazing! But now, what do we do with that freedom? Are we to live however we want? And what, or maybe better, who helps us discover life in this newfound freedom? This week we begin to explore this new life, a life in the Spirit. I want to encourage you to read Galatians 5 to prepare your heart and mind for what we will explore this weekend. Why not invite someone along to celebrate the Christmas season. We will have our advent wreath and reading along with singing more carols this week.
Gospel Freedom
Sun, Dec 06, 2015
Duration:40 mins
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV) I feel in some ways, we live in an age with schizophrenic cultural dialogue. There is a call for tolerance and acceptance. And at the same time, there seems to be no place for those that disagree with whatever the cultural status quo is at the moment. Reading our upcoming passage, I don’t know how well Paul would have fit into our age. As we begin Galatians 5, Paul comes full force at the false teachers. But he also exposes how the gospel both frees and offends. He shows that Christ and salvation by grace is an exclusive offer and how adding even the slightest requirement re-engineers it. Take some time to read through the passage to hear Paul's strong words.
Sarah's Gospel
Sun, Nov 22, 2015
Duration:58 mins
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. (Galatians 4:21-22 ESV) We are weird creatures. Given a choice between slavery and freedom, you would think our instinct would be to choose freedom. But that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to our spiritual life. While we may say we want the freedom the gospel gives us, we easily and regularly choose the slavery of sin and self-salvation. We think by doing this, we will gain God’s favor and increase our merit. But the whole book of Galatians has been warning us away from such a path. In this final appeal, Paul goes back to an Old Testament story to illustrate our heritage of faith in the gospel. And he shows how when we step outside of that faith, it comes with dangerous consequences. To get you familiar with the story, take some time before Sunday to go back and read through Genesis 16 & 21. This will set the context for what Paul will explore in Galatians 4. Also, would you take some time to begin praying for someone you can invite to Hope during the Advent season? It’s a natural time for folks to visit a church. An invite from you might be all the encouragement they need to visit Hope. Begin praying now!
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