Sep 2013 - Jan 2022

Sermons in this series

Understanding Shame and the Glory of the Cross
Sun, Jan 02, 2022
Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. - Psalm 34:5 (ESV) The Lord has given many great and precious promises to us as believers in Jesus Christ - one of which is our freedom from shame. Shame is a prominent part of our experience as human beings in a fallen world. We sense it every day, even when the word is not spoken. It is a multi-faceted experience that appears many times in Scripture yet remains misunderstood today. Our freedom from shame is so central to our hope, the hope of our standing before God in shameless perfection at his coming, because of what Christ has done for us and in the hope of the resurrection. Shame is also part of our daily experience in the struggle against sin and in our walk with Christ. Often times we are aware of our own experience and what God says is true, but our experience feels out of sync with what we know from Scripture. As we grow closer to the Lord, what we know becomes increasingly what we experience. I want to look with you at what God says about shame, particularly the cross of Christ and the shame Christ bore for us. My prayer is that we will grow in knowing our freedom from shame. We are free. God has blessed us in the heavens with every spiritual blessing in Christ. I hope you’ll plan to join us on Sunday at 10 am, in person or online, to unpack the blessing of freedom from shame and the glory of the cross.
Fighting the Sin of Ingratitude
Sun, Nov 21, 2021
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. - Romans 1:21 (ESV) Ingratitude can be sad and hurtful. When you do something for someone and it is never acknowledged, it can be so hard. It fractures friendships. When people are ungrateful, it can sometimes seem that they act like they deserve what they have received. It seems to be a lack of character. But have you considered it isn’t just a flaw but actually a sin? In Romans 1 we often point the sins that are blatant and ‘icky’ in our perspective. But we glide by the truth that one of the sins that God’s judgment falls on is - ingratitude. Men and women in our fallen state fail to acknowledge the one who created them. This lack shows our failure to understand our real place as creature beings. This week we want to begin a season of thankfulness. We will spend time together singing songs, hearing testimonies, reading the word, and taking communion to acknowledge and praise our creator for His kindness and grace, not only as our creator but our redeemer.
Sabbatical Lessons
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” - Hebrews 9:12 (ESV) ‘What did you do on your summer vacation?’ It’s the prompt that every middle or high schooler in their English class receives as the first assignment back from their summer break. In these essays, they regale the class with descriptions of adventures or trips to a theme park or times at the pool or vacations with the family. This week, I’m back (Andy). And I’m going to read you MY essay about what I did this summer. Not really. But I do want to share with you some of the things that God taught me and encouraged me with during my time away. I believe they are things that will be helpful and point you toward Him. Would you take a few minutes to read through Mark 2:23-28 to prepare your heart for one of the ideas we will look at together. Also we will be sharing in communion together as well. So plan to join us in person or online at 10am.
Sure Hope
Sun, Aug 01, 2021
...conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. - 1 Peter 1:17b-21 (ESV) Have you ever felt lost or alone? Have you ever been in despair because you just can’t seem to fit in or find a place where you can belong? Unfortunately, those emotions have plagued many of us. Living in our sinful and broken world is difficult. But Peter wants to offer hope. While we live as strangers and aliens in this world, he points us to a place where we can find rest and a place to belong.
Death to Life
Sun, Apr 04, 2021
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:4–6 (ESV) Death has been an important topic this year. That is kind of odd. Death has happened since the Fall, but we do just about anything to prevent or ignore the dark reality of death. Our physical death is not our greatest problem. In fact, we already suffer from a condition that has a 100% mortality rate, spiritual death. But God. This Easter we will be examining this condition, but more importantly and amazingly we will see God's action to bring real life!
The Cross
Fri, Apr 02, 2021
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 (ESV) One of the central symbols of Christianity is a cross. We wear them, decorate with them, put them on clothing, and more. If you really think about that, it's odd. The cross is an instrument of death. It was the place where a humiliating execution happened. No person in the first century would display the cross the way we do. What changed? Tonight we consider Christ's words from the cross. These words display Christ's work and God's plan for redemption and in an amazing twist, using an instrument of death as a path to life. Plan to join us at 6pm either online or in person.
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.
Five Choices in Chaotic Times
Sun, Mar 15, 2020
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:15–17 (ESV) Fear is cruel master. It grips and paralyzes us. It causes us to act irrationally. It isolates and imprisons us, but these words from Paul are words of gospel freedom. We know what family we are a part and we are assured of our relationship to God. That reality provides a bedrock for us to move through a fearful world. Especially in light of current uncertainty we need to understand and trust these truths. This week I want to address it directly as we consider this moment. Here's what is going to happen. We are monitoring the situation and have been listening to local authorities. We are planning on meeting at 10:30 am for worship together. We will be suspending our normal greeting time and not take communion on our normal end-of-the-month schedule for now. If you are sick or have a compromised immune system we ask you to stay home. If you are in a vulnerable state due to pre-exisiting conditions or age, we are encouraging you to stay home. We will work hard to make sure all of the service is streamed starting at 10:30 so all can connect. We will work to post the service online as soon as possible afterward. We will be considering other Hope activities on a case-by-case basis such as youth or community groups. We will communicate about those soon. Watch the FB group for the most immediate info. We have limited info on non-Hope activities (outreaches), but anticipate most will be postponed or cancelled. We will let you know when we know.
What We Long For
Sun, Feb 09, 2020
What does it take to see renewal in your life? Life's a mess but God can make something beautiful out of it. This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book.
Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude
Sun, Dec 29, 2019
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. - 1 John 5:1–3 (ESV) What do you want to change in 2020? What resolutions are you making? How will 2020 be different then 2019? These are the types of questions that seem to be inescapable after Christmas. We reflect on what 2019 brought and we think about what is ahead. What I can tell you is that change will come in 2020. Some of that change will happen because of your effort. Some change will happen because of decisions you make - good and bad. Also, some changes will happen from forces outside of your control. How do you think of change in your spiritual life? Is that important? If I just read my Bible, go to church, and pray, will I change? I'm not a fan of resolution-type sermons, but I'm talking about our spiritual progress. It may not involve grand plans or checklists and probably won't emerge from what you think. Take some time to read in 1 John 4-5. In these chapters the old apostle John encourages his readers to evaluate and mature.
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