Sermons

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Jan 2018 - Aug 2018

Sermons in this series

John 17
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." - John 17:20–21 (ESV) I sometimes wonder what would happen if the Apostle Paul stepped out of a time machine. What would he think of the church culture? Would he be encouraged or discouraged? What New Testament letter would he demand we go read? Would he wonder how we went from THE church at Corinth or Thessalonica to 6 Baptist, the Roman Catholic church, a couple Methodist, some Church of Christ, a few non-denominational gatherings and more? This week I am grateful to have my longtime friend, David Thew come and open the Word for us. I've known David for almost 13 years. He currently is a pastor as Summit Crossing across town. He will be opening up an important passage from Jesus himself that calls us to consider what it is and what it means for us to be Christians in our city that are united. What draws us together? What might separate us? Read through John 17 to prepare your heart and mind to receive.
Portraits of the Church
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building. - 1 Corinthians 3:9 (ESV) There is a new classification of folks that have been identified in the church world - the de-churched. These are people who have been to church, maybe were even a part, but now have left. Asking these folks to return is a big ask. Often this is because they have been hurt by something or someone. Or they look at the news and read about the scandals. Or they didn't see anything of value in giving of their time, energy, and money to an organization. Maybe you aren't de-churched, but you might be 'under-churched'. You wonder if it is worth it. Or you feel a tinge of burnout or relational strain. This week I want to talk to you. We are going to take a break before we start the next section of Romans. We are going to open up to 1 Corinthians 3. In this passage, Paul lays out multiple portraits of the church that puts the church in a different light. Take a few minutes to read it through.
Stop, Drop, and Roll
Sun, May 06, 2018
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. - Luke 10:30 (ESV) One thing that amazes me about Jesus is his ability to see through all the smoke screens that people would put up especially religious people. Religious folk, like us, are great at using our faith as a shield to avoid love and action. The parable of the Good Samaritan is a great example of that kind of deflection. This week we have the privilege to have John Gerhardt with us. John is the director of Urban Impact ministry in NOLA. We have supported and ministered alongside John and the team there for many years. He will be opening up the word to this parable and he will be jumping in with the worship team. It should be a great morning!
Who is this Jesus?
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. - Matthew 28:5–6 (ESV) The resurrection displays the satisfaction of God in the sacrifice of Christ. It shows His power over Satan, sin, and death. This Sunday we will celebrate that we worship a risen Christ! We will be looking at Matthew's account in Matthew 28:1-10.
Tenebrae 2018
Fri, Mar 30, 2018
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. - Luke 23:33 (ESV) We will have our annual Tenebrae service. This is a somber service filled with scripture, music, and readings. The solemnity of this service sets the stage for the celebration of the resurrection.
Enter the King
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” - Matthew 21:9–11 (ESV) Our world and the Biblical world are separated by time, geography, and culture. It's hard for us to read our Bibles and understand them sometimes because of the distance. We have tried at times to bridge that gap with flannel graphs, pictures, and movies, but to be honest often those obscure more than they clarify. This distance from the Biblical world comes into focus when we think about leaders and governments. Democracy has ruined us. We choose our leaders, but we set limits on their power. We remove those we don't like for better options. Even today in other places, that isn't the case. In other places your position is in your birthright. Power is clustered in families. At the death of a monarch another is crowned, but is that the worst thing? This week we look at the events of Palm Sunday. To set these in context we will see God's purpose and plans and man's failure throughout the ages. I'd encourage you to read through Matthew 21:1-11 to set the stage for the events we will talk about. We have the privilege to have Maggie Lovell, a professional harpist and Bruce & Pamela Grove's daughter with us. (She will be playing a recital @ Hope in April) Maggie will be playing several pieces and playing with our team. Plan to be there (even a little early!)
Lessons from a Broken Heart
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.- Psalm 73:1–3 (ESV) Is there really any profit to being good? Following God seems like a thankless, difficult, unprofitable path sometimes. It seems easier, less painful, and frankly more fun to be bad. Especially in difficult times it's easy to feel this way. This Sunday our friend, Byron Yawn from CBC Nashville will be in town to teach us about suffering through looking at Psalm 73. He can teach us this not just from scripture but from his own experience.
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