Apr 22, 2018
Define Church: Apostles’ Teaching
Today we begin our new sermon series, Define: Church. What, or better yet, who is the Church? Why do we exist? What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? Where are we called to go and who are we called to serve? This morning we will begin to explore a few of these questions, which are questions regarding what the first century Christians called, Ecclesia (Church). Employing Acts 2:42 as our driving verse, we will consider how we might continue to grow as a vibrant congregation of faith empowered to share the love and message of Christ within our community and to the ends of the earth!
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  • Apr 22, 2018Define Church: Apostles’ Teaching
    Apr 22, 2018
    Define Church: Apostles’ Teaching
    Today we begin our new sermon series, Define: Church. What, or better yet, who is the Church? Why do we exist? What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? Where are we called to go and who are we called to serve? This morning we will begin to explore a few of these questions, which are questions regarding what the first century Christians called, Ecclesia (Church). Employing Acts 2:42 as our driving verse, we will consider how we might continue to grow as a vibrant congregation of faith empowered to share the love and message of Christ within our community and to the ends of the earth!
  • Apr 15, 2018Raised To Life: Road To Nowhere
    Apr 15, 2018
    Raised To Life: Road To Nowhere
    Today, we will complete our current sermon series, Raised to Life.”  Jesus is alive and is spontaneously surprising those who had put there hopes in him.  On Resurrection Sunday, Jesus meets up with two despondent friends who are walking down a path of despair... who are on a road to nowhere.  Then, out of nowhere, Jesus appears and changes the course of their lives.  This morning, we will explore this amazing account and ponder what this encounter with the Risen Christ might mean for us.
  • Apr 8, 2018Raised to Life: Surprise!
    Apr 8, 2018
    Raised to Life: Surprise!
    Today, we continue our sermon series, Raised to Life.  Can you imagine seeing our Risen Lord, in the flesh?  The disciples can!  On Easter Sunday night, they experienced light and life radiating from Christ. Our Bible text today takes us to this first encounter between the resurrected Christ and his disciples; and, it teaches us to always be on the look out for Christ sightings wherever we go.  You never know when Jesus might suddenly and powerfully appear. 
  • Apr 1, 2018People of the Resurrection: The Living Christ
    Apr 1, 2018
    People of the Resurrection: The Living Christ
    After Jesus was raised to life, he suddenly and spontaneously appeared to his disciples on a number of occasions, each time giving them glimpses of the new life that was now available to them.  Over the next three weeks, we will focus on the power of the Resurrection and how this power immediately transformed Jesus’ disciples into people of The Resurrection.  You’re invited to join us as we explore the impact of the empty tomb and what it means, for us, to be raised to life in Christ and to live as people of The Resurrection as well. 
  • Mar 25, 2018I Know Nothing
    Mar 25, 2018
    I Know Nothing
    Over the past few weeks we've walked with Jesus as he and his disciples traveled from the home of the-new-and-improved Lazarus, in Bethany, to the infamous upper room, in Jerusalem.  We've seen how Jesus' last seven days were very eventful, to say the least. So far we have reflected upon the significance of: Mary anointing Jesus' feet (Friday), Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Sunday), the chaos he then created in the Temple (Monday), the way he handled the pharisees (Tuesday), and finally, the importance of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and establishing a new version of the Passover Meal (Thursday).  But today (Friday), 8 days after his feet were covered with perfume, his feet will now be nailed to the cross.  And although we will reflect more deeply upon his crucifixion on Good Friday, let's begin to get as near to the Cross of Christ as we can, today.
  • Mar 18, 2018What a Day!
    Mar 18, 2018
    What a Day!
    Jesus’ week is finally coming to an end… his end actually (although it’s only temporary).  In typical Jesus fashion, he has spent all week stirring the religious and political pot (so to speak), by calling out the unjust and unrighteous actions and activities of those in power.  Jesus has also spent all week stirring the hearts, minds, and souls of countless people desperate for a true encounter with God.  But now, on Thursday, Jesus begins to tie the knot.  He starts to wrap things up.  The cross is close! So, Jesus reveals to his disciples, and us, some of the most profound truths in all of existence, making Thursday one of the most exceptional days in human history… making Thursday a day that sets us up with some of the most sacred practices we will ever experience!
  • Mar 11, 2018Answers to No One
    Mar 11, 2018
    Answers to No One
    On this particular Tuesday, Jesus is in the Temple Courts unabashedly preaching His Gospel.  And yet, as The Word of God is spoken by The Word of God (Jesus), there are some people who are so self-absorbed and so saturated with religion that they fail to hear about the opportunity for a personal relationship with God.  Jesus is busy teaching and preaching while these religious leaders are busy demeaning and scheming.  They’re not at all willing to receive, or reflect upon, anything Jesus is saying.  In fact, they don’t seem to even care to understand one iota of Jesus’ instruction, which just goes to show us... no matter how good of hearing some people have, the Gospel will still sometimes fall on deaf ears.  But that never stops Jesus from sharing his love and message; and it shouldn't stop us either! People need the Lord.  They need to hear about Jesus and his love; if we don't tell them... who will?
  • Mar 4, 2018Wild at Heart!
    Mar 4, 2018
    Wild at Heart!
    Can you imagine the shock on the people's faces as they watch Jesus make a scene in the Temple.  Can you visualize Him tossing tables and throwing chairs. What Jesus does on the Monday before He dies on the cross wasn't just disruptive; it was revolutionary.  After all, who gave Him authority to judge what can and cannot be done in the Temple? Uh, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that (as the Son of God) He has absolute authority over everything.  So, for many people this day, all bets are off (wink, wink) as Jesus excises His Divine rights and gives us a glimpse into who He is and what He expects from us. 
  • Feb 25, 2018What an Entrance!
    Feb 25, 2018
    What an Entrance!
     
    Movies have shown us over the years that conquering heroes ride into town on stallions.  Many of our modern day heroes fly in by private jets or drive in via their fancy cars to the flashing lights of the paparazzi and to the rolling out of the red carpet.  Well, this always draws a lot of attention and creates a great deal of excitement.  On Palm Sunday, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey!  Both His arrival, and the way Jesus arrives, are significant on so many fronts; and if we climb into Matthew 21 and climb upon the donkey with Jesus, we will gain a new perspective into who Jesus is and what He intends to do!  And this perspective can change your life!
  • Feb 18, 2018Dining with Jesus
    Feb 18, 2018
    Dining with Jesus
    This morning we will sit down with Jesus for a dinner in Bethany and will look for all the amazing things that transpire in this story. This dinner party is pretty special and the evening is amazing for many reasons. But the highlight of the evening is Mary’s response to the overwhelming love of Christ. She pours out her very best on Jesus. She gives her all, which is fitting, because Jesus is going to give his all for us 8 days later when he welcomes death for you and for me. What will you pour out for Jesus today?