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Sun, May 31, 2015
Duration: 42 mins 15 secs
The fear of failure haunts us all. We may fear failing as parents, spouses, workers, or Christ-followers. We may fear failing in a project, task, or commitment. Fortunately, we can overcome the fear of failure. Gideon serves as our model. He was a Hebrew leader during a dark time in Israel's past. Foreigners routinely attacked them and devoured their harvest (Judges 6:1-10). God uses reluctant Gideon to fight of the Midianites and model courage (6:11-7:23). Like us, Gideon is not a fast learner, but requires a series of tests (smashing altars, shrinking armies) and proofs from God (laying fleece, spying) to march forward. Ultimately, Gideon illustrates a big God, clear goals, and strong group can diffuse the fear of failure.
Sun, May 24, 2015
Duration: 51 mins 42 secs
The resurrection of Jesus is the Christian reason for faith, joy, wonder, and hope. The gospel of John reports the resurrection through the eyes of John, Mary, Thomas, and Peter, who embody these responses. The risen Jesus, who walks through walls, fries up fish, and speaks sweetly to His followers, gives His followers a glimpse into their new, glorified bodies. This sermon is the last in the Our Spiritual World Series. It takes great pains (and fifty minutes) to detail the deeper magic of Jesus' triumph over death and ours.
Sun, May 10, 2015
Duration: 39 mins 35 secs
Followers of Jesus do not need to divorce reason and faith. A good deal of knowledge supports Christian convictions, including evidential, experimental, and experiential forms of knowing. The Bible itself asserts God has revealed Himself (in various forms and times), and we can know Him relationally. Sadly, many have rejected this knowledge of God, exchanging the Creator for the material world and a false sense of autonomy. This sermon encourages Christ-followers to own what they know and know the One who owns them.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015
Duration: 39 mins 57 secs
Trinity is a mystery, but the greatest distinctive of Christian faith. Articulated by theologians and confirmed through the entire biblical narrative, Trinity describes God as Three distinct Persons - God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit - perfect in unity and essence. The metaphor of the dance (perichoresis) captures the eternal love and dynamic relationship between Father, Son, and Spirit. So grand was this love, it compelled the Triune God to create. The greatest love always gives out and invites in. As mirrors of God, His people are called to get personal with the Trinity and give His love out to the world.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015
Passage: John 14:1-6
Duration: 37 mins 28 secs
This sermon traces the redemptive threads of heaven and hell throughout Scripture. God will restore the world to Himself.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015
Duration: 42 mins 52 secs
Jesus does not talk about Satan much in the Gospel of John, but what he has to say is not flattering. The devil (and ruler of the world) is a murder, deceiver, and enemy of God's purposes (John 8:44). This sermon traces the thread of Satan's nature, tactics, and end from Genesis to Revelation. The spiritual battle continues today because we continue to live in a spiritual world where Satan, demons, and powers have influence. The task of the church is to know our Enemy (and it's not liberal politicians or agnostic neighbors) and his end.
Sun, Apr 05, 2015
Passage: John 11:1-53
Duration: 39 mins 44 secs
Death haunts every one of us. And since we cannot ignore it, our culture has turned death into big business. These grieving moments, however, are critical points to seek the glorious understanding Jesus brings. His interaction with grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, after the death of their brother Lazarus shows his deep empathy. Moreover, his great power was evident in the seventh and final sign in the gospel of John: The resurrection of Lazarus. This miracle speaks to us through the pain of death: You are not alone; this is not the end.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015
Passage: John 12:1-50
Duration: 45 mins 41 secs
Jesus' triumphal entry turns our understanding of "triumph" on its head. Following the controversial healing of Lazarus (John 11), and scandalous anointing of Mary (12:1-9), Jesus enters Jerusalem with pomp and palm leaves. He rides a colt (Zech. 9) and hears shouts of Hosanna (Psalm 118), but the scene does not change the politics of the Jews. Instead, he dives into a sermon about salvation, light, and judgment. For today's listeners, we are reminded not to make the tragic mistake of trading our triumphs for Christ's. His definition of success is not finances, celebrity stunts, power, or dogma. His triumph was serve. His church must follow suit.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Passage: John 10:1-42
Duration: 43 mins 48 secs
Jesus uses the imagery of a shepherd to illustrate the guidance, care, protection, and intimacy he provides his sheep. His primary tool in shepherding is not a staff or rod, but His voice. He calls his sheep by name. They hear His voice. Sadly, too many Christians do not seem to experience a conversational relationship with God. This sermon encourages us to believe its available, and to silence rival voices.
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Passage: John 9:1-42
Duration: 44 mins 37 secs
Jesus heals a man who was born blind. His suffering was not a result of his (or his parent's) sin, but to show God's glory. The scene also exposes the religious blindness of the Pharisees. We do not always see as well as we think. Religion can blind us. Belief opens our eyes.
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