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Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 6 secs
Strong households build a strong society. This sentiment is as old as Aristotle and current as Jim Daly (Focus on the Family). Peter had shared his thoughts on glorious households using the Greco-Roman Household Code. His teaching centered on the work of Jesus, and subtly pushed back against the patriarchy of they day. Honor, Peter argues, not hierarchy, should be the heart of the home.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 31 secs
What compelled me to move a row of the seats to the outer walls of our sanctuary? What compelled me to spy on members of our congregation this week? I wanted to immerse our congregation in Peter's reality of living as glorious strangers. We are being watched. We should give the world a life worthy of watching.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 13 secs
We think of honor as something we earn, win, or achieve. In Peter's day, honor was one's inherited or ascribed worth, but symbolized by one's titles, dress, headpiece, and seat at the table. Strangers and foreigners had no honor, unless ascribed by a higher authority. Fortunately for Peter's audience (and the modern church), the Heavenly Father grants honor to His people. He granted them a new and marvelous identity in Christ: chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation, God's possession.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 53 secs
In this sermon, Pastor Tim shows pictures of his children, drinks a lot of milk, and talks about the glorious growth expected from God's people. When we crave good and love others, growth naturally follows.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Duration: 39 mins 51 secs
When God calls us into his family, he wants us to reflect the family values. Peter's one word summary of the Christian life is "holy." He encourages his readers to remain hopeful and reverent, looking back at Jesus' sacrifice and forward to his return. In the meantime, "be holy" means living differently in Christ-like virtue.
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 44 secs
We belong to God. This truth has special appeal to followers of Jesus who do not fit into the surrounding world. Peter wrote to a band of misfits and exiles, but called them elect and beloved. He assured them they belonged to God even though they faced hardship. Indeed, belonging to God is the most exceptional thing about a Christian.
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 48 secs
Staying in bounds strikes against ego and ambition. We tend to push against limits -- age, health, sleep, time, budget, morality -- and hurting ourselves and others. God provides boundaries to help us, teach us, and expand our impact. The apostle Paul impressed this notion on the Corinthians, who were persuaded by external comparisons and low standards of success. Great impact comes from embracing boundaries, not exceeding them.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Series: Christmas
Duration: 32 mins 45 secs
Christmas season comprises many wonders - lights, songs, family traditions, and commercial delights (e.g. Santa). It also boasts the most wonderful story: the birth of Jesus. The gospel of Luke captures this wonderful theme in its telling, but also implies there's something more than wonderful. There is worship. It is why God came: to defy the odds, break the norm, shatter strongholds, and make rebels into worshipers.
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Duration: 42 mins 26 secs
God is our refuge and strength. Those who have persevered in their faith know God is a present help in trouble. And trouble will come, in various shapes and forms. To hold out for God instead of relying on self results in perseverance.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
Duration: 40 mins 4 secs
Our hearts are prone to idolatry. They are allured by the local, functional, manageable nature of graven images. God's people played the harlot with idols, effecting the crisis of exile. Jeremiah challenges their "handmade cisterns," which they traded for the Living God. Unfortunately, idolatry is not only a "thing" problem, it is also a theology problem. Having an errant or insufficient view of God makes Him into an idol of the mind. We must avoid these graven images and embrace the Heavenly Father.
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