Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 41 secs
Pleasure: the word speaks for itself. God created us as pleasure-seeking creatures. Unfortunately, we have not learned how to align discipleship with desire. We keep following Jesus as a matter of intellect and maintain low-grade guilt for enjoying much of the world. Pleasure for its own sake, says Q in Ecclesiastes, is an idol and dead end. Pleasure as a pointer to God, however, is a guiltless good. So desire God and enjoy life.
Sun, Jul 03, 2016
Duration: 22 mins 29 secs
Christians should learn a lesson from Nehemiah (and the OT Jewish Calendar) about turning a meal into a feast. Food can be a signal for gratitude, joy, and hope when eaten with the right people in the right way. In fact, Jesus turned regular meals into feasts throughout his ministry. Learn to feast with joy in this short message.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015
Christians often get the bum reputation of being solemn, grim, and all too serious. The Christmas story provides a corrective. Old, barren couples and virgins give birth. Shepherds become God's PR people. And "Good News of great JOY" shouts from the heavens. These elements add to the JOY of the Christmas story God intends His people to take and give to others. Regifting JOY is a challenge, but this sermon will address three of those challenges and invite us to praise God.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015
Duration: 50 mins 52 secs
Have you ever had someone come and share their concern about your spiritual condition? Or convey an uncomfortable intolerance about you? Or projected an attitude of spiritual superiority? Such events cause a great deal of tension in and outside of the church. In Philippians 3:1–8, Paul provides some advice on how to handle the tensions that self-righteous people bring to the table.
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, Jan 18, 2015
Duration: 36 mins 19 secs
Jesus gives a picture of righteous indulgence. He uses the celebratory moment of a marriage feast to point beyond to life abundant with the glorious Bridegroom (Himeself!). Jesus fills our joyous moments with glorious anticipation. We should not forsake momentary joy, but neither should we idolize the moment.