Sun, Mar 17, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 55 secs
God designed spiritual community to be a place of care. We meet one another's needs. We tend one another's wounds. We bear one another's burdens. These acts of care give evidence of our close companionship with God's Spirit. He did not intend for us to live alone. Such a community of care requires humility, honesty, and effort.
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
We seek and receive identities from every sphere of life. We are known by our family role, work title, recreational habits, ethnic background, academic achievements, and personal quirks. Doctor. Dad. Delinquent. Sister. Snob. Southerner. God gives us our truest identity: adopted sons and daughters. Jesus secured this new identity for us, sending his Spirit to imbibe us. It is our task to embrace this new ID.
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 59 secs
We make promises to our friends, spouses, kids, and coworkers. We don't always keep them. A broken promise breaks trust. An unfulfilled promise breeds anxiety. God, too, makes promises. To Abraham He promised a name, a son, international fame, and land. Abe did not see every promise come to pass before his death, but he believed God would keep his word. He did. He does. Jesus is living proof that God keeps His word.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Duration: 40 mins 38 secs
Living to impress others offers no lasting peace. Others will crucify you. Criticize you. Change their standard of right or wrong based upon popular opinion or circumstance. Living to impress others is no way to live. Fortunately, there is another way. A better way. It is living to please God by embracing the good news about Jesus. The apostle Paul stresses this in the opening of his letter to the Galatians.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 23 secs
God put us in the body of Christ so we could shoulder one another's hardships. We are called to live together, not alone. According to Galatians 5:22-6:5, to bear the burdens of a spiritual brother or sister we should be spiritual, sensitive, and self-aware.
Sun, May 15, 2016
Duration: 41 mins 33 secs
God has adopted us into his family through the redeeming work of Jesus. This adoption is irreversible, granting us privileges of sons (and daughters): intimacy, access, and security. Branden weaves the Sprankle adoption story with the text of Galatians 4 to explain a wonderful, theological theme.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
God set us free, but the apostle Paul nuances this freedom. We are free from slavery for sonship. We are free from selfishness for selfless love. And we are free from sin for spiritual fruitfulness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to flourish in his freedom. We partner with Him in creating an environment to flourish and seeing opportunities where He is at work.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016
Duration: 42 mins 23 secs
It's too easy to externalize our lives, reducing ourselves to raw data and staged moments. The tools for such endeavors abound. And when we let externals drive our behaviors, it becomes much more likely to compromise our faith. Paul's letter to Galatians warns against a particular way, a fool's way, of confusing behavior with belief. May we guard ourselves against such foolishness!