Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Saul was breathing threats and murder against Christians. Little did he know, we would soon join them as one of their chief spokespeople. Jesus stopped him on the way to Damascus, called his name, stole his sight, and gave him a new mission. Saul, who became Paul, converted, received his commission, and the rest, as they say, is history. His story is an example of Jesus taking the most odious breath and refreshing it. He did it with Paul; he does it with us.
Sun, May 31, 2020
Duration: 50 mins 58 secs
The apostle Paul calls believers in Ephesus to "walk worthy of their calling." These are diverse people, divided people, whom Jesus brought together as a single family. They share a single faith in Him who died for them and raised them to new life. This new, worthy life included living together in a spirit of humility. In our individualistic age, humility, gentleness, and sacrifice for others requires God's Spirit to help us.
Sun, May 24, 2020
Duration: 41 mins 39 secs
Our love for others -- church members, family, neighbor, and coworkers -- will never be perfect. We will be deficient in our care. Fortunately, if we are consistent in our care, it covers a multitude of failures and missteps. The apostle Paul closes out his lovely exhortation about love, speaking of its consistent nature: bearing, trusting, hoping, and enduring all things, always. As the message will illustrate, this is easier said than done.
Sun, May 10, 2020
Duration: 44 mins 25 secs
Something pitiful in us likes to close our fist, fight, and own others. Our fear of shame and fiery anger motivate us to hurt them. The detailed tabs we keep--what others owe us and how they've hurt us --feed our bitterness. Sadly, sometimes we delight in news of another's demise. Paul observed such defective, self-protective love in Corinth. He called for it to stop. Love protects others, he wrote. The principle applies today.
Sun, May 03, 2020
We tend to bend inward. Our hearts envy others, inflate our egos, and look for our own interests. This was the case in Corinth. Spiritual gifts and social groups bent the church inward. Rather than building one another up in love, they lived as rivals. We can suffer the same inward bent. Thus, Paul continues his masterpiece on love, encouraging his readers to look out for others. Love looks out for the inward bent and look outward to build up others.
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
Duration: 43 mins 12 secs
Love calls us to UP our game. We may put UP and shut UP in order to build UP others. These actions are expressions of patience and kindness, two positive aspects of love expressed by the apostle Paul in his magisterial chapter on love. Moreover, these aspects of love are essential to God, modeled by Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Duration: 42 mins 46 secs
In his first recorded letter to the Corinthians, Paul addresses various issues with a fractured church. One of their great battles surrounds the misuse of spiritual gifts. Rather than building up the body of Christ, they're using them to build up their reputation. Paul interrupts his discussion on spiritual gifts to get to the heart of the matter: love. This opening sermon in the series looks at love as the mortar to make any gift or effort have lasting impact. Love is leverage.
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Duration: 36 mins 44 secs
Everywhere you go these days you hear the phrases, "Stay healthy" or "Be safe." I started tacking on the exhortation, "Stay hopeful." Then I realized, hope is not an afterthought but the core to Christian living in critical times. This sermon traces the theme of hope -- a fixed past, promised future, and God's faithfulness amid present fears -- through the book of Romans. It encourages us to refocus.
Sun, Apr 05, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 42 secs
The apostle Paul was a theologian of the Cross. Jesus's scandalous death disrupted his life. He centered much of his preaching to declaring the wisdom and benefits of the Cross. This message traces the theme of the Cross through Paul's writing, encouraging us to appreciate Jesus's costly victory.
Sun, Sep 22, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 39 secs
Let's Know the Bible Conference speaker, Dr. Cythia Westfall, talks about Paul's surprising encounters with Lydia on his second missionary journey. The Spirit of God sends the famed apostle on a 950 mile journey to Macedonia, and his first conversion happens at a riverside with the God-fearing, immigrant, self-employed Lydia. This message notes ten observations about Lydia that are surprising. Most importantly, we tend to overlook people who live on the margins of society. Both are Bible reading and Christian living will benefit when we begin to notice the unseen people God puts in our lives.