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 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, 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, Jan 19, 2020
John writes his first letter to the first church of seven. Jesus gives a good word, rebuke, warning, and promise to his followers in Ephesus. These big city dwellers have fought against false teaching well, but in their zeal to defend the truth they forgot their primary task as believers: love one another. He calls them to change their priorities, let love direct them, lest their light go out. In our politically charged, religiously pluralistic, individualistically expressive culture, this message has deep relevance.
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Duration: 40 mins 54 secs
God's love is more than lip service; it is historically documented and personally demonstrated. Hallmark and Hollywood have trained us to think of love as romance and emotion. It's much greater. God commits to act on behalf of His people. Sadly, we often doubt His love. Thus opens the first of six disputes in the book of Malachi.
Sun, Oct 07, 2018
Duration: 37 mins 27 secs
Lingering is unusual in our hasty age. We don't like waiting for trains, long lines, or slow children to get to the car. But lingering has some virtue, helping us learn about others and show compassion. In fact, lingering a countercultural way for Christ-followers to show His love.
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 53 secs
Jesus's Great Commandment linked loving neighbor with loving God. Our vertical relationship intersects with our horizontal ones. Sadly, Christians have a reputation for being hateful, judgmental, and unwelcoming. Jesus envisioned a greater love, a greater posture, a PRO*YOU stance toward others. This means ordering our affections, overlooking aversions, offering assistance, and opening arms.
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 13 secs
Christians say they are all about God, but our view of God is often questionable. We mix secularism, postmodernism, and personal disappointment into our mental images of God. We must return to the God of Scriptures. Moreover, we must give Him all of us: heart, soul, mind. This sermon describes the kind of devotion, culminating in celebration, expected of devoted followers of Jesus.
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
Duration: 37 mins 24 secs
One of the best ways to serve others is pray for them. When we talk to God about others, we lay before him their greatest needs. And, as Paul teaches us, that's not for a job promotion or healthy diagnosis, but for abounding love, discernment, and hope for Jesus' return.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 50 secs
Americans like comfort. Yeah, verily, we love it. Our culture seduces us into a life of ease and soft beds. Sadly, this can rob from our intimacy with God. Hosea speaks out against godless character, and no good conduct in Israel. At the root is a great love for idols (and comfort) than God.