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.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 58 secs
God asks Hosea to take a harlot bride. Then she has bastard children. It's not a great life for Hosea, but it is a sympathetic one. First hand, he experiences the painful, tainted-love marriage God had with Israel. And he serves as an historical example of how we are called to love the least deserving.
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Love is the highest, greatest, most comprehensive virtue. All the other "one another" commands flourish under the umbrella of love. Without love, we live out of mere duty or formality. To give love, we must first receive love from it's Divine source. This sermon invites us to receive God's love so we can give it to others.
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.