Miracles are tough for Westerners. We have a difficult time believing that an outside “power” can intervene in our world, yet this is what we see throughout Acts. The Spirit has been dispersed to all followers of Jesus and is bringing healing and renewal anywhere they go. In this sermon, Preachers Roundtable member Alejandro Herrera examines the story of the lame man who was healed outside of the temple gates in Acts 3:1-4:22. The Church is the new temple where God’s presence, healing, and hope can be accessed and experienced.
Loneliness has become the norm in American culture. The majority of adults in the United States consider themselves to be lonely and the medical industry had declared it a health crisis. In this sermon, Matt examines Acts 2:42-47 and how the first church in Jerusalem followed Jesus together. In the midst of challenging, hostile conditions the early church thrived and we can too.
The story of Acts is primarily a story of Jesus continuing his work of renewal in the world through his Spirit. The traditional understanding at the time was that God’s presence could only be experienced in the Temple, but Pentecost changed that. In this sermon, Preachers Roundtable member Terri Dewey unpacks Acts 2:1-41 – the story of the Spirit moving out into the city and among regular people. The Spirit has left the building and is actively working in the lives of all kinds of people.
The book of Acts is the second volume of Luke’s meta story of what Jesus began and continued to do in the world. It begins with Jesus spending time with his disciples, telling them that the Spirit is going to give them power to be witnesses of him in the works. In this sermon, Matt gives an overview of Acts and specifically examines Acts 1:1-8. Jesus is spreading his kingdom through his disciples in the power of the Spirit.
It is easy for faith to remain in our heads – theology, doctrine, and orthodoxy. Thick theology is important, but Jesus invites us to embody his kingdom – to experience his presence in our own lives and to extend his power into the world. In this sermon, Matt unpacks Matthew 9:35-38 and the heart of Jesus towards the “harassed and helpless” in the world. God’s kingdom is breaking into this world and the church is called to embody the heart of Jesus throughout the city.
Pastor Lauren delves into what it means to be a church who lives out the call of being disciples who make disciples. Focusing on Jesus’ method of multiplication of disciples and of churches, Lauren unpacks Matthew 13 to talk more about the posture our hearts are created to be in so we can live out multiplication of disciples. The call is for the church to be good soil and to be faithful to go out and look for good soil so that we may produce a harvest beyond our own spiritual lives.
Our world and society is extremely noisy – there’s external noise like social media, traffic, and Netflix. But we also have internal noise like anxiety, shame, and narratives that drive the way we think about life and the world. In the midst of all this noise, how can we hear God? In this sermon, Matt explores what it can look like to listen to God in our everyday lives and find concrete ways to respond to what he is saying to us. John 10:1-6 is the central text in describing what a life with God looks like – it looks like listening to Jesus and following his lead.
Our DNA is what makes us unique. It determines things like our hair color, eye color, and stature. And just like an individual person, every church has it’s own unique “DNA” that shapes it’s purpose, vision, and values. In the first sermon of this new series, Matt unpacks Matthew 28:16-20 – Jesus’ final message to his disciples. His last words are our first priority – to form and grow disciples of all nations!
September 2nd, 2018
God rarely seems to work in ways that we would expect or desire. Yet, he invites us to seek him and experience his presence in the midst of any circumstance. In this sermon, guest speaker Gary Francis explores Jeremiah 29:1-13 and the story of Israel in exile. God invited Israel to seek and find him in an unexpected place, and he offers the same invitation to us.