What is the purpose of the church? Do individuals need the church to actually follow Jesus? Many people today believe that being part of the church makes it more difficult to follow Jesus. They love Jesus but not the church. In this sermon, guest speaker Darryl Williamson examines how the Spirit builds up the church around the person and work of Jesus as described in Ephesians 2:19-22. The Spirit does not just develop individuals, but entire communities of people who are submitted to Jesus.
Human beings want to be in control. We want to control our lives, our future, and our schedules. But Jesus invites us to a life of being led, filled, and directed by the Holy Spirit. In this sermon, Matt examines the story of the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost in Acts 2:1-47. The early church discovered that the Holy Spirit is the best leader that they could possibly have to navigate the complexities and challenges of following Jesus in their context.
Jesus created a diverse community to carry his mission forward in the world. The original group of disciples came from different backgrounds, different social classes, and held different political convictions. In this sermon, Matt unpacks Luke 6:12-19 where Jesus models what a healthy community centered around him can move forward in his mission. A thick rhythm of togetherness is challenging because people have sharp edges and it hurts to get cut, but it is impossible to really follow Jesus without other people.
The “Have it your way,” culture has formed an attitude that we are entitled to get what we want, when we want it. What would it look like for us to lay down the insatiable desire to get our way? Jesus models a new rhythm, a continual laying down of his way for God’s way, the rhythm of Lordship & Submission. In this sermon, Liz explores how the person of Jesus, the leader of life, gives us reason to joyfully and willingly lay down our agenda for His, leading us to the most exhilarating life possible.
May 15th, 2017
It is easy to compartmentalize different aspects of our lives into “spiritual” and “secular.” Many of us do this in order to gain a sense of control over the complexity of our lives. We have a particular tendency to do this regarding the work we do during the week. What could it mean for followers of Jesus to integrate their faith and their work? What kind of impact could that have on our lives and the type of work that we do? In this sermon, Matt examines Genesis 2:4-20 and explains how God went about his creation work, how humans continue God’s work in the world, and what it can look like for us to collaborate with God in our work.
The Bible is composed of many different letters, stories, and poems but it has one primary, overarching story – it’s a story of God’s desire and mission to restore his creation. Every person is living in some of kind of story that provides meaning and context to their existence. In this sermon, Matt unpacks the big story of Scripture and what it could mean for us to live in this story. Jesus lived a life of purpose and mission because he understood that he was part of this great mission of God. Now it is the church’s turn to carry this love story forward, living on mission in our city.
April 23rd, 2017
The writer of Revelation says that we can overcome the challenges and difficulties in life because of what Jesus has accomplished through his death and resurrection, but also because of our testimonies (Revelation 12:10-12). There is something incredibly powerful about sharing and hearing the stories of how God has worked in people’s lives. During the season of Easter, we decided to hear some stories of new life and resurrection. Listen to the stories of Doug’s encounter with God while in the army, Joao and Natalie’s faith in the midst of immigration challenges, and Sophie’s total transformation through the power of God.
April 16th, 2017
The resurrection of Jesus has profound implications for our individual lives, our city, and the entire world. When Jesus defeated sin, death, & the devil new possibilities emerged with him out of the tomb. In this sermon, Matt examines the resurrection story in John 20:1-23. Because Christ rose from the dead we can have hope in the midst of grief, peace in the midst of fear, and power to keep the resurrection dominoes toppling over.