Ruined things, broken stuff, hurt feelings, forgotten dreams; that we experience these things is perhaps the thing for which we have the most evidence within our faith. However, the miracle of the Christmas story is that it exists to heal and restore the ruined, broken, hurt and forgotten. Our faith becomes full in the Christmas story because it shows us that God’s ability to fix a hurting world through the life, death, resurrection and rule of his son, Jesus Christ. Join us for this sermon designed for the whole family and experience the joy of Christmas
Jay Slocum Preaching
CS Lewis noted that there is something about us that desires a king. Take away the king and we will replace it with movie stars or sports heroes. You might say that as God’s creatures there is nobility in our blood, and like a eagle seeking flight, we seek a great ruler to lead us. The wonder of the Bible is its revelation of such a king. In this sermon for both young and old, we will wonder at the glory of our true king, Jesus.
Jay Slocum Preaching
There is real joy in getting a “Yes.” From a innocent note passed between friends stating, circle yes or no, to a college acceptance letter, getting a yes can be exhilarating. When Mary, mother of Jesus proclaimed, “Let it be to me as you have said,” she was saying yes to God. It must have been exhilarating for him to hear her give consent to his plan for her life. In this sermon designed for the whole family, we discover the beautiful relationship between Mary, mother of God and Jesus, Son of Mary.
Jay Slocum Preaching
Moms and dads have a special privilege in being able to name their children. We will name her…. In the coming of Christ, we see a unique occurrence. Jesus Christ is given his name by his father in heaven. And, this name was promised long ago. In this sermon designed for both young and old, we see the power of God in giving us his child to free us from bondage and to free us to love as we were meant to love.
Jay Slocum Preaching
It seems from even the most shallow reading of Scripture that God is a lavishly generous God (for God so loved the world that he gave) giving to us from the very center of his heart throughout the ages. It is no surprise, therefore, that when the Psalmist reflects upon the righteous of God who delight in copying God, as those made in his very image, that one of their chief characteristics would be that of generosity- towards friends, the poor, and toward God himself. As we reflect upon the Gospel within the Psalms, this sermon will bring out the way generosity brings healing to human hurts and flourishing to humankind.
St. Augustine is perhaps most famous for pointing out that what we most love, we do most. A more common way of stating this is to say that we keep track of what we value most. If I value money or friendship, I will keep a record of this love. It is no wonder that we keep track of time. Time is a very valuable commodity and we prove our love for it by keeping calendars and checking our watches. Moreover, embedded in our time keeping is the time we keep with others. A sure sign that we love others will be expressed in the time we give them. Your time is valuable and so giving it to God, or a friend, or an enemy will be a sure indicator of your desire to show them love. In this sermon, we will reflect upon how the Gospel informs both the love God has for us and the love we show to God and others as we steward our time.
Curtis Grenier Preaching
The story of Achan in Joshua 7 is the story of a man who breaks a contract with the nation he represents by stealing during a battle with a neighboring nation. The result of his action causes the death of many innocent citizens. Moreover, the sin of Achan results in the death of Achan and his entire family. In the “single serving” world of America in the late modern age, this story can be a bit shocking to some readers. However, it teaches us deep truth about our interconnectedness within society and the need for each of us to partake in being citizens of our own country. Further, the story challenges us to apply the Gospel to those who fail to uphold the laws of our nation or the particularities of how we express our differences as citizens. Join us for this sermon as we seek to find ways that we can live peacefully as citizens of our nation in the midst of turbulent times.
At the very center of the story of creation, God commands man to steward the physical world, even granting them the privilege of giving names to the animals. From the Creation story to the incarnation, the bible has a very exalted view of the created order and the delight God takes in seeing us care for it as a central aspect of our worship of Him. Join us as we examine the ways that we can honor God through stewarding the ecosystems in which we “garden.”
It is common for us to experience fashion either as a means to comfort (dressing for utility) or to serve our own personal vanity. However, when we consider the whole of Scripture, and the major role that beauty takes throughout God’s Word, how might the centrality of beauty inform how we steward our bodies in the way we dress. This week, we will explore a theology of fashion as a means of stewarding beauty and God’s desire for us to serve Him and others through the way we “drape ourselves.”
2 Samuel 23:8-17
A boy gets grounded for disobeying his parents. As he slumps towards his room in tears, his loyal pet follows him. “Good dog,” says the boy in tears stroking his dogs coat. “I know you love me.” Dogs are wonderful models of devotion. A restaurant owner living 500 miles from his hometown adorns the inside of his business with tributes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He watches every game, a “Terrible Towel” waving from above his head in support of the “Black and Gold”- That’s devotion. Among those most devoted to King David were three men known a David’s Mighty Men. They fought with and for him even to the point of risking their live so that he might drink a glass of water from his favorite well located behind enemy lines during a siege of their land. We understand devotion deeply because we all have people, places, ideas and things to which we are devoted. This week, we will discover how God delights in our devotion, to Him and that which he has called us to devote ourselves to in His service. Join us as we launch our series: Stewardship in everyday Life.
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