To have a story you have to live a story. And once you do, you can share it with your world. The women who came to Jesus' tomb on Easter morning did just that. And we can do the same as we experience Jesus' resurrection life.
God's Kingdom is coming, but are you ready for it when it arrives? Jesus tells a story about a group of bridesmaids: some of them were ready for the festivities, but others were not. What will you need to do to be sure that you are ready for Him?
Jesus tells a story about guests who were invited to the wedding of the king's son. Their failure to R.S.V.P. properly costs them everything. God has invited you to become part of His New Creation. How will you R.S.V.P.?
Did you know you are wired for fairness? So what happens when things aren't fair? And what happens when someone -- like God -- is too generous? Jesus tells a challenging story that helps us understand what it means to receive our "fair share" in God's Kingdom.
Building on the good foundation of Jesus' words means learning to put the kind of forgiveness that God offers us into practice in our daily lives. Jesus tells an unforgettable story to make just that point.
John's Christmas Story takes us all the way back to Creation and all the way forward to God's New Creation. But in order for God to come and set us free, He had to become flesh and blood: the Word made flesh.
Matthew's Christmas Story tells us what it means for God's long awaited King to come home to His people. The King's coming is announced by a sign, and how we respond to that sign says alot about how we will respond to the King.
Luke's Christmas Story anchors Jesus' birth in the complex world of His time. Even His titles meant different things to different people. In order to live out Luke's Christmas Story, we, too, must make Him Savior and Lord in every aspect of our lives.
Did you know that Mark tells the Christmas Story? Each gospel does so in a unique way. As the first gospel to be written, Mark reminds us that Christmas starts in the wilderness and reveals the Son of God.
Our New Exodus journey will eventually bring us to the decision of who or what will be our God. For Israel, it was the choice between God and a golden calf of their own making. In Revelation 13 we meet the enemy as a seemingly all-powerful and very seductive world power. We face the same choices today.
Note: the study notes for Wednesday evening are at the end of the sermon text.
John's visions of the Seven Trumpets present us with question of why people don't repent even when facing judgment or calamity. The answer is found in God's call for his people to be his witnesses in this world.
Study notes for Wednesday evening are at the end of the sermon notes.
John takes us on a breathtaking ride from the heights of Heaven into the chaos of a world ruled by evil, and back up again to God's Presence. In this second vision cycle we learn Who God is, and how He repairs His creation through His Passover Lamb.
Study notes for Wednesday, October 29th are attached to the sermon notes.
In this message we explore the first of 6 vision cycles in Revelation. We hear Jesus' words to the church living here in this world. Then as now, it faced serious challenges: assimilation to culture, persecution, complacency. And then as now, Christians had to decide whether to go forward on Exodus or go back to Egypt. Small Group Questions are at the end of the sermon notes.