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The New Year is a natural time to evaluate areas of our lives and make changes for the upcoming year. The most popular changes are always about saving more money, exercising more frequently, and eating healthier, but reflecting on and refocusing our spiritual life doesn't always feel like as high of a priority. But the Parable of the Ten Minas from Luke 19 shows us why our investment in our spiritual life is incredibly important and why a process of evaluating our spiritual life and making changes in the New Year is healthy for our walk with Jesus.
The Christmas season is filled with traditions: lights, gifts, candles, carols. In the midst of the regular routines, Christmas is also a reminder that Christ has come into the world, and Jesus was not like anything anyone expected. In fact, Jesus is the most complex, mind-bending, life-rattling, soul-shaking human who has ever existed. This week, we see another aspect of his character as we explore the ways that the Son of God is our Everlasting Father.
Christmas can be an incredibly fun time of year filled with lights, carols, parties, and gifts. The problem with Christmas celebrations is that even when they bring us a joyful December, they always end, and life goes back to normal in January because Christmas trees and cookies can't fix our world's brokenness. The promise from Isaiah 9:6, though, is that a Mighty God was given to us at the first Christmas who can and will fix all of the brokenness in our world.
Christmas is the one major holiday celebrated simultaneously as both a secular and a Christian holiday. Each December, we experience Christmas as a celebration of lights, trees, and candy canes alongside hope, joy, and peace. As familiar as we may be with the season, we more deeply experience the power of Christmas when we unwrap the meaning of God's gift that was given to us.
This week, in our study of Acts, we are going to see how being filled with faith and the Spirit can lead to a God-centered boldness in everyday life, even in death. We will look at the acts of Stephen, an early church leader. We will examine what led to his death and celebrate the resurrection hope he found - A hope that is available to all who follow Christ!
What would you say is the greatest danger to Christian community? In this passage, we see the beauty of a bold church built up by God's great grace only to be interrupted by great fear at the sin of Ananias and Sapphira. Join us Sunday as we explore this important lesson in being bold about the good grace of God.
We are all faced with an endless amount of questions in life. What do you want to be when you grow up? Will you take this job or that job? Should we put our kids in public school, private school, or homeschool? And the list goes on and on. And while those questions and others like them are difficult to answer, none of them are the most important question we have to answer in our lives. Join us this Sunday as we consider the most important question everyone needs to answer, What do you believe about Jesus?, and the implications for your life based on your answer.
When is the last time you ran and leaped in celebration of something so amazing you couldn't help yourself? In Acts 3, we witness an event that led to an explosion of joy and wonder and worship which rippled throughout the city. Peter then explains how Jesus is at the center of it all. Through all the excitement, we see a model for our faith, a promise for our own future flourishing, and a mission to bring compassionate care to our world in the name of Jesus.
It's easy to be cynical about institutions these days, but I believe that all the angst and frustration actually reveals a deep desire for life-giving relationships, truth, joy, and purpose. In Acts 2, we see how the power of the gospel forged such a community among the first Christians. When the Spirit of God drives the gospel deep into human hearts, people experience a new day that changes how they relate to God, to one another, and to all those around them.
This Sunday, we look at the first gospel presentation in the history of the church. In a striking speech, Peter describes incredible promises which are available for all people, even those who are far from God, but the promises only come to those who call out for help from Jesus. Upon hearing this message, many are cut to the heart with conviction, and three thousand souls come to experience new life in Christ.
One of the most important moments in Acts and, really, in the whole Bible occurs in Acts 2. God pours out his Spirit just as he promised, launching a new era of his work in the world. The Spirit arrives in a mind-blowing display of God's power. Join us as we consider what the Spirit's arrival means for God's nearness to us, God's love for all peoples, and God's work through the church.
In the first week of our series in the book of Acts we kicked off the series by looking at Jesus' promise in Acts 1:8 that the disciples would be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. We might expect that the story would continue this week with the beginning of this grand mission, but instead we get an interesting little story that at first glance seems more like an interruption than anything. But as we dive in we'll see that this story actually helps us slow down and learn what it looks like to be ready to live on mission for God.
This week began a new sermon series in the book of Acts. As we take a journey through the book of Acts, we see how God began the movement known as his church. We will see how the church was born, how it grew, and how it thrived in the face of strong opposition. We will see that as hearts become glad by the gospel, the church becomes bold in the mission of God. And all along the way, we will be encouraged to join God on this mission.
Have you ever tried to correct a person who assumes they are always right? It's impossible! That's why Proverbs repeatedly speaks about “the scoffer.” Mr. Scoff-a-lot appears everywhere these days when it's become fashionable to spout confident opinions, debunk others with some snark, and dismiss opponents with a condescending flair. But the way of the wise is full of teachable and humble people, hungry to listen to true wisdom.
“It's easy to get angry. All you have to do is turn on the news, scroll social media or try to get the family in the car. But a life of wisdom is marked by patience. This weekend we'll take a look at the characteristics of someone who is slow to anger and what that means for the glory of God and the good of our world. “