The Cruciform Life
The death of Jesus on the cross is the center of all Christian life and theology. If we want to know who God is, who we are, and the way to ultimate truth and life - the best thing we can do is look at Jesus upon the cross. The cross is not just a religious symbol; it is an utterly new way to live.
The Benefit of Doubt | Lent 2015
Breaking the Idol of Certainty
Scripture teaches us that we are saved by faith, so what happens when we find ourselves struggling with doubt? Most people assume that faith is only as strong as a person is certain and that doubt is the enemy of faith. But the all-important center of Christianity is not a mental assent to correct doctrine; it’s a life-giving relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Faith is not the absence of doubt but rather a commitment to Christ even in the midst of uncertainty.
Come & See | Epiphany 2015
In Christianity, the Epiphany refers to the realization that Christ is the son of God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes eight very specific, far reaching, outrageous statements about himself. Jesus does not just claim to know things about God; he blatantly claims that He is these things. The implications of these statements reach deep into our real, daily lives.
O Come Emmanuel | Advent 2014
Advent is a season of joyful anticipation for the Church in which we celebrate the past and prepare for the future. This Advent we will explore the messianic longings of the prophet Isaiah. Through these inspired texts we will celebrate all that Jesus Christ has done in our hearts and lives through his first coming at Christmas - and we will anticipate all that He will do in our world when he returns once again! Together we pray O, Come Emmanuel!
Be The Change
Do you ever get frustrated that the world seems to be on a downward spiral? It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of war, poverty, environmental damage, and inequality. But there is a way you can take back your peace and hope in the midst of it all, as the saying goes, be the change you wish to see in the world.
The Artisan Soul
We all carry within us the essence of an artist. We need to create, to be a part of a process that brings something good and beautiful and true into the world. God himself is the master artisan and is patiently, meticulously crafting us into something truly beautiful in order to bring His beauty into the world.
Liturgy | The Work of the People
Human beings are at their core defined by what they worship rather than primarily by what they think, know, or believe. Worship is the “work of the people”; a time to practice and rehearse what it means to be the people of God. All Christian worship — whether Anglican, Pentecostal or Presbyterian— is liturgical in the sense that it is governed by norms, draws on a tradition, includes rituals or routines, and involves formative practices. This summer we are going to explore these practices so that we can more actively and meaningfully participate in worship.
Freeway | A Not-So-Perfect Guide to Freedom
Easter is all about freedom. Freedom from shame, guilt, fear and pain. Join us this Spring for a special sermon series and small group experience built upon God’s amazing grace, conversations with friends, and a personal exploration of our pain and loss.
The Psalms of Jesus
At key moments in his life on earth, Jesus Christ, turned to the Psalms for words to express his deepest thoughts and emotions. By immersing ourselves in the Psalms that Jesus refers to and fulfills we will discover more of his mind and heart and in the process more of who we are as we come before God.
Jesus’ resurrection was the most transformative event in human history. It doesn’t just change our hearts or our minds, it transforms everything. When a church understands and embraces the earth-shattering power of the resurrection its values, ideals, symbols, and life all begin to radically change
We were once in darkness, but now we are light in the Lord. We were once dead in our transgressions and sins, but now we are alive with Christ. We were trapped in the deceits of this world, the flesh, and the devil, but now we are free to love and to serve. By God's grace we have been saved from the penalty of sin in the past, from the power of sin in the present, and from the presence of sin forever in the future.
Our world is engaged in a cosmic war. A battle between a myriad of agents, both human and angelic, that have aligned themselves with either God or Satan. But while Scripture clearly articulates war between good and evil, it also clearly articulates God’s sovereignty. The battle that is currently raging is not everlasting, and when it ends, we are assured of God’s victory.
The Advent Conspiracy
The story of God’s son entering the world is the point of our worship and celebration each Christmas. But the Incarnation is not something to be celebrated only once a year. The story is bigger than that - and it’s still being written.
The Power of Habit
Most of the choices we make each day feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they're not. They are based on habits. Habits that have been formed by a world away from God. The key to renewing our minds, our hearts, our relationships and our world is understanding how habits work and how they can be changed.
In Acts, Jesus sends his followers out into the world to bear witness to the ways in which they've seen God at work in both their lives and in the world around them. They aren't asked to be persuasive or compelling. Instead, God simply asks them to go tell the stories of what they have seen and experienced. And, as they do, incredible things begin to happen. One story lead to another and another -- opening up a world of endless possibility. Join us for this new series, because sharing our stories isn't only powerful- its essential.