March 11, 2018 - Sunday Worship Service

Luke 18:9-14 - In the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector, we get a glimpse of how pride, comparing ourselves against other people can really blind ourselves from the true picture of who we are. From this story, there are crucial lessons to learn about proper self reflection and letting go of pride, comparing before God alone and allowing who God is to convict us personally, rather than using others as a backdrop. 

Previous Sermons

Below you can find a selection of past sermons. 

October 1, 2017 - Sunday Worship Service

We have so many different ideas of what it means to "follow" something. Yet what does it mean to follow Jesus? Through Jesus' first call to his disciples, and the Feeding of the 5000 we saw what it looks like to just simply obey and give Jesus the little that we have, and how through following Jesus we experience God working and what it means to enter into the life for which we were made.

September 24, 2017 - Sunday Worship Service

Through the parable of the prodigal son, we explore how both the prodigal son and the elder are lost. While one rejects the father and succumbs to sin, the other stays and makes himself a slave through dutiful work. The father is misunderstood by both sons and the parable challenges us in what our view of God is. Is our view like the sons, or is it like what Jesus shares, a Father who is compassionate and loving and who longs to restore both sons? 

August 27, 2017 - Sunday Worship Service

Moses grew in Pharaoh's household and seemed like a man of destiny. Yet he experiences a rude awakening when his people reject him, and he ends up as a shepherd of a flock not his own in the desert for 40 years. In our eyes, we can easily be brought low and become bitter through these times of humbling but God does not see these desert experiences in our lives the same way. As with Moses, He uses these times to humble us, to become an instrument that He can actually use, attentive to God, meek, and aware of God's Holiness and faithfulness. God's challenge for us is to not shy away from these times of humbling, but to lean into them as Moses did and recognize that He is shaping us during these times.

August 13, 2017 - Sunday Worship Service

Though Pharaoh was the ruler of the ancient world and the most powerful man in this time, he was actually someone driven and riddled with fear. It's his fears that cause him to carry out murderous decrees of the Israelites. In contrast, we see powerless women like the Hebrew midwives and Moses's mom defy the laws given by Pharaoh. Their fear of God, and being driven by love rather than cynicism allows them all to be wrapped up in a conspiracy that saves. Though powerless, we see that their exercise of faith allowed them to be on God's side of history.

June 25, 2017 - Sunday Worship Service

Apostle Paul mentions that since we have this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. There is a connection between losing heart in ministering to others and forgetting the mercy that God has given us. We can easily have a sense of entitlement, unsaid expectations and think that we are at the place we are because we are awesome. But when we remember and meditate on the fact that it's by grace that I am here, then we do not lose heart, shrink back, or not be cowardly. Let's be fueled by the grace given to us on the cross, but also this great message of the gospel and the fact that though I am a sinner, God has enlisted me in this drama and placed me in a greater narrative far larger than myself. What else about this ministry can cause us to shrink back? The fact that we have to speak the truth, confronting people about their sins and reality of heaven and hell. Let's not use flattery to win people to us, but instead preach the open statement of truth and not shy away from this message and as we do so, people will see in our lives a shattered jar of clay yet not being crushed as we showcase this great gospel message. There is an eternal weight of glory, and many people to save and as we commit to continue sharing the gospel, God will fill that gap and showcase his power working through us.

June 18, 2017 - Sunday Worship Service

Looking at Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, it's amazing how there is even a church in Corinth in the first place. It was by the mercy of God that there is a church there despite the sins of the people and the surrounding culture.  Apostle Paul also endured many afflictions while ministering to the people of Corinth and elsewhere and though these afflictions were difficult we can learn as Apostle Paul did to use these times as an opportunity to experience comfort from God. Though there is difficulty, ministry allows us to be in a place of pure dependence and reliance on God which we often avoid in life. When we actually get to experience it, we realize it is a good place to be. As we do, and as we count the cost of following Jesus, we can see God using these times of affliction to increase our capacity to bless even more people, expand our maturity, and widen our hearts. Let us embrace these opportunities and thereby experience deeper fellowship with God and experience the texture of our relationship with Him change as we directly experience that comfort and strength from God Himself.

June 11, 2017 - Sunday Worship Service

We often think of God's holiness talking about God's moral purity. However, the true meaning of holiness means being a cut above, and God is an infinite cut above us. How does God's holiness actually make a difference in our lives, and how strong is our awareness of it? We need to see God like Isaiah did in all his Holiness and as we do so, this will help us see an accurate picture of ourselves. As we measure ourselves against the holy backdrop of God, the picture of the inner workings of our heart, character, and  ultimately our sins will emerge and helps us see that we deserve God's wrath, His just response to our sin. Yet, therein lies our opportunity, not only to know ourselves more deeply, but also appreciate the mercy and grace God has poured out for us on the cross.  May we go to the cross and face the true picture of our sinfulness, and may it bring us to a greater amazement of the love and grace that God has for us.

May 8, 2016 - Sunday Worship Service

The Acts 2 church has always been our model for Christian community.  The picture of the first disciples may seem too idealistic to be within our reach, yet the scriptures call us to strive after that example.  Even in our modern age, it is still possible to devote ourselves to the word of God and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  And God still works awesome signs and wonders, if we have the eyes to see them.  

May 1, 2016 - Sunday Worship Service

Mark’s account of Jesus’ ministry summarizes the message of the Gospel from the opening page.  It is a message of both judgment and grace.  The voice of John the Baptist warned of judgment and called for repentance, which was a hard message to accept for those who insisted on maintaining a positive self image.  Yet without accepting that “bad news,” the “good news” of forgiveness and grace would not make sense.

April 24, 2016 - Sunday Worship Service

The message of Deuteronomy is “remember!”  As Moses reminded the Israelites of God’s faithfulness, they gained a new perspective of their 40-year journey in the wilderness.  Through the difficulties, God was preparing them for the next stage of their journey with him, to enter the promised land.

April 10, 2016 - Sunday Worship Service

Jesus taught his disciples that in the end times, they will experience great suffering and persecution.  Though we might not experience the kind of outright violence suffered by early Christians, we face persecution in the form of social pressures in a culture that derides godly living.  But if we are willing to embrace the cost of discipleship and endure to the end, this process will mature us and train us in godliness.  

April 3, 2016 - Sunday Worship Service

If you knew you had only a short time left, what words of wisdom would you impart to the world?  As a person’s last words are highly significant, we look at Jesus’ last lecture to his disciples about the end times.  All of us must face that end at an unknown time, so we must stay awake and faithful to the mission and purpose that Jesus has entrusted to us until he returns.  

March 27, 2016 - Sunday Worship Service

On the first Easter morning no one expected Jesus would return, and the women went to embalm his body, finding an empty tomb instead.  Jesus appears, telling them that he will go on ahead to meet them in Galilee, as he continues to shepherd his disciples and restore their faith, especially that of Peter.  Jesus’ tender love means we can always turn back to him.