Sun, Feb 19, 2017
esus is simultaneously frustratingly exclusive and shockingly inclusive. He clearly claims that he is the only way to hope, life and salvation, while also offering himself freely to everybody without exception.
This “exclusivity” leads some to reject the Gospel for it’s supposed arrogance while leading others to follow Jesus while developing great levels of sinful arrogance because they are “in” while others are “out”.
The truth of the Gospel is that extremely diverse followers of Jesus ought to realize how unimaginably “powerfully weak” we all are: we are utterly without our own righteousness while also being utterly adopted and empowered by the righteousness of God. These two qualities produce in us the motivation and ability to Love God as our all in all while also loving all people, without exception, as “better than ourselves.”
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Duration: 41 mins 35 secs
We are all in much greater need than we even know. We are invited to lay all of our requests before the throne of God while also realizing that our greatest need is not “silver and gold”, the things that ease the pain of life, but life itself, which Jesus has acquired on our behalf by trading us his life in exchange for our deserved-death. Though sometimes Jesus still physically heals today and gives us “silver and gold,” showing us a foretaste of what Eden was like and what we are destined for in Heaven, he always, without fail or prejudice, heals and resurrects any heart that asks.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
We have been brought out of isolation and into the community of all believers; the body; the bride. As a new family we are all called to be devoted to growing in the Gospel together; joining in other-focused sacrificial relationship together; spending quality and quantity time together; praying and focusing on God together. In doing these things we are actually engaging in a preview of what we will be doing together for eternity. And all of this has been made possible because the Father was other-focused and sacrificial by giving us the greatest resource of his Son Jesus to fill our greatest need of forgiveness and life.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Duration: 34 mins 33 secs
From the beginning of time and through the Old Testament prophets, priests and kings, God has perfectly orchestrated the plan of salvation, even using the evil acts of sinful people, to rescue His people through the death, resurrection and ascension of His Son Jesus, who currently reigns from Heaven to bring about the restoration of Creation through the present power of His Spirit. Our response is heart-based bewilderment, heart-wrenching repentance and heart-receiving his grace and mercy through repentance, leading to baptism and sacrificially loving others the way we’ve been sacrificially loved.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Duration: 31 mins 31 secs
This passage focuses on the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The small church was spectacularly (demonstrated by astounding signs) gifted with the fullness of the Spirit. This marked the intimate presence of God in the Church to equip them for the task of mission before them. Key themes include: Mission, Power, Fulfillment, and God’s presence.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 32 secs
In the Book of Luke, Luke explains to a doubting audience what Jesus did in his earthly ministry and body, but this was only the beginning! The Book of Acts is essentially Luke Part 2, showing us that Jesus came back from the dead in a glorified body and ascended to the Throne of Heaven where he is Perpetually our Prophet, Priest and King as he births and grows His Church through us his people by the indwelling Power of the Holy Spirit.