Spiritual and Religious (1 of 7)

Sermon Series: Spiritual and Religious
Sermon Title:
I See That You Are Very “Spiritual”
Scripture Reading: Psalm 42:1-2; Ecclesiastes 3:11; John 4:1-26; Acts 17:16-23

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Being “religious” isn’t something a lot of people want to be known for today. For many post-9/11 Americans, adopting a specific religion is exclusive and fuels division (even violence) in our world. And for committed Christians, being “religious” has become synonymous with being hypocritical or Pharisaical. So, it’s better to be “spiritual” in order to convey a sincere but openly tolerant faith in the divine. In the first message of our series, Pastor David shares how the Western assault on religion began, commends those who want to be spiritual, but challenges us to see that following Jesus requires more.

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September 15 bulletin
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Ask, Seek, Knock

Sermon Title: Ask, Seek, Knock
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 6:33; 7:7-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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The Scriptures tell us that if we want to grow in our faith we must purposely seek the Lord. Just coasting or going through the motions will not bring about the change we want to see. Do you have a spiritual or physical need? Do you have nagging questions? Are you feeling cynical and hopeless? Do you want God to deepen your faith and fashion you to be more like Christ? Whatever you need, Jesus tells us to seek the Kingdom first. He says we should ask, seek, and knock—all actions that we take to deepen our faith. That is how the Spirit partners with us and brings about change. In our fall kickoff message, Pastor David invites us to be intentional in our pursuit of Christ by engaging with what God is doing in and through the church.

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September 8 bulletin

What Are You Wearing?

Guest Speaker: Eldon Fry
Sermon Title: What Are You Wearing?
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:46-48; Colossians 1:24-29; 3:1-17

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We have certain rules for clothing. Consider how we purchase clothes for our children because of the upcoming school year, or how we buy new clothes for our jobs. We typically seek to wear what is right for the occasion. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul is concerned that the Colossians not simply look like Christ followers by outward appearances. Instead, Paul uses a mixed metaphor to help us understand that the inward living presence of Christ clothes us with identifying virtues. Our personal character reflects our identity as Christ followers in a diverse culture. In What Are You Wearing?, Eldon Fry invites us to allow the Spirit to work in us so that we might be clothed with Christ and reveal him to the world.

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September 1 bulletin

Summer 2019 Celebration Service

Summer 2019 Celebration Service
Summer Stories of God at Work

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Earlier this year we commissioned 15 people to serve and study across 4 continents this summer:

• Sally Young (Romania)
• Amber Fogelsanger (Guatemala)
• Gretta and David Owen Family (North Dakota, Summer Institute of Linguistics)
• Dan & Noah Bisbee (Zimbabwe)
• Kelle & Dan Alonso, Beth Moshier, Lisa Mays, Tet Takahara (US South, Civil Rights Bus Tour)

Listen to their stories and get a glimpse into where they went, what they did, and how they saw God at work. Join us as we celebrate together how God was at work in their lives and around the globe.

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August 25 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (6 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: An Invitation to Follow Jesus
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:12-16; Matthew 16:21-27; 28:16-20

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Unlike the standard Rabbinical practice of the first century where students could ask or apply to become a disciple of the Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth directly called all 12 of his disciples. He interrupted their world with, "Come, follow me." So, when Jesus calls it's rarely ever convenient. Jesus is calling both saints and sinners this way. He calls us with promise of reward and assurance of trouble. And he calls us not just to benefit from knowing him, but also to be sent out to make more disciples. In An Invitation to Follow Jesus (6 of 6), Pastor David challenges us all to respond to the radical call of Christ.

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August 18 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Experiencing Jesus in Missional Community
Scripture Reading: John 17:13-19; Ephesians 2:18-22; 3:16-19; 4:1-6, 11-16

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While Jesus wants us to know him personally, a healthy and balanced experience of Jesus comes through knowing him with others living on mission as his disciples. Western individualism and a spirituality that is kept “private” is ultimately a threat to the growth of disciples. Jesus desired that his disciples would grow together while living out his Kingdom mission. In Experiencing Jesus in Missional Community (5 of 6), Pastor David shares how the missional church is the womb for growing disciples—where we experience Jesus together in the intimate and personal spaces.

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August 11 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Abiding in the Person of Jesus
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-11

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We know that we’ve been called into a “personal relationship” with Jesus. However, we often settle for a head knowledge of Jesus, knowing about Jesus, rather than living and walking with Jesus. As Wayne Jacobsen has said, “Though most believers are comfortable speaking of a ‘personal relationship with Jesus,’ few concepts are so greatly celebrated and little experienced.” What does it look like to go from being informed about Jesus, to being formed by Jesus? What might it look like to abide in the Vine? In Abiding in the Person of Jesus (4 of 6), Pastor Kelly invites us to explore how we might live our lives rooted in relationship with Christ.

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August 4 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Making Jesus Your Lord & Friend
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:46-49; Romans 10:5-13; John 15:14-15

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The first followers of Jesus called him “Lord” and Master. What were they thinking when they addressed him this way? Did his disciples really mean it? In the Gospels we see that what actually began simply as sign of respect, became a recognition of divine authority and ownership over their lives. Jesus is Lord and God and he asks for our full allegiance. We are called to submit our lives to him. At the same time, Jesus says he doesn’t call us servants, but his friends. How can this be? In Making Jesus Your Lord & Friend (3 of 6), Pastor David reveals what it means to confess that Jesus is both Lord and friend.

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July 28 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus | A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title: Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?
Scripture Reading: John 14:5-10; Luke 9:21-26; 1 John 1:1-3

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We know that Jesus ought to be central and supreme in our life and church, but which Jesus? We’re all tempted to fashion Jesus in our own image. It’s never been more prevalent that it is today in Western culture where individualism and moral relativism reigns supreme. When our view of Jesus develops apart from the Christ of history, we inevitably have him affirming things that reflect our own fallen desires and religio-political agendas. In Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? (2 of 6), Pastor David calls us as saints and sinners to let our knowledge of Jesus be shaped by the New Testament.

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July 21 bulletin

Knowing Jesus (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: Knowing Jesus: A Worship Series for Saints & Sinners
Sermon Title:
Nothing Greater Than Jesus
Scripture Reading: John 10:30-33; 14:6; Philippians 2:5-11; 3:8-11; Colossians 1:15-20; 2:2-3

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What are you jazzed about? What excites you and sets you aglow when you talk about it? In other words, from what or whom do you get your life? We were meant to get our life from Jesus, but too often Christians are on about many other things, least of all knowing him and making him known. What does it look like when our desire to know Jesus is greater than everything else, making the rest look like garbage in comparison? In Nothing Greater Than Jesus (1 of 6), Pastor David challenges us to consider whether or not Jesus is really central and supreme in our lives and in our church.

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July 14 bulletin