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

Not Against Flesh & Blood

Sermon Title: Not Against Flesh & Blood
Scripture Reading: Daniel 10:1-14; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Ephesians 6:10-18

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In the beginning God created an orderly universe out of love. But somewhere in the primordial past a number of fallen angelic agents began working against the Creator and his creation. As a result, human beings are caught up and drawn into a cosmic battle. According to the Scriptures, this "spiritual warfare" impacts us today in visible ways, as the devil opposes God's restorative mission revealed in Christ and his Church. So, how do we resist this spiritual evil at work in the world? In Not Against Flesh & Blood, Pastor David helps us to see an oft-neglected truth that prayer is a spiritual weapon.

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July 7 bulletin

The Cost of Discipleship

Sermon Title: The Cost of Discipleship
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:57-62; John 15:4, Psalm 16

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Luke 9 marks a dramatic shift as Jesus’ ministry in Galilee comes to an end as he sets “his face toward Jerusalem.” In the wake of this dramatic shift, the gospel of Luke tells of three brief interactions between Jesus and his would-be followers. Jesus’ response to these anonymous followers is radical and concise—following Jesus requires absolute commitment and a willingness to leave behind all that society deems sacred. In The Cost of Discipleship, Pastor Kelly invites us to open our hearts to Jesus’ call to follow him. What do we need to let go of to follow more closely? Are we willing to follow Christ’s call? And what does Jesus promise in return to those who do choose to follow him?

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June 30 bulletin

Family Values or Kingdom Values?

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Guest Speaker: Evie Telfer
Sermon Title: Family Values or Kingdom Values?
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 56:4-5: Mark 3:21, 31-35; 4:11-12; Matt 19:27-30

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In our culture, many of us experience Christian marriage and family to be under siege. The evangelical movement has responded by doubling down in defense of the family. Some of the unintended consequences of this have been the idolization of the nuclear family and the collateral damage it causes to single adult Christians. What if Jesus never intended to protect the biological family but to redefine it altogether? How might Jesus be calling the church to prophetically proclaim the Kingdom of God through his radical teaching of kinship in the family of faith? Listen as Evie Telfer (Messiah Village Residential Living Pastor) invites us to embrace Jesus' teaching and live out his Kingdom vision for the church.

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June 23 bulletin

Our Father in Heaven

Sermon Title: Our Father in Heaven
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9; Luke 15:11-32; John 5:16-23; 14:5-14; Romans 8:14-16

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Jesus said that he is the only begotten Son sent by the Father. He also said that he alone shows us what the Father is really like and the way to know God. While the entire Bible (including Jesus) uses feminine and maternal metaphors to describe God, Jesus revealed a deep theological reality when he chose to primarily refer to God as Father. And not only did he use "Abba" as an affectionate and authoritative name for God, he taught his followers to relate to God this way. Why is that? In Our Father in Heaven, Pastor David invites us to know God as the perfect heavenly Father who loves us.

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June 16 bulletin

Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church

Sermon Title: Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church
Scripture Reading: Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-21; Acts 1:1-8; 2:1-4, 42-47

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In the Old Testament, the Spirit was at work in creation, empowered key individuals, and filled the Temple for a time. But it was through Jesus that the Spirit came in a unique way—empowering him to bring about the Kingdom on the earth. Finally, after Christ’s resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit comes upon his followers on the day of Pentecost, just as Jesus had foretold. In Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church, Pastor David invites us to consider why the Spirit is necessary for growth, what it looks like when the Spirit is at work in the church, and what we must do to welcome his transforming presence.

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June 9 bulletin

Money, Sex & Power (3 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Power
Scripture Reading: John 19:10-11; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 4:20; Philippians 2:1-11

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In our Money, Sex & Power series, we've seen how money and sex have been idolized and not treated as scared gifts. But what about power? Power is usually talked about the least, but it is actually the most destructive when it is misused, especially in the Body of Christ. Power can create or destroy; bring life or death. Power can be wielded to build up or tear down. What are we doing with the power we've been given? In Redeeming Power (3 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to trust in the power of self-sacrificial love and give up on the desire to control.

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June 2 bulletin
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Money, Sex & Power (2 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Sex
Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:1-12; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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Nothing has been as divisive in the church and the broader culture today than issues related to human sexuality. Since the beginning of the sexual revolution in the mid-twentieth century, American society has idolized sex, and we're still seeing the ongoing fallout of a sex-crazed culture. If the church is ever going to offer a fresh Christian vision of sexuality, we must stop reacting, as well as conforming, to the world around us. In Redeeming Sex (2 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to see sex as a sacred gift for marriage and encourages those who are single to devote themselves fully to the work of the Kingdom.

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May 26 bulletin
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Money, Sex & Power (1 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Money
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:3; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Matthew 6:24; 19:16-30; 1 Timothy 6:6-19

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Idolatry is the sin from which all other sins come about in our lives. But unfortunately, many people don't recognize what an idol looks like today and so they don't know how to let go of it in order to receive what only God can give us. Money, sex, and power are three of God's greatest gifts that too often become idols of the heart. In Redeeming Money (1 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to consider whether money is an idol of our heart, and then he invites us to get our life from Christ alone.

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May 19 bulletin
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The Mothering God

Sermon Title: The Mothering God
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 49:15; 66:12-13; Psalm 36:7; Luke 13:34

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The Bible tells us that God is neither male nor female; God is spirit. This means that God transcends gender and encompasses both male and female qualities. And though we typically use masculine pronouns to refer to God, the Scriptures use both male and female imagery to describe God. In fact, Jesus himself appropriated Old Testament mothering metaphors in revealing who God is to us. In The Mothering God, Pastor David invites us to encounter the Lord as the compassionate caregiver our souls long for in this life.

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May 12 bulletin