Missio Dei (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Leaders (4 of 6)
Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 11:1; Philippians 3:10-17

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While an unbridled, top-down leadership hasn’t helped the church in the West, the early Christians recognized God’s gift to the church in the form of missional servant-leaders. This leadership doesn’t long for the spotlight, but it also doesn’t shirk the calling and responsibility to be out front as an incarnational example of Christ for the church to follow. In Missional Leaders (4 of 6), Pastor David calls forth those whom God has called among us to lead and guide the church into the future.

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May 13 bulletin
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Missio Dei (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Church (3 of 6)
Scripture Reading:  Luke 5:1-11, 10:1-16; Matthew 28:16-20; John 20:21-22

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God is a missionary who sends a missionary church. It is not that the church has a mission; it is that God’s mission has a church. If we’re going to be missional like Jesus, what needs to change? What needs to happen for us to make room at the table for more disciples? In Missional Church (3 of 6), Pastor David challenges us to consider how we must be fully engaged in the spaces of the church if we want to reach people for Christ out in the world.

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May 6 bulletin
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Missio Dei (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional Jesus (2 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:14-30; Matthew 8:5-13; 9:9-13 

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Jesus is the Son sent by the Father. The divine Logos (Word) became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. In Christ we see the missional God seeking out those who are broken and lost, those who recognize their need to be healed and reconciled to God. In Missional Jesus (2 of 6), Pastor David invites us to recommit ourselves to Jesus and his risky way of crossing borders and boundaries.

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April 22 bulletin
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Missio Dei (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: Missio Dei - A Worship Series on the Mission of God
Sermon Title:  Missional God (1 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-3; Jonah 1:1-3,17; 2:10; 3:1-2;10; 4:1-2; Acts 10:34-45

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God is a missionary God. From the very beginning of creation to the birth of the early church, the Triune God has revealed his intentions to include all people into his divine community. In the first message of this series, Pastor David calls us to look deeply into the missionary heart of God, the God who seeks us out and sends us out to manifest his presence and reflect his glory into the world. 

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April 15 bulletin
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Money Matters According to Jesus

Guest Speaker: Beryl Jantzi (Everence Director of Stewardship Education)
Sermon Title: Money Matters According to Jesus
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24

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The Scriptures talk about money far more than most topics. Furthermore, Jesus talked about money in the Sermon on the Mount, the core of his teachings. In fact, Jesus makes how we spend our money and use our resources a central part of following him and living into the Kingdom of God. Listen as guest speaker Beryl Jantzi shares what Jesus' words mean for us today, in a message entitled, Money Matters According to Jesus

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April 8 bulletin

He Is Risen, and Why It Matters

Easter Sunday 2018

Sermon Title: He Is Risen, and Why It Matters
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:1-10; Corinthians 15:1-5, 12-20; 1 Peter 1:3-9

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After Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, Christians believe that God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. We have good reasons to believe that Jesus was resurrected. It’s the best explanation for why the tomb was empty. But what does it all mean? What difference does it make for us today? In He is Risen, and Why It Matters, Pastor David shares why Easter Sunday is the turning point of human history.

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April 1 bulletin
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Experiencing God-Forsakenness

Good Friday Service 2018

Sermon Title: Experiencing God-Forsakenness
Scripture Reading: Mark 15:34; Psalm 22

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If we look at what all of the Gospels tell us about Jesus' crucifixion, they reveal that Jesus spoke seven separate times from the cross. But in the Gospel of Mark, he only records Jesus saying one thing, and one thing only. Jesus cries out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" What is happening at that moment? What does it mean for us? What does it say about God? In this year's Good Friday service, Pastor David invites us to reflect on what Christ experienced on the cross, and what it has to do with us today.

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March 30 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (6 of 6)

Guest Speaker: Tony Campolo
Sermon Title: Third Way Allegiance: Following Jesus in an American Empire (6 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:3-12; John 18:36; Revelation 18-19

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On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a humble servant on a donkey, not a soldier on a warhorse. This comical act captures who Jesus was and what his ministry as Messiah was all about. In Third Way Allegiance: Following Jesus in an American Empire (6 of 6), Tony Campolo talks about what it means to take Jesus’ teachings seriously, as we learn to follow him in a modern-day Babylon. 

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March 25 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (5 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: Post-Wilderness Conviction (5 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:13-30; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 MSG

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Jesus leaves the desert full of the Spirit with a clarity about his identity and calling as Messiah. He then returns to his hometown to confidently announce who he is and what he’s come to do as God’s anointed. In Post-Wilderness Conviction (5 of 6), Pastor David invites us to see how the wilderness sharpens our focus and shapes our faith so that we can live with passionate conviction about the things that matter most.

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March 18 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: No Shortcuts in the Kingdom (4 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:8-11; John 6:14-15; Psalm 40:1-3

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In the final wilderness temptation, Jesus faces the most difficult challenge yet. If he’s truly the Messiah, how will he come to rule over the nations of the earth? The devil offers Jesus power over all the kingdoms of the world, but Jesus chooses the cross instead of the sword. In No Shortcuts in the Kingdom (4 of 6), Pastor David reveals how we must patiently endure hardship and wait on God’s salvation.

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March 11 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: Courageous Faith (3 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:5-7; John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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If you’re going to be the Messiah, you must have the loyalty of the religious leaders—the gatekeepers and caretakers of God’s covenant people. This is what the “temple temptation” in the wilderness is all about. But instead of choosing to use spectacle to gain followers, Jesus uses a bit of prophetic theater. In Courageous Faith (3 of 6), Pastor David shares how our zeal for the Lord ought to make us strong.

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March 4 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: It’s Not About You (2 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-4; Mark 8:31-35; 1 Corinthians 10:13

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Jesus told his disciples we must deny ourselves and take up our own cross if we want to follow him. As we see with Jesus’ own example, he first learned this lesson while resisting Satan for 40 days in the desert. In It’s Not About You (2 of 6), Pastor David shares how our faith is formed through self-denial and why we must resist temptation if we want to live according to the truth about God, ourselves, and others.

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February 25 bulletin
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40 Days in the Desert (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: 40 Days in the Desert: Faith Formed in the Wilderness
Sermon Title: Welcome to the Wilderness (1 of 6)
Scripture Reading: Mark 1:9-13; 1 Peter 1:7,13-16; Hebrews 12:7-8

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The gospel of Mark says that the Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert after his baptism. Jesus was tempted for 40 days and his identity and calling were put to the test. In a similar way, disciples often undergo times of testing in the wilderness where God wants to shape our character and strengthen our trust in him. In Welcome to the Wilderness (1 of 6), Pastor David invites us to discover an authentic faith while living in a dry and barren wasteland.

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February 18 bulletin
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Nothing is Hidden

Ash Wednesday Service
Sermon Title: Nothing is Hidden
Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-7; Matthew 6:1, 22-23

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Nothing is hidden from God. We are invited in Lent to open ourselves up to the Spirit's work in revealing who we are on the inside and to repent for the sake of the Kingdom. Ash Wednesday reminds us of our own mortality and our need for God to give us eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Listen as Pastor David challenges us to be honest about what's on the inside of us, so that God can heal us and form us into the image of Christ.

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Loving Generosity

Guest Speaker: Dan Bisbee
Sermon Title: Loving Generosity
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:7-14 & 18:18-22; John 3:16

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Jesus said that God loved the world so much that he "gave" his Son to prove it. In this way, our generous giving is a sign of God's life in us and so it should be a natural outflow of discipleship. Giving shouldn't be done out of obligation, nor is it something we do to gain notoriety or power over others. In Loving Generosity, Dan Bisbee helps us to think about our motivations for giving and calls us to love generosity because we love the God who gave.

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February 11 bulletin
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Jesus Had a Small Group

Sermon Title: Jesus Had a Small Group
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:36; Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:42-47

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According to the New Testament, the church is more than Christians gathering for a public worship service. In fact, there are several other "spaces" that are necessary for discipleship and being a church on mission. And while all the spaces in the church are important, personal space is especially conducive to disciple-making. In Jesus Had a Small Group, Pastor David invites us to reflect on the model that Jesus set forth in the early church.

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Inherent Worth (4 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Susan Vigliano
Sermon Title: God’s Love in a Broken World
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:23

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We deny ourselves daily to bring God’s love into the lives of individuals in deep and desperate need of hope. Though there is sacrifice and suffering involved in denying ourselves and carrying our cross, there is also joy. Listen as Susan Vigliano (pastor & president of Peace Promise) shares about how the joy Christ experienced in the darkness can also be our joy in this life.

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She's Somebody's Daughter Resource List
Resources for Pornography Recovery & Prevention

Inherent Worth (3 of 4)

Sermon Series: Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone
Guest Speaker: Eric Seibert
Sermon Title: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

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It may be hard to believe, but research shows that most physical, emotional, and sexual abuse happens in the home. The church can’t afford to be silent when it comes to raising awareness and protecting the most vulnerable among us. In The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, Dr. Eric Seibert (Messiah College) encourages us to respond in a Christ-honoring way to the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

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January 21 bulletin
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Inherent Worth (2 of 4)

Sermon Series: Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone
Sermon Title: The Imago Dei in Everyone
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Galatians 3:28

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The Scriptures teach that God made male and female in his image. Everyone has inherent worth and dignity as God’s special creation. But the Scriptures also teach that we’re broken and not as we should be. Because of our sinfulness, we have marred the image of God in ourselves and others whom he loves. In The Imago Dei in Everyone, Pastor David points to Jesus as the way to rediscover our true identity.

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January 14 bulletin

Inherent Worth (1 of 4)

Inherent Worth: Rediscovering the Image of God in Everyone

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Our Christian faith tells us that every person on the planet has inherent worth because they are made in the image of God. Yet, as we look around the world today, we see that many people, particularly the most vulnerable among us, are being abused and exploited. We’ve talked as a church about the problem of racism, but what about other evils like human trafficking, pornography, domestic violence, and treating women as second-class citizens? These are serious issues and we want to learn about what our congregation can do to address these concerns at a local level. In our January peace series, Inherent Worth, we're asking, “What difference can we make in helping our church and community rediscover the image of God in everyone?”

Guest Speaker: Becky McDonald
Sermon Title: God’s Plan for Social Justice
Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8

There are an estimated 20.9 million people trapped in some form of slavery today. Over half of those trafficked around the world are women or girls. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry that is now on the rise in the United States. Listen as Becky McDonald (founder and president of Women At Risk, International) passionately invites the church to respond to the injustice and join the fight against human trafficking, in a message entitled God's Plan for Social Justice.

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