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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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