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
small group discussion questions
missional leaders handout

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
small group discussion questions
triangle visual

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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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: Matt 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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