Spiritual and Religious

Spiritual and Religious (5 of 7)

Sermon Series: Spiritual and Religious
Sermon Title:
The Power of Christian Liturgy
Scripture Reading:
Acts 2:42-47; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-26; Revelation 4:1-11

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For those who were raised in a Protestant church, the word “liturgy” may sound strange, and it can even carry with it negative connotations like the word “religious” does today. But as we’ve already seen in this series, we are liturgical beings. So, Christian liturgy is about countering the de-formative liturgies of the world by recalibrating our hearts toward Christ through holy habits, rituals, and routines. In The Power of Christian Liturgy (5 of 7), Pastor David shares how the Bible endorses liturgical worship and invites us to embrace the power of a rich, multi-sensory worship experience.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
October 13 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Spiritual and Religious (3 of 7)

Sermon Series: Spiritual and Religious
Sermon Title:
Jesus Was Religious
Scripture Reading:
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Amos 5:21-24; Matthew 23:1-7, 27-28; James 1:26-27

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A few years ago a video about Jesus being opposed to religion went viral on the internet, as it resonated with a lot of “spiritual but not religious” people, even many Christians. But contrary to pop-culture, Jesus wasa religious Jew. He was shaped by the Scriptures, a confession (creed), a religious calendar, and other religious habits. Jesus didn’t oppose religion, he opposed hypocrisy. In Jesus Was Religious (3 of 7), Pastor David shows how Jesus embraced religion and wants us to do the same. If we want to be properly formed and pass on our faith, we must be religious like Jesus.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
September 29 bulletin
small group discussion questions

Spiritual and Religious (2 of 7)

Sermon Series: Spiritual and Religious
Sermon Title:
Spiritual But Not Religious?
Scripture Reading:
Deuteronomy 11:16; Proverbs 4:23; John 1:38; Philippians 1:9-11

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It would appear that religion is on the decline today, but that’s not actually the case. Instead, a growing number of Americans are expressing their “religion” outside the walls of a mosque, synagogue, or a church. While some of that is because folks are disillusioned with organized religion and are seeking to save their faith, many more have simply embraced a secular spirituality. In Spiritual But Not Religious? (2 of 7), Pastor David shares how we are all religious beings by nature. The question is: “What do we love and are we aware of the liturgical forces that are shaping us, for better or for worse?”

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
September 22 bulletin
small group discussion questions

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.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
September 15 bulletin
small group discussion questions