hope

God is Coming (1 of 4)

Sermon Series: God is Coming | Advent 2018
Sermon Title:
Signs of Hope
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 21:25-36

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Advent begins in the darkness and invites us to see our great need for redemption and deliverance--our need for the light. It is there that we wait in anticipation for the Messiah. And it is there that we can already see the signs of his coming. In Signs of Hope (1 of 4), Pastor David helps us to see that there is good reason to believe that the long winter will come to an end, for the snow is melting and the kingdom of God is sprouting leaves.

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December 2 bulletin

Metaphors of Hope

Sermon Title: Metaphors of Hope: The Second Coming in Christian Imagination
Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:37-44; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21:1-4

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The belief that Jesus will one day return to earth is a central tenet of our faith. Jesus said he would return. So, all of orthodox Christianity testifies to the hope that Jesus will literally come again. Yet, we're not all in agreement as to what that will look like. How did such an important concept become so complicated, even bizarre? And why is it so critical that we exercise a disciplined imagination when interpreting Scripture? Listen to Pastor David share what the New Testament teaches about Christ's return, and why it matters that we hold to hopeful view of the future.

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August 26 bulletin

Because He Lives

Easter Sunday 2017
Sermon Title: Because He Lives
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-14, 19-22, 58

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the risen Christ. Jesus died on the cross, and we believe that the Father vindicated his Son by physically raising Jesus from the dead. The apostle Paul said that our entire faith hinges upon the historicity of this event. So, what evidence do we have that Jesus was raised to life on the third day? And what difference does the resurrection make for us today living in the 21st century?

Listen as Pastor David shares about our living hope in a message called, Because He Lives.

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April 16 bulletin
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Aliens & Exiles (2 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Road to Exile (2 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 39:1-8; 40:3-5; Hebrews 12:7-11

There were both human and divine factors which led to ancient Israel experiencing exile. What were those factors? What did the prophets have to say before and after the people of God traveled the road to exile? What can we learn from the past? And what can we expect for the future of the church in a post-Christian America? What lay ahead on this road to exile? It’s likely to be filled with tragedy and triumph.

In The Road to Exile (2 of 9), Pastor David will invite us to observe the painful past of God's people so that we might enter into exile with hope for the future.

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September 18th bulletin

Overcoming Cynicism

Sermon Title: Overcoming Cynicism
Scripture Reading: Rom 15:13; Eph 3:10-11; 1 Cor 13:1-7, 12-13

The Scriptures tell us that the Spirit of God is at work bringing about God's eternal purpose. And because of the resurrection of Jesus we are called to be people of hope. But there is much about our world that can lead us into cynical despair. What can we do to combat this spirit of the age?

In Overcoming Cynicism, Pastor David address the threat of cynicism that is at work within the church today. God has called us in Christ to be hopeful realists. In this message Pastor David shares about his own struggles with cynicism and his journey out of it to embrace hopeful realism. If you're a cynic-saint, know that you're not alone and that with God's strength you can overcome cynicism.

Listen to David and view the slides here.

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Why I Believe in the Church

Sermon Title: Why I Believe in the Church (And You Should Too)
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-11; 2:8-10; 3:6-7, 10-11; 3:14-20; Matt 5:13-14; 16:16-18

Church history is filled with embarrassing, even detestable moments for the church. We can see today in North America that the church has largely become an object of ridicule and scorn.

While the church isn't perfect, and we should confess our sins when we've failed to faithfully follow Jesus, Christ himself said the church is a city on a hill. The church is the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Christ said he would carry out his divine program through his Body on the earth. This has always been God's eternal purpose.

In the sermon Why I Believe in the Church (And You Should Too), Pastor David shares why he believes the best is yet to come for the church and what God wants from us as we live in hopeful expectation about the future. Listen to Pastor David's first sermon and view the slides here.

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