40 Days in the Desert

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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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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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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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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