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.

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October 13 bulletin
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Spiritual and Religious (4 of 7)

Sermon Series: Spiritual and Religious
Sermon Title:
Gracious Orthodoxy
Scripture Reading:
Matthew 16:13-20; John13:34-35;16:12-15; 17:20-23; Colossians 1:15-20

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Jesus didn’t come to start a religion, but he did come to establish his Church. Therefore, it was inevitable that a religion would form around his life and teachings, for Judaism couldn’t contain Christ. And while it’s true that we have many different expressions of the Church today, we ought to recognize that all orthodox Christian churches confess an ancient creed—The Apostles’ Creed. In Gracious Orthodoxy (4 of 7), Pastor David shares about the birth of the Christian religion, our unity in a common creed, and why we need to be graciously uncompromising in the historic beliefs of Christianity.

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October 6 bulletin
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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.

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September 29 bulletin
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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?”

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September 22 bulletin
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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.

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September 15 bulletin
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Ask, Seek, Knock

Sermon Title: Ask, Seek, Knock
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 6:33; 7:7-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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The Scriptures tell us that if we want to grow in our faith we must purposely seek the Lord. Just coasting or going through the motions will not bring about the change we want to see. Do you have a spiritual or physical need? Do you have nagging questions? Are you feeling cynical and hopeless? Do you want God to deepen your faith and fashion you to be more like Christ? Whatever you need, Jesus tells us to seek the Kingdom first. He says we should ask, seek, and knock—all actions that we take to deepen our faith. That is how the Spirit partners with us and brings about change. In our fall kickoff message, Pastor David invites us to be intentional in our pursuit of Christ by engaging with what God is doing in and through the church.

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September 8 bulletin

What Are You Wearing?

Guest Speaker: Eldon Fry
Sermon Title: What Are You Wearing?
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:46-48; Colossians 1:24-29; 3:1-17

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We have certain rules for clothing. Consider how we purchase clothes for our children because of the upcoming school year, or how we buy new clothes for our jobs. We typically seek to wear what is right for the occasion. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul is concerned that the Colossians not simply look like Christ followers by outward appearances. Instead, Paul uses a mixed metaphor to help us understand that the inward living presence of Christ clothes us with identifying virtues. Our personal character reflects our identity as Christ followers in a diverse culture. In What Are You Wearing?, Eldon Fry invites us to allow the Spirit to work in us so that we might be clothed with Christ and reveal him to the world.

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September 1 bulletin

Summer 2019 Celebration Service

Summer 2019 Celebration Service
Summer Stories of God at Work

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Earlier this year we commissioned 15 people to serve and study across 4 continents this summer:

• Sally Young (Romania)
• Amber Fogelsanger (Guatemala)
• Gretta and David Owen Family (North Dakota, Summer Institute of Linguistics)
• Dan & Noah Bisbee (Zimbabwe)
• Kelle & Dan Alonso, Beth Moshier, Lisa Mays, Tet Takahara (US South, Civil Rights Bus Tour)

Listen to their stories and get a glimpse into where they went, what they did, and how they saw God at work. Join us as we celebrate together how God was at work in their lives and around the globe.

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August 25 bulletin

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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August 18 bulletin

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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August 11 bulletin

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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August 4 bulletin

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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July 28 bulletin

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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July 21 bulletin

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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July 14 bulletin

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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July 7 bulletin

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?

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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June 16 bulletin

Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church

Sermon Title: Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church
Scripture Reading: Joel 2:28-32; John 14:15-21; Acts 1:1-8; 2:1-4, 42-47

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In the Old Testament, the Spirit was at work in creation, empowered key individuals, and filled the Temple for a time. But it was through Jesus that the Spirit came in a unique way—empowering him to bring about the Kingdom on the earth. Finally, after Christ’s resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit comes upon his followers on the day of Pentecost, just as Jesus had foretold. In Marks of a Spirit-Filled Church, Pastor David invites us to consider why the Spirit is necessary for growth, what it looks like when the Spirit is at work in the church, and what we must do to welcome his transforming presence.

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June 9 bulletin

Money, Sex & Power (3 of 3)

Sermon Series: Money, Sex & Power
Sermon Title: Redeeming Power
Scripture Reading: John 19:10-11; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 4:20; Philippians 2:1-11

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In our Money, Sex & Power series, we've seen how money and sex have been idolized and not treated as scared gifts. But what about power? Power is usually talked about the least, but it is actually the most destructive when it is misused, especially in the Body of Christ. Power can create or destroy; bring life or death. Power can be wielded to build up or tear down. What are we doing with the power we've been given? In Redeeming Power (3 of 3), Pastor David challenges us to trust in the power of self-sacrificial love and give up on the desire to control.

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June 2 bulletin
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