Cultivating & Letting Go (4 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: 
Being a Third Way Family: Cultivating the Radical Love of Jesus in the Church
Scripture Reading: John 17:20-23; Romans 15:1-7; Ephesians 4:2-3

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Jesus and the whole of the New Testament calls us to live in harmony with one another. When people of other religions disagree, they divide. When people in politics disagree, they divide. When the church disagrees, we stay together, because the gospel has made us a family. In Being a Third Way Family, Bruxy Cavey (The Meeting House, Canada) shares how we can cultivate the radical love of Jesus in the church and overcome our differences.

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Cultivating & Letting Go (3 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: God, Have Mercy On Me
Scripture Reading: Isa. 55:1-9; Psa. 63:1-8; I Cor. 10:1-13; Luke 18:9-14

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Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector calls us to see ourselves the way God does and to repent of our sins. Repentance literally means to change your mind and allow God to have his way in your life. We repent by first humbly admitting our sin to God and by asking his forgiveness. And so, our repentance must be sincere and recognize God’s mercy. As a result, God changes us from the inside-out. Listen as John Yeatts (Pastor Emeritus) shares how we can repent of our sins and cultivate God’s life in us.

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Cultivating & Letting Go (2 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title: Be a Hen in the Fox’s Den
Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1; Psalm 27; Luke 8:22-25; 13:31-35; 2 Timothy 1:7

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Jesus showed courage in the face of fear and opposition. Contrary to popular images of Jesus, he was not stoic, dispassionate, or timid. Instead, Jesus is brave and daring, his love is fierce. He called Herod Antipas a fox and likened himself to a mother hen who takes on danger to protect her young. Listen as Pastor David invites us to cultivate the courage of Jesus and let go of fear, in a message entitled, Be a Hen in the Fox’s Den.  

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Cultivating & Letting Go (1 of 6)

Sermon Series: Cultivating & Letting Go | Lent 2019
Sermon Title:
You Gotta Have Grit
Scripture Reading:Luke 4:1-13; James 1:2-4; 5:10-11; Hebrews 10:36

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We begin the season of Lent in the wilderness with Jesus. In the desert, Christ faces temptation, wrestles with the devil, and accepts his identity as the suffering Messiah. In preparation for his ministry, Jesus decides that nothing will stop him from being the Son sent by the Father to seek and save the lost. Jesus reveals a resolve to stay the course, no matter what. In You Gotta Have Grit, Pastor David shares how we too must cultivate a faith that perseveres and overcomes temptation, trial, and tribulation, by letting go of all that hinders us.

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Ash Wednesday 2019

Sermon Title: You Are Going To Die
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 7:2; John 3:16

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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Imposing ashes on the forehead is an ancient tradition going back to the first few centuries of the Church. It’s both a sobering and subversive liturgical practice to consider that one day we are going to die. What happens then? Also, what are we doing with the life we’ve been given? Listen as Pastor David invites us to reflect upon the meaning of Ash Wednesday, before we receive the ashes symbolizing our own mortality, our need for God, and our need to repent of our sins.

Transfiguration Sunday 2019

Sermon Title: Transfiguration Sunday 2019
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:28-36

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The transfiguration follows Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus reveals who he truly is and gives his disciples a glimpse of his glory before his crucifixion and resurrection. Listen as Pastor Kelly Chripczuk (Associate Pastor) shares about the transfiguration event and helps us to prepare for the season of Lent.

NOTE: Pastor David was planning to preach on the transfiguration, but spent the day before in the ER/hospital due to an injury caused from fainting. He stayed home on Sunday to recover.

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Dealing with Depression

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Depression
Scripture Reading: Psalm 6; Philippians 4:4-9; 2 Corinthians 4:6-12, 16-18

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Sadness is normal. There is a lot in this world that should bother us. So, we shouldn’t hide our pain and grief for fear that we will be judged. As we see in Christ and the Scriptures, sadness can reveal that you’re alive and that something isn’t right. Sadness cries out for healing. It’s only when it defines and controls you that it’s a problem—like a dark cloud hanging over us, it blocks out the light. Prolonged sadness leads to depression, and depression leads to despair. In this message, Pastor David shares a balanced approach to overcoming the darkness in our lives.

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Dealing with Anger

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Anger
Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:1-13; Ephesians 4:25-32; James 1:19-20

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Anger is a basic human emotion. Even God gets angry. But unlike us, God’s anger is always in response to the wrongs in the world, not born from the wrongs within himself (e.g. sin, pride, brokenness). Instead, God’s “righteous” anger is about setting things right. In Dealing with Anger, Pastor David reveals how un-controlled anger can have serious consequences, reminding us that anger acted upon in the flesh is harmful, and can eventually disqualify us from the blessings of God. 

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God's Good Future

Sermon Title:  God’s Good Future
Scripture Reading: Exodus 33:12-17; Psalm 127:1; John 14:18

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It’s easy for us to glorify the past as the “good old days” and forget that it wasn’t without its problems. Likewise, some people want to imagine that we’re so far advanced than previous generations and that the future will only get better because we’re evolving and progressing through science, technology, knowledge, etc. We’re living in a time where we need to be reminded of our dependence upon God. In God’s Good Future, Pastor David calls us to see things the way they really are and to recognize our need for the Spirit’s presence in our lives, our church, and our world.

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Peacemakers (4 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Shane Claiborne
Sermon Series:
Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage
Sermon Title: Blessed are the Peacemakers
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-37

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Jesus told a parable of a despised Samaritan who helped a person that had been beaten and left for dead on the road to Jericho. Jesus shared this story in response to the question: “Who is my neighbor?” It’s a powerful story that seeks to crack the stereotypes and prejudices that perpetuate an “us vs. them” mentality. As Shane Claiborne points out, we should be ready to do what the “good” Samaritan did, but we should also be willing to rethink the whole road to Jericho. Listen as Shane invites us to consider how Jesus calls his disciples to reimagine what it looks like to be peacemakers.

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Peacemakers (3 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Osheta Moore
Sermon Series: Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage
Sermon Title: We Will Tell Better Stories
Scripture Reading: John 13:34-35; Romans 12:17-18; 14:19

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Over 75% of American use the internet for everyday interaction. From texting to tweeting we’ve learn to rely on social media to help us share ideas, learn skills, celebrate milestones, and connect with people. Even though social media has opened a whole new world to many people who would otherwise feel isolated, the potential conflict is always present. In We Will Tell Better Stories, Osheta Moore answers the question: what would it look like if you embodied the love and peace of Jesus every time you logged on to your favorite platform?

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BONUS: Osheta Moore Interview (podcast)

Peacemakers (2 of 4)

Guest Speaker: Dave Brusker
Sermon Series: Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage
Sermon Title: Dealing with Difference in the Body of Christ
Scripture Reading: Acts 15:1-35

Every church will have disagreements. How do we deal with difference in the Body of Christ? Acts 15 gives us four helpful guidelines for doing so. First, move towards disagreement rather than away from it. Second, give plenty of time to hear each other’s stories. Third, consult with each other and with Scripture before deciding. Finally, make a decision that respects the dignity of all involved as children of God. Listen as Dave Brubaker (EMU) shares his insights based on years of experience helping churches and organizations find peace amid conflicts.

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Peacemakers (1 of 4)

Peacemakers: Living Peacefully in an Age of Outrage

Peace & Social Justice Series | January 2019

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We are living in tumultuous times in America. From political campaigns to nightly news, from social media to the dinner table, we are experiencing great division, strife, and polarization in our culture. And unfortunately, the church is often lured in to the fear-mongering, name-calling, and violent rhetoric that is typical of those who haven’t encountered the good news or who don’t know the love and grace of Christ. We can do better and we must, for Jesus calls his followers to be peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation. But is that even possible? And if so, what does it look like for disciples to disarm and deescalate the hostile world around us by pursuing peace? We hope you’ll join us for our 2019 Peace & Social Justice series where we will turn our attention to how we can follow Jesus and live peacefully in an age of outrage.

Sermon Series: Peacemakers
Sermon Title: Beyond Sticks & Stones: The Power of Words
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:18, 15:4, 18:21; Matthew 15:11; James 3:1-10, 18

It's a common saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." But this couldn't be further from the truth! The Bible teaches us that our words have great power. Our speech can make peace or lead to war. Our words can be a healing balm or a hatchet to a person’s soul. In Beyond Sticks & Stones: The Power of Words, Pastor David challenges us to tame our tongue by letting God deal with our heart, so that we might bless all those made in his image.

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