Pastor David Perkins explains how God often requires us to step out of our comfort zone and obey in a way that seems crazy. He shows a pattern through Old Testament stories and stories in the life of Jesus.
What does it mean to live like Jesus has risen? Does it mean our evacuation plan has been secured and so we just wait it out? Or does it mean that we try to take the world by force? Or is there a different way altogether to see Jesus' resurrection? A careful look at the way the first followers of Jesus saw Jesus' resurrection shows that they saw it as a sign that the rightful King has taken His place and a new community and a new way of living has begun in the world. Unpacking Ephesians 4-5, Pastor Glenn Packiam shows how we can live like Jesus has risen- with an extraordinary, self-giving love- because we are dearly loved children of God who are being filled with Spirit of God.
Pastor Glenn explores the significance of communion in forming us into the family of God. In a culture that has lost the art of preparing and enjoying meals together, we, the people of God, continue to gather around a sacred meal that our Savior gave us. Communion- our family table- is what teaches us our family story and teaches us how to be a family. In Christ, all our other identities and convictions, nationalities and ethnicities, are trumped by the bread that we break and the cup that we share.
Dr. Steven Todd continues our series in Luke with a discussion of the power of prayer in preparing us and sustaining us. More significantly, even in our weakest moments, it is Jesus who is praying with us and for us.
How is it that no matter how hard we try, our focus during the "Christmas season" is as crowded as the inn in Bethlehem? Advent- and the Church Calendar in general- is way to resist the pull of culture and enter into a sustained reflection and participation in the life of Christ. Pastor Glenn unpacks what it meant for Israel to hope for their Messiah, and what it means for us today to wait on Jesus with expectancy and dependency.
How do we process through the ?big decisions? we face? We know God has a plan, but does He have a script? Pastor Glenn takes a week off from the Luke series to talk about what the Bible has to say about making wise decisions in life.
Jesus' arrival is the defining moment, not only of history but also of our stories:
When Jesus comes, a person will either collapse and, fall apart because of Him or come to life, rise and, experience resurrection, because of Him.
Pastor Rob teaches about the fact that once the Lord begins to reveal to you what He has called you to do, you must continue to develop and cultivate those gifts through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
When we are sent out, Pastor Rob encourages us to not rely only on ourselves and our own abilities and strategies, but to be willing to "let go of the reins" and trust God to meet us at the point of our inadequacy.
Rob Brendle teaches about "the gospel Jesus preached," which at its essence, is that the Kingdom of God is at hand, so repent and believe. Rob tells us that the Kingdom of God in us is that place in which His perfect will is perfectly realized in our lives.