August 13, 2017
The Church Multiplies
Salvation Belongs to Our God
GOD HAS A PLAN, GOD OPENS THE HEART, GOD SETS SLAVES FREE, GOD DOES NOT WASTE What a church God has made. Slave, free, woman, man, rich, poor… all are welcome into his family. What must you do to be saved? Believe in the Lord Jesus and you WILL be saved.
God. Is. Love.
The confusion around love has always been a part of humankind…we may think our cultural issues of today are unique, more difficult than any other time, but really since the fall in the Garden of Eden nothing has been right; when Adam and Eve were “naked and felt no shame” a perfect love existed until that fateful day when they disobeyed God and all of life and love became distorted as sin entered the world. There is no confusion to God on love (never has been) and there is no discrepancy of what love is in the Word of God (never has been). This is why 1 John is such a poignant, powerful, pastoral epistle in bringing us back to the foundational questions we need to know about love: WHY we should love one another? HOW is love demonstrated? WHAT is the main outcome of love?
"They" and "We"
This week, guest pastor Dominic Dinger unpacks the Apostle Paul's journey when he decides to return to all the cities where he and his companions proclaimed the word, to see how they are. Acts 15:35-16:10
Rejoicing In, By, and Over Grace
What does a first century theological summit in Jerusalem have to do with you? In a watershed moment in the fledgling movement of Jesus followers, grace went on trial as the path to abundant living. And the outcome sealed the possibility of your joy.
Do Not Love The World: Breaking the Enchantment of Worldliness
Our guest speaker, Andy Naselli, shares his study on 1 John 2:15-17 this past Sunday.
Persevere, Step by Step
Life — in particular, the life of a disciple of Jesus — is often filled with overwhelming situations and difficult trials. Jesus promised as much. So how do we persevere? In this story from the life of Paul and Barnabus, we find the answer; namely, step by step. Acts 14:1-28
I Am the Resurrection and the Life - Do You Believe This?
This world is filled with compelling stories, and literally billions of life stories. Yet there is only one story, throughout history, that has witnesses to its truths, and events and promises big enough, to transform and make sense of every other story it comes into contact with. Come, and welcome, to the story of Jesus. Acts 13:14-52
Messengers of the Messiah (pt. 2)
Last Sunday, Pastor Matthew introduced us to the idea of evangelism as “Helping those around us take a step to the right.” We observed four key principles (four ‘P’s) operating in the mission of Paul and Barnabus to rescue people out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of the Son. This week, we see another foundational principle from Luke’s story, necessary before the work of evangelism can even begin. Namely, the answer to the question: “How are disciples made?”
Messengers of the Messiah (pt. 1)
In this next installment in our series, “The Church Multiplies,” Pastor Matthew walks us through the story of Saul and Barnabus as they launch into a series of travels that will begin the multiplication of the church of Christ Jesus throughout the world. The fundamental principles they adhere to as Messengers of the Messiah are the same that we may joyfully employ today to see the church revive and surge forward. SERMON TEXT: Acts 13:1-52
Is It Really True That “Our God Will Not Be Stopped!”?
Last week we rejoiced in the story of God’s unstoppable kingdom movement, summed up in the proclamation, “Our God Will Not Be Stopped!” But is that really true? How does the grittiness, roadblocks, and detours of our lives match up with the theology we proclaim? And does the Bible address such concerns? Come, and see.
Our God Will Not Be Stopped!
What we are witness to in the story of Acts is God’s passion for the lost, God’s commitment to his mission to save them from darkness, and God’s desire to transfer them from the kingdom of darkness into HIS growing and spreading kingdom, in the name of his Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. In a phrase, the central theme of the story is that “Our God Will Not Be Stopped."
Announcing the Good News That All Are Welcome Here
As Luke continues his story of the first century church, he walks us through the story of God's painful refining of this fledgling movement, revealing to its members their prejudices that must be removed so that his vision of an international, multi-ethnic movement may be realized.
Preparation for Proclamation
As God continues advancing the mission to the Gentiles through Peter, we learn along with him, two fundamental lessons. First, we all need Jesus, and second, as we proclaim the good news to not-yet-believers, they aren’t the only ones who experience God’s transforming work.
After Darkness, Light.
The story of Saul is filled with intrigue, adventure, risk, courage, and daring. It contains the wonder of the church multiplying through this Jesus-enthralled proclaimer of the good news. But what moves him to live such a life? And more importantly, what moves the God of the universe to orchestrate the events of his life for the good of the ancient world? And what does all that have to do with us?
In Jesus, By Jesus, and For Jesus…Right Where We Belong
In this fairly famous story of the conversion of Saul, we discover that there are actually two men in this story who very much need Jesus. And together, they learn that in Jesus, by Jesus, and for Jesus, is right where they belong. Acts 9:1-31
Announcing the Good News That All are Welcome Here (pt. 2)
Part of the wonder of the history, the true stories, found in the Bible is experienced only by fully stepping into its pages. Once there, we learn what God was doing in the world then, and how it makes sense of our world and our living now. Join us on a journey from Jerusalem to Gaza, to discover the Good News that all are welcome in God’s kingdom.
Announcing the Good News That All Are Welcome Here
In this first sermon of the Misfits series, Pastor Matthew simply shares the powerful story of an ordinary man announcing the kingdom of God, and King Jesus, to a people who would be the poster child for what it looks like to be an outsider. The good news? All are welcome here.
“Peace to you!”
The first words from Jesus to his gathered disciples after his resurrection were just three, “Peace to you.” But don’t pass by them quickly, for they are pregnant with meaning. For in just one of these words is bound up the solution to our personal and world problem that things just aren’t the way they are supposed to be. Come find out how the resurrection, and this one word, affects your present, and your future.
A Savior, A Sinner, and the Cross
There are many interactions recorded in the Holy Scriptures between Jesus and the people of his day. One of the most powerful, and most brief, was that between Jesus and one of the men who died with him. And yet, in their brief exchange, we discover that we should think often of our mortality, and in light of this conversation on the cross, learn of the glories of forgiveness and the overpowering abundance of grace.
Living on Mission Personally Together Generously
Living On Mission is something that we first experience personally (through conviction); it always involves others because this is what it means to be a disciple and to disciple others; and it certainly comes with an outflow of generosity because that’s how that good news (the gospel) changes our lives.
It's a true story, provided to us by eyewitnesses to the events as they took place. A riveting courtroom drama that reveals the power of desire that may lead to destruction, or life. And it all falls on a crucial choice that must be made be each player...and you.
Devoted to the Word
The life of a disciple of Jesus is lived in storied conditions. And to really make sense of these lives lived in storied conditions, we need a tale big enough to immerse ourselves in. In the book of Acts, we find a people who have discovered just such a story, something they refer to over and over again as the ‘word’ of God. Come and see how it is worth your pursuit, love, devotion, exploration, and immersion.
The Letter to the Romans
In this next-to-last sermon in the Pure Church series, we get an example of what it looks like to devote ourselves to the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4), and to the public reading of Scripture (1 Timothy 4:13). Guest preacher, Andy Naselli, powerfully proclaims Paul’s entire letter to the Romans — from memory. Those in attendance were richly blessed hearing this large swath of Scripture, which gloriously displays a righteous God righteous-ing the unrighteous. We are confident you will be encouraged as well as you watch or listen.
Devoted to God
It. Is. Hard. To. Pray. We would probably all agree. But maybe that’s because we’ve fundamentally misunderstood what God intended prayer to be. What if prayer were simply this: a conversation where our lives and our God meet. Come and find out what a praying life could be...
Guides for the Journey
In this final sermon on leaders within our series on the Pure Church, Pastor Matthew explains the complementary service that elders and deacons provide for the church.
And Jesus Gave His People Shepherds After His Own Heart (part two)
In this third sermon of the Pure Church series, Pastor Matthew provides a survey from the Bible on the key responsibilities of pastors and elders towards the people of the church. Namely, they feed, protect, care for, and live missionally with the precious people whom God has entrusted to them.
And Jesus Gave His People Shepherds After His Own Heart (part one)
In this second sermon of The Pure Church Series, Pastor Matthew follows up with a response to the feedback that was generated from the first sermon on Ethnic Harmony, and provides a Biblical survey of eldership, by which we are able to see God’s gracious gift of shepherds after his own heart for the good of his people, the church.
The Pure Church is a Multi Ethnic International Movement
A seemingly minor conflict in the early church paves the way for the establishment for some very important aspects of its life going forward. In it, we see the genesis of its main leaders in the offices of elder and deacon, we see its lifeblood is the word and prayer, and the door is opened up on God’s heart for all nations as central to its mission.
Peter and the Pursuit of Joy
As we continue our study of the birth of the church, the apostles and the disciples face hostility and harassment over their proclamation of the good news of the kingdom of God. As we observe how they walk through such a cultural milieu, three necessary responses of the soul to the good news of the kingdom are uncovered. Today’s sermon explains how each of those heart movements are required on the path to true and lasting joy.
The Pure Church (Part 2)
As the disciples continue to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, and the church continues to spread, hostility and persecution threaten to cut Jesus’ plan for world evangelization short. What kept the message going forward then, and what will do so today?
The Pure Church
While the story of Ananias and Sapphira is about the dangerous sin of lying, it is about far more. For in this moment in the birth of the church, God is concerned to fiercely guard the purity of his church. By looking at the larger picture, we are able to see how a first-century story applies to the continued refining and advancement of the church today, which comes through clarity on the good news of Jesus.