April 23, 2017
Misfits: Where Do I Belong?
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.
Word & Worship Service
The worship service for this particular Sunday was a Word and Worship service and did not have a sermon. You are invited to watch any of our other sermons!
The Gift of Satisfaction (parts one and two, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Two storytellers, over ten thousand years apart, and yet strikingly similar in their aim. Two stories, each presenting a man of means declaring his skepticism over their culture’s claim to happiness and satisfaction. But only one who provides a lasting answer to all that our hearts desire, charting a path to deep satisfaction.
The Gift of Meaning
The world is made up of skeptics, and believers. Two groups who have very different goals and world views. As we kick off this Christmas series, we discover the potential for a new group — skeptical believers. What might that look like? And how might such a person live a life of meaning?
The Danger of Underestimation
Only when we acknowledge the sinful motives of our hearts will we see the infinite cost of Christ's death for our sins. It's an excruciating process, but the wealth of knowing Christ is infinitely worth it.
The Generous Life (part two)
In a continuation of the series, The Generous Life, Pastor Steve turns us to Psalm 112 where we uncover the progressive journey of being blessed and blessing others. As we embrace this lifestyle of generosity it impacts every area of how we live and how we give.
Fully Devoted to the Church of Jesus
This week, Pastor Matthew kicks off our new series, The Generous Life, by explaining the link between the recent election and living on mission generously. Namely, in his words, “There is no party, candidate, or country that can deliver all the people desire, and fix all that is broken in the world, like our people, our King, and his kingdom.
The Meaning of Life
In Acts 4, Luke continues the remarkable story of the birth of the church. Of perseverance in the face of persecution and suffering. Of a people transformed to radical, collective generosity. Of a beautiful vision of a true, vibrant, and lasting community. But how was all that possible? Further, is it possible for us today? The answers are found only by understanding that they have discovered the meaning of life.
We Cannot Help But Speak of Jesus
Peter was a man whose passion was Jesus. But it wasn't always that way for him. What does a life passionate for Jesus look like? And how do we get there?
Wholeness, Cleansing, Refreshment, and Restoration are Found Only in the Name of Jesus
Like the lame man in the story found in Acts chapter three, we are all in some way unable to function normally, due to the brokenness in the world which touches all our lives in one way or another. We are left searching for something to provide wholeness, refreshment, and restoration. And because we see in this story what God did for the lame man in the name of Jesus, we can trust what God will do for us in the name of Jesus.