In this grim pronouncement from the prophet Amos, we find the surprising truth that even in judgment, the infinitely powerful God of justice and righteousness cares.
We are ALL called to make more and maturing disciples of Jesus. We do this because God has a rescue plan to bring people out of the domain of darkness in to the Kingdom of his Son. We believe that plan includes engaging, evangelizing, establishing, and equipping people who are moving to the right.
Joel reflects on the "Day of the Lord" and how true repentance will bring about the great restoration hoped for in the other prophetic books, and, in fact, the rest of The Whole Story.
For many of us who have read Hosea, or any of the prophets for that matter, they seem on first pass to be filled with a fair amount of doom and gloom. But there’s more to be found by the careful explorer. Throughout the book of Hosea is a story of a God who displays extravagant, abounding, and seemingly reckless love. Told through the metaphors of marriage and family, we discover a God who calls us deeper and deeper into his love.
In this sermon from our series, The Whole Story, we study Isaiah's announcement that God’s judgment will purify Israel and prepare his people for the coming messianic king and new Jerusalem.
In this sermon on the book of Kings, we find David’s son Solomon leads Israel to greatness, only to fail and lead Israel to a civil war and ultimately towards destruction and exile. What was his key downfall? It’s one little word, with devastating consequences, that we can only avert ourselves with the help of the One, true King.
As we come upon Easter Sunday 2018 in the midst of The Whole Story sermon series, we discover that the books of Samuel have much to teach us about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Come and see how all of the Bible connects to the story of Easter.
In this sermon reflecting on the King who had to die, we plumb the depths of what it meant for him to be forsaken by his God.
In the story of 1 and 2 Samuel, we see that God raises up kings to rule the Israelites. The first is a failure, and the second becomes God’s most faithful king, but then rebels, resulting in the slow destruction of his family and kingdom. And it all points to the Leader we long for.
It’s one of the smallest books in the Bible. Ruth. The simple story of an ordinary Israelite family facing tragic loss, and God using an immigrant to bring about unexpected hope, both in the present, and forevermore.
Part of our journey of reading through the Bible — The Whole Story — over the course of a year and a half as a church has included, for many of us, reading a Psalm each day. So, as Pastor Matthew has a break from the pulpit, Tim Tomlinson will jump ahead a bit in the Story to preach one of those Psalms. The twenty-third psalm. A familiar psalm. And he will show us how this psalm confirms what we have been learning — the Bible is a unified story that points to Jesus. The Good Shepherd.
The book of the Judges recalls how the Israelites turn away from God and face the consequences. God raises judges in cycles of rebellion, repentance, and restoration.
In this sermon on the book of Joshua, we could sum up the story this way: “After Moses' death, Joshua leads Israel and they settle in the promised land currently occupied by Canaanites.” Hmmm….Well, that is WHAT the book is about. But then we ask, “WHY did all these events in history happen?”
In the final book of the Pentateuch, Moses gives final words of wisdom and warning before the Israelites enter the promised land, challenging them to be faithful to God.
In this next sermon in our series on The Whole Story, we discover how Israel travels through the wilderness on the way to the land promised to Abraham. Further, that their repeated rebellion is met by God’s justice and mercy.
The book of Leviticus is how Israel’s holy God invites them to live in His presence despite their sin, through a series of rituals and sacred institutions.
In this sermon on Exodus 19-40, we see the story play out where “God invites the Israelites into a covenant and comes to live among them in the Tabernacle, but Israel rebels and ruins the relationship.”
In this third sermon from The Whole Story series, we see that YAHWEH rescues the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and confronts the evil and injustice of Pharaoh.
In this sermon from The Whole Story series, we see that in Genesis 12-50 God promises to bless rebellious humanity through the family of Abraham, despite their constant failure and folly.
In this first sermon in our new series, The Whole Story, we begin with Genesis 1-11. Our summary of this part of the Story? “God makes a good world and commissions humans to rule it, and then they give in to evil and ruin everything.”
What does the Christmas story have to do with life and death?
We believe the Christmas story contains within it the single greatest expression of love the world has ever seen. This Christmas Eve devotional takes a look at how two prophets help confirm this claim with their divine declarations.
The Christmas story informs how we can respond in a healthy way in the midst of our lives that are dotted with failed expectations.
In our second sermon in the Advent 2017 series, we explore the declaration of the angels, on that night in Bethlehem, of joy to the world. Which raises the question, What is joy, exactly? And how do we get (and hold onto) it?
Jesus’ birth in the New Testament was announced as the arrival of peace. But do we truly understand what that meant on that night in Bethlehem? Furthermore, what it means for us today?
At the end of Luke’s masterful tale of the spread of the church across the known world, he reminds us, through the life of Paul, of the two most important realities of our lives. And they are found in a place, and a person. Come and see...
Paul's example in Acts 26 shows us how to hold our plans loosely in order to see the Gospel opportunities of God’s sovereign and purposeful interruptions.
Paul’s trial in Acts 25 is him being on trial before Governor Festus. God is sovereign over all our lives, because Jesus is alive and has paid the price for our sins, that frees us up to tell others about the resurrection, therefore we do not have to be afraid because God is with us in our trials!
What is the reason for Luke giving almost one-third of his story in the book of Acts to Paul on trial? Acts 22:30-24:27
In a stirring speech, Paul shares the story of how he came to Jesus, to a crowd of lost kinsmen whom he deeply loves in spite of their murderous animosity toward him and his message.
Conflict and disagreements aren’t always bad. Actually, in many cases they can make a relationship stronger and provide a pathway to learning and growth. So how do you create an environment where tensions can be worked through in a healthy way? This ancient story points the way. Acts 21:1-36
What would you say to someone if you knew it was that last time you would ever see them face to face? This week we step into a highly emotional moment between the Apostle Paul and some very dear ministry friends and listen in on his answer to that question.
In this sermon from Sunday, we take time to review how God has been forming Calvary through Luke’s story of Jesus and the spread of his church, and how that will continue through the end of the book, as we live Life Together.
When calamities and evil strike in catastrophic ways — as has been the case in the last month in our country — we are left with questions like “Where is God?” and “Why?” In this week’s sermon, we explore what God is saying when fearful events upend our lives.
In this sermon from our continuing series in Acts, a missionary letter of sorts provides a pathway to understanding the goal and fuel of missions.
A question on many people’s minds these days is how the church can continue to influence a culture that seems opposed to it in every way. How can the movement of Christianity continue to grow and spread? The answer is through many small moments, where disciples are involved in the work of strengthening one another.
In this sermon from 1 Thessalonians, we discover the joy and encouragement that comes from knowing it is the word and power of the Good News, and only this, that creates and sustains loving, compassionate community.
Paul wrote a stunning letter of encouragement and prayer to the Thessalonians reminding them of how he had shared not just the Gospel, but his very life with them. We can learn from this letter how we too can be devoted to share our lives with one another in this messy but beautiful family we call Calvary.
In this latest sermon in our series, “The Church Multiplies,” we find that like us, and even in the midst of apparent ministry success, the Apostle Paul faced discouragement. And the pathway to his encouragement is the same for us today.
The Apostle Paul is a follower of Jesus who had a massive intellect which lead to a powerful speaking ministry across large swaths of the ancient world. Many of us desire to have an impact like him where we live, and with the people we live with. In today’s text, we learn that if we want to speak like Paul spoke, we must first see what he saw and feel what he felt. Acts 17:16-34
Because God’s heart breaks for the redemption of lost people, it breaks for the city…for our city. Come and see how Paul’s city strategy in Acts reveals this, and is so timely for the ministry of the church today. Acts 17:1-15
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.
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?
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
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.
Our guest speaker, Andy Naselli, shares his study on 1 John 2:15-17 this past Sunday.
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
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
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?”
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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 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?
1 Chronicles 29:1-22
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Genesis 2:7; Ezekiel 33:1-14; Acts 2:14-41