In this final sermon on our identity statement, how can a church "display the beauty of God's story"? Pastor Bernard dives into Acts chapter 3 to find out how we can be bold enough to say, like Peter and John, "Look at us" and you'll see the power of the risen Jesus.
What does it look like for a church to be woven into the fabric of a city? What does it look like for you, whether you are a local or a transplant, to be woven into the fabric of Oakland? In this sermon, Lead Pastor Bernard Emerson and Catherine Evans-Smith, an Oakland local and a transplant from the UK, take a deep dive into the book of Ruth to help us see how to live with generosity and humility in our neighborhoods.
Do you want real community in your life? What does it look like for a church to be truly woven together? In this second sermon on our identity statement, Pastor Kyle shows us from Acts chapter 2 what it looks like to be woven together in learning, friendship, communion and worship, and why creating habits around those is critical for Christian community.
Dr. King said that 11 o'clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week. Tapestry Church's identity statement says, "We are people of many cultures woven together into the fabric of Oakland to display the beauty of God's story." In this first sermon in the series, Pastor Bernard shares from Acts 2 about what it means for the church to be filled with people of many cultures.
We all grieve. We all lose people we love at some point in our life. What does it mean to truly grieve with hope? What does it look like to grieve as much as we need and yet without despair? In this sermon, Pastor Kyle explores Paul's comforting words to the church in Thessalonica about the resurrection and hopeful grieving.
Jesus has a radical view of forgiveness. Do it every time, no matter how big the hurt, no matter how frequent the slight. He also seems to think we can't be forgiven unless we forgive. How is that possible if forgiveness is a free gift from God? And where do we get the power for this kind of radical forgiveness? Pastor Kyle opens up the parable of the ungrateful servant to answer these questions.
How can someone believe the Church as "holy" today when there has been so much suffering caused by the Church? What does it look like to be a part of genuine Christian community? For answers to these questions and more, listen to Catherine Evans-Smith teach us from John 17.
The Christian understanding of the Holy Spirit is unique among world religions, and assures us that we are never alone. This sermon deals with some of our baggage around the Holy Spirit, who the Holy Spirit is and what his primary mission is in the world, in the church and in your life.
In this sermon, Pastor Bernard reminds us that no matter what we are going through, because Jesus ascended to heaven, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus himself, pleading our case.
What if Jesus never rose from the dead? For Paul, it was a thought experiment that tested foundation of the Christian faith. For some of us, it’s a thought that crosses our doubting minds on a regular basis. In this sermon, we take that question seriously and find that we, and the world, would be completely different.
In this sermon, we learn about how Jesus suffering, death and resurrection took a skeptic like Saul and turned him into the Apostle Paul...and how Jesus can do the same for us too.
In this sermon, we dive into the uniqueness and power of Jesus to overcome the challenges, sufferings, and sin in our lives. We have a Savior that is almost completely like us and almost completely unlike us.