We live in a culture of “interested” buttons and last minute texts, but Jesus teaches us to be people of integrity and faithfulness. What are the consequences of a life of “maybes” and how can we grow in the fruit of faithfulness?
We all want to be good people. As we continue our journey through the fruit of the spirit, we are asking the question, “What is goodness? What does it look like to be truly good?“ Sometimes The easiest way to answer that is by looking at the opposite of goodness in our own tendencies, habits and personality. Pastor Bernard leads us in an in depth reflection of our own un-goodness and an appreciation of the goodness of God.
What is kindness? Well, you probably already know what that looks like. But what is the ultimate act of kindness, and where do see that in real life? Pastor Bernard takes us on a journey with Philemon and Onesimus to show us what kindness at its best really means.
Do you want deep and lasting relationships? Do you want a joy-filled and grateful attitude in life? Then you need patience. In this sermon, we explore the dangers of impatience, the nature of patience and how to grow in this critical fruit of the Spirit.
We are in desperate need of peace in our world. But what does real peace between people look like? How can we have peace with each other, within ourselves and with God? Pastor Kyle shares some thoughts from an ancient controversy in the church.
We all want to live a life full of joy. But where does true joy come from? How is it different from mere happiness? And how can you experience joy in every situation? Pastor Bernard dives into the second fruit of the Spirit to find out.
Love is one of the most beautiful and painful things we humans will ever do. It is one of the simplest and yet difficult to define words in our language. But why is Love so important to your relationship with God and how can you know whether you’re loving others well? In this first sermon in our new series on the fruit of the Spirit we talk about Love—how it is the “So what” of the Christian gospel and the summary of the entire list of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
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.