All of us get tempted. But what is temptation really? What’s at the root of it? Was Jesus really tempted and why does that matter? In this second sermon in our Lenten series, we explore these questions on our way toward overcoming temptation in our lives.
What does the life of Jesus have to say about all of the displacement we experience in our world through things like gentrification, immigration, and homelessness? In this first sermon in our Lenten series, In It With Us, Pastor Bernard shows us how God, in Jesus, didn't just speak to our displacement. He lived it with us.
Church is not a concert or a Ted Talk, but a community of active participants working in peace? But how do we stay motivated to participate? How do we navigate peaceful participation among people with such different gifts and perspectives? In this sermon we learn how to balance participation and peace and why Jesus gives us the motivation for both.
What about those controversial gifts of tongues and prophecy? What does the Bible have to say about how we should use those in the church? Pastor Bernard brings a practical message about those gifts.
If you don’t have love, the Bible says your best efforts are worthless in the grand scheme of things. Listen to find out the centrality, character and constancy of Love and how it connects to our spiritual gifts.
What happens when you have such a diversity of gifts in one group? Often times people and churches get torn apart. But the apostle Paul says it is the very thing God planned to bring us together.
What does it actually mean to be “gifted”? And what’s the difference between natural talents and spiritual gifts? What does any of that matter for my relationship with God and growth in my faith? This week we launch a 5 week journey into the spiritual gifts, discovering what they are, what they are for, and what they result in.
Jesus calls us to live a life of sacrificial generosity, in response to the sacrificial generosity that he showed us, in going to the cross to redeem and restore relationship with humanity and the world. Pastoral apprentice, Catherine Evans-Smith explores how Jesus, in calling us to this life of sacrificial generosity, is more concerned with how we give, than he is what we give.
Today more than ever we are bombarded every day with opportunities to be generous. From GoFundMe pages to panhandlers, it's sometimes overwhelming to know who to give to, where to draw the line, and how to give in a way that doesn't hurt. In this sermon, Pastor Kyle shows us how Jesus' parable of the bags of gold has wisdom for our every questions of generosity.
Do churches really need to talk about money? Why did Jesus talk about finances so much? In this sermon, Pastor Bernard shares how the joyfulness of Jesus’ generosity toward us should impact our generosity toward others.
No one wants to be a stingy person, right? But how do we become more generous in every aspect of our lives? In this sermon, Pastor Kyle shows how modeling our life on the generosity of Jesus, as well as recognizing all of life as a gift from him, gives us the gratitude to be generous ourselves.
Pastor Bernard shares how Jesus’ coming helps us manage the crises in our lives.