Sun, Mar 26, 2017
The Gospel is One Rescue Story with God actively, aggressively and unstoppably pursuing his meandering people throughout time and space to give us righteousness, hope and life. His pursuit is consistent, with me in rebellion from the inside (sin) and persecution from the outside (trials) because we demand to create our own manageable rightness so that we can get credit without help from him. The final and inevitable solution was God sending Jesus, the personification of Righteousness, to exchange our perpetual unrighteousness with his eternal righteousness. And, just like we did to all the prophets before him, we killed Jesus. In so doing, we actually and inadvertently ushered in the Great Transfer of Rightness: Jesus’ to us, and our un-rightness to Jesus. Now he “stands” at God’s right hand as our Divine Defense Attorney declaring to the Father that all of his children are just and right. This declaration gives us the hope to live boldly even when the world’s (and our own) courtroom declares us guilty.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Duration: 37 mins 20 secs
The Word of God is the unshakable and essential foundation of The Church (all believers) but this cannot be the only focus. An ever-growing adoration of and dependence on Jesus’ love leads us to also care for those in need, beginning within “our own house.” Many times we fail on one side or the other; we focus all of our energies on “right theology” but fail to give ourselves away to others; or we serve with all our might, but hold loosely to God’s word. Here at the infant stage of The Church there was great diversity of “insiders” and “outsiders” getting various degrees of help. The leaders saw this tug-o-war and potential division, so they dedicated themselves to their calling of holding the strong Gospel Foundation of Truth while appointing a diverse group of other leaders to focus on the practical needs of the people within the church.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
A vivid grasp of the Gospel creates a strong allegiance to Christ and a joyful obedience and bold witness to His word that endures -- even in the face of suffering.
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
Duration: 52 mins 39 secs
Bold Missional Community produces Sacrificial Generosity, Reverent Fear and Gospel Growth
This dynamic of worship, prayer, preaching, community, mercy and missional movement is so vitally important that God demonstrates His graceful protection of His church and the seriousness of sin through the “sign and wonder” of His exercise of church discipline which multiples the church’s growth exponentially.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Bold Worship and Bold Prayer propel Bold Outreach, Bold Community and Bold Generosity. These things are so seamlessly connected in this passage that it would be impossible, in my estimation, to emphasize one without the context of the whole.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Duration: 32 mins 42 secs
Jesus is simultaneously frustratingly exclusive and shockingly inclusive. He clearly claims that he is the only way to hope, life and salvation, while also offering himself freely to everybody without exception.
This “exclusivity” leads some to reject the Gospel for it’s supposed arrogance while leading others to follow Jesus while developing great levels of sinful arrogance because they are “in” while others are “out”.
The truth of the Gospel is that extremely diverse followers of Jesus ought to realize how unimaginably “powerfully weak” we all are: we are utterly without our own righteousness while also being utterly adopted and empowered by the righteousness of God. These two qualities produce in us the motivation and ability to Love God as our all in all while also loving all people, without exception, as “better than ourselves.”
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Duration: 41 mins 35 secs
We are all in much greater need than we even know. We are invited to lay all of our requests before the throne of God while also realizing that our greatest need is not “silver and gold”, the things that ease the pain of life, but life itself, which Jesus has acquired on our behalf by trading us his life in exchange for our deserved-death. Though sometimes Jesus still physically heals today and gives us “silver and gold,” showing us a foretaste of what Eden was like and what we are destined for in Heaven, he always, without fail or prejudice, heals and resurrects any heart that asks.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
We have been brought out of isolation and into the community of all believers; the body; the bride. As a new family we are all called to be devoted to growing in the Gospel together; joining in other-focused sacrificial relationship together; spending quality and quantity time together; praying and focusing on God together. In doing these things we are actually engaging in a preview of what we will be doing together for eternity. And all of this has been made possible because the Father was other-focused and sacrificial by giving us the greatest resource of his Son Jesus to fill our greatest need of forgiveness and life.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Duration: 34 mins 33 secs
From the beginning of time and through the Old Testament prophets, priests and kings, God has perfectly orchestrated the plan of salvation, even using the evil acts of sinful people, to rescue His people through the death, resurrection and ascension of His Son Jesus, who currently reigns from Heaven to bring about the restoration of Creation through the present power of His Spirit. Our response is heart-based bewilderment, heart-wrenching repentance and heart-receiving his grace and mercy through repentance, leading to baptism and sacrificially loving others the way we’ve been sacrificially loved.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Duration: 31 mins 31 secs
This passage focuses on the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The small church was spectacularly (demonstrated by astounding signs) gifted with the fullness of the Spirit. This marked the intimate presence of God in the Church to equip them for the task of mission before them. Key themes include: Mission, Power, Fulfillment, and God’s presence.