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The Glory of the Latter-Day
May 19, 2019 - Phil Schaefer
2 Peter 1:1-4
Abigail's Redemptive Perspective
May 12, 2019 - Phil Schaefer
1 Samuel 25:2-42
On Mothers' Day, Pastor Phil Schaefer brings a message about "Abigail's Redemptive Perspective," and you can find the full sermon notes in the resources below. We hope this message blesses you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch our sermons every week, or listen to them on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
50 Days of Easter - Jesus Comes After Us
May 05, 2019 - Phil Schaefer
John 20:24-29
In this week's sermon, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches the journey to Pentecost in the message: "50 Days of Easter - Jesus Comes After Us," and you can find the full sermon notes in the resources below. We hope this message blesses you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch our sermons every week, or listen to them on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
The Benefits of Being Heavenly Minded
April 28, 2019 - Phil Schaefer
1 Corinthians 15:53-58
In this week's sermon, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on what life is all about in the message: "The Benefits of Being Heavenly Minded," and you can find the full sermon notes in the resources below. We hope this message blesses you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. To subscribe to our sermons on YouTube, click here, or to subscribe to our sermons on Apple Podcasts, click here.
Easter: Life Re-Imagined
April 21, 2019 - Phil Schaefer
Luke 24:13-24
In this Easter sermon, Pastor Phil Schaefer teaches on "Life Re-Imagined", and you can find the full sermon notes in the resources below. We hope this message blesses you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. To subscribe to our sermons on YouTube, click here, or to subscribe to our sermons on Apple Podcasts, click here.
History Rewritten: Jesus' Seven Sayings on the Cross
April 19, 2019 - Donnie Berry
In this Good Friday sermon, Pastor Donnie Berry teaches on "History Rewritten: Jesus' Seven Sayings on the Cross", and you can find the full sermon notes in the resources below. We hope this message blesses you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. To subscribe to our sermons on YouTube, click here, or to subscribe to our sermons on Apple Podcasts, click here.
Entering the Passion Week: or Squarely Facing Our Sin
April 14, 2019 - Phil Schaefer
John 12:12-19, Isaiah 64:6, Psalm 53
In this week's sermon, Pastor Phil teaches on "Entering the Passion Week" or "Squarely Facing Our Sin" to exhort us to engage in this week leading up to Good Friday and Easter, and you can find the full sermon notes in the resources below. We hope this message blesses you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. To subscribe to our sermons on YouTube, click here, or to subscribe to our sermons on Apple Podcasts, click here.
Chosen to What
April 07, 2019 - Phil Schaefer
Acts 10: 39-42
In this week's sermon, Pastor Phil teaches on "Chosen to What" to encourage us to step out and invite others to know Jesus, and you can find the full sermon notes in the resources below. We hope this message blesses you and helps you know Jesus in a more real way. To subscribe to our sermons on YouTube, click here, or to subscribe to our sermons on Apple Podcasts, click here.  
Lent - Discovering Devotion in Ritual
March 31, 2019 - Michael Acock
Colossians 1:26-27
Our life is the ring and we are constantly drifting to the outer rings believing stories we are writing about why others are in the center of life. The secret of life is choosing to live in the center of your real life. Matthew 26:6-7 Mary seems to always be in the center of her life. She kept coming back to Jesus’ feet and not missing a thing. Mary chose to be in the center of her life-lavished gesture of devotion. Mary and Martha in John 12:1-8 Other Gospel Accounts: - Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8 As long as the story of the gospel is told, she will be remembered. Devotion is not about being known but it is always observed. The disciples who questioned the "waste" also get remembered in the story. How can we live in the center of our lives? Can this season of Lent leading to Easter be more than simply a time in the Church Calendar every year? Might we discover devotion in the midst of the ritual? "Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters." -Pope Benedict XVI What is Lent? Why Lent? As I grew up Lent was always about giving something up. It was religious and ritualistic, and there was a sense that I was to feel my badness: give something up and take something on. Where does this fasting and penitent idea come from? Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness (desert). Lent has to do with embracing a spiritual discipline of the wilderness through reflection, prayer, repentance, and confession. Spiritual Formation - "The process of being transformed into the image of Christ for the sake of others." - Robert Mullholland Jr. "...Radical self-denial is not to deny oneself some 'thing,' but to deny, or negate, one's self as the centre of our lives and preoccupations, as Jesus here invites all his disciples to do." - Jack Mahoney "If a Christian wishes to observe lent, he is free to do so. The key is to focus on repenting of sin and consecrating oneself to God. Lent should not be a time of boasting of one's sacrifice or trying to earn God's favor or increasing his Love. God's love for us could not be any greater than it already is." (GotQuestions? What is the meaning of Lent?) Luke 4:1-13 - Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit to reveal his strength against the accuser and experience the ordeal of testing. Three Temptations Turn Stones to Bread – Son of God alleviate your hunger Cast yourself from the temple heights and let angels catch you Take power of all I am showing you but worship me Henri Nouwen reframes these temptations so that we might relate to them. The temptation to relevancy - turn stones to bread The temptation to be spectacular - leap from the heights The temptation for power - bow to Satan Luke 15 might open some insight into three other possibilities. Luke 15:1-7 - You just wanded through distractions of life and find yourself in the wilderness. Luke 15:8-10 - You are simply getting lost in the house. You're in the house but lost. Luke 15:11-32 - You have actively chosen your own way and deliberately told God: "I do not want you. Now you find yourself in a wilderness of your own making. What can the wilderness (the desert) give us? Rediscovering yourself as God made you to be - no masks, no pretenses. The desert gets us past our appetites so that we discover hunger at the soul level. 5 Progressions in the Wilderness (from "Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership - Lenten Meditations" by Ruth Haley Barton Noticing Your Inner Life Naming the what you have noticed Repenting of that which you name. Confessing to those who have been affected. Making it right As we come out of the wilderness, we become a means of grace and light in our world. A key piece of all the application of Lent Practices Gospel of Matthew - This the Son I love, and my greatest delight is in him. Gospel of Mark - You are my Son, my cherished one, and my greatest delight is in you! Gospel of Luke - My Son, you are my beloved one. Through you, I am fulfilled. The desert is rediscovering of identity and value apart from all discriminations and judgments - thus reunifying us to all humanity who are made in His image. The ritual of lent provides access to rediscovering your relationship with Christ and reigniting your devotion. Colossians 1:27 The Passion Translation (TPT) Subscribe to our channel for weekly live-streamed sermons, bible devotions, and more! You can also visit our website for even more resources; plus, we'd love to hear from you!
Made Clean by the Savior Who Serves Us
March 24, 2019 - Donnie Berry
John 13:1-17, Genesis 2:25, 3:10
And at the climax of the Apostle's Creed comes this statement: “I believe in the forgiveness of sins” What an incredible statement, what an incredible thing - he forgiveness of sins. Turn in your Bibles to John 13, as we begin to prepare our hearts for the season leading up to Good Friday and Easter. There was a time when shame didn’t exist. Can you imagine? Life without shame. I think that’s hard for many of us. Shame tells us that our sin defines us—or that the sins of others define us. It tells us we’re not worth loving, that we better find some masks to cover up our sense of inadequacy. “You’re no good.” “You’re not loved.” “You’re a failure.” “Disgusting.” Shame. Genesis 3:10, “And the Lord God called to the man and said, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.’” Many of us carry shame—as a result of our own sins and failures, the ways we don’t measure up—in our eyes, in God’s eyes, in the eyes of others—or from sins committed against us that have left us feeling a deep shame about ourselves. And this is why the church, through the ages, has confessed, “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” We have real guilt. We have done wrong. And because of it, we carry a deep sense of shame. Only God can cover our nakedness. Only he can deal with our guilt—and undo our shame. What we need is to be served by God. There are two layers of meaning in John 13 – two ways to read and understand this story. The first: to see here an incredible act of humility in Jesus washing the disciples’ feet – what an example! You can imagine the surprise as Jesus takes this low position: their Lord, their teacher, the one they were pretty sure was the Messiah – stooping to wash their feet. What humility. What an example of the kind of king he is. And of how his servants are to be. And Jesus knows that “his hour had come” – the focal point of his whole life – it’s all driving toward the Cross – where he becomes the Passover lamb – whose blood is shed to save his people – and his triumph over sin and death, his victorious return to the Father as the victorious king and ruler over all things – that hour is here. What is this foot-washing really about? The foot-washing is about the cross—Jesus ultimate act of humility where he serves our deepest need. It’s about forgiveness of sins – about him bearing our guilt and our shame – and washing them away with his blood shed for us that we might be with him, reconciled to him. Adam and Eve—and all of us after them—have attempted to cover ourselves, to wash ourselves, or to ignore the dirt and filth on our feet—we’ve sought countless ways—unsuccessfully—to deal with our own sin and guilt and shame. And This is God coming to serve us. Through this washing, we become his people – we are reconciled to God, guilt removed, shame taken away, and restored to that relationship Adam and Eve experienced in the Garden of Eden. “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” You can’t do it on your own, give up your pride, your hiding, your self-effort to be enough or do enough and let me serve you. “If that’s what it takes to know you, then wash all of me, every part, not just my feet, Lord.” “I know myself – I know my failure – it’s more than just my feet; wash all of me” Here he adds another element to this foot-washing lesson—when you’ve bathed when you’ve been washed – you’re clean – at the core And your feet may get dusted up as you live in the world – but the deep cleansing work is already done. Peter says, “Wash all of me” – and Jesus says, “You’re already clean.” “I’ll gladly kneel to serve you once more, to reapply my grace, to remind you of my work on the cross that has already made you clean to the core.” To hear Jesus say, “You’re already clean; my cross is more definitive, and I am glad to kneel and serve you again, so run to me, don’t hide from me. Come to me and confess your sins and let me cleanse your feet. You’re already clean at the core – already accepted – already loved – already forgiven – already right with God. “What if I sin again?” – have I ruined it? Have I messed it all up? “I will cleanse you from all your sins.” The cleansing of the cross is a once-for-all cleansing – Our feet get messy and we run to him to be washed, but the foundational and fundamental cleansing is already settled. We can get honest instead of hiding – because we’re loved – because the cross has already settled that.
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