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Listening to God's Story

As theologian Mike Goheen notes in his book, A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story, preaching is an element of worship that deserves special attention. It is a powerful means by which God’s people may be nurtured and empowered for their missional calling.

Every Sunday, we seek to preach Christ and for us this means at least three things: “First, wherever we are in the Biblical story, our preaching will be oriented to and from Christ. The goal of preaching is to make Jesus Christ present. Second, Christ himself comes clothed in the gospel, and so the message is more than words; it is the power of God unto salvation. The message itself becomes the power of God to transform lives.” And third, as Lesslie Newbigin has noted, “The business of the sermon is to bring the hearers face to face with Jesus Christ as he really is.” Jesus is not simply a personal savior. He is Creator, Lord of history, Redeemer of all things, and final Judge.

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Sermons from 2021

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December 26, 2021

The Amazing Story of Christmas

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: John 1:1-5,14

December 24, 2021

Peace Child

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Special Services Passage: Hebrews 11:1,24-28,13, Luke 2:1-7, Isaiah 1:1-4,7,16-18, Isaiah 2:1-5, Isaiah 7:1,10-14, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 11:1-10, Isaiah 55:1-3,8-13, Isaiah 56:1,6-7, Isaiah 60:1-5, Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 2:8-20

December 19, 2021

The Return that Turns Everything

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-11

December 12, 2021

New Breath in the Land of Death

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-8

December 5, 2021

Light in Darkness

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-5

November 28, 2021

A Tender Word to Wounds

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-11

November 21, 2021

Now to Him Who is Able

Speaker: Mike Sullivan Topic: Sermon Passage: Jude :20-25

November 14, 2021

If Only I Forgave People

Speaker: Bill Vis Series: If Only Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 18:15-35

November 7, 2021

Two ways to be lost & the open Question

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 3:10–4:11

October 24, 2021

A Gentle Word to a World of Wrath

Passage: Jonah 3

October 17, 2021

Once More, From the Heart

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 2:1–3:3a

October 10, 2021

Salvation Belongs to God

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:17–2:20

October 3, 2021

Looking for God in the Past

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 90:1-12,17

September 26, 2021

The Church Before the Watching World

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:4-16

September 19, 2021

The Small Man & The Lord of the Sea

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:1-17

September 12, 2021

The Word of the Lord & the Runaway

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:1-10

September 5, 2021

Though the Vines Have No Grapes

Speaker: Tra'Vorus Weaver Topic: Sermon Passage: Habakkuk 3:17-19

August 29, 2021

Lord's Prayer

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Lord's Prayer Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:5-15

August 15, 2021

A Heavenly Connection

Speaker: Bruce Dykstra Series: The Lord's Prayer Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:5-10

August 8, 2021

Which mountain? What shakes?

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Hebrews 12:18-19,22-29

July 18, 2021

Spirit, Lead!

Speaker: Justin Ruddy Topic: Sermon Passage: Acts 8:26-39

June 6, 2021

The Most Distinctive Mark

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 John 4:7-13,16a,19,21

May 30, 2021

Want the Spirit Jesus Gives Without Measure?

Speaker: Mike Sullivan Topic: Sermon Passage: John 3:34-35, John 7:37-39

May 16, 2021

The Gospel for the Incomplete

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Galatians 3:1-9,23-29

May 9, 2021

No Other Gospel

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Galatians 1:1-10, Galatians 2:11-14, 19-21

May 2, 2021

The Gospel and the Church Letter

Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Acts 15:1-14; 19-21

April 18, 2021

The Gospel in the Church Kitchen

Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Acts 6:1–7:2, 44-53

April 11, 2021

Then They Understood

Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 24:13-35

April 4, 2021

Easter, remember?

Series: Easter Topic: Special Services Passage: Luke 24:1-12

March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday & The Sad King

Series: Lent in Mirrors Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 118:19-23, Luke 19:28-44

March 21, 2021

Zacchaeus Worth Looking

Series: Lent in Mirrors Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12, Luke 18:35–19:10

March 14, 2021

The God Who Helps

Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 16:19-31

March 7, 2021

Reaching Out

Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 15:1-32

February 28, 2021

We Don't Deserve Grace

Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 20:1-16

February 21, 2021

The Good Samaritan

Series: Lent in Mirrors Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 10:25-37

February 14, 2021

The Mountain

Passage: Psalm 36:5-9, Luke 9:28-45

February 7, 2021

Just Say the Word

Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 103:1-5, Luke 7:1-17

January 31, 2021

The Lord of the Sabbath

Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 92:1-5, Luke 6:1-16

January 24, 2021

Catch and Release

Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 90:14-17, Luke 5:1-11

January 17, 2021

Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus by the Power of the Spirit

Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 4:14-30

January 10, 2021

John Calling - Good News

Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 3:1-22

January 3, 2021

Commit

Series: Do Not Be Afraid Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 2:41-52