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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.

The sermons below are embedded in recordings of the entire service. It's our sincere hope and prayer that as you listen to these sermons you will be touched by the power, presence, and person of Jesus. Enjoy!

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Traveling Light - Lent in the Gospel of Mark

The sermon series introduction focuses on Jesus' journey towards Jerusalem, highlighting his abandonment of worldly possessions and desires as he travels light. It urges followers to emulate Jesus by shedding burdens and attachments during Lent, trusting in him as the ultimate provider. The message emphasizes fixing one's focus on Jesus and letting go of hindrances to fully embrace the New Life of the Kingdom of God.

February 18, 2024

What You Just Can’t Give Me

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Traveling Light - Lent in the Gospel of Mark Topic: Sermon Passage: Mark 10:17-31

December 11, 2022

Ruth's Joy

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1-6, Ruth 4

December 4, 2022

Rahab's Faith

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1-5, Joshua 2:1-21, Joshua 6:22-25

November 27, 2022

Tamar's Hope

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1-6, Genesis 38

November 20, 2022

The Firstborn from the Dead

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1-26,51-58

November 13, 2022

Gifted Worship

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1-7, 1 Corinthians 14:1-4,22-33

November 6, 2022

Love, for the Gifted & Talented

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27-31, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

October 23, 2022

The Right to Refuse

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 8, 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31– 11:1

October 16, 2022

Bodies & The Body

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, 1 Corinthians 6:11-20

October 9, 2022

Follow the (foolish) Leader

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:18,25, 1 Corinthians 3:5-9,16-18,21– 4:1, 1 Corinthians 4:9-13

October 2, 2022

Coming Home

Speaker: Dr. Suzanne McDonald Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 15:1-3,11-32

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