At a time when our nation is hyper-divided in a myriad of ways, how do we move beyond a superficial “love” for diversity into a real embrace of unlikely relationships centered on Christ? We find a path forward in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, where he writes to a vibrant and diverse congregation about the cosmic scope of God’s saving work and their call to live out the “new creation” in their community.
In this new sermon series we're traveling back in time to see the good and bad of the Church's history in order to gain a better perspective on the present and greater confidence in Jesus's promise to build his church. Each week, we'll consider how a better grasp of the historical and global church addresses the discouragement, disillusionment, and doubt many of us experience today.
Writing to many believers he has never met before, the Apostle Paul extensively unpacks the meaning of the gospel and the nature of God's justifying, sanctifying, and unifying work to strengthen the church with a solid foundation. We return to this letter as a source comfort and challenge in the midst of an ever-shifting culture.
The book of James challenges us to address the gaps between our profession of faith and our practice of love. These words of wisdom help us put foot to faith in the concrete experiences of our everyday lives.
The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous collection of Jesus's teachings. In Matthew 5—7, Jesus offers a vision for the values and purposes of the Kingdom of God that are countercultural to the norms and expectations of our day and push against the ideals and ideologies that we see promoted throughout society. Yet, it is through this kingdom that Jesus has invited us into that we are able to experience what our hearts most long for and need.