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June 20, 2021
Contentment is an elusive thing. As soon as we think we are content, it quickly vanishes. Is contentment even possible? In Phil. 4, the apostle Paul says that it is. In fact, he says that he has learned to be content no matter the situation.
January 22, 2023
As Paul comes to the end of his long answer to the question of food offered to idols, he addresses some less-clear scenarios the Corinthians might have found themselves in. How should they navigate the gray areas of the Christian life? And how should we?
January 8, 2023
Paul (of all people) is free in Christ. But he doesn’t use his freedom to serve himself. He uses it to advance the gospel. He wants the gospel to win more and more people, so he adapts his life accordingly. In this passage, he gives a method and a mindset to help us live out this high calling.
January 1, 2023
God is often in the background of our lives and plans. We believe in him, but we live as though we don’t really need him. This feels normal to us, but it is laced with pride. James calls out the subtle pride and foolishness of presumption, and invites us to a life of humility and grace.
December 4, 2022
John tells us that the setting of the Christmas story is the world. And he wants us to see something very particular about the world: its darkness. When we think about Christmas, we like to think of brightness and light. But the story loses its meaning if we don’t consider the darkness.
November 27, 2022
John 1:1-18 has been called “a theology of Christmas,” giving theological categories to help us think about the ancient story of Christmas. It's a story that forever changes our story. In this sermon, we’re looking at the subject of the story, this mysterious person called “The Word."
November 13, 2022
As Paul begins to answer the Corinthians’ questions about whether or not they should eat food sacrificed to idols, he doesn’t give them a rule or a law. Instead he encourages them to think more deeply about what it means to live out the gospel as God’s people.
November 6, 2022
Sometimes the way we talk about singleness frames marriage as the aim of life. For Paul, our aim in life is to be fully devoted to God, and he thinks singles have an advantage on that front. He wants us to rethink our view of marriage and singleness in light of the gospel and the kingdom work at hand.
October 30, 2022
We can all probably remember a time when we felt a sense of newness and excitement in our faith. But inevitably, life has a way of catching up with us. And when it does, we can lose our sense of joy and commitment in our walk with God. What do we do when life catches up to us?
October 23, 2022
In the first part of chapter 7, Paul gives practical instruction related to sex, marriage, and divorce. As we approach this chapter, we are not looking for quick answers or rules. We are looking for how these instructions reflect the beauty and wisdom of God and lead us to deeper faith in Jesus.
July 19, 2020
The story of exile teaches us about the human condition. The story of return and rebuilding teaches us that while there is good work to do, we can’t change the human condition. Only Jesus can do that. Until he comes, we work while we wait.
November 21, 2021
Paul has been talking about spectacular, heavenly things in 1 & 2 Thessalonians. But his final words are very much about life on earth. His application to all the heavenly things he’s been saying is very much focused on our life in this world.
September 5, 2021
People are often suspicious of Christian ministry, especially in light of stories of spiritual leaders abusing their power and pretending to be something they’re not. So, what does genuine Christian ministry look like? Paul tells us in this passage.