The beginning of the gospel of John reads a little different than the other 3 gospels. He chooses not to start with the events of Jesus’ birth but with the theology behind his birth. This Christmas we are going to dive into the theology of the incarnation, which John teases out with 4 key analogies. Today we are focusing on his first analogy–The Word.
Today we have the privilege of hearing from one of our regular guest speakers, Chuck Beckler. The title of Chucks sermon is “You’ll Do Anything for the One You Love the Most”, which is a teaching that he has put into a book as well. Our hope is this teaching from Luke 14 will challenge you to consider your devotion to Jesus.
Notes and Scripture
The predominant ideology in our current culture can be described as secular humanism. It attempts to distort the Christian salvation schema with subtle twists that we often accept unknowingly. In our post-Christian culture this is a philosophy that attempts to keep the good that Christian thinking has brought to the culture without holding to the lordship of Jesus or the authority of Scripture. How should the church respond?Notes and Scripture
Today our key word is freedom. We all likely get the warm and fuzzies when we think of freedom. But is absolute freedom good for us? Rationally we would likely say no, but have we allowed our cultural value of absolute freedom to overwhelm our faith.Notes and Scripture
Deconstruction is a popular term for reexamining one’s faith, reevaluating the staple assumptions we’ve made in our life up until now. Our current culture is enamored with deconstruction, to the point that we have deconstructed staple societal institutions with no unifying concept of how to build them back up again into something better. Deconstructing your faith can be healthy when done properly. Today we will talk through just how to do that.
Notes and Scripture
Throughout this sermon series we’ve been talking about how to be a good neighbor and represent Christ well. Today, we are concluding this series with what is really at the heart of being a committed follower of Jesus – setting Christ apart as Lord of your life. If he is lord you will not only live integrity but you will be ready to communicate the gospel with your neighbors.Notes and Scripture