What makes a random group of people into an authentic Christian community? It's certainly not works of the law or circumcision. Paul implores us and the Galatians to remember that it is faith in Jesus and the empowering work of the Spirit that has knit them together.
Confrontation is never easy. But what if a leader in the church is being two-faced and not living out the implications of the Gospel? Paul describes a time when he boldly confronted the Apostle Peter and it is shocking in more ways than one!
Paul calls for unity in the church which looks like being centered on a Gospel with no additions, in the midst of diversity, while caring for the poor.
Paul recounts his personal testimony and says because of God's Grace many people glorify God because of Paul. It reminds us of the power of personal testimony in a world seeking a story worth living for.
We begin our series on the New Testament book of Galatians. Paul begins a his letter to some of his first church plants with a dire warning not to turn to another Gospel. He reminds them that the only way to freedom is by Grace alone.
We come to the end of the story of Abraham and Sarah. Their deaths are a reminder to live our lives in light of eternity. Their lives and deaths are a reminder to have faith in things that last.
God asks Abraham to do the unthinkable. The impossible. Abraham doesn't flinch because of his deep faith in the promises of God. The faith of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac point us forward to Jesus.
The promised miracle child finally comes, but this puts Abraham's faith at a crossroads.
In this part of the story of Abraham's family, everyone deserves judgement, but a few receive grace and are saved from destruction.
Abraham intercedes for the vile cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He stands in the gap between broken humanity and a holy God. Jesus takes this a step further. Not only does he intercede, but is the great high priest who offered himself in our place.
Three unexpected guests show up at Abraham's door. It turns out that one of them is the Lord, God of the Universe. Abraham and Sarah show Gospel hospitality, receive friendship and news that they will have a child within the year, and Sarah responds with cynical laughter. Sarah was faithless in this part of the story, not accepting the word and will of God. Jesus was always faithful, always accepting the will of the Father, even in his own humiliation, suffering, and death. He did this to save us and make us friends of God.
Sarai, Abram, and Hagar all play the parts of Sinners, Sufferers, Saints in a dark chapter of their family's history. They show us all of our need to be found by a Savior who sees us.
In this part of Abraham's faith journey, the Lord God provides a great victory in battle, the freeing of Lot, and a blessing from the King-Priest Melchizedek. All of these things point us to Jesus our great warrior-king-preist.
What does an ancient story about a dispute and splitting up land have to do with us today? Well, sometimes it's easier to walk by sight rather than by faith. Even though Abram struggles he is an example of walking by faith and ultimately points us to Jesus.
We start in on a new sermon series on the Life of Abraham. This week we think about the journey of Abraham, the promise to Abraham, and the seed of Abraham. We learn that we are blessed in order to be a blessing.
Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount with a challenge to all those who would listen. Hear his words AND obey his words because he is the rock we should build our lives upon.
As we approach the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns that his Kingdom people must never fall into the dangers of false-profession, self-deception, and relying on showy ministry for their salvation. We all must know Jesus.
Jesus gives an alter call towards the end of his sermon calling people to a narrow road through the narrow gate and warns against those who would lead people astray.
The Golden Rule has been called the topmost peak of social ethics…the Everest of all ethical teaching. This week we take a look at this one verse and think about what Jesus is really calling his followers to be and do.
Anxiety is the normal state of being for most people in the modern era. But Jesus said, "Do not be anxious about your life." Our friend Pastor Jim Angehr stops by to help us understand this hard teaching from Jesus better.