Some of the train wrecks come from outside and some come inside ourselves. There are sometimes hurts or lies that linger inside ourselves. Pastor Preston shares what it looks like for us to pay attention to the train wrecks on the inside of us by teaching from Galatians 5:22. God is very interested of what's going on inside. We have a hard time admitting there are some pieces of destruction or darkness inside of us. We would rather be told how to clean up the pain and mess inside of us. We may want a sermon that teaches us how to follow rules, hurt less and how to make it look better on the outside. God is working to liberate us, love us, free us from the shadows of sorrow, guilt and shame.
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Pastor Evan kicks off our sermon series for Lent titled Love to Life. During the season of Lent we are reflecting on how the story of Jesus's love leads to life. From vices to virtues, this story changes the landscape of our lives. Pastor Evan shared on pride and the journey to the virtue of humility is wisdom. Pride has a tendency to give us the impression that all things revolve around you. The difficult thing about pride is that we start to the stories and all the things happening around us through our lens. In pridefulness our soul essentially turns away from our Father in heaven and to ourselves. And the antidote to pride is true wisdom. It lives in the middle of pride and humility. True wisdom comes as we seek to understand who you are and who's your are.
We often don't celebrate vulnerability too much in our culture. During Advent we are exploring the main characters of the Christmas story from a lens of vulnerability. Pastor Preston shares on the story of Mary in Luke 1. We're introduced to families and some specific women in her story. This season of advent is about hope for God. Hope reminds us that our story is not over. That God is in control, and we are not adding Him to our story, but in fact it's the other way around. Join us on our journey this advent season of exploring the theme of vulnerability.
Sometimes we are more comfortable with the black and white or the "this, then, that" box. When we read the bible sometimes we read it with this lens on. Pastor Preston explores the choice how when life gets complex and messy do we chose simple or face something real.
We're digging into reading the New Testament this fall. Pastor Preston continues to share in our new sermon series "Eat this book" as we consume this book together. The theme this week is about surprise - the bible and God's word is surprising. Why read it? Because of the beauty of being captured by this book and God surprising you with his spirit and love for you.
Pastor Evan shares about what does it look like to accept the good news of God's love. How do you accept God news? God gave us the ability to overcome challenges and creatively solve problems. We are all creative, because we are all created in the image of God. It can be an issue for us to receive God's love. We have a tendency to be drawn towards feeling like we haven't earned his endless love - and that we have to pay it off somehow. What does it look like for you to live into the love story of God? Good news is what it looks like to fully live in to a God that frees us.
Pastor Preston continues in the sermon series the Good News with a message on risk. The goal of Christianity is relationship with God, in full trust, without fear, and full activated to live like Jesus in the world. The goal is not to avoid a sinful world, live in fear of contamination or avoid risk. Religion makes us afraid. It's good at keeping us in line and giving us rules to follow. But the truth is religion has never been good at containing people. The Good news of Jesus says that being loved changes how we live altogether.