Pastor Evan shares on the letter written from Paul to the early church in Colossae. They were this messy group of people from all walks of life, just like us. In this place they began to learn the expanse of God. The jewish law was about connecting with God with a system of rules and regulations. We do this today in church too through our own traditions and perspectives we bring in. As humans, we like to earn what we have and the law made that possible. Paul reminds us there isn't anything you can do earn your salvation: it's a gift. It might have felt like moving from the comfort of a large system, like a cruise ship to a raft. You have to put your faith in Jesus. You have to trust the raft is more sturdy and sound and will take you places that you could never go in a cruise ship. And Jesus will lead that raft because Jesus is on that raft too.
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We continue on our "Loved to Life" sermon series where we are exploring God sending his son, Jesus to enter into the story in a place of tension. Each week we'll explore a different vice and virtue and examine the journey. Pastor Evan shares on what it means to move from sloth to faith and move through the tension between. In today's culture sloth is defined as lazy or an inability to get moving. It's so damaging in our context. We would say laziness is one of the worst things in our culture because we are obsessed with productivity. What if there is a different definition? What if the definition was about a deeper sense of not feeling worthy. If you don't feel worthy enough then why would you try and work hard? Jesus enters into the story and begins to teach our value and worth. The spiritual work for us is to learn from Him what it means to be receptive to the great divine gift God has given to us.
The authors that wrote scripture wrote them with a purpose and were writing to someone. It's valuable to know the history and the time. Pastor Evan explores the stories of John that reveal to us John's ability to notice and reveal God. It takes time and reflection, and studying to notice God working in your everyday life. John had spent time to practice this. We want to become the kind of people who notice God in our community.
Pastor Preston explores story in Micah 7:18-20 and the practice of forgiveness. The techniques of forgiveness do not always get us where we want to be. He looks at the mask or the show we put on instead of the authenticity of who we are. Forgiveness breaks down walls, restores families and brings out the best in us. Listen as Pastor Preston explores what it's like to live out forgiveness and unmask who you are.
Pastor Evan explores the story in Matthew 20 1:16 and encourages a discussion and questions as we read through the story. The story is meant to make you wonder about what's happening here. The story is meant for us to see the situation from the compassionate landowner's perspective. His compassion for the unemployed leads him to return to the marketplace through out the day. Pastor Evan reminds us that when God looks down at us whether we are 5 or 75 he sees value in us. The kingdom of God has everything to do with it's owner. Your value is not placed on what you do, or your work in Gods eye is not measured on what you produce, but on who He is, not who you are. You are a child of God. Listen to hear the whole story.
Pastor Preston explores what is means to pray boldly in this week's sermon. We are all called to pray. We pray for things in our lives to go well, like our relationships or our jobs, but we are also called to be bold prayers. The approach was similar in Jesus' time. Listen as Pastor Preston shares as we learn what it means to come, pray boldly and learn the story that's your story, and let others in our community remind us of God's faithfulness.
Pastor Preston continues in the sermon series of the Good News. What is the good news of Jesus and how do we share it? He continues going through the book of Romans to discuss the good news. The good news of Jesus is for all parts of your life. Pastor Preston shares the good news and the vision of what the good news looks like in is in 1, 3 and 30 words.