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.
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Pastor Evan explores how peace is experienced in choosing to trust that God has included us in this great, big, grand story. We look at Joesph's life and story and walk through the tension he must have felt in how to handle the news Mary had shared. It's not a fame and fortune story. The characters in it are choosing to believe and have faith in the larger story of God. It was a choice. Joesph chose to believe in his dream. Chose to believe in this crazy story. Will we chose to believe we are a part of the story of God, when it's not popular? Will we choose to do our best to pay attention to when God is inviting us to do something specific?
Pastor Preston continues in the sermon series The Good News by sharing on disturbing the peace. He introduces us to this phrase, "Sin is culpable disturbance of shalom." As he shares the story of Paul in the book of Romans he breaks down each part of the phrase to help us better understand how the good news of Jesus is transformational and comes as a gift - not a transaction. Our job is to say "yes" to receive the gift.