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Finding What You're Made For

Jesus came to realize what he was called to be and do as fully human being.  Like us, he had to seek, wrestle, learn, clarify and explore his vocation. This series considers what it means to be called in that way, by God, for something in particular. This series includes perspectives on work and career as well as other aspects of our vocation as Jesus followers.

 

The Art of Neighboring

A practical look at how the great commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself" applies to our literal neighbors, the people who live near us in our homes, apartments, dorm rooms. How would our local communities be affected if we all became more intentional about learning our neighbors names, taking practical steps to build community in our neighborhoods,and expressed gratitude for the ways our neighbors bless us?

 

Philemon: The Art of Reading a Letter

A close up look at Paul's letter to a slave owner appealing for the release of a slave who had become close to Paul.  This series tackles the important questions surrounding how to read the Bible in light of its original historical context, using Paul's approach to the institution of slavery as a case study.

 

 

Discovering the Good Life

Jesus knows the truth that many of us are living lives of desperation, trapped in false narratives about ourselves, and God. Jesus knows the truth, and he presents himself as the Good Shepherd determined to lead us to living waters and green pastures, so that we may find rest, discover the good life and release the presence and the power of the kingdom in our midst.

 

Daring Greatly

We must walk into the arena, whatever it may be – a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation – with courage and the willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgment and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

 

Reset Church

The church in America needs a reset. We need to return to the proclamation of the Gospel in power.  We are expressing this like this: we need a church in two expressions: A great local church - stability, community, relationships. A mission outpost - reinventing the church for current generation. Leaving behind all of the trappings of the traditions of yesterday and moving toward the edges to welcome those who have been most turned off by the church and its Gospel presentation.

 

Jesus is Really Good! (Lent 2013)

In this sermon series, we will be using the scriptures to inspire, encourage and nudge us into taking little leaps of faith during Lent. We also want to focus on the sheer and surprising Goodness of Jesus. We sometimes forget that through all the suffering, loss, and daily hassles of life that God is ultimately, chronically, and refreshingly good.

 

How to Fight Nice in a World Gone Mad! (Reloaded)

Long-lasting relationships in marriage, family, and the body of Christ require the power to accept each other despite signfficant differences that don't go away. This series explores the wisdom of Romans 14-15 and the gospel call to accept each other despite profound issues of conscience that threaten to divide us.


Advent 2012

This sermon series has one aim: to encourage us to untangle ourselves from the things – stuff, money, worry, fear, and anxiety – that so easily prevent us from receiving God – his hope, peace, joy and love – come to us.

 


Living Under Pressure

Trust is fundamental to a relationship with God, and God presents himself as one who is trustworthy. God isn’t simply looking for a blind or an uninformed trust; no, instead he has presented and proven himself to be someone in whom we can put our trust, someone in whom we can have faith.


How to Fight Nice in a World Gone Mad!

Long-lasting relationships in marriage, family, and the body of Christ require the power to accept each other despite signfficant differences that don't go away. This series explores the wisdom of Romans 14-15 and the gospel call to accept each other despite profound issues of conscience that threaten to divide us.

 

Making Decisions in the Company of Jesus

Ignatious of Loyala, founder of the Society of Jesus, developed a biblical approach to discerning God's will. This series explores this time tested model for making decisions.


 

When God Talks Back

A series on experiencing God in dialogue with the findings of Tanya Luhrmann, a psychological anthropologist who studied how people in two Vineyard churches (in Chicago and the Bay Area) deal with the challenges of discerning God's presence in and through the human mind and thoughts. Her research is detailed in the award winning, When God Talks Back.


The Pursuit of Happiness

The picture of the good and beautiful God who only wants our best, loves us deeply, provides for our needs, and is completely trustworthy is surprising to most of us. This is the God that Jesus called Father, the God that Jesus completely trusted, was made secure in his love, and was willing to follow, even though that path led to death on a Roman cross.

 

The Art of Loving in the Age of Anxiety

Social groups (family, churches, schools, workplaces, society) are in a heightened state of anxiety thanks to the rapid pace of change in the modern world. This series explores ways to love others in light of the anxiety that characterizes our relationships with each other.

 

Pitfalls sermon seriesThe Promise and Pitfalls of Faith

A series especially for those who may have come to church for the first time on Easter or responded to our Lenten outreach efforts. Background: Robert Putnam’s American Grace reveals the largest forms of Christian faith losing credibility with the fastest growing sector of the American spiritual landscape (the nones.) Faith seems to speak to our deepest longings, but we’re put off by the destructive-harmful aspects of faith in our world. How can we sift for a faith that's real? This series will be a study of the Letter to James, which is present a sober view of the promise and pitfalls of religion.

 

Leap of FaithLeap of Faith

Easter appearances reveal fear as the default setting and joy as a surprise intrusion. Resurrection faith makes progressively more room for joy until joy swallows up all fear. John 20 (doubting Thomas)
 
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