Current Sermon Series

A Beautiful Life: a series on the Fruit of the Spirit

“The work of Jesus is the communication of the name of God to a community. He does not bequeath to posterity a body of teaching preserved in a book – like the Qur’an. He does not leave behind an ideal or a program. He leaves behind a community – the Church.”
-Lesslie Newbigin

The powerful thing about Christianity is that Jesus leaves behind a people transformed by his Spirit. What does that community look like? Paul gives us a description in Galatians 5. Over the summer, we will explore how the Spirit changes us and causes us to bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

If you are interested in additional reading related to our current sermon series, consider these suggestions:

Befriend: create belonging in an age of judgment, isolation, and fear by Scott Sauls
A book that considers Jesus’ model of friendship, Befriend gives real examples of what it looks like to be changed by the gospel and to apply that to your everyday relationships.

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: the path to true Christian joy by Timothy Keller
This short read shows how a heart changed by God’s grace can lead to freedom in our relationships and identity.

How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp
Published by the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation, this book “explains the biblical pattern for change” and also shows “how God is at work to make you the person you were created to be.” (quotes from the book cover)

Falling into Grace: exploring our inner life with God by John Newton
This book uncovers the riches we have in Christ and reveals his love for us, which enables us to grow in grace.

Luther for Armchair Theologians by Steven Paulson
This engaging and illustrated theological work is an introduction to Martin Luther’s thought, much of which is related to Sanctification, or Christian change.