Current Sermon Series

We all encounter situations in life where we think, “God, why don’t you just do something?  My neighbors are great people so why don’t you just convince them that you’re real?  My family is hurting, so why don’t you step in?  My job is a dead end, my anxiety is eating me alive, and I’m tired of wrestling with this nagging sense of inadequacy…and besides that, many of my holy-ambitions I dreamed for you are still gathering dust.  God, where are you?”  Many of us live in the gap between the God we believe in and the reality of life in a broken world.  How do we proceed?  When the Eternal Word-made-Flesh walked onto the human stage his opening salvo was, “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!”  He proceeded to heal the sick, cast out demons, feed the hungry, and do many of the things we expected of a king…but then he started making friends with the wrong kinds of people, and offending the right kind of people, and he talked about “dying and rising” all the time.  And pretty soon we began to wonder if the kingdom Jesus is offering is the kingdom we really want.  And so he began to speak in parables.  Parables are Jesus’ way of explaining the kingdom of God to those who don’t know what they’re really looking for or what they really need.  They are stories, riddles, comparisons and metaphors that re-calibrate our imagination and prepare us for the upside-down reign of God.  The parables are for anyone trying to make sense of their lives and how the mission of God will advance in their world.  Come join us on Sunday as we look at “Imagining the Kingdom”!

Check out this short video that summarizes the theme of the Kingdom throughout Scripture.

Also take a look at weekly blog posts that summarize the sermons and include questions for prayer and further reflection.

Additional Reading Related to the Series
The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament  by Edmund Clowney
Kingdom, Grace, Judgement: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus  by Robert Capon
How God Became King by N.T. Wright
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller