Life Together: The Practice of Gathered Worship

Passage: Psalm 95 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Humans are hard-wired to worship. While church membership may be in decline, our God-given instinct to worship is not. Today, however, people often look “horizontally” (to created things) for ultimate worth and value, rather than looking “vertically” towards God. Psalm 95 is a…

Life Together: The Practice of Serving One Another

Passage: Galatians 1:11-17; 5:13-14, 6:2 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Because we are made in the image of the triune God, we are hardwired to live in a close, interconnected community, marked by bearing one another’s burdens. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, Paul reminds them of the gospel message, which…

Life Together: Practicing Hospitality

Passage: Mark 6:30-44 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Statistics show that people feel lonelier and more isolated than ever before. For a culture facing such a “loneliness epidemic,” the gospel comes as good news. It is a message of hospitality for the stranger, and it has the power to create a…

Life Together: Practicing Forgiveness

Passage: Matthew 18:21–35 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In a culture where forgiveness is eroding, and sometimes even questioned, the church will be beautiful in its life together, if we can be a community who practices deep and regular forgiveness. In his parable of the unforgiving servant, Jesus sought to stir…

Life Together: Speaking Truth in Love

Passage: Ephesians 4:1-16 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In our life together as church, we want to be a people who “speak the truth in love” to one another. To do this, we first need to grasp the power of words. Words have the power to break people down or to…

Life Together: Loyal-Love

Passage: Luke 10:25-37 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In our life together as church, we want to be a people who show loyal love to one another, and to our community as well. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus illustrates what this loyal love looks like in action (Luke…

Life Together: Practicing Gratitude

Passage: Colossians 1:3-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary This new sermon series, Life Together, examines five practices that shape and express our shared life as church community formed by the grace of God in Jesus. One such practice is gratitude. Though the Apostle Paul led anything but a privileged life, his…

 
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