God Provides One Gospel

Passage: Galatians 1:6-10 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview The Apostle Paul comes out swinging right at the beginning of his letter to the Galatians. What so provoked Paul, that he forwent even his customary greetings and launched into a blazing invective against the Galatians? What was he so passionate to protect?…

A Christian’s Confidence: Paul and His Gospel

Passage: Galatians 5:1-5 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview Paul’s letter to the Galatians is all about the freedom and confidence we have in Christ, because of the gospel, as well as the kind of community that emerges from this freedom. At the beginning of Galatians, Paul greets the church with great…

Commissioned by a King

Passage: Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview After Jesus rose from the dead, he did something surprising—he left. Why did he do this, and what does this mean for us today? First, Jesus’ ascension was more than simply his leaving the earth—rather, it marked his taking up the…

Peace Restored

Passage: John 20:19-23 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview One of the many breathtaking effects of Jesus’ resurrection is the fact that we can now have deep and durable peace. This is the peace that Jesus extended to his disciples, when he appeared to them on Easter morning, and it’s the same…

The Kind of Disciples We’re Becoming: Gaining Clarity

Who We’re Becoming Without a doubt, this has not been a typical January. Though January is usually the time when people start new habits and seek to gain (or regain) clarity about what truly matters in life, the ambiguity and long-term fatigue of Covid—along with the corresponding feelings of staleness that accompany it—has affected all…

Our Father’s World

Passage: Matthew 6:25-34 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus repeatedly commanded his disciples: “Do not be anxious”. Never has this message been more needed than now, and nobody embodied this message more than Jesus himself. It is striking that, as many reasons as Jesus had to be anxious,…

Hope From Outside

Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In our culture today, we are experiencing an unprecedented loss of hope. From the ongoing pandemic to societal divisions to political gridlock, never have we needed a collective sense of hope more than we do now—and yet never has it seemed more elusive….

The Heart of Adultery

Passage: Matthew 5:27-30 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus is unpacking what the “righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees” looks like in daily life, and in 5:27-30 he addresses lust. The Bible speaks very positively about the gift of sex, and yet it’s also…

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