Sermon Archives

November 12, 2017

Transformation of Compassion

Transformation of Compassion

All sin is a form of dis-ordered love—a desire misdirected toward something other than God (cf. James 4:12). Addiction is no different; its roots simply run deeper. As the body of Christ, we can work together to cultivate a community of healing (cf. James 5:13-20) and elevate Jesus as our supreme love. Pastor Tim Lester […]

November 5, 2017

Motivation of Compassion

Motivation of Compassion

Division persists along political, racial, and socioeconomic lines (cf. James 2:1-13). The way we speak about others often reinforces these divisions (cf. 3:1-12). But because the gospel eradicates selfish ambition, God’s people can pursue peace. Pastor Randy Buchman preaches on James 2:1-13; 3:1-18.

October 29, 2017

Action of Compassion

Action of Compassion

The answer to perceptions of religious hypocrisy is not less religion, but deeper, true religion. James tells us that this sort of religion is manifest in caring for widows and orphans. Today’s Church can put their faith into action through foster care and caring for families in our community. Pastor Trent Williams preaches on James […]

October 22, 2017

Source of Compassion

Source of Compassion

If “crises reveal character,” then the needs of our city represent an opportunity for the body of Christ to demonstrate gospel-motivated compassion. In a world full of fashionable “causes,” the Church represents the abiding character of Christ. Pastor Chris Wiles preaches on James 1:1-18.

October 8, 2017

The Worldwide Vision and Expanse of the Church

The Worldwide Vision and Expanse of the Church

After the resurrection, the gospel spread from Hebraic Jews to Hellenistic Jews, to god-fearers, to proselytes, and ultimately to Gentiles. God has broken down the barriers that divide to make one new body in Jesus Christ: the church.  Pastor Randy Buchman preaches on Acts11:19-21, Acts 16:9-10, and Ephesians 2:11-22.

October 1, 2017

Centurions Then and Now

Centurions Then and Now

The Scriptures have a rather positive view of centurions on the varied occasions they cross paths with Jesus and the church community. There was a centurion of faith who believed in the healing power of Christ, and Cornelius was the first true Gentile convert. Others (at the cross / on ship with Paul) represent people […]

September 24, 2017

Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Jesus

Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Jesus

Jesus often surprised those around him with a heart of compassion and desire to reach out to the disenfranchised, even to such as the Samaritan woman – truly a person from “the other side of the tracks” in every way. This is a model for us that squares with God’s expansive open door of grace […]

September 17, 2017

The Forever Heart of God for the World

The Forever Heart of God for the World

Even in the Old Testament, God cares about all the nations. From the scattering of the people at Babel, to the universal implications of the Abrahamic Covenant, to Israel’s calling as a nation of priests, to God’s heart for Jonah to preach to the Ninevites, to the prediction of the Messiah as a light to […]

September 10, 2017

Banking With God

Banking With God

Pastor Tim Lester preaches on 2 Timothy 1:12-14.

August 27, 2017

The Final Kick: Finishing Well

The Final Kick: Finishing Well

Often the most difficult portion of the Life Race is the final stretch, best accomplished with a specific plan to finish well. Pastor Randy Buchman preaches on 2 Timothy 4:1-8.

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