All in Sermon

How the church changed the world: then.

Could the greatest step forward be in the reflection of the steps that have come before us? The early church lived out their love for Jesus and this multiplied their numbers at an alarming rate. God added thousands to their numbers daily. That same God is alive today and he is just as powerful.

"What Then Shall We Do?"

Committing your life to Jesus is extraordinarily active. It’s engaging. It’s bold. It’s dynamic. The magnificent thing about committing your life to Jesus is that over time, and the more you do it, it becomes less about you and more about others.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

We begin Luke’s telling of greatest story ever told. A story of rebellion and sacrifice; of love and loss; of life and death. This is the story that has the biggest implications on humanity, that has the ability to shift and transforms people’s way of living.

The Art of Neighboring

The majority of people have lost the distinguishing characteristic that Jesus said would separate us from the world. It's not politics, it's not church attendance, it's not what we wear, and it's certainly not a bumper sticker on your car. Jesus said the thing that is going to distinguish you from all others is love for one another.

The Legacy of Sin

When sin creates a rift in our life, or the lives of those whom we are close to, the response is often bewilderment. Hasn't Jesus conquered sin? we might think. Why is this still so damaging? What we are struggling with in those moments is distinguishing the punishment for our sins from the natural consequences of it. And while Jesus absorbs sin's punishments, he does not always remove every consequence.

Overcoming the Giants

I understand that the strategy of fighting a physical human-being is far different than fighting some of these struggles mentioned just a moment ago, but I believe the character of David can teach us something of how and why we fight.

A Transformed Conclusion

Transformation can be illustrated through the life of a marine who returns from boot camp. They, quite literally, are different people when they return. Their posture is straighter, their speech is clearer, their bodies are stronger, and their spirit is firmed. As transformed believers in Jesus Christ, we too should quite literally be different people than who we were before. Sermon by Senior Minister Rusty Tugman and Connections Minister Payton Minzenmayer.

The Prophet Who Couldn't Let Go

You see, Jonah is not some pouty prophet who wants to live in opposition to God’s will. Jonah is man who deeply cares for his people. He is a man who lives in a part of the world where history never dies. And as God looks down to him and asks him why he is so angry, Jonah is reflecting on the desolation caused by the very people God was now forgiving. Sermon by Connections Minister Payton Minzenmayer.

How to Build Healthy Relationships

But followers of Jesus Christ also allow the Holy Spirit to transform their relationships, and those transformed relationships, in turn, become part of our Christian witness to the world. Sermon by Senior Minster Rusty Tugman and Connections Minister Payton Minzenmayer.

Living in Community

When we imagine that we, as Christians and humans, can live in total independence and self-sufficiency, we are deluding ourselves. God, from the beginning, never intended that we should go through the world "alone." We simply cannot experience fully the power and delight of life with God without also being drawn into life together with our community. Sermon by Connections Minister Payton Minzenmayer.

Overflowing Gratitude

Gratitude is a magnificent thing, and one that transforms our perception of the world. It is also the key to opening up the reality of the gospel in people’s lives. Sermon by Connections Minister Payton Minzenmayer.