Sermons on Growth
Love is the primary characteristic of the beloved community whereby we not only know what love is but we show that love at each moment.
While we may have the notion that being an “all star” means that someone is the best or notable at a particular thing, being an “all star” for Jesus is a much different thing altogether.
Through discipleship, we are saying that God is the one that we want. As we live into that relationship with God more, we realize that we are the ones that God wants. Being a part of the beloved community means that we commit to growth in God’s love. This growth happens through humility, grace, and over time.
The third characteristic of the Beloved Community is that those who walk in the light of God’s love cannot hate others who are also walking in the light. John says that someone who does have anger towards a brother or sister is blinded by darkness.
Commitment happens in cycles. we get closer to Jesus. He gets closer to us. We get content or too satisfied instead of growing, and we tend to drift. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our distance away, and we move closer again. Instead of beating ourselves up because of this cycle, what can we learn from it? Join is as Pastor Chris gives us some insight and challenges us in it all.
Intimacy is about being deeply committed. It is less about intensity and more closely related to the actual engine of our closeness with Jesus as we follow after Him. Key Text: Matthew 16:15-18 NLT
To be deeply committed means that we are personally committed. If it’s not personal, it’s superficial and hypothetical. Commitment requires something of ourselves as we invest and give of ourselves to what’s at stake. Join in as Pastor Chris takes us further in the Deeply Committed worship theme today. Key Text: Matthew 20:1-15 CEB
As we go deeper in our commitment with Jesus, our previous values are replaced with Kingdom values. Our actual values (not necessarily the ones that we state) primarily determine the actions we take. Key Texts: Matthew 13:44-46
As we begin a new series on being “Deeply Committed,” let’s be bold! Being bold is less about my having courage and more about trusting God’s faithfulness. Key Text: Matthew 14:22-32 ESV
As we begin the Lenten journey to the cross together, let’s prepare ourselves for this journey. Let’s not be too quick to race to the Resurrection without learning both how to lay down unnecessary weights and how to deal with sin in our lives. If we are truly going to make it to Easter with Jesus, we need to get unstuck and make the trek through Jesus’ life, teaching, suffering, and death with Him. Key Texts: Matthew 16:24 NRSV, Hebrews 12:1-2…