Sermon Podcasts

Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 2 – Jesus Teaches in the Temple

2/25/2018 – Lent 2018 Holy Week – Part 2 – Jesus Teaches in the Temple

Luke 20.

Between the Triumphal Entry and his arrest, Jesus spends most of his time teaching and healing in the Temple and finds himself in conflict with different groups of religious leaders. We can learn much from the questions they ask and the responses Jesus gives!

Refresh: The B-Sides – Spiritual Growth (Fruit of the Spirit)

2/4/2018 – Refresh: The B-sides – Spiritual Growth (Fruit of the Spirit)

Galatians 5:22-23. Grand ideas about discipleship are great, but unless we are willing to “trust the process” all will be for naught. This Sunday, we explored the fruit of the spirit to reflect on what true spiritual growth should look like and produce.

Refresh 2018 – Part 3 – Discipleship

1/21/2018 – Refresh 2018 – Part 3 – Discipleship

Matthew 4:18-21; 10:24-25; 28:18-20. Discipleship has always been at the heart of who we wanted to be as a church, but what exactly is it? And what does it have to do with algorithms, banner ads, and Brain Plasticity? I’m glad you asked… lots!

An Ironic Christmas – Part 4 – Two Kinds of Peace

12/24/2017 – An Ironic Christmas – Part 4 – Two Kinds of Peace

Isaiah 11:1-2, 6-9; Luke 1:39-56. Tonight (Christmas Eve) and tomorrow – against the backdrop of Christmas lights and decorations – we all hope to experience moments of peace and calm and contentedness. But this is only a dim reflection of the robust Peace Christ came to bring.

An Ironic Christmas – Part 2 – Hipster Nativities, Stick-on Cotton-Beards, Christmas Gifts and Letting Jesus Show

12/10/2017 – An Ironic Christmas – Part 2

Hipster Nativities, Stick-on Cotton-Beards, Christmas Gifts and Letting Jesus Show

Luke 2:8-20; Isaiah 9:2, 5-7. The Child we celebrate at Christmas grew up to say, “Watch out! Be on your guard; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And yet, the words “abundance of possessions” might be the most Christmasy phrase imaginable! Today we reflect on this great Christmas irony.

An Ironic Christmas – Part 1 – The Irony of Scale

12/3/2017 – An Ironic Christmas – Part 1 – The Irony of Scale

1 Corinthians 15. Christmas has become the grandest day (and season) of the year, but in Scripture you might notice that it gets only limited attention. What does this mean, and how can understanding this inform how we celebrate this time of year?

The Night Before Christmas – Part 4 – Rome

11/26/2017 – The Night Before Christmas – Part 4 – Rome

John 18:1-12. There may not be another scene in all of scripture where Empire and Kingdom stand in such contrast with each other, than Jesus betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. The violent ways of empire brandishing it’s swords and clubs on one side, and the compassionate way of Kingdom healing its enemies on the other. And Peter (with us) somewhere in the messy middle.

The Night Before Christmas – Part 2 – Into Babylon

11/12/2017 – The Night Before Christmas – Part 2 – Into Babylon

Select verses from Amos 3, Isaiah 1, and Jeremiah 29. When Israel was dramatically liberated from Egypt, their future was filled with such hope! But just a handful of generations later, they had lost their way, landing them in captivity once again. Babylon. What happened? Are we on a similar path today?

The Night Before Christmas – Part 1 – Egypt

11/5/2017 – The Night Before Christmas – Part 1 – Egypt

Exodus 1-3. Often we forget that Israel was a small kingdom that lived its whole existence in the shadow of larger, more powerful empires, but this reality shapes the Scriptures and sets the stage for the miracle of Christmas. This week, we begin by discussing why God chose to start his story of redemption in Egypt with a group of slaves.

Names – Part 5 – James and John

10/01/2017 – Names – Part 5 – James and John

Mark 3:13-17. Nicknames can be very powerful things. They convey intimacy and relationship. Jesus nicknamed three of his disciples. Two were the brothers James and John, whom he nicknamed the “Sons of Thunder.” What can we learn from this name and the disciples is was given to?

Lessons at Seven – Part 2 – Three Stages of Religion

8/13/2017 – Lessons at Seven – Part 2 – Three Stages of Religion

John 4:13; 7:37-38; 10:10; 15:5-11. Just as a child moves from childhood into adolescence and into adulthood, faith (when lived correctly) has similar transitions. How do we avoid getting stuck in early stages of religion?

Lessons at Seven – Part 1 – Abraham and Abimelek

8/6/2017 – Lessons at Seven – Part 1 – Abraham and Abimelek

Genesis 20:1-18. Along Abraham’s God-ordained journey to become a new kind tribe (a tribe for all people), he bumps into King Abimelek in the land of Gerar. In this encounter, Abraham learns a paradigm-shifting lesson about his God.

Worship with Christ Our King Community Church – Colossians 4:7-18 – Reconciliation

hands folded in prayer - square7/30/2017 – Worship with Christ Our King Community Church – Reconciliation

Colossians 4:7-18. The church has a history of taking scriptures intended for one purpose with their original audience, and turning them into something radically different. In this message on reconciliation, we explore a text that has been much abused.

An Illustrated Compassion – Part 2 – Shiphrah and Puah

7/9/2017 –An Illustrated Compassion – Part 2 – Shiphrah and Puah

Exodus 1:8-10, 15-21. Two Hebrew Midwives are commanded by the Egyptian Pharaoh to only allow baby girls to live. Their refusal to obey puts a spotlight on how our world misuses power. Instead power should be used on behalf of the powerless – to defend the defenseless.

An Illustrated Compassion – Part 1 – Abraham, Sarah, and the Transformation of a Laugh

7/2/2017 – An Illustrated Compassion – Part 1 – Abraham, Sarah, and the Transformation of a Laugh

Genesis 18. When three travelers arrive on Abraham’s “doorstep,” he doesn’t know it is the Lord or that an outlandish promise is about to be given. Nevertheless, he opens his home and heart, unwittingly starting a great new adventure.

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 8 – The Church at Laodicea

6/25/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 8 – The Church at Laodicea

Revelation 3:14-22. The church at Laodicea is the only one not to receive any praise. Instead, we find only words of correction and indictment, for they had become stagnant in a place of wealth, power and security, falling woefully short of the call of the gospel to move from power to powerlessness.

The Seven Churches of Revelation – Part 6 – The Church at Sardis

6/11/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 6 – The Church at Sardis

Revelation 3:1-6. The church at Sardis has a problem. At one time, they were awake, alive, vibrant and living a Kingdom-life! But over time, they’ve fallen asleep. Could it be this isn’t just an ancient story or plot line? are we still in danger of falling asleep?

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 5 – The Church at Thyatira

6/4/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 5 – The Church at Thyatira

Revelation 2:18-29. Ancient Thyatira was a less notable city than the first three in Revelation, but it was still a place of great tension and temptation for the early church. In response, Jesus uses the OT character of Jezebel to challenge the church to remain faithful.

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 4 – The Church at Pergamum

5/28/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 4 – The Church at Pergamum

Revelation 2:12-17. The church at Pergamum has found itself increasingly indistinguishable from its surrounding culture by following “the teaching of Balaam.” What is the warning in this text for us?

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 2 – The Church at Ephesus

5/14/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 2 – The Church at Ephesus

Revelation 2:1-7. There were many things to commend the church at Ephesus, except the most needful thing. Love. As a church that has parted ways with poor expressions of fundamental evangelicalism, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of self-commendation, but yet forget to love.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 6 – Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

4/2/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 6 – Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

Matthew 6:5-15. To pray “forgive us our debts” we need to recognize we have them: debts. And the mandate “to forgive our debtors” can be particularly challenging, especially when those wounds were caused within the church.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 4 – Thy Kingdom Come

3/19/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 4 – Thy Kingdom Come

Matthew 6:5-13
There are political ramification to this phrase in Jesus prayer: to pray for a Kingdom to arrive other than the kingdom that is. The language Jesus used and the life he lived challenged and spoke prophetically into the political reality in which he lived. As followers of Jesus, perhaps we are meant to do the same.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 3 – Hallowed Be Thy Name

3/12/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 3 – Hallowed Be Thy Name

Matthew 6:5-13
“Hallowed be Thy name” is a phrase which seems to have lost its meaning. We say the words in the Lord’s Prayer, but they roll off the tongue with little thought or consideration. What does it mean to “Hallow” God’s name? And what is God’s name?

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2 – Our Father in Heaven

3/5/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2 – Our Father in Heaven

Matthew 6:5-13. Oft repeated words begin to sound like nursery rhymes instead of something that might hold depth, truth and the power to change us. This week we dive into the opening words of Jesus prayer. Our Father in heaven.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 1 – Introduction

2/26/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 1 – Introduction

Matthew 6:5-9. As we begin a new series on the Lord’s Prayer we must first ask about the context Jesus teaches the Prayer in. What was the lead-up that led him to share this laconic but powerful prayer? More importantly, what does it mean to go into your room, close the door, and pray?

The Good Samaritan – Part 2 – The Improbable Priest

2/19/2017 – The Good Samaritan – Part 2 – The Improbable Priest

Luke 10:25-37. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus venerates the Samaritan above the Priest and the Levite, but the manner in which he does so requires careful attention or we will miss the most beautifully shocking part of the story.

Refresh 2017 – Part 4 – Money

2/5/2017 – Refresh 2017 – Part 4 – Money

Luke 11:33-42. “Church and Money.” When these two words appear in the same conversation, things can get heated. In this sermon, we attempt to challenge financial abuse within the church, and to look with fresh eyes at Jesus clear call to generosity (both individually and corporately).

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