August 12, 2018 11:40 AM PDT
Jonny Morrison preaches from Luke 19.
We are currently in our series entitled, Exclusion & Embrace, which focuses on stories of Jesus
with people. We spend a lot of time talking about the theology of Jesus or the doctrines of
Jesus but in his time with people we see a lived theology of presence that shapes our vision for
who God is and what it means to be his people.
This week we looked at the, flannel graph favorite, story of Zacchaeus. Interestingly only Luke
records the story of Zacchaeus. It’s especially interesting that Luke includes this story when
you look at the stories coming directly after: Parable of the Ten Minas, Triumphal Entry, and the
Cleansing of the Temple. At first glance it feels like Zacchaeus is a strange little tag along but,
what if Zacchaeus’ story is actually key to understanding what comes next? And not just to
understanding the narrative of Luke but to understanding the work of Jesus?
The story of Zacchaeus isn’t an isolated incident or a fun but inconsequential addition. No, the
story of Zacchaeus is essential to chapter 19. The parable of the Ten Minas doesn’t make
sense outside of Zacchaeus story––they are essentially connected pairs. But that’s also true of
the cleaning of the temple. Jesus condemn the temple for not doing what Zacchaeus does.
Jesus is rejected from his rightful home (temple) but welcomed into Zacchaeus’ home. But,
that’s what happens when we follow Jesus and live out his way, we become living a temple.
August 05, 2018 11:01 AM PDT
Kyle Costello speaks about Mark 5.
Throughout the series we have been looking at the way Jesus embraces and invites people to
know him, his love, and his mission. Today, we continue down that path but with a tweak.
Today we ask, how do we live his embrace? What does it look like when we accept him for
who he is and then actually live out the grace and mercy he has given us. To put it more clearly,
how do we live as people who are practicing their faith?
The story of Jairus that is linked with the bleeding woman in the Bible is a remarkable picture of
what it means to live faith. From the beginning to the end the author shows us how to not just
know about Jesus, but know Jesus; not just to like him but trust him; and not just be a fan of him
but devote our everything to him.
July 29, 2018 12:06 PM PDT
Pastor Tony Simoncini from Missio South Jordan preaches on Mark 5.
July 22, 2018 12:10 PM PDT
Kyle Costello speaks from Matthew 19.
Whether you study people who believe in a God or gods or people who don’t, one thing you
find is that we are always asking some fundamental questions. How do I belong? How do I
qualify for love? What things do I need to do in my life to “get right.” People of Jesus' day were
no different. What’s remarkable about Jesus is the way he engages these questions. He
challenges the questions and seems to assert that we are asking the wrong questions.
This week, in our series that takes a look at ways people exclude and embrace one another, we will
look to the Bible to see how Jesus addresses the fundamental questions that humans ask
about love, belonging, and acceptance.
July 15, 2018 12:13 PM PDT
July 08, 2018 12:04 PM PDT
July 01, 2018 11:03 AM PDT
Heather Thomas preaches on Jesus's conversation with Nicodemus in John 3.
June 24, 2018 11:49 AM PDT
Pastor Heather Thomas speaks on value and what it means to be a witness.
June 17, 2018 12:16 PM PDT
Luke's writing in Acts is showing us God’s presence isn’t gone in Jesus' absence, but instead, that the Holy Spirit is God’s personal presence come to take up residence in the new dwelling place: His people. As His presence shows up in His people they begin to look differently. This week we looked at how they embodied both gratitude in worshipful feasting together and generosity in openhanded sharing of what they had.
June 10, 2018 12:17 PM PDT
As the Christian Church began to grow up in the Book of Acts they needed teaching and
correction. As we grow up and mature in our desire to follow Jesus we need teaching and
correction. When we first hear that it can challenge us. There seems to be nothing good or
attractive to being corrected. But, what if we are seeing teaching and correction through the
lens of shame or control rather than what Jesus is inviting us into. As we look to Acts this week
we see that Teaching and Correction are 100% a part of the life of a Christ follower but instead
of being there to control or shame its there to invite people into hope and grace. As a church we can’t abstain from teaching and correcting one another, rather we need to look to the ways of Jesus in order to honor one another as we teach and correct so that we can truly understand the fullness of Christ.