October 14, 2018 08:03 PM PDT
How tempted were you to judge someone today? Even if it was just a dialogue in your head,
how tempted were you or how did you give in to a desire to shame, judge, mock, or blame
someone? Where does that come from in us? How do we address issues when people hurt us
or as Christ Followers when people in our community live outside of the Gospel? These are
important questions and thankfully Jesus and his followers not only dealt with them but gave
us a way to follow as we seek to be people who offer Grace and Truth to the world rather than
shame, blame, and judgement.
Take a closer look at Galatians 2:11-20, and how Paul's rebuke gives us insight into healthy confrontation within the context of being the church in our current cultural moment.
Kyle Costello takes us through the passage.
September 30, 2018 12:03 PM PDT
We are currently in a series entitled, Age of Rage, exploring the feelings, emotions, and tensions
of our current cultural moment. The goal is to diagnose and address feelings of dissonance,
resentment, anger, loneliness, and anxiety––diagnose and address with the gospel and ask how
the Church can respond. We’ve been rooted in the book of Galatians and the Apostle Paul
doesn’t mince words in his diagnoses of our deepest problems he says we’ve trusted in false
gospels, rival “good news” stories.
What are these rival good news stories about? If you peel back all the layers and get to the very
bottom of it all the rival stories are the “gospel of self;” stories that put the weight of salvation,
fulfillment, and flourishing on our shoulders. On the one hand that is appealing because it
smells like freedom, but the truth is a ““gospel of self”” leads to reduction, exploitation, and
Jonny Morrison preaches week 3 of our Age of Rage sermon series.
September 23, 2018 12:12 PM PDT
In week 2 of our series Age of Rage, Kyle Costello continues walking through Galatians 1 and exploring the feelings of our current cultural moment.
The world doesn’t politely suggest ways to fulfillment; rather it intensely confronts you with
them. The world says wealth and importance is paramount. It says the powerful are the real
valuable people. If we choose a different way the world mocks us.
So where does that leave the Christ follower? Can we mix the gospel of the world with the
Gospel of Jesus? And what happens if we do? The story of Jesus, like the claims of the world,
is no different in asserting its path to fulfillment powerfully. Jesus doesn’t live, die on the cross,
and be raised from the dead to politely suggest his way is a good one. Jesus' life and words tell
us that his Gospel is an objective truth that is to be believed above and beyond the ways of the
So how do we decide? Are the invitations of the world where we will find our peace and
thriving? What if we feel like we have tried both and both have left us empty? Can we really
trust the message of Jesus? What and how can we uncover the lies or the truth behind
these competing claims? This week we dig deep into Galatians to listen to Jesus, see what he
is doing in the midst of his people, and ask the questions above.
September 16, 2018 12:06 PM PDT
Kyle Costello opens the new sermon series, Age of Rage.
We all trust a “gospel” in our lives. Whether we claim to follow Jesus or not, we all have “good
news” that we run to for hope, meaning, and healing. In the book of Galatians the author
suggests that just because you are a Christian does not mean that you always trust Jesus as
your true gospel. In this series we begin to look at the Gospel of Jesus and compare it to the
gospels that the world offers us. We will look closely at our own words, time spent, etc... to
discern whether we trust in the true Gospel of Jesus or whether we have traded it in for a false
gospel offered by our world.
September 09, 2018 11:57 AM PDT
Heather Thomas walks the community through Isaiah 61.
Last week Kyle talked about the vision for who we are at Misiso based out of Jeremiah
29. In Jeremiah 29 the people are in exile. Exile happens throughout the OT as a result of
humanity failing; not honoring their relationship with Yahweh. Adam and Eve are sent
away from the garden: exiled. Israel is sent away from Jerusalem: exiled.
The broader textual meaning is that exile creates in humanity a feeling of being
dislocated and lacking a sense of true belonging. Tim Mackie describes it this way:
“(A) feeling of alienation and longing for something more no matter where you live.”
In that place we need comfort, hope, vision for who we are and a renewed sense of
purpose and vocation.
The book of Isaiah provides poetic imagery describing a person, a human agent who
is sanctioned and empowered to do a deeply transformative work in the community of
Gods’ people. What emerges is a picture of transformative, radical reversal and
exchange; where people are brought out of exile, drawn out of sadness, loneliness, grief
and are offered presence, vitality and joy. They become people with energy, vision and
resolve. People whose strength and vitality is restored. Earlier in Isaiah it is clear how
these people emerge. They emerge though the self-sacrificing servant of Isaiah 52-53
and their subsequent response to him.
When Jesus begins his ministry he reads Isaiah 61. He is about to do a deeply
transformative work in humanity. Through an act of self-giving love he brings humanity
out of the exile of sin and death. His life proves more powerful than human failure and
exile. The picture in Isaiah 61 then becomes a picture of who we can be when we
respond to the transformative power of God in our lives.
September 02, 2018 11:22 AM PDT
As a church sometimes we have to step out of our rhythms to reflect on what God has done
and is doing. The first Sunday of every month is our opportunity to do that. This month we ask
the question, "What is the Missio Dei?". Sure its our name, but what does it mean or more
specifically what does it look like to join God on his mission.
Kyle Costello interviews several members of the church community within the context of Jeremiah 29:4-7.
August 26, 2018 12:21 PM PDT
Kyle Costello preaches from John 18:33-38 and John 19:9-11.
To end our series we close with one of the most fascinating conversations in the life of Jesus.
As he is set to be crucified Jesus comes face to face with Pilate. Jesus represents the
Kingdom of God and Pilate represents the most powerful nation on earth. In their exchange
Jesus teaches Pilate and anyone who reads of their account that he is a God who is extremely
personal and all powerful, but not even close to the way the world would expect. This week we
look at how we have a choice as people whether or not to embrace Jesus and how our own
addiction to power often keeps us from fully knowing him.
August 19, 2018 12:12 PM PDT
Kyle Costello preaches on joy.
Joy is anything but an emotion of happiness. Joy propelled Jesus to the cross and the invitation of Joy compels sinners to trusting in Christ. Today we look to the scriptures to get at the heart of Joy and what it means to be people who don’t just fake happiness, but rather immerse ourselves in Joy.
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.