The God of Peace in the Midst of Anxiety

We all wrestle with anxiety. For some, it's obvious; for others, it's hidden well. At times, it's a mild uneasiness; at other times, it's a debilitating fear. However it manifests itself, experiencing anxiety is part of the human experience. And yet, the Apostle can write that we should be anxious about anything. What does he know that we don't? 

(note: Pastor Mike meant to credit Dane Ortlund for the backstory of "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go" at the end of the sermon.)

Who We're Becoming: The Happily Rooted

The Declaration of Independence includes "the pursuit of happiness" among the unalienable rights granted to every human being. And we are a people who relentlessly pursue happiness. Yet, study after study shows that we're not a particularly happy people. So then what is the key to happiness? Psalm 1 provides an answer. To hear more, you can listen to our sermon from this past week.

Who We're Becoming: The Meek

Many of us wonder whether Jesus' teachings actually "work" in real life or whether they're just pie-in-sky, wishful thinking. And in our world where things like aggression and self-promotion are seen as keys to success, perhaps no teaching of His elicits more incredulity than Matthew 5:5 - "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." How can this be true? 

Jesus and Our Hiding Places

Genesis 2:25 tells us that when God created Adam and Eve, they were "both naked and were not ashamed." They were both known and vulnerable without shame or fear. But once they sinned, they experienced shame in their nakedness, which led to fear, which led to hiding. And ever since then, shame has been a central element of the human condition, causing us to hide from God, one another, and even ourselves. But the Good News is that Jesus meets us in those very hiding places. 

Do You Want to Be Healed?

In John 5, Jesus approaches a man who's been immobilized for 38 years and asks him, "Do you want to be healed?" This seems like a silly question. Isn't the answer obviously "yes?" After all, who wouldn't want to be healed? But perhaps the answer isn't as obvious as it appears. Perhaps we actually don't want to be healed after all. What might keep us from wanting healing, and what does the journey of healing look like?

Preparing Them to Be Sent: Jesus Prays That We Would Be With Him

According to a former U.S. Surgeon General, loneliness is a "growing health epidemic." In a recent survey, 2 in 5 Americans said that they sometimes or always feel that their relationships aren't meaningful (43%) and that they are isolated from others (43%). Earlier this year, the U.K. appointed a "Minister for Loneliness" to try to address the issue. Loneliness and social isolation are a growing issue throughout late-modern societies. In such a context, what, if anything, does the church have to say and do? 

God is in Control

God's heart is for every nation and every people group on earth. His redemptive love is offered to all peoples. And in His grace, He also grants us the privilege to play a role in the great story of salvation that He's writing. To hear more about the breadth of God's love and our role in making it known to others, you can listen to this week's sermon from our guest speaker.