The Sabbath is a gift to God’s people. It reminds us that God alone redeems and provides for us. It also provides us an opportunity to worship God with his people.
When Jesus calls disciples to follow him, he calls them to pick up their cross - an ancient instrument of torture - every day. Following Jesus is a whole-life commitment. That’s why we are commanded to love (or be loyal to) God with all of our ‘very muchness’. And when we truly understand who God is and what he’s done for us, devoting our lives to him will be the natural response.
Every day, a ancient Jewish person would recite the Shema, a creed found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 that forms the core of Old Testament theology and religion. This week, we look at the first half of this creed, focusing on who God is and what his name means. He is the god who is. At the Exodus and at the cross, God showed that he is above all other gods, yet he is our God.
Is it fair for God to choose Israel as his people and remove other nations from the promised land so his people could live there? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew looks at what it means to be chosen by God and how God is gracious in dealing with unrepentant people.
God's commands in the Pentateuch are not a series of hoops to jump through in order to earn God's favor. They ARE God's favor, but our hearts must be changed by God in order to participate in God's blessing.
Even though Israel disobeyed and failed to trust the God who had saved them from Egypt, he remained faithful to the promise he made to Abraham and still brought Israel to the promised land of blessing.
Scripture is more than a collection of stories and letters. It is one, unified story of how Jesus Christ is redeeming and restoring his fallen creation.
In this conclusion to our Ephesians series, Pastor Andrew gives an overview of the letter and encourages everyone to pick one takeaway from the series.
The church is a foothold in the dominion of Satan that Christ won by the death blow he struck against the forces of evil on the cross. While we wait for Christ's final victory, we are given weapons to hold his territory against the assaults of the wicked one.
In a day that Christians use Scripture to justify white supremacy, how should we handle texts, like Ephesians 6, that seem to justify slavery?
In this Easter Sunday sermon, Pastor Andrew examines common objections to the historical reality of Jesus’ resurrection and its implications for our lives today.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the crowd that greeted him was ready for an all-out, bloody revolt. In this Sunday's sermon, Pastor Andrew looks at the Old Testament expectation of a coming Jewish king and how Jesus is recognized as that king throughout the Gospel of John.
From Ephesians 5:3-20, Pastor Andrew talks through four ways to discern the difference between light and darkness.
This Sunday, Pastor Andrew preaches on Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Because we have been adopted and are being changed by Jesus Christ, we ought to love each other in the way that Christ has loved us.
This week, Pastor SJ preaches from Ephesians 4:17-24. Because we are being made new, we should take off sin - like taking off dirty clothes - and put on righteousness.
This Sunday, we learn that Jesus, from his position as head of the church, has gifted each one of his people with what is necessary to build up his body into the maturity of knowledge and love.
Because the church is united in Christ, Paul assumes we are living in close fellowship, and urges us to maintain our unity when sin threatens to break us apart.
What kind of love surpasses knowledge? We can grasp a love where someone gives up their life for a friend, but what about an enemy?
In this sermon, we examine the good news of the mystery that has now been made known to the world as well as Paul's ministry in proclaiming that gospel, even to persecution and death.
The Gentiles were once separated from God's covenant with Israel including the promises and access to God those covenants contained. But, Christ has made peace with God and united Jews and Gentiles together into one people of God.