JOY in Community: Paradox

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So far in Philippians, Paul has told us that salvation has been granted to us through faith in Christ (1:29) and that the good work begun in us by the Lord will be brought to completion upon the return of Christ (1:6). But what about the in-between time, this stage of salvation we now live in as those who are justified but not yet glorified? In this sermon, we get into the trenches of spiritual growth (i.e. sanctification), looking at how we grow and mature together into living out of the new creation we are in Christ. Join us we examine the paradoxical tensions of the Christian life from Philippians 2:12-18.

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Digging Deeper: Who I Am In Christ

JOY in Community: Humble Unity

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There is an additional key ingredient that is vital for being in biblical community together: HUMILITY! Without humility community will be shipwrecked quickly. But what does true humility look like and how can we cultivate it in our lives? As we will see as we look at Philippians 2:1-8, Christ himself is the ultimate expression of humility, and it is only as we come to him that we can hope to live with true humility in our shared life together.

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Digging Deeper: Child-like Humility

JOY in Community: Courageous Unity

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Philippians 1: 27-30 - This sermon takes a look at two more characteristics of biblical community: unity and courage. What does it look like to be unified as a church and how do we accomplish it? Furthermore, why is courage necessary in order for unity to be achieved? As we address these questions, we'll also be reminded that true unity and courage can only be present as our life together is grounded in the gospel and grace of Christ.

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Digging Deeper: Discovering Spiritual Gifts

JOY in Community: A Study in Philippians

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As we ramp up into our weekly activities it is a good time for us to revisit the importance of living in biblical community together. To do so we will spend some time in Paul's letter to the Philippians. This new series, entitled "JOY in Community" will help us remember one of the great privileges for all whose faith is in Christ: the offer of genuine relationships with others. As we look at Paul's prayer for the church at Philippi in Philippians 1:3-11, we will be prepared to come together to pray for our church as we enter our next season of community together.

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Digging Deeper: An Animated Tour of Philippians

Living the Dream - Repurposing Sin

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Genesis 50:15-26 - In this final sermon in our summer sermon series on Joseph we are reminded once again that God is always at work in the lives of his children. Regardless of the trials of life or our personal struggles with sin, the Lord is always with us. And because we have access to his grace through Christ, we are free to extend grace into the lives of those around us.

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Digging Deeper: Repurposing Sin

Living the Dream - Prosperity

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Genesis 46, 47 - What does it look like to truly have a "prosperous" life? Is it money, possessions, health, accomplishments, recognition? The list could go on and on. In this message, we will take a look at the prosperous life that Joseph's family comes into in Egypt. In doing so, we will be reminded that true prosperity has far more to do with being rightly related to God and others than anything else!

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Digging Deeper: The Prosperity Gospel

Living the Dream - A Story of Reconciliation

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All of us have experienced broken relationships where we are faced with the need to forgive or be forgiven and, hopefully, be reconciled. This is where Joseph finds himself in Genesis 45. The climax of the story...the moment of truth. Joseph's response serves as a wonderful example and lesson for us today. The same power that was available to him is available to us through Jesus and the power of the Gospel.

Living the Dream - Humility

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Genesis 44 - Joseph is in the middle of saving the world, his brothers are needing to be saved, and instead of handing out justice for the wrongs done against him, Joseph continues to test his brothers, trusting that God’s plan and purpose would ultimately be accomplished. His response, these 20 years later, is one of humility, and, believe it or not, even his dirty rotten brothers have been transformed to the point of being able to also demonstrate humility in the midst of their own trials. We have the same choice today as Joseph and his brothers had; respond to the circumstances around us by selfishly pursuing what we think is best, or humbly submit to the working out of God’s plan as he transforms us by his grace.

Living the Dream - God is BEYOND Our Understanding

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We continue our summer sermon series on the life of Joseph, with Genesis 43, where the story has the brothers going back to Egypt. Even though Jacob and the brothers can't begin to fully understand what is going on, little by little, we can see them beginning to recognize the sovereign hand of God at work. As we walk with the Lord, there are great truths to be learned from their experiences.
God's ways are not our ways. He is beyond our understanding!

Living the Dream - Guilt

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In Genesis 42 the Lord begins to bring about circumstances which will lead to reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers. In order to bring this about, the brothers must come to a place where they confess their guilty actions toward Joseph to the Lord. This raises a good question for us: what exactly is the role of guilt in the Christian life? As we will see in this passage, the Lord desires to use guilt over sin as a vehicle for extending his grace to us.

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Digging Deeper: When Guilt Overwhelms

Living the Dream - Faithfulness

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Genesis 41:37-57 - As the story continues, Joseph begins to experience new challenges to his faith that are very different than what he has experienced to this point. As he does so, this message takes a look at how he remains faithful to the Lord and what we can learn about how the Lord cultivates increasing faithfulness to him in our own lives.

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Digging Deeper: Cultivating Faithfulness

Living the Dream - Forgotten?

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Have you ever been forgotten? Though we see Joseph forgotten by others at the end of Genesis 40, he is never forgotten by the Lord. As we look at chapter 41, we see Joseph finally taking the first steps of coming fully into God's calling on his life. It is a reminder for those whose faith is in Christ to remain active in our faith even when it seems like nothing is happening, trusting that we are never forgotten by the Lord.

Living the Dream - Waiting

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As we continue our study of the Joseph story, in Genesis 40 we find Joseph in prison waiting. Waiting is a common part of our lives, and is often very difficult. This sermon focuses on how Joseph waited for God's promises to be fulfilled in a very difficult situation and how we should wait here in this fallen world for Christ's promised return.

Living the Dream - Testing

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As we continue to look at the life of Joseph, we will see this week how his faith is tested in Genesis 39. As he encounters an unknown culture that presents new and unexpected challenges to his faith, he will learn that the Lord is always with him. The same is true for those who follow Christ; even as we experience various trials and temptations in this life, the Lord uses these as opportunities to build genuineness and perseverance into our faith as we remember that he is always with us.

Living the Dream - Courage

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Genesis 38 - In this sermon, we take a brief detour from the life of Joseph in order to examine the life of one of his brothers, Judah. Though Judah begins as one who carelessly lives his life along the lines of his own whims and self-gratifying appetites, he comes to the see the error of his ways and is transformed by the Lord. As we look at his life, we will be reminded that God's grace extends to all of us through Christ, regardless of our past.

Living the Dream - Growth

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This Sunday we continued our "Living the Dream" series on the life of Joseph. As we looked at Genesis 37:12-36, we saw how Joseph's faith in the Lord grew, giving him the ability to endure suffering at the hands of his brothers. Likewise, in order for our faith in the Lord to grow, times of suffering are often necessary. However, it is also in these difficult times that we can experience the faithfulness of the Lord in new and deeper ways.

Living the Dream - The Joseph Story

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One of the major themes of the Joseph story is that God is always at work in the lives of those who trust in him. Though there are times it is difficult for us to see God at work in our circumstances, this story reminds us that "he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6) because "we know that for those who love God all things work together for good" (Romans 8:28).

New Song

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This sermon looks at David's testimony of the Lord's deliverance recorded in Psalm 40:1-3. He found himself in a predicament, took a certain posture, after which he made a proclamation. While reading the passage you will likely reverberate familiarly with David regarding a current or former life situation.

Conversations With Christ - Part 2

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In this Easter Sunday message, we consider what kind of life Christ offers to us. His work on our behalf is not contained to merely his death, but also includes his resurrection, and he now offers his resurrection life to us in order to restore us to the life we were created for. To explore this we will look at another one of Jesus' conversations, one with a guy named Nicodemus, who, like us, is curious about the kind of life Christ offers and how we can experience this life