2012

The Christ of Christmas Future

We share something in common with the very first people who were waiting for Jesus to come: Anticipation. We have looked at his first coming, when he came in weakness. But the anticipation of his second coming gives us a heart victory, a shared victory and a final victory that enable us to keep Christmas joyfully and generously.

Bible Reference: Revelation 19.6-8, 11-16

Help My Unbelief

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Many of us live with anxiety, frustration and fear because we don’t see how big Jesus is. Mark’s Gospel, though, reports on an event that can help give us a more accurate view of who Jesus is based on what we see in his disciples’ failure, a father’s fight for his son, and Jesus’ focused response.

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The Christ of Christmas Present

The incarnation is the story of the most drastic immigration the world has ever known. Jesus came to us (and became like us) in order to liberate, mediate for us and cooperate with us and with his father. Where do we see his work in these areas being done around us now, in this city, during this Christmas season?

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The Christ Of Christmas Past

In Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge’s life was changed when he got a look at his past, present and future. From that point on, he was known as a man who “kept Christmas well.” This classic holiday story has an air of truth about it: In the Bible’s Christmas story, we get a look at our own past, present and future. What we see in the past tells us about God’s willingness, faithfulness and lowliness.

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Kingdom Reconciliation

If Jesus is our king, what are his hopes and goals for his people? What is he leading his kingdom toward? The Bible tells us that Jesus’ kingdom draws in people of every tribe and tongue, and in our Lord’s prayer for his people, we get a glimpse of what that looks like and how it works.

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Sermon Guide: Kingdom Reconciliation

Kingdom Expansion

If Jesus is our king, what is his kingdom like? Why is he concerned with expanding his kingdom? And where do we get the resources to take part in that expansion?

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Sermon Guide: Kingdom Expansion

Kingdom Devotion

If Jesus is our king, what is his kingdom like? What relationship should we have to one another and to the kingdom to come? This week, we look at our devotion to God’s kingdom.

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Sermon Guide: Kingdom Devotion

I Second That Devotion

Rev. Thurman Williams of New Song Community Church in Baltimore shares about the importance and centrality of devotion in our lives, and points us toward the ultimate devotion shown to us by Christ.

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Sermon Guide: I Second That Devotion

Jesus On Freedom

We apologize for the hurricane-induced delay in posting this week’s sermon.

Sermon Guide: Jesus On Freedom

Jesus On Party Lines

Party lines are nothing new, and the divide between Republican and Democrat has existed between social, religious and cultural parties throughout history. But when we’re desperate, we’re willing to cross lines. What can a gentile woman’s desperation for Jesus teach us about what it means to be follow him today?

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Sermon Guide: Jesus On Party Lines

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