Colossians 1:1-5 || To The Saints

Lord of All (A Study Of Colossians) Series || The rapid spread of the Christian faith is one of the more remarkable developments in human history. Central to the process was the early church's conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is truly Lord of All. As the Apostle Paul made clear to the Colossians, this truth transforms not only how you think of Jesus but also how you approach daily life. In this opening sermon verses 1-5 remind us that our faith in Jesus is evidenced by our love for all the saints.

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Hebrews 12:1-3 || The Lord of All

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || In this Long Expected series, we have seen how Jesus perfectly fulfills the roles of Man, Prophet, Priest and King, giving Him the titles Man of Hope, Prophet of Peace, Priest of Joy, and King of Love. As we conclude this series we are reminded He has another title; Lord of All. How does Jesus' first Advent impact us? Since Jesus is the Lord of all, what is required of us?

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Hebrews 1 || The King of Love

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || CS Lewis said in Mere Christianity 'Christ says, "Give me All. I don't want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good...Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked--the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.'" Jesus is the King who sits enthroned forever, and He demands entire surrender, and our absolute allegiance.

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Hebrews 7:1-28 || The Priest of Joy

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || Who is Melchizedek? Is he a random, insignificant Old Testament figure? What does he have to do with the priesthood of Jesus? And what does all of this have to do with Advent? Hebrews 7 helps answer these questions, and shows us how Christ's priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood which makes Jesus our Priest who is forever interceding on our behalf, and through whom we are grafted in as God’s children (branch).

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Hebrews 2:5-18 || The Man of Hope

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || Prophecies like Numbers 24:17 and Zechariah 6:12-13 filled the Jewish people with a hope that God would one day send a Deliverer. The star, the branch, and the scepter became symbols associated with this messianic figure who would fill the roles of Prophet, Priest and King. Prophet: The One who reflects the Light of God’s Word (star). Priest: The One interceding on our behalf and through whom we are grafted in as God’s children (branch). King: The One who will reign over all creation forevermore (scepter). In this first sermon of our Advent (meaning “arrival” or “coming”) series we reflect on the first coming of Jesus, this long expected Messiah, the Son of God, who humbled Himself by entering our world as a little baby, and rejoice that He is our Prophet, Priest and King.

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Luke 24:36-53 || The End of the Beginning

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || The ascension of Jesus is more than an afterthought. It is the end of the beginning of God fulfilling His plan to rescue His people through His Son. In this final sermon in our study of Luke's Gospel, we consider the implications of the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of His heavenly reign.

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Luke 24:1-12 || He is Risen

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || Possibly the most important words ever spoken to mankind are found here in Luke 24:6: An angel tells the women Jesus 'is not here, but has risen.' The empty tomb is an integral part of the gospel. If Christ was not raised from the dead then our faith is in vain and we are still dead in our sins. CS Lewis once famously said 'Jesus Christ was either a liar, a lunatic, or He was who He said He was.' If Jesus did in fact rise from the dead then He is who He said He was and every single word of His should impact and shape every single aspect of our lives.

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Luke 23:50-56 || Here We Stand

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || Church history is the story of different people serving the purposes of God in their unique generations. As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we look at  Joseph of Arimathea at the end of Luke 23, as well as Martin Luther, who both stood for truth in their own generations. Looking at both of these men we are reminded that despite all that happens in the world around us God continues to build His Church and He chooses to use those who stand for truth. And we pray we would be faithful in our own day as we seek to stand for truth in our culture and and that we will join the long line of saints, like Joseph of Arimathea, Martin Luther, and countless others, to say 'Here we stand, so help us God.'

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Luke 23:26-49 || Innocence & Irony

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || It's easy to read through Luke 23 and Jesus' crucifixion and focus on ourselves and the benefits we receive from HIs death. It's certainly not wrong to point out those benefits, but it would be incomplete if we look solely at what we get out of it. In this text we see 4 truths about Jesus that we benefit from, no doubt, but truths that ultimately focus our hearts on Him. Those 4 truths we see are: Jesus was a teacher, compassionate, in control, and innocent to the end.

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Luke 22:63-23:25 || Prevailing Voices

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || What we do and why we do it is shaped by the voices we listen to. On Good Friday Jesus is put on trial multiple times by multiple groups and individuals. Each of these groups and individuals that play a role in this story listen to and are shaped by specific voices; what are they?

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Luke 22:39-53 || The Hour of Darkness

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || In this middle part of Luke 22 we see the humanity of Jesus, the Son of Man, on full display. We see Him wrestle with the desire to avoid the cross if possible. And we also see Him do what we could never do; fully embrace the Father's will. Finally, in what might seem a strange twist to the story, we are reminded in His interaction with His disciples and His captors He was still fully the Son of God.

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Luke 22:24-38, 54-62 || Sifted Servants

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || Jesus tells Peter in Luke 22 of his (Peter's) denial, but also tells him that when he turns back he is to strengthen his brothers. We are reminded here that God can and does use our weakest moments to strengthen others, and sometimes the trials He allows us to go through are for the sake of others.

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Luke 22:1-23 || A Traitor at the Table

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || Luke 22:23 tells us the disciples were surprised by Jesus' claim that one of them will betray Jesus. This statement demonstrates to us that, despite knowing, Jesus never treated Judas differently than the other disciples. He showed the same love and extended the same call to Judas as He did to the other disciples. And we see here in Luke 22, even traitors are welcome at the Lord's table.

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Luke 21:5-38 || It's the End of the World As We Know It?

Scars (The Gospel of Luke) Series || Luke 22:23 tells us the disciples were surprised by Jesus' claim that one of them will betray Jesus. This statement demonstrates to us that, despite knowing, Jesus never treated Judas differently than the other disciples. He showed the same love and extended the same call to Judas as He did to the other disciples. And we see here in Luke 22, even traitors are welcome at the Lord's table.In Luke 21 Jesus makes a bold prophecy concerning the Temple which leads to discussion about the end times. As Christians, how are we to approach and understand difficult texts like this?

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