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A Word to the Wise

This 8-week series aims to provide practical insights for life issues from the book of Proverbs. Each week we will select a single verse from Proverbs related to issues like fear, anger, gluttony, and sloth.

The book of Proverbs is like a good dad, dispensing wisdom to his kids as
they walk along the road of life. The Proverbs are powerful because they are pithy and memorable. As we hear from different speakers during this summer series, we hope to provide practical insights in a light-hearted way.

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Another Kind of Life

This 9-week series will define the Gospel of The Kingdom of God. Many Christians think of the Gospel as something that forgives our past sins and secures our future in heaven. Period, end
of story. Jesus taught that the Gospel includes those truths, but it’s about far more than forgiveness and sin management. The Gospel of the Kingdom is the invitation that the good reign of God has come near. We will one day go to heaven, but until then, we get to be part of this great drama of expanding the Kingdom of God here and now. We get to become part of bringing a bit of heaven down to earth.

Jesus describes all of this in Matthew 13, which is one of the most critical chapters on the Kingdom of God. Rather than a “fear this world” kind of life, or a “grin and bear it” kind of life, Jesus invites us to another kind of life, which looks and feels more like Jesus, today. Paul said it well, “The Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). Life in the Kingdom starts today.

God and His Competitors

This 8 week series will expose the idols that Americans make as substitutes for God.  Many of these are prevalent in the church, and a few are more prevalent in the broader culture.  In Ancient Near East culture, these idols were tangible.  Speaking of the gods of Babylon & Assyria, Isaiah writes, The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form, human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine (Is. 44:13).

Humans are always looking for something transcendent.  In general, contemporaries know better than to ascribe worship to a wood carving, but that doesn’t stop us from giving our hearts to other things.  Or, sometimes we simply have false portraits of God, which dominate our thinking, because of our families of origin or because of unhealthy churches.  These false portraits inevitably affect our worship, prayer life, and sense of self.  In this series we will expose some of those false ideas, and simultaneously develop a portrait of God that reflects that God that Jesus revealed.

Songs of the season

We will harken back to the past with four wonderful Christmas Carols.  This series will explore the stories, theology, and Scripture related to five well-loved carols.  Teaching, singing, seeing, feeling them can add texture to our faith this Christmas season.  We hope that understanding the carols more will enhance our singing of them, and increase our joy in the advent season.

Good News For Friendship


We’ve selected an all church discipleship tool called Rooted for the fall, which will help align our church.  The Rooted Experience has the potential for bonding group members together, even as individuals in each group will discover the joy of regular rhythms of Bible, prayer, journaling, service, celebration, personal testimony, and more.

Engaging this material—as an entire congregation—will help build our theology and spiritual rhythms.  It will be a springboard to personal, group, and congregational growth and unity.  Messages will precede five weekly readings and reflections for individuals.

Broken To Beautiful

Have you ever experienced a strange mix of feelings toward the Church? Toward your own church? Like, you love your church, but you also are frustrated with The Church? You know that the church is the “bride of Christ,” that Jesus died for the church, and that He says the church is His “Plan A” for the world. And yet, you also know that the church is filled with people who still need a whole lot of redeeming! Or maybe, you even feel somewhat disconnected from the church, while remaining deeply attracted to Jesus.

We experience these contradictory feelings for a simple reason. The church is made up of messy people, like me. Early in 2022, we preached a series on the church aptly called, “A Beautiful Mess.” No New Testament church embodies that beautiful mess as vividly as the one in Corinth, Greece. In this series, we’re going to dig into what made this church so frustrating, and yet so special. We’ll be reminded of how wide God’s mercy is, to people like us, who are deeply in need of mercy.

God's Name

The centerpiece of this series will be Exodus 34:6-7, “He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.”  This is a critical scene at a critical juncture.  Moses is set to receive the 10 Commandments, for a second time.  He is brokenhearted over Israel’s rebellion, and he begs to see God’s glory.  This is what God reveals to Moses.  These verses are repeated dozens of times throughout the Scriptures, always harkening back to this original setting, where Moses received these “names” of God.  


Each week in the series, we’ll look at an attribute mentioned in Exodus 34 and then point it to Jesus. In the process, we hope to center ourselves on who God is–his full orbed goodness and grace to brokenhearted and rebellious people like us. 

Whispers from the Manger

This three week Christmas series will (re)introduce us to a few characters of the Christmas story that tend to get short shrift: Zechariah, Anna, and Simeon (Luke 1:57-2:35).  We’ll do three more biographical portraits of these three characters, and how their hopes were realized with the birth of the messiah.  We can find our own stories in their stories as well.  Their longings often represent ours during the Christmas season. 

Citizens of Another Kingdom

For most Christians, faith is reduced to “getting to heaven,” and being morally upright.  This creates Gospels of fire insurance and sin management.  These are critical, but inadequate.  Jesus’ most frequent teaching was on “The Kingdom of God.”  Pressed to define that, many Christians cannot do so.  In this series, we will understand the Kingdom of God, and how it differs from the Kingdoms of this world, which we all live in, and often pledge unholy allegiance to.

Through teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and numerous parables, we will learn that we are primarily citizens of a different kingdom, with different values.  The Kingdom of God is the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of ordinary men, women, and children.  It’s anywhere you look and see the will of Christ being done in this world.  And we will seek to bring more of Jesus’ heavenly kingdom vision to earth, where He wants it to proliferate.  Changing our vision has the power to change what we become.