Sermons

Psalm 23: Rest for the Weary

You’ve got the map out. “Where are we going?” you, the passenger, asks almost panicked. You can’t remember the last time you felt like you knew exactly where you are. The driver doesn’t really know either. “I feel like we made the right ‘left’ back there, but now I’m not so sure. I think we may be going in the wrong direction.” As the driver says those words, you enter a stretch of road that feels very risky. You blurt out, “this does NOT feel safe!” The driver says “What does the GPS say?” You reply, “remember how it’s broken and you refused to get it fixed? Now look where we are!”

Who do you trust to guide you to a safe place? A place where you can rest; a place you can be refreshed; a place that’s safe, even in a crazy world? The writer of Psalm 23 has asked those exact same questions and has discovered that there is a Shepherd that he can trust. There is a Shepherd he can follow. Join us for 4 weeks as we rediscover God as the Shepherd of our lives. He can be trusted to lead us and protect us and shelter us in the midst of every storm and situation the world can throw at us.

Jesus. Promises Made. Promises Kept.

So you finally have it...your first Bible. You've heard that there are like 66 books wrapped into one book. So, you think to yourself, "Should I start with the first book? Is it like a choose your own adventure sort of thing? You crack the cover and see that there's an 'old' and a 'new' part." But you think, "If I start with the new part, will it be like I missed the first season of a sitcom?" "Fine," you think. "I'll start at the beginning."

A few months later, you've made it through the Old Testament, and wow do you have questions! You've got the basics down...there is a God who made everything, including you. Your great great grandfather sinned and that caused a separation between God and man. But, God is trying really hard to make things right again...make it like it was in the beginning. But God's got a lot of work to do, so He starts making promises about a person, a Savior that is going to be born in the future.

These promises are huge, and as each one is fulfilled through Jesus, God gets one step closer to us and we get one step closer to him. And it all leads up to....da da dah...a horrible death on a cross? The hero dies? What in the world are we going to do now? Join us this spring to hear about the incredible promises God made and the amazing way Jesus made them "promises kept."

Resolved

5, 4, 3, 2, 1……HAPPY NEW YEAR you scream as the confetti swirls and kisses are exchanged. You’ve told yourself for weeks that 2018 is the year you’re gonna do that thing that’s really a struggle for you or not do that thing you always feel guilty about. 

Promises, promises. Why do we make them? Are we compelled by society to be happier, richer, more beautiful, or more successful? TV programs pitch the perfect life. Magazines show us how we are supposed to look, what to wear, and what car to drive. And so we all on some level aspire to pull ourselves up from the bootstraps so that we can say, “I made it” and, “I made it all by myself!” Willpower is a cruel master. 

But what does God say? He says that we should look to our maker to determine our worth, we should trust our Father that He is in control, and we can believe that He is working all things together for our good. 

Using Joshua 24:15 we are exhorted to “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served…or the gods in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Our prayer is that we will all see that lasting resolutions are founded on reality and fueled by deep conviction. What we truly believe, we act on. This year let’s make resolutions that make life worth living!

Rescue

What’s in a name? What could people discover if they only knew your first name? How about your last? Your name is ripe with historical truths and genealogical connections...stories about who you are, where you’re from, and many times where you’re headed. 

Now what if you had “the” most powerful name in history? Think about the ramifications of Acts 4:12. 'And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Driven to know this Name, we turn to Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Join us this Christmas season as we realize and recognize that there is wisdom, power, hope, and peace in the Name and person of Jesus.

Perpetual Hope

Most of us wander through life looking for purpose and direction. We struggle under the weight of past regrets. We long for happy marriages or to be free from suffering. We want to do what is right and then be recognized for the good we do. Faced with unrelenting life under pressure, we cling desperately to an illusory hope.

In Jesus we at last find hope and the firm foundation of a life grounded in God. Through his resurrection, we find purpose and redemption. Because of Jesus, we are free to live with purpose in community with others. We discover that through his grace we can live under authority, endure suffering and forgo any right to recognition.

Join us as we discover the reassuring delights of Perpetual Hope.

Living a Legacy

As school begins and families jump back into the crazy pace of life, The Chapel wants to encourage you with four Biblical truths that will help families find strength and hope during seasons of weariness.

God At Work

Christians must regularly remember the mighty works of God—specifically in the person of Jesus (2 Tim 2:8). We who are saved by grace are part of God’s workmanship and must walk in good works (Eph. 2:10). Our focus on the work of God in our church and our own lives will encourage gratitude, stimulate faith, and remind us of the hope we have in the gospel. The work of God is not done. 

Welcome Home

The heart of hospitality is to use our personal space for the good of others. God invited us to join his family, and we should do the same for others.  We, who have been changed by Jesus have the incredible opportunity to display God's love and to see the world changed--one space at a time.

  • Wk. 1:  Eph. 2:11-22 God has brought us into his home and family.
  • Wk. 2:  1 Peter 4:7-11 Show hospitality within the church family.
  • Wk. 3:  Lev. 19:33-34, Heb. 13:1-2 Use your home as  space for strangers to enjoy hospitality.
  • Wk. 4:  Rom. 12:1-2 Generous hospitality is counter-cultural, a radical departure from the way of the world to the way of Christ.
Jonah

In the Book of Jonah, we see both the heart of God for this world and how God’s people can react to that heart. Jonah reminds us that God will go to great lengths to bring the nations to himself, and that there is no other method to do it than through his people. Even amidst his people’s disobedience and bitterness, God brings his gracious purposes about to reveal his salvation to the world.

Key Verses:
 
Jonah 2:9
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!
 
Jonah 4:10-11
And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

Job

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He Lives

He lives! And everything changed!
 
The doubter became the devoted. The denier of his Master became the defender of the faith. The persecutor of the believer became the preacher of the Word. The results of the resurrection were immediate and long lasting.
 
The profound changes in the lives of the first century followers of Jesus both encourage and challenge us to look at the impact of the resurrection in our own lives. The resurrection means we can live with great expectation and the bold assurance of our salvation. Because he lives, we have a living hope.
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

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