Building off of the Parable of the Prodigcal Son (Luke 15), pastor Luke shared a powerful sermon on the beauty of being a church that feels like "home" for people who come to experience the love of God and love of others.
Continuing our series on Gospel & Community, pastor Luke looked at Hebrews 10:24-25 and discussed why gathering together is such an important aspect of the Church.
Please overlook the sound quality issues as we were unable to record via our usual process and had to pull audio from the Facebook Live feed!
In this sermon, pastor Luke looked at Romans 12:9-21, especially the Apostle Paul's invitation for us to "always be prepared to show hospitality." As a church that values the relationship between the gospel, community, and mission, the role of showing kindness to others is a powerful means of making a difference in people's lives. After all, as Luke points out, much of the Roman Empire was evangelized for Christ due to hospitality!
Check out the book that Luke mentioned, Total Church. It's a really helpful and practical read!
For the third sermon in our series, Finding Joy, Krystal Burke preached from Philippians 4:4-7 and talked about the need for us to follow the Apostle Paul's pattern of being aware, expressing thanksgiving, becoming content, and experiencing peace!
Looking to Jesus' promise in John 16 of turning his disciples' grief to joy, pastor Luke explored the relationship between worship, suffering, and the joy of the New Creation.
Introducing our sermon series, Finding Joy, pastor Luke shared some of the recent scientific findings about happiness. He then spend time providing a biblical-theology for "joy," a fruit of the Spirit and provided some practical activities you can do in order to have more joy!
The church is a space where people are supposed to be growing and being shaped and formed to become more like Jesus, more mature and more connected to God and each other and more engaged in God’s mission of helping the world know Jesus. This is how the early church was organized and reorganized! In this sermon, pastor Luke explored the types of characteristics that are important for a church to be able to encourage growth.
In Matt. 16:18, Jesus said that he would build his Church. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians that church leaders would equip the Church to build the Church.
In this sermon, pastor Luke talked about how a beautiful metaphor for the Church is that of a ship, yet the ship is a missional ship and it's navigating toward the Kingdom.
The Stoll Fire caused a significant amount of loss for the city of Red Bluff. In order to process this event, pastor Luke spent some time talking about suffering and the work of the Spirit, pressing into Psalm 34:18. We also spent time praying together.