Many people assume there is a conflict between science and faith and that science has disproven the Bible. Others reject Christianity because they do not believe that miracles exist. In this talk, pastor Luke shares a variety of ways that Christians interpret Genesis and the creation story as well as explains why a purely naturalistic worldview that's opposed to the existence of miracles is a logically incoherent perspective.
Reconciling how God can be both loving and allow suffering and / or evil is a challenge that many non-Christians have with Christianity. And let's face it, this issue is challenging for Christians too! In this sermon, pastor Luke shared a number of ways that Christian thinkers have engaged the topic and wrestled with the problem of evil and human suffering.
Many people have asked whether Christianity is oppressive to women based on the way that women have often been marginalized and overlooked throughout history. In this sermon, pastor Luke provided the biblical-theological and practical reasons why the Vineyard believes women can serve in leadership roles within the church. Building on a robust look at the whole of Scripture and engaging in a strong look at the culture surrounding the text of Scripture most often used to keep women from leadership, this talk provoked a lot of great discussion!
A popular question people have about religion in general is this: how can there be only one true religion? In this sermon, pastor Luke addresses some of the assumptions that underly this question and demonstrates that everyone has views and opinions on religion... the key question is why those views are held. In light of Jesus' statement that he was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), people must wrestle with his claims for he is, as C. S. Lewis suggested, either Lord, a liar, or a lunatic.
The Reason for God, by Tim Keller.
Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis.
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, Lesslie Newbigin
Many people have questions about what Christians believe and why they believe. In this new series, The Reason for Faith, pastor Luke is providing answers to some of the toughest questions that people have about Christianity. In this first sermon, we're introduced to the challenges Christianity faces and encouraged to engage in the life of the mind as a crucial component to our spirituality. After all, Jesus told us that we are to love the Lord with all of our being, including our mind (Mark 12:30).
Looking to 1 Thessalonians 1, pastor Luke shared how the early church preached the gospel by word, works, and wonders. This missional method was developed in the home and formed the context for the early church's rapid growth.
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!