On the RAW podcast we'll be exploring topics related to the recent sermon, leadership, church news, and whatever else comes up! This is a "raw" episode one, which we hope you enjoy. We discuss the topic of our recent sermon, the church (found here: https://youtu.be/PUjVWgzG7UE).
Looking at Psalm 84, pastor Luke shared about how the posture of worship is grounded in recognizing and responding to both the "bigness" and "nearness" of God. What is worship? Surely it is feasting on the reality that while we draw near to God, he draws near to us; as we delight in him, he delights in us; and as we rejoice over him with songs, he rejoices of us with songs!
In this sermon, pastor Luke shared some thoughts on why the Church must embrace new wine and new wine skins as it seeks to be relevant for the changing culture. While remaining faithful to the teachings of Scripture, how can the Church continue to share the message of Jesus and his kingdom?
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.
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!
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.