Sermon Series: Knowing God

9/12 - 10/25/2020

How do you know God? This is a question that propels many into the church, Bible studies, prayer groups, and worship. This is a question that haunts Christians decades after their baptism, and it is the question we will explore as a community of faith as we read through the story of Exodus, when God was made known to God’s people through acts of salvation.

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10/24 - 10/25/2020 | Tabernacle

How do you know God? After thirty-nine chapters of Moses and the people learning to know the God of their ancestors, the Tabernacle is built. God chooses to take up permanent residence with the Israelites, guiding them on their journey. In the same way, God chooses to live within the church and our hearts, if we simply make room for the presence of the Holy Spirit.

10/17 - 10/18/2020 | Forgiveness

The people of God forget. This is a constant tale we read in scripture: God is faithful, offering salvation, and God’s people are forgetful, looking for salvation in the wrong places. Yet Moses has come to know God, and because of that he has real, true conversation with Yahweh, resulting in forgiveness and renewal of the covenant. Can we have the same honest conversations with the Almighty?

10/10 - 10/11/2020 | Sabbath

We worship a God who saves, creates, and rests. Moses has worked for so long to bring God’s people into freedom and new life, and finally they seem to have arrived. What does Moses learn about God now? God rests. It seems we forget this aspect of God in our busy lives, and yet the call to Sabbath, to know God even in rest and renewal, is expected of us too.

10/3 - 10/4/2020 | Creation

“…You shall be for me a priestly Kingdom and a holy nation.” In these words, God created a nation, a family, the people of God. In the chapters that follow this powerful proclamation, we witness God’s creativity in giving Israel the way of life that would form them into the people God hoped they would be. God’s creation is an on-going act, stretching from Genesis, to the birth of Israel, to our lives today.

9/26 - 9/27/2020 | Sustenance

“Is the LORD among us or not?” For many of us, this question is uncomfortably familiar after a year that has not gone as any of us expected. After witnessing the faithful rescue of God, this rag-tag group of travelers still isn’t sure of this God they are just beginning to know. Yet God’s gracious response to their doubts and to ours, is to answer their deepest needs.

9/19 - 9/20/2020 | Rescue

What does salvation sound like? Moses comes to realize God’s faithfulness after a round-about rescue through the Red Sea. In these verses we hear the words of someone who has experienced God’s salvation against impossible odds, and we witness Moses knowing God as more than a burning bush, but as salvation itself.

9/12 - 9/13/2020 | Calling

Many of us know the story of Moses accepting God’s call at the burning bush. Yet as he and Aaron began to live out God’s call, things seemed to get worse instead of better. Just as Moses is beginning to discover who God is, things go horribly wrong and Moses blames God for it all. Even as he expresses his anger in the wrong place, God’s patient love pushes Moses to continue fulfilling his call to help free the Hebrews.

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More Than Conquerors
5/14 - 6/19/2022
In the early first century, culturally speaking, everything was positioned around the idea that a nation ought to expand and conquer to accumulate power and influence. In this way, the movement that began with Jesus was positioned well to be a religion that was focused on going out in the world, spreading its message to new nations, and converting others to this system of beliefs. The world was primed for a religious movement that would respond to the great commission, and in effect, go forth and conquer. Yet, the church was not about conquering. It did not hope to extinguish and assimilate every other person and culture. Instead, the early church grew on the basis that it had the ability to universally speak to the human condition of brokenness and offer hope and promise in the wake of that very condition. The church would be more than the conquerors. Everyone was coming to believe in the promise of God. The Gospel reached into different cultures, differently idioms and languages altogether. In this message, they preached and believed that Jesus would return again, and would return again sooner rather than later. Nobody could have fathomed the idea that 2000 years into the future, we would still be waiting on this return. They were teaching each other lessons and lifting each other up in the hopes that they would be alive to see the grand return. However, those lessons taught have a practicality that transcends any time period. In growing over this time, the church moved beyond the disciples. What was once an effort of individuals and leaders who had all had direct connections to, and conversations with, the risen Lord now transitioned to a movement of different ages, nations, and races of converted believers who had simply heard the Good News of the Gospel. They would lean on their own spiritual experiences of the divine rather than tangible interactions with God Incarnate. What will leadership look like in this new Church? Who can be a part of this faith movement? What will be required to participate? Most importantly, how do those messages speak to us today?
4/23 - 5/8/2022
Easter has come, Christ has been resurrected. We have enjoyed the big celebrations, the Easter egg hunts, and the family meals, but we forget that there was more than an empty tomb after Christ was resurrected. There were more visits than the brief encounter of the women in the garden. A fully resurrected Christ is a free Christ. Jesus could have gone anywhere and done anything after the resurrection, and yet he chose to search for the disciples. Jesus sought out the ones who abandoned and failed him more than anyone else. The ones who swore loyalty disappeared. The ones who followed in his footsteps for three years turned their backs on the suffering Savior. The ones who pledged to help transform the world abandoned the mission in fear and shame. Yet the story of the cross and resurrection is true for each of us through the power of God’s grace: we are more than our worst moments. The worst thing is never the last thing. What might those disciples have been feeling after the cross? Can you imagine the deep silence between them? The shared knowledge of their failures? The unrelenting question: “What now?” Brene Brown defines shame as “an intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love, belonging, and connection.” It is not hard to imagine the deep shame of these disciples, one that each of them knew intimately and yet did not want to name. Shame assigns identity based on our worst moments. It thrives on secrecy. It is “the fear that something we’ve done or failed to do, an ideal we’ve not lived up to, or a goal we’ve not accomplished makes us unworthy of connection” (Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart, 137). We see over and over again in the Gospels and Acts scenes of redemption and healing through God’s grace. Jesus could have chosen to abandon the ones who left him at the cross, who pretended they did not even know him, to start from scratch with better disciples. Yet in God’s infinite grace and unrelenting love, the disciples were chosen for connection, relationship, and entrusted with the mission of Christ. Jesus confronts their failures head on. This is the Christian story: our deepest shame is redeemed and we are transformed into world-changing disciples