Sermon Series: Solid Souls

8/15 - 9/26/2021

Philosophers from Plato to Pixar all assume we have a soul. But what does that actually mean, and why does it matter? We will weave together Scripture, history, theology, and pop culture to reclaim the ancient concept of a soul. A soul is not afterlife vapor but something very real and very specific: the resurrection of the body. Jesus’ message is that the kingdom of heaven is here now.

Some think the state of our soul only comes down to one big spiritual decision in life. However, while we depend on the grace of God, our soul is shaped by life’s little everyday decisions, not just a few big ones. These small decisions in our relationships, in our work, and for ourselves put us on a trajectory towards a more solid soul, or a more shriveled soul, one that is isolated from others and God.

The choices that we make in every moment lead us toward heaven or away from it. Learn to see your life and the lives of others with eternal eyes, and learn how to live life in such a way that you find yourself on a trajectory toward fulfillment and flourishing.

Messages

9/18 - 9/19/2021 (September 18/19) | Solid Legacy

The difficulty in life is that too often we know what ought to be done and we don’t choose to do it. We have segmented the human experience into life stages that fool us into thinking we have plenty of time.We choose other things that are outside of our purpose. We choose things that shrink our souls. The problem is this lifetime is not a practice; we are on earth to live on mission. We are designed to work this world and to “bear fruit.” What fruit have you borne recently? What things have you done? No matter what stage in life, you are called to build and leave a solid legacy.

9/11 - 9/12/2021 (September 11/12) | Solid Purpose

Two truths: God wants good for you. You are not an accident. This means that God has an inten-tional purpose for your life. Secular organizations like to talk about purpose and meaning and values, but our true purpose, meaning, and value is only derived from the one that created the world and each of us. This week, we ask the question, “What is my purpose?” and explore together how we can ask God to reveal the answer so we might live into that purpose fully.

9/4 - 9/5/2021 (September 4/5) | Solid Living

Truth feels rare these days. This is not actually a new reality. As we read in the Gospels we see Jesus dealt with this problem too. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs his disciples to simply say yes or no, not bound by others expectation, but going further in love and grace. Unlike Pilate, who gives us an example of aban-doning the truth in the face of political and cultural pressures, we are called to solid living.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Living a life for Jesus is the most true way to live because it is aligned with the creator and creation. Living in truth frees you to be more you.

8/28 - 8/29/2021 (August 28/29) | Solid Relationships

What does it mean for our friendships, marriages, and families that we are souls? The truth is that every relationship is eternal. Your eternal soul is wrapped up in how you navigate your coworker, your father-in-law, your best friend, and your child. The question to help us understand this reality: Is your trajectory in these eternal relationships one that is one of anger or reconciliation? Christ calls us to reconciliation in all things. We are called to a heavenly trajectory.

8/21 - 8/22/2021 (August 21/22) | Solid Choices

People misunderstand heaven and hell as simply places where we go when we die. We do not understand that we can experience heaven here and now. Or we can experience hell here and now. It is each soul, each of us, who can make that choice right now. And why do things that feel like small choices matter? Because small sins compound, transforming our very reality into a living hell. The good news of Christ is we can make another choice: Repent and believe in the Gospel!

8/14 - 8/15/2021 | Solidify Your Soul

You are a soul. Scripture helps us understand that we are more than mere flesh and blood. We have spirit and body which means we are souls. We are eternal. That single revelation should change how we think about every decision we make. When we realize all of our life’s choices, pettiness, and strife are sitting before the throne of God, who do we want to be? Every single one of us is a soul and each of us has a choice: will we live lives with shriveled or thriving souls?

All Series

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?
Appeared
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