Sermon

The Culture of Christ: "Our True Heritage"

Randy Christian

The heritage of a culture is the richness of values, beliefs and behaviors which characterize that culture.  For Christians, this means looking into the Word and understanding what God has already told us about belonging to Him.  We have a heritage—that which is passed on to us as members of the Culture of Christ.  We need to understand it, cherish it and live by it.

THE CULTURE OF CHRIST - Our True Heritage study guide

Ancient Tweets: "Parenting"

Randy Christian

Pretty much every parent has had this experience:  we bring our first child home from the hospital.  Emotion is running rampant.  We’re so happy and thrilled—and scared to death.  How can the doctors and nurses let us take this baby home—by ourselves!?  From the beginning of their lives, these little ones (who become big ones) present some of the biggest and most important challenges to us.  But God hasn’t left us entirely without guidance!

ANCIENT TWEETS - Parenting study guide

Father's Day 2018: "The Good Father"

Edmund Brooks

Some of us have had amazing experiences with our earthly fathers, but some, unfortunately, have left us hurt. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father is perfect, loving, and works for the good in everything. He is the perfect Father, and on this Father's Day, we look to God as an example and guide for what a good father should be.

FATHER'S DAY 2018 - The Good Father study guide

The Worship Paradox

Randy Christian

How many times have we heard “I just don’t get anything out of ‘church’” or “I come to worship to be uplifted, encouraged and fed”.  But it doesn’t happen.  Why not?  Because there is a paradox to worship.  For us to “get anything out of it”, we have to quit trying to “get” something and start giving worship to God.

THE WORSHIP PARADOX study guide

What's In A Name?: "Practicing Jesus"

Randy Christian

With those who call themselves Christian split into so many denominations today, any organization wanting to unite them has to come up with some idea of who is and who is not a Christian.  One organization came up with the idea that anyone who accepted Jesus as Lord should be considered Christian.  The problem with that is that Jesus said “no”.  In this study we explore what He said about those who belong to Him, and what that might look like for us today.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? - Practicing Jesus study guide

Faith is Life: "Faithful in the World"

Randy Christian

1 Peter 2:13-25

We are not of this world, but we are in it.  We live in this world, we interact with it—in fact we are sent here to represent Jesus to the world.  But the way we respond to the world is based on who we are, not how we feel about the world.  Whether people in authority or just people, we relate to them as Jesus does.

FAITH IS LIFE - Faithful in the World study guide

Faith is Life: "The Identity of the Faithful"

Randy Christian

1 Peter 2:1-12

The one who follows Jesus has to change his or her identity.  We can no longer align ourselves with different groups of people in the world.  Instead, we need to understand ourselves as God does, and live accordingly.

FAITH IS LIFE - The Identity of the Faithful study guide

Change of Heart: "Civil Disagreement"

Randy Christian

One of the most difficult things for people to do in the US today is to disagree without being personally attacking.  With electronic communication over personal, and people of all generations and backgrounds struggling with the use of appropriate “filters”, those with Jesus’ heart have to learn the balance Jesus’ mastered between loving people and condemning their behavior.

CHANGE OF HEART - Civil Disagreement study guide

Change of Heart: "A Driven Heart"

Randy Christian

When someone is said to “have a heart” for something, it implies that this motivates him/her.  So, it is reasonable to assume that whatever motivates us truly is our heart.  So, what does that say about us?  Paul’s life was totally turned around by his change of heart.  He not only wanted to share the gospel—he believed he would be miserable if he didn’t share the gospel.  His heart was driven by Jesus’ heart.  What does that look like for us?

CHANGE OF HEART - A Driven Heart study guide

Christmas People: "Jesus"

Randy Christian

Surely everyone understands that Jesus is the central person in the Christmas story.  But why?  To understand that, we need to know more about Jesus himself, and about the “Christ” of “Christmas”.  Who was he, and who exactly was the “Christ”—the Messiah of God

CHRISTMAS PEOPLE - Jesus study guide

Christmas People: "Shepherds"

Randy Christian

Shepherds were extremely common in first century Palestine.  So, it makes sense, but also is a little confusing, that God would grant them a special role in the welcoming of the Messiah to planet earth.  What was that role, and why did he pick common shepherds?  What should we learn from this about celebrating Christmas?

CHRISTMAS PEOPLE - Shepherds study guide

Christmas People: "Joseph"

Randy Christian

Joseph, one of the “royal family” of Christmas, was also the outsider.  He wasn’t the Messiah—he wasn’t even carrying the Messiah.  But he was tasked with protecting the baby God became and teach him as a Father.  But we know little about Joseph and therefore tend to miss the important life lessons he teaches us in the Christmas story.

CHRISTMAS PEOPLE - Joseph study guide

Escape: "Betrayal"

Randy Christian

Betrayal is a strong word, and it evokes strong emotion in the person who feels betrayed.  Jonah felt betrayed by God—and by God’s very nature.  Yet it was Jonah who betrayed God.  Like Jonah we tend to betray God and then try to lay the blame on God Himself.  But like Jonah, God doesn’t respond in kind to our betrayal.

ESCAPE - Betrayal study guide