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Sermon Notes for February 15, 2015 – The Walk Before God: Rediscovering Jesus’ Way


  Jesus revealed ‘the Way’ – a total life of ongoing interaction with God. The most expansive account of ‘the Way’ comes in Acts 24:14-16. Two main verbs shape this description. Living in ‘the Way’ means worshipping. Paul specifically links ‘the Way’ with the Patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Acts 24:14). Implicitly, ‘the Way’ goes back to Israel’s deep past and the patriarchs’ peculiar way of interacting with God. Jesus too links his ‘Way’ with the deep past. Matt. 11:28-30, ‘and you will find rest for your souls’, alludes to Jeremiah 6:16. This ‘Way’ that Jesus offers was already […]

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The Way Sermon Series


                              Sundays at 9:30 am and 10:30 am starting February 15th

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Sermon Notes for February 8, 2015 – The Gift of Mission: Secret Sustenance on Samaritan Soil (John. 4:1-44)


  The Samaritans and Jews were heirs to an age-old conflict. Samaritans considered themselves the true heirs of Abraham and believed the place God appointed for worship was on Mt. Gerazim. John 4 begins with a strange necessity overshadowing events. We are told in verse 4, ‘He had to pass through Samaria’. There is no geographical need to pass through Samaria. Social convention certainly doesn’t call for it. But Jesus must travel there. It was a necessity. Only later will we know why. Bridging Principle #1: Jesus interactions begin in a state of fatigue and need. He makes no effort […]

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Sermon Notes for February 1, 2015 – A Conquest of Mercy: God’s Blessing for the “Other Side” (Deut. 7:1-2; Mark. 5:1-20; 8:1-9, 14-21)


  In Jesus’ world there were plenty of long standing cultural hostilities. But one went back a thousand years: the Twelve Tribes of Israel vs. the Seven Nations of the Canaanites (Dt. 7:1-3). When Jesus says, ‘Let’s go over to the other side’ (Mk. 4:35). He was calling his apprentices into a center of cultural and religious conflict in the region of the Decapolis. His interactions model ‘first contact’ missions at its best. After the demons are cast out, notice the locals’ response (vv. 15-17). ‘And they became frightened…’. Fear is how we register the presence of a threat. As […]

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Sermon Notes for January 25, 2015 – Beyond Externals: Two Ideas that Block Faith and Defeat Community (Matt. 15:21-28)


  Jesus has been teaching about God’s project and the new way of being right required to live within that kingdom. It’s a way of being right from the inside out. But humans tend to get stuck on external stuff (Mt. 15:1-20). We tend to set up profiling methods. We almost always do this by using group identity markers to tell us what the ‘good person’ looks like – he looks like ‘us’. In Mt. 15:21-28, Jesus and his disciples are confronted with a human being with all the wrong things on the outside of the package. Jesus knew these […]

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Sermon Notes for January 18, 2015 – Expanding the Center: The Witness of Jesus’ Community (Matt. 9:35-10:15)


  Human beings tend to be side-takers. We habitually divide the world into ‘us’ vs. ‘them’. The comfort of finding oneself on the ‘inside’ is real. We clump up because we find well-being in connection and acceptance. But there’s a shadow side. We’ve all known the pain of exclusion – of finding oneself on the ‘outside’. As Jesus looked upon the multitudes, he felt compassion for each person. Jesus’ capacity for empathy was astonishingly expansive. But it was also incisive. He sees the roots of our pain (Mt. 9:36). We’re ‘mangled’ – wounded and incapacitated by our experiences. We’ve each […]

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Sermon Notes for January 4, 2015 – The True Identity of Jesus’ Apprentices (Matt. 5:13-20)


  The apprentice’s true identity comes from participating in God’s promise made to Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3). Salt, light, and a city upon a mountain are central metaphors for Israel as God’s instrument to remake humanity. ‘Salt of the earth’ (v. 13) evokes the ‘covenant of salt’ as an unending, irrevocable promise (2 Chron. 13:5). To remind Israel of his enduring presence, the LORD required salt in the prescribed sacrifices (Lev. 2:13, Num. 18:19, Ez. 43:24, also see LXX Lev. 24:7, Jub. 21:11, 11QTemple 20:13-14, and Mishnah Zebahim 6.5, Middoth 5.3). Thus salt became a sign gesturing toward God’s enduring presence […]

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