Sermon Archive (Page 10)

Unlimited

When we think about boundaries it is easy to think only about those boundaries God has set for us, but it is also important to consider how God Himself has chosen to work and relate to us within certain boundaries. Why would an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God restrict Himself to the boundaries of time, space, temptation, and suffering? Join us for the conclusion of the Boundaries series to learn the answer and to discover the secret to living the unlimited…

The Prison of Pain

There has never been a society more averse to suffering than ours. We have perfected the art of reducing, eliminating, medicating – and if all else fails – hiding pain and suffering. But pain and suffering are an inescapable part of the human condition. The question is, to what end? Do the boundaries created by our frail bodies and the pain and suffering we endure in this life tell us anything about God? Join us for the next installment of…

Sex and Marriage

Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, it might appear as if our society has become more and more sexually promiscuous. In reality, however, we’ve probably just become more open about the promiscuity that has always existed. The early church faced a culture that had very destructive beliefs and practices related to human sexuality. One of the things that set early Christians apart was their understanding of the beauty and sacredness of human sexuality as designed by God.…

Temptation

You may not consider temptation to be a boundary God uses to direct your path, but throughout history, great people of faith have struggled with all kinds of temptations. Some successfully resisted, and others gave in, but all came to understand that the temptations they faced were boundaries marking out God’s place of protection and provision. Even Jesus faced intense temptation as He began His public ministry. In part six of Boundaries, we will consider the temptations Jesus faced and…

Credit Limit

Money is perhaps the most recognizable of all boundaries. Most of us have been in a situation where we have felt the constraints of not having enough money to do what we wanted or even needed to do. The Bible has a lot to say about money and how we use it – not because God needs our money – but because money and how we think about it is so deeply connected to our spiritual well-being. Join us for…

Making Time with Jesus

Have you ever wished for more time? Maybe it was so you could meet a deadline, or for a vacation to last a little longer. We have all felt like we are running out of time. In fact, the Bible tells us that our days are numbered! Time is an immovable boundary that forces us to make choices with what we will do with the limited time we have. “In the fullness of time,” the Bible says, Jesus entered into…

Fences, Neighbors, and Good Samaritans

The relationships we value create boundaries in our lives. A commitment to our spouse, our responsibilities to our children or parents, and the needs of friends all create certain limitations in our lives. These relational boundaries can be very difficult to identify and are frequently crossed. This creates relational conflict that impacts our lives in significant ways. Join us for part three of boundaries where we will look at four stories from the Bible the illustrate appropriate relational boundaries and…

Laying Down the Law

God’s perfect creation was a wide-open space with only one boundary marker. But because man chose to cross the only line God said not to cross, the human race has been imprisoned by the consequences of sin ever since. What began as one simple law forbidding Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of a particular tree became a law so burdensome that there was no hope of fulfilling it. Join us for part two of Boundaries where we will…

Hemmed In

You’ve probably heard the statement, “Great fences make great neighbors.” Regardless of how you feel about that phrase, you have likely experienced the benefit of healthy boundaries in certain relationships and the pain that comes with the lack of them in others. Healthy boundaries are important in other areas of life as well. From how we handle money and use our time, to how we deal with suffering and respond to disappointments, boundaries are a reality for all of us. Join…

Prince of Peace

When angels appeared to shepherds in the fields outside of Bethlehem, they declared, “Peace on earth, good will to men.” But centuries before, God had offered a clue about the mission of the coming Messiah when Isaiah said He would be called the “Prince of Peace.” How is it possible that a baby born in a barn to a poor refugee couple could bring about the peace that had so long eluded the wisest and most powerful kings? And if…

Everlasting Father

The Bible tells us that in “the fullness of time God sent forth His Son,” but even before the birth of Jesus, the great Advent Conspiracy had long been underway. One of the aliases the Prophet Isaiah gave Jesus was the “Everlasting Father.” Jewish and Christian scholars have debated this name for centuries. Isaiah was literally calling Jesus the “Father of Eternity.” Join us for part three of Alias where we will learn how Jesus came to give us the gift of…

Mighty God

Seven hundred years before Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to reveal four important clues about the coming Messiah. One of those clues was that He would be called “Mighty God.” This Hebrew phrase literally means “Hero-God.” God came to us in human flesh, the ultimate superhero in disguise. He would not only rescue us from sin and death, He would defeat those enemies once and for all. Join us for part two of Alias where…