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Upside Down: Week 6 (Sermon Notes)

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Big Idea: The earliest Jesus-followers formed an incredible community characterized by common devotion, deep relationships, and selfless generosity. Devotion to Jesus expressed in community is just as much the pathway to wholeness today as it was in the first century.  Passage: Acts...

Upside Down: Week 4 (Sermon Notes)

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Big Idea: From the beginning, the gospel has been a threat to those in positions of power. The authorities in the time of the early church tried to shut down the Jesus movement with threats and then violence. But how can you threaten people who don’t fear death? The early church continues...

Upside Down: Week 3

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Big Idea: One day a crippled man asked two Jesus-followers - Peter and John - for some money, and the man ended up getting way more than he ever expected… he was healed! What Jesus did for that man’s legs is a symbol of what Jesus wants to do for all of us. And as Peter and John...

Upside Down: Week 1

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Big Idea: The earliest followers of Jesus grew from a small band of outsiders to the largest global movement the world has ever seen, and the book of Acts records the beginning of that process. Over the next several weeks we’ll see how the story of Jesus continued to unfold after the...

Easter 2018

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Big Idea: Is life random, or does everything happen for a reason? Is there meaning and purpose behind what we experience? This Easter, Phil taught how the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection puts these questions in context, and makes new life possible through the power of faith...

The King and The Kingdom: Conflict - Part 4

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Big Idea: On the night before Jesus was arrested, he celebrated the Passover meal (a traditional annual Jewish celebration) with his disciples. Passover celebrates God’s act of delivering the nation of Israel from Egyptian captivity. At this meal, Jesus showed how God’s past...

The King and The Kingdom: Conflict - Part 3

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Big Idea: On one of the final days before his trial and crucifixion, Jesus shares a meal with some of his closest friends. The dinner party becomes an occasion for Jesus to illustrate one of the deepest truths about God: God can take what is ugly and broken, and turn it into something beautiful...

The King and The Kingdom: Conflict - Part 2

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Big Idea: As Jesus nears the end of his life, his conflict with Israel’s leaders heats up to a boiling point. In a very public confrontation, Jesus explains that the ones entering God’s kingdom are those who have repented. Phil taught that this message still holds true for us today...

King and the Kingdom: Stories - Part 4

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Big Idea: Jesus often spoke in parables to illustrate truths about the Kingdom of Heaven in story form. This weekend, Krissy Hanna taught on the parable of the vineyard workers and led us to explore our human sense of fairness in light of God’s extravagant grace.   Passage...

The King and The Kingdom: Stories - Part 3

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Big Idea: This week we paused from our Kingdom Stories series to mourn and reflect on the string of deadly violence that has dominated the headlines over the last few weeks. Phil taught that the first part of a Christian response - before activism and public debate - is empathy that puts us in...

 

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