Made to Flourish :: Uncommon Grace for the Common Good
God has made human beings in such a way that we will really, truly, and fully flourish only when we flourish others. When we are "the flourishing presence of Jesus in every sphere of life," things change. Both we and our neighbors flourish. The Church grows and our neighbors are grateful for our presence - whether they believe or not! God's church has unique and incredible contributions to make in this world that only we can offer. Not because we are particularly gifted, but because we are especially gifted - and that gift is Jesus Himself. That gift of grace transcends and is magnified by our every blemish, it is the impetus of our every love. In Jesus, we risk nothing, want nothing, and lack nothing. What do you have to lose? Nothing. For more, see our blog post about the Made to Flourish series.
With :: An Ever-Present God in Every Inch of Life
The Psalms are a rich storehouse of 150 singable truths that give voice to every dimension of human experience: the mountain-top highs, the deepest of valley lows, and everywhere in between. Yet, in the midst of that beautiful diversity, there is a unifying theme woven into a rich tapestry from beginning to end...God with us. He is not merely aware, not merely available, He is THERE. With you. His sheer presence transforms our affections and upends our perspective. There is nothing, no inch of life, that is not altered for the better, no aspect of our reality that is not moved progressively closer to the way it ought to be. For more, see our blog post about the With series.
Epilogue | Intro :: God's Story Is Our Story
After His resurrection, Jesus shows his disciples that this is not the end of the story, but the re-beginning of the same true story God has been authoring since before time and cosmos began. It's not a man-made myth that resonates with our experience (though it does!), it's the redemptive history of humanity that transforms how we experience God, reality, and our part of the unwritten story to which we've been invited. In other words, this epilogue to the resurrection story is the introduction to our life's story. For more, see our blog post about the Epilogue | Intro series.
Cross + Crown :: The Gospel According to Mark
Advent is a season of both long-awaited anticipation and shocking arrival. Despite the hinting breadcrumbs sprinkled throughout history and scripture, no one could have called the arrival of God-as-man. Despite our familiar Christmas nostalgia, the Christmas season gives us the opportunity to see the birth of Jesus as the beginning, climax and culmination of our longing: God-with-us.
You Are What You Love // Values Sermon Series
Our hearts, out identities, our very selves are shaped by the trajectory of our love. To say we have "Core Values" doesn't only mean "we like these things," but also that these are the things that shape our hearts and inform our priorities as a community. In short, this is our "DNA" as a church.
Disclaimer: The "Imago Dei" sermon audio quality is less than ideal due to some technical difficulties.
Mission // Vision Sermon Series
Summary: While easily the most ambiguous part of our Mission statement, the entire narrative of the Christian bible provides a vivid picture of how God's people (and all of humanity for that matter) are called to "Cultivate Beauty" as part of every day life. But how do we define beauty? How do we cultivate it? Answering those questions are almost as important as getting a sense of God's beauty and rediscovering imagination.
Summary: No one would say "Love People" is a bad idea (especially for a church!), but it is a deceptively challenging and powerful calling for a community. Jesus' conversation with a Samaritan Woman provides both an incredibly personal roadmap and a powerful catalyst for how we hope to "Love People" at The Table... as well as how we expect to depend on grace in the midst of failing to love well.
Summary: Who is God? How do we know Him? Our answers to those two questions define what kind of a church we hope to be, how we treat people, and are The Table's very foundation. The Parable of The Prodigal Son (or "The Tale of Two Sons") gives us a vivid and powerful image of how Jesus empowers us to be a "community where you don't have to believe in order to belong."
Preview Sermons (Various)
Until we have more services in Fall 2016, feel free to listen and download any of the following as a preview...
Summary: This is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied passages in scripture. What appears on the surface to be socially restrictive and oppressive is actually one of the most culturally revolutionary and progressive statements about marriage in history.
Summary: When the bottom falls out and our expectations are dashed upon the rocks, sane minds would doubt and question the existence of a good and loving God. Yet Jesus does not wave a magic wand and change our circumstances to make us more comfortable. Instead, He offers Himself as comfort in the midst of impossible circumstances and unmet expectations.
Summary: What is truth? Is it your definition or mine? How do we know, and why is that even important? Our "True North" is not ultimately a belief statement or sincerely held opinion of how the world works, but a person... and that Person makes all the difference in the world.
Summary: We give and receive a lot of gifts during Christmas, but what makes a gift such a gift? What is the most loving gift of all? It might not be quite as obvious as most think.