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.