“Why God Loves Circles” sermon on Jan 13th

Illustration in the sermon

So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NLT)

To grow ____________, you have to be connected ______________. Andy Stanley

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)

What are the obstacles that keep me from living in community?

  1. Fear
  • Lack of trust
  • Impatience
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Ignorance
  • Low self-esteem

Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them[a] out of their resources.    Luke 8:1-3 NRSV

“Advent is Here Bringing Hope” sermon on Dec 23rd

Sermon Notes

“I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
    on those who are in awebefore him.
”     Luke1:46-50  The Message

#1 But look at their hope.  It is hope in God.

#2 Their hope is in a God who meets them where they are.

“He bared his arm and showed his strength,
    scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.” 
  Luke 1:51-53 The Message

#3 If Christ – not Caesar – is King, then there truly is hope for everyone.