This Sunday, we begin a new worship series called The Life of Joseph. We remember him as a prophetic dreamer and a redeemer. But, like all of us, Joseph is more than his highlight reel. Joseph’s life was anointed—but before he learned to use his divine gifting he brought great pain upon himself and his family. Joseph’s life shows us the dangerous ways we can misuse our spiritual gifts—and his story can teach us how to carry them rightly. We all have holy gifts—listen in and learn how to use yours for the glory of God!
It’s easy to find all we need in Jesus’ love when life is beautiful. But what about when it’s hard and ugly? What about those times when you trusted God’s love to provide and it . . . wasn’t enough. Mary and Martha and Lazarus knew something about these times, and their story helps us understand how God’s love is enough for us in our darkest — and holiest — hours.
Watch the whole message here at 46:46:
Posted by The Grove on Sunday, October 28, 2018
This week we unravel how the ancient and deceptively simple practice of keeping sabbath is a way of discovering that we actually already have all the time we need to be who God calls us to be.
Watch the whole message here at 52:00:
Posted by The Grove on Sunday, October 21, 2018
I Peter 3:13-18. Peter knew a thing or two about suffering. So when he writes about the fact that sometimes people suffer for doing right, we pay attention. Peter’s letter challenges us not to deceive ourselves into believing that we we have power to control things — or that having that kind of power is even the goal. Instead, we are challenged to think about the power that comes from surrender.
Matthew 7:13-29. Matthew tells us that when Jesus was finished speaking about the kingdom of God, the “crowds were amazed.” But that isn’t really the reaction he was looking for.
Matthew 7:1-12. It can sometimes be hard to figure out what Jesus is trying to say when we try to digest parts of his messages by themselves. But when we read them together, as ingredients of a larger recipe, then we can better take it in. Here, we look at three ingredients that Jesus puts together as a recipe for building community in the kingdom.
Matthew 6:19-34. Living in the kingdom of God isn’t merely about avoiding greed for things that the culture around us has to offer. For sure it’s about being greedy – but for different things.
Matthew 5:17-20. When Jesus talked about heaven, he wasn’t just trying to explain what happens when we die. Jesus was revealing to us something about the kingdom of God as it is right now, how we can find it, and what we will – and won’t – find when we get there.