Sermon Series: Kids Stories As Adults

7/7 - 8/5/2018

Some people refer to the Bible as a book of stories for children. But what if there’s more to the famous children’s stories of Scripture than we realize?  What if these stories aren’t simply harmless adventures, but true, powerful and even dangerous stories of God at work in the lives of people like us? Experience famous biblical stories with all of the richness and nuance and universal human emotion they deserve.

Messages

8/4 - 8/5/2018 | A Bigger Boat

Two by two, the story tells us - every kind of living thing boards the boat. At the end of the great storm, God sends Noah a sign in the form of a rainbow. Animals, boats and rainbows may decorate our nurseries, but is this the worst children’s story ever? It’s the time when God was so frustrated with humanity that God wiped everything out and started over.

7/28 - 7/29/2018 | Killer Fish

In the famous story, Jonah is swallowed by a whale. But the Bible actually tells us that it's an unspecified "big fish" - like a killer whale, except what is getting killed isn't Jonah or the sailors on the ship but Jonah's insistence that he ought to go his own way in life.

7/21 - 7/22/2018 | Best Dressed Brother

Born in his father Jacob’s old age and by his father’s first love, Joseph was both set apart from and despised by his older brothers from the start. When Jacob gives Joseph a luxurious, ornamental robe (the famous “coat of many colors,” as described in the King James), his older brothers plot to kill him. But from the things people plan for evil, God turns to good.

7/14 - 7/15/2018 | Sticks and Stones

It’s the original underdog story. The enemy Philistines stand before King Saul and the Israelites in the Valley of Elah. For weeks, the massive Philistine warrior Goliath calls for the Israelites to send out a challenger. Saul is afraid, but offers a reward to anyone willing to fight Goliath. The young David hears and accepts. He declined the king’s armor and takes only his staff, a slingshot and five smooth stones.

7/7 - 7/8/2018 | Wee Little Man

Zaccheus, whose name ironically means “pure,” was a hated part of the Jewish community. A corrupt employee of the Roman oppressors, he extorted tax money on their behalf from his own people. He has money in his pocket and a hole in his heart. But when Jesus comes to town, Zaccheus gets more than he bargains for.

All Series

More Than Conquerors
5/14 - 6/19/2022
In the early first century, culturally speaking, everything was positioned around the idea that a nation ought to expand and conquer to accumulate power and influence. In this way, the movement that began with Jesus was positioned well to be a religion that was focused on going out in the world, spreading its message to new nations, and converting others to this system of beliefs. The world was primed for a religious movement that would respond to the great commission, and in effect, go forth and conquer. Yet, the church was not about conquering. It did not hope to extinguish and assimilate every other person and culture. Instead, the early church grew on the basis that it had the ability to universally speak to the human condition of brokenness and offer hope and promise in the wake of that very condition. The church would be more than the conquerors. Everyone was coming to believe in the promise of God. The Gospel reached into different cultures, differently idioms and languages altogether. In this message, they preached and believed that Jesus would return again, and would return again sooner rather than later. Nobody could have fathomed the idea that 2000 years into the future, we would still be waiting on this return. They were teaching each other lessons and lifting each other up in the hopes that they would be alive to see the grand return. However, those lessons taught have a practicality that transcends any time period. In growing over this time, the church moved beyond the disciples. What was once an effort of individuals and leaders who had all had direct connections to, and conversations with, the risen Lord now transitioned to a movement of different ages, nations, and races of converted believers who had simply heard the Good News of the Gospel. They would lean on their own spiritual experiences of the divine rather than tangible interactions with God Incarnate. What will leadership look like in this new Church? Who can be a part of this faith movement? What will be required to participate? Most importantly, how do those messages speak to us today?
Appeared
4/23 - 5/8/2022
Easter has come, Christ has been resurrected. We have enjoyed the big celebrations, the Easter egg hunts, and the family meals, but we forget that there was more than an empty tomb after Christ was resurrected. There were more visits than the brief encounter of the women in the garden. A fully resurrected Christ is a free Christ. Jesus could have gone anywhere and done anything after the resurrection, and yet he chose to search for the disciples. Jesus sought out the ones who abandoned and failed him more than anyone else. The ones who swore loyalty disappeared. The ones who followed in his footsteps for three years turned their backs on the suffering Savior. The ones who pledged to help transform the world abandoned the mission in fear and shame. Yet the story of the cross and resurrection is true for each of us through the power of God’s grace: we are more than our worst moments. The worst thing is never the last thing. What might those disciples have been feeling after the cross? Can you imagine the deep silence between them? The shared knowledge of their failures? The unrelenting question: “What now?” Brene Brown defines shame as “an intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love, belonging, and connection.” It is not hard to imagine the deep shame of these disciples, one that each of them knew intimately and yet did not want to name. Shame assigns identity based on our worst moments. It thrives on secrecy. It is “the fear that something we’ve done or failed to do, an ideal we’ve not lived up to, or a goal we’ve not accomplished makes us unworthy of connection” (Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart, 137). We see over and over again in the Gospels and Acts scenes of redemption and healing through God’s grace. Jesus could have chosen to abandon the ones who left him at the cross, who pretended they did not even know him, to start from scratch with better disciples. Yet in God’s infinite grace and unrelenting love, the disciples were chosen for connection, relationship, and entrusted with the mission of Christ. Jesus confronts their failures head on. This is the Christian story: our deepest shame is redeemed and we are transformed into world-changing disciples