What is to proclaim the gospel? Why should we do it? And perhaps even more challenging, how should we do it. Explore these questions in this first of two sermons on our stance as a church towards those outside Christ.
If there’s one thing our society tells us about religion, it’s that it should be observed privately and in moderation. Extremism is out. And yet Jesus says that his followers must deny themselves, take up their cross, follow him, and even lose their lives for him. How are we to make sense of this outrageous demand? What is it about Jesus that makes this kind of full devotion to him possible — even desirable?
There are few things more sweet than a church community saturated in the gospel, soaked all the way through in God’s grace. As be begin this series on our gospel-shaped values as a church, we start we we need to start - with what the gospel itself is. And where better to go for that than to what is ‘of first importance’, from 1 Cor 15.
Repentance and its flip side, faith, are not only the beginning of the Christian life; they are also the engine of Christian growth. As we start our integrated series, we learn the uncomfortable truth about where repentance begins - in the gap between our created destiny and our lived reality. Hear how to grapple with the gap.