The Apostle Paul said that the Church — the community of Jesus’ followers — was a family. What images does that bring to mind for you? What does it mean — what ought it mean — for the Church to be a family? Pastor Luke teaches from Thessalonians 4:1–12 in “Dedicated to God,” part 3 of his 5-part series “Brand-New Testament.”
Why do we take the Apostle Paul seriously? Or perhaps a better question is, why did people in the first century take him seriously? What can we learn from Paul about being taken seriously today? Pastor Luke preaches from Thessalonians 2:1–12 in “Being Serious,” part 2 of his 5-part series “Brand-New Testament.”
Paul wrote the letters to the church in a Greek town called Thessalonica to encourage people he loved but could not be with. They found what he said was so encouraging, they kept the letter, and circulated to others who needed encouraging. They shared it in turn, and after a couple of centuries of being shared to encourage people, this letter – likely the oldest surviving Christian document – became part of the New Testament. Can it still encourage us today? Pastor Luke teaches from Thessalonians 1:1–10 in “Brand-New Testament,” the first message in a new series “Brand-New Testament.”
We conclude our conversation about Christians and Society, with a lesson about economic inequality. How can Christians show God’s love in a society where some are so rich, and others so poor? Pastor Luke teaches from Luke 16:19–31 in “Economic Inequality,” the concluding message in his series “Counter Culture.”
We continue our conversation about Christians and Society, and how we can show God’s love in a society that is hurting. This week we’re talking about the police power, and especially police violence. Pastor Luke preaches from Romans 12:18–13:7 in “Christians and Civil Authority,” part 2 of his 3-part series “Counter Culture.”
If we could gather around to hear Jesus talk, the way people did in his earthly ministry, what would he say about the problems of our world?
We can only guess what Jesus would say about racism, for example. But beyond any doubt, the clear teaching he gave us, from the opening of the Hebrew Scriptures to the close of the New Testament, is that Racism is a sin.
Everyone experiences pain and hardship from time to time. How can we make sense of the troubles in our life, or even in the wider world? With the advantage of hindsight, we see the Apostle Paul as one of the most important people ever to have lived. But in his own era, people found him underwhelming, partly because he was a magnet for trouble. How did Paul see the troubles in his life? Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Corinthians 4:6–12 in “Fragile.”
Sometimes we know that things are going to change before we know what those changes will be. This is where we’re at with reopening after the coronavirus pandemic. But Jesus’ disciples faced the same kind of uncertainty after his ascension. But before he ascended to heaven, Jesus told his disciples what to do. How are those instructions relevant to us now? Pastor Luke preaches from Acts 1:6–14 in “The Next Challenge.”
When Paul talked to the smartest people in the ancient world, he said they were ignorant. But he also talked about how they could fill in the gaps in their knowledge. What he said is just as useful today as it was then. What can we learn from him? Pastor Luke looks at Acts 17:22–31 in “What You Worship.”