What is the relationship between God the Son and Jesus Christ? What does it mean that God the Son changed in becoming incarnate? How can we trust a god who changes – even if it was for our sake? Pastor Luke preaches from Hebrews 2:9–17 in “The Elder Brother ,” the concluding message in his series “The Trinity.”
The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was accompanied not only by tongues of fire, but also by linguistic tongues as well. To understand that phenomenon, we look back to the story of the Tower of Babel. What is its significance for us today? Pastor Luke preaches from Genesis 11:1–8 in “A City and a Tower,” the first message in a new series “The Trinity.”
Humans have the ability to be disgusted, and can even transmit their disgust to others around them. How much does that overlap with religion – for example, in purity laws and speech codes? If disgust is related to religion, what does disgust say about God? After God called him to visit a Gentile’s home, the Apostle Peter needed answers to these questions. Pastor Luke looks at Acts 11:1–18 in “Purity Code,” part 5 of his 6-part series “This Change Everything.”
Occasionally, Christians who have a warm, comfortable faith find themselves envying people who are “on fire” with a burning faith. But there’s no reason everyone can’t have that kind of faith. The New Testament tells us how to get it. Pastor Luke teaches from Acts 9:32–43 in “Upscaling,” part 4 of his 6-part series “This Change Everything.”
Two thousand years ago the Church was the original cross-cultural innovator. Today, Christians have spread around the world to almost every nation and people group. But that success at engaging new cultures has to be repeated every twenty years. Pastor Luke looks at Acts 9:1–20 in “Road Through Damascus,” part 3 of his 6-part series “This Change Everything.”
Honesty is the best policy, but sometimes it can be, if not dangerous, then at least socially awkward. If we have unpopular opinions, they might be off-putting to others. But the first Christians were admired, even by their critics, for having the courage of their convictions. We can have it too, because the Resurrection changes everything. Pastor Luke preaches from Acts 5:27–32 in “Fear of Public Speaking,” part 2 of his 6-part series “This Change Everything.”
The first Christians struggled to carry out the mission that Jesus the church. We still find it difficult today, for the same reason: because it requires us to cross boundaries. Sometimes, however, we are able to succeed … because the Resurrection changes everything. Pastor Luke looks at Acts 10:34–43 in “This Changes Everything (Part 1),” the first message in a new series for Easter.
On Good Friday, Christians often reflect on the cross of Christ: how it unfolded, and what it cost. But the writer of an ancient document called Hebrews focuses instead on what it achieved. What can we do now that we could not do before the crucifixion? Pastor Luke looks at Hebrews 10:16–25 in “Struck Down.”