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.”
Maundy Thursday is a time to remember Jesus’ new commandment to love one another. His disciples found it remarkable that he demonstrated that kind of love when he washed their feet. So do we. But Jesus did something else that was every bit as remarkable, and we rarely stop to consider what it means. Pastor Luke preaches from 1 Corinthians 11:23–26 in “Old Meal: New Covenant.”
Why are Christians involved in works of charity, if it is God who provides the resources? Why would God complicate that simple idea of divine assistance by involving people — especially people who sometimes don’t feel like being generous? What is God trying to accomplish? Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Corinthians 9:6–15 in “High Yield – Profit Participation, Part 5,” the concluding message in his series “Profit Participation.”
The Apostle Paul wrote that churches must not only handle donations honorably, but be seen by others as doing so. It’s true that how we treat money is part of our witness. But behind this point lies a larger one: being a Christian doesn’t mean you’ll never make a mistake again, or do something you’ll regret later. What does Paul teach about that? Pastor Luke teaches from 2 Corinthians 8:16–24 in “Profit Participation,” part 3 of his 5-part series “Profit Participation.”
Under the First Covenant, Israelites were obligated to support the religious system. Is that still in effect? Are Christians obligated to give money to the church? And if so, how much? Pastor Luke teaches from 2 Corinthians 8:8–15 in “Profit Participation,” part 2 of his 5-part series “Profit Participation.”
(Technical note: The original audio recording of this message could not be used, so another recording of the message was substituted.)
Most people today enjoy being generous … but they aren’t always able to be, due to the circumstances of their lives. People in the first century were probably like us that way. What should we do if we want to be generous, but our circumstances don’t permit it? Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Corinthians 8:1–7 in “Profit Participation,” the first message in a new series “Profit Participation.”