It’s Not About Fruit — In Conclusion, Part 4

Plum on a tree branch

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When Jesus talks about judgment day, it makes us uncomfortable. He says that people will point to their good deeds–even miracles! –and he will tell them to go away. What is the relationship between good works and salvation? Are Christians required to achieve a certain level of good behavior to be saved? If so, what is it? If not, what is Jesus talking about? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 7:21–23 in “It’s Not About Fruit,” part 4 of his 5-part series “In Conclusion….”

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April Fool’s Easter

detail from Orthodox art depicting the Resurrection
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April Fool’s Day is a natural fit for Easter. The breathless report of the women seems like the setup for an April Fool’s prank. The joke would have been on the disciples, if Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead. But what if Christians are right, and Jesus did rise? What then? Pastor Luke teaches from John 20:1–18 in “April Fool’s Easter.”

An Enemy Did This – Part 3 of God’s Kingdom

Whenever we have problems, we wonder, “Where is God?” That’s true when accidents or natural disasters strike, but it takes on a special urgency when the problems are the deliberate work of evildoers. This week, terrorists exploded bombs at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and maimed or injured 178 more. Did God know that would happen? If he did, why does he permit it? Jesus answered all these questions in one of his most challenging parables. What did he teach us, and how can we apply it in our lives? Pastor Luke looks at Matthew 13 in “An Enemy Did This,” part 3 of his 6-part series “Kingdom of God.”

Restoring the Kingdom – Part 1 of Kingdom of God

After Easter, then what? The good news of Jesus is that he became human and lived for us, died for us, and was raised to life again for us. But not long afterwards, Jesus ascended to heaven. Where does that leave us? What are we supposed to do now? And how are we supposed to do it? When the first disciples asked Jesus that question, he laid out his program for them and for us. What did he tell them? Pastor Luke preaches from Acts 1 in “Restoring the Kingdom,” the first message in a new series “Kingdom of God.”

Kingdom of God

Jesus spent a huge amount of his time on earth talking about the Kingdom of God, from the beginning of his ministry (Mark 1:15) to the end (Acts 1:3). What was he talking about? Why did he talk about it so much? (The series begins on April 7, 2013 and runs for 6 messages.)

Looking for the Living – Easter

Is Easter relevant to us today? It’s fascinating to learn that Jesus was raised from the dead, but does it matter to us? The answer, as you might guess, is ‘yes, Easter is relevant.’ Easter changes everything! Jesus promised he would die and be raised, and if he was able to keep that central promise, it means we can trust all his other promises. Pastor Luke looks at Luke 24 in “Looking for the Living.”

Mission – Part 5 of Declarations

What is our role in the Kingdom of God? Jesus tells us the Kingdom of God is drawing near, and calls us to share that good news with others. How do we do that, and does it mean we have to do evangelism? Questions like these were answered by Jesus when he told his disciples how to share the good news about his kingdom. Pastor Luke teaches from Luke 10 in “Mission,” part 5 of his 6-part series “Declarations.”

Kingdom – Part 4 of Declarations

The Cross says that God took on himself the punishment for all the evil we do and the evil we get caught up in. That’s good news, but what is God’s plan for dealing with the evil itself? Is God ever going to do anything about the sources of human suffering and pain? Jesus says the answer is “Yes … but not yet.” Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 19 in “Kingdom,” part 4 of his 6-part series “Declarations.”

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