Breakthrough—Responses to the Messiah, Part 8

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By the middle of Matthew’s biography of him, Jesus had demonstrated authority over both the physical and metaphysical world: healing every type of disease, bringing back the dead, calming a storm. That makes it all the more interesting when Matthew reports Jesus saying there was one (and only one) thing that could not be done. What is that? Does it still matter today? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 12:22–32 in “Breakthrough,” part 8 of his 10-part series “Responses to the Messiah.”

New Covenant — Bigger, Part 5

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Religions usually say that people have certain oblgations before their god or gods. And people who are religious know how hard it can be to fulfill those obligations. But what if, somehow, we could over-fulfill them? Or what if someone else could fulfill them on our behalf? Pastor Luke teaches from Hebrews 8:6–7 in “New Covenant,” the concluding message in his series “Bigger.”

The Sin of Racism — June 14, 2020

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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.

Pastor Luke looks at Ephesians 2:10–14 in “The Sin of Racism,” the first message in a new series “Counter Culture.”

Sin, Part 1: the Diagnosis

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What is Sin? In the New Testament accounts, listeners of John the Baptist, Peter, and Paul seem willing to stipulate Sin. Today, people bristle at the word, and conversation gets hung up there before it can move on to grace and redemption. Is there a better, more productive, way for Christians to talk about “sin?” Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Samuel 11:2–4 in “Sin, Part 1: the Diagnosis,” part 3 of his 4-part series “Buzzwords.”

The accompanying message notes can be downloaded from here.

Save Yourselves! — Peter, Part 2

Peter shows what it’s like when someone begins to live the new life available since Jesus overcame Death. Jesus forgave Peter and restored him to fellowship. Peter’s first message was to people terrified about the wrath of God. What difference does the resurrection make when you’re dealing with people who made terrible mistakes? Pastor Luke looks at Acts 2:14–40 in “Save Yourselves!,” part 2 of his 5-part series “Peter.”

Eden – Part I of Gardens

Everybody’s heard about the Adam and Eve and the snake and the apple and fig leaves, even people who aren’t Christians or Jews. But it’s a kind of a downer. What does that old story about the first man and woman teach us today? Is the garden of Eden just a grim reminder of human failing, or is there some good news in it? Pastor Luke teaches from Genesis 3 in “Eden,” the first message in a new series “Gardens.”

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