The first in a 6 week series on creation care. We focus on a Biblical understand of our broken relationship to the Earth.
Stephen is accused of blasphemy against the Law and the Temple, he defends these accusations by calling his accusers to surrender their heart to the new work that God is doing through the resurrection.
The Apostles Peter and John stare in the face of the men that ultimately had Jesus killed and stick to their story, knowing full well that they were risking their own lives. After encountering the resureciton there is no alternative: proclaim what you've seen.
The result of the Resurrection was a community that looked and acted differently. Acts 2 shows us some valuable hallmarks of that new movement, halmarks that should be a challenge us to go deeper into our commitment to live the Gospel.
In the second half of Acts 2 Peter delivers his famous Pentecost sermon. He focuses on complicity of the gathered Jews in the execution of Jesus, and the world changing power of the resurrection.
Acts isn't an apologetic, it's not meant to defend anything. It tells its story with confidence that it matters; no hint of ego or self consciousness. Acts doesn't spend a lot of time being theoretical, it gets right to living. And so should we.
This week we wrap up "The Feels" series on Psalms. Psalm 139 is about a God who knows us and who is at once big enough to hold the world together and intimate enough to meet us where we are.
Pastor Noah continues "The Feels" series with the topic of love rooted in action... The way God loves.
The Psalmist asks God to let the evil make their own bed and lay in it. But he wants more, for satan to come alongside his enemy, for his enemies children to be forgotten and left without help or kindness. Has the Psalmist gone too far?
This God is a good God, a big God! From creation to re-creation he has been faithful. The proper response, the only real response is joy. God has got this, he has a future, its a good one, everyone is invited.
The most vulnerable in our world cry out to God for justice, because they have no one else to cry out to. God is the only force powerful enough to take on their anxiety. They hope not just to be saved, but to be vindicated or avenged. This week we ask what might that vengeance look like and what role is ours to own, ours to pray for: how do we "shine forth?"
Awe/Humility/Righteousness: God continues to speak to us, sometimes through words, often without. The appropriate response is awe, and eventually a desire to be found Holy... But Holiness is so out of style these days.