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Trouble is nothing new for people of faith. We may have never lived through a pandemic before, but the people of God have survived far worse. This week, Dr. Mark Foster begins a new sermon series exploring what our ancestors in the faith can teach us about enduring and thriving in difficult times.
Anyone feeling anxious these days? When fear, anxiety, and worry get the best of us, we can find ourselves immobilized and unable to act. We might even behave in ways that are immoral. But fear doesn't have to control us. In this message, Rev. Brandon Blacksten explores how Jesus' disciples responded to fear and what we can learn from their example.
Envy has the potential to ruin what is most valuable and important to us. Looking around and comparing ourselves to others makes us miserable. But less is actually more when it leads to contentment. In this sermon, Dr. Mark Foster shares how we can move from envy and comparison to peace.
God’s acceptance doesn’t come from the condition of our hearts, but the condition of our hearts does determine our openness to God’s work in our lives. In this sermon, Dr. Mark Foster shares what Jesus says about our hearts and what is most important to God.
The leadership of the church in Acts 13 was a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and economically diverse group that models what is possible when God's people come together. In this sermon, Dr. Mark Foster and Dr. Victor McCullough explore how we can achieve that unity and diversity in a divided society.
In 15 years, the church of Jesus Christ grew from a small sect in Jerusalem to a group of thousands in Samaria, along the Mediterranean seacoast, and into modern Syria and Turkey. In another 15 years, it would spread all the way to Rome, the capital of the empire. Dr. Mark Foster tells the story of how the church grew and spread, even in the face of challenges and persecution.
We all grow up with assumptions about which people are "our people," but God moves us beyond those assumptions. In Acts 10, Peter finds himself in the 'wrong' neighborhood with the 'wrong' people, and the Holy Spirit comes to a Roman centurion and his family. In one of the great turning points in the history of the church, people who were enemies become family. Today, the Holy Spirit still invites us to broaden our circles of welcome.
After all the disruptions of recent weeks, now is the time to remember who the church really is. We are much more than people who gather in a building once a week. We are the people of God on mission with Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit. In this message, Dr. Mark Foster shares about the birth of the church and what it means for us today.