The New Exodus in Mark I: Entering the Story | Brandon Cook
Living In Exile VI: Saying Yes and No | Barbara Sunofsky
Brandon Cook. Mark re-tells the story of the Exodus—the great salvation event in Israel’s history and imagination—through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the beginning of the New Exodus and what that means for us. Specifically, we are called into the first two concrete actions of discipleship: “dropping our nets,” as Jesus’ early disciples did, and repenting so that we can turn into the Kingdom of God.
Vision Sunday | Brandon Cook, Bill & Susan Goodman, Barb Sunofsky, & Jaci Anderson
Daniel is called into exile and groomed to be a courtier to the Babylonian king. He says “yes" to Babylonian education and culture, but he doesn’t say “yes” to everything. In this message about the tension of exile, we explore how to discern what we say “yes” to and what we say “no” to, in order to live well.
Living In Exile IV: Dangerous Living | Jaci Anderson
Brandon Cook, Bill and Susan Goodman, Barb Sunofsky, Jaci Anderson. The Hebrew concept of time means that are future and where we are heading is deeply connected to our past and where we’ve been. In this Vision Sunday message, we explore the sound of LBCF’s heartbeat over the last 35 years: our heart for community, our heart for the city, our heart of love and sacrifice. And we dream together about what might be because of what has been.
Living In Exile III: Called and Set Apart | Brandon Cook
Isaiah 43:18-21, Jeremiah 29:4-7, Isaiah 2:2-4
What can we learn from the Hebrew experience about how to live in exile from Christendom? Exile provides a season of reorientation to mission Dei. We learn that exiles: grieve, tell their most dangerous story, resist empire, make radical promises to empire, and sing dangerous songs. In response, to a broken world, we declare: here am I, send me.
Living in Exile II: A Life of Radical Imagination | Brandon Cook
The prophets were radically called by God and set apart to speak truth to power. But God’s continuing work, by His Spirit, is to call each of us out, to fulfill plans and purposes in His Kingdom. In this message, we explore how we can follow the Biblical pattern of saying “Here I am” as God calls us and invites us into His story.
Living In Exile I: Living In A New Narrative | Brandon Cook
Jeremiah 31:3-10, 31-34
Brandon Cook. In the midst of exile, God, through Jeremiah, calls the people to imagine a day of freedom. In this message, we explore the importance of dreaming and of prophetic imagination for living in the here and now with vibrance, abundance, and spiritual power.
Out of Exile IV | Brandon Cook
Jeremiah 29: 1:1-13
We are brought by Jesus out of exile, but Scripture makes it clear that we still live in exile, as foreigners in the world. How do we live in the culture without being in the culture? How do live fully here — “planting gardens, building houses,” as God describes it— while living with longing and hope for a world re-born? In this message, we explore the biblical concept of exile as we launch a new series on living well in exile, in whatever form we may encounter it.
Out of Exile III: From Exile to Belovedness | Barb Sunofsky
At Christmas we celebrate the coming of the Messianic Age. This means the end of old mythologies and the beginning of a new story. At the center of this new story, which is rooted in God’s Kingdom Come , is diversity, as Jews and Gentiles are brought together. This story of diversity continues through the age of the Church, and in this message we explore some aspects of Biblical diversity, how Jesus leads us into it, and how we can follow him wholeheartedly.
Out of Exile II: The Exile of Shame | Brandon Cook
There are many forms of exile—physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual. In this message, we explore how God always had a plan not just to bring his people out of physical exile but out every other dimension of exile, too. Pastor Barbara Sunofsky shares about her own experience as the "illegitimate child” of a single mom who also suffered sexual abuse at a young age, and how God invites us into new stories where we discover how He redeems us from the past.
Out of Exile I: Advent In Exile | Ryan Longnecker
Exerpt Exile is any time what should be seems to be losing the battle to what is, and this is experienced in a variety of ways. Even when we are not under the power of a foreign oppressor, as Jesus’ people were, every human heart knows, in some way, the exile that comes from shame. In this message, we explore the reality that in Jesus there is no condemnation and there is freedom from shame. As part of an abundant life in God’s love, we explore how we can ground ourselves in the reality that all who trust in Christ are never put to shame.
In this first Sunday of Advent we explore our theme of Exile: any time or place where what should be seems to be losing the battle to what is. In exile we are invited to reconsider our relationship with systems that can not deliver our heart's rightful longing for transformation and Kingdom Come. We consider: what needs to give way to my relationship with Christ?