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Sermon on the Mount III: Salt and Light in a Pepper and Dark World | Steve Thomas

Matthew 5:13-20

Steve Thomas. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenges both the ways of legalism and "I'm just going to do my own thing". While upholding the purpose of scripture, Jesus brings us back to the essential of relationship: loving God and loving others. In following Jesus model, we are indeed salt and light.

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Sermon on the Mount II: Towards Spiritual Maturity (Becoming Salt and Light) | Brandon Cook

Matthew 5:11-18

Brandon Cook. The Sermon on the Mount is a roadmap to life in the Kingdom of God, an invitation to be transformed. In this message, we examine Jesus’ statement that he came not to abolish but to fulfill the Law given to Israel, opening up the pathway to transformation. Using M. Scott Peck’s description of spiritual growth in four stages, we analyze Jesus’ statement to see how Jesus calls us out of mere law-keeping or performance and into a life deeply grounded in the love and generosity of God.

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Abundant August III: Giving Grows Out of the Heart | Barbara Sunofsky

2 Corinthians 8:1-3,7-8,12-15, 9:6-11a

Barbara Sunofsky. What if abundance has nothing to do with how much or how little money we have? Money is a reality in all of our relationships, past, present, and future. We consider how we feel when we have or do not have money, and how we steward its power in our relationships. Giving money away is a spiritual discipline that we practice because of our knowledge of Christ's abundance. As a community, we engage in spiritual formation to make a commitment to give all we readily and easily can, and beyond.

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Abundant August II: Relationships - God's Means for Abundance | Jaci Anderson

1 John 4:7-12

Jaci Anderson. The opposite of abundance is not scarcity, but isolation. Through relationships, we tap into the abundance God has for us in our families, city, and world. We learn from Africa New Day's Pastor Andre, and World Vision Clean Water projects, that relationships that give capacity, instead of create dependence, are essential to abundance. We contemplate: Who has God used and given you to access his abundance?

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Abundant August I: A Life of Being, Doing, and Pruning | Brandon Cook

John 1:1-14

Brandon Cook. In August, we focus on our discipleship value of abundance, which comes from a life of listening and responding. In this first message, we explore how all abundance flows from a life of obedience to God’s Spirit. This obedience has nothing to do with compulsion and everything to do with connection. And it means a pruning of our small self so we can live from a big story involving risk, romance, and adventure.

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Philippians - Honor One Another III: Forgetting What is Behind | Brandon Cook

Philippians 3: 1-14

Brandon Cook. Paul says that his old identity—based on his ethnicity and pedigree and accomplishments—is worth nothing in comparison to what Christ has done to bring us into the family of God. And then he says that to live fully into this reality of new life in God’s family, we must forget the past and strive to what is ahead. In this message, we explore some of the dynamics involved in “forgetting what is behind” so that we can be fully held by God, moment to moment.

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Acts - The Shape of the Kingdom XLIII: Walking the Narrow Path | Brandon Cook

Acts 23

Brandon Cook. Paul follows in the footsteps of Jesus. Literally. On trial before the Sanhedrin, we watch him shrewdly navigate the religious rigidity which soon boils over into bloodthirst. What is happening here? Why are the religiously rigid out for blood? In this message we explore one of the pitfalls of walking the Jesus path: the temptation of religious rigidity, and how we can avoid it by whole and holy obedience and commitment.

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