Steve Thomas. How can we follow Jesus into this new Exodus when our way seems better or best? In this message, we are encouraged to follow, trust, and confess. Through abiding fellowship, placing confidence in God, and declaring who Jesus has revealed himself to be, we are transformed into people who are free and open to all God has for us.
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.
Brandon Cook. The end of exile comes not just with a return to Jerusalem but with the promise of a new heart. In this message, we explore how Jesus is the way, and how his way is to call followers into a community of practice. Spiritual practice—training, discipline, holiness and wholeness—is what opens us to God’s transforming grace, fashioning a new heart within us.
Brandon Cook. How do we live in culture and the world without being transformed—in all the ways we don’t want—by the world. We can withdraw from culture or we can accommodate culture. Or, might there be another path? In this message, we explore again how Daniel said yes but also said no, which becomes a template for us as we consider how to live well in this world, following Jesus.
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.
Isaiah 30:1-5, 15-22
Brandon Cook. Israel is rebuked for trusting in Egypt rather than God, which falls into their pattern of looking to idols to save them. What does that mean in our context, when modern-day idolatry is alive and well but looks so different than it did when Isaiah was written? In this message, we explore how following Jesus means living in trust, and how trust always calls us away from worshipping idols.
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.
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.
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.
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.