Lent 2018 Sermon 3

3/18/18

Passage: Philippians 2:1-11

Hi friends,

This 3rd sermon in our Lent series is actually a short story.  This occasionally happens when I'm sermon prepping.  As we've been focused during Lent on realignment, this story falls into a similar category.  I hope you enjoy it, and that it is meaningful to you as you process it.

Blessings,

Allen

Lent 2018 Sermon 2

3/4/18

Passages: Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Peter 2:9, Hebrews 10:23-25

Hi friends,

One of the things my late pastor and mentor, Manny Ortiz, used to say was that the church exists for the world.  It doesn't exist merely to care for itself and create a healthy spiritual environment for its own people (though that is certainly part of its role) - rather, it exists to be at the center of God's movement to bring His blessings, healing, and justice (i.e. his kingdom) to our world.

When the church is tapped into this mission, it becomes part of something much bigger than itself - something that draws it beyond its own internal conversations and fills it with life and purpose.  When the church forgets its mission, it can start to become ingrown, unhealthy, and uninspired.  

During the season of Lent, as we continue to meditate on realignment, this sermon engages what it would look like to realign our individuals lives - and the lives of our local church communities - with God's amazing mission to the world.

I hope this is helpful.  Blessings to you all.

Allen

Lent 2018 Sermon 1

2/18/18

Passage: Genesis 9:1-17

Hi friends,

The season of Lent is upon us.  Lent is practiced by the church for the 6 weeks leading up to Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday each year.  It is meant to reflect the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the wilderness before his ministry began.  The church has used it over the years as a time to focus in a special way on recalibrating our lives and their skewed alignments with the way of Jesus and his Kingdom.  

In this sermon, we will be looking at the Biblical concept of sin - what it is, what it isn't, and how we can engage it in a healthy manner as we walk forward in our lives.

As always, I hope this is helpful.  

Blessings,

Allen