As part of our Blessed to be a Blessing series, this sermon explores how the challenges that faced the early church, their willingness to suffer for the cause of God, and Stephen's Christ-like heart of love even toward his killers, was the spark that lit the wildfire of Christianity, spreading throughout the ancient world - from Acts 7:54-8:3.
How can someone stand in Charlottesville with a torch raised on Friday night, and then in church with their hands raised on Sunday morning? In the aftermath of a white supremacist rally, we discuss why it's so critical for Christians to witness to the real Jesus, rather than Jesus as I prefer him to be.
God's mercy is so wide and his love so huge that he even wants to bless your enemies. Are you ok with that? In this story, we see Jesus' own neighbors turn on him when they realize what he was really about.
Sometimes the part of us that haunts us, that destroys our lives, is exactly what God uses as a blessing for the world. In this installment of Blessed to be a Blessing, we explore how Jacob is a complicated person whose baggage is partly due to his marginalization and partly due to his choices. We also see God redeem that baggage and use Jacob to create something beautiful.
As part of our series on Philippians, Pastor Kyle Brooks shares how we can cultivate joy in our God-given purpose despite all kinds of opposition and suffering.
This sermon starts our Easter series called Cultivate Joy, following Paul's radically joyful letter to the church written while imprisoned. In this talk on Philippians 1:1-11, we explore how it's possible that someone like Paul, whose past is painful, whose present is in prison, and whose future is uncertain is able to discover joy in all of it.