Sermon Topic: Love
On Sunday, December 24, we will celebrate this great news of Christmas with two Candlelight Christmas Eve Services. Each service will have its own worship and message, so you have two reasons to come enjoy cookies and coffee in the Gathering Hall ... and you have two reasons to bring a guest!
Relationships in a fallen world have never been easy, but it seems like they are more difficult than ever these days. In Scripture, God demonstrates what kingdom-centered relationships look like, and then calls us to imitate Him in covenantal love. Of course, the power for this love only comes from the overflow of the love we have in Christ. Join us as we learn to do relationships from the overflow of God's love and His community.
This week, our message is from Romans 12:17-21, where Paul gives such great wisdom on what it means to live in "sweet communion." Paul teaches us how to "be" with each other, which is a great thing to (re)learn after a long season of disconnection. Ultimately, Paul wants us to remember that the world is not the problem. The world is the prize!Don't
We are thrilled to welcome Lo Alaman to Mosaic this Sunday. Those who have been to New Room know just what a treat we're in for. Lo is a speaker, spoken word poet, pastor, preacher, and all-round awesome guy. He is the author of We Sang A Dirge -- a book of poems powerfully capturing our nation's year of lament. Lo's poetry, messages, and his whole life minister Christ into every moment. We are truly honored to have him with us to pour into our Epic students and share with us on Sunday.
This week, we continue our series on prayer with the beautiful passage from Philippians that contains Paul's loving prayer over the church. In only eight verses, Paul teaches us what It means to love biblically. Paul's longing and desires for the early church are the same longings and desires God holds in his heart for us, that we love one another as God has loved us.
This week, we're proving the title of this series. Some of the shortest books in the Bible still carry big messages, and 2 John is one of those books. In just five paragraphs, he sums up the marching orders of every follower of Jesus: Walk in love, and walk in truth. This Sunday, we'll talk about how to hold those thoughts in tension so we can fully comprehend the magnificent, holy love of God. We will also celebrate our seniors (high school and beyond), so come ready to offer some blessings to folks on their way to big things.
When it comes to the character of God, the Bible is clear: God is love, and God is holy. And those two things are not opposites! In fact, they work together. When we know ourselves as both loved and chosen for holiness, we can love, share, serve, and listen to understand. This week we will talk about the truth that God’s love is for us, and that holy love leads to the good life.
In a season filled with fear, change, and even deteriorating trust, what the world needs now more than ever is courage to lean in and love like Jesus loves. This Sunday, we'll look at what the Bible teaches about how to live and love courageously. And we'll find some practical ways together to be a people who love well. See you Sunday.
We could all use a little love right now, couldn't we? But the answer is so much more than that one word. It's about how to communicate in stressful times, how to disagree without dismantling each other. This is about connecting with the character of Christ so we can see past pain to people. It's about remembering who we are as a community commissioned to love God and love others . . . even those that are, at times, hard to love. Because until we get this love thing right, nothing else matters.