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Special Guest Message, Dr. Randy Simmonds
Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

Date:  July 16, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
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Primary Scripture: John 8:31-32, Hebrews 7:18-19
 
What do we mean when we say "this is what the Bible says?" Is it possible that our version of 'what the Bible says' actually is a combination of tradition, interpretation, bias, and even our own intellectual dishonesty about how we treat scripture? In this message, Ethan sets the stage for this series, challenging some of our dearly held 'truths' about the New Testament. Why is it so important for us to wrestle with what the New Testament actually says, and what happens when some of the 'easy answers' of Chrsitian tradition are challenged by the reality of life as we know it?
 
Date:  July 23, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
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One of biggest misconceptions in Christian tradition is that humanity's biggest problem is sin.  After all, the whole point of the cross was for Jesus to provide the antidote to sin, which is forgiveness.  Right?  As it turns out, humanity has a problem much deeper than sin, and through the cross Jesus provided something much greater than forgiveness. 
 
Date:  July 30, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
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In the previous message, we explored the truth that sin is not humanities biggest problem.  For followers of Jesus, this misconception leads to the confusion of defining 'sin' as just morally negative actions, and that the Christian life is primarily about not sinning. Over the generations, this confusion has led to significant bias and intellectual dishonesty about what Christians consider 'sinful', a dishonesty no longer tolerated by western culture.  Furthermore, this confusion has obscured the miraculous Truth that 'not sinning' is simply a necessary side effect of the 'much more' Life that the cross makes possible, and into which Christ calls his followers.
 
Date:  August 13, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
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What is the focus of the New Testament concepts of confession and repentance?  Even though Catholics and Evangelicals have very different understanding of these concepts, the bottom line answer is amost always the same: Sin.  We confess our sin, and then we repent of our sin (or at least try to).  But what if the New Testament picture of confession and repentance is about something much bigger?  What if confession and repentance are not so much about 'looking down' at our sin, but rather 'looking up' to God?  In this message, we will explore how the New Testament emphasis of confession does not revolve around sin, but rather is centered on the posture of our heart and mind towards God.  The 'filter' of christian tradition points toward a 'sin awareness' focus on confession and repentance, while what the New Testament actually says calls us to live with the mindset of 'Christ awareness'.
 
Date:  August 20, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
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In week 2, we explored the New Testament Truth that through the Cross, Jesus provided his followers with something much bigger than 'just' forgiveness!  In this message, we will return to the truth that In Christ, we are forgiven- and uncover how the miracle of being forgiven is eternally beyond what we can even imagine.  While 'being forgiven' is not the greatest miracle of the Cross, it IS a far greater truth than most Christians understand, and a powerful force of hope, peace, and transformation. Prepare to be encouraged!
 
Date:  August 27, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
In this message Ethan explores the question, "Just what do we mean when we refer to the "Gospel?".  In the New Testament, the full essential truth of what it means to be a disicple of Jesus was (and is), in a word, offensive.  Offensive in the sense that Jesus us calls us to fully surrender the most cherished possesion of our 'flesh', which is our own control, or our own right to self-determination.  The Gospel isn't just an invitation to get forgiven and enter into God's favor... it is, to quote the chorus of "The Wonderful Cross"... "Oh the Wonderful Cross, bids me come and die to find that I may truly Live."  If you have wrestled with the just what is the essential truth of the New Covenant Gospel, then don't miss this message.
 
Date:  September 3, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
One of the most basic truth's of living Christian Life is that we "walk by faith, not by sight."  But what does this really mean?  Most christians can articulate the basic idea of having faith in Christ for salvation (basic belief about God), but what role does faith play in our daily lives as believers?  Through my (Ethan) experience as a pastor and life long part of the christian community, it is my conviction that this is one of the most difficult questions christians deal with, especially because they often don't even know how to ask the question.  When it comes to 'living by faith', the christian world is full of conflicting messages, unspoken assumptions, and just plain bad theology.  Most importantly, this confusion leads to great crisis when people who thought they had 'faith in God' are deeply dissapointed or disallusioned when the things they were 'faithing' failed to come about.  This message will take an unflinching look at what the New Testament actually has to say about 'living by faith', and expose some of the damaging distortions of what it actually means to 'walk by faith, not by sight.'
 
Date:  September 10, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
Date:  September 17, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
Date:  September 24 , 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
Date:  October 1, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
Date:  October 8, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
Date:  October 15, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
Date:  November 5, 2017
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Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Week 17: Giving and Generosity... actually, I'm talking about puppies! And kittens! Don't miss it!
Date:  November 19, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
 
Week 18: What it really looks like to Worship God
Date:  November 26, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore

 

Date: June 11, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 4:7-11

Reading: 1 Peter 4:7
Reflection: Peter reminds us that Christ may return at any time to usher in what we loosely refer to as “the end times.”  For the disciple, scripture proclaims that this is a promise of eternal hope.  How does the promise of Christ’s return impact your attitude toward life? Do you think there are ways Christians have ‘missed the point’ of this teaching over the years?  How do you think Peter is encouraging us to pray?

Reading: 1 Peter 4:7-10
Reflection: If the president came on TV and told the American public that scientists had proven that the world would end next year, how do you think people would respond?  Based upon verses 7-10, how would disciples of Jesus respond?  THEN, if we DO believe that “the end” could come at any time of God’s choosing, does this still impact how we live?

Reading: 1 Peter 4:8
Reflection: This verse is a unique example of the consistent New Testament command for disciples to ‘love one another.’  What is the power of love that is described here?  Take some time to think through and describe the full meaning of this powerful statement. What does this look like in our actual lives?

Reading: 1 Peter 4:9
Reflection: This is one of the most practical statements in all of Peter’s letter.  What does it mean for us in real life to truly live this out, especially in regards to people or situations that are just plain difficult?

Reading: 1 Peter 4:10
Reflection: According to verse 10, what is the disciple’s perspective regarding his/her resources?  Peter states two profound differences about how we see our lives, in comparison to the ‘normal human perspective’.  What do you think about Peter’s effective statement that “God will administer His Grace, in its different forms, through YOU?”

Reading: 1 Peter 4:11
Reflection: Following on the reflection above, verse 11 makes the point that as Jesus’ disciples, God literally desires to accomplish HIS work through US.  What implications does this have for your life, your view of yourself?  Have you experienced a time in your life where you believe this was happening?

 
Date: June 18, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 4:12-19

Reflection: This passage describes how God calls us to respond when we face suffering and persecution.  Read through this passage, listing out the essential principles of how Christ in Us will lead us to respond, as opposed to how our ‘flesh’ would respond… how do you see these characteristics in your own life?

Reflection: In his message, Pastor Ethan pointed out that while most of us have never faced severe persecution for our faith, we all know what it is like to experience ‘affronts’ that come at us from other people.  In fact, a ‘cultural disease’ in our society could be called the ‘spirit of offense’- the tendency we have to become offended very easily.  With this in mind…

  • Do you find yourself easily offended?  How do you react/respond when this happens? Be honest with yourself!
  • How does the pattern of being easily offended impact your relationships, and your own peace and joy?  Take time to really thing through the impacts and consequences of how we respond when we get offended.
  • How do the principles in this passage speak to how the Holy Spirit will lead us to respond when these dynamics happen?  How will ‘being free from being offended” be a blessing to you and those around you?

Reading: 1 Peter 4:17-18
Reflection: Verses 17 & 18 are challenging statements.  As disciples, we are secure in our salvation, but we will still stand before God to give account for our lives. For unbelievers, they will face this account apart from the forgiveness of God.  Verse 18 points out that growing in spiritual maturity and obedience is difficult even for believers!  How should these realities impact the way we see and respond to people around us, even when they are hurtful to us?

 
Date: June 25, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 5:1-4

Notes From Sunday Insert

What is the ‘fruit’ of spiritually maturity?

We will be OTHER-centered because we are first CHRIST centered.

We will long for GOD'S GLORY, not our own.
1 Peter 5:1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed...
How we CARE for each other
1 Peter 5:2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—
 
How we serve out of DESIRE, not out of OBLIGATION.
1 Peter 5:2 ...not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;
How we are people of INTEGRITY.
1 Peter 5:2 ..not pursuing dishonest gain,

When opportunities to serve others arrives, our first heart is to say YES!
1 Peter 5:2 ..but eager to serve;
 
We never think that we are of GREATER VALUE than others.
1 Peter 5:3 ...not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
 
We seek to invest in the ETERNAL, not the TEMPORARY.
1 Peter 5:4  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Reflection: How would you define what it is to be spiritually mature?  How has this week’s teaching from 1 Peter changed your understanding of this?

Reflection: Across this week, take each of the points from this sermon outline, reading the scripture and asking yourself the following questions:

  • Re-write the point in the first person, replacing ‘we’, and ‘our’ with ‘I’ and ‘my’.  Is this statement true of you? How do you see these attributes present and active in your life?

  • How is God working, calling you, to grow in these areas?

 
Date: July 2, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 5:5-7
 
Reality!  Essential to the health of our relationship with God and with each other is the conscious CHOICE to live with a spirit of HUMILITY.
 
So… what does humility look like?
 
To CLOTHE ourselves with humility is to have the HEART-SET of a servant. 
1 Peter 5:5a
 
Essential ingredient of GRACE
1 Peter 5:5b
Proverbs 22:4
 
Thing about humble pie… it will be done in DUE-TIME
1 Peter 5:6
 
The sweetest part of humble pie… it is the antidote to the FEAR and PRIDE that keeps of from coming to God.
1 Peter 5:7
Matthew 11:28-30
 
 
Date: July 9, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 5:8-14

Date:  April 30, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore

Reflection: In his message, Ethan talked about the ‘hard work’ of appropriately understanding passages where the original cultural context is a significant factor.  Do any such passages come to mind?  Are there specific biblical passages or ‘lifestyle related’ topics that you have always struggled to understand?  If so, what is the core issue you struggle with?

Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
Reflection: 1 Corinthians chapters 10&11 both contain topics strongly related to how believers lived and behaved in the cultural context of their time.  Reading the passage above, what do you think is the most important purpose and concern Paul had in giving these ‘lifestyle’ instructions?

Reflection: In his message, Ethan suggested that when Peter and Paul wrote about how followers of Christ related to the “cultural institutions/issues” of their day, their primary concern was that the integrity and witness of the Gospel not be compromised.  Do you think the church (and Christian culture) is sometimes guilty of ‘compromising the witness of the Gospel’ by how we relate to the cultural issues and institutions of our day?

Reflection: Continuing the question above, how do we balance the importance of “not compromising our ability to be a witness” with also not compromising the truth and integrity of God’s word?  Can you think of any current cultural issues where the church needs to wrestle with how we apply both of these factors?

Date:  May 7, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 3:1-7

Reading: 1 Peter 3:3-5
Reflection: What is the principle Peter is showing both men and women here?  What are the practical ways this ethic might be lived out in our lives today?  As Disciples of Christ, and indwelled by the Spirit of Christ in us, what are the outward attributes of the “beauty of our inner self”?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:21-28
Reflection: WIVES: Reading through these passages, make a list of the teaching Peter addresses specifically to you.  Take time to prayerfully consider what these principles look like in your own life.  Is there any way here that the Holy Spirit is leading you to make changes in how you relate to your husband?

Reading: 11 Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:21-28
Reflection: HUSBANDS: Reading through these passages, make a list of the teaching Peter addresses specifically to you.  Take time to prayerfully consider what these principles look like in your own life.  Is there any way here that the Holy Spirit is leading you to make changes in how you relate to your wife?

Reflection: In his message, Ethan described how these passages are a picture of a healthy marriage that is centered in Christ.  How do we live out these principles when the relationship is struggling and not healthy?  If our spouse is not ‘keeping their side of the bargain’, does this change how we are called to live?  What other Biblical teaching may come to mind here?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:21-28
Reflection: FOR US ALL: What are the timeless principles we see in these texts that speak to all of us as believers for how we relate to people in our everyday lives?

 
Date:  May 14, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore

Reading: Read all three of the scriptures above.
Reflection: Make a list of the ‘Christ through me’ behavioral/ lifestyle attributes from these three passages.  Read and think through this each day of this week, considering: How each trait differs from normal human behavior; how God is growing me in each trait; specific relationship dynamics where I need to replace my default behavior with these ‘Christ in me’ behaviors.  Really give this time and thought!

Reading: 1 Peter 3:10
Reflection: Quoting from Psalm 34, Peter essentially invites us into the “Good Life” (to love life and see good days).  What is the “NHP” (natural human perspective) of what the ‘good life’ is?  What is the “Christ in me” perspective of loving life and seeing good days?  What are the key differences?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:9, Ephesians 1:3-4
Reflection: Peter calls us to ‘repay evil with blessing’, so that we may ‘inherit a blessing’.  Considering the scriptures above, what does it mean to be blessed, to experience God’s blessing in our lives?  What does this not mean? (Note: ‘blessed’ is a term used a lot in Christian culture, and how we use it doesn’t always line up with how the NT describes it)

Reading: 1 Peter 3:12
Reflection: Consider this quote from Psalm 34.  How do we understand this promise in the light of the New Testament?  How is its meaning different for us than it was for the Jews living under the old covenant?

 
Date:  May 21, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 3:13-17
 
Reflection: If we are living out the “Christ in me” lifestyle we discussed last week (1 Peter 3:8-12, Romans 12:9-18, 1 Thessalonians 5:13-15), why would people still ‘make threats against us?’  What is offensive about a true Christ centered life within our own culture?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:14a, Romans 8:17-18, Acts 5:41-42
Reflection: How can persecution for our faith be a blessing?  Our instinct in such situations would be to pray for the suffering to stop!  Does the perspective in these scriptures change the way you might pray?

Reflection: It is unlikely any of us have truly suffered (significantly) because of our faith in Christ.  If this is the case, what do these scriptures have to say to us?  What is the principle here we can apply to our lives?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:14-15a
Reflection: Peter encourages us to not fear threats against us, and to ‘revere (set apart) Christ in our hearts as Lord.”  How does ‘revering Christ in our hearts” fight against fear?  What does this look like?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:15
Reflection: This famous passage assumes that we will be ‘asked’ to share our faith, because of people’s observation of our lives.  How would you answer Peter’s question?  Have you ever had this happen, and if so, briefly describe the experience. What happened?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:16-17
Reflection: What is the connection between a clear conscience and our ability to be a witness about our hope in Christ? In your own words, what does it mean/look like to live with a clear conscience before God and men?

 
Date:  May 28, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 3:17-22
 

Reflection: How do these passages deal with the topic of fear?  What are your observations? What promises do you see?

Reflection: A big theme of the New Testament is that as Disciples of Jesus, we don’t have to be afraid!  However, to truly live in this promise is a continuous process of growth, trust, and faith.  Take time to honestly assess, and write down, what you are afraid of.  Where does fear have a role in your life? How do these areas of fear affect you, those around you, and your relationship with God?

Reading: Romans 8:28-39, Colossians 2:9-15, 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
Reflection: In these passages, what Truths do you see that God will use to give you courage to overcome fear?  Write down the statements of Truth God may be using now to bring courage into your life.

Reading: Joshua 1:9, 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
Reflection: In these two OT passages, God is speaking to Joshua and Hezekia. Take these commands of courage and re-write them as if God were speaking them to you.  Where in your life do you need to receive this kind of courage from God?

Reading: 1 Peter 3:17-22
Reflection: While verses 19-20 are very difficult to understand, this passage proclaims that God is Soveriegn, in control, has power over all creation, and is victorious over all evil.  How is Peter’s message here, and this broader Truth, a source of courage to you, as a Disciple of Jesus?
 
Date:  June 4, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: 1 Peter 4:1-6
 

Reflection: Peter calls the disciple to ‘arm him/herself with the attitude of Christ’.  Take some time to list out or described the attitude of Jesus that we see in the above scriptures.  What does it look like to ‘arm’ ourselves with these same attitudes?  The phrase “arm yourself” implies a readiness for battle… what is the battle Peter calls us to be prepared for, with the attitude of Christ?

Reading: 1 Peter 4:1-2, Romans 6:17-18

Reflection: When we suffer because of our faithfulness to God, what does this say about the power of sin in our lives?  Are you experiencing this promise in your own life?  

Reading: 1 Peter 4:2-3

Reflection: What does Peter mean by “evil human desires”, in which we (as disciples) no longer live?  How has this idea been distorted by legalism, and what is the core issue of our human brokenness apart from God?  Peter gives examples of what this looked like in the first century (vs. 30. Take some time to prayerfully consider what these patterns of sin and brokenness are in your life, and honestly take this to God in confession and repentance.  How is God wanting to set you free from these patterns?

Reading: 1 Peter 4:4-6, Ephesians 5:8-14

Reflection: Have you ever experienced the ‘push back’ against our life in Christ that Peter describes?  In such times, what hope, strength, and courage does God give us to prevail, remain faithful, and not fall?


Sunday, April 23, 2017
Date:  April 23, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: Matthew 6:9-13

EASTER SUNDAY, 2017
Date:  April 16, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Central text: Romans 6:4-11

Reflection and discussion questions:

  • Have you ever believed something that turned out NOT to be true?  Or, have you ever NOT believed something that it turned out WAS true?  What did you learn from this experience?
  • What are things about God, and about yourself, that you have believed that were not true? On the flipside, what does scripture say IS true about yourself, and about God, that you struggle believing?
  • What are some common beliefs about God, (and following Christ) that keep people (you?) away from the truth of the Gospel?  
  • What are some common beliefs about ourselves, as people, that keep us away from God generally, and Jesus specifically?  
  • Based upon this passage from Romans chapter six, make a list of things that are true of Jesus.  Then, make a list of things that are true of YOU, as a disciple of Jesus.  What do these have in common?
  • Carefully consider the last sentence of this passage (verse 11).  Paul says “count yourselves”, which means “live by the belief that what I am about to say is TRULY TRUE!”  What difference would it make if we actually, functionally, believed these two statements?
  • The “Good News” of the New Testament is that Jesus really is the Son of God, AND he really did die and rise again, so that through faith in Him, you can be forever forgiven, and receive a New Life, and a relationship with God that is free from guilt, shame, and fear.  If this is true, what is keeping you from receiving this truth as your own?
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