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Date:  May 27, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Principle Scripture: John 20:30-31
The Bible: An invitation into Life
Myths of understanding Scripture
  • All Biblical Truths are SIMPLE
  • The Bible was written in ENGLISH to modern western culture
  • Everything in the Bible is in AGREEMENT (at the verse level)
    • Romans 1:17
    • Romans 2:7-8 
  • I can understand the Bible just one VERSE at a time
Approaching Scripture: The posture of our Heart
  • Scripture is TRUTH from GOD      
    • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Scripture is WORTHY of our TIME, THOUGHT, and ATTENTION
  • Scripture is AUTHORITATIVE
  • We approach scripture with a Heart to RECEIVE, not an agenda to JUSTIFY
  • Scripture is GOOD, even when it is HARD
Approaching Scripture: The posture of our Mind- intellect
  • Scripture must be INTERPRETED.  This requires thoughtfulness and EFFORT!
  • In approaching scripture, the first question is not “what does this mean to ME”, but “what does this MEAN?”
    • 1 Cor 10:23    
  • Scripture must be approached with emotional and intellectual HONESTY.
Engaging Scripture: A few helpful techniques
  • Use your OWN BIBLE where you can make underlines, highlights, and notes
  • Read LARGER SECTIONS of scripture
  • Read passages MULTIPLE times
  • Appropriate use of online (and printed) resources
  • JOURNAL your thoughts, observations, and questions
This Week’s Study Assignment…
Read the book of Romans in its entirety!  You aren’t doing detail study here, and don’t get stuck on questions (yet!). Pace yourself as necessary, but read through the entire book.

Date:  June 3, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Principle Scripture: Romans 1:1-17
NOTES from Sunday's Message
Welcome to Rome!
Why Romans matters so much
Themes of the book of Romans
  • The verdict of SIN
  • The provision of SALVATION
  • The way of GRACE
  • The reality of God’s SOVEREIGNTY
  • The result of HOW WE THEN SHALL LIVE
In its essence, Romans is a book about GOD!
Context: Paul
Context: Rome
And so it begins…
A matter of CALLING: 1:1-7
A matter of LONGING: 1:8-15
The thesis: How what is solely GOD’S may become fully YOURS. 1:16-17
  • In the Gospel we find the power of God for SALVATION.
  • This Salvation from the Gospel is received through BELIEF.
  • The Gospel is the REVELATION of God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • God’s Righteousness is received, and experienced, by FAITH.

Date:  June 10, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Principle Scripture: Romans 1:18-32

Link: Weekly Reflection and Study Guide

Link: Pastor Ethan's 'raw' personal study notes

Link: Megan Phelps- I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church- Here's why I left

NOTES from Sunday's Message

A necessary diagnosis.  1:18-20

  • We suppress God’s TRUTH
  • God’s nature is SELF-EVIDENT
  • We have no EXCUSE

World View Reality!  Humanity, by our very nature, is deserving of God’s WRATH.

Making the case: The evidence of sin’s essential nature

Exhibit A: We exchanged the Glory of GOD for the Glory of OURSELVES (1:21-23)

The Result?  

Exhibit B: We exchanged the Truth of God for a LIE.  (1:24-25)

The Result?

Exhibit C: We abandoned God’s gift of sexuality for the shame of LUST.  (1:26-27)

The Result?

Exhibit D: We didn’t consider God worthy of our MINDS.  (1:28-32)

The Result?   

Reality: Where we abolish God and His Goodness, that void will inevitably be filled by HUMANITY and our WEAKNESS.  

Why sin matters so much to God  (1:32)

The tragic irony: Seeking FREEDOM, we make ourselves SLAVES.

Date:  June 10, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Principle Scripture: Romans 2:1-16

Link: Weekly Reflection and Study Guide

Link: Pastor Ethan's 'raw' personal study notes


NOTES from Sunday's Message
WORLDVIEW: In light of the diagnosis of our sin (Romans 1), all humanity will face God’s JUDGMENT. 
2 Corinthians 5:10
Romans 2:1-4
God’s judgment is JUST.
Psalm 51:3-4  
God’s great desire is for all to come to REPENTANCE.
The Day of God’s Wrath (2:5-16)
  • We will be judged based upon what we have DONE.
  • God’s judgment won’t evaluate our knowledge of what is right, but our OBEDIENCE to what is right.
  • God’s ‘law’ is not limited to what is written, God has placed it in our NATURE.

What is the result of God’s judgment?

SO… what do we do with this?  
  • How we live MATTERS.
  • On our own, we will always FALL SHORT
  • This Truth must lead us to be people who LOVE, not people who JUDGE

Week 4 – A Necessary Diagnosis - The Failure of Law

Week 5 – A Necessary Diagnosis - The Verdict

Week 6 – A Necessary Diagnosis - The Magnificent Alternative

Week 7 – A Necessary Diagnosis - The Real Purpose and Power of Faith

Special Message - Andy Haffele, Navy Seal, Lone Survivor Foundation
Andy shares his frank, sometimes raw, and powerful testimony of the power of God to bring hope, forgiveness, and restoration into the deepest of hurts.
Date: May 20th, 2018
Speaker: Andy Haffele

Special Message - Following Jesus
Guest Speaker Pastor Matthew Wyatt dives into what it looks like to truly follow Jesus by looking at one of his first interactions with the soon-to-be disciples.
Date: May 13th, 2018
Speaker: Pastor Matthew Wyatt
Primary Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

Message Notes
How do we follow Jesus?

  • We HEAR the word of God
  • We OBEY the word of God
  • We TURN from our sin
  • We FOLLOW the mission of God

We will explore the theological foundation for our need for forgiveness, but our focus will be on the essential (and often untaught) reality that Christ died on the cross so he could take us there with Him.  Christ died so that we too could die.  This lays the foundation for the rest of this series, the reality that when Christ was raised, we too were (and will be) raised with him.
Date:  January 7, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Message Notes

Nothing but the Blood…

Reality: Humanity’s sin problem is INESCAPABLE and it is ABSOLUTE.
Romans 3:21-23  
Romans 5:12-19
Colossians 2:13

Easter 101! Jesus DID, in fact, suffer and die to provide JUSTICE and REDEMPTION for MY sin.
Romans 3: 23-25  

As miraculous is the FORGIVENESS we receive In Christ, this is not the full picture of the cross!
Romans 5:15-19

The fullness of the Cross: Christ departed to make way for the SPIRIT
John 16:7

The fullness of the Cross:  Christ died so that through faith in Him, YOU may die as well.
Colossians 3:3
Romans 6:4-7  

Because we died with Christ, we haven’t just been forgiven our sin, we have been SET FREE from the curse of sin.
Colossians 2:13-14  
Romans 6:8-11  

By Faith…  

  • Dead people carry no DEBT.  
  • Dead people carry no GUILT.
  • Dead people aren’t held in bondage by FEAR and ANXIETY
  • Dead people aren’t don’t succumb to TEMPTATION
  • Dead people aren’t STRESSED OUT by circumstances
  • Dead people don’t need possessions, they don’t need the approval of others, they don’t need anything this world can offer.  They only need one thing… LIFE!

Galatians 2:20  

Going Deeper- Discussion Questions

  • Why is the Biblical doctrine of sin so important?  Why is this so offensive to our culture today?
  • Do you struggle with believing that In Christ, you are truly, forever, forgiven?  How does this faith bring peace into our lives?
  • What would be our problem if the work of Jesus on the cross stopped with forgiveness?
  • What are areas of your life (flesh) where the Holy Spirit is working to bring you freedom through the New Covenant truth that you- the disciple- died with Christ?
This is our Easter message! We will start with two big (and most often focused upon) truths of Easter. 1) By any measure of historical test, Jesus’ resurrection is historical fact; and 2) Because of Resurrection, we have the future hope of our own resurrection to heaven when we die.  These are both true and essential.  Our main point, however, will be the significance of Resurrection to us today. 
Date:  April 1, 2018, EASTER SUNDAY!
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Message Notes

When God throws a party

Resurrection: Historic Fact
1 Corinthians 15:17-18  

Resurrection: Future Promise
1 Corinthians 15:19-20  

Resurrection: The amazing hope of right now

Reality! As a believer In Christ, I have ALREADY been raised to New Life!
Ephesians 2:1-7

Because I have been raised with Christ, in life as it is right now:   
In Christ, I have been given a new FOCUS
Ephesians 2:1-2
In Christ, I have been given a new IDENTITY
Ephesians 2:3-4

In Christ, I have been given a new SOURCE of MORALITY  
Ephesians 2:5-11

In Christ, I have been given a new COUNTENANCE  
Ephesians 2:12-14

In Christ, I have been given a new PEACE   
Ephesians 2:15-16

In Christ, I have been given a new MOTIVATION
Ephesians 2:17

Jesus described this kind of life with the phrase ABUNDANT LIFE. This fullness of life isn’t found through our best efforts to keep religious traditions or laws.-  It is received- and experienced- through the CHOICE of a faith relationship with Jesus Christ.

Going Deeper- Discussion Questions

  • When you consider the future promise of our complete and eternal resurrection with Christ, what emotions/thoughts does this bring to you? Is this something you consider often?
  • How does the teaching that In Christ, we have already been raised to new life, affect you? Does the reality of our resurrection change the way you see and live life right now?
  • Think through the examples of new life we saw in Colossians chapter three.  Do you see these at work or present in your daily life?  What does this look like, and why/how are these important for the Abundant Life Christ invites us into?
Week 3: Resurrection: How what Happened to Jesus can Happen to You
What is true of us because we have already experienced our spiritual resurrection with Christ? Just what does it mean that we are “seated with Christ in the Heavenlies?”  Our big emphasis in this message will be the necessity of FAITH to believe, pursue, and appropriate the freedom and goodness of our resurrection that has already happened.  We will explore the idea that “There are things that are true of us as Christians that we will not experience unless we believe they are true, and choose to live as if they are true.”   Faith is less about trying to influence what God will do, as it is believing and living in the power of what Christ already HAS done.
Date:  April 8, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Message Notes

Mining for Gold!
Ephesians 2:4-7

Resurrection: Engaged to Jesus
Ephesians 1:11-14
Romans 7:4-6

Resurrection: Stuck in the middle with you
2 Corinthians 5:4-5   

Reality! IN CHRIST, there are things that are TRUE of us that we won’t EXPERIENCE until we BELIEVE they are true and CHOOSE to live as if they are true.
Romans 6:8-14   

And Lord, haste the day…
Revelation 19:6-9  

Going Deeper

  • Up to this point, how would you describe your understanding of a disciples “Hope of Resurrection?”  How has that understanding/hope impacted your daily life?
  • What is the significance of the concept that we are engaged to Jesus?  What is true of you now because In Christ, you belong to another (Romans 7:4-6)
  • What is the role of faith in our ‘life in the middle’ with Jesus?  Think through the statement at the top of this page- what is true of you In Christ that you are not experiencing because you haven’t made the choice of faith to believe and functionally live in that belief?  Practically speaking, how do we take this step? What does this look like?
  • Reflect on the passage from Revelation 19:6-9.  How does the promise of our full marriage to Christ- our faith made sight- impact you today?
Week 4: Resurrection: Bringing the Future to Now
In this message we will examine the calling we (disciples of Jesus) have today because of Resurrection.  We will explore a very interesting reality- in the Gospel Resurrection narratives (and for very early church), Christ’s resurrection wasn’t seen in terms of a ‘future hope’ (heaven).   Rather, Christ’s resurrection was seen as a validation of everything Jesus taught- that He in fact is God, that He has work He is doing in the world, and how He calls us to be the agents of that Kingdom work.  To be sure, Paul taught about the future hope of Resurrection!  But the first and foundational perspective of Resurrection is the change, and calling, it brings to our lives today.  To put this as a question, what does it look like for us to ‘bring resurrection to the world’, starting with our immediate circle of influence.
Date:  April 15, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Message Notes

As a disciple of Jesus, what the Resurrection means for me:

It is a validation of what Jesus has already accomplished in the PAST
It is the certain hope of everything Jesus will do in the FUTURE
It is a call for the REDEMPTION of the PRESENT

Matthew 6:9-10

Reality! Jesus’ disciples didn’t see the significance of Jesus’ resurrection in terms of a FUTURE Hope, but a PRESENT mission.
Acts 1:6-11

Resurrection today! What does it look like to Bring the Future into the Now?
Matthew 28:16-20  

Overcome the temptation of DOUBT
Take courage that all AUTHORITY belongs to Jesus
The call to make DISCIPLES
Teach the truth of ONENESS with Christ
Teach the inevitable result of LOVE for God, which is OBEDIENCE to God
Never forget that Jesus is with us, ALWAYS- Matthew 28:20b  
Walk in the power and presence of the HOLY SPIRIT- Acts 1:8
Jesus will return, so let’s GO!- Acts 1:10

Going Deeper- Discussion Questions

  • For Jesus’ first disciples, what was the significance of the Resurrection in terms of how they saw the rest of their lives?
  • The past century of Christian Culture has greatly influenced how we think about the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  What role does Jesus’ Great Commission play in your life?  To put it another way, what does it look like for you to be Christ’s witness?
  • What big focus of Life in Christ does the Great Commission point toward?
  • How would you describe the power/work of the Holy Spirit in your daily life? (ref Acts 1:8)
Week 5: Resurrection: The Hope of All Creation!
The amazing big picture that the future hope of Resurrection is not just for us as individuals, but is for ALL of creation.  Resurrection is the majestic hope that Christ will ‘put all things’ to right, and all of creation will be made new.  This message will look at the two dominant world views regarding ‘the future’, and how the Christian hope is entirely unique, almost impossible to comprehend in its glory, and intensely practical for how we live today.
Date:  April 22, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Message Notes

How we view the future, and why it matters

Postmillennialism and the myth of PROGRESS

Premillennialism and the FUTILITY of Creation

A different view: The Biblical lens of God’s KINGDOM

The Kingdom theme of already but not yet
Titus 2:11-13

The Kingdom theme of the Church as Christ’s TEMPLE
1 Peter 2:4-5  

The Kingdom theme of strangers in EXILE
Jeremiah 29:4-7, 11
1 Peter 2:11-12  

Resurrection and the Hope of all creation!
Colossians 1:15-20  
Revelation 21:1-5
Romans 8:21

Going Deeper- Discussion Questions

  • How would you answer the question “If you knew Jesus was returning next week, what would you do?”  Then, if you believe he will return, but you just don’t know when, how and why does that change your answer to the question?
  • How does what you believe about the ‘ultimate future’ impact how and why you live the way you do today?   Other said, how does our worldview of the future impact our priorities in this world right now?
  • How does the concept of believers as ‘strangers in exile’ change or challenge the way you view the future, and the purpose of life, in this life, today?
Week 6: 'Resurrection Living' and the importance of Christ's Ascension.
The “how then shall we live” of Christ’s resurrection.  We will get very specific and practical about how our faith/hope of ‘Resurrection present’, changes the way we respond to the world as it is now.  How does a “full faith” worldview of Resurrection respond to issues such as anxiety, fear, jealousy, and pride?  Even beyond that, how does a worldview of Resurrection change the way we think about ‘hot button’ issues such as sexual morality, abortion, environmentalism, and economics?  The big thrust here is that when we- as disciples of Jesus- really start to comprehend the full significance of Resurrection, it changes the way we see everything.  We will also explore the under-taught but essential significance of Jesus' Ascension.
Date:  April 29, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Message Notes

Part 1: Resurrection Living!
Romans 8:21

An imperfect analogy

Living in the Light of Resurrection
Ephesians 5:8-16
Philippians 2:13-16

Part 2: The Importance of Christ’s Ascension
Luke 24:50-53  
Acts 1:9-11
Hebrews 4:14-16

How Communion points toward Resurrection
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Going Deeper- Discussion Questions

  • In the ‘last days’, will our current world be discarded or redeemed?  How does God view His creation in this present age? Why are these questions important, and how do the answers impact how we think of our world, and how God desires to work through us in the midst of this world?
  • If we are agents of God’s ultimate redemption of all things, what are practical ways this calling may be expressed in our ongoing lives?  To restate, what does it look like for us to live with a view towards Resurrection and God’s redemption of all creation?  Try to be specific!
  • If Christ was ‘taken’ from us physically, and will return physically, does He exist physically right now?  Why is the truth of Christ’s Ascension important?
  • How does the message of communion connect us to the promise of Christ’s return?
Week 7: Resurrection: A Glimpse into Eternity
A celebratory look into the glimpses scripture gives us about the reality of Eternity when we (and all of creation) fully experience Resurrection, or what we too casually refer to as “Heaven when we die”.
Date:  May 6, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Message Notes

Signposts into the mist…

Signpost: The Courage of HOPE
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Luke 24:36-43

Signpost: A New BODY
Philippians 3:20-21
1 Corinthians 15:42-49

All Things Made NEW
Revelation 21:1-5

Signpost: Victory Over DEATH
1 Corinthians 15:50-57

Signpost: God will be ALL in ALL
1 Corinthians 15:26-28
Revelation 21:22-27

Signpost: You Are HERE
1 Corinthians 15:58

Winter 2018 Message Series:
Reflecting Jesus In Everyday Life
Date:  January 7, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Date:  January 14, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Going Deeper Questions
  • Ethan asserted that emotional health and spiritual health are inseparable.  Do you agree?  What are examples of how emotional health (or lack thereof) reveals the state of our spiritual health?  Vice versa?
  • When I struggle with impatience, what are my deeper spiritual issues at play?  How is my impatience impacting my relationship with God, and with those I say I love?
  • What are specific ways/areas where God wants to grow patience in my life?
  • How do we balance patience with good judgement and 'boundaries' when we find ourselves in unhealthy situations?
Date:  January 21, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Going Deeper Questions
  • As God makes us self-aware of our sin and shortcomings, what is the difference between conviction and condemnation? (Hint- The Spirit doesn’t condemn!).  How is God convicting me regarding Kindness? Be honest!
  • This past week, how have I shown kindness ‘in the moment.’  How have I purposefully sought to be kind?  Take time to really think and be specific!
  • What value does scripture say I have to God?  How does this change the way I see myself and other people?  How will this engender Kindness in me, toward others?
  • Is there a person the Spirit is leading me to really LISTEN to? How will I respond?
Date:  January 28, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Going Deeper Questions
  • Ethan talked about the deception of ‘textualism’- that saying something is true means the truth automatically is fully expressed in your life.  What are areas where there are gaps between what you say you believe, and how you actually live?  What impact does this have on you, and those around you?  Be honest!!
  • What is the root cause of envy, boasting, and pride?  If we struggle with these, what deeper issue is being revealed about our heart and our mind?  How do these traits impact ourselves and those around us?
  • What is the opposite of envy, boasting, and pride? Why is this trait so incredibly important, and how does it take root and grow in our heart and mind?
  • What are practical ways humility is a healer, and strengthener, and love-giver?
Date:  February 04, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Going Deeper Questions
  • How have you seen love make a difference in a person’s life?  What was the most important action of love that made the difference?
  • What is unique about the love of Christ, expressed through a believer, compared to love and positive behavior seen in people in general?
  • What are specific ways people are dishonored and disrespected in everyday life? What are specific ways our Christ Given Love can fight against this?
  • Why is ‘seeking Christ first’ more important than seeking the good of others first?  If we truly ‘seek Christ’, what will be the inevitable result?
  • The source of anger can be deep and complicated.  What is our source of ‘in the moment’ peace and calmness?  How can anger be overcome?
  • What is so destructive about grudges?  Why do we keep them?  How are they overcome?
Date:  February 11, 2018
Speaker:  Dr. Randy Simmonds
Date:  February 18, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Going Deeper Questions
  • Without any self-condemnation, what are ways you might ‘delight in evil’ as we discussed in this message?  How is the Holy Spirit leading you to allow God’s work in these areas of your life?
  • Likewise, without self-condemnation, what are ways we allow ourselves to be deceived, or ‘partake’ in deception of others?  How does God want to work here?
  • What are ways we rationalize withholding truth, ‘shading’ the truth, or just outright lying?  Is there such a thing as a ‘justified lie’ in the life of a disciple of Jesus?
  • Write down your HONEST questions about what rejoicing with the truth really looks like in your life, your family, your relationships?  What is the role of LOVE in these dynamics?
  • Ethan described the characteristics of a relationship where truth is prized and a source of joy.  Describe how this looks in your relationships, with your ‘others’.  If these characteristics aren’t present, what work might God want to do so they start to grow?
Date:  February 25, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Principle Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:7
Going Deeper Questions
  • List out the different meanings of the verb ‘protect’ that we discussed in this message.  Now, think of a time(s) when a person did these things for you.  Did you recognize these actions as love? How did they impact you?
  • How is God working through you to show these attributes of love to another person?  What obstacles or resistance have you been struggling with to follow God in this way?
  • How are we blessed when we love by doing what is best for another person?  How does God sustain us when we live this way?
  • What does it look like for others to see and understand more of the hope of Christ because they are in relationship with you?
Date:  March 04, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Going Deeper Questions
  • In your own words, describe what “Love always trusts, always hopes” doesn’t mean.
  • How do we experience the power of trust and hope when we are dealing with people that we honestly don’t trust, and in situations where there honestly seems to be little hope?
  • How does Love (the Love of God within us) provide the courage and power to trust and hope in the midst of difficult relational circumstances?  Put another way, what is the connection between Love and not losing faith and hope?
  • How does our trust and hope in God give us hope and trust in daily life?
  • Ethan stated that redemption doesn’t always mean restoration to the way things were.  How can God bring about redemption when things don’t work out the way we hoped?
Date:  March 11, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
Going Deeper Questions
  • How would you answer the question “how is your walk with Jesus?”  From your perspective, what does your daily relationship with God look like?
  • Describe a time you have experienced the sustaining power of love in your life.  How have you seen this in the lives of others?
  • What is the difference between optimism and hope?  Can you describe a time you held on to hope even though you had little optimism?  Why is this important?
  • What is the truth about God’s Love that gives it the power to endure all things?
  • How does the enduring power of love bring endurance to the other blessings of our Life in Christ?  What other blessings would you add to the four Pastor Ethan described?
Date:  March 11, 2018
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore
From Today's message... How the "already but not yet" of who we are in Christ is leading us to mature from the truth of what "Love is", to the increasing personal reality of what "I am!"
  • I am patient
  • I am kind
  • I am not envious
  • I am not boastful
  • I am not prideful
  • I give honor and respect to everyone
  • I don’t seek myself before others
  • I’m not easily angered, and I don’t hold grudges
  • I never want to see harm come to another person
  • I rejoice with truth and honesty
  • I desire and do what is best for my ‘others’
  • In all things, my heart’s desire is to trust
  • I never give up hope that God is at work
  • In my relationship with my ‘others’, the love of Christ within me and through me will endure all things, and will never fail.

Date:  December 31, 2017
Speaker:  Pastor Ethan Moore

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




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