Christ’s Church in Mission

Text: Ephesians 4:1-16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In light of what we know to be true from the first 3 chapters of Ephesians, we shift our focus now to the implications for how we should live. Since we are united to Christ as he has called us to be a part of the church, we see that every member has a job to do in order to accomplish the mission of growth in unity, truth and maturity.

The Beautiful Community in Jesus

Text: Ephesians 2:11-22
Dr. Peter Green

A key teaching that runs through both Old and New Testaments is that, although we are saved as individuals, it’s important to remember that we’re always saved into community. That community where we can experience intimate vulnerability and friendship, unity despite diversity, is the Church. This beautiful community arises from our beautiful salvation in Christ.

God Made Us Alive

Text: Ephesians 2:1-10
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Celebrating the grace of God by which we have been saved never grows old. Today’s Scripture passage touches on several of the “5 Solas of the Reformation”. May we once again be astonished by God’s goodness to us in Christ as He saves us by grace through faith, and may we be faithful ambassadors of that wonderful gift.

Safe in God’s Love

Text: Ephesians 1:3-23
Pastor Curt Stapleton

All world religions apart from Christianity are variations of works righteousness in which followers must find a way to earn their god’s favor. As Christians, our security is found in the truth of the gospel. If we truly confess that we believe in Christ as the sole foundation for our salvation, we can be confident that we have been chosen by God from before the foundation of the world.

The Fruitfulness of True Faith

Text: Matthew 7:15-29
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we wrap up our sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus is equipping his followers for ministry. We learn that we are called to be “fruit inspectors”, wisely judging as we are motivated by grace to respond to Jesus with lives of obedience, always encouraged by the gospel and with our identities firmly established upon the rock of Christ.

God & Neighbor

Text: Matthew 7:7-14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We often resort to expressions of “I wish…” or “I hope…” which are actually expressions of anxiety. Jesus anticipates that we’ll be needy and invites us to pray in faith to our Heavenly Father without doubting in His love and goodness. With that confidence, we can move out in mission in the Christian life that is hard and involves wrestling as we seek to love our neighbor.

The Disease of Criticism

Text: Matthew 7:1-6
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Christ’s Church in mission must root out the “Disease of Criticism” as Calvin puts it.  As we grow in humility we are then really enabled to help others.  Who are the dogs and the pigs that Jesus warns us about?

Redemptive Righteousness

Text: Matthew 6:19-34
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We live in anxious times and it’s very easy to be tempted to anxiety. Today’s text offers a perspective on how to address such anxiety as we’re called to examine what we truly treasure. A Kingdom principle is that our heart always follows what we treasure. We are exhorted to fully lean into God and seek His Kingdom above all else.

Basic Christianity

Text: Matthew 6:7-18
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Christianity is often misunderstood, by those outside of the church but also even by believers. As a result, the gospel needs to be clarified on a regular basis through sound teaching. Today’s passage from the Sermon on the Mount gives another lesson in basic Christianity. What does a believer look like? Christians are Christ’s ambassadors on mission in the world.

Humble Sacrifice

Text: Matthew 6:1-6
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeatedly returns to the condition of the believer’s heart as a crucial component of how we are able to glorify God and live Christianly. In the areas of sacrificial giving and coming before the Lord in private prayer, we assume a posture of humility as we acknowledge our dependence on God.