Sermons 2018

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Belonging Co

Since we rarely use the word abide anymore, we chose a different word to describe our relationship with God. A better word would be “Belong”. People want to belong. We long to belong. I am counting on this teaching series to teach us about belonging to God. So how do we do that? Everything we know about that relationship we learn from Jesus relationship with his father. Think of your own relationship with you father. For me, my dad taught me three things: Go conquer the world and I am here to help you if you need me, Try everything, life is one gigantic adventure, and it takes money to make money.” The first one is deeply personal. He was there for me and believed in me. I am the man I am today because of my father. Now let’s get spiritual. When I was at the university, I asked my college pastor and mentor one day, “JB, How do I learn how to be in relationship with God?” He said, “Why don’t you study the gospel of John. Look at how Jesus related to his father, and just emulate that.” “OK”, I said. That was close to 40 years ago. I’ve been doing that ever since. At the heart of belonging is to be connected through relationship. For the next several weeks, right up to our summer months we’ll be looking at John 13-17. Here’s what we learn: Jesus models belonging as serving, love, prayer, being under the guiding presence of the Spirit, abiding in consistent relationship with the Father, and being in meaningful connection with other followers of Christ. The Father calls each of us into a more significant relationship with him.

May 27 - Belonging Co. John 17 - The Commencement: A Prayer for Public Discipleship Series May 27 - Belonging Co. John 17 - The Commencement: A Prayer for Public Discipleship

We are in commencement season. Colleges, universities, high schools, middle…

May 20 - Belonging Co. John 16:16-33 - In the In Between Time, Pray Series May 20 - Belonging Co. John 16:16-33 - In the In Between Time, Pray

I would not call myself a prayer warrior. In fact, I wish I prayed more.…

May 13 - Belonging Co. John 15:9–16:15 - The Art and Science of Staying Put Series May 13 - Belonging Co. John 15:9–16:15 - The Art and Science of Staying Put

I love big sermon points. Inspirational speeches. Swelling epic music scores!…

May 6 - Belonging Co. John 15:1-8 - Vintage Disciples Series May 6 - Belonging Co. John 15:1-8 - Vintage Disciples

We have a beautiful orange tree in our backyard. It hasn't always been…

April 29 - Belonging Co. John 14:15-27 - You Are Not Alone Series April 29 - Belonging Co. John 14:15-27 - You Are Not Alone

Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? I have. We live in a hyper-connected…

April 22 - Belonging Co. John 14:1-14 - Into the Yonder Series April 22 - Belonging Co. John 14:1-14 - Into the Yonder

Early in the 2001 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the…

April 15 - Belonging Co. John 13:31-38 - Loving Out Loud Series April 15 - Belonging Co. John 13:31-38 - Loving Out Loud

Imagine for a moment that only 2% of the population of the South Bay consisted…

April 8 - Belonging Co. John 13:1-30 - How Do We Wash The Feet Of Our Culture? Series April 8 - Belonging Co. John 13:1-30 - How Do We Wash The Feet Of Our Culture?

Our new series is entitled Belonging Co. We plan to look at what Jesus…