Sermon Series Archive atonement
This week is Palm Sunday and Pastor Josh Scott is about to wind down our “Atonement” series. As Jesus enters into Jerusalem, he rides a young donkey, as fulfillment of a prophesy in Zechariah. However, Jesus is also making a statement. By choosing a lowly, poor animal, he indicates that his kingdom is not built on war, power or with oppression, but with peace, sacrifice and humility.
We’re nearing the end of our “Atonement” series this week with a reminder of the fact that Jesus’ identity is one of The Messiah, A messiah who confronts evil and sin at the very core of what it is, reminding us that our life is one that begins with death. Not only does Jesus have a cross, but as His followers, we do as well. We must follow Jesus as he travels the road to give up his life, so that we may also die to ourselves.
God’s Generous Grace
We only have a few more weeks left in our “Atonement” series, and this week we continue to clarify what Jesus actually did for our sin on the cross. Pastor Josh Scott explains the difference between knowing God’s grace, and actually experiencing it, and then living from that peace. We tend to feel entitled when we lose that perspective. Thankfully, the grace offered to us through Jesus’ death is unlimited and generous. Our poverty in sin is what allows us to receive this grace that we don’t deserve, but need more than anything.
God Is Not A Spectator
We continue our “atonement” series this week with a message about our own humanity. Pastor Josh Scott shares with us how because Jesus shares our humanity, he can understand our struggles with temptation. The writer of Hebrews actually says that Jesus empathizes and shares the suffering with us. He not only sees us, or is aware of us, but is a fellow sufferer in our weakness.
The Bigness Of The Cross
The idea of the cross is something that most americans are somewhat familiar with. Most people in our area claim some sort of church, or at least a general affiliation to christianity. Because of this type of “comfort” we often lose the magnitude of what happened on the cross. Pastor Josh Scott reminds us in the second week of our “Atonement” series that what God creates is, according to Genesis “Tov Moad” or very good.” Because of our sin, things don’t happen in the way that it was intended to happen, and everything in creation is broken. The cross, however, brings this broken world back together, through the work of Christ.
The Day of Atonement
The idea of atonement is how peace is made between God and people. It is the bridge; the cost of a separated relationship. Pastor Josh Scott shows us that before Christ, we were dependent on a High Priest making sacrifices for the sins of us all. But God sent his son to be the sacrifice required for the reconciliation that we all need.
Hope From The Ashes – Ash Wednesday
We being this 2012 season of Lent on Ash Wednesday with confession and repentance together as a body of believers. Pastor Josh Scott reminds us that, while Ash Wednesday can feel discouraging and even hopeless, this time is meant for preparation of our hearts. We can have hope that at the end of this season, resurrection is coming.