Sermon Speaker Archive Josh Scott
Eucharist: The Open Table
Is it possible that we get so caught up in being right, or in the minutia of discussions about doctrine and dogma, that we are actually missing the point? In our summer 2013 series we will explore several areas where this might just be the case. In this first week we explore the eucharist, a central ritual that Christians have celebrated since day one. Why do we still practice the eucharist after two thousand years? Where did the idea even originate? That’s what’s on tap in this first week of Adventures in Missing the Point.
MCC’s 17th Anniversary
In this final installment of our ‘Girl Power’ series we examine two ‘problem passages’. These two passages, 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2, are often cited as being against the idea of women serving in leadership within the church. However, as Josh explains, these passages are written to particular churches, in particular contexts, to speak to particular issues; making universal declarations for all people, for all time based on these passages alone misses the point. The normative view in the Bible–Galatians 3v28, and the sweep of Scripture from Genesis 1 to Pentecost and beyond–affirms the ability and calling of women to serve and lead in the church.
As a bonus, listen in at the beginning of the teaching as Josh interviews Rachel Jennings about her story.
Back To The Beginning
This week Josh invites us to consider, not just a couple of passages, but the entire sweep of Scripture in regards to the issue of women in leadership. What we discover is that the movement of the Bible is toward more equality among the sexes. Beginning in Genesis we discover God’s original intent [equality], the way sin distorts it, and how the first Christians understood the redemptive work of Jesus.
Husbands And Wives
In a special Mother’s Day installment of our “Girl Power” series, Josh is joined by his wife, Carla, for a discussion about marriage. Using the text about husbands and wives in Ephesians 5, Josh and Carla challenge us to view marriage as a partnership of equals who love and serve one another. Last week we learned that ‘words matter’, and this week we explore the meaning behind three specific Greek words: submission headship, and love.
Making Decisions About The Bible
This week we kick off a new series called “Girl Power,” which focuses on the leadership role that women play in our church. In the New Testament women are spoken of and affirmed as leaders in the church. Yet, for a while now, women have been silenced in the life of many church communities. In this initial teaching Josh talks about how we are always making decisions about the Bible, and he shares some of the ways in which he is learning to read and interpret the text.
Be The Light
We live in a world where events like the Boston Marathon Bombing happen far too often, don’t we? Have you ever wondered how followers of Jesus can respond to such tragedies in a way that brings hope and peace? In this teaching Josh invites us to explore this question: How can we really be the light in a dark world?
Gluttony: The Sin Of Excess
In this final installment of our Seven Deadly Sins series we look at Gluttony, the sin of excess. During this teaching Josh invites us to think about the ways we live in excess, because Gluttony isn’t just about food. In reality, Gluttony is the other six sins on steroids. The path toward freedom, from all the Deadly Sins, is the path of Jesus, the path of the cross, which is the same path he calls us all to walk.
Sloth: Missing Out On Joy
As we jump back into our series through the Seven Deadly Sins, Josh invites us to reimagine sloth. Sloth isn’t just laziness. One could be very busy, and still struggle with sloth. Sloth is apathy, indifference, failing to be passionate about the things God is passionate about. Sloth causes us to listen to the voice of fear, and ultimately, to miss out on joy. Sloth isn’t to be underestimated.
Resurrection Sunday: Life Before Death
He is risen! This news changes everything, and for Christians, is a celebration of God’s New Creation that is already bursting forth here and now. In this Resurrection Sunday teaching Josh and special guest Randal Collins invite us to see the Resurrection at work in us now, giving us life before death. The tomb is empty and this is definitely good news, right here and right now!