Sermon Series Archive Adventures in Missing the Point
This week Josh wrapped up our 2013 Summer series, Adventures in Missing the Point, by talking about money. Using the ‘Parable of the Rich Fool’ in Luke 12, Josh challenged us to rethink the purpose of money, and how the pursuit of more for the sake of more forms our hearts in a specific way–as does generosity. Is it possible that we are more like the ‘rich fool’ than we would like to admit?
We often talk about ‘hearing God’s voice’, but what does that mean? Does God only ‘show up’ from time to time and speak in the spectacular, in big ways? Or, is it possible that God is always speaking, always communicating? In this teaching, Josh reminds us that God often speaks in a whisper, in a still, small voice. The real question isn’t, ‘Is God speaking’; instead, we must ask, ‘Are we listening?’
As we continue our 2013 Summer series, ‘Adventures in Missing the Point’, Josh invites us to rethink Faith. In this teaching we explore Faith from four different angles: Faith as belief, Faith as trust, Faith as faithfulness, and Faith as the lens through which we see. How does our ‘Faith’ affect how we live everyday? Listen in and get the conversation going!
This week we continue our Adventures in Missing the Point series by talking about Worship. In our culture worship is usually thought of as an event, or worse it is turned into something that is all about us–our preferences, our styles–and not about God. In this teaching Josh invites us to see worship as a response to God’s compassion and grace on us. When viewed through this lens worship isn’t a Sunday activity, but a daily rhythm.
This week guest teacher George Stull [www.hopepark.com] spoke to us about the ‘abundant life’ as part of our ‘Adventures in Missing the Point’ series.
In this teaching Josh explores the concept of the Trinity–that we worship one God, who in some way, exists in a Divine relationship. While this is deeply mysterious [because all our language about God falls way short, doesn’t it?] Josh invites us to explore what the Trinity might mean for us in practical, everyday sorts of ways: we were made to be in meaningful, self-giving relationships with others.
This week Josh invites us to rethink evangelism. The term evangelism comes from a Greek word that literally means ‘good news’. In Jesus’ day, however, it was often applied to Caesar. This makes the Christian claim that the Jesus story brings good news highly subversive–even treasonous!–for its time. In this teaching Josh shares some baggage that the term evangelism brings with it, as well as a few ideas about what a 21st century approach toward sharing our faith might look like.
Salvation: Here And Now
This week we continue our ‘Adventures in Missing the Point’ series by talking about ‘salvation’. Often, in our culture, salvation is about escape or evacuation–leaving the world for somewhere else. However, in the Bible, salvation is about here and now, not just there and then. Josh invites us to see two essential dimensions of salvation, the personal and the social, and to wrestle with what it means to be on the journey of salvation here and now.
Baptism: More Than Water
For our second week of “Adventures in Missing the Point”, we focus on another central Christian rite, baptism. Too often the focus of baptism is on the mode, or how the baptism is done. Sprinkling? Immersion? Cannon-ball? Josh suggests those are just adventures in missing the point. Beginning with its roots in Jewish purity and worship Josh invites us to see the baptism movement of John, and the Christian practice today, differently. The teaching focuses on three images or metaphors that we see in the act of baptism: dying and rising, the Exodus story, and the importance of community.
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.