February 18, 2018
Steve DeNeff - John 12:1-8. Today Jesus is in Bethany (which means “house of the poor”), in Mary and Martha’s home, at a dinner in his honor. During the meal, Mary pours a pint of alabaster, an expensive and potent perfume, onto the feet of Jesus and wipes them with her hair. This simple act of devotion creates controversy even outrage among Jesus’ disciples who have better plans for the money. But in this act, disciples of every generation are encouraged to pour their best, their possessions, their glory and the sum of their work onto the feet of Jesus. Sooner or later, all that we have and all that we’ve done will end at the feet of Jesus. So this sermon will call us to offer it now, intentionally and generously, while we can.
February 13, 2018
Dr. Bud Bence - Mid Week Bible Study
February 13, 2018
Dr. Judy Crossman - Midweek Bible Study
February 11, 2018
Rev. Steve DeNeff - Isaiah 29:13-14, 17-19; John 9:35-39. In the center of all things unseen is One who holds all things together, Jesus Christ. Thus, to see clearly is to see Him as he is, and not as we imagine him to be. It is to see the end of all things before they are upon us and to fall on our faces in worship of him whose face has changed (Luke 9:29), the First, the Last and the Living One (Rev. 1:17-18). For the one born blind, the culmination of all healing is an encounter with Jesus Christ: “Who is he, sir… tell me so that I may believe in him… Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe!’ and he worshiped him,” (John 9:36, 38). We worship what we confess so that we might believe what we worship. This sermon will explore the link between our worship and our journey from seen to unseen.
February 4, 2018
Steve DeNeff - Isaiah 32:1-5, 8; Mark 8:22-26. The prophet Isaiah promised a day when “the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed… when the fool will no longer be called noble, nor the scoundrel highly respected,” (32:3, 5). This revolution has come in Jesus Christ but everyone looking can see it. Jesus invites us into this revolution, this reversal of things, and as we practice these new things our eyes are slowly opened to the new world order. But like the blind man in Bethsaida, this does not happen for us all at once (Mark 8:24-25). We must challenge old assumptions by experimenting with new ones. We must slowly learn to trust the Bible we were only familiar with up to now. Our trust is an experiment in faith. It is like seeing with the eyes of our heart enlightened.
January 28, 2018
Eric Crisp - Psalm 119:97-106; Luke 10:21-24. There is nothing in this world that bears witness to things unseen like the Word of God. Yet many who are familiar with their Bible are blind to things unseen. The trouble is not in what is written, but in how we read it. Those who see clearly read it differently and they consistently obey what they read. Indeed, obedience is the best exegesis of Scripture: “Go to Siloam and wash . . . so he went and washed and came home seeing,” (John 9:7). Like walking into a dark cave, each act of obedience takes us further in where we can see what we weren’t in position to see before. This sermon will explore the way in which Scripture lights a path for those who walk behind it, then provide a set of questions for each traveler to ask.
January 25, 2018
Dr. Amanda Drury - Seen To Unseen Mid-Week Bible Study.
January 21, 2018
Rev. Steve DeNeff - Isaiah 6:8-10, Mark 10:46-52. At the bottom of every miracle is a touch from Jesus on the desire of one who knows he is blind: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). Against the idea that the gospel will solve all our problem, this sermon will suggest that the gospel actually reveals what our real problems are. To know that we are blind is our real problem, and to put ourselves in position, then to cry out, “Lord, I want to see!” is the first and last habit of those who continually see the unseen. But how do we posture ourselves for this miracle? Who are the people that can bring us to Jesus? What does it really mean to cry out?
January 19, 2018
Seen to Unseen Mid-Week Bible Study by Dr. Dave Smith.
January 17, 2018
Rev. Steve DeNeff - Isaiah 42:16-20. Blindness is a powerful metaphor of our spiritual condition. It is impenetrable darkness. It is ignorance. It is hardness of heart. And it cannot be cured by oneself or by one’s teachers. It can only be cured by a miraculous touch from Jesus: “The man they call Jesus… put mud on my eyes, then I washed, (and) now I see,” (John 9:11, 15 NRSV). This sermon will introduce the fourth level of the Seeing Pyramid – seeing what others don’t – and show how the assumptions of our present culture keep us blind to the reality of things unseen. We’ll discover what it means to see the unseen and how this miracle affects every area of our lives.