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What does it mean that God is a trinity? (Catechesis Bonus Podcast Week 3)

October 21st, 2017

John Chandler

Shane Blackshear continues our Catechesis discussion on what is the Bible with thoughts and extras that didn’t make it into the sermon.

Quotes and Resources Mentioned:

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Catechesis Week 3: What is the Trinity? (2017.10.15 Sermon)

October 15th, 2017

John Chandler

Shane Blackshear continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “What is the Trinity?”

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What is the Bible? (Catechesis Bonus Podcast Week 2)

October 12th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler continues our Catechesis discussion on what is the Bible with parts that didn’t make it into the sermon, as well as questions and thoughts that came out of the Community Group discussions.

Quotes and Resources Mentioned:

  • The most frequent way we have of getting rid of the puzzling or unpleasant difficulties in the Bible is to systematize it, organizing it according to some scheme or other that summarizes “what the Bible teaches.” If we know what the Bible teaches, we don’t have to read it anymore, don’t have to enter the story and immerse ourselves in the odd and unflattering and uncongenial way in which this story develops, including so many people and circumstances that have nothing to do, we think, with us. — Eugene Peterson
  • We read scripture in order to be refreshed in our memory and understanding of the story within which we ourselves are actors, to be reminded where it has come from and where it is going to, and hence what our own part within it ought to be. — NT Wright in Scripture and the Authority of God
  • together as God’s people we are to so inhabit the Story that we can discern how to live in our world. — Scot McKnight in The Blue Parakeet
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible
  • The Story of God, The Story of Us
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Catechesis Week 2: What is the Bible? (2017.10.08 Sermon)

October 8th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “What is the Bible?”

Quotes and Resources Mentioned

    • ”But biblical interpretation is a true community activity. It is much more than individuals studying a passage for a week or so. It is about individuals who see themselves as part of a community that reaches far back into history and extends to the many cultures across the world today.” — Pete Enns in Inspiration and Incarnation


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What is Belief? Cutting Room Floor (Catechesis Bonus Podcast Week 1)

October 7th, 2017

Chris Morton

During our nine-week Catechesis discussion, we’ll have a bonus episode in addition to our weekly sermon podcast. In this episode, Chris digs a little further into why Christian Beliefs are reasonable…at least they can be. He also waxes about a two of his favorite books.

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Catechesis Week 1: What Makes a Belief “Christian?” (2017.10.01 Sermon)

October 2nd, 2017

Chris Morton

“You Americans are waking up to the fact that people are sick to death of bad religion.” Michael Frost

Chris Morton opens up our nine week discussion series “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed” by asking the question: “What makes a belief Christian?”

Quotes and Resources

  • The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, Alan Krieder. An in-depth look at the teaching on patience in the first three centuries, including explanation of early Catechesis.
  • The Allure of Gentleness, Dallas Willard. A discussion on how to do apologetics in the manner of Jesus. Includes a basic introduction to common questions of faith from the perspective of a philosopher.
  • “The Pharisees have locked Israel inside a pen of controlling legalism. The sheep are trapped, unable to flourish. Israel won’t follow their voices, because they are like strangers. Jesus voice rings true. They hear his message of freedom and their ears prick up. They want to be free.
    Jesus has come to set Israel free from the legalistic, fear-based, bad religion of the Pharisees and to lead them into a multinational, multiethnic, redeemed society drawn from every nation and tongue.
    …If we’re to lead our congregations like the Good Shepherd himself, surely our job is to lead people to freedom, to get them out of the restricting pen of anxious religion.” I am the Wild Shepherd, Michael Frost.
  • “The body of Christ is that unique community of practice whose members own up to the fact that we don’t always love what we say we do—that the “devices and desires” of our hearts outstrip our best intentions. The practices of Christian worship are a tangible, practiced, re-formative way to address this tension and gap.” You Are What You Love, James K.A. Smith

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Mission (2017.09.24 Sermon)

September 25th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler finished our mini-series on our hope to be a people formed into mission through community.

Resource mentioned:
Becoming “Homemakers” in Our Sacred Neighborhoods – Missio Alliance

Questions to consider:

  • How is God already flowing into the places I inhabit?
  • What would it look like for this place to be restored to what God intended it to be?
  • What might it look like for us to live our shared life among our neighbors?

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Formation (2017.09.17 Sermon)

September 18th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler continued our mini-series on our hope to be a people formed through community.

Quotes and resources mentioned:

  • “Spiritual formation” in the Christian tradition is a process of increasingly being possessed and permeated by such character traits as we walk in the easy yoke of discipleship with Jesus our teacher. From the inward character the deeds of love then naturally–but supernaturally–and transparently flow. — Dallas Willard
  • “Even if we were blessed with parents who developed well our capacity to trust, we still must learn to place our trust in the triune God. This is why God provided the community of faith. In it we learn what it means to trust as we experience the church trusting God and each other.” — Richard Plass & James Cofield, The Relational Soul

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Community (2017.09.10 Sermon)

September 10th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler began a mini-series on our call to be formed into mission through community.

Quotes and resources mentioned:

  • But, I can’t read the Bible without seeing the idea of “community” everywhere, page after page. There must be thousands of verses for community to every one verse about the afterlife. — Scot McKnight
  • Engagement with others in depth is always difficult within the church, which is probably why so few try it and why there is so little genuine Christian community in the world.  In other groupings we choose those we want to be close to and those whom we want to hold at a distance, which means that any relationship in depth is on the basis of human affinity and the standards set for friendship.  The church is the only place where this does not happen. A person is not received into the membership of the church because she is a certain type or because he has arrived at a certain place in life, but because he is following Christ. We do not do the calling. Christ does the calling, and this very threatening because the people he calls are the people with whom we are to have intimate belonging. This gives us a strange assortment of people to be with. — Elizabeth O’Conner
  • And that also clarifies the goal of all Christian community: they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The One Another’s
Wash one another’s feet
Be at peace with each other
Love one another
Be devoted to one another
Honor one another above yourselves
Live in harmony with one another
Stop passing judgment on one another
Accept one another
Be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith
Instruct one another
When you come together to eat, wait for each other
Greet one another with a holy kiss
Have equal concern for each other
Agree with one another
Serve one another in love
Bearing with one another in love
Be kind and compassionate to one another
Carry each other’s burdens
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
Do not lie to each other
Submit to one another
Bear with each other
Forgive one another
Spur one another on toward love and good deeds
Teach and admonish one another
Encourage one another
Build each other up
Try to be kind to each other and everyone else
Do not slander one another
Don’t grumble against each other
Live in harmony with one another
Confess your sins to each other
Pray for each other
Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins
 

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Be the Bridge (2017.08.20 Sermon)

August 21st, 2017

John Chandler

Latasha Morrison, the founder of Be the Bridge, joined us to talk about the Gospel nature of racial reconciliation.

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