Teacher: Bill Dogterom

  • Now Live: Practices That Support Life in the Spirit

    Now Live: Practices That Support Life in the Spirit

    June 30, 2019  — 

    The Holy Spirit does not come primarily to empower individuals – but to build a new community, the church. The church responds by deliberately engaging in practices that support the life the Spirit brings – enabling it to increasingly become a church that Jesus can trust.

    Scripture: Acts 2:41-47
  • Now Live: The Church Jesus Trusts; Bears Witness

    Now Live: The Church Jesus Trusts; Bears Witness

    June 16, 2019  — 

    This Second Sunday of Pentecost provides the opportunity to reflect on how Jesus builds His church.  Looking at Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost, it quickly became clear – the foundational reality of the church is that it makes a clear declaration in word and practice that Jesus is Lord!

    Scripture: Acts 2:14-47
  • Now Live: Waiting…

    Now Live: Waiting…

    June 2, 2019  — 

    Jesus has made it increasingly clear – He did not raise from the dead simply so they could enjoy His presence once again! This is part of a plan to save the world. He intends His disciples – us – to partner with Him by telling His story, testifying to the reality of Resurrection Life by the way we live and speak. He knows we need the same power by which He was raised from the dead – and so He instructs his disciples to wait until they are baptized into the Holy Spirit.

    Scripture: Acts 1:1-11
  • Now Live: The Road to Emmaus

    Now Live: The Road to Emmaus

    May 19, 2019  — 

    Jesus’ resurrection reframes and redefines everything – including all our past understandings of how things have to be. In yet another playful moment with His friends, Jesus unpacks the story they have believed – but in a way that would never have occurred to them. They were missing the essential piece – pain and death as prelude to life.

    Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
  • Now Live: Mary Magdalene

    Now Live: Mary Magdalene

    April 28, 2019  — 

    Resurrection is not just a one time event; it is intended to lead us into an entirely different kind of life – it transforms everything! Mary is one such person – her faith died on Friday, but her love kept her in the game and resulted in her becoming the first witness of the Resurrection. Resurrection Life is, for her and us, a life on Mission!

    Scripture: John 20:1-18
  • Easter: Now, Believe

    Easter: Now, Believe

    April 21, 2019  — 

    We hear four different stories of how Jesus’ disciples came to believe that He had risen from the dead.

    Scripture: John 20:24-31
  • The Book of John: Are You His Disciple?

    The Book of John: Are You His Disciple?

    April 8, 2019  — 

    Jesus has deliberately required people – powerful people – to choose where they stand regarding who He is, and to then decide what to do about that.  It is no less true for His disciples – and, like almost everyone else, they find themselves stuck between the Jesus they need, and the Jesus they want.  Sooner or later,everone has to answer the question that floored Peter, “Are you one of His disciples?”

    Scripture: John 18:1-27
  • The Book of John: Jesus on The Holy Spirit

    The Book of John: Jesus on The Holy Spirit

    March 17, 2019  — 

    As Jesus increasingly focuses on preparing his disciples for their life mission to follow his death, he promises them help.  The Holy Spirit will come to them and help them in all the ways that Jesus did-and more! And, He will also be active in the world to support their mission.  They will not be left alone!

    Scripture: John 14:15-18, John 14:25-26, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-11, John 16: 12-15
  • The Book of John: Who Do You See?

    The Book of John: Who Do You See?

    February 17, 2019  — 

    As Jesus continues on his deliberate way to the Cross, he uses this sign to further challenge the ways people see – what a “sign” means depends on where you stand when you view it. The image of blindness and sight brings the stark differences to sharp focus. So the key question forming in this sermon is this – “Who do You See?”

    Scripture: John 9
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