In this final sermon in our “Two Ways” series, we look at the way of living for self and the way of living for others. It isn’t just a matter of choosing “I’m going to go out there and make a difference for others.” If we are to truly live for others, we must die to ourselves. In John 12:20-33, Jesus shows how his death is the victory that sets us free from ourselves, and how dying to ourselves is the Way to live that is abundant and fruitful for an eternal impact.
In John 3:14-21, Jesus uses the image of “coming into the light.” In this sermon in our series, “The Two Ways,” the choice between light and darkness isn’t a choice between good and evil. It is a choice between embracing the truth, even when it’s uncomfortable, or living in false pretense. The light of Christ is not a light of condemnation, but of mercy and healing.
In the third sermon in the Lenten series, “The Two Ways,” Pastor Paige explores what the Apostle Paul means in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 when he talks about God’s wisdom and strength as opposed to human wisdom and strength. God’s strength and wisdom is revealed in the cross of Jesus. To the world, having faith in someone who was crucified looks like foolishness. And yet it is the way of salvation and true life. This sermon ends by giving examples to listeners about how to walk the way of the cross in their daily lives, in order to experience that salvation and share God’s love with all.
What does “winning” look like in our culture, with all its division around issues like guns and race? What does “winning” look like in our personal lives? In this second sermon in the series “The Two Ways,” Pastor Eric looks at Mark 8:31-38 to discover two very different visions of what “victory” means, and two very different paths to arrive at them. You will be challenged and encouraged!
This Lent, we will be using the ancient image of “The Two Ways” to explore our need for spiritual renewal. In this first Sunday in Lent, we will look at what the Christian tradition has seen as the three main sources of temptation to leave the Way of grace: the flesh, the world, and the devil. Chances are, those words don’t necessarily mean what you think they do. And we will look at the story of Jesus’ temptation in Mark 1:9-15 as good news for when we find ourselves either facing temptation, or having fallen prey to it.