the gospel & Re-humanization

Kingdom Practices- Week 3

[MT 6:16-18]

FASTING LIKE OUR FATHER

Today we explore God’s FASTING in living for the AUDIENCE OF ONE. God is a fasting God…if prayer is drinking fountain of God’s living water, fasting is the fire hose! Jesus says, “when you fast…” This is another practice of acting like our Father because it is direct access to spiritual food (“man does not live on bread alone BUT on every word from the mouth of God”). Take a look at the Biblical fasts and see how nations are saved from slaughter, life triumphs over death, people see the Messiah and are even sent out to advance the Kingdom of God we still experience today. Are we missing something? What would happen if FASTING returned to our life cycle? Could we actually see God move in our midst? Let’s give it a try.

September 27, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Kingdom Practices- Week 2 

[MT 6:5-15]

PRAYING LIKE OUR FATHER

Today we explore God’s PRAYER in living for the AUDIENCE OF ONE. God is a praying God…prayer is the most powerful tool God gives us for our “theological research” in knowing & understanding him. In prayer, like every relationship, we speak about what concerns us and God listens and enters into the situation with us. NEXT, we reciprocate. God speaks his concerns, we listen and enter into the situation with him. What gets in the way? May God reveal the satiation you have that has reduced your hunger for him and joining him in what concerns him here on Earth.

September 20, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Kingdom Practices- Week 1 

[MT 6:1-4]

GENEROUS LIKE OUR FATHER

Jesus moves from proper scripture interpretation to proper kingdom practices. We do this to “be like our Heavenly Father”. What is God like? What does God “normally” do? Today we explore God’s GENEROSITY and living for the AUDIENCE OF ONE. Romans 5, 1 John 4 and Matthew 9 shed light on the incredible generosity of God towards every human. This is ours to live out and God’s to give out!

September 13, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Gospel Morals- Week 6 

[MT 5:38-48]

NONVIOLENT REHUMANIZATION

The Gospel helps us understand right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These are “morals”. Jesus interprets NONVIOLENT REHUMANIZATION by uncovering the ways people treat each other as less than human. Those who would “slap us, take our clothing or money, or use power against us for their benefit” are treating us as lesser humans than themselves. What can we do to help them see us as human? Jesus shows us. And those who treat us as less than, how do we guard our hearts from dehumanizing our enemies? Again, Jesus shows us through LOVE & PRAYER.

September 6, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Gospel Morals- Week 5 

[MT 5:33-37]

INFLUENCE & HUMANIZATION

The Gospel helps us understand right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These are “morals”. Jesus interprets OATHS & WITNESS by uncovering the ways people, especially the Pharisees (Mt 23), “swear by all that is holy” to persuade others they are important and right. What influences us? Politics. News. Christians. Issues discussed seem to polarize people into two compartments. Is this right? How does Jesus help shape our Christian view on hot-ticket items? Do we give in to the emotional sway of these influencers and relinquish conviction? How does Jesus stand firm in his convictions and yet still administer compassion? Jesus is seriously the best.

Book referenced: Compassion & Conviction, by Giboney, Wear & Butler

August 23, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Gospel Morals- Week 4 

[MT 5:27-32 & 6:21]

Adultery, Lust & Divorce

The Gospel helps us understand right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These are “morals”. Jesus interprets ADULTERY & DIVORCE have roots in LUST. But does it go deeper still? What about the heart? What do we train our hearts to believe about others? Devaluing. Objectifying. Dehumanizing. Will we choose to follow Jesus in this very private & personal area of our life? Will we join Jesus in valuing who he values and actively proclaim, reveal and affirm the DIGNITY Jesus attributes to all, especially those dehumanized by society…and me?

August 16, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Gospel Morals- Week 3 

[MT 5:21-26]

Murder, Anger & Offense

The Gospel helps us understand right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These are “morals”. Jesus interprets MURDER that is rooted in ANGER and begins with OFFENSE. Who offended you? Will you follow God’s example to speak with your offender in Genesis 4 and Matthew 18? Do you realize Jesus came to earth to speak with each of us about how we have each offended God? He came to offer mercy and forgiveness through our repentance. Take it!

August 9, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Gospel Morals- Week 2 

[MT 5:17-20]

Jesus Correctly Interprets Torah

The Gospel helps us understand right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These are “morals”. Jesus says he came to “correctly interpret Torah,” or fulfill the Old Testament commandments. What does this mean? It means every moral of God’s sovereign Kingdom can be seen in Jesus! This is why as Christians we look at Jesus, study him, speak with him and look him in the eyes. He is showing us the way (discipleship) to life and how to live his best human existence on this earth until he comes. The question is whether or not we will we follow him?

August 2, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

Gospel Morals- Week 1 

[MT 5:1-16]

Salt & Light

The Gospel helps us understand right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These definitions are called “morals”. Using Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” we find that God’s Kingdom defines morality for humanity. Now our job is to trust and obey God that his ways truly are best for each of us and all of us humans. 

Today: “YOU” are the salt of the earth and light of the world. Who is this and what does this mean? All are welcome. But do we allow this? Do we live like Jesus’ Kingdom is now available to all. Let’s begin.

July 26, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

The Gospel from Rome- Week 7

The straight up truth. Paul presents this version of the gospel to our Christ-family in Rome. The gospel proclaims both righteousness from God as well as wrath (against unrighteousness) from God. All comes from God. We are not only saved from wrath BUT we are saved TO new life, new identity, and new practices/lifestyle.

Welcome back Sunday from COVID restrictions!

July 19, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

The Gospel Process- Week 6

Every human lives within proximity to God, our TRUTH. Ephesians 4 describes the process we go through: False and corrupt > hear the truth > taught the truth > Jesus is TRUTH > Renewed in truth > Identify with truth > Speak the truth of Jesus Christ to our neighbor, in love. We look at the Engel Scale and 4 practical ways to love our neighbor by listen to their story: CURIOSITY | COMPASSION | CARE | COMMISSION.

July 12, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

The Gospel of Jesus’ Kingdom- Week 5

“Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is here!” This is the news that Jesus proclaimed as he walked this earth. Of all the things he could have said…why this? Could it be the most important news we humans could ever hear? I believe it is. Why? Listen in…

July 5, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

The Gospel: Crafting your Gospel Story- Week 4

God is the HERO of every story. Let’s learn how to tell this story! We follow a Paul’s simple pattern from he uses in Galatians 1:11-24 of CREATION, FALL, REDEMPTION, and RESTORATION. Let’s practice and proclaim our Gospel story so that people will hear and, by the Spirit’s grace, begin to believe.

June 28, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

The Gospel: The Gospel Cycle- Week 3

The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives to HEAR, RECEIVE, BELIEVE, BEAR FRUIT, and SPEAK the gospel to one another and those who have yet come to know Jesus. In each of these cycle aspects we either divert or allow God’s Spirit to bring Jesus’ Kingdom right here and now.

June 21, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

The Gospel: Testimony & Witness- Week 2

The Gospel we preach is the version of the gospel we live and believe. Our experience of Jesus determines the extent of the whole Gospel we live and we proclaim. The more we know of Jesus and his mercy the greater emphasis we place upon speaking this mercy to others so they the kindness of God can lead them to repentance, too.

June 14, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

The Gospel – Week 1

THE GOSPEL is God’s story of King Jesus that leads us to believe, receive, be continually saved by and sanctified into Jesus’ likeness. There are as many configurations of THE GOSPEL as there are recipients to hear it. 

June 7, 2020  Pastor Eric Osterday

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