LIVING HOPE

Previous Sermon Series

JESUS, BC

     Jesus was born a little over 2,000 years ago, right? But did he exist before then? In Colossians 1:16, Paul states that "by Him all things were created," so he certainly existed before His human arrival in Bethlehem. In this series, we will look for Jesus in the Old Testament. Does He appear there? Do other people, events, or objects point to Him?

     When speaking to the Pharisees, Jesus said, "You diligently study the Scriptures [Old Testament] because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me." Our desire is to discover those scriptures that testify about Jesus with a goal of deepening our understanding and worship of Jesus!

2/14 Christophanies: Previews of the Savior

2/21 Illustrations from David and Goliath

2/28 Symbols: Old Testament objects that point to Jesus

3/7 Two Adams and their Legacy

3/14 Moses: Humble Shepherd, Powerful Savior

3/21 The Bronze Serpent

3/28 The Passover Lamb

4/4 The Word and the Resurrection

First Month, First Love

As we begin this new year with all of the uncertainties, hopes and fears, there has never been a better time to revisit what is to be at the core of the heart and mind of every follower of Christ: Love for Him. Jesus warned the church in Ephesus to repent, because they had left their first love. It is so critical in this season to be moving towards Jesus and rediscovering our first love.

1/3 Who Do You Love?

1/17 Love Left Behind

1/24 First Month, First Second Love: No Samaritans Allowed!

Be Disciples, Make Disciples

Before ascending from earth back to heaven, Jesus left "marching orders" with the church: make disciples. His small band of followers was faithful in carrying His message on from there, and His church expands across the globe today. How are we, the church in America, or as individuals obeying His command? Do we know what discipleship really is?

In this series we will look at this simple command and ways we can walk in greater obedience to this command.

2020 Challenges

Times of difficulty, challenge, sickness, disruption, uncertainty, fear or conflict can stop us in our tracks and cause us to wonder what is happening. What if every one of those things is present, all at the same time, across the entire globe? Hello 2020. This year began with much optimism and hopes for clear vision, but has brought challenges and uncertainties not seen in our lifetimes.

What is God saying through this unprecedented time? What challenges face the church, or what challenges in our society are spilling into the church? What can we learn? How can we be strengthened? These sermons are an attempt to ask the relevant questions (and hopefully learn some answers) in this unusual time.

2020 Questions: What We Believe

As we enter 2020, we are living in a time when God’s word is being challenged and minimized more than ever, and numerous voices proclaim that there is no God. Many now believe that humans are fully in control of all that happens on our planet and have no one to answer to but ourselves.

As we enter this new year and new decade, we will spend time examining Living Hope’s Statement of Faith, 16 different
declarations of what we believe about God, how He interacts with mankind, and how our lives are to be lived in response.

Let’s enter 2020 with clear 20/20 spiritual vision, strong faith, and faithful obedience to our Creator and Savior, fulfilling the mandate of Jesus to be salt and light to the world around us.

Best Sermon Ever: The Sermon on the Mount

This 2,589-word teaching by Jesus is one of the most studied, debated, taught and memorized works throughout human history. At first glance, the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7 seems so lofty as to be unattainable by mere mortals, but Jesus ended the sermon by saying that the wise man is the one who puts these words into practice. Our desire is to take a fresh look at this familiar yet timeless sermon, fully believing that by the empowerment of God's indwelling Spirit, we can indeed put these words of Jesus into practice in our daily lives! See the reading guide HERE.

Embracing Freedom: Letter to the Galations

In this study of Paul's letter to the churches in Galatia, we see him confronting a false teaching that was creeping into this church, a teaching that those who had placed their faith in Jesus were also required to obey the law of Moses. Throughout this letter, Paul is defending righteousness through faith, apart from the law, and warning these believers of the consequences of attempting righteousness through works.

The Case for Community

Is our fragmented society being reflected in the church, where once or twice a month we sit with people we barely know and then retreat to our cars and separate lives? The New Testament displayed genuine biblical community in multiple powerful ways. Can the western church get back to biblical community?