Salvation is usually defined as a distinct moment in time. It is a deal that we make with God to get out of hell. In this sermon, Greg talks about how salvation is so much more than a one-time deal, and there is something better behind curtain number 2 (guaranteed).
Tagged as Communication, Covenant, Discernment, Legal, Relationship with God
It is important to understand the framework that God works in before trying to understand God’s will. In this sermon, Greg focuses on how God wants to exist in covenant relationship as opposed to legal relationship. This is why communing with God and communicating with God is so important.
Tagged as Covenant, evangelism, forgiveness, Repentance
Jesus was innocent but he died the death of the guilty. He stood in our place, taking on our life so that we might have his. There is no greater act in all of history.
Tagged as Adult baptism, Baptism, Betrothal Ceremony, Bride of Christ, Covenant, Discipleship, Immersion
Jesus orders us to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is the betrothal (similar to “engagement”) ceremony in our relationship to Christ.
Tagged as Covenant, Cultural currency, Joy, Lost coin, Wedding necklace
In the parable of the lost coin, the woman calls her friends and neighbors together to rejoice with her when she finds it. Greg explores why she was so excited to recover a single coin of seemingly limited value.
Tagged as Contract, Covenant, Prodigal son, Prostitutes, Tax collectors
In the story of the prodigal son, the focus is typically on the younger son who runs away and squanders his father’s wealth frivolously. His sin is as obvious as his disobedience. The elder son is also relating badly to his father, but in a more subtle way.
Tagged as Contract, Covenant, Dance, Great commandment, Practice, Rhythm
God’s love for us is overwhelming! But that’s not the whole story. As we receive God’s love we are able to return that love to God and others.
Tagged as Communion, Covenant, Healing, Passover, Suffering
At the Passover meal just before Jesus was killed he instituted the practice of communion. When we take communion, we do so in the time between the initial experience of our faith and the final fulfillment of our unity with God and each other. This space “in-between” is like the wilderness the Jews experienced after leaving Egypt but before entering the promised land.