Sun, 27 May 2007
Reading: John 14:8-17 (25-27)
This is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the church. The book of Acts describes this day as a time when the Holy Spirit descended as tongues of fire. What started as a small spark has turned into a roaring fire. Two thousand years later this church lives on because this fire was passed from person to person, generation to generation. In the Gospel reading from John, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will come to his disciples. Because of the Spirit, they will be able to do even greater works than had yet been seen among them. This is a "Spirited Life" in which God, through His Spirit, is at work to move each of us to go deeper in our love of Jesus, our trust of Jesus and our obedience to Jesus.
Basic Focus: The work of the Holy Spirit.
To Know: The Spirit is at work in our lives to unite us to the work of Christ and the will of God.
To Feel: We are empowered to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ in our world.
To Do: Give our lives in service to people of our generation.
Direct download: 2007-05-27_Pastor-Scott-Hackler_Spirited_Spirited-Life.mp3
Category:sermons -- posted at: 11:24am CST
Sat, 26 May 2007
Jesus had risen…he had appeared to his disciples many times and now it was time to get the show on the road again! After planting the vision for where Jesus wanted them to go (the ends of the earth) with His message, Jesus gives them what he has long promised – the gift of the Holy Spirit! This gift transforms their lives! This same Spirit is here for us today and if we will dare to ask it in, to invite it to empower us – it will! But watch out! When the Spirit shows up, things happen!! To Know: The Holy Spirit has a call on my life today, too! To Feel: Empowered to live in the power of the Spirit To Do: Choose to/dare to invite the Holy Spirit into your life and then follow where the Spirit takes you! Expect great things to happen!
Sun, 20 May 2007
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Category:sermons -- posted at: 12:05pm CST
Sat, 19 May 2007
It is still the in-between time – the active mission of Jesus is on hold and the disciples are wondering what to do now. Without faith and conviction in their mission, they revert back to what they know – fishing. But Jesus shows up and changes the day. Through a miracle of fish and a bit of breakfast, Jesus plants the seeds of a new mission for these men and for us. “Feed my sheep? becomes the mantra for the day and for a lifetime! Just as Jesus called his disciples to this that day – so too, he calls us! To Know: No matter what – Jesus wants to use you to “feed his sheep?! To Feel: Motivated to step into the place Jesus calls – even if it looks different than I thought To Do: Find ways to help renew the passion of Joy – personally and as a large community of faith!
Sun, 13 May 2007
Revelation 21:10, 22:5
Category:sermons -- posted at: 12:03pm CST
Sat, 12 May 2007
The crucifixion of Jesus was just three days ago. These two followers of Jesus on the road to Emmaus had to wonder if there was any reason for hope or joy. They walked unsure of what the future held. Suddenly, but discreetly Jesus shows up in the picture again and begins to rekindle that flame in their hearts. And with one little breaking of the bread, Jesus reveals He is alive, there is reason for hope and a new day has begun. God calls us to see Jesus in our midst as well and to pay attention to the hope He brings for a new day, a new way and hope beyond measure! To Know: Jesus still wants to be very much present in your life To Feel: There is still reason for hope To Do: Start living out the hope God has for your life and the life of this place called Joy!
Sun, 6 May 2007
Scripture Focus: Revelation 21:1-6
This sermon will focus on some of the same concepts as last week. I will be telling the story of the battle with Satan and his emissaries. The story is of the continual defeat of Satan and evil and the ultimate victory of Christ. As the battle wages there is sadness, pain, and suffering, but there is a future for believers that promises something new. The hope that God gives us is unparalleled—“Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more...? Rest in the knowledge that we aren’t alone in our pain as well as in clinging to the promise that eventually God will take away our sadness and end the reason for our tears. Praise God that that promise is more than enough to carry us through from this world until the next...when we experience eternal life in the new heaven and earth.
Direct download: JOYcast_-_May_6_2007_Real_Revelation_-_The_New_Heaven_And_Earth_.mp3
Category:sermons -- posted at: 1:21pm CST
Sat, 5 May 2007