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Vision Sermon 2014 Video: How Church Can Change Your Life

The video of Sunday's sermon, "How Church Can Change Your Life," our Vision Sermon 2014, from Hebrews 12:18 – 13:21, is now online. You can watch it here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here. If you didn’t pick up a copy of the special booklet, “How Church Can Change Your Life,” that accompanied the Vision Weekend, copies will be available again on Sunday and at the church information tables during the week....

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The Gospel of God #20, Romans 2:6-8, “Paul’s Screwtape Letter”

When I was looking at this passage earlier this week, the thought came to my mind that this was probably the most countercultural passage in the Bible! How could we look at this passage and understand it today? Why would we invite a friend to come to church to hear this passage explained? And then it dawned on me: here in this passage is the antidote to probably the greatest test we face now. I’ve formulated it as "Paul’s Screwtape Letter"—playing off the famous book by C.S. Lewis. Paul here is providing ammunition to counter one of the standard temptations that we face at the moment. I would love to have your input and observations as we look at Romans 2:6-8 on Sunday at College Church. Here is a video introducing the theme of the sermon. And here is one recent analysis* of the prevalent narcissism of our culture which this passage answers. What Paul is showing is why...

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The Gospel of God #17 and a Pastoral Note

I hope you will join us this Sunday, February 16, at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:00 a.m. as we continue in our study of Paul’s letter to the Romans in our series, “The Gospel of God.” I’ll be preaching a message entitled “Homosexual Practice and Contemporary Society” from Romans 1:26-27: 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. You may watch a video preview about this week’s sermon here. In preparing for this message, and the one last week, I sent the following pastoral note to our congregation. (Note, if you missed last Sunday’s sermon, you can listen online here.) This coming weekend, February 8-9, and the following Sunday, February 16, we are...

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