Feb 18, 2018
The Way of Lent – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:1-7
Series: Lent
The season of Lent, the time of year of fasting and self denial in order that we may prepare ourselves for Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Lent begins this amazing 12 week journey in the church from self denial before Easter in order to draw closer to God, to anticipating the receiving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost; a wonderful season of drawing closer to God, and celebrating His redeeming grace. This season is the way of lent. This week we are reminded that we cannot do anything separate from God, and so we begin this process of removing the things that separate us from Him. "I am the true vine, my father is the gardener," Jesus says. "I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." Let us spend this time to remain close to Christ, to be pruned and cared for by God and bear the fruit of the Kingdom in the world, for this is the way of lent.
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  • Feb 18, 2018The Way of Lent – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:1-7
    Feb 18, 2018
    The Way of Lent – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:1-7
    Series: Lent
    The season of Lent, the time of year of fasting and self denial in order that we may prepare ourselves for Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Lent begins this amazing 12 week journey in the church from self denial before Easter in order to draw closer to God, to anticipating the receiving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost; a wonderful season of drawing closer to God, and celebrating His redeeming grace. This season is the way of lent. This week we are reminded that we cannot do anything separate from God, and so we begin this process of removing the things that separate us from Him. "I am the true vine, my father is the gardener," Jesus says. "I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." Let us spend this time to remain close to Christ, to be pruned and cared for by God and bear the fruit of the Kingdom in the world, for this is the way of lent.
  • Apr 9, 2017“Make Room for the King”
    Apr 9, 2017
    “Make Room for the King”
    Series: Lent
    What a joyful start to Holy Week, Jesus met by a crowd shouting "Hosanna" as He enters Jerusalem. A joyful parade for the coming king. Not everyone loves parades, but this parade signifies Jesus intrusion into our lives, the work He does to clean up the mess we've made. Palm Sunday is the start of something special, and we are right to celebrate the coming of Jesus, but the celebration is just the beginning. As we lay our brokenness and shame down before Him, we need to walk with Jesus in the clean up effort, until we are made whole before Him once again.
     
    Matthew 21:1-11
  • Apr 2, 2017“Roll Jordan Roll”
    Apr 2, 2017
    “Roll Jordan Roll”
    Series: Lent
    Before the Israelites could enter the promised land, they had to cross the Jordan River. On faith that God would help them cross, the priests took the ark ahead of Israel and stood in the river. The waters separated the nation of Israel crossed into the promised land on dry ground. It takes faith to trust that God will do something seemingly impossible in our lives, but if we ever want to move from death in sin to life with Christ, this is a step of faith that we must take. So, roll Jordan, roll.
     
    Joshua 3:14-17
  • Mar 26, 2017“Something Must Die”
    Mar 26, 2017
    “Something Must Die”
    Series: Lent
    When Jesus comes, He brings fulfillment and new life. We have two options: we can ask Him to leave or we can surrender the part of our lives that keeps us from experiencing all that God has in store for us. We must let those parts of us die that we may receive the life that Christ brings
     
    - Luke 8:26-39
  • Mar 19, 2017“Get Out of the Car”
    Mar 19, 2017
    “Get Out of the Car”
    Series: Lent
    Sometimes we need to take a little risk and step up and into something uncomfortable. Being able to move from the comfortable and familiar into the unknown is a step of maturity, a sign of growing up. In our lives of faith, we are called to a maturity that unifies us as the body of Christ, unified in “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.”
     
    Ephesians 4:1-16
     
  • Mar 12, 2017“Desert River”
    Mar 12, 2017
    “Desert River”
    Series: Lent
    We are creatures of habit and routine. We like knowing what to expect, we like what is predictable. When that translates to our faith, however, we restrict what we believe God can do based on what He has done in the past. We make God predictable and find out how to get what we want from Him. The problem is, that is faith, it is putting God in a box. God is not predictable, and will continue to amaze you every time He moves to do something in your life.
     
    Isaiah 43:14-21
  • Mar 5, 2017“Take a Little Risk”
    Mar 5, 2017
    “Take a Little Risk”
    Series: Lent
     “‘Again the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he sold all that he had and bought it’… Again the Kingdom of heaven is like Jesus, seeking you; and when He found you went and sold all that He had to buy you…He loves you so much, the He bankrupted heaven to have a relationship with you”
    -Excerpt from today’s sermon
    Matthew 13:42-46