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Summer Series: Counter Cultural Character

Our preaching focus this summer is called “Counter-cultural Character Qualities” These messages are not focused on politics or even directly on the ills of our culture, but on what God can do in each of us to help us stand out as a light in this cultural moment. These messages are going to be extremely practical, and therefore also a bit challenging. But if you want to live in the blessing of the Bible’s pattern, this is the series for you.

Here’s the plan

Date: June 3, 2018 (Communion)
Topic: Friendship (vs. loneliness)
Text: John 15:12-17
Title: I Have Called You Friends
Key Sentence: Jesus is the model of what it means to value friends
Worship: My Hope is Built!

Date: June 10, 2018
Topic: Hospitality
Text: Luke 10:38-42, John 12:1-8
Title: Martha + Mary = Hospitality
Key Sentence: Ordinary hospitality leads us to a radical focus on people
Worship: At the Feet of Jesus

Date: June 17, 2018
Topic: Lifelong Learning
Text: Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 1:1-33, Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Title: A Life Lived Listening to Wisdom
Key Sentence: The life-long learner tunes his antenna to the wise and the word
Worship: Be Thou My Vision, (and Laden with Guilt)

Date: June 24, 2018
Topic: Humanization
Text: James 1:26-2:8
Title: Humanization
Key Sentence: The royal law entirely rules out the objectification of others

Date: July 01, 2018
Topic: Hope
Text: Romans 5:1-5 (Romans 15:13, Hebrews 6:18-19)
Title: Enduring Hope
Key Sentence: Enduring hope is God’s gift when instant everything fails

Date: July 8, 2018
Topic: Giving (generosity)
Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 (with 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8)
Title: The Overflow of Joy and Poverty
Key Sentence: Giving is the concrete, joyful, trusting imitation of the grace of God
Worship: He Gave Himself for Us

Date: July 15, 2018
Topic: Humility
Text: Philippians 2:3-11
Title: The Depths of Other-Centeredness
Key Sentence: Humility calls us to the extreme of putting others first
Worship: Even Death on a Cross

Date: July 22, 2018
Topic: Submission (obedience vs. “you’re not the boss of me”)
Text: Mark 14:36, James 4:7, Romans 13:1, Ephesians 5:22, Hebrews 13:17
Title: The Right to Tell Me What to Do
Key Sentence: In a world full of rights, we voluntarily yield ours.

Date: July 29, 2018
Topic: Grieving (vs. Anger)
Text: Luke 19:41-44, Matthew 23:37,
Title: Substitute Grief for Anger
Key Sentence: Grief for others is way better than anger at them.
Worship: Did Christ Over Sinners Weep?

Date: August 5, 2018
Topic: Rejoicing (vs. anxiety)
Text: Philippians 4:4-7
Title: Rejoicing vs. Anxiety
Key Sentence: Commands like ‘rejoice’ and ‘do not be anxious’ are not as hard as they sound.

Date: August 12, 2018
Topic: Moral Courage (Todd Cobbs)

Date: August 19, 2018
Topic: Diligence (vs. laziness)
Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Title: Willing to Work
Key Sentence: Idleness does not befit or benefit God’s people.
Worship: God is at Work

Date: August 26, 2018
Topic: Civility (vs. incivility)
Text: 1 Peter 3:8-17
Title: Walking and Whispering
Key Sentence: We make a difference in a polarized culture by walking in integrity and speaking with civility.
Worship: Honor Christ the Lord as Holy

Date: September 2, 2018
Fall Series – This will be “A Hundred Days in Proverbs” I hope all of us will read or listen to the book of Proverbs three times in these hundred days, and we’ll be looking at the very practical teaching of Proverbs on topics important to our daily lives.