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Sunday, 28 August 2016
Debtor’s Prison - Matthew 18:21-35
Will AcuffMP3
When we recognize the scale of our debt to God–the debt he has canceled through Jesus–there’s no way we can withhold forgiveness from others.

Sunday, 21 August 2016
Christian Hope - 1 Peter 1:3-5
Bill HeermanMP3
Christian hope is the confident expectation and desire for the promises of God to be true. In the context of 1 Peter, this hope is the confident expectation of Christ’s victory over death. Peter gives us three reasons for why we can be so confident in this hope. 1) Our hope is anchored in the past: Jesus has been raised from the dead. 2) Our hope is secure in the future: we have an eternal inheritance being kept for us in Heaven. 3) We are now being guarded by God through faith as we wait.

Sunday, 14 August 2016
Now What? - Matthew 7:24-29
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus brings his sermon to a close with a vivid appeal to respond well to what he has said. The choice is clear. The stakes are high. Now what will you do with Jesus?

Sunday, 07 August 2016
Beware False Peace - Matthew 7:21-23
Matt McCulloughMP3
With this warning Jesus raises a question that hovers over the entire Sermon on the Mount: who will enter the kingdom of heaven? His answer: it’s not just what you say that matters, but what you do. And it’s not just what you do that matters, it’s whom you know.

Sunday, 31 July 2016
Beware False Prophets - Matthew 7:15-20
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus’s warning is straightforward: “Beware of false prophets.” But who are these false prophets? And how can we recognize them?

Sunday, 24 July 2016
The Narrow Gate - Matthew 7:13-14
Matt McCulloughMP3
With this radical rule of love Jesus sums up the ethics of the kingdom he’s been describing all along. It’s an incredibly simple rule: do for others what you wish they would do for you. But where do we get the strength to obey it?

Sunday, 17 July 2016
The Golden Rule - Matthew 7:12
Matt McCullough
With this radical rule of love Jesus sums up the ethics of the kingdom he’s been describing all along. It’s an incredibly simple rule: do for others what you wish they would do for you. But where do we get the strength to obey it?

Sunday, 10 July 2016
Due to the sensitive nature of this morning’s conversation, we will not be posting audio online. If you are interested in a recording of this conversation about international missions, please contact mail@trinitynashville.org.

Sunday, 03 July 2016
Ask Your Father - Matthew 7:7-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus says when we ask God for something we’ll receive it. But what does that mean, and why should we believe it’s true?

Sunday, 26 June 2016
Trinity Forum: How Should Christians Engage with Politics?
Matt McCulloughMP3
How should we connect our Christian convictions to our political preferences? How do our responsibilities to the church interact with our responsibilities to the state? Where could political activism pose threats to Christian faithfulness?

Sunday, 26 June 2016
Judge Not - Matthew 7:1-6
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus warns us against standing in judgment over others because we’re not worthy ourselves, and because we don’t see everything clearly.

Sunday, 19 June 2016
Don’t Be Anxious - Matthew 6:25-34
Matt McCulloughMP3
Several times in this text Jesus gives the same simple command: don’t be anxious. To those of us who struggle with anxiety, that can sound a bit like blaming the victim. Who would really choose to be anxious, after all? But what Jesus offers isn’t a dismissive charge to get over it. Nor is it a comprehensive explanation of everything that goes into anxiety. What he offers are weapons for the battle with anxiety that are powerful no matter what your unique struggle looks like.

Sunday, 12 June 2016
Do Not Lay Up for Yourselves Treasures on Earth - Matthew 6:19-24
Will AcuffMP3
Jesus warns us that we can only serve one Master. His words challenge us to make God our beloved treasure, not earthly wealth that will only decay.

Sunday, 05 June 2016
Costly or Valuable? - Matthew 6:16-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
In the discipline of fasting–as in anything we sacrifice for God and his kingdom–either we will be celebrated for the costliness of our commitment or God will be celebrated for the value of his friendship.

Sunday, 29 May 2016
Pray Like This - Matthew 6:9-15
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus has warned us not to pray like hypocrites or pagans, but what does healthy Christian prayer look like? Christian prayer is based on who God is, it’s focused on what God wants, and it’s honest about what we need.

Sunday, 22 May 2016
When You Pray - Matthew 6:5-8
Matt McCulloughMP3
Before teaching us how to pray, Jesus first clarifies why we should pray to God in the first place. We should come to God because we love him, not from a hypocritical desire to impress other people. And we should come to God because we trust him, not from some attempt to control him by saying just the right thing.

Sunday, 15 May 2016
Beware Hypocrisy: Matthew 6:1-4
Matt McCulloughMP3
The righteousness of Jesus’s followers will always stand out, but his followers are never righteous in order to stand out.

Sunday, 08 May 2016
Family Resemblance - Matthew 5:43-48
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus finishes his examples of kingdom behavior with the primary mark of all those who are with him—love. But not just any love. The distinctive love of Jesus’s followers—a love that reflects the love of their Father—is love for those who don’t love them well in return.

Sunday, 01 May 2016
An Eye for an Eye - Matthew 5:38-42
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus says his followers don’t resist when they’re mistreated. But what does it look like to obey? And wouldn’t it be dangerous for us and for others if we did obey? Jesus offer four examples that show us both how his words challenge us and how his words help us.

Sunday, 24 April 2016
Our Word is Our Bond - Matthew 5:33-37
Shaka MitchellMP3
Our promises and words are not trivial. In fact, our words reveal what’s inside our hearts and for those of us that follow Jesus, the truthfulness of our words show the world who He is.

Sunday, 17 April 2016
A Greater Righteousness - Part 2: Lust, Divorce, and Remarriage - Matthew 5:27-32
Bill HeermanMP3
As Jesus continues to show us what whole-hearted love for and obedience to God looks like, we consider three ways that Jesus tells us we might be committing adultery: lust, divorce, and remarriage after divorce. Plumbing the depth of our sin, we also plumb the depth of Christ’s love and mercy. And we come to the glorious conclusion that Christ is enough.

Sunday, 10 April 2016
A Greater Righteousness - Part 1: Avoiding Anger and Seeking Reconciliation - Matthew 5:21-26
Bill HeermanMP3
In this section of the sermon on the mount, Jesus calls us to hearts that are empty of anger and full of reconciliation. We feel our need of a savior because we can never meet this standard perfectly. We also consider practical ways to avoid anger and pursue reconciliation that flow from transformed hearts that rest in the finished work of Christ.

Sunday, 03 April 2016
Christ, the Law and Christian Righteousness - Matthew 5:17-20
Matt GivensMP3
What does the Old Testament have to do with the kingdom Jesus came to establish? He came to fulfill its purpose and demands, and now his followers should be careful to follow his commandments out of delight instead of duty.

Sunday, 27 March 2016
Christ, the Firstfruits - 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Matt McCulloughMP3
We must see ourselves in Adam’s death if we want to fully see ourselves in Jesus’s resurrection.

Sunday, 20 March 2016
Salt, Light, and Christian Calling - Matthew 5:13-16
Matt McCulloughMP3
In the Beatitudes Jesus described the character of those who follow him. Now he tells us why our character matters. When we’re with Jesus, we’re called to be different, called to be useful, and ultimately called to glorify God.

Sunday, 13 March 2016
Where Do You Belong? - Matthew 5:10-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
As a follower of Jesus, you should expect persecution. It is as basic as being poor in spirit, mourning over sin, or hungering after righteousness. But Jesus also says you should welcome persecution, because it shows you belong to another world.

Sunday, 06 March 2016
Children of Peace - Matthew 5:9
Matt McCulloughMP3
To be children of God is to take on the family resemblance. And that means seeking peace where God seeks peace.

Sunday, 28 February 2016
Pure in Heart - Matthew 5:8
Matt McCulloughMP3
For one reason or another, we want to see God. We want to understand the forces in the world that are bigger than us and outside our control. We want to know that there’s meaning beyond our own preferences and something that last longer than our own lives. We want to know the claims of the Bible are true, that we aren’t alone in our suffering, that our connection to God can be more than abstract and impersonal. We want to see God, and Jesus promises that it’s possible–for the pure in heart. So why is it necessary to be pure in heart? And how can I become pure in heart?

Sunday, 21 February 2016
Have Mercy - Matthew 5:7
Matt McCulloughMP3
With this Beatitude Jesus shifts focus to how the citizens of his kingdom treat others. Blessed are the merciful. So what does Jesus mean by mercy, and what does it take to be merciful?

Sunday, 14 February 2016
Hungry? - Matthew 5:6
Matt McCulloughMP3
Some of us need to be told that it’s possible to be satisfied. Some of us need a reminder that we’re more hungry than we may realize. All of us need the challenge and the comfort in Jesus’s promise that satisfaction comes to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. So what is righteousness? And what are you hungry for?

Sunday, 07 February 2016
Blessed Are the Meek? - Matthew 5:5
Matt McCulloughMP3
We tend to think of meekness as a weakness, but Jesus calls the meek blessed. So what does he mean by meekness, and how can we cultivate it?

Sunday, 31 January 2016
Mourning and Comfort - Matthew 5:4
Matt McCulloughMP3
All of us spend tremendous amounts of time and energy and money seeking what we believe will make us happy. But Jesus says that it’s those who mourn who will be blessed. What sort of mourning does he have in mind? And how will the mourners be blessed?

Sunday, 17 January 2016
Poor in Spirit - Matthew 5:3
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit, but what did he mean by “poor in spirit”? And what does that mean for us if we want to enjoy his kingdom?

Sunday, 10 January 2016
Introducing the Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 4:23-5:3
Matt McCulloughMP3
To begin his public ministry, according to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus traveled around proclaiming the “gospel of the kingdom.” The Sermon on the Mount is the longest, most detailed account of the sorts of things Jesus was saying. What does he say the kingdom is like? In what sense is this gospel–good news? And how can we make the most of this sermon?

Sunday, 03 January 2016
Gospel Partnership - Philippians 1
Scott PattyMP3
How can a local church stay faithful over the long haul? By pursuing what God is doing through his gospel.

Sunday, 27 December 2015
Jesus the King - Psalm 72
Bill HeermanMP3
In Psalm 72 we see God’s promise of a coming King who will once and for all fulfill the hopes of God’s people. By studying the promises made so long ago, we find hope and rest in Jesus, who is the King God promised to send.

Sunday, 20 December 2015
Light and Truth - Psalm 43
Matt McCulloughMP3
How can we bring the light of Christmas into the darkness of our lives? Psalm 43, read on this side of the coming of Christ, shows us two simple steps. Talk with God about the darkness. And talk to your soul about Jesus.

Sunday, 13 December 2015
The Great Reversal - Psalm 30
Matt McCulloughMP3
David’s song of praise for God’s deliverance points us to the great reversal we all need. We need someone who can rewrite our stories of darkness, mourning, and death into stories of morning, gladness, and life.

Sunday, 06 December 2015
Growing Wise Together - James 5:19-20
Matt McCulloughMP3
James finishes his letter by calling us to do for each other what he had done for his friends through his letter. He calls on every one of us to pursue everyone with the truth, because everything is on the line. We’re all responsible for helping each other bridge the gap between what is true about God and what is going on in our lives.

Sunday, 29 November 2015
The Church in Prayer - James 5:13-18
Drew RainesMP3
Throughout his letter James has been showing us what it looks like to live as if we truly believe that God is and that he is for us in Jesus. It makes sense, then, that he would close his letter with a call to prayer. Prayer demonstrates the fear of the Lord that is the source of all wisdom.

Sunday, 22 November 2015
While You Wait - James 5:7-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
How does the return of Jesus help us endure the hard things of life with patience? James offers us three examples.

Sunday, 15 November 2015
When Wealth Is Deadly - James 5:1-6
Matt McCullough — MP3
With powerful, unmistakeable images James warns us that wealth can lead to our destruction. But how can we recognize when wealth becomes deadly? James gives us two examples. We’re in danger when our wealth depends upon hoarding, and when our self-indulgence depends on exploitation.

Sunday, 08 November 2015
Wisdom for Tomorrow - James 4:13-17
Shaka MitchellMP3
What is the wise way to think about the future? James warns us against any planning that assumes the future belongs to us. Instead, wisdom means trusting the one who gave his own Son for us.

Sunday, 01 November 2015
Christian Calling and the Lie of Efficiency - Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Will AcuffMP3
Given our tendency to measure success by results we can see and control, how can we embrace our calling as Christians with freedom and joy?

Sunday, 25 October 2015
Friend or Foe? - James 4:4-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
James says you’re either God’s friend or God’s enemy. So what is friendship with God? Who are God’s friends? And how can I pursue friendship with God?

Sunday, 18 October 2015
People Problems? - James 4:1-3
Matt McCulloughMP3
James is a down-to-earth letter, so it’s no surprise that he takes up a problem that’s common to all of us: conflict with other people. But what James has to say about our people problems is surprising all the way through.

Sunday, 11 October 2015
Who Is Wise? - James 3:13-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
James claims that the wisdom of the wise shows up in meekness or humility. Why? Because the wise know wisdom comes as a gift, not an accomplishment. The wise know wisdom is for serving others, not proving themselves. And the wise know wisdom is for making peace, not winning battles.

Sunday, 04 October 2015
Your Words Matter - James 3:1-12
Bill HeermanMP3
James says your tongue or your speech is to your life what a bit is to a horse or a rudder to a ship. Given this incredible power, what can we do to use our words wisely?

Sunday, 27 September 2015
Faith Always Works - James 2:14-26
Matt McCulloughMP3
Throughout his letter, and especially in this text, James makes one main point: faith apart from works is dead. But what does James mean? And how should we respond?

Sunday, 20 September 2015
"You Are…God’s Building”: Celebrating 5 Years of Life Together
Matt McCulloughMP3
The purpose of our local church—and every local church—is to glorify God by our life together. In other words, God gets glory when our way of life together doesn’t make sense and wouldn’t be possible apart from his power.

Sunday, 13 September 2015
No Partiality - James 2:1-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
Genuine faith in Jesus leaves no place for partiality in Christian community. Bottom line: if you want to be with Jesus, you lose the right to be picky about who you’re willing to love.

Sunday, 06 September 2015
Faith That Works - James 1:19-27
Matt GivensMP3
James wants to show us that genuine faith always makes a difference in how we live our lives. In other words, faith always works. In this passage he shows us why faith works, how faith works, and where faith works.

Sunday, 30 August 2015
The Gifts of God and the Trials of Life - James 1:1-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
James opens his letter full of commands with perhaps the most surprising command of all. He insists we’re to see the trials we face in life as cause for joy. It is through trial that we grow in maturity, through trial that we’re protected from a faith that’s not genuine. So sort of trial should we expect? And where can we get what we need to persevere?

Sunday, 23 August 2015
Faith Breeds Wisdom - Introducing James
Matt McCulloughMP3
To make the most of the letter of James, like any other biblical text, we need to know what it’s meant for and how we should use it.

Sunday, 16 August 2015
Resilient Joy - Ecclesiastes 11:8-12:8
Matt McCulloughMP3
Ecclesiastes is a book about meaninglessness and death, but it’s also a book about joy. Many times through the book, the author follows up sections on the depressing emptiness of life under the sun by telling us to enjoy ourselves as long as we live. How can we live with joy in a world so full of vanity?

Sunday, 09 August 2015
What Good Is Justice? - Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3; 8:10-9:3
Matt McCulloughMP3
In two places Ecclesiastes laments the power of injustice, and in both places the author ties injustice to the problem of death. If death is our end, why do human lives deserve to be protected equally? And if the just and the unjust both end up dying, why worry with justice at all? Our only hope for the justice we crave is a God who sees all things and will judge us–all of us–after death.

Sunday, 02 August 2015
What Good Is Wealth? - Ecclesiastes 5:10-20
Matt McCulloughMP3
When we look to wealth to make us happy or to make us secure, we’re only striving after wind. But when we trust the providence of God we can fully enjoy his gifts, and when we trust the promises of God we can hold his gifts loosely.

Sunday, 26 July 2015
What Good Is Pleasure? - Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
Can lots of pleasure make a short life meaningful? That’s the question the author of Ecclesiastes set out to answer with the lavish lifestyle he describes in this passage, a lifestyle where did anything and everything he wanted to do. His experiment reached an awful conclusion, but his wisdom paves the way for a joyful alternative.

Sunday, 19 July 2015
What Good Is Work? - Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; 2:18-24
Matt McCulloughMP3
Ecclesiastes catalogs the meaningless of life “under the sun” —the world as it is if there is nothing and no one that lasts forever. The author takes up his first example with a question: what good is all of our work? The answer? It all depends on our perspective. Under the sun, our work is a dead end. But in the Lord, our work is an opportunity.

Sunday, 12 July 2015
Introducing Ecclesiastes: What Good Is Wisdom if You’re Dead?
Matt McCulloughMP3
Ecclesiastes is probably the darkest book in the Bible. It’s author imagines the meaning of life if all there is to it is what we experience “under the sun”—as if God doesn’t exist. His conclusions sound remarkably modern: everything is meaningless because everything dies. Unless…

Sunday, 5 July 2015
Job’s God (Part 2) - Job 40:6-42:6
Matt McCulloughMP3
God’s final response to Job’s anguished questions about innocent suffering is a portrait of two bizarre monsters, called Behemoth and Leviathan. Who are these creatures, and how is this speech meant to encourage Job and us in our sorrow?

Sunday, 28 June 2015
Job’s God (Part 1) - Job 38:1-40:2
Matt McCulloughMP3
Job’s lost everything even though he’d done nothing wrong. His main desire was to know why. Near the end of the book, in a passage of remarkable power and beauty, God finally speaks to him. But what God says is not what Job expected. He doesn’t mention Job’s experience at all. He responds instead with a poem celebrating the vastness, complexity, and wildness of the natural world. How is this response helpful?

Sunday, 21 June 2015
Job’s Faith - Job 1:20-22; 9:21-10:22; 13:1-28; 19:1-29
Matt McCulloughMP3
What is the wise way to respond to innocent suffering? This question is central to the book of Job. No one paying attention to the world can deny the reality of innocent suffering–that our experience of the world is far from what we wish it to be, and often our suffering doesn’t make sense. If Job’s friends show us how not to respond to this reality, Job’s own responses to his friends and to his God model authentic faith in our suffering.

Sunday, 14 June 2015
Job’s Friends - Job 2:11-37:24
Matt McCulloughMP3
Job is about the wise way to respond to suffering, but it’s not just about your own suffering. It’s about how to respond wisely to the suffering of others. The largest portion of Job is a back-and-forth conversation between Job and three of his close friends, friends who came to comfort him but made a horrible job of it. We can learn how to comfort one another with wisdom by recognizing what Job’s friends got wrong.

Sunday, 07 June 2015
Job’s Suffering - Job 1:1-2:8; 42:7-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
Job tells the story of a man who was wise and good, enjoying all the benefits of wisdom that Proverbs predicts. Job had everything, then he lost everything, and it wasn’t his fault. Job’s suffering raises questions none of us can avoid if we’re paying attention. At one level, there’s the mystery around all innocent suffering: what is God doing? At a deeper level, suffering raises a question of worship: can we love God for himself, even if we lose the things we want to get from him?

Sunday, 31 May 2015
Wisdom in the Home - Proverbs
Drew RainesMP3
Proverbs walks through the lifecycle of the human experience — as a child, an adult, a spouse, and a parent — and applies the fear of the Lord at each phase.

Sunday, 24 May 2015
Trusting a Sovereign God is the Foundation of Wisdom - Proverbs
Bill HeermanMP3
Proverbs reminds us that the same wise God who designed the Earth and everything within it is also the sovereign God over our individual lives. Therefore, we are wise to trust him to guide our steps.

Sunday, 17 May 2015
Contentment - Proverbs 30:1-9
Matt McCulloughMP3
Everyone struggles with contentment, and no one likes the way discontent feels. The wisdom of Proverbs helps us recognize where our discontent comes from and points the way toward true contentment through fear of the Lord.

Sunday, 10 May 2015
Wisdom and Wealth - Proverbs
Matt GivensNo recording available
Wealth in Proverbs is not inherently good and it’s not inherently bad. Rather, it’s an opportunity to show what our hearts value most. So what does it look like to fear the Lord with our money?

Sunday, 03 May 2015
The Sluggard - Proverbs
Matt McCulloughMP3
One of Proverbs’ favorite subjects is the sluggard—a comedic, somewhat endearing, ultimately tragic figure that looks a little too familiar. The portrait of the sluggard warns us against the destructive power of sloth, and points us towards the invigorating rest promised in Jesus.

Sunday, 26 April 2015
Good Sex Is Wise Sex - Proverbs 5-7
Matt McCulloughMP3
Proverbs is about the stuff of life, so it makes sense that Proverbs talks about sex. A lot, in fact. What does it look like to fear the Lord in our sex lives? According to Proverbs, wise sex is bounded sex, and wise sex is better sex.

Sunday, 19 April 2015
Life-Shaping Friendship - Proverbs
Matt McCulloughMP3
Proverbs describes the beauty of good friendships, the sort of friendships without which we can’t really grow wiser. And Jesus shows us what makes true friendship possible. He is the friend we need so we can be friends to others.

Sunday, 12 April 2015
Words of the Wise - Proverbs
Matt McCulloughMP3
Proverbs 18:21 claims that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” That’s a strong claim, for sure, but it’s proven over and over again in our experience. Our words have incredible power to hurt others or to help them. And few things offer so clear a window into our hearts. So how do we use our words wisely?

Sunday, 05 April 2015
The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes and the Hope of Easter - Ecclesiastes
Matt McCulloughMP3
The message of Ecclesiastes is as straightforward as it is depressing: everything in meaningless because everyone dies. But this message is the essential backdrop for the hope of Easter: everything is meaningful because Jesus is alive!

Sunday, 29 March 2015
Two Ways to Live - Proverbs 9:1-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
Wisdom is about choices. And behind every choice—even the ones that seem mundane—is an act of worship. The wise are those who seek to express love and loyalty to God in every area of life, trusting that this is the path to true and lasting joy.

Sunday, 22 March 2015
Trust in the Lord - Proverbs 3:1-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
Everybody wants to live a life that’s long, peaceful, and loved well by others. Proverbs tells us wisdom—a skill or instinct for living life well—is the key. And Proverbs 3 shows us where all true wisdom begins. It begins with a trust in the Lord that leans on him with everything you have and looks for him in everything you face.

Sunday, 15 March 2015
Seek Wisdom - Proverbs 2:1-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
This text leads us to questions we’ve got to consider carefully before launching into wisdom of Proverbs: What does it look like to seek wisdom well? How do we even get started? And how can we know it’s worth the effort?

Sunday, 08 March 2015
How Proverbs Helps Us - Proverbs 1:1-7
Matt McCulloughMP3
This opening passage in Proverbs is a poetic introduction to the whole book. It points us to what the proverbs are for and to the truth that is the key to understanding them.

Sunday, 01 March 2015
Fear the Lord: Introducing Wisdom Literature
Matt McCulloughMP3
What is wisdom, exactly? What does a wise life look like? And where does Jesus fit in? This overview of biblical wisdom kicks off our study of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and James.

Sunday, 15 February 2015
Do You Love Me? - John 21:1-25
Matt McCulloughMP3
This conclusion to John’s Gospel does more than tie up a few loose ends. It illustrates the faithful, patient love of Jesus toward those who have failed him. And it shows us the only power that can transform our lives and sustain our faith to the end. Do you love Jesus?

Sunday, 08 February 2015
Meeting the Risen Christ - John 20:19-31
Matt McCulloughMP3
Belief in the resurrection of Jesus is a self-involving belief. It’s more than intellectual. It’s personal. To meet the risen Christ is to be transformed–to move from fear to gladness, from doubt to worship, from aimlessness to mission.

Sunday, 01 February 2015
I Have Seen the Lord - John 19:38-20:18
Matt McCulloughMP3
All the good news in Christianity hinges on what John tells us about Jesus in this text: Jesus’s physical body really did die, it really was buried, and it really did rise to new physical life. Why should you believe what John reports?

Sunday, 25 January 2015
It Is Finished - John 19:16-37
Matt McCulloughMP3
This text tells the story of Jesus’s death by crucifixion, one of history’s cruelest forms of torture. Yet John spares us all the brutal details. He focuses instead on all the signs that Jesus died on his terms for his purposes. So why did Jesus have to die? What did his death accomplish?

Sunday, 18 January 2015
Behold Your King - John 18:28-19:16
Matt McCulloughMP3
John gives us more detail about Roman governor Pontius Pilate than all the other Gospel writers combined. And John tells us that everything he’s included is meant to persuade us to believe that Jesus is the Christ. So how does looking at Pilate help us see the beauty of Jesus?

Sunday, 11 January 2015
Courage, Cowardice, and Compassion - John 18:1-27
Matt McCulloughMP3
The opening scenes in the story of Jesus’s death tell a story of great courage, as Jesus faces his captors with unflinching resolve and in absolute control. They tell a story of great cowardice, as Peter faces his own examination and denies Jesus repeatedly. And they tell a story of great compassion: Jesus dies on purpose because he knew Peter would deny him, and he knew we’d deny him too.

Sunday, 4 January 2015
Praying with Paul - Ephesians 3:14-19
Matt GivensMP3
Paul’s prayers for his friends offer us a wonderful model for how we should pray for each other.

Sunday, 28 December 2014
Learning to Pray for People - Colossians 1:9-14
Bill HeermanMP3
Paul’s prayers for his friends offer us a wonderful model for how we should pray for each other.

Sunday, 21 December 2014
Walk in the Light - 1 John 2:7-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
Part of our calling as Christians is to reflect the light of Christmas until Jesus comes again. John tells us that the old command, the command to love one another, has been made new because the light is already shining and the darkness is passing away. So how must we love one another if we are to walk in the light of Jesus?

Sunday, 14 December 2014
The Light Shines - John 1:4-5
Matt McCulloughMP3
The Advent season is an opportunity to reflect on why we need Jesus, on why the news of his coming is such wonderful news. John frames our need and what Jesus offers us in the images of light and darkness. We need Jesus because we are the people walking in darkness–the darkness of sin and the darkness of sorrow. And Jesus has come to us as the light no darkness can overpower.

Sunday, 7 December 2014
Stay Together - Hebrews 10:23-25
Seth JonesMP3
The Christian life is a team sport. We will either accomplish the goal together, or not at all.

Sunday, 30 November 2014
Jesus Prays - John 17:1-26
Drew RainesMP3
Jesus ends his time with his disciples in prayer. What requests does he make to His Father and what relevance do they have to us?

Sunday, 23 November 2014
No One Will Take Your Joy - John 16:16-33
Matt McCulloughMP3
In his last conversation with his closest friends before his execution, Jesus promises real sorrow overcome by lasting joy. But why should we believe this joy is possible? And how can we connect with it?

Sunday, 16 November 2014
How the Spirit Helps Us - John 16:5-15
Matt McCulloughMP3
The Spirit helps us see ourselves for who we really are–our sin, our self-righteousness, our misjudgments about what is good–and the Spirit helps us see Jesus for the all-satisfying glory that he is.

Sunday, 9 November 2014
Thank God for Models - 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:16
Robert C.MP3
Paul’s prayer for his friends shows us the model response to the gospel, the model messenger of the gospel, and the model community created by the gospel.

Sunday, 2 November 2014
Chosen to Go - John 15:12-27
Matt McCulloughMP3
If you’re a follower of Jesus, you have been chosen by God to live your life on his mission with the promise of his power.

Sunday, 26 October 2014
Love, Hate, and Life in the World - John 15:18-16:4
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this text Jesus implies that understanding and anticipating the hatred of the world for Jesus and his followers is crucial for faith that lasts. But what does Jesus mean by the hatred of the world? And how should we deal with the hatred of the world?

Sunday, 19 October 2014
Abide in Me - John 15:1-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
When it comes to growth as a Christian, Jesus leaves no middle ground. Those who abide in him bear fruit, and those who don’t abide in him wither and die. It’s either/or. So what does it mean to abide in him? And what sort of fruit comes from those who do?

Sunday, 12 October 2014
If You Love Me… - John 14:12-31
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus teaches that if we love him we will obey him, and if we don’t love him we won’t obey him. The key to our behavior–what we do–is in the affections–what we love. That’s why Jesus’s promise of a Helper, the Holy Spirit, is such good news. The promised Spirit is also a promise of a new heart moved by love for Jesus.

Sunday, 5 October 2014
The Way, the Truth, the Life - John 14:1-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus promises his followers a place of rest and belonging that only he can provide. Connecting with that promise is the key to lasting peace now.

Sunday, 28 September 2014
A New Commandment - John 13:21-38
Matt McCulloughMP3
The primary mark of a genuine follower of Jesus is a love for others that reflects Jesus’s love for us. So what does this love look like?

Sunday, 21 September 2014
He Loved Them to the End - John 13:1-20
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus serves us, so we serve each other.

Sunday, 14 September 2014
Understanding Unbelief - John 12:36-50
Matt McCulloughMP3
Why was Jesus so widely rejected by his own people? That’s the question John takes up as Jesus’s public ministry draws to a close. And his answer is crucial for us as we face unbelief in ourselves and in those around us.

Sunday, 7 September 2014
For This Purpose - John 12:20-36
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus came to win glory—the glory of his death, the glory of his Father, and the glory of all those who trust in him.

Sunday, 31 August 2014
The Conquering Lamb - John 11:45-12:19
Matt McCulloughMP3
These three stories point us to the irony we have to recognize if we want to understand Jesus and what it means to follow him: he is the death-defeating king who conquers by dying, the champion who wins by losing, the one who gains his glorious throne by embracing the shameful cross.

Sunday, 24 August 2014
Death, Resurrection, and the Glory of Jesus (Part 2) - John 11:1-44
Matt McCulloughMP3
To see the glory of Jesus—to fully believe in him and rest in his power—we must see him in light of the problem he came to solve, the problem of death. And when we’ve seen the glory of Jesus—when we’ve tasted the sweetness of what he offers by his life, death, and resurrection—we come to see the problem of death in a whole new light.

Sunday, 17 August 2014
Death, Resurrection, and the Glory of Jesus - John 11:1-44
Matt McCulloughMP3
If we want to understand the full significance of Jesus and what he came to do for us, we have to look squarely at the awful reality of death. It’s in the context of this most basic human problem that the glory of Jesus shines most brightly.

Sunday, 10 August 2014
The Sovereign Shepherd - John 10:22-42
Matt McCulloughMP3
Following Jesus as shepherd means he’s more than an accessory; his call demands your whole life. But the same shepherd who demands our lives also gives life to all who rest in him.

Sunday, 3 August 2014
The Good Life and the Good Shepherd - John 10:1-21
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus claims that he is the door into the good life—a life of safety and satisfaction. He claims that everyone else offering the good life will ultimately bleed you dry, not fill you up. And he claims that he will deliver where all others fall short because he is the Good Shepherd who loves his sheep enough to die for them and who’s powerful enough to conquer death for them.

Sunday, 27 July 2014
Seeing Jesus with New Eyes - John 9
Bill HeermanMP3
Only Jesus can give us true sight.

Sunday, 20 July 2014
Navigating a Broken World by Faith - Hebrews 11:23-29
David AtchisonMP3
Moses’s life gives us an important window to see faith.

Sunday, 13 July 2014
True Freedom - John 8:31-59
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus offers freedom to everyone who hears his word and embraces him. But in what sense do we need freedom? How do we know Jesus can deliver? And how is it that he can set us free?

Sunday, 6 July 2014
See the Light - John 8:12-30
Matt McCulloughMP3
The cross of Jesus is the ultimate light through which we understand the world, find hope in sorrow, and experience freedom from sin.

Sunday, 29 June 2014
Neither Do I Condemn You - John 7:53-8:11
Matt McCulloughMP3
Though most agree this famous story doesn’t belong in John’s Gospel, it stands as a vivid and beautiful illustration of the Bible’s consistent and clear message: sin is a universal problem (and not just someone else’s problem), but it is no match for the liberating power of Jesus’s grace.

Sunday, 22 June 2014
Is This the Christ? - John 7:1-52
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this chapter John develops the mounting tension over who Jesus is and how to respond to him. Along the way, he illustrates three ways to reject Jesus and the one way for anyone to embrace him. Ultimately, it’s all about the heart.

Sunday, 15 June 2014
Psalm 36 Seth JonesMP3
God is not like us, but he wants to make us like Him.

Sunday, 8 June 2014
What it Means to Follow Jesus - John 6:60-71
Bill HeermanMP3
Jesus came to save people from their biggest problem: death.

Sunday, 1 June 2014
Feeding on Jesus - John 6:41-59
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus uses vivid imagery as a metaphor for belief. He is the bread of life and the living water, and whoever feeds on his flesh and drinks his blood has eternal life.

Sunday, 25 May 2014
The Work of God - John 6:16-40
Matt McCulloughMP3
The difference between life and death hinges on the difference between the work God wants from us and the work God does for us. According to Jesus, the work God requires of us is to believe on him. But it is God’s work to make us satisfied and to make us secure.

Sunday, 18 May 2014
Power and Purpose - John 6:1-15
Matt McCulloughMP3
Like Matthew, Mark and Luke, John gives us the story of the feeding of the 5,000, where Jesus turns a glorified snack into a full meal for a massive crowd of hungry people. It’s a story meant to demonstrate that Jesus has power that isn’t limited by rigid laws of nature, that in him we catch a glimpse of a new world breaking into the somber limitations of this old one. But John also means this story to provide a sign of Jesus’ purpose. He will use his power not necessarily to give us what we want but to give us what we need above all else.

Sunday, 11 May 2014
How Can You Believe? - John 5:30-47
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this dialogue with those who opposed him, having just claimed to be equal with God, Jesus points to the evidence that supports his claim. But his main focus is explaining why those who’ve seen the evidence still don’t believe in him. If we believe based on what we want, and if we want the respect and praise of other people, we’ll never believe in Jesus. But if we want the approval of God more than the approval of other people, Jesus becomes beautiful to us.

Sunday, 4 May 2014
Death Is Not the End - John 5:16-29
Matt McCulloughMP3
The words of Jesus in this passage are the words that got him killed. When we hear his words as they sounded to his first audience, it’s not difficult to understand why. He is making claims that are ridiculous at best and dangerous at worst–if they’re not true, that is. If they’re true–if he does have the power of God over life and death and judgment–then we must honor the Son.

Sunday, 27 April 2014
Do You Want to Be Healed? - John 5:1-15
Matt McCulloughMP3
In his healing of the lame man, Jesus shows he is the one who will make all things new. But in the responses of the Jewish leaders and the healed man, we’re warned against two ways to miss out on the new world Jesus came to bring.

Sunday, 20 April 2014
Our Living, Life-Giving Shepherd - John 10:10-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
In place of a life defined by sin, suffering and death, Jesus offers us a life that is abundant and eternal. This passage is meant to show us why we can trust him to deliver on his promise. Jesus cares for his people with a love that drove him to death and a power that death could not conquer.

Sunday, 13 April 2014
The Power of Biblical Hope - 1 John 3:2-3
Bill MaynardMP3
We have a hope that does not disappoint, one in which we should invest everything.

Sunday, 6 April 2014
True Faith - John 4:43-54
Matt McCulloughMP3
We must avoid faith based merely on what we see and aimed merely at the lives we want. Instead, we must seek faith based primarily on what we hear–on Jesus’s Word–and aimed at the life Jesus promises us.

Sunday, 30 March 2014
Call to Worship - John 4:19-42
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus’s conversation with the Samaritan woman clarifies the central calling of our lives. We’re called to be worshipers, and we’re called to seek worshipers.

Sunday, 23 March 2014
What Jesus Offers - John 4:1-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
This passage tells the story of Jesus’s meeting with a lonely Samaritan woman, an outcast even among an outcast people, whose life seems to have been a series of failed relationships with men. John tells the story to illustrate what Jesus came to offer those who trust in him. He offers acceptance even for those rejected by everyone else. And he offers satisfaction that is unmatched and unending.

Sunday, 16 March 2014
He Must Increase - John 3:22-36
Matt McCulloughMP3
This story centers on John the Baptist near the end of his life, just as his ministry was fading way and eclipsed by the rising popularity of Jesus. In his response to the situation we get one of this Gospel’s clearest examples of what it looks like to have genuine faith in Jesus. There’s transforming, liberating power in John’s statement of faith: “He must increase; I must decrease.”

Sunday, 9 March 2014
God So Loved the World - John 3:16-21
Matt McCulloughMP3
To fully appreciate the beauty in this iconic description of God’s love, we’ve got to understand who it is God loves and what his love costs him. And then we’ve got to face the choice this text poses for each of us: what will you do with Jesus?

Sunday, 2 March 2014
Born Again - John 2:23-3:15
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus insists that only those who are born again can enter the kingdom he came to establish. But what does it mean to be born again? And where can you get this experience? The answers come out in Jesus’s conversation with a religious leader named Nicodemus. They’re unexpected, but they’re life-giving.

Sunday, 23 February 2014
Jesus and Knowing God - John 2:13-22
Matt McCulloughMP3
This passage tells the story of Jesus cleansing the Jerusalem temple of all those selling animals and changing money. The fury of Jesus can be shocking given what we normally expect from him. But the anger he showed in driving shopkeepers from the temple flowed from the same love that drove him to earth. His all-consuming passion was for knowing God, and he came to make knowing God possible for us.

Sunday, 16 February 2014
The Wedding - John 2:1-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
This story captures the first of Jesus’s “signs,” actions that symbolize what he came to do for us. It isn’t as eye-catching as some of his later miracles. There’s no healing of the sick, no calming of a storm, no resurrection of the dead. But when Jesus turned water into wine, he offered a perfect taste of what his coming means for his people: he will turn guilt and shame to unimaginable joy.

Sunday, 9 February 2014
Come and See - John 1:35-51
Matt McCulloughMP3
The best way to evaluate whether Jesus is the Messiah is to experience him as a person or, in Jesus’ words, to come and see. But when you experience Jesus you see, as did his first disciples, that he knows you already and has the power to make you new.

Sunday, 2 February 2014
Following John to Jesus - John 1:19-34
Matt McCulloughMP3
This story of Jesus’s life begins not with Jesus himself but with a figure called John the Baptist, one sent to prepare the way for the Christ. Following John’s lead, we get a clear picture of what we must know about ourselves and about Jesus if we’re to truly enjoy what Jesus offers us.

Sunday, 26 January 2014
The Beauty of Incarnation - John 1:14-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
At the heart of Christianity is the claim that God became human for us. But how can we get our minds and hearts around this claim? It’s at once abstract and too familiar, but John would have us taste the beauty of incarnation.

Sunday, 19 January 2014
Jesus Is… - John 1:1-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
The opening of John’s Gospel gets at questions all of us must address at one point or another. Where did we come from? Why are we here? What’s wrong with us and our environment? Who can we trust to solve problems that are too big for us? John places Jesus at the center of these questions, and confronts us with questions of his own, the questions his book will address all the way through: Who is Jesus? And who is Jesus to you?

Sunday, 12 January 2014
Why Believe?: Introducing John’s Gospel - John 20:30-31
Matt McCulloughMP3
John wrote this book to persuade readers that Jesus is the only one who can give us the life we’re made for. And though he originally aimed at first-century Jewish readers, John’s Gospel is for all of us because all of us need to trust Jesus more than we do.

Sunday, 5 January 2014
Remember God’s Work - Psalm 103
Matt GivensMP3
One of the most challenging problems in the heart of a Christian is forgetfulness. David gives us hope by encouraging us to remember all that God has done for us in Christ: He has saved us from sin, saved us from death, saved us by love, and saved us for joy in Him.

Sunday, 22 December 2013
Child of God - John 1:9-14
Matt McCulloughMP3
God became a child to make you a child of God.

Sunday, 15 December 2013
Praying Like Jesus - Matthew 6:5-15
Bill HeermanMP3

Sunday, 1 December 2013
In All Things Love - 1 Corinthians 16:1-24
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth covers a full range of issues basic to human life across the centuries. It’s a letter about politics and competition, about fashion and style, about sex and money and food. And straight through every issue it’s about selfishness and the power of cross-centered love to overcome the root of evil. It’s a letter well-summarized by Paul’s final instruction: “Let all that you do be done in love.”

Sunday, 24 November 2013
Because Christ Is Risen - 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jesus does more than remove the threat of death. He promises to give us bodies that won’t die through which we’ll know joy that is endless and complete. With this promise before us, there is nothing in this life we can’t do without for the sake of his kingdom.

Sunday, 17 November 2013
Christ Is Risen - 1 Corinthians 15:1-34
Matt McCulloughMP3
For Paul, Christianity stands or falls on whether Jesus is alive. But why? Only a living Jesus can truly free us from guilt in life and fear in death. And only a living Jesus makes the Christian life anything less than pitiful.

Sunday, 10 November 2013
When We Gather - 1 Corinthians 14:1-40
Matt McCulloughMP3
The church comes together not for private communion with God but to encourage each other with the gospel. We encourage each other by using our minds to engage our hearts.

Sunday, 3 November 2013
The More Excellent Way - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
Christians are defined by love, not by what they possess or how they perform. Christians are bound by love, because only love like God’s can keep sinful, selfish people together. And Christians are destined for love, for the endless world of love that we taste in part when we love each other well.

Sunday, 27 October 2013
Gifted in Community - 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Matt McCulloughMP3
For the good of the church, God’s Spirit gives each believer gifts that are unique and indispensable. We’re all gifted. But we’re not self-sufficient. As members of one body, we each need others and others need each of us.

Sunday, 20 October 2013
Do This…Until He Comes - 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Matt McCulloughMP3
Confronting self-centered divisiveness at Corinth, Paul helps us understand what we do in the Lord’s Supper and what the Lord’s Supper does in us.

Sunday, 13 October 2013
Headship, Headcoverings, and Hope in God - 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; 14:33-35
Matt McCulloughMP3
What do we do when the message and cultural context of the Bible seem far removed from our values and assumptions?

Sunday, 6 October 2013
What We’re Made For - 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
Matt McCulloughMP3
What does it look like to live our lives “to the glory of God”? We were made to glorify God by loving his gifts for God’s sake, and by loving each other in God’s strength.

Sunday, 29 September 2013
Careful What You Crave - 1 Corinthians 10:1-22
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul points to the example of Israel to show that receiving great blessing from God doesn’t mean you won’t crave something more and fall into idolatry. Because comfort in Christian trappings isn’t the same as faith in Christ, be careful what you crave.

Sunday, 22 September 2013
Free to Serve - 1 Corinthians 9:1-27
Matt McCulloughMP3
Christian freedom is not finally about what’s permissible for us but what’s beneficial for others. Jesus frees us from bondage to our own interests, and he frees us for binding ourselves to each other.

Sunday, 15 September 2013
Known by Love - 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
As Christians, we’re defined not by what we know but by who knows us–our loving God–and what we’re known for–our love for each other.

Sunday, 8 September 2013
Singleness, Marriage, and the Christian Hope - 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Matt McCulloughMP3
All of us have a idea of what we hope to get out of our lives before we die. And all of us have a future beyond the grave promised to us by God if we trust in Jesus. The question is this: To which unrealized future does your heart belong?

Sunday, 1 September 2013
There Remain with God - 1 Corinthians 7:1-40
Matt McCulloughMP3
How can we be free from restlessness and discontent? Paul helps us connect with God’s acceptance of us, his sovereignty over us, and his future for us.

Sunday, 25 August 2013
Jesus Christ and Your Sex Life - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Matt McCulloughMP3
Why do Christians think sex outside of marriage is such a bad thing? Given what Paul says here, the answer to that question has much to do with the sacredness of the body, the power of sex, and the purpose of sex within marriage.

Sunday, 18 August 2013
Conflict and the Kingdom - 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
How we handle conflict shows what we love and where we belong. When our hearts are locked on the things of this world, we’re driven to protect what we have and compete for even more. When we realize God has not given us what we deserve, we’re free to lay aside our rights and love with forgiveness.

Sunday, 11 August 2013
Love, Judgment, and the Healthy Church - 1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
Could it ever be a good thing to remove someone from the church because of their sin? Paul’s stern warning explains why we must confront sin if we truly love each other, if we truly love the church body, and if we truly love God and his glory.

Sunday, 4 August 2013
Gospel Humility: Be Like Paul - 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul uses his own life to call his friends to a humility rooted in the promises of the gospel. When we embrace God’s approval of us through Jesus, our security isn’t tied to what others think of us or what we think of ourselves. And when we taste the sweetness of what’s ours in Jesus, we’re set free from the restless pursuit of what we think we need or deserve.

Sunday, 21 July 2013
You Are God’s - 1 Corinthians 3:1-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
The church in Corinth was falling apart because its members were insecure and self-obsessed; or, in Paul’s words, they were behaving like infants, in a merely human way. The unflinching challenge of this text confronts all of us with two crucial questions: Who are you? And what are you doing with your life?

Sunday, 14 July 2013
Crucified With Christ - Galatians 2:19ff
David AtchisonMP3
When we add to the gospel, we nullify it.

Sunday, 7 July 2013
Natural or Spiritual? - 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Matt McCulloughMP3
Still pushing back against self-centered divisiveness in the church, Paul insists there’s only one distinction that really matters: those who love the cross of Jesus and those who reject it. And it’s only by God’s Spirit that any of us come to understand and to love that cross, to see the wisdom of God.

Sunday, 30 June 2013
Gospel-Centered Minimalism - 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matt McCulloughMP3
The aim of Paul’s ministry was to see deeper faith in the power of God apart from any substitute. If we share his goal, that means our message must focus always and only on Jesus and his cross. And it means our methods must clarify the power of the cross, not distract from it.

Sunday, 23 June 2013
The Foolishness and Glory of God - 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul calls the message of the cross foolishness, and there’s no question that’s how it’s always seemed to the powers that be. But what did Paul mean by this description? And why would God choose this foolishness?

Sunday, 16 June 2013
Be United - 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this passage Paul confronts one of the major problems in the church at Corinth and in so many churches since then: the people were divided against each other. Paul points us to where division comes from, why it’s so dangerous, and how the cross helps us overcome it.

Sunday, 9 June 2013
The Cross-Centered Community - 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul writes this letter to a dysfunctional church plant to clarify what defines a healthy church community: Holiness, grace, and love.

Sunday, 2 June 2013
The Good Shepherd - Psalm 23
Bill HeermanMP3
Psalm 23 is a dramatic portrayal of trusting God completely. When we read its 6 verses, we are drawn to ask ourselves if we trust God enough to proclaim, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Sunday, 26 May 2013
What Do You Love? - Psalm 1
Bill HeermanMP3
When we place God at the center of our lives, we will experience a deep happiness that is not dependent on our circumstances. By understanding the psalmist’s metaphor–a tree planted by streams of water–we hope to gain a deeper knowledge of who God is and what it looks like to love him most.

Sunday, 19 May 2013
The Worshipful Life - Isaiah 66:1-2
Matt McCulloughMP3
This final chapter in Isaiah captures the only suitable response to the message of the book: Worship. And worship that pleases God hinges on the heart posture of the worshiper. God wants worshipers who come desperate and empty handed, who tremble at his word.

Sunday, 12 May 2013
While You Wait - Isaiah 61:10-62:7
Matt McCulloughMP3
Isaiah is full of sweeping promises from God about his plans to redeem his people and remake the world. Many of these promises haven’t been fulfilled yet, so we wait. This text shows us how to wait in faith: we testify to what’s coming and we pray until it gets here.

Sunday, 5 May 2013
What God Wants from Us - Isaiah 58:1-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
Genuine trust in God and his promises produces a different way of life. But God isn’t interested in any good works we might offer as a kind of bargaining chip to get what we want from him. God is pleased by good works done for others as an overflow of our joyful security in him.

Sunday, 28 April 2013
Trust in God - Isaiah 36:1-37:38
Matt McCulloughMP3
Isaiah’s beautiful descriptions of God’s plan to redeem sinners are only good news for us if we know that they’re promises to us, and if we know how we’re supposed to respond to his word. This story of King Hezekiah in crisis–one of Isaiah’s only stories–is meant to show us what it looks like to claim God’s promises. It looks like a trust that’s rooted in despair, centered on God and his character, and motivated by God’s glory.

Sunday, 21 April 2013
New Creation - Isaiah 65:17-25
Matt McCulloughMP3
God’s plan to redeem extends as far as the brokenness of the world. In the new heavens and the new earth, there will be gladness and no sorrow; life and no death; fruitfulness and no futility; peace and no hostility.

Sunday, 14 April 2013
The Quantity and Quality of God’s Redemption - Isaiah 55:1-5
Matt McCulloughMP3
Because of the Servant’s work, God offers the only thing that can truly satisfy us–himself. And he offers himself to all who see their need for him–everyone from everywhere.

Sunday, 7 April 2013
Gracious Redefinition - Isaiah 54:1-10
Matt McCulloughMP3
This chapter unpacks the beautiful reality that’s possible because the Servant has suffered for our sins. God’s grace can reframe your past, and God’s grace can perfectly secure your future.

Sunday, 31 March 2013
The Servant Shall Be Exalted - Isaiah 53:10-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
The resurrection proves Jesus’s death fully accounted for sin and opened up a new world of hope.

Sunday, 24 March 2013
The Royal Servant Suffers - Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Matt McCulloughMP3
God’s promised redeemer, both king and servant, triumphs through suffering. That’s the unexpected message of this famous passage, which explains for us both why he had to suffer and why his suffering is such good news for us. His suffering is substitutionary, voluntary, and obedient.

Sunday, 17 March 2013
The Servant - Isaiah 42:1-4
Matt McCulloughMP3
To his emphasis on the coming King, Isaiah adds an unexpected description of the one who will come to save God’s people and bring justice to the nations. The conquering King is also the Servant; he is humble, gentle, and longsuffering.

Sunday, 10 March 2013
The Perfect and Permanent King - Isaiah 9:1-7
Matt McCulloughMP3
Isaiah offers some of the Bible’s most beautiful descriptions of God’s plan to save sinners and heal the brokenness of the world. According to Isaiah 9, those plans center on the coming of a perfect and permanent King.

Sunday, 3 March 2013
A Culture of Misplaced Trust - Isaiah 59:1-16
Matt McCulloughMP3
This passage is a clear and merciless indictment of what happens to the cultures we create when we refuse to trust God to make us secure. Like Israel in Isaiah’s day, we turn each other into threats to be attacked, competitors to be deceived, and resources to be exploited. But this passage also points the way to healing. Honest confession of our own brokenness helps us empathize with the weakness of others, and confidence in God’s saving power frees us to give ourselves to others.

Sunday, 24 February 2013
Who’s Carrying Whom? - Isaiah 46:1-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
Using an image of unmistakeable power, Isaiah shows that idols may draw you in with the promise of control, but in the end you’re left to carry their crushing weight. By contrast, the Holy One of Israel demands submissive trust in a God you can’t control, but he is powerful, wise, and loving enough to carry you.

Sunday, 17 February 2013
The Uselessness of Idolatry - Isaiah 44:9-23
Matt McCulloughMP3
Isaiah presents idolatry–worshipping and trusting what isn’t God–as one of Israel’s most consistent and most significant problems. And though the symptoms have changed from culture to culture, idolatry is a heart disease we all carry. This chapter helps us understand what idolatry is, why it’s useless, how we’re guilty of it, and how we can be saved from it.

Sunday, 10 February 2013
Whom Will You Trust? - Isaiah 7:1-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
The story of Ahaz illustrates Isaiah’s perspective on what’s wrong with Israel and with us. Then and now, everything rides on a single question: whom will you trust?

Sunday, 3 February 2013
True Love - Isaiah 40:1-8
Matt McCulloughMP3
The Bible claims that God is love, but in trying to understand what that means we’ve got to be careful to avoid imposing our confused views of what love is onto God. The fact is that God’s love isn’t like any love in our experience, which is to say it’s holy love. In light of Isaiah 40, God’s holy love is preemptive, pardoning, and permanent.

Sunday, 27 January 2013
“Holy in Righteousness” - Isaiah 5:8-25
Matt McCulloughMP3
One of the ways in which God is holy, in which he is not like us, is his perfect moral righteousness. We redefine what’s right and justify doing wrong; God is perfectly committed to what’s right and unfailingly judges what’s wrong. This makes God’s holy perfection a severe threat. But his holy perfection also comes to us as a promise: God offers us Jesus’s record of perfect righteousness, and by his Spirit we come to love what’s right and hate what’s wrong as God does.

Sunday, 20 January 2013
No Comparison - Isaiah 40:12-31
Matt McCulloughMP3
At the heart of Isaiah’s portrait of God is God’s holy transcendence–the fact that God is beyond us and anything we experience in this world, that he’s not limited by the powers of this world or our ability to understand him. This aspect of what God is like is unavoidably abstract and difficult to connect with, much less enjoy. And that’s why Isaiah 40 is in the Bible–to help us see and enjoy God’s holy transcendence more fully.

Sunday, 13 January 2013
The Holy One of Israel - Isaiah 6:1-7
Matt McCulloughMP3
“Holy” is Isaiah’s favorite description of God, the one that stands behind everything else he says about him. But what does that mean, and how can we understand and love that God is holy?

Sunday, 6 January 2013
The Gospel According to Isaiah - Isaiah 1:1-2:5
Matt McCulloughMP3
Using Isaiah 1 as an introduction to our new series, this sermon aims to clarify the four questions Isaiah helps us answer: Who is God? Who are we? What has God promised us? And how should we respond to his Word?

Sunday, 30 December 2012
The Gospel and Prayer
Matt McCulloughMP3
The gospel, God’s good news that defines who we are, helps us understand why prayer is so important to our lives and to our church. The gospel clarifies why we must pray and what we must pray.

Sunday, 16 December 2012
From Our Sins Release Us - Isaiah 64:1-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
We can’t help but long for justice against evil, but we’re guilty of the things we despise. How can we be saved? That’s the question raised by Isaiah 64. We need more than deliverance from what threatens us; we need deliverance from the evil that’s in us.

Sunday, 9 December 2012
From Our Fears Release Us - Isaiah 25:1-9
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this prophetic vision Isaiah describes what the new world will be like when God comes to make all things new. Engaging this vision in light of the brokenness of the world we life in helps us sharpen our hope. It helps us long for the promise that God will deliver us from the things we fear and cannot control.

Sunday, 25 November 2012
Remember Hebrews - Hebrews 13:20-25
Matt McCulloughMP3
The letter to the Hebrews ends with a benediction, a reminder of what God has done and a prayer for what God will do for his children. By sacrificing the blood of his Son, God has made a covenant that promises peace and life that will last forever. By his covenant God gives to us what he requires of us, promising to transform us so we can live the lives of worship we were made to live.

Sunday, 18 November 2012
Follow Faithful Leaders - Hebrews 13:7-19
Matt McCulloughMP3
Wrapping up this letter to his friends, the author of Hebrews urges them to view their leaders as God gift to their community. This passage explains how we’re to follow faithful leaders, and where those leaders should be leading us.

Sunday, 11 November 2012
The Grateful Life - Hebrews 13:1-6
Matt McCulloughMP3
Because of Jesus, worship looks different. There are no more temples, sacrifices, or ceremonial cleansings; now worship is a way of life, a life defined by gratitude for what God has done and will do for us through Jesus. This passage gives examples of what should mark a grateful life.

Sunday, 4 November 2012
God’s Accessible, Unshakeable Kingdom - Hebrews 12:18-29
Matt McCulloughMP3
This passage, the rhetorical climax of the letter, summarizes the major themes of Hebrews. It reminds us where we’ve come through Jesus, where we’re going, and how we get there.

Sunday, 28 October 2012
Obedience - 1 John 2:1-6
Bill MaynardMP3
Samuel said to Saul, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” Obedience is lovingly conforming our lives to the ways of God in thought, word, deed, and attitude. The apostle John, in his last writings, put it even more simply: walk as Jesus did. We do not impress God with our obedience; we delight him. It gives us the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

Sunday, 21 October 2012
Heal What Is Lame - Hebrews 12:12-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
If the Christian life amounts to a long, difficult, and painful race, we’ve got to work as a team to strengthen each other and bind what is broken–to create a community of healing. We must work hard at what God is working out in us; this looks like peace with each other and a fuller dependence on God. And we must take responsibility for each other’s faith, pushing each other beyond apathy, hard-heartedness, and fleeting pleasure.

Sunday, 14 October 2012
Endure Pain - Hebrews 12:1-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
The witness of Israel’s heroes and especially of Jesus is this: God’s promises are more precious than the comforts of this world. But this text reveals another dimension to how we should view our pain as people of faith. Our pain is used by our Father to discipline us; it shows God loves us, it aims at our holiness, and it always bears fruit.

Sunday, 7 October 2012
Faith in a Better Resurrection - Hebrews 11:32-40
Matt McCulloughMP3
This conclusion to Hebrews’s list of faith’s exemplars offers a striking contrast. Sometimes faith brings back the dead, and sometimes faith costs everything. But the key point is this: if Jesus is alive, the difference between gaining or losing everything in this life doesn’t ultimately matter.

Sunday, 30 September 2012
Moses, Faith, and Our Identity - Hebrews 11:23-31
Matt McCulloughMP3
Moses’s life shows how faith is a matter of identity. Faith says that Jesus is more satisfying than the fleeting pleasure of sin. He’s more rewarding than the greatest treasures of this world. He’s more secure than the powers we admire and crave. And that’s because Jesus alone overcomes our inadequacy and makes us children of God.

Sunday, 23 September 2012
Living the Faith of Abraham - Hebrews 11:8-22
Matt McCulloughMP3
The life of Abraham offers one of the Bible’s best examples of what it looks like to claim the promises of God by faith. Here our author uses Abraham’s life to call us to live as exiles in this world because we live with a homesick longing for the world to come.

Sunday, 16 September 2012
By Faith - Hebrews 11:1-7
Matt McCulloughMP3
If Jesus represents what God has done to redeem our broken relationship with him, faith is what that healed relationship looks like in us. Hebrews 11 is one of the Bible’s most beautiful descriptions of faith, and these first verses show us what it is and why it pleases God.

Sunday, 9 September 2012
The Value of Work David AtchisonMP3
We often overlook work as a means to an end, but God created it and is glorified by us doing it in faith.

Sunday, 2 September 2012
Endure - Hebrews 10:26-39
Matt McCulloughMP3
Whether or not we endure in faith makes a statement about God, a statement that means life or death. We endure by fixing our hope on our true possession in Christ.

Sunday, 26 August 2012
Embrace Christian Community - Hebrews 10:24-25
Matt McCulloughMP3
Christian community is the key to holding on to faith and to living for the return of Jesus. This passage helps clarify what Christian community is and how it works.

Sunday, 19 August 2012
Hold on to Hope - Hebrews 10:23
Matt McCulloughMP3
This verse and the context it draws from help us to trust the faithfulness of God when faced with doubts of mind and soul.

Sunday, 12 August 2012
Draw Near - Hebrews 10:19-22
Matt McCulloughMP3
The truth about Jesus explained so carefully earlier in the letter is brought home here with one simple command: draw near to God. But because drawing near to God is easier spoken of than acted on, this passage helps us identify why we struggle to approach God and what we can do about it.

Sunday, 5 August 2012
Sitting and Waiting - Hebrews 10:11-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
Here, at the climax of the entire letter, we get two images that help us see that Jesus’s work for us is finished and how his work begins to change us.

Sunday, 29 July 2012
Pleasing God - Hebrews 10:1-10
Matt McCulloughMP3
We know from human relationships how disruptive it is to have displeased the other person and to know we’ve been displeasing. Israel’s relationship with God suffered from this sense that God wasn’t fully pleased with his people, and a major point of their sacrificial system was to remind them of this problem. But Jesus came to perfectly please God, to do his will once and for all, and because of Jesus we can please God too.

Sunday, 15 July 2012
Jesus and Your Future - Hebrews 9:27-28
Matt McCulloughMP3
Everyone faces a future defined by one of two realities: death and judgment, or Jesus’s death and coming redemption. What will your future be? Are you eagerly waiting for him?

Sunday, 8 July 2012
The Sacrifice of Christ: Once for All - Hebrews 9:23-26
Bill HeermanNo audio available

Sunday, 1 July 2012
Failure, Death, and Redemption - Hebrews 9:14-22
Matt McCulloughMP3
All of us possess a moral conscience, and all of us have experienced what it is to have a defiled conscience–a conscience that tells us we have failed to meet our own standards, much less God’s. This passage explains how Jesus came to purify our consciences, to redeem us from living under the dark cloud of our failure.

Sunday, 24 June 2012
Nothing But the Blood - Hebrews 9:1-14
Matt McCulloughMP3
The next two chapters of Hebrews are all about blood. They are especially about Jesus’s blood and why his blood is more precious than any other. So why is blood so important, and what does Jesus’s blood actually accomplish?

Sunday, 17 June 2012
Promises Applied - Hebrews 8:7-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
We all want to change, Christian or not. We try to change by swapping out behaviors, but the radical message of Christianity is that change comes through a set of promises.

Sunday, 10 June 2012
Better Promises - Hebrews 8:7-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
God responds to our abandonment of him by binding himself to us with a covenant we can’t break. In his new covenant, God makes us secure by changing what we want, by satisfying us with himself, and by forgetting our sins against him.

Sunday, 3 June 2012
Shadow and Reality - Hebrews 8:1-6
Matt McCulloughMP3
Hebrews is a letter full of comparisons, especially comparisons between what Jesus has accomplished and what the system of Moses was meant to provide. This passage introduces two new comparisons that are central in the chapters to come: the new tabernacle, or where Jesus intercedes for us; and the new covenant, or how Jesus intercedes for us.

Sunday, 27 May 2012
Why a Permanent Priest Is Good News - Hebrews 7:23-28
Matt McCulloughMP3
Hebrews 7, the most challenging section of this letter, has offered a host of minute and obscure details to show that Jesus’s priesthood will last forever. Now, at the end of the chapter, we’re told why this is such good news.

Sunday, 20 May 2012
Hebrews 7:11-22
Bill HeermanMP3

Sunday, 13 May 2012
The Order of Melchizedek - Hebrews 7:1-10
Matt McCulloughMP3
Why do we need a priest? And why does it matter that Jesus is a priest like Melchizedek? Hebrews 7, the meat of this letter, introduces the mysterious beauty of Jesus’s priesthood.

Sunday, 6 May 2012
Our Immovable Anchor - Hebrews 6:13-20
Matt McCulloughMP3
Few of us would likely claim what makes us confident in the gospel’s promises is the fact that God swore an oath. But this passage suggests that’s precisely how God intended to give us stronger hope and unshakeable confidence. So how does God’s oath make us secure?

Sunday, 29 April 2012
Genuine Christianity - Hebrews 6:9-12
Matt McCulloughMP3
Because the power of the gospel transforms, genuine followers of Jesus bear certain marks. This passage presents three of these marks–love, faith, and patience–and why they’re so important.

Sunday, 22 April 2012
Warning - Hebrews 6:4-8
Matt McCulloughMP3
In one of the most difficult and controversial passages in the entire New Testament, the author of Hebrews warns of the irreversible consequences of falling away from Jesus. What is the nature, purpose, and proper effect of this harsh warning?

Sunday, 15 April 2012
Spiritual Maturity - Hebrews 5:11-6:3
Matt McCulloughMP3
Spiritual growth came no easier for the earliest Christians than it comes for us. This passage helps us understand what holds us back from spiritual maturity and how we can press on towards it.

Sunday, 8 April 2012
Death Defeated - Hebrews 2:14-15
Matt McCulloughNo audio available Death is the fundamental human problem; at the heart of the letter to
the Hebrews is an explanation of how Jesus solved that problem. So what sort of problem is death, how did Jesus overcome it, and what does it look like to live as if Jesus really rose from the grave?

Sunday, 1 April 2012
Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Melchizedek
Matt McCulloughMP3
There is an ironic truth at the heart of the story Christians commemorate as Holy Week. The same man hailed as king one day is shamefully executed a few days later, and that death was inextricably linked to his becoming king. Hebrews helps us understand why Jesus had to die to become king, and its explanation has a great deal to do with a mysterious figure called Melchizedek.

Sunday, 25 March 2012
A Priest Forever - Hebrews 5:1-10
Matt McCulloughMP3
This section of Hebrews introduces one of the letter’s most important subjects: the perfect priesthood of Jesus. But why do we need a priest in the first place? What did biblical priests actually do? And what makes Jesus a perfect priest?

Sunday, 18 March 2012
Hold Fast - Hebrews 4:14-16
Matt McCulloughMP3
This crucial section of Hebrews offers a summary of what’s already been said and a taste of what’s still to come. Jesus is the Son of God who became our sympathetic high priest. These titles–admitedly abstract to our modern ears–are introduced for a profoundly practical purpose. They’re meant to convince us to hold fast to Jesus because only Jesus offers what we really need.

Sunday, 11 March 2012
God’s Living and Active Word - Hebrews 4:12-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
God’s Word has the power to cut through our layers of pretension and expose who we really are. Thankfully, this same Word offers us a new identity.

Sunday, 4 March 2012
Rest - Hebrews 4:1-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
This passage offers both an invitation to share in God’s rest and a warning not to miss out. On one hand, we’re invited to enjoy perfect satisfaction in God and the security that comes from knowing he provides everything we need. On the other hand we’re told to fear and strive against unbelief and disobedience. How do these commands square with our promise of rest?

Sunday, 26 February 2012
Our Disease and Its Cure - Hebrews 3:7-19
Matt McCulloughMP3
Using a vivid example from Israel’s history, this passage helps us understand the nature of a disease we all share and how we can fight it. Sin is a heart condition: it deceives, it hardens, and it feeds on unbelief. The only true remedy for our disease is a deeper affection for Jesus, which grows as we encourage and challenge one another.

Sunday, 19 February 2012
Jesus’s Faithfulness, and Ours - Hebrews 3:1-6
Matt McCulloughMP3
When the author of Hebrews wished to encourage his readers to remain faithful, he pointed them to the faithfulness of Jesus. But so much rests on the answer to this question: What is the connection between Jesus’s faithfulness and ours?

Sunday, 12 February 2012
Our Suffering Brother - Hebrews 2:10-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
At the heart of Christianity is the claim that God took on our humanity–became one of us–so that he could suffer. Hebrews 2 helps us understand why this had to be. Jesus became like us so he could act for us, defeating death as our champion by removing sin as our high priest. And because Jesus suffered everything we could before we do, he empathizes with us and promises us our Father is trustworthy.

Sunday, 5 February 2012
The Death of Death - Hebrews 2:5-9
Matt McCulloughMP3
Death is the fundamental human problem. It shows us the limits of our power perhaps more clearly than anything else. It calls into question everything we were meant to be and all we try to accomplish. And, from the perspective of the Bible and Hebrews in particular, death is unnatural–an impostor, a weapon in the hands of a ruthless enemy whose days are numbered. For the death and resurrection of Jesus hold out a promise, a promise that his sacrifice means the death of death itself.

Sunday, 29 January 2012
Don’t Drift Away - Hebrews 2:1-4
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this first of several warning passages in Hebrews, the message is as simple as it is serious: don’t drift away from Jesus. What makes this drifting so dangerous? What would it look like for us to drift from Jesus? And how can we avoid it?

Sunday, 22 January 2012
Jesus Reigns - Hebrews 1:5-14
Matt McCulloughMP3
What makes Jesus more trustworthy than any alternative? According to Hebrews 1, the answer to this question has a lot to do with his status as Son of God, and with the fact that he reigns forever.

Sunday, 15 January 2012
Medium and Message: “God has spoken by his Son” - Hebrews 1:1-4
Matt McCulloughMP3
Hebrews opens with a dramatic claim that gives focus and meaning to everything that comes later. God had spoken in many ways before; but in his Son, the ultimate medium, he speaks in such a way that everything becomes clearer and comes together once and for all. But what does the fact that God has spoken in his Son tell us about his message and how we should receive it?

Sunday, 8 January 2012
Introducing the Book of Hebrews
Matt McCulloughMP3
For all the mystery surrounding its origin, context, and style, Hebrews makes a case that is perfectly clear: Jesus is greater than any alternative hope for salvation, so we must hold fast to him.

Sunday, 18 December 2011
Why Peace?: Luke 2:14
Matt McCulloughMP3
In Luke’s narrative, the angels’ celebration of Jesus’s birth hinges on the promise that his coming means peace on earth. But what did they mean by “peace?” And where is it?

Sunday, 11 December 2011
Why Bethlehem?: Micah 5:2-5; Luke 2:1-7
Matt McCulloughMP3
Micah promised that a ruler to come, Israel’s Messiah, would emerge from Bethlehem, and a basic piece of the Christmas story is Jesus’s fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy. But why is Bethlehem so important? Bethlehem’s significance has everything to do with the kingdom of God, and with the goal of that kingdom, the glory of God.

Sunday, 4 December 2011
Why John the Baptist?: Malachi 3-4; Luke 1
Matt McCulloughMP3
Luke begins his story of Jesus’s life not with Jesus but with the announcement and birth of another character, John the Baptist. Why was he so important? The answer has everything to do with an ancient story, a story left off by the Minor Prophets and picked up here by Luke.

Sunday, 20 November 2011
Malachi: The Wonderfully Counterintuitive Love of God
Matt McCulloughMP3
“I have loved you”–so begins God’s communication with his people in this final book of the Old Testament. It’s a fitting summary of the story of God’s dealings with Israel to that point. But Malachi is essentially a disputation between God and unbelieving Israel over whether and how he had loved them. If the prophets dramatize the character of God for us, this prophet illustrates what God’s love is like, and it isn’t what Israel or we would expect. God’s love is free, it’s steadfast, it’s inviting, and it’s self-centered–all of which makes for wonderfully good news.

Sunday, 13 November 2011
Zechariah: Peace, Purity, and the Pierced Priest-King
Matt McCulloughMP3
Though cloaked in often mysterious prophetic imagery, Zechariah’s message offers a beautiful elaboration on the coming kingdom, of God’s promise to deliver his people from threats on the outside–their enemies–and on the inside–their sin. And in a couple key passages, Zechariah suggests this deliverance will be accomplished by an unprecedented divine ruler, a priest-king.

Sunday, 6 November 2011
Haggai: Great Expectations
Matt McCulloughMP3
When the people of Israel first returned to Jerusalem after the exile, what they found was a far cry from what they had hoped for. Haggai confronted their disillusionment, recasting their expectations and calling for trust in the faithfulness of God. His message gives us insight into how Jesus fulfills the hope of the prophets, and what it looks like for us to live as if God’s promises are true.

Sunday, 30 October 2011
Zephaniah: Pride, Humility, and True Security
Matt McCulloughMP3 Zephaniah, something of a summary of themes in the Minor Prophets to
this point, illustrates how God’s roles as Judge and Redeemer are both guided by a single goal: to vindicate his name as the one true Lord. He will reveal his true identity once and for all by exposing those who proudly believe they can do better elsewhere, and by perfectly meeting the needs of those humble enough to rest everything on him.

Sunday, 23 October 2011
Habakkuk: Live by Faith
Matt McCulloughMP3
Habakkuk wonderfully frames a question that runs through the Bible and human experience: if God is good and powerful, why do evil and injustice flourish? God’s unexpected answer and Habakkuk’s prayerful response show us what realistic faith looks like.

Sunday, 16 October 2011
Nahum: Wrath and Refuge
Matt McCulloughMP3
Nahum is a book of shocking images. They are images that challenge our common notions of what God is like, that challenge our tendency to flatten the character of God. They are images that show us clearly that God is against all evil, that make us ask whether God is against us. And they are images meant to send us running to Jesus.

Sunday, 9 October 2011
Micah: He Is Our Peace
Matt McCulloughMP3
Like so many of the Minor Prophets, Micah focuses on coming judgment and promises a kingdom of peace and security on the other side of judgment. But Micah is unique in his focus on leadership. Israel’s unfaithful leaders led to the nation’s downfall. So who would lead them—and us—to peace?

Sunday, 2 October 2011
Jonah: Embracing the Wideness of God’s Mercy
Matt McCulloughMP3
Jonah is a powerful story celebrating the extent of God’s mercy that reaches even to the enemies of his people. But even more, it is an ironic and witty satire exposing the foolishness and hypocrisy of Jonah. The story contrasts, on one hand, Jonah’s experience of God’s mercy when he deserved to die for his disobedience; and, on the other hand, Jonah’s burning resentment when Ninevah receives the same mercy he enjoyed. The key question for us: how can we avoid Jonah’s hypocrisy?

Sunday, 25 September 2011
Obadiah: “The Kingdom Shall Be the Lord’s”
Matt McCulloughMP3
In the wake of their exile, and especially given their treatment at the hands of their enemy Edom, Israel had to wonder whether the promises of God would come to nothing. Obadiah prophesied against Edom, but his was a message Israel was meant to overhear. It’s a message meant to encourage them and all who have ever had cause to doubt whether God could deliver on his promises.

Sunday, 18 September 2011
Amos: Injustice, Idolatry, and Jesus
Matt McCulloughMP3
A contemporary of Hosea, Amos prophesied to dispel Israel’s mistaken assumption that sin and judgment were someone else’s problem. Amos is unique among the prophets for his emphasis on Israel’s exploitation of the weak and vulnerable. His words, full of beauty and laced with satire, help us understand why God takes injustice personally. And they help us understand why Jesus is the only hope for the unjust.

Sunday, 11 September 2011
Joel: The Day of the Lord and the Call to Repentance
Matt McCulloughMP3
Like so many of the Minor Prophets, Joel is a book of warning. He speaks especially of a coming “Day of the Lord,” a decisive and terrible day when everyone opposed to God’s rule will be destroyed. That has never been a fashionable message, perhaps never less so than now. But what if Joel is right? How could we avoid our share in that judgment?

Sunday, 4 September 2011
Hosea: Spiritual Adultery and the Relentless Love of God
Matt McCulloughMP3
Hosea offers one of the Bible’s most vivid illustrations of the nature of sin: sin boils down to spiritual adultery, rejecting God’s love in favor of other options. But Hosea offers just as vivid an illustration of redemption in the face of judgment, what one author has called “an anticipation in pageant form of Christ’s story.”

Sunday, 28 August 2011
The Twelve: Introducing the Minor Prophets
Matt McCulloughMP3
This series introduction answers three basic questions: What are the Minor Prophets? What can we learn from the Minor Prophets? And how can we make the most of this study?

Sunday, 21 August 2011
The Gospel and Evangelism - Colossians 4:2-6
Matt McCulloughMP3
The nature of the gospel – Paul’s “mystery of Christ” – controls how we communicate this message to those who don’t follow Jesus. In other words, the message should control the medium.

Sunday, 14 August 2011
Teach Us To Pray - Luke 11
David AtchisonMP3
The one thing Jesus’s disciples asked him to train them to do was pray. We should approach Jesus with the same desire.

Sunday, 7 August 2011
Gospel-Centered Relationships - Colossians 3:18-4:1
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this text Paul drives the implications of the gospel even deeper into real life, into those relationships where our selfishness and idolatry are most likely to flourish. He calls us to gospel-centered relationships in marriage, in the family, and in the workplace.

Sunday, 31 July 2011
Be Who You Are - Colossians 3:1-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
If salvation comes only through trusting what Jesus has done for us, as Paul’s been arguing, why does it matter how we live? The answer shapes everything. Union with Jesus changes who we are in God’s eyes, offering all the security we need; so we live in response to God’s favor, not to earn it.

Sunday, 24 July 2011
The Gospel and Moralism - Colossians 2:16-23
Matt McCulloughMP3
By nature, we’re all prone to moralism—to measure ourselves before God and others by our moral performance. This tendency is the enemy of the gospel. In this section of Colossians, Paul makes his case against moralism; he argues that it’s without substance, arbitrary and powerless. The implications for us are both convicting and encouraging: we don’t get to judge others, but we don’t have to fear being judged.

Sunday, 17 July 2011
Jesus Satisfies - Colossians 2:6-15
Matt McCulloughMP3
Everyone has something at the center of life that explains how to be fulfilled in life and what values are worth pursuing. According to Paul, the choice is simple. You can build your life on Christ as the only sure source of purpose and hope. Or you can fall for something that seems plausible at first but ultimately won’t satisfy, what he labels “empty deceit.” The reason Jesus satisfies where nothing else will has everything to do with the fact that he offers something nothing else can: transformation and satisfaction.

Sunday, 10 July 2011
Gospel-Centered Ministry - Colossians 1:24-2:5
Matt McCulloughMP3
Writing to a church he’d never visited in person, Paul uses this section of his letter to explain his philosophy of ministry. Not surprisingly, it begins and ends with the gospel, with what he calls “God’s mystery.” If modeled on Paul’s, our philosophy of ministry as a church and as individuals will be gospel-centered in content, in methods, and in goals.

Sunday, 3 July 2011
Christ Alone - Colossians 1:15-23
Matt McCulloughMP3
Why trust in Christ for redemption rather than some other source of hope? The burden of this question is the one Paul’s hymn to Christ is meant to carry. Knowing his readers were tempted to look elsewhere for security, or at the very least supplement what the cross offers, Paul explains why Christ’s identity as both God and man makes him the perfect mediator and only fit solution to our problem.

Sunday, 26 June 2011
Pray the Gospel - Colossians 1:1-14
Matt McCulloughMP3
In letters like Colossians, Paul gives us a model for how to pray for ourselves and others. His prayer for the Colossians reflects a basic tension of the Christian life: through Christ we are redeemed already, transferred from darkness into light, but in our experience we are not yet what we will be. So Paul prays a prayer of gospel-centered thanksgiving, for what God has done already, and gospel-centered supplication, that the gospel would continue its good work in us.

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Sevier Park Sessions

Between February and September of 2010, a group of approximately thirty people met weekly at a local community center to discuss why Nashville needed another church. Each of these sessions was recorded and is available here.