"Diversity and Unity"

ROMANS 12:9-21

WHY WE GATHER: VALUING GRACE-FILLED ACCOUNTABILITY

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"This pivotally important teaching of Paul on Christian social conduct had special importance to the complex diversity perspectives of the Early Church in Rome, and has special importance for the 21st Century Church today. For Christ followers, amidst our socially fraught context and increasingly connected global reality, we are given explicitly practical teaching about how to navigate some of the most complex ideas that humans can consider to live a more enriched life, and holistic Christian faith."  - Dan Collison

"Honest Love"

PROVERBS 12:17-18

WHY WE GATHER: VALUING GRACE-FILLED ACCOUNTABILITY

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“This sermon is about the way we speak our truth. We live in a time where there seems to be an unprecedented amount relational carnage because of the way everyone is speaking their truth to one another. Even long term relationships amongst families and affinity networks that have withstood decades of strong differing opinions are now crumbling because few know how to navigate the rapid pace of change and the volatile socio-political climate.”  - Dan Collison

"Forgiveness and Reset"

LUKE 7:36-50

WHY WE GATHER: VALUING GRACE-FILLED ACCOUNTABILITY

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“Great love is not often the result of personal greatness, rather, it is the result of an awakened sense of our own vulnerability and need, often forged in darkness, and yet transformed and redeemed by the great forgiveness and grace of a God who relentlessly invites us to lose ourselves and our lives that we might find true life and our truest selves in loving union with God and one another.”  - Todd Bratulich

"Showing Up to Serve"

LUKE 22:24-27

WHY WE GATHER: VALUING GRACE-FILLED ACCOUNTABILITY

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"Instead of removing greatness, Jesus’ angle on greatness, and on leadership greatness was a simple and profound re-framing of what greatness really is. To Jesus, any race to the top must be simultaneously a race to the bottom. Said another way, any path of ascent to leadership and power is to be grounded in a path of descent to humility and service." - Dan Collison

"Talking Generously About Generosity"

1 KINGS 17:1-24; LUKE 4:24-27
WHY WE GATHER: VALUING GRACE-FILLED ACCOUNTABILITY

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"Christian generosity is a unique way of moving in our world that transcends the limitations of charity (which is traditionally top down, and not alongside) and is not bound by conventional measurements of resources." - Dan Collison

"Growing Together Spiritually"

ACTS 2:42-47
WHY WE GATHER: VALUING GRACE-FILLED ACCOUNTABILITY

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"So in this growing together spiritually, may we continually turn towards our own stories, and do the inner work of healing and life to which we are invited in Christ. May this self we find renewed in Christ neither be one that makes us “sovereign” nor erases or sublimates us…but one where we are centered and rooted in the truest selves that God has called us to be as ones made in the image of God."

 

Song from Sermon: One More Light by Linkin Park