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Christ City Church, Washington DC
Christ City Church
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5 days ago
Blessed Are the Meek
Pastor Andrea Ackermann takes a look at the third Beatitude - "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." In our current order of things, especially in the U.S., we do not revere the meek. We tend to understand meekness as weakness, or lack of will, or a doormat. For us, the meek do not inherit anything because they don’t deserve it. Yet in the reality of God's kingdom, the meek are already promised an inheritance.
Oct 11, 2020
Those Who Mourn
The Beatitudes is where Jesus describes the lives of those in His Kingdom, and extends an invitation to join this Kingdom. If you have felt the sting of the world – if you’ve been last, been left out, been denied, been grieved, been the victim of violence of any kind or all kinds – this Kingdom is for you! It is especially for you. Jesus in his body, in his life, in his death and in his resurrection created this Kingdom for you. In a year that has felt like one long mourning, Pastor Watson looks at the second Beatitude, and how Jesus is our comfort in the midst of loss and grief.
Oct 5, 2020
Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
In the midst of everything going on in the world today, we are still called to be citizens of God’s kingdom, marked by the character of Christ as revealed in the Beatitudes. Pastor Justin kicks off our fall series exploring Jesus' Sermon on the Mount by calling us to consider both the comfort and challenge of the Beatitudes, and examining the way God shows a particular care for the poor and poor in spirit.
Sep 28, 2020
Love Your Neighbor
As we close out our Telos series, Pastor Matthew Watson talks about what it means for us to love our neighbors, for that is the invitation—and command—of Jesus.
Sep 20, 2020
Love One Another
Assistant Pastor Andrea Ackermann takes a look at our calling to be church and what it means to love one another. We can see in Jesus' words and example that loving one another is not just the charge to care for one another, but loving one another is the foundation of our discipleship and our witness to the world.
Sep 13, 2020
When Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment, he responds, "Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength." Pastor Watson explains that loving God "with all" is the challenging part. It's not about working harder, it's about surrendering and saying "yes" to God.
Sep 6, 2020
Where We’re Going and How We’ll Get There
On any journey, it is helpful to regularly check your bearings, to make sure you’re still heading in the right direction, and to course correct where needed. Our mission and vision since the beginning has been to join Christ “in his work of redemption in Washington, DC, and the world … to see the Kingdom of God on display in DC, in every life and every sphere of life.” As we approach six months of life in the age of COVID-19, Pastor Justin Fung helps us take time to recalibrate as a church, to remember what we’re called to, and to consider how to get from here to there.
Aug 31, 2020
But I Trust
In the midst of all that has happened and is happening—a global pandemic, another police shooting of a Black man, civil unrest, white supremacy, as well as financial hardships and health issues—it can be hard to read the exhortation of Psalm 150 to praise the Lord. Pastor Lisa Watson talks about what Psalm 150 has to teach us about worship.
Aug 23, 2020
Gratitude in the Desert
As we continue our Strength for the Journey series, considering how we can persevere on the road of faith and justice, Pastor Matthew Watson reminds us that it is through remembering and being reminded of what God has already done that we may see what God is doing now.
Aug 16, 2020
Contentment on the journey
How do we understand the ways the Bible talks about contentment in God, in the midst of a world that isn't how it should be? Pastor Andrea Ackermann preaches on Psalm 131, a pilgrim song that reminds us who we are and where we're going. We are challenged to find rest and satisfaction in God's presence, as a child with its mother.
Aug 10, 2020
Waiting on God’s justice
How do we not grow weary in well-doing when God’s vision for our world can seem so far off? How do we not become discouraged when what we wait for, what we yearn for, what we hope for is so long in coming? Pastor Justin Fung turns to Psalm 130 to find sustenance and the source of both rest and resilience for life and faith in these challenging times—and particularly for the work of justice and compassion.
Aug 2, 2020
God’s refuge in the midst of struggle
As a city, a nation, and a church we find ourselves in a unique moment in history. With a raging pandemic, the ongoing uprising for racial justice, political and financial uncertainty all around, it can be hard to remember that God is still sovereign, is with us in the struggles for justice, and His Kingdom is unshakable. In this series, we will explore five Psalms that serve as needed reminders and necessary invitations to rest in the Lord while continuing the fight of faith.
Jul 26, 2020
My Most Important Question 2020, Pt 2
Too often churches ask us to check our doubts at the door, to leave our most important questions behind. At Christ City Church, we believe that when we wrestle with our biggest questions, it actually deepens our faith. During this series, people in our own church community share how they have wrestled through their most important question. In week 2, we heard from Sarah ("Can listening transform perspectives?") and Evan ("God, what good are you?").
Jul 19, 2020
My Most Important Question 2020, Pt 1
Too often churches ask us to check our doubts at the door, to leave our most important questions behind. But the reality is that we all have deep questions we have wrestled with throughout life. At Christ City Church, we believe that when we wrestle with our biggest questions, it actually deepens our faith. One of the most beautiful lines in the Bible is in Mark 9, when the man says to Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” That captures the paradox of faith—there are things we know and cling to, and there are things we don’t yet know—and may never know. During this series, people in our own community at Christ City Church share how they have wrestled through their most important question. This week, we heard from Anna ("Who is God when His promise of healing doesn't happen?"), Chuck ("Is it time to go home?") and Ashley ("Where do I belong?").
Jul 12, 2020
Happy birthday, CCC! Celebrating 7 years
We celebrate Christ City Church turning 7 years old (including our time as a parish of The District Church), with a message from Pastor Matthew about where we've been, and where we're going.
Jun 28, 2020
A Church Expanding
The Ethiopian eunuch, Lydia, a demon-possessed girl, a jailor - Pastor Watson concludes our series on The Welcoming Kingdom by showing how the Kingdom of God expands to those who were traditionally viewed as outside of traditional boundaries.
Jun 22, 2020
Loving your enemies
We are to love our enemies because we see the imago dei - image of God - in all people. But who is our enemy, and how do we love them? Pastoral Associate Andrea Ackermann looks at Jesus' examples of loving his enemies in the gospels, and challenges us to identify and pray for our enemies.
Jun 14, 2020
What to Do with Difference and Disagreement
As humans, we are going to have differences and disagreements. Pastor Justin Fung addresses how we navigate being united in community with folks with whom we may not see eye-to-eye, even if we both call ourselves Christians. How do we understand oneness in Christ with people who may express their faith differently, perhaps even in ways that hurts? Is a community that embodies the welcome of God to all people even possible, and if so, what does it demand of us?
Jun 8, 2020
A Welcoming King
Pastor Watson introduces our new sermon series, "The Welcoming Kingdom." For the next few weeks, we will better understand the expansive nature of God's Kingdom, and consider how this informs how we behave as a local church. Pastor Watson looks at how Jesus, and even Old Testament prophets, embraced those historically outside the community of faith. He challenges us to follow Jesus into displaying the radical welcome and inclusion of God.
May 31, 2020
A Spirit-Led Community
This Pentecost Sunday, in the midst of protests for black lives and a pandemic, Pastor Justin Fung names the power and purpose of the Holy Spirit, and how vital the Spirit is for us today. [Acts 2]
May 24, 2020
A Community of Humility
Pastor Matthew unpacks the historically misunderstood Ephesians passages about submission to show how the gospel breaks down unjust power structures and brings freedom.
May 17, 2020
A Community of Holiness
Pastoral Associate Andrea Ackermann explores the church as a community of holiness. Understanding holiness begins with identity. We are God’s people, God’s church, a visible manifestation of God’s spirit and movement, and we are called to live into this identity.
May 10, 2020
A Community on Mission
In the third week of our Being Church series, Lisa Watson explains how to be a community on mission by answering these questions: Who gets to be a part? What do we do? and How do we do it?
May 4, 2020
A Community of Difference & Diversity
How do we, as a community, anchor ourselves in the work of Jesus in a manner that displays the reconciling, unifying, uniting love of God in the midst of our differences and diversity? We are called to live out our new humanity in Christ, in the context of the new Human Family that God has formed through Christ's cross. Pastor Watson reflects on how we are to be the church, given the beautiful diversity that is represented within Christ City, and DC more broadly.
Apr 26, 2020
Shadows & Hope
This week we learned that a dear member of our church, Angel Scroggins, passed away. In response to this news, Pastor Watson decided to take a break from our Being Church series and pause in this moment to lament - to grieve this loss, and other losses that we are experiencing during this time. This sermon gives space for us to name the death and loss that we've experienced, and then to name the life and hope that we see in Christ.
Apr 19, 2020
The Body of Christ
Just as the disciples had to figure out how to do life together after the Resurrection, so too we wanted to revisit the idea of who we are in light of the Resurrection. Pastor Justin kicks off our new series "Being Church: Becoming a Called Community" by exploring what it means to be the body of Christ. We belong to Christ, and when functioning properly, we work together as a unit to do what Christ wants us to do.
Apr 12, 2020
The Small Story of Easter
He is risen! He is risen indeed. This Easter Sunday, Pastor Matthew Watson explores the story of Simon of Cyrene, who was forced to carry Jesus' cross on the way to Golgotha. We are reminded that we don't have to carry our crosses alone.
Apr 5, 2020
Jesus is King
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate and remember that Jesus is King. Pastor Justin Fung helps us explore what that means for us in these times of chaos, anxiety, and turmoil. [Luke 19:37-42, 45-46]
Mar 29, 2020
As we close out our 12-week series on Learning to Live, Pastor Matthew Watson uses words from Paul's letter to the Colossians to help us consider what's next. [Colossians 1:9-14]
Mar 22, 2020
For the Sake of the World
As we begin to round out our Learning to Live series, we look at learning to live for the sake of the world. God does not invite us only to a one-on-one relationship but one which directly affects and impacts those around us and the world we live in. Pastor Lisa Watson talks about what it might look like for us to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. [Micah 6:8]
Mar 15, 2020
In our first livestreamed service, Pastor Justin talks about "Church" -- unpacking the very real church hurt that most, if not all, of us have experienced -- or will experience -- but also the very real hope for what church should be and can be, particularly when the coronavirus has upended so much of ordinary life. [1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-12]
Mar 8, 2020
Pastor Watson shows us the place of Scripture in Jesus' life and asks us to consider what that means for how the Bible should be situated in our lives. He reminds us of the many ways that Jesus used Scripture to confront and comfort.
Mar 1, 2020
Overcoming and Enduring
How do we deal with the hard things, the darkness, the very real brokenness in our lives and in the world? Andrea Ackermann teaches us the sustaining practice of lament for helping us overcome and endure. [Psalm 13]
Feb 24, 2020
Jesus prayed all the time. But what is prayer? Prayer can take all sorts of different forms, but at its core, it's about a relationship with God. Pastor Fung specifically looks at the prayer for God's Kingdom to come on earth as in Heaven, and what this picture of justice would look like.
Feb 17, 2020
How to Live a Full Life
In our Learning to Live series, we're learning to live - and love - like Jesus. This week, Pastor Justin explains how this spiritual transformation can happen, and what it takes to live a full life.
Feb 9, 2020
Who You’re Becoming
Lisa Watson reminds us that Jesus is the clearest reflection of God, and in him, we can see what love looks like. Our growth as followers of Jesus - our ability to live as Jesus lived - hinges on our growth in love.
Feb 2, 2020
God’s Story: 4-Part Gospel
In this week's Learning to Live sermon, Pastor Watson reminds us that the Gospel doesn't start with the fall and end with the cross, but starts in a garden and ends in a city and has its defining moment in an empty tomb. This narrative is still unfolding and has a place for you in its midst.
Jan 26, 2020
This week, Andrea kicks off the section of Learning to Live that focuses on story - our story, God's story, and how those intersect. Knowing our own stories enables us to know ourselves. She explores how stories both form and transform us, and reminds us that our stories are not static, but continuous.
Jan 20, 2020
Pastor Watson continues the Learning to Live series with a look at how Jesus invites us to spend time with him, since it's relationships that lead to transformation. New life starts with an invitation, a conversation, a relationship. This invitation from Jesus is extended to us so that we may then extend it to others.
Jan 12, 2020
What Do You Want?
Jesus calls us to follow him -- because he knows how to live a true, full, fulfilled life -- but he always meets us where we are. Pastor Justin Fung kicks off a new series -- and introduces a church-wide experience: Learning to Live -- by inviting us to be honest in answering a question that Jesus asked: "What do you want?"
Jan 5, 2020
Epiphany & Endurance: Lessons from the Magi
Pastor Watson starts off 2020 with a look at the lessons we can learn from the Magi. As we consider the things we'll love—and the things we'll pursue—this year, the wise men offer wisdom on how to run, fight, and wait in order to bring glory to God.
Dec 22, 2019
An Advent Future
Pastor Watson wraps up our series on Anticipating Advent by looking toward a future where Christ fulfills all that he began. Our Kids City Director, Nikki Wiggins, reminds us of the best gift we ever received at Christmas.
Dec 15, 2019
The Second Coming of Christ
For the third Sunday of Advent, Dana Cunliffe preaches on how Advent exists in both the past, the present, and the future. At Christmas, it's natural for us to celebrate what happened 2,000 years ago, and also how Jesus is present with us now. But Dana highlights how important it is to remember and anticipate the future advent - the second coming of Christ.
Dec 8, 2019
Peace and Gathering
In Isaiah 11, we find a people desperately waiting for the return of their King. Isaiah is anticipating the arrival of a King who will bring peace and gather the people. Jesus is this long-awaited King. Pastor Watson asks what it may look like now, to say yes to Jesus and the advent that we're anticipating in our own hearts and minds.
Dec 1, 2019
May You Find a Light
Pastor Justin Fung introduces our Anticipating Advent series, which will explore the prophesies about Jesus in the book of Isaiah. As Christians, we celebrate Christmas as Jesus' first Advent, when the kingdom broke into reality; but we look forward to his second Advent, his return, when he promises that all things will be made new. In this sermon, Justin asks, "What are you waiting for, and what sustains you in the wait?" He unpacks the vision of hope in Isaiah 9 and urges us to actively anticipate Advent this Christmas season.
Nov 24, 2019
Ruth 4: Resilience, Risk-taking and Redemption
In the final sermon in our series on Ruth, Pastor Lisa Rodriguez-Watson asks, "What does it mean to live faithfully forward?" We often believe the lies and labels that people give us because of our circumstances or things that have happened to us, but God wants us to see ourselves the way God sees us. Despite her background and challenges, Ruth was full of resilience and determination. She took faithful risks, leading to her redemption. As a foremother to Jesus, Ruth points the way toward him.
Nov 18, 2019
Ruth 3: Displays of Character and Hope
Pastor Watson highlights how Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz exhibit fidelity, integrity, and hope - and how these qualities in Ruth point us to Jesus.
Nov 10, 2019
Ruth 2: Providence and Participation
Have you ever wondered how God provides? Pastor Justin Fung talks about how Ruth 2 shows us that God provides, in large part through people of compassion and commitment, who care for one another and the common good. Or to put it more personally: no matter our situation, we can be—we are called to be, we are needed as—instruments of God’s blessing, offering healing and grace to others.
Nov 3, 2019
Ruth 1: The small story within the big story
In the first sermon in our series on Ruth, Pastor Matthew Watson explores how the story of Ruth fits into the bigger story of God's redemption.
Oct 27, 2019
Nina Balmaceda: Encounters in Mark 5
Guest preacher Nina Balmaceda invites us to rediscover a savior, teacher, and redeemer as he confronts issues of gender, race, violence, and oppression. She walks us through how three of Jesus' encounters with neighbors in need display his radical care for vulnerable people, giving hope in a world of hopelessness.
Oct 20, 2019
A Sabbatical Testimony
Pastor Matthew Watson shares what God taught him during his two-month Sabbatical. Through several stories, he reminds us that God is with us, God loves us, and our rest, hope, and identity is in God.
Oct 13, 2019
In the final week of The Whole Story series, Pastor Justin focuses on testimonies of triumph. For Christians, our triumphs come from being faithful. Whether something is a triumph depends on what you're looking at, when you ask, and whom you ask.
Oct 6, 2019
In the fifth sermon in our series on testimonies, Pastor Justin explores the topic of failure. He walks us through how we can learn and grow through our failures, and how the transforming power of the gospel can prevent failure from leading to rejection and shame.
Sep 29, 2019
Every fifth Sunday of the month is Kids City Sunday, where our youth and kids serve and lead during the service. As part of our series on testimonies, Pastor Watson talks with two teenagers from our church family - Arkale Scroggins and Nathan Watson. These young men share what it's like to follow God as a young person, who in their families inspires them, how God has comforted them, what they would say to grown folks, and more about their origin stories.
Sep 22, 2019
In the third sermon of our series on testimonies, Marisa Stubbs uses scripture and her personal story to unpack the who, what, when, where, why, and how of hope.
Sep 16, 2019
In week two of The Whole Story, our series on testimony, Dana Cunliffe shares about the important place of testimony in community and equally the important place of community in testimony. [Psalm 40:9-10; Hebrews 12:1-3]
Sep 8, 2019
The Whole Story: An Intro to Testimonies
Andrea walks us through Psalm 40 and introduces our new series, where we'll discover how to give testimony, receive testimony, and tell the whole story. (Psalm 40)
Sep 2, 2019
A Vision, a Hope, and a Calling
Preaching from the vision of the valley of dry bones seen by the prophet Ezekiel, Justin Fung talks about the vision of Christ City Church and who we are called to be.
Aug 25, 2019
What Kind of God, Part 2
This week, Justin Fung wraps up our series on Jonah. He urges us to see ourselves as Jonah in the story, and highlights what Jonah 4 teaches us about God's mercy and why we should love our enemies. [Jonah 3:10-4:11]
Aug 18, 2019
Justin Fung reads Deryn van der Tang's poetic response to Jonah 3. Dana Cunliffe walks us through Jonah chapter three, focusing on the Ninevites. She reminds us that God is at work, and there is always hope that powerful and wicked systems and empires can change. [Jonah 3]
Aug 12, 2019
God’s Presence in the Pit
Ashley Greeley offers a creative response to the prayer of Jonah 2, and Andrea Ackermann reflects on where God is in the midst of our troubles. [Jonah 2]
Aug 4, 2019
What Kind of God, Part 1
For the month of August, we'll be looking at the story of Jonah in the Old Testament — with a creative response to the text preceding the message. This week, David Hood offered a spoken word poem based on Jonah 1. Then Justin Fung addressed the shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, that happened within the last 24 hours; and raised some of the questions posed by today's passage, including "What kind of God do we believe in?" and "What do we do when God calls us to do the right — but hard — thing?" [Jonah 1]
Jul 28, 2019
My Most Important Question 2019, Pt 2
Today we began one of our most popular series: My Most Important Question. Too often churches ask us to check our doubts at the door, to leave our most important questions behind. But the reality is that we all have deep questions we have wrestled with throughout life, and at Christ City Church, we believe that when we wrestle with our biggest questions, it actually deepens our faith. In Mark 9, a man said to Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” That captures the paradox of faith — there are things we know and cling to, and there are things we don’t yet know — and may never know. This week, we heard from Deryn ("Why is it so hard to know God and his design for your life?"), Erick ("Why can't I feel the Spirit of God?"), and Akhi ("Are there bad people?").
Jul 21, 2019
My Most Important Question 2019, Pt 1
Today we began one of our most popular series: My Most Important Question. Too often churches ask us to check our doubts at the door, to leave our most important questions behind. But the reality is that we all have deep questions we have wrestled with throughout life, and at Christ City Church, we believe that when we wrestle with our biggest questions, it actually deepens our faith. In Mark 9, a man said to Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” That captures the paradox of faith — there are things we know and cling to, and there are things we don’t yet know — and may never know. This week, we heard from Attrace ("What if I fail?"), Angel ("Father, can you really hear me?"), and David ("God, where were you?").
Jul 14, 2019
Six Years of Christ City
As we celebrate six years as a church (planted in 2013 as the East Side parish of The District Church and then launched in 2017 as Christ City Church), Matthew Watson helps us consider the call and the challenge of Christ to our congregation by looking at Jesus' words to the church in Ephesus. [Revelation 2:1-4]
Jul 7, 2019
The Call of the Kingdom
On the weekend of July 4th, Justin Fung considers the very first words of Jesus in Mark's Gospel—"The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news"—and what that means for us as Christians in America. [Mark 1:14-20]
Jun 30, 2019
A Theology of the Here and Now
Marisa Stubbs closes out our Theology of Place series by talking about what it means and looks like for God’s kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth — and on our streets — as in heaven. [Revelation 21:3-5, 22-27; 22:1-5]
Jun 24, 2019
Continuing our Theology of Place series, Dana Cunliffe talks about a theology of unbuilt spaces — creation itself — and how we are invited into a relationship of care for what God has made. [Genesis 1:20-2:9]
Jun 16, 2019
Theology of the City
The redemptive story of God begins in a garden but it ends in a city. Pastor Matthew Watson preaches on the idea of new heavens and new earth breaking into our city and how we can be a part of it. [Isaiah 65:17-25]
Jun 11, 2019
Place matters. Because Jesus took on flesh and blood, lived in a neighborhood and identified with a people – we also root ourselves in neighborhoods and identify with people. Our place is Washington, DC. While many come to this city to consume it and to use it, we want to be among those who love it. On Pentecost Sunday, we considered the indwelling of the spirit in our particular geography. [Acts 2:1-24]
Jun 4, 2019
The Gifts & Mission of the Spirit
Where are you using your gifts in the church? Where are you using your gifts for the city? Pastor Matthew Watson encourages us to examine the purpose and use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. [1 Corinthians 12:4-31]
May 28, 2019
The Holy Spirit and Unholy Spirits
Just as there is a Holy Spirit, there are unholy spirits. Pastor Matthew Watson helps us understand spiritual warfare by shedding light on the ways the enemy works and the ways the Holy Spirit works. [Ephesians 6:10-12]
May 21, 2019
The Work & The Fruit of the Spirit
What does it mean to have freedom in the spirit? Andrea Ackermann unpacks Galatians 5 by looking at what we are free from, what we are free for, and how we know we are walking in freedom. [Galatians 5:13-26]
May 13, 2019
The Person and Possibility of the Spirit
Are you curious about the Power & Possibility of the Holy Spirit and how to live a spirit-filled life? Pastor Matthew Watson looks at the ways that the Spirit has worked throughout the biblical narrative: Creation, Revelation, Redemption, Guidance, and Commission. Which of these modes of the Spirit's work are you in need of today? [Acts 1:4-11]
May 6, 2019
The Promised Holy Spirit
We say goodbye to our series on John and hello to a series on the Holy Spirit. Pastor Matthew Watson opens up Jesus' promises for an Advocate, a Comforter, and Helper - the promised Holy Spirit. [John 14:15-18]
May 1, 2019
John 21: The Aftermath
We are nearing the end of our "Life, Death, and Life Again" series on John as we reach the John's final chapter. Pastor Matthew Watson offers questions and prayers that can move us forward as we come face to face with a resurrected Jesus. [John 21]
Apr 30, 2019
Start of Life:: End of Death
"Christ is Risen; He is risen indeed! It is a reminder that because of Christ we can have life and we can have it abundantly." Pastor Matthew Watson preaches on the Resurrection of Jesus from John 20 on Easter Sunday. We also heard a spoken word piece from Mazaré Rogers. John 20:1-10
Apr 20, 2019
As part of our contemplative Good Friday service, observing the Way of the Cross (also known as the Stations of the Cross), we hear from Amy Sawyer, Tommy O'Keefe, and Tiffany Pyen. [John 19:13-30] (Some elements of the service were not able to be included in the podcast for copyright reasons.)
Apr 13, 2019
Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey to shouts of adoration and acclamation. Andrea Ackermann examines how the different responses to Jesus challenge us to examine our own responses. [John 12:1-19]
Apr 7, 2019
That We Might Be One
The idea of unity in the church can seem like a pipe dream when we look at all of the different Christian churches and denominations, all of the ways we section ourselves off, all of the issues we’ve splintered and separated over, all of the ways we’ve forced others out or made folks feel so unwelcome that they had to start somewhere new; it’s easier to name situations where we’ve failed than where we’ve succeeded. Nevertheless, Jesus prayed for unity among his followers. Justin Fung considers what unity is and what it isn't — and what we are called to do in the face of difference and division. [John 17]
Mar 31, 2019
Peace Amidst the Trouble
On our first Kids City Sunday, Jaemin and Nathan read our passage of Scripture and Brian Lomax, one of our Kids City volunteers, gives the message about Jesus' promise: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." [John 16:16-33]
Mar 24, 2019
Dallas Willard describes joy as "a pervasive and constant sense of well-being that is infused with hope because of the goodness of God." Jesus promises that that joy is available to us and that he will make our joy complete. Justin Fung unpacks how Jesus gets us there. [John 15:1-25]
Mar 11, 2019
Looking to the End
Elder Marisa Stubbs delivers the word of John 13:21-38 which predicts both Judas' and Peter's betrayals. She speaks to the hearts of the betrayed while pointing to the glory, grace, and mercy of Jesus in the midst of betrayal. John 13:21-38
Mar 4, 2019
David Bailey: The Wilderness Walk
Guest Preacher, David Bailey, brings us into the wilderness of Deuteronomy as he speaks those who seek justice, but don't always see it. God's provision is for those who are flourishing and for those under the weight of oppression. How we view God determines how we make sense of the wilderness walk. [Deuteronomy 8:1-3]
Feb 25, 2019
Servanthood: Life, Death, and Life Again
As we journey through John, we've reached the account of Jesus washing the disciples' feet as a example of servant leadership. Lisa Watson teaches on the love, knowledge, and vulnerability behind servanthood and the marks of a servant. [John 13:1-17]
Feb 17, 2019
Jesus’ Purpose and Process
In order to fulfill one's purpose, one must have a process for getting there. Matthew Watson unpacks how Jesus' purpose -- bringing life, light, and salvation -- necessitated a process that involved going through death, darkness, and isolation; and how that gives us hope. [John 12:20-50]
Feb 11, 2019
After the Miracle
We rejoin the story after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and find him facing tremendous pushback from the religious leaders. Why does he encounter such opposition for doing good? Andrea Ackermann explains the threat that Jesus poses -- to systems and structures ... and to us. [John 11:45-57]
Feb 3, 2019
Life, Death, and Life Again
As we rejoin the Gospel of John, Matthew Watson tells the story of Jesus and his friend Lazarus, and reminds us that God is with us in our disappointment and grief, and that it isn't about how we start that counts. [John 11:1-44]
Jan 27, 2019
Even as we come to the end of the first month of the year, the rest of 2019 stretches out before us. Who will we become this year, and how do we get where God wants us to go? Justin Fung introduces the SPIRES Plan tool and reminds us that love is the framework for our lives. [Mark 12:28-31]
Jan 20, 2019
A Letter to My Fellow Exiles
Guest preacher Jonathan "Pastah J" Brooks unpacks Jeremiah 29 for us, drawing on lessons gleaned from living and pastoring in the same Chicago neighborhood of Englewood that he grew up. [Jeremiah 29:4-7]
Jan 6, 2019
St. Benedict (c.480-547AD) said, "Always we begin again." At the start of a new year, we do that literally. Matthew Watson talks about the invitation that God extends to us over the coming months and how we might accept -- and participate. [Ephesians 3:14-4:1]
Dec 24, 2018
Making Room for Peace
Jesus came to bring peace, shalom, not just the absence of conflict but the wholeness of relationship with God, with others, with nature and systems, and with ourselves. Matthew Watson walks us through how each of the characters in the nativity point to the peace of God. [Jeremiah 33:14-16]
Dec 17, 2018
Making Room for Joy
On the third Sunday of Advent, before Kids City led us in joyful worship by enacting the Nativity, Andrea Ackermann talked about how we might make room for joy -- not counterfeit joy, which is really an escape, but real joy, which can stand alongside all of the difficulty and trouble of our lives. [Matthew 2:1-2]
Dec 9, 2018
Making Room for Love
Looking at the story of Joseph and Mary, Marisa Stubbs encourages us to remember the love of God and challenges us to make room for it. [Matthew 1:18-25]
Dec 3, 2018
Making Room for Hope
On the first Sunday of Advent, we look at hope and how we make room for hope by remembering what's already been done. Matthew Watson also led us in a time of giving thanks, the practical outworking of hope. [Luke 2:1-20]
Nov 25, 2018
Little Red Box Faith
Lisa Watson closes out The Gospel of John: A Story of Life by looking at the opposition Jesus faced and the invitation he offered—and continues to offer. [John 10:22-42]
Nov 18, 2018
The Good Shepherd
This week, several storytellers from our community share their responses to Jesus' statement that he is the Good Shepherd, and we as listeners are invited to the creative, collaborative process, considering our response to the prompt "The Good Shepherd is like ..." [John 10:1-18]
Nov 11, 2018
What to Do with Suffering
In John 9, Jesus heals a man who was born blind. Justin Fung examines how this encounter offers an opportunity to look at what God's life looks like in the midst of our lives — and in the face of suffering, in particular. [John 9]
Nov 4, 2018
(How) The Truth Will Set You Free
"The truth will set you free." We may be familiar with the saying. But what did Jesus mean when he said it, and how will it happen? Guest preacher Aaron Niequist, liturgist and author of The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning, shares about the importance of actually doing what Jesus said. [John 8:31-38]
Oct 28, 2018
The Light of the World
After a difficult week, Matthew Watson addresses the recent violence and points to Jesus as the light of the world—a source of endless hope in times of desperation and hopelessness. [John 8:12-30]