What is the good news of Jesus? Jesus came proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. In Mark 1:15, Jesus says, “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Each week, we will study a passage of Mark asking together, “What good news does this passage proclaim?” We are good news people; we have good news to tell.
February 28, 2021
Pastor Chuck Fowler
Familiarity doesn’t equal faith. Faith calls us to follow Jesus beyond what is familiar. Like the people of Jesus’ hometown, over-familiarity can actually exclude people from what God is doing around them. We see that the movement of God moved on — without the people of Nazareth.
The good news is that the movement of God cannot be stopped. In the words of John Calvin, “Though [God] justly and reluctantly restrains his power, because the entrance to us is shut against him, yet we see that he opens up a path for himself where none exists, and ceases not to bestow favors upon us. What an amazing contest, that while we are endeavoring by every possible method to hinder the grace of God from coming to us, it rises victorious, and displays its efficacy in spite of all our exertions!”
February 21, 2021
Pastor Katie Fowler
Jesus transforms our stories. In Mark 5:1-20, Jesus shows that he is able to transform us. To lead us into freedom, healing, and new life. To transform our stories. Don’t write yourself off. Don’t write anyone off.
February 14, 2021
Guest Speaker Stephen Redden
In Mark 4 Jesus tells a series of parables just before getting into a boat and miraculously calming a storm. In this passage we see Jesus' authority and power to do what he says. We believe his teaching - we repent and believe the good news of the kingdom - because Jesus is the Son of God and has authority. So how do we heed Jesus' challenge to the disciples in the moment - "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
February 7, 2021
Pastor Ed Black
Have you ever tried to explain something to someone who has never seen or been around what you are trying to describe? It can be very challenging. Now imagine Jesus trying to describe the Kingdom of God to people of planet earth. Jesus resorted to parables again and again to try to help his listeners get at least a little idea of the amazing Kingdom of God and how it operates. Today we will be considering more carefully two parables of Jesus. The Gospel of Mark is the only place we find this first parable – the parable of the seed. The second parable of the mustard seed is also found in Matthew and Luke’s accounts of the Gospel of our Lord.
January 24, 2021
Guest Speaker David Zimmerman
Tucked in the middle of Jesus talking at length about seeds and weeds, he makes an unexpected detour: A quick thought about lamps, and a quick thought about using it or losing it. Mark 4:21-25 is a passage about stewardship—what we do with what we’ve been given. But more foundationally, it’s a passage about good news—the light God has given us and the privilege of sharing that light. “Good News for Active Listeners” is an opportunity to reflect on the inputs and outputs in your life, and how those inputs and outputs might be increasingly suffused with good news from God for yourself and for the world.
January 17, 2021
Guest Speaker Hanna Halteman
God created us for relationship. The Good News of the Gospel is that he left heaven to pursue us to experience intimacy with him. What Jesus’ parables reveal, especially this one, is that he desires for us to seek him in return. Jesus preaches in parables in order to provide all of humanity an opportunity to not only receive salvation FROM God, but for us all to live life WITH God in a personal, intimate relationship with him from now into eternity.
January 10, 2021
Guest Speaker Jon Weeks
November 22, 2020
Pastor Chuck Fowler
Jesus is King. This is both a comfort and a challenge. It's a comfort because it reminds us that no matter what, Christ Jesus is in charge: he reigns sovereign over all nations, all people -- over the entire cosmos, which he is making new again. But this is also a challenge. Jesus calls us to align our priorities with the priorities of his Kingdom and align our lives with the message of his Kingdom. He calls us to lay aside lesser things to commit our lives to him as true Lord over all.
November 15, 2020
Guest Preacher Isaac Olivarez
The Kingdom of God has made a personal appearance in Jesus! Jesus Himself is both the evidence that the Old Covenant has been fulfilled, and the guarantee that the reality foreshadowed by the wedding, the new cloth, and the new wine will be experienced at the appropriate time, set by the Father.
November 8, 2020
Guest Preacher Leanor Ortega-Till
The Kingdom of God is NOT a popularity contest. All have sinned (so you are in good company!) The Lord has anointed Us to proclaim His GOOD NEWS TO ALL!
November 1, 2020
Mark 2: 1-12
Guest Preacher Tyler Traylor
Jesus’ alien righteousness is the only thing that actually gives us life. The Church is being carried into the Gospel.
October 25, 2020
Guest Preacher Emmanuel Engulu
"How can we be gospel people? Looking with compassion; Touching the untouchable."
October 18, 2020
Rev. Katie Fowler
“The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” Mark 1:27 The work of restoration, of healing our world and our lives and restoring shalom, is centered in Jesus. Jesus is Lord. The True King. Jesus is the one who speaks with authority, who acts with authority. Christ is “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” -(Ephesians 1:21) As we are sent into the world, we proclaim the good news, “Jesus is Lord.”
October 11, 2020
Guest Preacher Michelle Reyes
God is restoring all things and He invites us to be agents of restoration as well.
October 4, 2020
Guest Preacher Rev. Junior McGarrahan
Jesus’ baptism revealed God’s character and Kingdom mission to the world and since we have been joined to Christ in his baptism, we also participate in Christ’s character and mission. Because we know who He is, we know who we are.
September 27, 2020
Guest Preacher Matthew DeHarte
"The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah" How do we prepare for the good news of Jesus? What part does repentance play? How does turning towards God open us to receive good news from God?