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The Spirit and Faith

CLCC Church PodcastSep 24, 2023

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The Spirit and Faith

The Spirit and Faith

We are continuing in our series Galatians: A Community Shaped by the Spirit. This week we are looking at Galatians 3 and how the influences in our lives affect our understanding of the Gospel. As well, Dr. Andrew Evans encourages us to consider how the Spirit is working in us individually and as a faith community. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Sep 24, 202328:44
Jesus is the Source
Sep 17, 202328:35
A New Way of Being Human

A New Way of Being Human

Join us as we begin a brand new series called Galatians: A Community Shaped by the Spirit.

Today, Pastor Jim takes us through the first chapter of Galatians and introduces us to what it means to be someone shaped by the Holy Spirit.

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Sep 10, 202327:32
The Forgotten Story

The Forgotten Story

Join us as we wrap up our Summer series "Stories That Transform Us." Today, Pastor Jim is taking us back to the beginning and looking at our origin story in Genesis chapter 2. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Sep 03, 202329:08
Boy Jesus at the Temple

Boy Jesus at the Temple

Join us as we hear some testimonies from the Los Angeles Dream Center team and Pastor Noah shares from Luke 2 about preteen Jesus.

From this story we can learn where we can always find Jesus - with us!


If you are looking to learn more about Jesus or are interested in speaking to a pastor, head to clcc.ca and hit CONNECT

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Aug 27, 202330:01
Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Join us as Pastor Phil shares out of Acts 6 this morning in our series Stories That Transform Us. Today we will learn how God gives us His Spirit to reach people around us. We can't do it alone! STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Aug 20, 202320:37
The Sower

The Sower

Today we are looking at the parable of the sower found in Matthew 18:3 as part of our series "Stories That Transform Us." Through this story we will learn that the type of soil we cultivate dictates how we will respond to God's word. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Aug 13, 202328:18
Hold On

Hold On

Join us as we look at the story of Jacob found in Genesis 32 as part of our summer series "Stories That Transform Us."


In this story we will look at the life of Jacob and how he held onto God when he needed him most. This transformed Jacob in many ways and can transform you too!


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Aug 06, 202327:03
The Woman at the Well
Jul 30, 202322:53
The Apocalypse

The Apocalypse

Join us as we continue our summer series "Stories That Transform Us." Today, Pastor Jim is sharing Revelation 1:9-20. In this story we see how Jesus came to Earth to experience life with us. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Jul 23, 202326:34
David and Goliath
Jul 16, 202324:35
Jonah

Jonah

Join us this week for our summer series "Stories That Transform Us."

Today, we are looking at the story of Jonah and how it is a reminder that God's love is for all people!


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Jul 09, 202327:36
Samson

Samson

Join us as we kick off our summer series "Stories That Transform Us!" Today Pastor Phil is sharing the story of Samson found in Judges 13. Through this story we can learn that Samson is a reminder that should stir our hearts back to obedience to God. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Jul 02, 202324:50
Baptism is Obedience

Baptism is Obedience

We are in the last week of our series "Practice Makes Perfect." Join us as we look at the account of Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch's baptism in Acts 8. Baptism is an act of obedience as we are all called to be baptized. If you haven't been baptized, what's stopping you? And if you have, are you still rejoicing? STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Jun 25, 202323:59
To Proclaim His Death
Jun 18, 202325:29
Sabbath

Sabbath

We are starting a new series talking about different church practices and how we can implement them into our lives. Join us as we look at Mark 2:23-27 and talk about how Sabbath helps us to enter into His rest while we rest from our work. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Jun 11, 202321:43
The Great Worship War

The Great Worship War

We are in the last week of our series Living in Babylon. Join us as we look at Daniel 3. Through the story in Daniel 3 we learn that what really matters is putting God above all else and being committed to our worship to Him.

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Jun 04, 202326:55
God is in Control

God is in Control

We are in the midst of our series "Living in Babylon" where we've been looking at the book of Daniel and how it can be a guide to living in a hostile world.


Our world today often leaves us feeling attacked and powerless but what we can learn from Daniel 6 is that no matter what, God is always in control.


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May 28, 202334:38
Built for Courage

Built for Courage

We are in the midst of our series "Living in Babylon" where we have been taking a look at the story of Daniel. Join us today as Pastor Phil looks into how we can find courage in different ways in order to strengthen our faith through the story of Daniel. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

May 21, 202325:22
Babylonian Currents

Babylonian Currents

Our story takes place 600 years before Christ. Many of the holy people are in captivity in Babylon. For Hebrew young people, this was a difficult challenge because Babylon, in biblical literature, is a metaphor for “All that Opposes the Kingdom of God”. Throughout this ordeal, the Lord is guiding them, leading them, and providing miraculous interventions so that they gain influence in the culture.

People who are faithful to the Lord have always, and will always have to make tough decisions about what elements of the culture they must resist.

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May 14, 202328:10
Surrounded by Evil

Surrounded by Evil

This week, we are starting a new series called Living in Babylon. As we go through the book of Daniel, we will learn how it can be a guide to faith in a hostile world. Daniel was taken from his home land given a new name, new diet, new beliefs and was surrounded by evil. How did he survive? Can this help us in our world? STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

May 07, 202323:55
Lazarus

Lazarus

This week is the last week in our series "Signposts." We've been looking at all the different signs in the gospel of John that point to Jesus being who he says he is. The final sign we're going to look at this week is found in John chapter 11. In this story, Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead. Through this, we learn that Jesus IS the resurrection and the life. So, what is in your life that you might think is dead, that with Jesus can come alive? STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Apr 30, 202324:13
The Blind Man

The Blind Man

We are currently in the middle of our series "Signposts" where we've been looking at different signs told from the perspective of John, one of Jesus' disciples and friends. This week, we are looking at the story of when Jesus heals a blind man in John chapter 9. Through this story, we see that Jesus came to bring light to the world. We will learn how to go from being in the darkness, to seeing, and then, to believing. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Apr 23, 202325:29
Hungry for a Savior
Apr 16, 202325:17
Surprised by Hope

Surprised by Hope

Happy Easter! We are in the middle of our series called Signposts where we are looking at the book of John where the author shares these signs throughout his book to prove that Jesus is who he said he is. The story that we are going to look at today is the only reason that we are here right now. All these stories, all these signs that we’ve been sharing in this series have endured history because of what happened on the weekend that we’re going to talk about. This week we will consider the ultimate question of "What are you going to do with this evidence?" STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Apr 09, 202324:12
The Lame Man

The Lame Man

We're in week three of our series "Signposts." We are looking at the signs in John's gospel that prove that Jesus is who he says he was. This week we are looking at the story of the Lame Man in John 5. Jesus shows us in this story that physical and spiritual wholeness comes only from him. STAY CONNECTED: Website: https://www.clcc.ca/ Instagram: @clcc.church Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLCCfamily

Apr 01, 202320:31
Make a Difference

Make a Difference

We’re now in week two of our series, ‘Signposts’, where we’re looking through the book of John. John spent three years with Jesus and wrote this book years later when he was an old man.

The Big Idea this week is that Jesus was coming for the whole world, not just those who look like us. He was showing us that you can’t love the world if you’re not making a difference in the world.


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Mar 26, 202323:18
Water to Wine

Water to Wine

This week we’re starting a brand-new series where we’ll be looking through the book of John. 

John spent three years with Jesus and when he wrote this book, he was an old man. As he writes this book, he lays out the signs that show Jesus is the Christ and worth following - but not just because of faith. John tells us that our faith is more than just believing and he is about to share his proof. 

This week we’re looking at the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding. Jesus was about to show that He was more important than their religious practices. 

 

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Mar 19, 202323:25
Fear - Am I Alone

Fear - Am I Alone

This week is the last week of our Church Wide Initiative.

Today we are taking a look at Mark 4:35-41 and talking about fear.

It's in the storms of life that we really learn how to trust Jesus. This week we will answer the question: "Are you focusing on the storm or are you focusing on the mission?"

Mar 12, 202321:39
Greed - I Owe Me

Greed - I Owe Me

Greed is one of those spiritual heart diseases that is difficult to see in ourselves, while others are often quick to notice. Greed often hides behind good Christian virtues likewise stewardship and being careful with money.   

The best antidote for greed is to remember the Lord. Remember everything belongs to Him and He is the one who holds the future. We need to learn to be “rich toward God”, a characteristic of those who have learned to store up treasures in heaven, as Jesus commended in Matt 6:19-20.  


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Feb 26, 202320:20
Guilt - I Owe You

Guilt - I Owe You

With every single wrong we've ever committed against someone else, there’s a sense in which we stole something from them. Because we stole something from them, we create this debt within them; we owe them. Because we owe something, there's this debt/debtor relationship. Guilt says, “I owe you.” There’s even a term for this, we say, “I owe an apology.”

However, when you really think about it, you can't give back what you took. You can’t give trust back. You know you feel guilt and you know that you owe something, but you just don't know how you can make it up. You just know, “I’m guilty, I owe them, I'm in debt to them.”

So, this week let’s deal with the issue of owing someone. How do we pay that back?

Feb 12, 202323:23
Take Heart - Watch Your Heart

Take Heart - Watch Your Heart

While the health of our physical heart is important, our spiritual heart is as well. Physical heart disease is the number one killer in the western world, however, spiritual heart disease is even more dangerous if left untreated. In this series, Take Heart, we’ll be looking at five spiritual diseases that affect our hearts: guilt, anger, greed, jealousy, and fear.

Feb 05, 202319:53
Grace and Truth

Grace and Truth

People often ask questions about our church. It might not always come out like this, but what they’re asking is, “Are you a Grace church or a Truth church?” Those who want us to be a Truth church want to know if we’re going to tell people to get things right. Those who want to know if we’re a Grace church want to know if they’ll be accepted.

Have you ever wondered what kind of church Jesus would’ve gone to?

If you like a ‘Grace church’, you remember all the stories about Jesus forgiving sin, welcoming people, and accepting them no matter who they were.

If you like a ‘Truth church’, you’d point to all the stories about Jesus calling people out of their sin, telling them they had to change and get their life right. You’d remember all the times Jesus proclaimed truth to people.

If we believe that Jesus wants us to love the way that he loved, maybe a better question is, “How did Jesus love?”

Jan 29, 202323:35
First Church Problems

First Church Problems

When you’ve been around the church for a while, some different questions get asked: “How good do you have to be to be in this church? How many rules do you have to follow? How much of your life before Jesus do you have to clean up?” These questions aren’t new; they are the same questions that the very first church asked.

When we looked at the beginning of ‘The Church’ last week, we saw this movement expanding quickly – thousands of people were added daily. This week, we pick up our story about 20 years down the road and find some miscommunication happening. This issue raised a lot of questions about what people had to do to be a part of this movement.

So how high does the bar need to be to become a Christian?

Jan 22, 202322:21
Beginning of the Beginning

Beginning of the Beginning

The words we use might not mean the same as they did 25 years ago. We all know language changes. What meant something in our past, often doesn’t mean the same today. In today’s world, the word ‘church’ is used for a lot of different things; we say things like, “we go to church,” or “church was good today.” If you used phrases like those in the first century, they wouldn’t have made sense. Maybe we need to be reminded of what the original intent of the word ‘church’ was.

This week we’re going to learn that the church wasn’t started as a building or an event. It started with the realization that Jesus was for everyone. Jesus started church to be a movement to impact the whole world. So how do we keep this movement moving?

Jan 15, 202328:45
Passing The Torch

Passing The Torch

Join us for our Passing the Torch Service as we celebrate Pastor Jim's leadership. We are joined by the Leadership Council praying for this transition. Thanks for joining us.

Jan 08, 202328:07
The Life You've Always Wanted

The Life You've Always Wanted

The Life You've Always Wanted

Pastor: Noah Reed

Matthew 6:31-34

Jan 01, 202320:11
Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Messengers

Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Messengers

(Im)perfect Christmas

Sermon: Imperfect Messengers

Pastor: Jim Lucas

Luke 2:8-14

Sermon Summary

Birth announcements are sacred moments in family life. We carefully plan who we inform first, making sure our loved ones don’t get the news via Facebook. In the same way, I believe God carefully chose to send the message of His son’s birth to the Magi and shepherds.

After all, this was about God’s favour. “Peace on earth to men on whom his favour rests” was the message of the angel to the shepherds. Luke the Gospel writer was interested in God’s favour. Mary is identified as being favoured, and in Jesus’ first sermon (Luke 4), He announces that He is the fulfillment of Isaiah 61 and this was the time of God’s favour.

While God’s favour is offered to all, only those who will receive it get to experience it. Shepherds - due to their lowly social status - are ideal recipients. There is a certain humility necessary to receive it. I believe in the Beatitudes, Jesus referred to this as poverty of spirit.

This Christmas, let’s make sure we are in the right frame of mind to be among those who will receive His favour.

Dec 24, 202219:01
Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Questions

Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Questions

(Im)perfect Christmas

Sermon: Imperfect Questions

Pastor: Troy Neilsen

Luke 1:41-45

Sermon Summary

This weekend, we continue our series on (im)Perfect Christmas. There’s been this way of thinking that if you have any doubt in your life, there must be something wrong with your faith. If we have doubts, can our faith be perfect if we question God?

We’ll be looking at a story about Mary. In this story, she shows some doubt and asks a good question that Jesus answers all the time. We’ll be talking about how God can work through our imperfect faith by learning to ask good questions.

So what makes a good question?

Dec 18, 202220:60
Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Expectations

Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Expectations

(Im)perfect Christmas

Sermon: Imperfect Expectations

Pastor: Troy Neilsen

Matt 2:1- 23 

Sermon Summary

Once the Christmas season starts, we often get bombarded with perfection on social media. Don’t just buy the perfect gift; but when you wrap it, make it look so good that people don’t want to open it, because it’s almost like they’re destroying art.

This week we’re looking at how King Herod shows up in the Christmas story. Wise Men from far away arrive on Herod’s doorstep asking, “Where is the new King?” If there’s one thing that kings hate, it’s other leaders in their lives, and they’ll do anything they can to keep control of their kingdoms. Herod does all he can to get rid of this new King.

It should get us thinking about how we react when someone comes into our life who wants to lead us even when we know that they have our best interest in mind. Are we like Herod who will go to extreme ends to squash that leader who wants to help us?

Dec 11, 202221:55
Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Timing

Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Timing

Join us for Church Online. We are in the second week of our series called "Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas" and will be hearing from Pastor Phil. Join us as we celebrate the season of Advent together!

Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas

Sermon: Imperfect Timing

Pastor: Phil Juthman

Luke 2:1-8 

Sermon Summary

It’s not a real holiday season without a little Christmas chaos, am I right? For all of our good intentions and efforts, things often don’t go according to our plan. We want things to go the way that we want - in our timing - but that’s not reality. We can’t fully control the timing of our lives, and we’re in good company. Mary and Joseph were thrown into a series of events they couldn’t control. On ground level, it’s easy to see our uncertainties and hardships as a darkness over our lives, clouding our future. However, God is inviting us to take a step back to see what He is doing. When we do take that step back, we discover that God has sent a light into our darkness! It’s because of Jesus that we don’t have to obsess over control that the timing of our life is perfect. We can trust that God is working out our lives for His glory and our good, releasing us to build God’s kingdom according to His plan, not ours. Spoiler alert: It works out better than our plan does!

Dec 04, 202223:33
Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Family

Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas: Imperfect Family

Advent – (Im)perfect Christmas

Sermon: Imperfect Family

Matthew 1:1-17

Pastor: Jim Lucas

Sermon Summary

The Big Idea of this study is that nobody has a perfect family, but the Lord has surprising

ways of accomplishing His purposes.

Our new series is about the imperfect Christmas. There were many things that weren’t quite right that first Christmas morning. While we usually envision wonderful, heartwarming and perfect Christmas seasons, this is often not the case. Our families are not perfect. While we may think our crazy family is the exception and everyone else has a wonderful, perfect family, this is simply not the case.

Matthew arranges the genealogy of Jesus to make this point. There were some scoundrels in the ancestry of Jesus. Some of those kings were very naughty and deserved coal in their stockings, but the Lord worked out His purposes regardless. Isn’t this the overall message of Scripture? Isn’t this at the very heart of the Gospel? Jesus doesn’t just write people off, He redeems people and circumstances.

Jesus breaks down barriers and removes boundaries so that everyone has an opportunity to be part of His Kingdom plan. The new Abraham, the new David and the new King of a new kingdom in exile is revealed in Matthew’s genealogy.

Questions for Discussion:

1. List all the things that were less than perfect that 1st Christmas. Can you share some of your disappointments from your past Christmases that make the point that the reality of Christmas often doesn’t measure up to our expectations?

2. Discuss the reason Matthew may have had for grouping the genealogy into 3 groupings of 14.

3. Why did Matthew break protocol and include these women in the salvation history of Israel? How might some proud Jewish people have felt about that revelation/emphasis?

4. Why is labelling people by their ethnicity, gender, sexuality or behavior so detrimental? What do we mean by “labelling” people? Why is Jesus the great barrier buster?

5. Why is it so important to keep the image of God in mind when we think of people who are different from us?

Nov 27, 202223:30
Plot Twist: Finding Your Purpose

Plot Twist: Finding Your Purpose

Plot Twist

Sermon: Finding Your Purpose

Luke 13:6-9, Matthew 5:13 

Sermon Summary 

The Big Idea of this study is to understand our purpose in life. 

This weekend we’re looking at a story about a fig tree that wasn’t producing fruit. One of the characters in the story wanted to cut it down because it wasn’t fulfilling its purpose and was only taking up space. The purpose of a fig tree is to produce fruit. Although Jesus is very forgiving and gives people many chances, the bottom line of the story is this: if you’re a fig tree, produce figs.

Just like the fig tree had a purpose, we too need to find our purpose as followers of Jesus. But what does a disciple of Jesus do? When Jesus was answering this question, he described his followers and gave them a nickname: “Salt”. With this name, they should remember a characteristic that they should aim for. So, what does it look like for Christians to be the salt of the world? 

Questions for Discussion: 

1. When Jesus called his followers ‘salt’, he was giving them a nickname and a characteristic he wanted them to be known for. Share some of your favorite nicknames that you had as a child. Why did you get them?

2. What other characteristics do we find in salt that Jesus would want his followers to be like?

3. If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be? What do you want to be known for?

4. Share a story on how people may have been the ‘salt’ in someone’s life around you.

5. What are some situations you’re facing that Jesus is trying to get you to be ‘salty’ in?

Nov 20, 202220:57
Plot Twist: The Deceitful Sons

Plot Twist: The Deceitful Sons

Plot Twist – Didn’t See That Coming

Sermon: The Deceitful Sons

Matthew 21:28-32


Sermon Summary

The Big Idea of this study is that our walk needs to match our talk. Our profession often out paces our practice. The Lord is concerned that we don’t just say the right things but do the Father’s will.

This week we are looking at a parable that is probably not that familiar. The context sets the stage for the teaching. Jesus is being questioned about his authority to talk about God. Jesus asks the religious leaders where they thought John the Baptizer’s authority came from. John was very popular among the common folks and many had been baptized by him as a sign of repentance and faith in God. The religious leaders wouldn’t answer because if they admitted his authority came from God they would have to explain why they did not get baptized. If they said it was not from God the people would revolt and give them a hard time.

Jesus uses the parable of the deceitful sons to drive his point home. It is not those who say the right things that please the Father but rather those who do the will of the Father. Neither of the sons’ responses would bring joy to the Father’s heart. Our profession and our practice need to be aligned but unfortunately this is often not the case. Fortunately there is always room for repentance.


Questions for Discussion:

1. Read the preamble to the parable, verses 23-27. Why does Jesus not want to tell them by what authority he is ministering? (Hint: they probably wouldn’t believe him anyway)

2. Compare the chief priests and elders with the second son. What do they have in common?

3. Why was John’s baptism so appealing to the tax collectors and prostitutes?

4. Discuss the theme of repentance in the parable.

5. Why is it important to align our profession with our practice? Is this ever completely accomplished this side of heaven?

6. How might our profession help or hinder our victory over our unconverted places?

7. What might we do to create better alignment between our walk and our talk?

Nov 13, 202224:44
Plot Twist: Am I Winning?

Plot Twist: Am I Winning?

Plot Twist 

Sermon: Am I Winning? 

Luke 18:9-14 

Sermon Summary 

The Big Idea of this study is to understand how we view ourselves. 

A lot of people think the object in life is to win, whatever that looks like. A well-known adage we often hear states, “whoever has the most toys wins.” A few years ago, there was a leader who promised the voters that if he was elected, there would be so much winning they would get bored of winning. It’s important for a lot of people to win and feel like they’re winning.

What does it really look like to win? What should winning feel like?

This week, we look at another story Jesus tells of two characters; one would have been highly respected in the community and the other one hated. The Plot Twist shows us who Jesus was actually trying to change and how this person was supposed to think. Jesus was challenging the crowd about how they think of others and what it looks like to really win.

Questions for Discussion:

1. Rank yourself on a scale from 1 – 10 on how competitive you are during sports or board games. How does this ranking bleed into your everyday life?

2. What ways have you seen people want to win in life?

3. Reread Luke 18:9-14. What stands out to you? Is there anything you have a tough time understanding? What point do you think that Jesus was trying to make to the crowd that day?

4. What makes it hard to see pride in ourselves?

5. If Jesus wants his followers to be humble, what does that look like? What does it look like to “not look down on others”? How can we live that out this week?

Nov 06, 202221:56
Plot Twist: Patches and Wineskins

Plot Twist: Patches and Wineskins

Plot Twist – Didn’t See That Coming

Sermon: Patches and Wineskins

Luke 5:36-39


Sermon Summary

The Big Idea of this study is that the Kingdom of God is surprisingly different and adaptable in order to accomplish the Lord’s purposes.

In this new series we are talking about how Jesus surprises us with his understanding of life. Last week his understanding of the fatherhood of God shocked everyone who listened to the parable of the lost son. This week he tells us what the Kingdom of God is like.

For 1st Century Jews, brought up in the traditions of their fathers, Jesus’ words were very radical. This new way of seeing the people of God was shocking. The raw material of the Kingdom came from the worst backgrounds, like Levi the tax collector, and they acted like the Kingdom of God was a party.

To summarize his points, Jesus uses a parable that teaches that Jesus is doing something so new and different that it is incompatible with the old way of being the people of God. He promises new wine, often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit; to teach that the new ways of the Kingdom of God would be designed to meet whatever needs would be encountered in the ages to come.


Questions for Discussion:

1. Discuss the meaning of the Kingdom of God as those over whom the Lord reigns. Contrast it with the Kingdom of this World.

2. What is the purpose of the Kingdom of God (see Rev. 11:15). How will this be accomplished?

3. Discuss the new wine and new cloth imagery of the parable. Is this a warning that the new way of being the people of God is going to be radically different from the old ways?

4. In verse 39 explain the warning about people who love the old wine.

5. Why is it so important to remember that the Gospel adapts to meet the needs of new generations yet somehow remains essentially the same?

6. Before the new wine can be made, some grapes have to be squished. Reflect on how this has been true in your life in terms of how change is hard and often involves crushing pain before renewal can take effect.

Oct 30, 202223:56
Plot Twist: Gracious Father

Plot Twist: Gracious Father

Plot Twist

Sermon: Gracious Father

Luke 15:11-32

Sermon Summary


The Big Idea of this study is understanding how Jesus described God.

Good movies have great plot twists. The best movies have multiple plot twists that make us think, “I didn’t see that coming!” When Jesus told stories, He would often head in a certain direction in order to get everyone in the crowd engaged. He would then take the plot in a totally different direction, making His point unforgettable.

This week, we are looking at a story Jesus told of a certain Father character that many of us are very familiar with. When Jesus tells us this story, He shares a lot of what our Father God is like. We’ll discover that Father God is unlike any father that we have ever experienced.


Questions for Discussion:

1. What is your favorite kind of movie? Dramatic? Romantic? Action? Why?

2. Talk about the different ideas that you might have had about God throughout the different stages in your life. Was He all knowing? Angry? Was He there in case of emergency? Not there when you really needed Him?

3. How have you heard people who either don’t know God or who’ve walked away from Him describe Him?

4. If someone who doesn’t know God asks you to describe Him, how would you do that?

5. How can we live like the child our Father God wants us to be and not like a slave? How can we be better at communicating to those who might be far from God, that He doesn’t want them to be a slave but a child?

Oct 23, 202222:09
Fresh Start: Faithfulness to Blessing

Fresh Start: Faithfulness to Blessing

Fresh Start

Sermon: Faithfulness to Blessing

Pastor: Noah Reed

Ruth 4 

Sermon Summary:

Are you in need of a fresh start? Life, work, family, faith feeling empty or unfresh? We take a look at the ending of the story of Ruth to discover that the key to a fresh start is Faithfulness.

Faithfulness always returns with blessing.

As we look at the actions of Boaz, being faithful to Ruth and having the incredible integrity to offer what he desired for himself to another man, we learn that integrity is rarely easy, but it is always the most rewarding.   Remember, you have a legacy, and it is how you act today that will establish your legacy. Will your legacy be one of integrity? Character? Lovingkindness? Faithfulness?

This story, with its happily ever after ending, reveals a bigger picture, a redeeming Christ with a gift freely offered to all who are faithful to accept it.

Oct 16, 202224:15
Fresh Start: Taking the Initiative

Fresh Start: Taking the Initiative

Join us for CLCC Church online. We are in the third week of our series called "Fresh Start" and will be hearing from Pastor Phil. Join us as we take a deep dive into the book of Ruth!

Oct 08, 202220:14
Fresh Start: Clarity

Fresh Start: Clarity

Join us for Church at Home. We are in the second week of our series called "Fresh Start" and will be hearing from Pastor Troy. Join us as we take a deep dive into the book of Ruth!


Fresh Start

Sermon: Clarity

Ruth 3

Sermon Summary

The Big Idea of this study is to reflect on seeing how God is involved in our everyday lives.

This story takes a turn this week in Chapter 3, when Naomi and Ruth decide to do something about their situation, and they need some clarity about their future. They decide to take the opportunity that is available to them. They know that if they don’t do anything, nothing will change. 

Ruth and Naomi approach their relative Boaz to see if he would like to be their family redeemer. This is a bold ask, and they are at risk to be rejected. But they need a fresh start, to make a bold ask. They know what direction that they want to head in and are interested to see where they will end up. 

Questions for Discussion:

1. Ruth made a very interesting marriage proposal to Boaz. What’s the most interesting marriage proposal that you’ve heard about?  

2. When Ruth asked Boaz to ‘redeem’ them, she was risking hearing a ‘no’. What “no” have you gotten in your life that as you look back now you can see was a blessing? 

3. What change do you think that Ruth felt after she took her bath, put on perfume and changed her clothes? What small changes have you seen people do to change their mindset? What are some small changes that you can make to change your mindset? 

4. What area in your life would you like a fresh start, but you need a plan to see what your decision might be?

Oct 02, 202221:41