Cross Section from the Summit View Church of Christ
By Kevin Jensen
Cross Section from the Summit View Church of ChristJun 03, 2020
Coming Back to Jesus — Sunday Sermon, June 4, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — How does God respond when we repent of our sin and turn back to him? In this opening lesson of the series, "Turning Around," we discuss the meaning of repentance and how Jesus responded when Peter repented of a very serious sin. Text: John 21
Prayer and Thanksgiving — Sunday Sermon, May 28, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Thoughts on the importance of prayer and thanksgiving in the life of the Christian. Text: Colossians 4:2
Thankfulness in Heart and Deed — Sunday Sermon, May 21, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — One of the most important components of our worship to God is thankfulness as we remember and share his many blessings. Text: Colossians 3:16-17
The Peace Beyond Comprehension — Sunday Sermon, May 14, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — As we walk with God in gratitude and honor him, he fills us with peace beyond our comprehension. Text: Colossians 3:15
Overflowing with Gratitude — Sunday Sermon, May 7, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Thoughts from the apostle Paul on how to develop a faith that is disciplined, stable, well-rooted, and full of gratitude. Text: Colossians 2:4-8
Fruit-Bearing Lives Built on Thanksgiving — Sunday Sermon, April 30, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Without thanksgiving, our lives cannot bear fruit for Christ. But with thanksgiving, we bear much fruit through good works as we live lives worthy of the Lord. Text: Colossians 1:9-12
The Fruit-Bearing Gospel — Sunday Sermon, April 23, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — As we give thanks to God, grow in our faith, and focus on Jesus, the gospel bears good fruit for God in our lives and in his church. Text: Colossians 1:1-6
Figuring Out Jesus — Sunday Sermon, April 16, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus can be hard to figure out sometimes. He does things and teaches things that surprise us, disorient and confuse us, even make us doubt that his ways are good. But like his disciples on the day of his resurrection, if we will stay near him and search for what is true, he will reorient us to the excellence of God revealed in himself to bring us life. Text: John 20
That You May Have Life — Easter Sunday Sermon — April 9, 2023
Easter Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus' resurrection turned the confusion of Peter and John into belief, turned Mary Magdalene's grief into joy, turned the disciples' fear into amazement, and turned Thomas's doubt into great faith. His resurrection continues to turn our lives around today, giving us hope in God's promise of eternal life. Text: John 20
It Is Finished — Sunday Sermon, April 2, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, shared by Ryan Ferguson — As John tells the story of the crucifixion of Jesus, he doesn't stress Jesus' suffering, the supernatural events surrounding his death, or the mercy he showed even as he died. Instead, John focuses on ancient prophecies fulfilled in Jesus—prophecies that reveal that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Text: John 19:16-42
I Have Overcome the World — Sunday Sermon, March 26, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus, on the night before he would be crucified, gave his apostles promises and instructions that would bring them peace in this troubled world. These promises reassure us, and these instructions guide us, as we also live for God and receive peace in spite of the world's many troubles—for Jesus, in whom we trust, overcame the world. Text: Selections from John 14-16
The New Command — Sunday Sermon, March 19, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Walt Ranta — Jesus taught his followers to love one another as he loved us, and then he showed the full depth of his love by loving even Judas (who would betray him) and Peter (who would disown him). Text: John 13
The Resurrection and the Life — Sunday Sermon, March 12, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When Lazarus was sick, Jesus did not hurry to him to heal him. Lazarus died. But when Jesus arrived, he demonstrated the tenderness of God to us when we face the harsh reality of death—and then he demonstrated God's power over death. Text: John 11:1-53
Living Sacrifice — Sunday Sermon, March 5, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Johnny Gallegos — Paul calls us to, in view of God's mercy, offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices. What does this mean, and how can we do this? Text: Romans 12:1-2
Blindness and Sight — Sunday Sermon, February 26, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — What causes some people's eyes to be open to see Jesus clearly, while others' eyes are blinded to him? From the story of Jesus' healing of the man born blind, we learn three keys to seeing Jesus with open eyes, so that we may see in him the light of the world. Text: John 9
The Light of the World — Sunday Sermon, February 19, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus claimed to be the light of the world. What did that mean? And as Jesus shines his light on our hearts and lives, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Is he, as the light of the world, a friend or a threat? Text: John 8:12-59
Who Is This Man? — Sunday Sermon, February 12, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Great confusion surrounded Jesus as he taught in the temple courts one festival week. Some thought he was a good man, others saw him as a deceiver. Some thought he was demon-possessed, some wanted him dead, others believed in him. Who was this man Jesus, really? Those who took the time to listen to him—to truly listen, in spite of their own expectations, disappointment, or confusion—found that he brought them a message of hope from God. Text: John 7
Behold My Servant — Sunday Sermon, February 5, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — The great servant of God prophesied in Isaiah 42 was Jesus our Lord. In this lesson, Jim shares thoughts on the character of, and evidences for, Jesus who did just what God had foretold through the prophet. Text: Isaiah 42:1-9
A Christian's Job Description — Sunday Sermon, January 29, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jack Campbell — Just as Jesus taught us that all who work in his vineyard receive an excellent reward, Peter teaches us how to do that work: escaping the corruption of the world, growing in traits of godliness, and making our calling certain as we look forward to Christ's eternal kingdom. Text: 2 Peter 1:1-11, Matthew 20:1-16
Here Is Your God — Sunday Sermon, January 22, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — The ancient prophet Isaiah reminds us that our God is greater than any idols people past or present might construct, and we can depend on him. Text: Isaiah 40:9-31
Thoughts on 2 Peter 1 (Jack Campbell) — Sunday Sermon, January 15, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jack Campbell — With the preacher and the preacher's backup both sick and the church needing a speaker at the last minute, Jack Campbell steps up to share a message crafted by Jim Mendenhall. Text: 2 Peter 1:1-10
A Secret Worth Learning — Sunday Sermon, January 1, 2023
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Paul, speaking to the Philippian church, thanked them for the help they sent, but also expressed the he had learned to be content in every situation. The secret of contentment is a secret we, too, need to learn as we find our hope in God. Text: Philippians 4:10-13
Come and Worship Him — Sunday Sermon, December 25, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In honor of the birth of Jesus, which we traditionally celebrate this time of year, we share the story of Jesus' birth and consider the humility and glory of that great day, calling one another to praise God and to worship Jesus, who was born to be our Savior. Text: Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-12
Bread of Life — Sunday Sermon, December 18, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus multiplied bread for a massive crowd, and the people came to him again wanting more. The bread Jesus wanted to give them, though was the true bread from heaven, the bread of life—himself, the source of life sent from God. But did the people, and do we, want this bread? Text: John 6
A Sabbath-Day Healing — Sunday Sermon, December 11, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus healed an invalid who had been disabled for 38 years—but he performed that great miracle on a Sabbath, and that sparked a controversy over whether Jesus had done evil by breaking the Sabbath and, in defending his action, claiming to be the Son of God. His miracle and his defense prompt us to respond to the question, "Do you want life?" And if so, are you willing to accept that Jesus has full authority from God? Text: John 5
Living Water — Sunday Sermon, December 4, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus met someone at a well one afternoon—someone whom others might've thought of as being of the wrong gender, the wrong ethnicity, the wrong religious background, and the wrong personal history. To her, Jesus offered living water. In fact, Jesus offers living water to us all, even if we don't expect to be found worthy—and he invites us to drink deeply of it, then to share it with others. Text: John 4:1-42
Born Again — Sunday Sermon, November 27, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, and Jesus told him that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born again—not even Nicodemus, a prominent religious leader. Everyone needs a new start in life. Why? Because without Jesus, the light of God and the Son of God sent to save the world, we live in darkness, apart from God. Everyone needs Jesus. Text: John 3:1-21
The First Signs — Sunday Sermon, November 20, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — With wine and confrontation, Jesus began to reveal his glory and his purpose. Some believed and others challenged his authority. When God shows you signs of his goodness through Jesus, what will you do? Will you believe? Text: John 2
Come and See — Sunday Sermon, November 13, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When John the Baptist pointed his followers toward Jesus, they went after Jesus and got to know him. Like John, we point people not to ourselves, but to Jesus, whom we follow. And to those who want to know Jesus better or who are simply curious about him, we give this invitation: Come and see. Text: John 1:19-51
He Came — Sunday Sermon, November 6, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When we were caught in the darkness of this world, Jesus came as our light of life—the best God could offer, his own Son. Though many did not receive him, to those who do receive him he offers to make us children of God. This lesson begins a study of the Gospel of John in the series, "That You May Have Life: John's Story of Jesus". Text: John 1:1-18
The Blame Game — Sunday Sermon, October 30, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Walt Ranta — Everyone wants to blame someone else for the wrongs they themselves have committed. Eve blamed the serpent for her sin; Adam blamed God himself! But God calls us to take responsibility for our own actions, to beware of anger and related sins, and to forgive one another. Text: Genesis 3:11-13
An End to the Evil Plan — Sunday Sermon, October 23, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Haman was gone, but his evil plan to destroy the Jewish people remained. Esther bravely went before the king again for help, and he authorized a plan for the Jews to defend themselves. They did, their enemies were defeated, and the Jews celebrated the first festival of Purim. Their story reminds us that God always delivers his people in due time, and at the end he will give his people ultimate victory. Text: Esther 8-10
That Night the King Could Not Sleep — Sunday Sermon, October 16, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Esther was courageous and wise, but what saved her and her people from Haman was more than just her brave action. Events stacked up in favor of the Jews: the king couldn't sleep, just the right chronicles of his reign were read to him, Haman prepared to kill Mordecai but with terrible timing. Coincidences? Or could it have been that God was behind all this? Text: Esther 5-7
For Such a Time as This — Sunday Sermon, October 9, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Haman hates the Jews and wants to wipe them all out. Esther faces a decision: whether to risk her life to save her people. Why do she and Haman see the Jews so differently? Because of God and how Esther sees him at work in her life. Text: Esther 3-4
God Behind the Scenes — Sunday Sermon, October 2, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Esther's story begins with trouble both personal and societal. God is not mentioned in the entire book of Esther, and he seems unlikely to appear in Esther's difficult situation. Yet, just as Romans 8:28 reminds us that God works in every situation for the good of those who love him, God is at work in Esther's life—in the background, just behind the scenes, preparing her for the work he has in store for her. Texts: Esther 1-2, Romans 8:28
One Man's Struggle with Belief — Sunday Sermon, September 25, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — One man, Nicodemus, believed in Jesus, but struggled to fully understand his teaching, then to confess his belief openly. This lesson looks at three episodes in the development of Nicodemus's belief in Jesus. Text: selections from John
And They Will Reign Forever — Sunday Sermon, September 18, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Revelation's glimpse of eternal life, right near the end of Scripture, offers this strange and wonderful promise: God's faithful people will reign forever! What does this mean? We look at this promise as it occurs four times in Revelation and links to the creation story at the beginning of Scripture, giving us great hope in what God has prepared for us in eternal life. Text: Revelation 22:1-5
Jesus Is Lord — Sunday Sermon, September 11, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In Revelation 19, Jesus appears not as the suffering servant or our great sacrificial lamb, but as the mighty warrior who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To say that Jesus is King and Lord was dangerous in the cultural context of the churches to which Revelation was written, for only the Roman emperor could be called Lord of all. For Christians, though, Jesus is Lord and King above all others, and so we give him our highest loyalty and obey him above all others. Text: Revelation 19:11-16
Honoring the King, Part 3: In the Home — Sunday Sermon, September 4, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — From the letter of Paul to the Ephesians, we look at how living out God's call to mutual submission redefines what it means to hold authority and honors Jesus our King in our homes. Text: Ephesians 1:15-23, 5:21 to 6:9
Honoring the King, Part 2: In the Church — Sunday Sermon, August 28, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The way we should relate to one another in the church is modeled after the way Jesus conducted himself in obedience to God and for our sake: with humility, pursuing the interests of others even over his own. Because he humbled himself and obeyed God even to death on a cross, God exalted him as king over all forever. Text: Philippians 2:1-16
Honoring the King, Part 1: In Your Heart and Mind — Sunday Sermon, August 21, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Just as a person must conduct themselves properly and dress appropriately in the presence of the president or the king, so we also must conduct ourselves in a way that honors Jesus our King. We must dress in a manner appropriate for those in his service, taking off old, sinful behaviors and putting on traits of godliness. Text: Colossians 1:13-14, 2:12, 3:1-17
The Death of the King — Sunday Sermon, August 14, 2022
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Even as he was dying on the cross, Jesus was still king. But what kind of king was he? We look at four leadership qualities modeled by Jesus in his trial before Pilate and in his death. Text: John 18:33 to 19:30
Sunday Sermon — August 7, 2022: Lord and Messiah
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When God poured out his Holy Spirit in a new way on the day of Pentecost almost 2,000 years ago, the Spirit's activity caught the attention of thousands of people in Jerusalem. What was going on? God was pointing the people to Jesus. Why? God had raised Jesus, who had just recently been killed on a cross, from the dead and exalted him as Lord and Messiah over his people. Texts: Acts 2
Sunday Sermon — July 31, 2022: New Heavens and New Earth
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Isaiah foretold that God would create new heavens and a new earth—but that promise sounded too big to be true. Surely God was using hyperbole to describe the glorious life that awaited Jerusalem when God renewed his people. But Peter and the book of Revelation both speak of this new creation as something real that God has promised for his people when Jesus comes again: life renewed in God's presence forever! Texts: Isaiah 65:17-25 and selected texts
Sunday Sermon — July 24, 2022: The Suffering Servant
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Isaiah's prophetic poem about the suffering servant of God is the center of his Book of Consolation (Isaiah 40-66). But who is this servant: Isaiah? Israel? Someone else? This servant, when he fulfilled this prophecy, gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins to bring us healing and peace with God. Text: Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12
Sunday Sermon — July 17, 2022: God Versus the Idols
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In Isaiah 40-46, God confronts the idols that people—even Israel!—worship, noting their inability to do anything. But our God is not like them: he strengthens and carries his people, he foretells the future, he gives us hope. Text: selections from Isaiah 40-46
Sunday Sermon — July 10, 2022: Sennacherib Versus God
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Great Assyrian king Sennacherib boasted and ridiculed the living God. Weak, threatened, and scared King Hezekiah of Judah turned to God in prayer, calling on God to rise up and defend his honor by saving his people. And God did. This is a lesson on why we should pray. Text: Isaiah 36-37
Sunday Sermon — July 3, 2022: The Vineyard Song
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — A love song written by the prophet Isaiah turns out to be a song not of joyful love, but of tough love as God rebukes his people for bearing bad fruit in their lives. What does God do when his people continually bear bad fruit? More hopefully, what can we learn from this prophecy of Isaiah to help us bear good fruit for God in appreciation for all his love for us? Text: Isaiah 5
Sunday Sermon — June 26, 2022: Surely This Is Our God
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — A strange bit of an otherwise standard prophetic poem of praise to God draws our eyes to the great promises of God in which we put our hope: that God will swallow up death forever, wipe away all tears, take away his people's disgrace, and celebrate his ultimate victory with his people. Text: Isaiah 25:1-9
Sunday Sermon — June 19, 2022: Saved and Sent
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Isaiah saw a vision of the holy God and was overwhelmed with a sense of his own sinfulness and knew he, a sinful man who had seen the Lord, was doomed! But God forgave him and sent him to join in God's work in Judah. For us also, God saves us not just so we can rest in our salvation, but also so that he can send us to join him in the work of his kingdom. Texts: Isaiah 6, Ephesians 2:1-10
Sunday Sermon — June 12, 2022: David's True Devotion
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In his final days, David showed his true devotion to God by giving his resources in support of the construction of God's temple, by praising and worshiping God, by praying for those who would continue after him, and by handing off the baton of life and leadership to his son, Solomon. David finished his life well and set us an example of how to finish well. Text: 1 Chronicles 29
Sunday Sermon — June 5, 2022: The House
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — David wanted to build a house, a temple, for God. It was a great dream, a way to honor God—but God told David, "No." Instead, God would have David's son build that "house". In David's response, and in his preparations for the temple that his son would build, we learn how to manage our disappointment and how to avoid the distraction of sin as we serve God, whether he says "Yes" or "No" to our dreams for how we want to serve him. Texts: selections from 1 Chronicles 17, 22, 28 -- www.summitviewchurch.net
Sunday Sermon — May 29, 2022: David and the Art of Prayer
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — David was a master of the art of speaking to God in prayer, and from his psalms we learn words to bring to God when we're not sure how to express ourselves in prayer: in times of deep distress, tremendous joy, daily stress, and so on. David's psalms help us learn how to pray continually, in every kind of situation. Texts: Psalms 63, 13, 131, 65
Sunday Sermon — May 22, 2022: He Will Bring Me Back
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The consequences of our past sin—guilt, shame, broken relationships, and so on—can weigh heavily on us for a long time. David's sin produced tragic consequences that became very difficult for him to bear. Yet God walked with David through those consequences, and he does the same for us, bringing us back into a full relationship with him and into true hope. Texts: selections from 2 Samuel 13-19, Psalm 3
Sunday Sermon — May 15, 2022: David's Broken Spirit
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — David, who never seemed to do anything small, sinned big. He took another man's wife, then killed that man so he could marry her. He tried to hide his sin, but God knew what he had done and sent Nathan the prophet to confront David. David was immediately broken by his sin, and he repented wholeheartedly. He still had to face the consequences of his sin, but God did not leave him; God forgave him, just as God also forgives us when we turn from our sin and seek him. Texts: 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51
Sunday Sermon — May 8, 2022: The Woman Who Rescued David
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — David, furious, his honor offended, pursued bloody revenge—until Abigail stepped in to assuage his wrath, undo the offense, and keep him from sinning. Each of us needs an Abigail in our lives—someone who is both a wall to keep us from proceeding into sin and a peacemaker to help repair our broken relationships; and most of all, to help us do what is right in the sight of God. Text: 1 Samuel 25
Sunday Sermon — May 1, 2022: The King's Clothes and Undeserved Honor
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — David, pursued by King Saul, had a chance to kill the king, free himself from the threat of death, and take the throne God had promised him. But he didn't; he merely cut off a piece of the king's robe, and then felt guilty for that act. David provides us with a lesson about trusting in God when we're angry or afraid, waiting for God to do what we need at the right time and in the right way. Texts: Psalm 57, 1 Samuel 24
Sunday Sermon — April 24, 2022: David and Goliath
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — There were surely many Israelite warriors mightier and better-trained than David when Goliath appeared and threatened Israel—but none had more faith! The story of David and Goliath calls us to ask ourselves, "Will I, like David, put my faith in God today?" Text: 1 Samuel 17
Sunday Sermon — April 17, 2022: The Other Exodus
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Like ancient Israel, Jesus experienced an "exodus": God gave him escape from the power of sin and death. By his death and resurrection, Jesus offers us an "exodus" too, setting us free from sin and the fear of God's judgment and leading us to the promised land of life in God's kingdom. Texts: Luke 9:28-36 and selections from Luke 23-24
Sunday Sermon — April 10, 2022: Seek Ye First
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall, Summit View Church of Christ — Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus, so he climbed up a sycamore tree to spot him over the crowd. Like Zacchaeus, if we will seek the Lord, God will let us find him. Texts: Matthew 7:7, Luke 19:1-10
Sunday Sermon — April 3, 2022: The Importance of a Spiritual Mindset
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall, Summit View Church of Christ — Guest lesson on the importance of keeping a spiritual focus as we follow Jesus. Text: Matthew 16:1-12
Sunday Sermon — March 27, 2022: Choose for Yourselves Whom You Will Serve
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In his final address to Israel, Joshua challenged Israel to choose whom they would serve: the Lord or some other gods. But then he warned them not to serve the Lord! Why? Because the commitment to serve God is a demanding commitment. The apostle Paul similarly calls Christians to a high level of commitment to God, giving up whatever sins we must put to death in order to follow Jesus. Texts: selections from Joshua 24:1-28, Colossians 3:1-17
Sunday Sermon — March 20, 2022: They Were on the Lord's Side
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When Joshua asked the strange man with his sword drawn, "Are you for us or for our enemies?" the answer was, "No." Is God on our side or our enemies' side? That's the wrong question. The better question is, Are we on God's side? Text: selections from Joshua 2 & 5-6
Sunday Sermon — March 13, 2022: Hear, O Israel
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In Deuteronomy, Moses' final addresses to Israel, he calls Israel to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength, and to obey God's commands because they love him. We love God, too, and out of love for him who has been so generous to us we obey him, remember him, and tell the story of all he has done for us. Text: Deuteronomy 6
Sunday Sermon — March 6, 2022: Everyone Needs a Talking Donkey
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Through a talking donkey, God confronted the hidden motives of Balaam's heart, changing his life that day. To help us keep our motives pure, we all need a talking donkey. Text: Numbers 22
Sunday Sermon — February 27, 2022: Joshua, Caleb, and the Art of Trusting God
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Of all the twelve spies sent to explore the promised land, only Joshua and Caleb trusted God to lead them into that wonderful but dangerous place successfully. What made them different from the other ten spies? They kept their focus on God, remembering all he had done for Israel. Text: Numbers 13-14
Sunday Sermon — February 20, 2022: How to Be a Priest
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The apostle Peter writes that we who follow Jesus are a holy priesthood in service to God. What does it mean to be a priest in God's kingdom? Instructions for Israel's priests in the book of Leviticus give us insight into our holy, priestly calling. Texts: 1 Peter 2:4-12, selections from Leviticus
Sunday Sermon — February 13, 2022: The Water and the Mountain
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The two most profound, defining moments of Israel's early history—at the water and the mountain—point us to our two most profound, defining moments as followers of Jesus...for we, too, share in the water and the mountain. Text: Exodus 14:5-31 & 20:1-21, Hebrews 12:18-25
Sunday Sermon — February 6, 2022: Here Is Your God
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — In this time of difficulty, we need to know God: the God who forgave Israel, the God who is far greater than all idols, the God who comforts us, the God who gives us strength. Text: Isaiah 40
Sunday Sermon — January 30, 2022: But Why Send Me?
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — God spoke to Moses at the burning bush and sent him to lead Israel out of slavery in Egypt. But Moses didn't want to go! God sent him anyway, and gave him a promise that encourages us, too, when God sends us to do his work: God would be with him. Text: Exodus 3:1 to 4:17
Sunday Sermon — January 23, 2022: Awkward Reconciliation
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Joseph's reconciliation with his brothers was not easy. But God always works to bring people back together, and his people do the same. So Joseph forgave his brothers and worked out a clever plan to find out if their hearts had changed so that he could indeed be reconciled to them. Text: selections from Genesis 42-45
Sunday Sermon — January 16, 2022: No Good Deed...
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Whatever Joseph did, it seemed to be answered with unjust suffering. He obeyed his father and was betrayed by his family. He served and honored his master well and resisted temptation, and was thrown into prison for it. Sometimes it seems like "no good deed goes unpunished." But God was with Joseph, and he is with us—and will lift us up in due time—when we suffer for doing good. Text: selections from Genesis 37-41 and 1 Peter
Sunday Sermon — January 9, 2022: Abram Believed the Lord
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Abraham (Abram) and Sarah (Sarai) were people of great faith—eventually. Like us, they had to grow in faith. Sometimes, at first, their faith was wobbly. Yet in time they came to trust God completely. We do well to grow in faith as they did. Text: selections from Genesis 12-22
Sunday Sermon — January 2, 2022: The Mystery in Prayer
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — There is a great mystery in prayer. As we ask, God gives us wisdom. He helps us understand his ways. And he sometimes says "No" to our requests. But in every situation, as we pray, God gives us his peace and helps us. Texts: Proverbs 2:1-8, Habakkuk 1-2, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Sunday Sermon — December 26, 2021: Do Not Be Afraid
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Sometimes it's scary when God calls us to join him in his glorious and meaningful work in the world. It was certainly scary for an older man, a young woman, and a group of guys at work when God called them to share in his work and joy of bringing Jesus into the world. But angels told them, "Do not be afraid"—and they worked through their fear and shared in one of God's most glorious accomplishments. Text: selections from Luke 1-2
Sunday Sermon — December 19, 2021: How We Should Think about Death
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — It's difficult to think about our mortality. But Jesus, who is God in human flesh, was born to die for us so that he could defeat the power of death by his resurrection. And God promises to also raise those who follow Jesus. This gives us perspective and hope in the face of death. Texts: 1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Hebrews 2:14-15
Sunday Sermon — December 12, 2021: The End of the World
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — How should we think about one of the scariest things in human existence: the end of the world? Jesus foretold that heaven and earth will indeed pass away, and Peter prophesied that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed by fire on the day of the Lord, when Jesus comes again. But we actually look forward to that otherwise terrifying day, because we know what comes next. And so we live for God as we await that great day. Texts: Luke 21:25-36, 2 Peter 3:3-14
Sunday Sermon — December 5, 2021: How We Should Think about the Judgment
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — People who believe in our God often fear the Judgment Day, and rightly so. How does God want us to think about the final judgment? First, he calls us to accept its reality and take warning that it is coming. Then he urges us to turn away from our sin, so that we will be ready when the judgment comes. Finally, he reminds us that if his love is perfected in us, we do not need to fear the judgment, because we are living like Jesus. Texts: Hebrews 10:26-31, 1 John 4:16b-18
Sunday Sermon — November 28, 2021: Run After His Kingdom
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When we're afraid that we might not get the things we need in life, we tend to either become greedy and grab more than we need or worry about whether we'll have what we need tomorrow. Jesus warned us against both of these responses and called us to fix our eyes on God, so that we don't run after the things of this world—which God will provide as we look to him—but after his kingdom. Text: Luke 12:13-34
Sunday Sermon — November 21, 2021: As Far as the East Is from the West
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — We tend to fear our sin—what it says about us, and how God might condemn us because of it. How should we deal with our fear of sin? Psalm 103 models how we should think about our sin: by remembering God's vast love and how he forgives us if we reverently fear him and obey his commands. Text: Psalm 103
Sunday Sermon — November 14, 2021: I Am With You
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — What do you do when you are afraid? In a moment of national crisis, King Jehoshaphat turned to God, leading his nation in fasting and prayer. God responded with a promise that he would be with his people—and his presence made all the difference. Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
The In-Between — Section 8-O: The In-Between Around Jesus' Crucifixion
This episode covers the fourteenth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). Glimpses of that in-between realm between human beings and God appeared shortly before and after Jesus' crucifixion: angels, holy people who had died but now returned to life, and the question of what Jesus himself experienced after he died and before his resurrection. Recording date: October 27, 2021
Sunday Sermon — November 7, 2021: What It Means to Fear the Lord
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — What does it mean to fear the Lord? In Scripture it is clearly more than merely trembling at God's wrath. It also means obeying God, honoring him, and even loving him. Text: Deuteronomy 6
The In-Between — Section 8N: Jesus on the Prince of This World
This episode covers the thirteenth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). Jesus, speaking to his disciples, calls Satan "the prince of this world." Why? And what does it mean that Satan entered into Judas Iscariot before Judas betrayed Jesus? Recording date: October 20, 2021
The In-Between — Section 8M: Jesus on Angels and the Spirits of the Dead
This episode covers the twelfth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). Jesus, in teachings about the end times, speaks about angels, especially the role they will play when he comes again. He also speaks about the spirits of the dead, particularly in regard to a question about the role of marriage in the life to come. Recording date: October 13, 2021
Sunday Sermon — October 31, 2021: Bad Fear, Good Fear
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Some fears are healthy, others are unhealthy. And to have no fear at all can be dangerous! Jesus taught us not to fear human beings and what they might do to us, but to fear God—and he also assuaged our fears by teaching us to have confidence in God's love. Texts: Luke 12:1-12 & Philippians 4:4-7
Sunday Sermon — October 24, 2021: With All Boldness
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — At the close of the book of Acts, Paul suffers a shipwreck, a snakebite, rejection by many of the Jews in Rome, and continuing limitation of his freedom as a Roman prisoner. Yet, as throughout the book of Acts, every time time (and the church overall) is beaten down by Satan, God lifts him (and them) up! This God is also our God, who demonstrates his power by continuing to work through us and lift us up in spite of all the devil's attacks. Text: Acts 28
Sunday Sermon — October 17, 2021: From the Power of Satan to God
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — God transforms our lives. Phil Robertson (of "Duck Dynasty" fame) lives as an example of God's transforming power. The apostle Paul's life is an even greater testimony to the power of God, by which he brings us out of darkness and into his light, turns us from the power of Satan to God, and gives us forgiveness, hope, and direction. Text: Acts 26
Sunday Sermon — October 10, 2021: Resurrection, Judgment, and the Good News of Jesus
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Paul, on trial, presented his defense speech to Governor Felix, mixing into it a brief introduction to the good news of Jesus. Felix, intrigued, met with Paul again, but was afraid and cut off the conversation when Paul spoke of the proper response to the gospel, and of the coming judgment. Many today are like Felix—interested in Jesus, but afraid. And sometimes we are like Paul—longing to share the message of Jesus. How can we best minister to those who might follow Jesus, but are hesitant or afraid? Text: Acts 24
The In-Between — Section 8L: Power Struggle: Satan vs. Jesus, Part 3
This episode covers the eleventh segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). Once again, Jesus and his disciples drive out demons, dealing a blow to Satan. In this lesson, we cover four texts from the gospel of Luke, including two stories of Jesus' power over demons and Satan, Jesus' teaching on why angels in heaven rejoice, and the parable of the rich man and Lazaurs, which hints—maybe—at what happens to our spirits when we die. Recording date: October 6, 2021
The In-Between — Section 8K: Power Struggle: Satan vs. Jesus, Part 2
This episode covers the tenth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). As Jesus' ministry continues, the Jews are confused about who he is. Is he really from God? Or is he actually possessed by a demon? As he responds, Jesus gives us some of our most insightful teaching about the character of the devil. Recording date: September 29, 2021
Sunday Sermon — October 3, 2021: The Power of the Name of Jesus
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The name of Jesus is powerful. It changed the city of Ephesus when Paul proclaimed the good news of Jesus there. It changes our lives. It changes our communities. It changes our world. Text: Acts 19:1-41
The In-Between — Section 8J: Demons, Guardian Angels, and Children
This episode covers the tenth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). What does the Bible say about guardian angels? Do children—or any other people—have guardian angels? Do demons still possess people today? We cover these questions and more in this study of a few more miracles and teachings of Jesus that impact our study of the in-between realm. Recording date: September 22, 2021
Sunday Sermon — September 26, 2021: Revealing the Unknown God
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — How do you begin to share the good news of Jesus with someone who does not yet know our God? The apostle Paul did just that while he was in Athens: he introduced the Athenians to a deity they knew only as "The Unknown God". From his example we learn five techniques for sharing the gospel with a friend who needs to know our God. Text: Acts 17:10-34
Sunday Sermon — September 19, 2021: Filled with Joy: The Jailer
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When the jailer saw the power of God, the mercy of God, and the exceptional character of the people of God, he believed in God and was filled with joy! What is it about God that fills us with such joy as we come to know him? Even in our most difficult times, his power and mercy and the transformation he works in us amaze us, help us, and give us hope. Text: Acts 16:1-40
The In-Between — Section 8I: Power Struggle: Satan vs. Jesus, Part 1
This episode covers the ninth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). In this lesson's texts, Jesus drives out more demons and actually calls two of his disciples "devil" and "Satan". Why would he do that? What can we learn from these stories about Jesus and Satan? In these texts we also get two hints about the situation of the spirits of the dead as they await the great resurrection.
The In-Between — Section 8H: Demons, Pigs, and Jesus
This episode covers the eighth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). This week we dive deeply into the story of the demons who called themselves "Legion," who controlled a man until they encountered Jesus and then fled, with Jesus' permission, into a herd of pigs. Recording date: September 8, 2021
Sunday Sermon — September 12, 2021: When the Church Argues
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — A dispute in the church led Paul and Barnabas to travel to Jerusalem, where they met with the apostles and elders there about the issue. The way the church handled this argument models how we, too, should deal with disagreements and arguments in the church: first by always seeking the will of God, then by working to guard and affirm our relationships with one another. Text: Acts 15:1-35
The In-Between — Section 8G: Three Parables Involving the Devil and Angels
This episode covers the seventh segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). In this lesson we examine what Jesus tells us about the devil and angels in three of his parables. Recording date: September 1, 2021
The In-Between — Section 8F: More on the Devil and Demons
This episode covers the sixth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). We look at more that Jesus says about the devil and demons, what demons are, and a little bonus material about angels on the day of judgment. Recording date: August 25, 2021
Sunday Sermon — September 5, 2021: Full of Joy: A New Church
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The apostle Paul helped to launch a new church in the city of Pisidian Antioch. When persecution came, it could have crushed the new disciples of Jesus—but it didn't. Instead, they were filled with joy! Why? Because of God and all he had done—as Paul explains in his first recorded gospel sermon. Text: Acts 13:13-52
The In-Between — Section 8E: Jesus' Disciples in Relation to Demons
This episode covers the fifth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). It examines connections between Jesus' disciples and demons: some had been possessed by Jesus, then healed; others were given power to drive out demons. This lesson was recorded August 11, 2021.
The In-Between — Section 8D: The Effects of Demon-Possession
This episode covers the fourth segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). What does demon-possession look like? What can demons do to the people they possess? Is demon-possession actually merely an old name for mental disorders? We discuss these questions in light of Jesus' encounters with demon-possessed people.
Sunday Sermon — August 29, 2021: Peter at the Door
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The church prayed diligently for Peter, and God saved Peter from prison. Even so, as this story reminds us, prayer is difficult: even when we pray, we don't know exactly what God will do. Yet we pray, trusting that God will do what is best, and confident in his power. Then, having prayed, we wait expectantly, ready to receive God's blessings when he sends them. Text: Acts 12:1-24
Sunday Sermon — August 22, 2021: God Does Not Show Favoritism
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Through an angelic message to a Gentile, a mysterious vision, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter learned that God does not show favoritism to Jews or to any other people, but accepts—and cleanses—all those who fear him and do what is right. Text: Acts 10
Sunday Sermon — August 15, 2021: The Soils of the Human Heart
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Jesus described the human heart in terms of soils of varying quality. The kingdom of heaven is in your heart—but is the soil of your heart well-prepared to receive the seed of God's kingdom? Text: Matthew 13:1-23
Sunday Sermon — August 1, 2021: The Key to Spiritual Health
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Thoughts on the theme of thanksgiving in Paul's letter to the church in Colossae. Text: Colossians
Sunday Sermon — July 25, 2021: Lessons from a Prophet, Part 2
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Another lesson from the life of the great prophet Elijah.
Sunday Sermon — July 18, 2021: Lessons from a Prophet, Part 1
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — A lesson from the life of the great prophet Elijah.
The In-Between — Section 8C: Demons Encounter Jesus
This episode covers the third segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). In this lesson, we consider the first recorded encounters of demons with Jesus as he began his ministry, including discussion of what demons are and do. Lesson date: July 7, 2021
The In-Between — Section 8B: The Devil Tempts Jesus
This episode covers the second segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). We examine the story of the devil tempting Jesus, with its implications for our understanding of the devil himself, how he works, and how we should respond to his temptations. Lesson date: June 30, 2021
The In-Between — Section 8A: Angels at the Birth of Jesus
This episode covers the first segment of Section 8 (The Spiritual Realm in the Time of Jesus). In it, our Senior Adults and Friends Bible Study considers the appearances of angels surrounding the birth of Jesus.
Sunday Sermon — August 8, 2021: And They Praised God Because of Me
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Our God is able to do more than we can ask or even imagine, and he did the unimaginable when he transformed Saul from persecutor of the church to proclaimer of the Christian faith, and when he called Ananias to courageously go to Saul to assist with his transformation. Like Saul and Ananias, we who follow Jesus must also believe God can do the unexpected and more, put our faith in him, and respond in obedience when he calls us to join him in his amazing work. Texts: Acts 9:1-31, Galatians 1:21-24
Sunday Sermon — July 11, 2021: The Ethiopian's Joy
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — We don't know his name, but God did, this man to whom God sent Philip the Evangelist. Though the man was a foreigner and to some degree an outcast, God loved him and wanted him in his family and kingdom. God knows our names, too, and wants us in his family and kingdom whether we are foreigners or natives, insiders or outsiders, near to God or coming from a place far from him. Text: Acts 8:26-40
Sunday Sermon — July 4, 2021: Joy in Samaria
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When Philip proclaimed Jesus in a certain Samaritan city, that city was full of joy! The message of Jesus fills us with joy as it connects us to God. But to keep that joy, we must keep our faith sincere, focused on pleasing God rather than ourselves. Text: Acts 8:4-25
Sunday Sermon — June 27, 2021: Jesus Was There
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — The first movement of the story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is all about the terrible evil in this world, the evil that brought about Stephen's death. But in the second movement, Jesus was there! And Jesus' presence when Stephen was killed made all the difference. Text: Acts 6:8 to 8:4
Sunday Sermon — June 20, 2021: The Seven
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When the first ethnic division arose in the early church, the apostles appointed seven men to address it—men who were prototypes of deacons, who in turn help the church and its elders carry the glorious, heavy burden of church leadership and ministry. Texts: Acts 6:1-8, 1 Timothy 3:8-13
The In-Between — Section 7F: More Angels in Zechariah and Psalms
This episode covers the sixth and final segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), exploring a few final references to angels as we wrap up the Old Testament portion of our study of The In-Between.
Sunday Sermon — June 13, 2021: Gamaliel and the Art of Making Peace
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus said peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called children of God. In a tense moment, the great Jewish teacher Gamaliel was a peacemaker, speaking up to warn the Sanhedrin against executing the apostles. God calls us to be, like Gamaliel, people who act out of wise humility to bring peace. Texts: Acts 5:27-42, Matthew 5:9, James 3:13-18
The In-Between — Section 7E: Angels and Satan in Zechariah 1-6
This episode covers the fifth segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile). We examine appearances of heavenly beings, sometimes in surprising forms, in the prophetic visions of Zechariah 1-6, including an appearance of Satan in Zechariah 3.
The In-Between — Section 7D: Angels in the Book of Daniel, Part 3
This episode covers the fourth segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), studying appearances of angels in Daniel 6, 10, and 12. Of special interest in this lesson are an angel's involvement in the story of Daniel and the Lions' Den, glimpses of spiritual warfare at the national and international level, and the Bible's first clear prophecy of the resurrection of the dead.
Sunday Sermon — June 6, 2021: On Obeying God and Government
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When should Christians refuse to obey the government? When should they submit and obey? This study explores the New Testament's basic teachings and principles that help us determine how best to respond to government authorities in a way that brings honor to God. Texts: Acts 5:12-42, Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:11-17, Mark 12:28-31
The In-Between — Section 7C: Angels in the Book of Daniel, Part 2
This episode of "The In-Between" covers the third segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), studying mysterious angelic beings—and a bizarre appearance of a human hand—in Daniel 5 and 8-9.
The In-Between — Section 7B: Angels in the Book of Daniel, Part 1
This episode of "The In-Between" covers the second segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), studying angelic appearances and involvement in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 4 and in Daniel's 7 in Daniel 7.
Sunday Sermon, May 30, 2021 — The Acts of the Apostles
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The Bible's book of Acts is often called "The Acts of the Apostles," but perhaps it would be better titled "The Acts of the Holy Spirit." The Spirit drives the action in Acts, building God's church, guiding it, spreading the good news of Jesus, convicting people's hearts, and growing God's kingdom. This same Holy Spirit who worked so powerfully in the time of Acts still works powerfully in God's church today. Text: Acts 2:1-21 and selections from Acts
The In-Between — Section 7A: A Guardian Cherub and an Angelic Guide
This episode covers the first segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile). It focuses on two sections of Ezekiel: one (from chapter 28) that describes a "guardian cherub" sometimes thought to be Satan, and another (from chapters 40-47) in which an angel serves as a sort of tour guide for Ezekiel through a vision.
Sunday Sermon — May 23, 2021: Our Actions Today Are in Recognition of God's Eternal Purpose (Guest Speaker: Jim Mendenhall)
Guest lesson by Jim Mendenhall — A lesson on how the congregation's appointment of a new elder on this day fits in with God's overarching plan of salvation. Text: selections from Ephesians 3-4
The In-Between — Section 6D: Angelic "Men" in Ezekiel and Daniel
This episode covers the fourth segment of Section 6 (The Spiritual Realm in Judah after the Fall of Israel). We examine the "men," especially the "man clothed in linen," in Ezekiel 8-10, and also the mysterious "man" who appeared in the blazing furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3.
The In-Between — Section 6C: Ezekiel's Four Living Creatures
This episode covers the third segment of Section 6 (The Spiritual Realm in Judah after the Fall of Israel), focusing on Ezekiel's vision of four bizarre "living creatures" in Ezekiel 1-11.
Sunday Sermon — May 16, 2021: Be Shepherds of the Church of God
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — As we consider appointing a new elder for our church, we look at what the apostles Paul and Peter taught about what it means for elders to serve as shepherds over God's flock. Texts: Acts 20:17-38, 1 Peter 5:1-5
Sunday Sermon — May 9, 2021: The Tragedy of Ananias and Sapphira
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — A tragedy in the young church became the best bad news it could have heard and a source of strange hope: God loves his church enough to discipline us so that we may receive eternal life. Text: Acts 4:32 to 5:16.
Sunday Sermon, May 2, 2021 — The Believers' Prayer
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When the first great persecution hit the young church, it must have discouraged the believers. But they responded in the best possible way: they prayed. And so they became a model for us whenever we face discouragement in our faith. Text: Acts 4:23-37.
The In-Between — Section 6B: On Consulting the Spirits of the Dead
This episode covers the second segment of Section 6 (The Spiritual Realm in Judah after the Fall of Israel). This class looks especially at occurrences of, and warnings against, attempts to communicate with the dead. We delve deeply into why people might seek to speak with spirits of the departed and how we might minister to them. We also examine the story of an angel saving Judah from an enemy army and a prophecy foretelling that God will one day punish "the powers in the heavens above."
Sunday Sermon — April 25, 2021: The Good News in a Nutshell, Part 3: Fellowship
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — What is the good news (the "gospel" of Jesus? In this third of three lessons on the good news, we look at the glorious fellowship shared in the very early church. Through our rich fellowship with one another, we live out the good news of Jesus. Text: Acts 2:36-47.
The In-Between, Section 5D & 6A: Seraphim and Lucifer
This episode covers the fourth segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom) and the first segment of Section 6 (The Spiritual Realm in Judah after the Fall of Israel). In three passages from the book of the prophet Isaiah, we examine the Bible's sole text describing seraphim, another warning against consulting mediums and spiritists, and the text that spawned our culture's identification of Lucifer as Satan.
Sunday Sermon — April 18, 2021: The Good News in a Nutshell, Part 2: Forgiveness
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — What is the good news (the "gospel" of Jesus? In this second of three lessons on the good news, we focus on forgiveness—what it means, how it works, and how it blesses our relationship with God. Text: Acts 2:22-41
Sunday Sermon — April 11, 2021: The Good News in a Nutshell, Part 1: The Messiah
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — What is the good news—the gospel—of Jesus? The book of Acts describes this good news in a few ways, beginning with the good news of the Messiah, Jesus, whom God sent to address the mess that the world is in, including the messes that we ourselves have caused. Through Jesus, God brings us forgiveness and hope in this broken world, and fills us with joy. This lesson launches a new sermon series, Filled with Joy, from the book of Acts. Text: selections from Acts 1-2
Sunday Sermon — April 4, 2021: Suffering and Glory
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In this Easter Sunday sermon, we consider how Jesus' suffering and resurrection remind us of a great truth in life and, more importantly, in God's purposes in our lives: First comes suffering, then comes glory. Text: Luke 24
The In-Between — Section 5C: Chariots and Horses of Fire
This episode covers the third segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom), focusing on two stories from 2 Kings involving the appearance of chariots and horses of fire to the prophet Elisha as symbols of angelic power from God to accomplish his will in Israel.
Sunday Sermon — March 28, 2021: Into Your Hands
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Even on the cross, at the end of his life, Jesus trusted God. Because he trusted God, he forgave, he showed mercy, and he entrusted his spirit to God. In his death, Jesus showed us how we should live. Text: Luke 23:32-56
The In-Between — Section 5B: Micaiah's Vision of God's Throne Room
This episode covers the second segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom). We look at glimpses of the in-between realm in three stories from 1 & 2 Kings during the time of the prophet Elijah: an angel provides sustenance to Elijah, the prophet Micaiah recounts his vision of God's heavenly throne room and the conversation he witnessed there, and the angel of the Lord gives instructions to Elijah.
Sunday Sermon, March 21, 2021 — Body and Blood
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When he shared the sacred bread and cup at the Last Supper and linked them to his body and blood, Jesus taught and modeled three ways in which sharing in the Lord's Supper should transform our relationships with one another. Text: Luke 22:1-30
The In-Between — Section 4E-5A: A Prophet Lies about an Angel
This episode covers the final segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom) and opening segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom). From Section 4, we cover two references to angels in Psalm 78 and two brief explorations of the state of the human spirit after death in Ecclesiastes. Beginning Section 5, we consider the story of a prophet in Israel who lied about a supposed appearance of an angel.
Sunday Sermon, March 14, 2021 — The Parable of the Tenants
Jesus’ Parable of the Tenants called the ancient Jews to consider whether they were giving God what he was due as the rightful Lord of Israel. In the same way, it calls us today to consider whether we are giving God the fruit due him as Lord of our lives—and especially whether we are showing proper honor to Jesus, the Son whom God sent to reconcile us to himself. Text: Luke 19:45 to 20:19
The In-Between, Section 4D: The Angel of the Lord Appears to David
In this fourth segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), David faces the angel of the Lord, who brings punishment on Israel for David's sin. Also, we consider what some of David's psalms say about angels, including cherubim.
Sunday Sermon, March 7, 2021 — The Odd Shapes of Faith
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Faith in different people can express itself very differently: as people bringing babies to Jesus, as a rich ruler wanting to be saved, as a blind man begging for sight, as a tax collector ready to turn his life back to God. But in all its odd shapes, faith in God always involves pursuit of Jesus. Then it faces a question: When we come to Jesus, will we follow him? Text: Luke 18:15 to 19:10
The In-Between, Section 4C: More about Angels and the Realm of the Dead, from the Time of David
In this third segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), we examine three recurring themes that arise in the stories and psalms of David and continue elsewhere in Scripture: (a) similarity to angels used to describe character or power; (b) angels praise and exalt God; and (c) not much goes on in the realm of the dead (or does it?). Download worksheets for "The In-Between" at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, February 28, 2021 — The Father's Joy
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — With three parables, Jesus explained how God feels about sinners who turn to God and are saved. How does God feel about them? He is filled with joy! Jesus calls us to share in that same joy, and to come to him trusting that he will rejoice over us, too. Text: Luke 15
The In-Between, Section 4B: Saul Consults a Medium
In this second segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), Israel's King Saul does what God has forbidden: he consults a medium in order to speak to the spirit of a deceased person. And it works! Can human beings really speak to the dead? Why does God prohibit such an act? What does this tell us about the situation of people who have passed from this life? Find the Section 4 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, February 21, 2021 — Jesus on the Quest for Security
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Responding to a dispute over an inheritance, Jesus warned his listeners to be on guard against greed, and to seek what makes one rich toward God. Then we will not be selfish or scared, but—trusting in God our good Father—we will be generous to use what God gives us to bless others. Text: Luke 12:13-34
The In-Between, Section 4A: An Evil Spirit Comes upon Saul
In this first segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), an evil spirit from God comes upon King Saul. Does God have evil spirits? Does he send evil spirits upon people to punish them? What does this tell us about the spiritual realm? And what warnings and encouragement does this story offer us today? Download the Section 4 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, February 14, 2021 — The Good Samaritan
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In explaining who we should consider our neighbor, Jesus told the shocking story of the most unexpected person modeling godly behavior for us by not choosing who his neighbor should be, but by choosing to be a neighbor to a person in need. (This lesson was shared over Zoom because in-person services were closed due to weather.) Text: Luke 10:25-37
The In-Between, Section 3B: Angelic Appearances to Gideon and to Samson's Parents
The angel of the Lord appears to Gideon and then to the soon-to-be parents of Samson. In both cases, he brings prophecies of God's work to rescue Israel from its enemies. And in both cases, the recipients of the message seem not to understand at first who it is that is speaking to them. Their responses remind us to diligently and wisely seek God's will, testing the messages we receive to find what is true and what God really does desire of us. Download worksheets for The In-Between at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, February 7, 2021 — A Cross-Centered Attitude
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Following Jesus requires a cross-centered attitude, an attitude of selflessness. This attitude sets the self aside, rejects pride and practices humility, and gives full devotion to Jesus as Messiah and King. Texts: Luke 9:18-26 & 9:43-62
The In-Between, Section 3A: Angelic Appearances & References in Joshua-Judges
The commander of the army of the Lord appeared to Joshua. Who was this being—God, Jesus, or an angel? What do his words mean for us today in politics, war, and any kind of conflict? Also, the angel of the Lord speaks to Israel, and Deborah refers to the angel of the Lord in her song. Download the Section 3 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, January 31, 2021 — Obedience and the Sermon on the Level Place
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In this lesson, we examine three teachings of Jesus from his Sermon on the Level Place and consider how obedience to the teaching of Jesus builds a solid foundation for our lives, so that we can withstand every storm of life. Text: Luke 6:17-49
The In-Between, Section 2D: The Angel Who Confronted Balaam
In this week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings, our focus is the fascinating story of Balaam, the angel who confronted him, and (of course) Balaam's donkey. Can animals see angels? Do angels need swords? And why does God send angels in the first place? Download the Section 2 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, January 24, 2021 — What Is Lawful on the Sabbath?
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Three times in Luke's gospel, Jesus heals someone on the Sabbath, knowing that doing so would arouse criticism. Yet he did so intentionally, to show his love for people and to help us learn how to prioritize the commands of God. Texts: Luke 6:6-11, 13:10-17, 14:1-6
The In-Between—Section 2C: Prohibition Against Involvement with the Dead and Dark Powers
In this week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings, we study prohibitions in the Law of Moses against attempts to communicate with spirits of the dead and against involvement in sorcery and divination. Download the Section 2 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, January 17, 2021 — How Did Jesus Think about Sinners?
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In three consecutive stories in Luke's Gospel, Jesus commits an offense against the Jewish religious establishment. Who did he think he was, doing such things? He thought he was a doctor sent to heal the spiritually sick—and he thought of them as people God loves and wants to help. Text: Luke 5:12-32
The In-Between, Section 2B: Angels in Israel's Exodus, Part 2: Cherubim at the Throne of God
In this week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings, we consider the representation and significance of cherubim in Israel's decoration of the ark of the covenant, the tabernacle, and the temple. Download the worksheet for Section 2 at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html. Images used in this lesson are found at https://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/bs-ark-covenant/ (images 3 & 12) and https://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/solomon-temple/ (images 8 & 11).
Sunday Sermon, January 10, 2021 — Why They Tried to Throw Jesus Off a Cliff
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Why would the people of Jesus’ own hometown try to throw him off a cliff? At first, they seemed delighted by him and his teaching. But when his teaching became too demanding—when he called them to turn their hearts to God—his townspeople turned against him instead. Text: Luke 4:14-44
The In-Between—Section 2A: Angels in Israel's Exodus, Part 1
This week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings examines the appearance of an angel in the burning bush, the "destroyer" sent by God at the first Passover, and the angel who led Israel from Egypt to the promised land. Worksheet available at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, January 1, 2021 — Reasoning from Scripture?
Guest Sermon by Jim Mendenhall. In Thessalonica, the apostle Paul reasoned with the Jews from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that Jesus was the Christ. What might Paul have shown them from Scripture? Scripture continues to persuade us of the truth about Jesus today, and it strengthens us as we continue in faith through a difficult time. Text: Acts 17:1-4
SVCC Sunday Sermon, December 27, 2020 — Unexpected
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Mary wasn't expecting to be expecting. Joseph wasn't expecting to be a father so soon. The shepherds of Bethlehem weren't expecting to encounter angels. But our God does the unexpected—in the life of Jesus, and often (more subtly) in our lives today. Text: Luke 1-2
The In-Between — Section 1D: Satan in the Book of Job
In this week's class, we study an important appearance of Satan in the opening of the book of Job and what that appearance tells us about this evil, enigmatic person. We also examine a few references to angels and to the realm of the dead in Job. Bible texts in this episode come from the book of Job. Find a link to the class worksheet in the episode notes at www.summitviewchurch.net/podcast.html.
Sunday Sermon, December 20, 2020 — Gabriel and the Purpose of Doubt
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When the angel Gabriel delivered wonderful messages to Zechariah and to Mary, both individuals questioned him; both had doubts. Gabriel responded to them very differently, striking one mute but explaining God's plan to the other. Why the difference? Zechariah and Mary demonstrated different types of doubt. And from Gabriel's responses to them we learn not to be afraid of doubt, but to let it prompt us to pursue the truth. Text: Luke 1
The In-Between, Section 1C: Angels in the Story of Abraham's Family
In this week's class, we study angelic appearances to members of the family of Abraham, guiding that family and communicating God's deep concern for them as God works to fulfill his promises to Abraham. This episode is a recording of our Senior Adults & Friends Bible Study via Zoom in their study of "The In-Between," an exploration of the Bible's teaching about angels, demons, the devil, heavenly and dark spiritual powers, and the state of the dead between death and resurrection. Bible texts in this episode come from Genesis 21-48. Download the worksheet at www.summitviewchurch.net/podcast.
Sunday Sermon, December 13, 2020 - Do Not Be Anxious
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — What does God teach us to do when we're anxious? This strange year, 2020, has been a year filled with anxiety. But God helps us, in part by teaching us how to navigate anxious times. This lesson takes us through seven bits of instruction from the apostle Paul—five commands and two promises of God—to help us live godly lives without being anxious. Text: Philippians 4:4-9
The In-Between — Section 1B: Abraham Meets Three Heavenly Beings
In this week's class, we examine the story of a lengthy angelic visit to Abraham and his nephew, Lot. Abraham met two angels and a third, mysterious being. These heavenly beings bring prophecy for Abraham's wife Sarah, foretell God's intentions concerning Sodom and Gomorrah, and then carry out God's judgment on Sodom. This episode is a recording of our Senior Adults & Friends Bible Study via Zoom in their new study of "The In-Between," an exploration of the Bible's teaching about angels, demons, the devil, heavenly and dark spiritual powers, and the state of the dead between death and resurrection. Bible text in this episode comes from Genesis 18:1 to 19:29. Worksheets are available at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon, December 6, 2020 - God's Purposes Behind Our Suffering
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — God is at work in us when we suffer. From Peter's first letter, this lesson draws out three purposes of God behind our suffering and three responses Peter calls us to have to our suffering. Texts: selections from 1 Peter
The In-Between — Section 1A: First Encounters with Heavenly Beings
This episode is a recording of our Senior Adults & Friends Bible Study in their new study of "The In-Between," an exploration of the Bible's teaching about angels, demons, the devil, heavenly and dark spiritual powers, and the state of the dead between death and resurrection. This episode delves into the first appearance of the devil in Scripture, the first appearance of cherubim, and the first appearance of the "angel of the Lord" to a human being. This lesson was recorded on December 2, 2020. Texts include selections from Genesis 3-16. Worksheets are available with the episode notes at www.summitviewchurch.net/podcast.
Sunday Sermon, November 29, 2020 - And Be Thankful
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The Jews who rebuilt the temple in the 500s BC pressed on in spite of troubles and did not lose heart because they believed God was with them. When the church faces troubles, we do not lose heart, but cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving, which reminds us that the God who has helped us in the past will help us again. In every difficulty—even today—we look to God to help us, and we are thankful. Texts: Colossians 3:15-17 and selections from Ezra 4-6 & Colossians
Sunday Sermon, November 22, 2020 - Thanksgiving and Tears
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Like the Jews who watched as the foundation of the second temple was laid—some of whom rejoiced while others wept—we too sometimes experience both joy and sorrow at the same time. This is appropriate before God, and the ability to express both joy and sorrow simultaneously will help us navigate this pandemic-plagued Thanksgiving holiday. Text: Ezra 3
Sunday Sermon, November 15, 2020 - The Shunammite's Pursuit
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Touched with sudden grief, the Shunammite woman neither gave up on God nor ran away from God. Instead, she pursued God. In her pursuit of God in the midst of her anguish, she is a model for us when we pray. Text: 2 Kings 4:8-37
Sunday Sermon, November 8, 2020 — How to Lament Before God
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Lament gives us language out of which to cry out to God during our times of grief and pain. This lesson describes the typical structure of a lament psalm and takes us through three examples. Texts: Psalms 13, 12, and 6.
Sunday Sermon, November 1, 2020 — Short Time or Long
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The apostle Paul prayed that, short time or long, those hearing him speak about Jesus would become a follower of Jesus, as he himself was. This is our perspective as Christians, whether we're dealing with a pandemic or working to share our faith: short time or long, like Paul and Jesus and God himself, we will endure, praying and keeping our eyes on our long-term goal. Text: Acts 26:12-32
Sunday Sermon, October 25, 2020 — She Has Done What She Could
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall, Summit View Church of Christ — A certain woman performed an act of great kindness for Jesus at great cost to herself. Others objected, but Jesus commended her, saying, "She has done what she could." We cannot do everything, but we can do what we're able. And like this woman, we honor the Lord when we show kindness or serve at some cost to ourselves. Text: Mark 14:1-9
Sunday Sermon, October 18, 2020 — Faithful Flexibility
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — We've learned, over the past several months, that we need to keep our plans flexible, because life can change quickly. The Bible's book of James reminds us that we don't know what will happen tomorrow—so we need to submit our plans to God. We practice Faithful Flexibility when we say, as James teaches us, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." Text: James 4:13-17
Sunday Sermon — October 11, 2020: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — This pandemic has reminded us that just because all is well with us does not mean that all is well with everyone else. Followers of Jesus are called to see and to notice the difficult situations others are experiencing, and to respond with compassion. And when we help others in need, we help Jesus himself. Text: Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday Sermon, October 4, 2020 — The Eye Needs the Hand
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — We are one body, the body of Christ, and each person is a part of it just as every member of the body is a part of the body. God himself has put the members of the body together as he intended, granting honor to each part, so that each part may care for every other part. Even during the pandemic, we are one body, caring for one another, and working together for the kingdom of God. Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Is the Bible Worth Opening?
There's a word from God for us in the Bible today, if only we'll take a look. Thoughts presented by Jim Mendenhall.
Sunday Sermon, September 27, 2020 — Everything Goes On as It Has...
This new sermon series, "Lessons from a Virus," examines lessons we can learn from the current pandemic and apply to the Christian life. To begin with, we learn to never say something will never happen: We may have thought a pandemic would never strike us, but here it is! Similarly, Peter warns the church not to say the Lord's judgment will never come. We need instead to remember that God has judged the earth before and has promised to judge it again. Then, taking God's warning seriously, we can live holy and godly lives as we look forward to the Lord's coming. Text: 1 Peter 3:1-14
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Help for a Bitter Heart
When we're feeling bitter, it's helpful to know God is near. Thoughts from Jim Mendenhall.
Sunday Sermon — September 20, 2020: Such a Great Cloud of Witnesses
So many great heroes of faith have gone before us—so many more than Hebrews 11 could list! They witness to what we cannot see with our eyes, that God is faithful. Jesus, most of all, witnesses to the faithfulness of God and models how we can run the race of faith. With our eyes on Jesus, who endured through suffering and opposition, we can run our race well until we, like him, receive a glorious reward from God. Text: Hebrews 12:1-3
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Nobody Cares about Me
From Jim Mendenhall, a reminder that we have a God who cares deeply for us.
Making Sense of Revelation, Part 2: Why Was Revelation Written to the 7 Churches of Asia?
Kevin Jensen explains why Revelation was written to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia and how their situation calls us to stay away from every "god" that might compete for our devotion to Christ today. Text: Revelation 1-3
Sunday Sermon, 9 a.m. Service, September 13, 2020 — I Do Not Have Time to Tell... (Jack Campbell)
Sunday Sermon by Jack Campbell, 9:00 a.m. service at the Summit View Church of Christ • To Christians tempted to go back on their faith in Jesus, Hebrews 11 speaks a message urging them forward in the faith that many before them have kept, doing what seemed impossible and accomplishing it by the power of God. Texts: Hebrews 11:32-40, Judges 6:14-16
Sunday Sermon, 11 a.m., September 13, 2020 — I Do Not Have Time to Tell... (Kevin Jensen)
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • So many people of faith have gone before us that if we tried to remember them all, we would run out of time. Some were strong and accomplished great things; others suffered greatly, yet left us a great testimony to the faithfulness of God. Text: Hebrews 11:32-40
Thoughts from an Open Bible: What Was Jesus Really Like?
Jim Mendenhall shares thoughts on the tremendous compassion of Jesus.
Sunday Sermon, September 6, 2020 — The Faith of Rahab
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • Rahab became a model of faith when she, a Caananite prostitute, put her faith in God and helped the Israelites. As a result, God transformed her life—and he does the same for us when we put our faith in him. Texts: Hebrews 11:31, Joshua 2:1-16 & 6:20-25
Sunday Sermon, August 30, 2020: The Faith of Israel
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • Anything is possible for God, and everything is possible for those who believe. Israel believed in the power of God, and by faith the new nation crossed the Red Sea on dry land and conquered Jericho. Texts: Hebrews 11:29-30, Exodus 14:5-31, Joshua 6:1-20
Sunday Sermon, August 23, 2020 - The Faith of Moses
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • Moses, like his parents, braved danger and refused to be deterred by distraction or fear as he pursued the will of God. Considering disgrace for Christ’s sake greater than anything Egypt had to offer, he focused his vision on his future reward, served God boldly, and, by faith, saved the people of Israel. Texts: Hebrews 11:23-28 and selections from Exodus 1-12
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Does the Bible Upset You?
The Bible's morals teachings sometimes upset us—but we need them! A perspective from one of our shepherds, Jim Mendenhall.
Sunday Sermon, August 16, 2020 - The Faith of Isaac, Jacob, & Joseph
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen. Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, patriarchs of Israel and heroes of faith, each demonstrated their faith by leaving one last blessing to the next generation when they died. What blessing did they leave? Assurance and instruction in the faith, so that those who followed after them might carry on the faith and be blessed by God. (Texts: Hebrews 11:20-22, selections from Genesis)
Thoughts from an Open Bible: When Will We Ever Learn?
Jim Mendenhall challenges us to consider how we too often push God away even as God yearns to have us turn to him for help. When will we ever learn?
Sunday Sermon, August 9, 2020: The Faith of Abraham: The Sacrifice
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen. How did Abraham pass the impossible test of faith? He passed it by faith—faith that reasoned that God can even raise the dead. Faith in God’s power to raise the dead is faith that can overcome every obstacle and pass every test. (Texts: Hebrews 11:17-19, Genesis 22:1-19)
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Must God Accept Us as We Are?
Does God have to accept us just the way we are, or does he have a higher purpose for our lives? Jim Mendenhall brings us a brief thought from the Bible.
Sunday Sermon, August 2, 2020: The Faith of Sarah
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Why do the men always get all the credit? Sarah, too, was a person of great faith, just like her husband, Abraham. True, she laughed when she first heard God’s promise—but we don’t always start off strong in faith. Her faith grew and held, though, and she became a model of the faithful person who remains faithful even when they do not receive all of God's blessings this side of eternal life. (Texts: Hebrews 11:11-16, selections from Genesis 11-21)
Thoughts from an Open Bible: The Need to Focus for the Race of Life
Jim Mendenhall reminds us to keep our focus on Jesus as our goal while we run the race of life.
Making Sense of Revelation, Part 1: Jesus Versus the Emperor
Kevin Jensen presents a key to understanding the book of Revelation: noticing how Jesus' identity and appearance challenge the authority of the Roman emperor, calling Christians enduring social pressure and sometimes persecution to choose between the emperor and Jesus himself as the object of their ultimate allegiance. (Text: Revelation 1)
Sunday Sermon, July 26, 2020 - The Faith of Abraham: The Promised Land
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When God calls us to follow his leading into strange, new paths in our lives, we recall the faith of Abraham, who obeyed God’s command to go to the promised land, though Abraham did not know where he was going. There he served God faithfully, and his children and grandchildren—and even we today—were blessed because of his faith. (Texts: Hebrews 11:8-10, Genesis 12:1-9)
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Is Authority a Bad Word?
Jim Mendenhall brings us a thought from Matthew 7. "Authority" seems like a bad word to many people, but for us who listen for the word of Jesus, the authority of Jesus a blessing.
Sunday Sermon, July 19, 2020 - The Faith of Noah
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Noah demonstrated his faith by taking seriously God's warnings of things not yet seen, and in doing so he saved his family from the great flood. He is a model of faith for us who, like him, have received warnings from God concerning judgment to come and are called to act in faith to save ourselves and many others. Texts: Hebrews 11:7, Genesis 6:9 to 7:12
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Afraid of Self-Control
Jim Mendenhall brings us a thought from the book of Acts, where a man named Felix is frightened by Paul's teaching on self-control. Is self-control something you're afraid of today?
Sunday Sermon, July 12, 2020 - Our Hope, Joy, and Crown
As we resume in-person worship services for the first time in four months, we remember Paul's concern for the young church in Thessalonica when he was separated from it suddenly—and his prayer for their well-being until he and they could be together again. Lesson by Kevin Jensen, from 1 Thessalonians 2:17 to 3:13.
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Better Even Than Being Fair
Fairness is so important to us today, but another virtue is even better: mercy. We are eternally grateful whenever God and other people show us mercy. Thoughts shared by Jim Mendenhall.
Sunday Sermon - July 5, 2020: The Faith of Enoch
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen - We know very little about Enoch. Yet what we do know inspires us to grow in faith, to walk with God, and to look ahead to God's rewards for those who seek him. From Hebrews 11:5-6 and Genesis 5:1-24.
Thoughts from an Open Bible: What Circumstances Can Do to You
The Israelites heard that God would help them, and they were encouraged. Then circumstances got tough, and they despaired. Don't let circumstances keep you from listening to God. A devotional thought for today from Jim Mendenhall.
It's hard to make plans right now. The COVID-19 virus throws all schedules and agendas awry. So this is a great time to practice the spiritual discipline of "faithful flexibility": being flexible because we acknowledge God as sovereign over our schedules and plans. Thoughts by Kevin Jensen from James 4:13-17, Proverbs 16:3, and Psalms 20:4 and 33:10.
Sunday Sermon - June 28, 2020: The Faith of Abel
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — Faith is not blind. It is built on the evidence of God’s great actions in the past, evidence so convincing that it persuades us to imagine that God will be faithful again, as he has always been. Abel was a model of faith for us, even though he was killed by his brother. His faith still speaks to us today, for he resisted sin and gave his very best to God. From Hebrews 11:1-4 and Genesis 4:1-16.
Thoughts from an Open Bible — He Is Genuine
Timothy was a man the church could respect as genuine in his faith and love—and he is a model for us to follow. Jim Mendenhall brings us another instructive devotional thought in this continuing series.
Parenting and Teaching During a Pandemic
Conversation with Johnny Gallegos, teacher, student, husband, and father of three young children on the challenges of teaching, studying, and parenting during the pandemic. Includes thoughts on the message of Ecclesiastes for helping us keep our focus on God during this difficult time.
Sunday Sermon, June 21, 2020: The River of Life
Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — God's presence and rule in our lives is like a mighty river that brings life wherever it flows. God offered humanity this river in the beginning, will restore it to his people at the end, and offers to let us drink deeply of it today. Texts: Genesis 2:8-15, Ezekiel 47:1-12, Revelation 22:1-5 & 22:17
Thoughts from an Open Bible — Will Your Anchor Hold?
Jim Mendenhall offers another brief word of instruction, this time from Hebrews 6:19-20 on the anchor that keeps our souls firm and secure.
A Teacher and a Professor on Education During the Pandemic
Third-grade teacher Caralee Thomason and college professor Bill Wayenberg join Kevin Jensen for an in-depth conversation on their experiences as educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics range from teachers' learning curve in online communication technologies to how the pandemic has highlighted the gap between the haves and have-nots in the public school system, and from there to the latest expectations for what education might look like next fall. Recorded June 11, 2020.
Sunday Sermon, June 14, 2020: Breath for Dry Bones
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, June 14, 2020 — As God's breath (his Spirit) renewed the life of Israel after the nation's destruction by the Babylonians, and as God breathed new life into Jesus to raise him from the dead, so God also breathes new life into us by his Spirit. Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Thoughts from an Open Bible — A 200-Year-Old Bible
Jim Mendenhall continues this series of short messages from the Bible with the story of a family's 200-year-old Bible. But it's not a Bible's age that makes it valuable.
Three Preachers on Ministry During a Pandemic
Two ministers from our neighborhood—Curt Still from the Church of Christ in Grandview, Washington, and Derrick Allen from the Church of Christ in Ellensburg, Washington—join Kevin Jensen for a discussion on what it's been like to minister to churches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversation ranges from how they're doing personally to how their churches are handling social-distancing requirements to what we can do to keep one another encouraged. Recorded on June 8, 2020.
Sunday Sermon, June 7, 2020 "Faith in Hiding"
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, June 7, 2020 — Many of us must worship alone in our homes for now. But we are not alone. We stand in a long heritage of people who have worshiped God alone or in small groups, because of isolation or perhaps because of persecution. Even today, many believers can only display their faith in hiding, lest they be discovered. Through the Holy Spirit, we are linked to them—and not only to them, but also to our ancestors in the faith and to one another.
Thoughts from an Open Bible: Should the Squeaky Wheel Get the Grease?
A brief message from Jim Mendenhall on the fairness of God as he treats us all equally, and how we should do the same. The first message in a new series, "Thoughts from an Open Bible."
Interview with Health Care Workers on the Pandemic's Front Line
Kevin Jensen interviews two members of our church, Beth Luke and Onyi Amanari. Both are Family Nurse Practitioners and Doctors of Nursing Practice, and both are on the front lines of caring for the sick in the Yakima community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss what it's like to be a medical worker during this time, what we can and shouldn't do to fight the spread of the virus, and the people who they see are being impacted the most by the virus.
Sunday Sermon, May 31, 2020 "Faith in Poverty"
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, May 31, 2020 — As we encounter uncertain economic times, and as the threat of a loss of income and even bankruptcy looms for many, how should we who follow Jesus think about wealth and poverty?
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