Starting Over

As we enter into a new year, with new year’s resolutions, guest speaker Dr. David Gushee calls us as Christians to “never be too proud to repent.” The scripture readings are from Psalm 51 and Romans 12. Sermon preached on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

Dr. David Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University (Macon, GA). Dr. Gushee is the elected Past-President of both the American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics. He is author and/or editor of 25 books and over 150 book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. His most notable previous books include Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing Our Mind, and Still Christian.

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I Didn’t Expect Him to be Faithful

When things are difficult, there is a temptation to abandon ship. In a year of isolation, we look to Christmas for the reminder of God’s presence in our midst. Even more, God calls on us to be faithful to God and to each other, companions on our shared spiritual journey. This week, we learn from the Gospel of Matthew about faithfulness as we read about how Joseph chose to remain faithful in the face of unexpected news.

This is our fourth week in our series, An Unexpected Christmas. Advent is a season of anticipation for the light that emerges in the darkness. We anticipate hope in the midst of despair. We anticipate faith in the mist of wandering. We anticipate love in the midst of hate. While we anticipate God’s transformative work, we acknowledge that God’s ways are often difficult to predict even when we’re anticipating them. As we read the biblical story of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, we read of people’s responses to God’s unexpected ways. This Advent, facing a year full of dashed expectations, let us continue the tradition of hopeful anticipation.

Sermon preached by Pastor Dallas Flippin on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

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I Didn’t Expect to Sing that Song

We too often read the Bible in a monotone manner, missing the dynamics of the story. We miss the painful low moments of grief. We miss the jubilant shouts of praise. This week, we are learning from the poetic and musical responses to the original Christmas story. People respond differently to Christmas, both in the past and today. What is it to embrace the unexpected movement of God with language that elevates into music?

This is our third week in our series, An Unexpected Christmas. Advent is a season of anticipation for the light that emerges in the darkness. We anticipate hope in the midst of despair. We anticipate faith in the mist of wandering. We anticipate love in the midst of hate. While we anticipate God’s transformative work, we acknowledge that God’s ways are often difficult to predict even when we’re anticipating them. As we read the biblical story of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, we read of people’s responses to God’s unexpected ways. This Advent, facing a year full of dashed expectations, let us continue the tradition of hopeful anticipation.

Sermon preached by Pastor Dallas Flippin on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

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I Didn’t Expect to Celebrate My Family Secrets

In Matthew’s first chapter of the gospel, he shares the family story of Jesus. It’s a long family story with highs and lows. While we often want to hide our family secrets, Matthew unveils them before we even meet Jesus. Join us for our second week of our series, An Unexpected Christmas!

Advent is a season of anticipation for the light that emerges in the darkness. We anticipate hope in the midst of despair. We anticipate faith in the mist of wandering. We anticipate love in the midst of hate. While we anticipate God’s transformative work, we acknowledge that God’s ways are often difficult to predict even when we’re anticipating them. As we read the biblical story of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, we read of people’s responses to God’s unexpected ways. This Advent, facing a year full of dashed expectations, let us continue the tradition of hopeful anticipation.

Sermon preached by Pastor Dallas Flippin on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

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I Didn’t Expect That Prayer Answered

In Advent, we anticipate light emerging in the darkness. We admit that there are prayers that we don’t trust will ever become realized. Reading from Luke 1:5-20, we are invited to encounter unexpected answered prayers. Join us for the first week of our sermon series, An Unexpected Christmas.

Advent is a season of anticipation for the light that emerges in the darkness. We anticipate hope in the midst of despair. We anticipate faith in the mist of wandering. We anticipate love in the midst of hate. While we anticipate God’s transformative work, we acknowledge that God’s ways are often difficult to predict even when we’re anticipating them. As we read the biblical story of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, we read of people’s responses to God’s unexpected ways. This Advent, facing a year full of dashed expectations, let us continue the tradition of hopeful anticipation.

Sermon preached by Pastor Dallas Flippin.

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Animals and the Kingdom of God

God’s kingdom is always more expansive than we assume. In the final week of our series, The Kin-dom of God, we talk about our relationship with animals and the world around us. Pastor Dallas preaches from Genesis 9:8-17.

The Kin-dom of God. No, it’s not a typo. The Gospels frequently have to explain that the kingdom of God is like because we can’t see past our own political expectations. In this series, we are going to hear how God creates a diverse, new kin in Christ that breaks down the dividing walls between different tribes and parties. In a season of political divisions, choose to live in God’s healing kin-dom.

Sermon preached by Pastor Dallas Flippin at the First Baptist Church of Jackson, MI on Sunday, November 22, 2020.

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Climbing a Different Ladder

In a world where people want to be seen as winners, get the promotion to be the boss, and have power over their peers, God invites us into a different type of leadership. Join us for worship this Sunday as Pastor Dallas preaches from Mark 10:35-45.

This week we continue our series, The Kin-dom of God. No, it’s not a typo. The Gospels frequently have to explain that the kingdom of God is like because we can’t see past our own political expectations. In this series, we are going to hear how God creates a diverse, new kin in Christ that breaks down the dividing walls between different tribes and parties. In a season of political divisions, choose to live in God’s healing kin-dom.

Sermon preached by Pastor Dallas Flippin at the First Baptist Church of Jackson, MI on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

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The Ideal Church

In the book of Acts, Luke describes what it looks like for the church to be united. What does it look like for the church to be united in a divided world? Our scripture text comes from Acts 4:32-35.

This week we continue our series, The Kin-dom of God. No, it’s not a typo. The Gospels frequently have to explain that the kingdom of God is like because we can’t see past our own political expectations. In this series, we are going to hear how God creates a diverse, new kin in Christ that breaks down the dividing walls between different tribes and parties. In a season of political divisions, choose to live in God’s healing kin-dom.

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Love Your Enemies

Jesus invites us into the radical way of love that creates peace among enemies. In a season of divisiveness, choose love. The scripture text comes from Luke 6:27-35.

This week we continue our series, The Kin-dom of God. No, it’s not a typo. The Gospels frequently have to explain that the kingdom of God is like because we can’t see past our own political expectations. In this series, we are going to hear how God creates a diverse, new kin in Christ that breaks down the dividing walls between different tribes and parties. In a season of political divisions, choose to live in God’s healing kin-dom.

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Speak the Truth

God’s kingdom is founded on truth. If we believe that our faith is true, then we should be committed to speaking truth to one another. How can we commit to truth today? The sermon text comes from Ephesians 4:14-25.

This is the second sermon in our series, The Kin-dom of God. No, it’s not a typo. The Gospels frequently have to explain that the kingdom of God is like because we can’t see past our own political expectations. In this series, we are going to hear how God creates a diverse, new kin in Christ that breaks down the dividing walls between different tribes and parties. In a season of political divisions, choose to live in God’s healing kin-dom.

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