Jun 18, 2017
Third Person: The Spirit Of The Church – Rev. Larry Trotter
Series: Third Person
Acts 1:8 & 2:42-47
Acts is the record of the beginning of the work of the Holy Spirit’s calling into existence a people who must exist in physical, bodily form to make known what God has done in Christ in human history and what the Spirit is doing within individual lives. The church was the evidence of the breath of the Holy Spirit upon each believer that would point others to Jesus Christ. Understanding the church means trusting the Holy Spirit as the agent of renewal. Such trust is at the heart of our confession that we believe in the “holy catholic and apostolic church.” We believe in the church because we trust the “holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.” We confess believe in the visible church, warts and all, as an act of faith that the church is a gift of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. The church will only cease to exist if and when God in the person of the Holy Spirit seeks to call it into existence. Thus in the end it is not the church we believe in, but it is God in whom we believe. It is in God’s condescending to the church through Word and sacrament that makes church, church. "170618 Contemporary".
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  • Jun 18, 2017Third Person: The Spirit Of The Church – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jun 18, 2017
    Third Person: The Spirit Of The Church – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Series: Third Person
    Acts 1:8 & 2:42-47
    Acts is the record of the beginning of the work of the Holy Spirit’s calling into existence a people who must exist in physical, bodily form to make known what God has done in Christ in human history and what the Spirit is doing within individual lives. The church was the evidence of the breath of the Holy Spirit upon each believer that would point others to Jesus Christ. Understanding the church means trusting the Holy Spirit as the agent of renewal. Such trust is at the heart of our confession that we believe in the “holy catholic and apostolic church.” We believe in the church because we trust the “holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.” We confess believe in the visible church, warts and all, as an act of faith that the church is a gift of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. The church will only cease to exist if and when God in the person of the Holy Spirit seeks to call it into existence. Thus in the end it is not the church we believe in, but it is God in whom we believe. It is in God’s condescending to the church through Word and sacrament that makes church, church. "170618 Contemporary".
  • Jun 18, 2017The Spirit Of The Church – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jun 18, 2017
    The Spirit Of The Church – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Series: Third Person
    Acts 1:8 - 2:42-47
    Acts is the record of the beginning of the work of the Holy Spirit’s calling into existence a people who must exist in physical, bodily form to make known what God has done in Christ in human history and what the Spirit is doing within individual lives. The church was the evidence of the breath of the Holy Spirit upon each believer that would point others to Jesus Christ. Understanding the church means trusting the Holy Spirit as the agent of renewal. Such trust is at the heart of our confession that we believe in the “holy catholic and apostolic church.” We believe in the church because we trust the “holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.” We confess believe in the visible church, warts and all, as an act of faith that the church is a gift of God in the power of the Holy Spirit. The church will only cease to exist if and when God in the person of the Holy Spirit seeks to call it into existence. Thus in the end it is not the church we believe in, but it is God in whom we believe. It is in God’s condescending to the church through Word and sacrament that makes church, church.
  • Jun 11, 2017The Spirit Of Community – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jun 11, 2017
    The Spirit Of Community – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Series: Third Person
    Scripture: Acts 2:1-4
    At Pentecost a multi-linguistic community was born to be for the world a witness to the peace instituted by the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Christians were to learn the language of Christ. Just as the wind had hovered over the water at creation, just as the Spirit was present in Mary’s womb, so now the Holy Spirit continued that initiating work by creating a people who “once were no people.” The mission of the Spirit has been eternal – The Spirit continues to witness to Jesus by coming to rest on his body. Jesus though seated at the right hand of the Father, was present in the power of the Holy Spirit poured upon all at Pentecost. The Spirit continues to rest on Jesus’ body, only now that body turns out to be the church. The church under the direction of the Spirit has as its task – in word and deed—to point to Jesus. The church is the witness to the incarnation by gift of the Spirit.
  • Jun 11, 2017The Spirit Of Community – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jun 11, 2017
    The Spirit Of Community – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Series: Third Person
    Acts 2:1-4
    At Pentecost a multi-linguistic community was born to be for the world a witness to the peace instituted by the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Christians were to learn the language of Christ. Just as the wind had hovered over the water at creation, just as the Spirit was present in Mary’s womb, so now the Holy Spirit continued that initiating work by creating a people who “once were no people.” The mission of the Spirit has been eternal – The Spirit continues to witness to Jesus by coming to rest on his body. Jesus though seated at the right hand of the Father, was present in the power of the Holy Spirit poured upon all at Pentecost. The Spirit continues to rest on Jesus’ body, only now that body turns out to be the church. The church under the direction of the Spirit has as its task – in word and deed—to point to Jesus. The church is the witness to the incarnation by gift of the Spirit.
  • Jun 4, 2017Hidden Figure – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Jun 4, 2017
    Hidden Figure – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Series: Third Person
    Romans 8:11, 14-16
    God is Father, Son AND Holy Spirit. The temptation in the Western church, has been toward a binary account of God as Father and Son with the Spirit as an afterthought. Christ can be made known, however, ONLY through the Spirit. The work of each person of the Trinity is indivisible. The Father is creator, and so are the Son and the Spirit. The Son is the redeemer, but then so are the Father and the Holy Spirit. In like manner, the Spirit makes the Father and Son known to one another as well as to us, but the Father and the Son also make themselves known to one another and thus to us.
     
    The Spirit has been present since the outset as shown in Genesis 1:3 – Hovering over the water. The Spirit is ever present (Psalm 139:7-10) and the Spirit is all-wise . . . teaching us and reminding us of Christ (John 14:26). Throughout Luke, Jesus testifies to the presence and work of the Spirit. It is through the Spirit that the church is birthed and through the Spirit that individuals learn the Truth.
  • Jun 4, 2017Hidden Figure – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Jun 4, 2017
    Hidden Figure – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Series: Third Person
    Scripture: Romans 8:11, 14-16
    God is Father, Son AND Holy Spirit. The temptation in the Western church, has been toward a binary account of God as Father and Son with the Spirit as an afterthought. Christ can be made known, however, ONLY through the Spirit. The work of each person of the Trinity is indivisible. The Father is creator, and so are the Son and the Spirit. The Son is the redeemer, but then so are the Father and the Holy Spirit. In like manner, the Spirit makes the Father and Son known to one another as well as to us, but the Father and the Son also make themselves known to one another and thus to us. The Spirit has been present since the outset as shown in Genesis 1:3 – Hovering over the water. The Spirit is ever present (Psalm 139:7-10) and the Spirit is all-wise . . . teaching us and reminding us of Christ (John 14:26). Throughout Luke, Jesus testifies to the presence and work of the Spirit. It is through the Spirit that the church is birthed and through the Spirit that individuals learn the Truth.
  • May 28, 2017Remembering Your Future – Rev. Larry Trotter
    May 28, 2017
    Remembering Your Future – Rev. Larry Trotter
     
  • May 21, 2017A Different Way To Be Different – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    May 21, 2017
    A Different Way To Be Different – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Series: Legacy
     
  • May 21, 2017The Voice – Rev. Larry Trotter
    May 21, 2017
    The Voice – Rev. Larry Trotter
    Series: Legacy
     
  • May 14, 2017Standing On The Shoulders Of Phillip – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    May 14, 2017
    Standing On The Shoulders Of Phillip – Rev. Wil Cantrell
    Series: Legacy
    John 14:8-14
    On the last night of his earthly life, Jesus responds to a question from Philip by saying that those who believe in him will do even greater works than him. Like Philip, we are called to do miraculous works that are only possible by allowing God to work through us.