God Is Always on the Right Side of History

For followers of Jesus, life in a post-Christian society is wrought with sobering challenges. Political instability can breed fear and anxiety. Shifting moral norms and the rise of secularism can leave us feeling insecure about Christianity's influence on the broader culture. So we ask questions like, "Am I able stand for what's right and true? Am I brave enough? Will good triumph over evil? Will God be seen and glorified?"

God has answers for these questions, and we can find many of them in the book of Esther. Our six-week series in this special Old Testament book will help remind us that God always takes care of his people, that we can trust and obey, that we can have internal peace—because God is the one who is writing history.

"That We Might Have Hope" - Romans 15:1-13

Speaker: John Larsen  Date: Jul 10, 2016

God has given us his very words so that we might have hope. This hope is needed as we try to make sense of violence, injustice and racial tensions. Like an ornery marmot, we need to be eating the Bible. We need to let the Word fill us with its substance — hope.

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"Please Your Neighbor" – Romans 15:1-13

Speaker: Aaron Ritter   Date: Jul 03, 2016

If we are to please our neighbors instead of pleasing ourselves, when dealing with disputable matters, we have to remember what Jesus did. Because the primary goal is love, not freedom. Let's go back to the garden to remember how Jesus loved us so we can love like him.

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"Love's Boxes" - Romans 14:13-23

Speaker: John Meyer  Date: Jun 26, 2016

How are we as believers to respond when disputable matters of faith present themselves in our spiritual family? The answer may not seem intuitive, but loving God and others will sometimes mean living your life in ways you would otherwise not choose. Loving is more important than being right.

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"Matters of Opinion" - Romans 14:1-12

Speaker: Aaron Ritter   Date: Jun 19, 2016

Judging others is a serious matter. The Bible is clear that there are right and wrong ways of judging. So this is a delicate topic. But one of the ways we sin in being judgmental is when we overemphasize non-essential issues. In Romans 14, Paul gives us very clear direction for how to treat our fellow brothers and sisters when we differ in matters of opinion.

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"The Hour Has Come" - Romans 13:8-14

Speaker: Travis Swan  Date: Jun 12, 2016

Church, wake up. Don't go through life asleep. The world is trying to keep us asleep, in the dark, but the Light has come. Wake up and be the church.

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"The Believer's Responsibility Toward the State" - Romans 13:1-7

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Jun 05, 2016

Church and state. How do these two spheres work together? What posture should Christians have toward government? These are not easy questions, especially when we are used to voicing our opinions about elected officials at our leisure. But in submitting to the "governing authorities," believers can practice trusting God.

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"Love When It's Hard" - Romans 12:14-21

Speaker: Aaron Ritter   Date: May 29, 2016

Your response to hurt and opposition will reveal a lot about your Christian maturity and your understanding of Jesus. Because although your hurt is significant, it is very insignificant compared to how you have hurt and opposed God. Jesus refrained from retaliating; he empathized with you; he proactively brought good. Knowing this, you can do the same to others who have hurt you.

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"Love Like Jesus — in the Church" - Romans 12:9-13

Speaker: Nathan Hrouda  Date: May 22, 2016

What is love? The world defines it one way, God defines it another. God's love is life-giving, while the world's love is life-taking. So if we love like Jesus — if we selflessly give our lives for others — then we see a glimpse of God. Jesus' agape love is rooted in what's good, directed toward God's people, powered by the Holy Spirit, perseveres and is immediate and tangible.

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"One Body, Many Parts" - Romans 12:3-8

Speaker: Aaron Ritter   Date: May 15, 2016

God gives spiritual gifts for the sake of the body — the church. When it comes to determining and using your spiritual gifts, remember these four things: Abide in Jesus. Immerse yourself in the body. Seek to serve the body. Use your gift.

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"Turning Our Theology into Walk-ology" - Romans 12:1-5

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: May 01, 2016

The mercies of God are the basis for living the Christian life; the gospel is the greatest means and motivation for holy living. Because everything you do in this life is an imperfect offering made acceptable by Jesus. Your transformation begins with right belief. Transformation is about worship. It's about renewal. Renewing your mind is about feasting on the truths of the Word and the glories of Christ.

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