The Human Experience
What does it mean to be human—and do Christians experience the same losses, wrestle with the same fears, and struggle with the same inadequacies as those who don’t know Jesus?
In this sermon series we are looking at the human experience to discover what it means to be fully human, and fully devoted to Christ.
Week 12 // LoveSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (23884KB)
Date: September 3, 2017
In this final sermon on the human experience we will look at what is arguably the most important experience of all, love. Where does our desire for love come from and why do we have such a difficult time finding the love we're looking for? How does God's love compare to all other love and how do we receive, walk in, and respond to it?
Week 11 // FearSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (23140KB)
Date: August 27, 2017
In this sermon we will unpack the human experience of fear and the opportunities offered to us through it. As God works to make us more like Jesus He uses not only the good but also the bad experiences of our day to day lives to do it. Fear is no exception. What opportunities exist to walk closer with God in the experience of fear? And how can taking those opportunities free us from the power that fear tries to wield over us?
Week 10 // RegretSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (24220KB)
Date: August 20, 2017
In this sermon we will unpack the unique way Jesus offers for dealing with the human experience of regret. We'll ask questions like: What are the implications of living in a culture that avoids the experience of regret at all costs? Why is it that we fear failure and do whatever we can to distract ourselves from it? And how is it that we can be freed from the weight of regret without having to close our eyes to the reality of our own brokenness?
Week 9 // AngerSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25408KB)
Date: August 13, 2017
In this sermon we will unpack the human experience of anger. Why is anger so destructive to us and our relationships? Where does it come from? And how can we deal with the root of it as opposed to simply treating the symptoms?
Week 8 // Lust, Desire and Passion (Part 2/2)Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (26296KB)
Date: August 6,2017
In this, part 2 of a 2 part sermon on lust, desire and passion, we dive into our call to be people who pursue greatness not for our glory but for the glory of God while being aware of the pitfalls along the way.
Week 7 // Lust, Desire and Passion (Part 1/2)Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (25593KB)
Date: July 30, 2017
Does God simply want all Christians to rid themselves of all desires, passions and ambition? In this first of a two-part sermon we will look at lust, desire and passion from the negative and see how we can have victory over them. Next week we will look at the same emotions from the positive and see how we can harness them for the sake of the kingdom.
Week 6 // LonelinessSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24058KB)
Date: July 23, 2017
In this sermon in our series, “The Human Experience,” we dive deep into the topic of loneliness. Specifically, we look at Hagar, a prominent woman in God’s redemptive story who experienced, full well, loneliness and longing but God graciously stepping into it as well.
Week 5 // AweSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (23399KB)
Date: July 16, 2017
This week, as we continue on in our series we will be looking at 'The Human Experience' of awe. What is awe? And how does the awe that we are so used to culturally differ from the awe of God? As we unpack the awe of God we will look at what it's meant to do to us and how we can recover it if we have lost it or discover it for the very first time!
Week 4 // ShameSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22568KB)
Date: July 9, 2017
As we continue on in our summer series, The Human Experience, we dive into the topic of shame in this message and consider what brings shame, how we attempt to deal with shame and what, ultimately, can rid ourselves of it.
Week 3 // JoySpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (22017KB)
Date: July 2, 2017
Joy is a big topic in the Bible, to say the least. Followers of Jesus are promised joy by Jesus, told that it is ours by way of the Spirit and is something that is to be pursued always. And yet, why don’t we experience more than we do, how can we gain it if we lack it and how does our desire for it evidence something beyond ourselves? Those are questions this message addresses.
Week 2 // SorrowSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (26416KB)
Date: June 25, 2017
In this sermon we will continue our exploration of the human experience by unpacking the nature of sorrow in the christian life. We will explore several origins of sorrow for those who follow Jesus and unpack some of the purposes that God has in it.
Week 1 // ApathySpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (20252KB)
Date: June 18, 2017
We begin a summer series this week where over the next 12 Sundays we will consider some of those common feelings and experiences we all share and consider how the Scriptures speak to them. We launch this series looking at apathy.