The text for this week is from Jeremiah 18. In this passage, the prophet Jeremiah is brought to the studio of a potter where he watches a potter working a piece of clay. It becomes a metaphor for God's people being shaped in the hands of God. It is at once both a frightening image of God's power and control over all people, and an encouraging image of a God who won't give up on any piece of clay. Caleb offers a way to think about how the image of God as a potter and we as clay is both encouraging and challenging.
Keep the faith. This week's homily comes from the 11th chapter of Hebrews. We will be focusing on the second half of chapter 11 where the author names a handful of men and women who have kept the faith before us, leading to the iconic verse: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every weight that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."
What is faith? What does it feel like to have faith? What is it supposed to feel like? I find that in many conversations, the idea of faith raises more questions than it answers. Here, Caleb will explore how we think about faith, what it looked like for the cloud of witnesses that surrounds us and what it looks like for us in 2019.
In the third chapter of Colossians, Paul sets a fairly lofty bar for the Colossians in terms of what their lives ought to look like. We will think about whether Paul's admonitions are relevant for us and how they translate into our day to day.
From time to time at Grace we have made the point in our teaching and preaching that God loves YOU - the real you and not the idealized version of you that one often imagines one needs to be in order to be lovable. This spectacularly good news is at the heart of the gospel and is simmering just below the surface in these remarkable words that Paul writes to the Colossians about Jesus and us: “.... in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him.”
Caleb continues in the book of Colossians this week with the book's most well-known passage. This iconic text offers us a beautiful vision of who Christ is and what the impact of Christ's identity is for the entire world. How do the words of Paul in Colossians offer us hope in a broken world? We will carefully consider that question together.
This week we hear Paul's opening words which are intimate and personal, though he had not even met the Colossian church at this point. He longs for them to walk in the light, away from darkness and into the kingdom of the beloved Son. The pastors will lead us to deep dive into Colossians over the next four weeks and walk alongside of the Colossians in that same direction.
Caleb preaches a sermon using Bob's notes on Paul's famous passage from Galatians. What does it mean that social distinctions are leveled by the gospel?
Caleb shares about his trip to Uganda and explores Proverb's definition of wisdom, which is vastly different than our dictionary definition.
Pastor Bob explores the mystery of the ascension and explains why this is a significant Christian holy day...and good news, too!
Pastor Bob reflects on a passage from Ephesians and the constant work that the early church finds itself doing: keeping up with the hospitality of God.