Lent 2016

Preparing our hearts for resurrection
Feb. 14, 2016 – March 20, 2016

A message series based in the lectionary readings for the season of Lent.

Message line-up:

The Word Is Near You
Pastor Scott Austin

The words of scripture can be challenging to apply, and this is especially true when they are being twisted for evil purposes. Yet at all times, the true Word, who was himself tempted by twisted scripture, is near.

Luke 4:1-13
Stars and Darkness
Pastor Scott Austin

Since at least the time of Abraham, following God has required us to overcome our fear and doubt. But in the midst of terrifying darkness, we can always look up at the stars and trust God’s promises.

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)
Hunger and Hope
Marielle Jensen-Battaglia

In this “College of Preachers” sermon, Marielle Jensen-Battaglia will help us ponder two questions: Why are we spiritually hungry? And why are we spiritually fed?

Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9
What Do We Say?
Pastor Scott Austin

The parable of the Prodigal Son is of Jesus’ most famous and beloved teachings, but rarely is it mentioned that he told this parable in response to an accusation about his keeping company with sinners. What do we say if we are accused of keeping bad company?

Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Loss and Rubbish
Pastor Scott Austin

Do we boast in the accomplishments of our past, in our religious heritage, and in our ability to do what is right? Or do we, like the Apostle Paul, regard it all as “loss and rubbish”?

Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8
The Rejected Stone (Palm Sunday)
Pastor Scott Austin

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone… This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes!”

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40

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