We call Jesus “Redeemer,” but what does that really mean? Long before the coming of Christ, God began to lay the groundwork for redemption in the lives of his people, weaving stories and images into the history of Israel that point forward to the work Christ would do on the cross. This Lenten season, as we prepare for Holy Week, we will trace this pattern of redemption, seeking a deeper understanding of all that Christ accomplished when he went to the cross for us. We will discover that from its very beginning, the story of scripture is a message of redemption, leading us straight to Calvary, the tomb, and the glory of Easter!
February 14, Valentine’s Day, is also Ash Wednesday . You are invited to join us at church for our 6pm Rice & Beans Lenten Dinner, followed by our Ash Wednesday service.
- February 14 Ash Wed “Awaiting Redemption” 6 pm, Rice & Beans Lenten Dinner Psalm 130 –
- February 18 Redemption Is Rescue Genesis 14:8-16 Abram and Lot
- February 25 “Redemption Is Restoration” Exodus 6:2-8 The Mosaic Covenant
Our current scripture focus is the book of I Corinthians. No other New Testament book speaks as powerfully to both the importance, and the challenge, of Christian community. Paul’s letter reveals just how messy and conflicted the Corinthian congregation often was.
Rather than sugarcoat these realities, Paul helps us see the genius of God’s design for church: in the midst of the mess, we get softened and shaped, humbled and held, in such a way that our character becomes more like that of Christ. Just as a rock tossed into a tumbler with a bunch of other rocks gets knocked around, only to emerge polished and perfected, so our fellowship becomes a “gospel tumbler” in which we can become our best and most beautiful selves.
“…it is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
When God Shows Up: Advent Season
1 Corinthians: Embracing Community
Summer Fruit Sermon Series. “Quit trying so hard!” This was my buddy’s thoughtful advice as I flailed my arms back and forth trying to get line to spool from my fly reel. “Stop thrashing! Let the equipment do the work.” Fly fishing, like many physical endeavors, is less about making something happen than about learning to allow it to happen: tilt the rod back, release forward, and the line simply spools out – the less effort, the better the outcome. Read More »
“Connect the Dots” Sermon Series with Weekly Bible Readings
Read Your Bible!! This reading guide traces the main events, themes and characters in the Bible from start to finish. Readings will be discussed and addressed in weekly class sessions (Sundays, 9:30 and 11) and explored in the Sunday sermon.
“The Bible has a storied history. Martyrs have died to uphold it. Missionaries spend their lives translating it into obscure tribal dialects. “Your word is better to me” says the Psalmist “than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Ps. 119). The importance and value of God’s written word is hard to overstate. Read More »
Who am I? What is my identity? It’s impossible to answer these questions apart from the relationships that define our lives: the people we come from, the people we live with, the people we serve. We know who we are only through relationship. And behind all of our human relationships stands one great, primary relationship: our relationship to our Maker. When we start to ask “who am I?” we stand before an even deeper question: who is God? And who am I, in relationship to him? Read More »
I once asked a respected pastor friend how he plans out his preaching. He said “I try to make sure that someone attending regularly over a five year period would be exposed to the whole story of scripture, Old and New Testaments.” I have been heeding his advice ever since.
You cannot grasp the story of scripture without a good sense of its primary characters, and David is close to the top of the list. The reign of King David was the pinnacle of Israel’s history. His career shows us both the enormous possibilities and the devastating weaknesses of human power. To meet King David is to meet a “man after God’s own heart” (I Sam. 13:14). But David’s weaknesses ultimately pave the way for the coming of a greater King – the “son of David,” Jesus himself. Read More »
The final days of Jesus’ life took the form of a journey. Jesus, having spent several years ministering throughout Judea and Samaria, reached a decisive moment: the time to “set his face toward Jerusalem.” He knew what he would find there: hostile authorities, calloused Romans, and the Cross. Yet he chose to go, and he didn’t look back.
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Organizations (including the church!) need guiding values – the set of bedrock principles upon which everything else rests: the way we conduct business, the decisions we make, the priorities we choose. The core values in place here at Oak Hills are grounded in scripture and prayerful discernment, and therefore capable of guiding our church into health and faithfulness for the long haul.
But there’s a danger: any set of values can easily become a carefully worded dust-gatherer, sitting on a shelf, totally removed from the day to day life of the church and its people. Values – even good ones – only help us if we put them into practice! Step one is to know our values, and to think through what they mean for us, both individually and corporately. Read More »
Nov. 29th First Sunday of Advent. “The Genealogy: Jesus, Son of Israel” Matthew 1:1-25. Christy Polk, MDiv.
Dec. 6th Second Sunday of Advent. “Jesus, the Son of Man” Luke 2:1-20. Jeremy Sanderson
Dec. 13th Third Sunday of Advent. Children’s Pageant, Christmas Concert.
Dec. 20th Fourth Sunday in Advent. “Jesus, the Son of God” John 1:1-18. Jeremy Sanderson
Dec. 27th Christmastide. Service of Testimony and Thanksgiving.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Welcome to a new chapter! Over the past several years, God has been “making a way in the wilderness,” faithfully providing for Oak Hills through a season of transition, and bringing us, now, to the threshold of something new. What a thrill to be jumping into that “new thing” with you all! I have an increasing sense of joy and anticipation as the date of our arrival at Oak Hills grows near. This is an exciting time for the Sandersons, and, I hope, for you as well! Let me give you a peek into our plan for worship and sermons this summer: As I prayed about a scriptural focus for our first season together, I was immediately drawn to the book of Philippians. Philippians is Paul’s letter to his most beloved church. He wrote it from within a prison cell, and yet it’s a letter filled with joy. All of the treasures of the gospel are contained within its few short chapters, and for that reason, it’s always been among my favorite books of the Bible. Diving into Philippians is like taking a cool, refreshing bath in the deep waters of the gospel – I pray we will come away invigorated! Read More »