Sermons

The Way from Wheeler – 1 Timothy 6:20-21

Shaun concludes the sermon series from 1 Timothy with Paul’s closing direction to Timothy and the Ephesian congregation: avoiding diversions and sticking to the gospel message is the way to retain and further build the synergistic wholeness that meaningfully reveals God to the world around.

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A Beacon from Boaz – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Shaun’s sermon series in 1 Timothy continues with instruction from Paul’s message for wealthier members of the Ephesian church to enjoy their wealth by being generous, ultimately echoing Christ-like character in how we enjoy the Father’s extensive blessings.

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A Difficult Doxology — 1 Timothy 6:11-16

How Low Can He Go (And How Often)? – Philippians 2:5-11

Max Harris opens the Lenten season with reflections on the descent/ascent trajectory taken by Jesus in his incarnation and his repeated, ongoing involvement with those he saves.

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A Healthy Debriding — 1 Timothy 6:2b-10

Shaun continues the series of 1 Timothy with Paul’s diagnosis of what has led the false teachers in Ephesus astray, and how unhealthy their teaching is. Those teachers were teaching a modified (false) gospel in the belief that it would make them rich, which is a profound misunderstanding of what the true Gospel does for us: it makes us content.


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It’s Gonna Sound Crazy — I Timothy 6:1-2a

Shaun continues the series from 1 Timothy with a contextualized look at Paul’s radical call for slaves to trust in God’s way of allowing the gospel to take root in an unjust society.

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Loving Our LGBTQ Friends and Neighbors (Sunday School)

The files below correspond to a five-week Sunday school series pertaining to the practical theology of approaching cultural LGBTQ issues and, perhaps more importantly, how to live out love toward LGBTQ individuals in our lives. The first part of the series is a discussion on sex and attraction by Shaun Spencer (see also the linked sermon from a few months ago). The subsequent four parts, led by Jeremy Erickson, explain and explore appropriate terminology, Biblical-consistency in relationship, and the difficulties experienced by LGBTQ individuals both within and without the church.
Audio editor’s note: please forgive the inconsistent audio volumes; audience conversation is difficult to capture casually.

Sexual ethics sermon from 2015:

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Sunday School Series Intro:

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Sunday School Series:
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Less Like Lemmings — 1 Timothy 5:17-25

Shaun continues the series on 1 Timothy with a look at Paul’s instructions about the care and feeding of good leaders, and about the importance of leaders in the church. In Timothy’s time, there were many church elders who were leading the church astray, so Paul instructs that unlike than the (apocryphal) story of lemmings blinding following each other off cliffs, the church is to exercise good judgement in choosing its leaders.


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Responsibility and Rescue–1 Timothy 5: 3-16

Shaun looks from Paul’s specific instructions to Timothy regarding widows in the Ephesian church to the responsibility we have to echo the rescuing work that *we* have experienced in Jesus by also looking to helpless and hopeless in our time.

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Across the Chasm — 1 Timothy 5:1-2

Shaun continues the series through 1 Timothy by looking at the instruction to treat those of other generations as parents or siblings. Like the Grand Canyon was in 1540, the divide between generations is one that we sometimes give up crossing, but as the church we’re called to connect across that gap instead of reinforcing it.


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