Recent Sermons

  • To Lead a Kingdom Movement

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/8/17

    SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

    Paul recounts the conditions by which they shared the gospel message, tenderly, without pretext, vanity, or greed. How does the gospel get us to that "place"?

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  • Word on the Street

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/1/17

    SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

    The Thessalonians were Paul's first (audience). Their connection was magical, and the results of their connection continued to emanate unstoppable beyond city walls. How come? 

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  • Acts: God's Spirit Inspires an Ever-Expanding movement

    Part 5: Repentance

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/24/17

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 22

    Paul's faith story reveals his "turn" from one view to another. His call is to share this change with others. As the movement expands, he will face resistance in many forms (See Acts 27). We might expect the same. Press on (Acts 30:30)

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  • Acts: God's Spirit inspires an ever-expanding movement

    Part 4: Uncharted Territory

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/17/17

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 17

    Paul evangelizes with a "fresh" gospel in synagogues and marketplaces. His gospel includes features which sound "strange" to some, and like "foreign" babbling to others. How do we respond to (and incorporate) the implications of the Paschal mystery and God’s omnipresence?

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  • ACTS: GOD'S SPIRIT INSPIRES AN EVER-EXPANDING MOVEMENT

    PART 3 - God's Special Fondness

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/10/17

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 5:10

    "I am especially fond of that one" says the God character in William Paul Young's The Shack. How do we respond to a God who loves everyone with a special fondness? If the Holy Spirit invades with less discriminating taste, how might we need to adjust our willingness to engage others? How might we need to see God differently than we have historically?

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  • ACTS: GOD'S SPIRIT INSPIRES AN EVER-EXPANDING MOVEMENT

    PART 2 - What's going on here?

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/3/17

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 5:27-42

    When God's movement faces resistance (as expected?), both breakthrough and loss characterize the next steps.

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  • Acts: God's Spirit inspires an ever-expanding movement

    Part 1 - Beyond all norms

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/27/17

    SCRIPTURE: Acts chapters 1-4

    God's movement is one which breaches strongholds and transcends boundaries. It seems determined to inspire new life beyond all previously known norms.  Where will it move next? Where do we resist?  How do we get on board? 

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  • Are We Listening

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/20/17

    SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:1-4, 28:1-15, 1 Samuel 3:1-11, Matthew 17:5, John 10:27, John 18:37, Acts 2:1-14,22

    The scripture is full of instructions to "listen".  What happens when we do….or don’t listen?  How and to what shall we listen in order to maximize our journey with He who speaks with what's been described as a still, small voice?  If listening leads to aliveness, let’s listen!

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  • A Tale of Two Branches

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 8/6/17

    SCRIPTURE: John 15:1-11

    All good stories have these things: Characters, Purpose, Conflict, Turns, and Inciting Events. We were created to live good, if not great stories, yet somehow we have settled for meaningless and unfulfilling stories. In John 15, we see a recipe for living a good story that has all of the ingredients good stories have. 

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  • What If

    SPEAKER: Barbara Edwards

    DATE: 7/30/17

    SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 2:1-11

    Throughout Scripture God calls people to courageously participate with Him in advancing His Kingdom. In Proverbs we see that opening our minds and hearts to the knowledge of God allows us to step out in courage and live into the life God is calling us to? What would happen if we became people of courage who listened and obeyed the nudge of God’s Spirit? What if?

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  • THe Story We Live

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 7/23/17

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:1-2

    The impact our stories have on the stories of others can greatly shape their experiences with God. As Christ-followers allow God to live His story through them they will embrace a costly lifestyle of sacrificial love and service. 

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  • Truth for Facing Trouble

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 7/2/17

    SCRIPTURE: John 14:1-14

    In moments we never long to experience, Jesus gives us words we struggle to hear. But beneath the tension, they are words for a journey which Jesus says unites us with the Father. We join the disciples in asking their heart-troubling questions.

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  • Where would Jesus Join?

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/25/17

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:42-47

    Nicholas Kristof suggest that some of the world’s major religions would be unrecognizable to their founders. Would Jesus be interested in becoming active in a local 21st CE “Christian” congregation? What would attract Him? Also, would we want Him to join our congregation? 

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  • The Side Effects of self-emptying

    SPEAKER: Sarah Ford

    DATE: 6/18/17

    SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:3-8

    Kenosis is a Greek word which refers to the doctrine of Christ’s self-emptying. This is primarily on display in a hymn that Paul refers to in Philippians 2:3-8. This is also the pattern of God’s Kingdom. You loose your life in order to have life. How might this play out in our lives and at Chestnut Grove?

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  • The Art of Neighboring: Part 6 - Better Together

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/28/17

    SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:10-21, 13:8-10

    The move from distance to unity requires time, forgiveness, and prayer. But when Community results from good neighboring, vitality is unstoppable. 

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  • The Art of Neighboring: Part 5 - Extraordinary Relationships

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/21/17

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:1-17

    Extraordinary relationships feature three characteristics. Not all neighboring relationships will (contain them). How do we discern when to "hold 'em" and when to "fold 'em?"   

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  • The art of neighboring: part 4 - Motives and Methods

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/14/17

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:27

    Building a culture of reciprocity invites us to check our motives and our egos. How can we be a city on a hill?

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  • The Art of Neighboring: part 3 - Baby Steps & Bigger Steps

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/7/17

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 5:27-32

    How do we eliminate strangers? Introduce ourselves! Neighboring is a long term endeavor with even longer term benefits. What are some steps?

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  • The art of neighboring: Part 2 - Obstacles

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 4/30/17

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:38-42, Numbers 13

    What prevents us from that which is most important? Since we are perfectly designed to achieve the results we are achieving, it must be a design issue. How might we redesign our lives towards ultimate value?

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  • The Art of Neighboring: Part 1 - WHo is my neighbor

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 4/23/17

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:28-35

    Jesus says the path to inheriting eternal life has MUCH to do with your neighbors. Will we seek loopholes or love?

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  • Being 3-f People: Fruitfulness

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 2/7/16

    SCRIPTURE: John 15:1-5, 6-17 & Luke 4:16-20

    Jesus launches a ministry among the faithful with a proclamation of fruitfulness. He later shares the pattern for lifelong fruitbearing. Paul heralds Jesus' kenotic attitude as the model for us all. 

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  • being 3-f People: Formation

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 1/31/16

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:41-47

    Maturity is the product of relational investment with God and others. This is what Jesus repeatedly said was the greatest priority. How do we engage?

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  • Being 3-f PEOPLE: FAITH

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 1/17/16

    SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11

    What is faith? Why does it matter? What does it look like?

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