Stories That Shape Us: Healed for Glory – August 14, 2022

“Stories That Shape Us: Healed for Glory”Text: Leviticus 13:1-8, 40-46Today we study a passage from Leviticus which discusses how the Israelites declared a person “unclean.” This was a time before medical advancements had been made, and separating one from the rest of the community was necessary to ensure the entire community did not become infected.…

Stories That Shape Us: Radical Grace – August 7, 2022

“Stories That Shape Us: Radical Grace”Text: Deuteronomy 19We continue our look at influential Old Testament scripture passages by examining Deuteronomy 19. While the mindset of “an eye for an eye” – reserved for only the most malicious offenses – became a part of the culture, the passage reveals that God is a God of mercy…

Stories that Shape Us: Finding Our Voice – July 24, 2022

“Stories that Shape Us: Finding Our Voice”Text: Exodus 3We’re in our second week of a new sermon series entitled “Stories that Shape Us” where we look at the Old Testament stories that both affect other areas of Scripture and define our understanding of who we are as the church. This week, we look at the…

Stories that Shape Us: A People of Hope – July 17, 2022

“Stories that Shape Us: A People of Hope”Text: Genesis 13 This week we begin a new sermon series focusing on the Old Testament, “Stories that Shape Us.” These stories just didn’t shape the scripture of the New Testament – they also shape who we are although we live in a far different culture and time.…

Luke 15:1-7 – July 10, 2022

Text: Luke 15:1-7We welcome Pastor Amanda Lawton as this week’s guest preacher. She serves the South Portland Church of the Nazarene as both children’s pastor and director of the Lighthouse School. We sometimes experience moments when we feel lost. However, as the Parable of the Lost Sheep reminds us, God is always searching for us…

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Galatians 6:1-18 – July 3, 2022

Text: Galatians 6:1-18This week, we finish reading the book of Galatians. During the last few weeks, we have seen how Paul lays the foundation for the Gospel to the church in Galatia as being a gospel of love and non-judgment. In the last chapter, Paul talks about how living out the Gospel might look like,…

Galatians 5:13-26 – June 26, 2022

Text: Galatians 5:13-26We continue our look at Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia. In last week’s passage from chapter 3, Paul reminds us that there is no law that keeps us from the grace of God. This may tempt us to live our lives the way we want to or just do the minimum…

Galatians 3:23-29 – June 19, 2022

Text: Galatians 3:23-29One of the questions facing the early Christians, being Jewish and familiar with Jewish law and traditions, was “what does it mean that Jesus, who was reduced to nothing by being crucified on the cross, was raised from the dead?” The dead were considered unclean and cursed – and if God worked through…

Trinity Sunday – June 12, 2022

“Trinity Sunday”Text: John 16:12-15On Trinity Sunday, the church remembers that in worship, we celebrate God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. But what does the Trinity mean for us? In this passage, Jesus invites us into this same interconnected relationship; that everything about His character is shared as a blessing to us as well.…