Colossians 1:15-23, 3:9-15
Church Elder Julie Short and Alexandra Swann preach together on Mother's Day.
"Being a family that embraces one another is a gift of God, and it also takes hard and intentional work on our part."
Amy Bost Henegar preaches on the power of story as a witness to Christ.
All People made One as the Outcome of God’s Story
God has given us scriptures that are remarkable and challenging to understand. He engages our minds to understand and discern. We receive the whole OT. The Gospels tell Jesus’ story in four different ways. The letters are real letters written on a particular day to a distinct situation, set of problems. No systematic theological treatises or law books. There is built-in flexibility, diversity, and interpretation.
In Gal 3 Paul looks broadly over the whole story in the context of deep disputes about the OT law and the Gentiles. God’s ancient promises come to fruition in Jesus’ faithfulness as Messiah and our faith/trust in him. He is one person who is both Israel and every human, but also God so that every person can become part of him.
All the deep, ancient barriers are broken down. Humans are given a new reality by God, united not by virtue but by what God has done in Jesus. Jesus actively breaks down religious, ethnic, class, socioeconomic, gender, relational barriers, back to creation. All of these barriers were set both in custom and in Roman law, city laws, and Mosaic law.
Rachael Schaad, a Princeton Seminary MDiv student and ACU grad, is our intern for the Spring and Summer of 2017. Rachael preached this sermon on Mother's Day.
Amy Bost Henegar delivers a keynote lecture on the Book of Esther at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures.
Amy Henegar shares a scripture reflection from John 1:19-38 at our once a month Saturday Evening Service.
Amy Henegar preaches from John 1:1-18 at our first Saturday Evening Worship gathering.
The Good Samaritan
Amy preaches a powerful sermon on the “Good Samaritan” for our Mother’s Day Sunday morning service.
Amy preaches on Philippians 1:27-30 and recounts her experience being the first woman from the Church of Christ to deliver a keynote sermon at the ACU Lectures.
Scriptures Readings on Mary:
... and Jacob was the father of Joseph,
the husband of Mary,
of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Christ.
The virgin's name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"
The angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy--the Son of God.
Lewis Smedes, who was my ethics professor at Fuller Seminary, described it this way: “Ingratitude decays the spirit, spoils the soul, decomposes life itself.”
In this sermon Amy looks at the story of the lepers that Jesus heale from leprosy. Nine went on their way and only one returned to thank Jesus. What made this man return to Jesus? What did he see and experience when Jesus responded to his cries for mercy with healing grace? And how can we live in gratitude everyday, seeing our lives as gifts from God?
Amy preaches on Mother's Day.
Women's Role in the New Testament Church
A Community Without Barriers II - Women in the NT and the Church Today