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Omnipresence

11/10/2019
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The One we worship produces faith, hope and love in weary hearts by drawing near to us and inviting us into relationship. God's ever-presence means that there is no time or place where he is not close and available to know the world and act in it. The reason that he sometimes feels distant and unavailable is exactly because He is nearer to us than and more persistent in his availability than anything else in creation.

Duration:00:47:03

Holiness

10/27/2019
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The concept of holiness cuts close to the heart of our definition of God. God is ultimately different than anything in the created order, and for that reason his beauty, truth and goodness is both the foundation for all of life's glory and at the same time it is beyond anything we could imagine. Imaginations haunted by God's holiness can break the bounds of earthly limitations and lives built around God's holiness will overcome all earthly trouble.

Duration:00:48:01

Spiritual Liberty

10/20/2019
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The freedom that Jesus offers in his death and resurrection is the deepest kind of freedom- the kind that begins from within and releases control of others without sacrificing personal responsibility or the persistence of love. The political outworking of that freedom is good news for the oppressed in a community organized around growing in that freedom.

Duration:00:47:24

Mystical Spirituality

10/6/2019
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The Holy Spirit is essential to the culture of our church, but not as an impersonal force to be harnessed or a secret power to be unleashed. The Holy Spirit unites us to God and one another by drawing attention to, uniting us with and re-telling the story of Jesus in our own lives.

Duration:00:37:36

Missional Priority

9/29/2019
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The church is a missional community in two senses - it is the object of God's mission (he saved and gathered a people) and it is the subject of God's mission (it is sent by God into the world to do His work). Understanding our church's culture means knowing that we are always desiring to see the relational circles in our lives grow, encompassing more and more of our world in the love of God.

Duration:00:43:52

The Universal Offer of Salvation

9/22/2019
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We explore Luke 4 and the start of Jesus' ministry focusing on his universal offer of salvation and the deep love it is fundamentally about.

Duration:00:38:01

Experiential Necessity

9/15/2019
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Some kinds of knowledge rely completely on personal experience, like knowing how a strawberry tastes. Knowledge of God is like this. You can receive witnesses about him through various sources, but a relationship with God calls individuals to actually "taste and see that the Lord is good." Luke brings this emphasis to the center of Christ's teaching when recording the beginning of his ministry, highlighting his work of making the blind see. Bread & Wine aims to foster a culture which...

Duration:00:53:32

Biblical Authority

9/8/2019
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One of the cultural values that define our focus on Jesus as the embodiment of God’s love is an emphasis on Scripture. But this isn’t a fixation on the Bible for the Bible’s sake - it depends on a very specific understanding of what the Bible is and how it works.

Duration:00:52:51

Gospel Centrality

9/1/2019
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There are lots of important dimensions to church life we evaluate when considering joining one. Doctrine, methodology and character are all important; but none of them are as important as evaluating the culture of a church. The culture will tell you what they really value. This series will try to articulate aspects of the culture at Bread & Wine from the first words of Christ's earthly ministry in Luke chapter 4. It is summarized in six affirmations (biblical authority, experiential...

Duration:00:39:26

The Source of Spiritual Renewal

8/11/2019
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Spiritual renewal, we learned from Psalm 1, depends on the voices to which we pay attention. To respond to God in the daily stuff of life is to hear His voice - but where can we do that, and how does that work? CS Lewis called Psalm 19 the greatest song the world has ever known because it describes the powerful sources our souls must draw upon for renewal - God's world and God's word.

Duration:00:46:06

The Journey of Spiritual Renewal

8/4/2019
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Psalm 1 depicts the spiritual life as a journey which is ever forking in two directions - the way of life and the way of death. The essence of soul renewal is choosing life.

Now What?

7/14/2019
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In Paul's concluding greeting to the church in Philippi he blesses them with the main themes he's been teaching throughout the letter. In listening to his blessing we can summarize some of where the Spirit is leading Bread & Wine - toward a greater sense of unity, a richer sense of community and a deeper sense of grace.

Duration:00:51:22

Peace

6/30/2019
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The politics of Jesus is a politics of peace. The Good News of the Gospel is that in Jesus God has made peace with the world - but that peace must be worked out in communities mired in conflict. Even in this fairly ideal church disagreements among prominent leaders threatened to divide the community. In this passage Paul speaks about how we, as the church, are charged to keep the peace because we've received a kind of peace that grace empowers us to practice.

Duration:00:46:00

Model Citizens

6/23/2019
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Living out the kingdom of God in a local community, resisting empire and organizing around the love of God revealed in the cross, are all very lofty ideas. Learning what this looks like in practice isn't obvious, which is why the politics of Jesus can never be spelled out in detailed policies, procedures or rules. They must be exemplified in human lives, flesh and blood examples we can see and touch.

Duration:00:40:34

Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel

6/2/2019
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Using the example of Timothy and Epaphroditus, Paul shows the us what it looks like to live in light of the Gospel as individuals and as a community.

Duration:00:44:24

Resisting Empire

5/26/2019
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The command to “not complain” seems a little petty in light of the majestic poem Paul just wrote, marveling in the mysteries of God’s voluntary humiliation for our sake on the cross. But Paul is not just telling the Philippians to be careful about being too picky, he is warning them to be on guard against the forces of empire which threaten to fracture God‘s rule and frustrate his plan of salvation.

Duration:00:42:50

The Jesus of Politics

5/19/2019
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The new political order brought about by Jesus is entered not through revolution, community organizing or elections but by conversion. It’s when we are united with Christ, sharing his mind, that we live according to his way and recognize his lordship. That way is in deep tension with the American way - he died for us instead of pursuing his own life, became a slave for us instead of pursuing his own liberty and refused to use his status as God for his own happiness.

Duration:00:38:19

Unity in Opposition

5/12/2019
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The church is commanded to live as citizens of the Gospel. We know we are living in our true citizenship when we are unified. This unity is both a gift from God and a testament of our salvation that advances the Gospel in the face of outward and inward opposition.

Duration:00:26:09