Date: March, 20, 2011
The weekly podcast of the Gospel-centered preaching ministry of Grace Church, San Luis Obispo.
Grace Church, SLO is a vibrant and alive 75 year-old church located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast of California.
We believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truth to be believed and truth to be lived!
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Labels: Sanctity of Life Sunday
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The doctrine of humanity . . . our place in relation to God and creation.
The gateway to the Psalms . . .
Not your normal Sunday service at Grace . . .
I stumbled upon this on Guy Kawasaki's blog. . .
Situational settings only bring out what already lurks inside and what lies beneath. The Bible is clear. "There is none righteous, no not one."
Question: Are people inherently and consistently good or bad?
Answer: I begin my book with John Milton’s classic statement about the power of the human mind, that it is its own place, and can “make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” I follow with a psychological celebration of the mind’s infinite capacity to make any of us villains or heroes by enabling us to be caring or indifferent, selfless of selfish, creative or destructive.
People are not born evil, but rather with survival talents, and remarkable mental templates to be anything imaginable — just as infants readily learn to speak and understand any of a thousand languages in an instant in their development. We get a push from nature in various directions, such as being more inhibited or bold, but who we become is ultimately a complex process of cultural, historical, religious, economic and political experiences in familial and other institutional settings.
Our vision of God will fuel our vision for the future . . .
Labels: Building on the Legacy
Matthew ends his gospel and we end our Matthew study with . . . A Great Claim, a Great Command, a Great Comfort!
Labels: Gospel of Matthew
"What shall I do with Jesus?" This is the famous question that Pilate asks in this important text. Its a question for each of us. . .
Danny Martin, President Emeritus of Mission to Unreached People Groups challenges us to get involved in what God is doing in the world.
In the garden of Gethsemane, why does Jesus experience such soul suffering? Is it because His followers sleep or because His friend subverts or because His enemies sieze, mock, beat and eventually crucify Him? In this message we look at the real source of Jesus soul suffering. . . .
Here we explore the Passover ritual and how Jesus transformed it into His Supper. . . .
Labels: Gospel of Matthew
In this message, we return to an earlier series in the Gospel of Matthew. We pick things up in the passion narrative at the top of chapter 26 as we move toward Easter 2007 . . .
Labels: Gospel of Matthew
This is a look at sudden and sometimes dissatisfying ending to the book of Jonah . . .
In this week's message, we continue our study of the book of Jonah, looking at chapter 2. Last week we discovered that the Word of the Lord has come to us as it came to Jonah. We, too, have been sent to a needy, but sinful world. In order to reach that world that God so loves, we must not runaway from that world, but run toward it .. . We must not separate ourselves from the world, but serve it. We must become "signs of the Gospel," men and women overboard, who not only share the Gospel, but show it.
For some of us, our most recent exposure to Jonah has been through the Veggie Tales movie. For some of our kids, their only exposure to the book of Jonah has been through the Veggie Tales Movie. But something of the intensity, power and relevance of Jonah is lost in the cartoonized version. We need to rescue Jonah from Veggie Tales! Jonah's story is the Big Story of the Gospel and, from a different angle, our story. Come and find your story. . .
Pastor Steve tackles the text this week!
Pastor Ken goes for it with this great passage!
"Nothing in my hand's I bring, only to Thy cross I cling." This is Paul's song and the song of all true believers. We discover exactly what it means to "Rejoice in the Lord" here in Philippians 3:1-11.
Sometimes the Apostle Paul is caricatured as a driven, task-oriented, non relational type A personality. This text challenges that perspective. Here we see Paul's warmth and deep affection for his friends.
Pastor Steve continues our study of Philippians this week with a challenging call to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling."
God delights in the unity of His people. Paul delights in the unity of God's people. He ties his joy to it. In the first half of Philippians 2, he tells us why unity is essential, what unity is, and how unity is achieved.
We come to this most familiar of mantras, "To live is Christ, to die is gain," but what does it exactly mean? Its not as complicated as you might think. . .
We all face difficult circumstances and difficult people in our lives. Paul shows us how to rejoice in Gospel progress through and despite difficult these difficult circumstances and people.
Here we discover the first stream of the Apostle Paul's joy... Gospel Transformation. When Paul thought about how the Gospel was changing the lives of these Philippians, he laughed out loud! His joyful confidence in Gospel transformation, led to joyful prayer for Gospel transformation. We are God's masterpieces-in-the-making.
What's your story? We all have a story. We begin our study of Philippians with a look at Paul's story which begins in Acts 9.
This Fall we're pursuing a "Joy Revolution" as we study Paul's letter to the Philippians. We kick things off in this message from Psalm 37:4.
A very famous and complex passage. . . the last in our Mathew Series until the new year.
Pastor Steve recently took a team back to the Katrina impact zone to live the Gospel. This message is his report.
In this look at the famous Parable of the Talents, we look at the Allocation of the Master, the Activity of the Servants, the Accounting upon Return and the Application to Us. Enjoy.
Be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. --Matthew 24:42. What does it mean to "live alert?" To explain it, Jesus doesn't tell one parable, or even two parables, but three parables to drive home the point. . . .
We are neck deep into Matthew 24, exploring the coming again of Christ. Pre, mid, post tribulation. Which are you? Where does Matthew 24 fit into it all. Listen and found out.
Could Christ come back at any time? Or must certain things happen before he does? Does it matter? Listen and discover what Jesus says about the end times in Matthew 24.
This 4th session of our 2006 Family Conference focusses on improving your marriage and other relationships . . .
In this 3rd of four Family Conference Messages, Pastor Greg Sidders tackles the tough topic of suffering. . .
In this 2nd of four Family Conference messages, Pastor Greg Sidders addresses the delicate topic of contentment.
The theme of this year's Family Conference was "Surviving the SLO Life." Keynote speaker, Greg Sidders, kicks things off with this message about how to improve your most difficult relationship. Good stuf . . .
Matthew 24 is considered one of the most difficult and controversial passages in the entire New Testament. What are we to do with it?
These are perhaps the strongest and harshest words from the lips of our Lord. We can't go around them. We must go through them. So let's dig in together. . .
Often when folks come close and get a peak behind the curtain of the inner workings of church life, they don't like what they see of the spiritual leadership. And for good reason. In this text, Jesus gives us a peak behind the curtain of the spiritual leadership of His day. What we see in His day, we often see in our day and in our lives.
This text continues Jesus' dialogue with the Religious Leaders. Here Jesus silences his questioners while pointing us all to the greatest commandment of all.
"Render to Caesar." This is perhaps one of the most quoted of the sayings of Jesus, but what does it mean. Listen and find out.
In this, the third of the "passion week parables," Jesus tells us about a king who throws a wedding feast for His Son. Its a parable with a strange twist. Listen to learn how the Parable moves and what the parable means . . . .
After a long break, we return to our Gospel of Matthew series and jump right into this odd scene where Jesus curses the fig tree. Its"a Jesus curve ball." Here we encounter a challenging twin lesson . . .
This was the BIG WEEKEND for Grace...the culmination of our 75th Anniversary Celebration and what a weekend it was! The message this weekend challenged us to Covenant Renewal in line with the Biblical pattern.
This 6th week of our 75th Anniversary Celebration, Youth Pastor Ken Peet opened God's Word for us from 1 Timothy 1 and reminded us that God has given us and our youth a spirit of power, and love and discipline.
On this 5th week of our 75th Anniversary Celebration here at Grace we looked at our commitment to Childen's Ministry. . . . . our delight, our desires and our diligence with the Children of Grace.
Grace is a church in San Luis Obispo, a university town, which affords us some exciting ministry opportunities. The 4th week of Grace's 75th Anniversary Celebration, features Pastor Steve Leonard preaching about God's faithfulness in our ministry to college students throughout these many years. Its a compelling challenge.
In this 3rd week of our 75th Anniversary Celebration, Deane Keller, Grace's third Senior Pastor, returns for our 2006 Missions Conference. Its a walk down memory lane. . .
In this, the 2nd of a our seven 75th Anniversary weekends, Pastor Scott Peterson reflects on the value and priority of community ministry.
The Christian Worldview stands or falls on the Resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus did not rise, than Christianity isn't true and it doesn't work. But if its true, what does the resurrection of Jesus mean? Listen and find out.
In Matthew 21, Jesus takes the wraps off himself and presents Himself as the Promised King, the Paradoxical King, the Purifying King, the Praiseworthy thing. May we see Him as He really is, not as we want Him to be.
Is it Biblical for Grace Church, SLO to make a big deal about our 75th Annivesary? Why are we making such a big deal about this? Listen to find out.
Pastor Steve takes this one and shows how these two blind men who come to Jesus model for us the essential quality of "kingdom humilty."
Those knuckleheaded discples just aren't getting it! Check out the power play of James and John and Jesus gentle response...
Last week we saw the necessity of God's grace. This week we see the nature of God's grace in this most strange parable of the gracious landowner. Here we see the seeking grace of God, the sovereign grace of God and the inexplicable grace of God.
A curious and challenging text that moves from desire to dissection to disappointment to declaration to desperation. This text shows the necessity of God's grace if any of us are going to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Find out what Jesus says about marriage and divorce in this intriguing dialogue with the Pharisees. Are you looking for the loopholes?
This week, Pastor Ken Peet, does an excellent, insightful, passionate job expositing this famous text in Matthew 18. Its all about the gospel!
Humble Confrontation, as Jesus commands it, is so often neglected in today's world. Here we consider it's practice, its purpose and the process.
It's been said that the function of God's Word is to comfort the discurbed and to disturb the confortable. The first half of Matthew 18 definitely does the latter. Listen and learn what is the essential, necessary required quality for entrance to the kingdom of heaven.
This week we look at the next two incidents beyond the Transfiguration. In the first, we see in exhortation to Gospel faith. In the second, we see an example of Gospel humility.
This week we jump back into Matthew. Matthew 17:1-13 is a turning point passage in Matthew's Gospel. It's a turning point passage in the progession of the Scriptures, God's self revelation. This incident is a turning point in the lives of three disciples. . . Peter, James, and John. Discover why!
This week we look the Biblical foundation for the Sanctity of Life. The Sanctity of Life is a Biblical truth that informs an ever increasing variety of real life issues including euthanasia, assisted suicide, abortion, cloning, reproductive technologies and embryonic stem cell research. As we inevitably encounter these real life scenarios, we must begin here. . . life is sacred.
This message kicks off our 2006 Week of Prayer here at Grace Church, a week we set apart for the purpose of prayer. Here in Acts we discover in the early church's prayer a pattern for our own prayer. Here we see the Fuel, the Focus, and the Fruit of prayer.
Luke 1:67 says that Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied. So what does the Spirit of God want us know about what was happening in the middle of these marvelous events from this guy who didn't beleive, but now does? That's what this Priest's Prophecy is all about.
Mary's Song shows us that the Christmas Gospel is covenantal. . . it brings reversal and its intensely personal.
Christmas is about God breaking in. The Christmas story is the Gospel story. The Christmas story is about ordinary people being caught up into God's extraordinary story. The unfolding of the Christmas narrative shows us both the nature of the Gospel and how to respond to the Gospel.
We live in an individualistic day. We want a relationship with Jesus, but we're not at all sure about the church. We're cynical, suspicious and stand-offish. We so need to hear Jesus' words in Matthew 16:18. . . .
Each vignette, each episode, each encounter in Matthew's Gospel is carefully chosen and arranged to show us who Jesus is, why Jesus came and what it means to be in a saving, life changing relationship with Jesus. This week we meet Jesus in three of these encounters.
On this Reformation Sunday, we look at the Biblical and historical pattern. . . Remembering leads to reforming, reforming gives rise to renewing. We looked at one example of the pattern in the life and times of Josiah and discovered that needs to be happening personally in us, it needs to be happening corporately among us, it needs to be happening continually and at special, designated times. . .
"Rejoice in the Lord always." Its so familiar to some of us that its become meaningless and trite. So what does Paul mean when we writes this to the church at Philipi? Discover what it means and how we begin. . .
This week, Campus Crusade Missionary, Dan Krull, reminds us that a Gospel-centered community is a Missional Community. He reminds us what God is doing in the universe and how we can be involved. Along the way, he shares his own experience in trying to live out the Gospel in his own life for the last ten years in Eastern Europe.
I've found that 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 is a passage that I return to again and again as I seek to understand how God works and how the Gospel works. The gospel challenges both religious, moralistic worldviews and irreligious, secular humanist worldviews. The gospel is a third way, God's wisdom and God's power. The more we see Christ humbling himself for me at the cross, the more humble we will become as people and as a church.
God is doing an amazing and wonderful thing in the Church . . . .here at Grace Church, SLO. He is uniting a diverse people BY the Gospel and He is Diversifying a united people FOR the Gospel. May we delight in His wise design!
What is a Gospel-Centered Community? We disovered in 2 Timothy 1:13-14 that a Gospel-centered community is a Truth-Driven Community, one that guard's message, minds its manner and remembers the means.
This week Care & Community Pastor, Scott Peterson, reminds us that God is most concerned about our hearts. How easy it is to honor God with our lips while our hearts are far from Him.
At Grace, we're committed to both age/stage segregated learning worshipping and learning environments and age integrated worshipping and learning environments. Not either/or, but both/and. We're committed to encouraging and facilitating Family Worship, parents and children worshipping together in our worship services. It's counter-cultural, it's counter-intuitive, but we believe its Biblical, family-strengthening and God-exalting. This sermon explains our vision for Family Worship here at Grace!
Matthew is all about showing us Jesus, the Servant King. . . what He is like, why we should trust Him. But Matthew also is about how we trust Him, what it means to trust Him through all of life. This passage at the end of the Matthew 14 shows us four of the many stages and seasons of faith. . . .struggling faith, risking faith, doubting faith, worshipping faith in Jesus.
Peruse the halls of history, examine the offices of business, review the playmakers of politics, explore, even, the spheres of ministry. . . . and you will discover there are basically two styles of leadership, two types of leaders. There are Tyrant Leaders and there are Servant Leaders. Matthew, having just showed us Herod, a tyrant leader, now shows us Jesus, the servant leader, who feels, who involves, who provides. He is a king who can save us, a king who can satisfy.
Jesus has just told this series of exciting, encouraging parables of the kingdom's growth, but now the King's Herald is beheaded! This is what happens to those whom God calls, those whom God uses, those who God approves, those who live by faith? Bad things happen to Godly people. If not today, then yesterday. If not yesterday, then tomorrow. And we've all asked "Why?" This message seeks give Biblical answers!
Here at the end of Matthew 13, three vignettes present to us three responses to the Kingdom of God. Here we meet Fakers, Followers and Fools. Which are you? Where are you? Listen and see . . .
At Grace, we value the institution of the family, because God created it and God uses it. We are committed to growing healthy families in our church that will have an impact on our larger surrounding community. Our annual Family Conference is a week where we pursue this end together. This year's 2005 Family Conference Keynote Speaker is Dan Haakenson, who presently serves as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Valley Church in Vacaville, CA. Pastor Dan kicked off this year's series, "Keys to Communication: Practicing the Principles of Proverbs" with this message on Sunday morning. . . .
What do you value most—perhaps without even realizing it? Jesus shares two short parables about two regular guys going about their business that reveal the value, the cost, the worth and the availability of the Kingdom of God in contrast with all else we treasure. The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl cut right to the chase!
A little goes a long way. . . that's the similarity between the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Leaven. But there's a slight and subtle, but significant difference. So what "mysteries of the kingdom" are revealed in these two parables? What is Jesus trying to teach us? Listen and find out. . . .
The folks of Jesus' day expected the Kingdom to come suddenly and explosively. Jesus says the kingdom is more like a seed, than like a bomb. It comes slowly and subtly, but surely. And along the way, the kingdom is mixed-up and messy. This is what the parable of the wheat and the weeds is all about. He/She who has ears, let them hear. . .
Pastor Tim Theule
Pastor Tim Theule
Pastor Tim Theule
Pastor Tim Theule