I'm New Here
 
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Series: All Things New

Title: I’m New Here

Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25

Big Idea: When we realize that Jesus has made us a new creation, we begin to live differently. We begin to see the things God has gifted us with, and we want to use them to help others experience God’s grace too. One of the best ways we can do that is to share the valuable gift of time that each of us has been given with others, to grow our understanding of God’s will for our lives together. When we spend time sharing our lives–the good, bad, and the ugly–with other people who share our goal of growing closer to Jesus, we are participating in a mentoring relationship. Mentoring strengthens us in Jesus, and "spurs us toward love" that can lead others into a new relationship with Jesus too.

Pete Kopplin
Doing Something New
 
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Series: All Things New

Title: Doing Something New

Scripture: Romans 12:1-8

Big Idea: When people experience something new it changes their perspective. When we realize we are new–new creations through the sacrifice of Jesus–we should be eager to live out our new identity in new ways, by using the gifts God has given us. We shouldn’t be enticed by the patterns of the past, living to serve an outdated image of who we once were. Our new identity and our new lives as people who belong to Jesus should guide us as we do new things for new reasons, living lives that please God and draw others in as we share his grace and love through our actions.

Pete Kopplin
New Creation
 
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Series: All Things New

Title: New Creation

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Big Idea: It’s a new year, which means new goals, new resolutions, new habits, and new routines. As good as it is to do new things and improve ourselves, if we are only trying to be a better version of what we already are, it’s just playing dress up. If we do that with our spiritual lives, we are trading the vibrancy of a relationship with Jesus for dusty old religion. As Christians, we are made new in Jesus–not just improved–we are entirely new creations! We should be growing our spiritual understanding of who God is and what he wants us to do because it’s almost inconceivable how much God loves us, and what he’s done to craft us anew in his own image.

Pete Kopplin
Walking With A Limp
 
 

Title: Walking With A Limp

Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Big Idea: We all face difficulties and painful experiences in life. We have been taught to cover our weaknesses and pain, and hide them. What we must do is let Jesus use those weaknesses, to show His strength and point others, in their weaknesses and struggles, to Him.

Pete Kopplin
To Be Honest
 
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Series: Arrival

Title: To Be Honest

Scripture: Matthew 1:1-17

Big Idea: Genealogies are boring. But the genealogy in Matthew is the first thing he writes about, before the wise men, before the shepherds, before the star and the gifts and the manger. That means it must be terribly important. Matthew–along with Luke in his own account–lays out a legal, biological, historical claim that Jesus is who he says he is, which frames everything we know about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; and it helps us see that these stories are so much more than myths and legends… they are true! Jesus’ birth ushered in the gift of grace, and regardless of where you have come from or what you have done, God’s grace is for you, and God wants nothing more than to write you into his family tree as one of his children.

Pete Kopplin
I Can Hardly Wait!
 
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Series: Arrival

Title: I Can Hardly Wait!

Scripture: Luke 2:22-35

Big Idea: Expectation is about certainty. Anticipation is about hope. When we read about Simeon, we see a man who expected God to do the things he said he’d do; and who was hopeful that today would be the day God would choose to do them. When we expect God to move, we see him more clearly. But when we hope in the promises of God, it affects every part of our lives; from how we live, to what we do, to our attitude, and how we respond to the unexpected. Simeon probably wasn’t expecting the Messiah to come in the form of a child, but Simeon’s certainty in God’s promises, coupled with his hopefulness, allowed him to continue to watch God work with eagerness and anticipation. We need to expect God to move, and hope he moves in and through us as we serve him.

Pete Kopplin
What Did You Expect?
 
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Series: Arrival

Title: What Did You Expect?

Scripture: Deut 18:15-20, Mt 21:10-11 (Messiah as prophet)

Heb 9:11-15 (Jesus as Priest)

2 Sam 7:12-14 (Jesus as King)

Big Idea: What do you expect of Jesus, our Messiah? Do you expect him to be a ragamuffin prophet, wandering through the wilderness? An uptight priest, judging all of those for whom he offers sacrifice? A heavy-handed king, ruling with fear and power? The truth is, Jesus is all three and more, in the most perfect of ways. Jesus doesn’t fit into a nice little box that we can always fully comprehend; but we must not make the mistake of setting our expectations of what he is able to do too low simply because we don’t understand. After all, God used the birth of a child at Christmas to begin our redemption story, and his love is capable of even more than we could imagine. Let’s expect the unexpected through God’s gift of grace.

Pete Kopplin
Signs
 
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Series: Arrival

Title: Signs

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

Big Idea: We see signs everywhere, every day, all around us. In this scripture there are signs in stars and dreams as well as in God’s word. God has already given us everything we need to know he is present, if we’d just pay attention to the signs.

Pete Kopplin