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We are a gathering of imperfect people who have been and are being changed by the work of God in us. Most sermons in this podcast are preached by Pastor Paul Sausser, who is a lifelong learner, especially in the area of biblical literature and ancient biblical culture. He has a M.Div. degree from Calvin Theological Seminary and a D.Min. degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, and served at three other churches leading up to Discovery. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for m ...
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While the Christian’s calling includes not conforming to the world, we do live life touching the world. We are not to be in isolation from the influences of the world but live out what it means to bring God’s grace and love to the world. In this way we serve as priests to those who need to see our Jesus. Verse: Keep on loving one another as brother…
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We had technical issues recording July 7's talk, so please enjoy this rerun instead. Deuteronomy 4:5-8 Being a community is more than a gathering of people. It is living out together the wisdom and ways of God. As a faith community does just this, its neighbors see God and His people as something they need and want. Living out God’s way of life tog…
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In Hebrews 11 we see people demonstrating incredible faith, we see God showing up in incredible ways, and we begin to think that there is a causal relationship between our faith and God’s actions. But what happens when one doesn’t have incredible faith? Or what happens when one does have faith and God doesn’t come through as we want Him to? Sometim…
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Once per month, Discovery has a Discipleship Emphasis Sunday which focuses on a video from The Bible Project instead of a talk. Therefore, there is no new talk this week. The talk we're sharing today was preached June 5, 2023. Ephesians 3:14-21 “The gospel is inherently selfless and builds a community where we are all able to thrive.” View the full…
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Moses’ faith, beginning as it did with his parents who by faith gained some inkling of the child’s destiny, (Moses’ faith) compelled him to forfeit the immediate for the future, the seen for the unseen, to choose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoying the pleasures of sin for a moment. He regarded disgrace for the sake o…
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Hebrews 11:8-13 Having spent decades growing stable faith in Abraham and Sarah, we see how stable faith works. In four instances, God calls this couple to move forward in faith based on the promises God gave to them. Because these promises will be experienced in part and not in their totality, their faith trusts God to ultimately fulfill all His pr…
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Faith is setting our heart on the true and sure reality of who God is, what He has done, and what He promises. A steady faith follows these invisible realities of God, not the visible things we see with physical eyes. This chapter of Heroes of the Faith begins with defining how firm faith in God differs from walking by trust in the things of this w…
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Today is Pentecost, 50 days after we have celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. On Pentecost God poured out His Promised Holy Spirit on those who believed in Jesus, with no restriction. This pouring of the Spirit still continues today. Joel 2:28-29 View the full service on our YouTube channel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more informa…
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Christ is the foundation of our faith. We live by faith and not by sight. So many of the heroes of faith did not see what was promised, yet they persevered. Through Christ we have the ability to persevere with the greater hope that we will see what He promised. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb…
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Because of Jesus, His one sacrifice for us is all we need for forgiveness and new life in Him. As we cling to these promises, we encourage each other to hold on to this hope that is found only in Christ. Because Jesus is fully committed to us, we take that and be fully committed also to one another. Verse: For by one sacrifice he has made perfect f…
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This week (April 28) was Discipleship Emphasis Sunday, which involves a Bible Project video and small group discussion, so there is no new talk to share. Please enjoy this old but still relevant talk from 2022, preached by Pastor Paul Sausser. Galatians 6:1-10 In giving a picture of true love for one another, Jesus’ law of love includes carrying ea…
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God wants us to properly consider these small but valuable diamonds in the form of habits and principles, for our Christian life at its highest level. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 This talk is primarily in Spanish, with English interpretation. Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/NZn2MVT1zlM Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/priv…
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Heaven is more real than the broken world we see around us. Christ’s sacrifice sets us free to live in his presence, allowing us to start to experience that eternal reality even now in the body of Christ. Hebrews 9:11-14, 23-28 Pastor Matthew Wright joins us as Pastor Paul and Renae are on vacation. Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: ht…
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This week, worship began with communion. A short pause is included in the podcast where communion was served before the talk begins. Because of Jesus, we have access to what is better than what this world has to offer. Being the better high priest and offering a better sacrifice, we have access to a better life, a life that has its totality in Jesu…
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The resurrection of Jesus is so profound, such a pivotal point in history, that because of it, everything is different. Because Jesus rose from the dead, He offers us a fresh start as He has the power to change everything! Mark 16:1-8 Watch the full service: https://youtu.be/Q7o7LK9MOOA Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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At different times in our lives, we all need some sort of rescue. To “be saved” is to “be rescued.” The stories and ceremonies within the Old Testament all point towards the One and the way that Father God would provide rescue—through His selected Lamb. We are saved by the blood of the Lamb. Exodus 12:1-6; John 1:29-31 Watch the full service: https…
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This week was Discipleship Emphasis Sunday, which involves a Bible Project video and small group discussion, so there is no new talk to share. Please enjoy this old but still relevant talk from 2022, preached by Pastor Paul Sausser. Acts 8:26-40 Our society is highly polarized, especially with political differences. Humans are good at division. Phi…
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Just as we need mediators in many parts of our lives, we need a spiritual mediator to be the go-between between us and God. In Old Testament times, God provided the High Priest. Now, Jesus is the only High Priest we need to mediate on our behalf before God. He is the only One who clicks all the boxes of what is needed in a spiritual mediator. Hebre…
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Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. Fulfilling the requirements of every priest that ever existed, Jesus became the high priest (the one who offers the sacrifice), the altar (where the sacrifice is made), and the sacrifice (the actual offering) once and for all, for us. He is solid and stable, never moving, so on Him we can place o…
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On Discipleship Emphasis Sundays, we have a shorter talk to make time to watch and discuss a video from The Bible Project. Watch this month's video here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/priests-of-eden/ Adam and Eve, our first parents, were made in God’s image. As God’s image bearers, they represented God to all of creation, working and wors…
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The role of the High Priest was to be the highest representative of God to His people, and God’s people to God. Because of this, the qualifications of the High Priest were high. Jesus fulfilled all the human qualifications of being a High Priest, but more than that, He was appointed as Father God. Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Watch the full service here: http…
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Guest preacher Rev. Matthew Wright joins us for this 4th installment of our Snapshots of Greatness series. Hebrews 4:12-16 The word of God cuts us to the core and lays us bare before our judge. But in Jesus Christ we have a great high priest who has brought our humanity into heaven and represents us before the Father, so we may approach his throne …
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In Christ we have a calling to persevere against unbelief. Throughout Israel’s history, the repetitive behavioral pattern of chasing after other gods and forgetting the promises of God is a prominent theme. Through Christ, our hearts of stone can become hearts of flesh—being in communion with Him, and in community with others, to press against the …
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All Christ has done for us took place because He became one of us to save from ourselves and transform us to be like Him. In Jesus, God is showing us what it is like to be fully human as Jesus wears our skin without our sin. Hebrews 2:9-18 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/aHMeCD0VjAo Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/pri…
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A new year brings a new series: Snapshots of Greatness, in which we'll explore many names and characteristics of Jesus as told in the book of Hebrews. The Living Jesus is all we need to find fulfillment in our lives. Jesus is Father God’s full and final picture of what He wants to reveal about Himself to us. In these opening verses, 9 snapshots of …
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The Bible is full of stories of men and women who had doubts and fears, yet trusted that God was bigger than those doubts and fears. Jesus’ final words were to a group of young men that doubted. Yet they obeyed and God used them to change the world. Will we trust God today in the midst of our own doubts and fears? Matthew 28:16-20 Ryan Waalkes is a…
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Christmas is here. We love love stories, and so we might think on this day of the love story between Joseph and Mary. But this day is not about their story, but His love story. Today is about God fulfilling promises to bring His love in His Son down to earth for us. Luke 2:1-20 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VRc2QUt…
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Christmas is about God’s salvation for us. Strip everything else away from Christmas but this truth, and it will still be a great Christmas. John’s birth tells what this child will do—announce God’s plan of salvation. Zechariah’s song, his response to God’s goodness, is praising our Lord and also proclaiming God’s salvation. The central message of …
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God’s great plan of new life should be responded to by incredible joy—spontaneous joy. The ARRIVAL of Mary at Elizabeth’s place brings joy to their home. Jesus does that to people. Elizabeth is blessed by having this Child and being in a relationship to the mother of the Messiah. Mary breaks into ADORATION about her own happiness and the joy of new…
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God fulfills His promises in miraculous ways that mystify us. When we are confronted with God’s miraculous and mysterious ways, we need to be obedient and accept God’s coming to us—first, in receiving His Christmas gift of a Savior, and second, with a willingness to be used in His service. Luke 1:26-38 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel:…
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God is not quiet in working His plan to bring salvation and joy through His people to the world. This is the time that God is at work behind the scenes with Zechariah and Elizabeth. The priest Zechariah was placed in a spot to bear the news that God is at work to bring His joy and redemption to humanity. Zechariah’s silence (after he questioned God…
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After humanity’s fall in the Garden of Eden, God rescues humanity by focusing on one family to reach the world—Abraham’s family. Through Abraham’s line will come Jesus—the Messiah King. Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, recipient of that covenant, reaps what he sows, as his waywardness passes on to the next generation. Through it all, God shows that He us…
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When God give us direction of a direction—be it a moral choice, a command to obey, a place to live or work or go to school, or a new venture within the kingdom of God—when God gives direction of a specific direction to take, God accomplishes His purposes and God gives His blessing when we make that adjustment and choose to follow Him. Genesis 31:13…
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Genesis 32:22-32 Jacob wrestled and struggled during his life, first in the womb with Esau and later with God. His conniving was seeking something that only God can give, which God gives freely. God blesses Jacob, gives him a new identity, and through Jacob God’s blessing reaches out to the world through Jacob’s descendant—King Jesus. Verse: Then t…
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Genesis 28:10-22 At an insignificant place, Jacob encounters God directly in a dream. God promises to fulfill His covenantal promise to Abraham by working through Jacob, and, God promises to care for Jacob wherever he goes. Jacob is assured that he has God’s watchful eye and listening ear not only where he had the vision, which Jacob named Bethel, …
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Genesis 25:29-34; 27:5-10 After humanity’s fall in the Garden of Eden, God chose to rescue humanity by focusing on one family to reach the world—the family that would come through Abraham. Through Abraham’s line will come Jesus—the Messiah King. Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, has a role to play in this. He is a conniver who steals the family birthright…
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This week begins a new series on the story of Jacob. Genesis 25:20-34 Genesis begins with humanity deciding to rebel against God through sin. God chooses to rescue and redeem fallen humanity by focusing on one family through whom He will bring hope and salvation—Abraham. Jacob, a grandson of Abraham, is part of that plan. An imperfect Jacob will re…
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Luke 9:57-62 “To grow is to change.” The call of Jesus to follow Him demands change on our part. His call is more radical than we want it to be because the change He asks for takes control of our life out of our hands and completely into His hands. Key Verses: As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you g…
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This week's talk comes from guest preacher Rev. Laura Osborne, chaplain at West Michigan University. Colossians 3:1-11 Paul speaks positively of the Colossian Christians’ faith, love, and hope (1:4-5) and acknowledges that the Good News is bearing fruit and growing in them (1:6). However, Epaphras has apparently brought Paul news of serious problem…
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Mark 4:2-9, 13-20 What Jesus offers far exceeds our wildest expectations. The condition of one’s heart (responding or refusing the gospel of grace) determines the growth of the spiritual seed and the success or failure of the harvest. Key Verses: Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some six…
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We celebrate our discipleship emphasis over the past 9 months. Our Bible passage says that following God with all our heart is like eating at the best banquet ever. And the banquet is not only for us, but for all who would come and see. Isaiah 55:1-5 Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/BOZZhiLRVwk Hosted on Acast. See ac…
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Matthew 22:37-40 We were meant to know and love, to be known and be loved. That’s the life to which He has called us—this is what we desperately need. When we shift from just fellowshipping to the risk of being known, we learn to truly love each other. Watch the full service on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/h_kgyYA9Vfs Hosted on Acast. See …
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Some churches hold that all they need to be is friendly to others. While good, what the church needs to practice is true love. Love is concerned with all aspects of another person, while being friendly keeps interaction at the surface. Loving others, individually and as a community, is a core sign of spiritual maturity. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 Watch t…
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Bonus episode! Our Fourth Sundays in 2023 usually involve a simple intro from Pastor Paul and a video or podcast from The Bible Project before breaking into small group discussion, so there's not been much to share on this podcast. But not this month! Instead of a video, Pastor Paul taught us how to share our story of faith with others. While we ma…
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Pastor Paul spoke from Acts 2:42-47 on the topic of Fellowshift. The church, the brainchild of God, is intended to do more than inspire people—it is to grow people and help people grow people. In following the methods of Jesus, the early church focused on fellowship, on being together, as the primary way we care for and build each other up. The chu…
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1 Peter 5:12-13; Matthew 4:19 We believe that Jesus’ mission led him to die on the cross for our sins. That’s a big part of His mission, but it isn’t just that. His mission includes making disciples who, by being together, live out his teachings and tell the gospel story. What good is this truly fantastic real story if no one knows about it? Key Ve…
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2 Peter 1:3-11 Living a Christian life is not a matter of willpower and self-effort, but it is tied to being connected to the Holy Spirit. We radically invest in what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives, and when we do, He turns us into people who radically love. View the full service on our YouTube channel. Preached by Pastor Paul Sausser. Hoste…
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