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by Bobby Schuller
How we doing? Yes, all right. So, I got a little bit of stomach flu. It's maybe the ninth time you've heard it, I'm sure. But what was so funny is these words were circling in my head. We have this teaching team Ė some pastors and Bible scholars - and a group of us will get together on Thursday mornings to go through some of the things I'm thinking about preaching on. When we got together this past Thursday, they all looked at me and said, "We are so glad you are giving this sermon and none of us."
Previously on the Hour of Power
- Life in the Spirit: Incarnation by Bobby Schuller
Today, we're going to talk about the incarnation. If you know Latin, incarnation means to make something into meat, quite literally. If you speak Spanish, carne is meat, right? To in-flesh something. It's okay, it was meant to be a joke. I was actually a little bummed that only Ernie laughed. Thank you, Ernie. Let's lighten the mood a little bit here. Incarnation literally means to in-flesh something or in-meat something; to actually take something by default, something spiritual, and put bones and skin on it. Don't worry. It's going to get even weirder than this. Are we ready?
- Life in the Spirit: The Person of the Holy Spirit by Bobby Schuller
I went to Fuller Theological Seminary, as many of you know, which is a mostly a Presbyterian Reformed Seminary, even though it's broadly Protestant, Evangelical. But, before that, I went to a school called Oral Roberts University. Now, when I began at Oral Roberts, when I first heard of it, I thought it was a dental school. I actually had no idea who Oral Roberts was until I attended the university. I had heard some joke about three famous pastors going to hell, or something. One of them was my grandpa, and the other was Oral Roberts, so there was some vague recollection of this person. I can't remember the joke, but the punch line ends with the devil saying, "You've got to take Robert Schuller back. He's raising money for air conditioning." All right, anyway...
- Our Vision: School, Home & Hospital by Bobby Schuller
So today we finish our series on "Who We Are." And who we are, we're happy and whole students of Jesus; people who can truly be happy and whole through the midst of cancer, in the midst of having a kid with epilepsy, in the midst of aging, in the midst of loss of a loved one, a husband, a wife. God can provide us with the deep sense of meaning and joy, even though we're suffering, even though we're losing. Even though we don't know what comes next in our life, we can have a deep, abiding sense of peace. And that is what we want for everyone watching on the Hour of Power, for everyone in this church, people that are so deeply grounded in the knowledge and love and friendship of Jesus, that they live a meaningful, joy-filled, flourishing, fruit bearing life regardless of what happens. Isn't that good news? That's available to you today. So, if you come here weary, and you come here worried, if you feel like you're breaking, God has a word for you this morning.
- Giving to Those in Need by Chad Blake
This morning, we find ourselves at the back end of a series entitled, "Who We Are." In this series, we are hoping to dive into what we stand for as a community. What is it that we want to be about?
- Gathered in Grace by Bobby Schuller
We get really in the passage today, Acts chapter 2 we get an incredible picture of what it looked like: the birth of the church in Jerusalem. Something amazing happens. Jesus is raised from the dead, he ascends in to heaven, but before he ascends into heaven, he gathers his disciples around and he says guys listen, I'm going but don't worry I'm going to send a comforter to you and this person is going to help you until I return and we're together again. So these disciples, as they're hearing the words of Jesus, say okay great, you know a comforter is coming. And let me tell you something they were expecting a man.
- Growing in Jesus' School by Bobby Schuller
Today, we're going to continue our conversation about our vision. It's called the "Who We Are" series, and we're talking essentially about what we believe as a community as we go through all these big changes in our church. In the last year it's incredible when you think about what we've gone through - a new building, a total shift in our production, Tree of Life has come on board, we have all sorts of new people who have joined the church in this last year. It is good, like at the beginning of a school year. Most people think the year really begins in September, especially people with kids. At the beginning of the school year we think in terms of "Who are we?" And, "Why are we doing this?" In fact, I'll never forget when someone asked me recently, "Why are you doing all of this?" And I said, "Well, that's a good question. Come to church on Sunday and find out!"
- Happy and Whole Students of Jesus by Bobby Schuller
Today, we're beginning a new series called "Who We Are." As we go through a number of big changes in our ministry, we want to make sure, as we embark on this journey of a new Hour of Power, continuing to move in this church space, during all of the changes we're going through, that we remember why we're doing it. We remember our vision. We remember who we are.
- Seek Godís Plan by Nick Vujicic
Wow today is really a special day. It is our last taping Sunday for the season, and it's a fitting one because we have such a tremendous honor to hear who I think is one of the most gifted and compelling teachers and speakers in the world today. Today we have the real pleasure of hearing from Nick Vujicic. Nick, of course, many of you know who he is. He was born with the tetra-amelia syndrome that is, essentially, that he was born with no arms and legs. And that is a compelling part of Nick's story, but I really feel like Nick's message transcends that. There are many speakers and authors who have disabilities, but Nick's ability to invite people into the love and the spirit of Christian living, is something that is matched by almost no one. Let's welcome with some real energy, Nick Vujicic.
- Overcoming Evil with Good by Bobby Schuller
Today we are ending our series on Romans, which is really the gospel. Most of the language we use as Christians comes from the Epistle to the Romans from Paul. So far, we have talked about some important things. We have talked about how fallen people are, and that evil and badness is the default for human beings, that goodness takes effort. We have talked about how all of us, whether we are religious or not, tend to have this lack of desire to do what is good because of that simple nature that we were born with.