Dec 21, 2014
More Than a Baby in a Manger – Speaker: Patrick Barber
Series: Christmas
12.21.2014
"More Than a Baby in a Manger"
By: Patrick Barber
Scripture: John 1:1-18
(Almost) everyone loves babies--especially if we don't have to change the diapers, get up for 3:00am feedings, or listen to the crying that sometimes comes with little ones who can't talk yet. I know I love carrying other people's babies around on Sundays. Their innocence is contagious. Their love is unconditional. And they pose no real threat or danger to us. They're cute and cuddly and we can give them back to their parents whenever we're ready. That isn't the case with Jesus. One thing we might accidentally miss about the Christmas story, is that the people who were drawn to the baby Jesus didn't come to see him because he was cute and cuddly. They came to see him, and worship him, and bring gifts to him, because he was announced as their Savior and their King. So let's not treat him as if he's just a baby in a manger. He isn't here to simply make us feel good and to be handed back to the Father when things get untidy. He's here to be loved, and  adored, and served, and worshipped. And followed.
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  • Dec 21, 2014More Than a Baby in a Manger – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Dec 21, 2014
    More Than a Baby in a Manger – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: Christmas
    12.21.2014
    "More Than a Baby in a Manger"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: John 1:1-18
    (Almost) everyone loves babies--especially if we don't have to change the diapers, get up for 3:00am feedings, or listen to the crying that sometimes comes with little ones who can't talk yet. I know I love carrying other people's babies around on Sundays. Their innocence is contagious. Their love is unconditional. And they pose no real threat or danger to us. They're cute and cuddly and we can give them back to their parents whenever we're ready. That isn't the case with Jesus. One thing we might accidentally miss about the Christmas story, is that the people who were drawn to the baby Jesus didn't come to see him because he was cute and cuddly. They came to see him, and worship him, and bring gifts to him, because he was announced as their Savior and their King. So let's not treat him as if he's just a baby in a manger. He isn't here to simply make us feel good and to be handed back to the Father when things get untidy. He's here to be loved, and  adored, and served, and worshipped. And followed.
  • Dec 21, 2014The Meaning of the Season – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Dec 21, 2014
    The Meaning of the Season – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: Christmas
    12.21.2014
    "The Meaning of the Season"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Luke 2:22-40
    (Almost) everyone loves babies--especially if we don't have to change the diapers, get up for 3:00am feedings, or listen to the crying that sometimes comes with little ones who can't talk yet. I know I love carrying other people's babies around on Sundays. Their innocence is contagious. Their love is unconditional. And they pose no real threat or danger to us. They're cute and cuddly and we can give them back to their parents whenever we're ready. That isn't the case with Jesus. One thing we might accidentally miss about the Christmas story, is that the people who were drawn to the baby Jesus didn't come to see him because he was cute and cuddly. They came to see him, and worship him, and bring gifts to him, because he was announced as their Savior and their King. So let's not treat him as if he's just a baby in a manger. He isn't here to simply make us feel good and to be handed back to the Father when things get untidy. He's here to be loved, and  adored, and served, and worshipped. And followed.
  • Dec 21, 2014What? A Baby? – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Dec 21, 2014
    What? A Baby? – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: Christmas
    12.21.2014
    "What? A Baby?
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Luke: 1-21
    (Almost) everyone loves babies--especially if we don't have to change the diapers, get up for 3:00am feedings, or listen to the crying that sometimes comes with little ones who can't talk yet. I know I love carrying other people's babies around on Sundays. Their innocence is contagious. Their love is unconditional. And they pose no real threat or danger to us. They're cute and cuddly and we can give them back to their parents whenever we're ready. That isn't the case with Jesus. One thing we might accidentally miss about the Christmas story, is that the people who were drawn to the baby Jesus didn't come to see him because he was cute and cuddly. They came to see him, and worship him, and bring gifts to him, because he was announced as their Savior and their King. So let's not treat him as if he's just a baby in a manger. He isn't here to simply make us feel good and to be handed back to the Father when things get untidy. He's here to be loved, and  adored, and served, and worshipped. And followed.
  • Dec 14, 2014Our Struggle – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Dec 14, 2014
    Our Struggle – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    12.14.2014
    "Our Struggle"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Last week we talked about the importance of humility, sacrifice, and submission in all our relationships. Whether those relationships are with the church or with those in our own homes, we owe certain things to one another. But no relationship is perfect all the time. Even if we're trying to serve others in humility, we can sometimes feel like we're struggling alone. Have you ever been with someone in a canoe? If you're paddling down the river--each of you with an oar in hand--and one of you stops paddling, what happens? The canoe either runs ashore or just spins in circles. Sometimes that's the way our relationships feel. But as Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians, he focuses once again on the larger realities in which we all live. As Paul always does, he points us back to how our lives fit within the plan and purpose of God. Paul reminded them--and us--that even if we feel like we're doing battle with the people around us, we're actually at war with the things that cause relationships to break down. We are at war with evil. Sin and temptation are our enemies. Pride, malice, violence, hatefulness, arrogance, filthiness, selfishness, and all things like these are really what we're fighting against. But thanks be to God! He gives us the weapons we need to fight and win this war against the evil that lurks in our world as it tries to penetrate our lives.
  • Dec 7, 2014What Do I Owe You? – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Dec 7, 2014
    What Do I Owe You? – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    12.7.2014
    "What Do I Owe You?"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 113
  • Nov 30, 2014Learning to Love Like Christ – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Nov 30, 2014
    Learning to Love Like Christ – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    11.30.2014
    "Learning to Love Like Christ"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
    Keywords: love, imitate, lists
    In Ephesians 4 and 5, Paul gives a lot of specific instructions. It seems like a long list of do's and dont's. And some people like lists. When we were little, our teachers had lists of rules on the wall in our classrooms. When we were inexperienced in the kitchen, we had books of recipes that listed what we needed and how to put things together to make something good. When we were new to our jobs we might have even needed a list explaining our duties or telling us how to get our work done. But then we grew up. That does not mean that grown-ups never need lists; sometimes we do.  But hopefully we don't need lists to remind us of things that we've been doing for years. At some point, we learn how to function at a level that makes lists obsolete. That can be true even as the Spirit transforms us into imitators of God. But while we're in process, we may need to fall back on a list now and then, and Paul points us in the right direction.
  • Nov 23, 2014Shepherding with Jesus – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Nov 23, 2014
    Shepherding with Jesus – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    11.23.2014.
    "Shepherding with Jesus"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:17-24
    Key Words: new, holiness, love
    Today we appoint four additional men who will serve this church as shepherds. We often also call them "elders," because the New Testament employs both terms for those who have been appointed to serve and lead God's people. If the church followed military rank and procedure, these shepherds would be more like sergeants than generals. Christ is the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4); these men serve at his command. These men are "among" the flock (1 Peter 5:1,2).  They are to live, lead, and serve amongst us in a way that we know them and trust them and willingly follow them (John 10:1-18). They work to equip us for ministry (Ephesians 4:1-12) and prepare us for the spiritual battles in our lives. In return, we need to encourage them, pray for them, and honor them for the sacrifices they'll make in order to help us grow in Christ. We need them, and they need us. Today, we begin that journey together.
  • Nov 16, 2014Unity, Diversity, and Ministry – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Nov 16, 2014
    Unity, Diversity, and Ministry – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    11.16.2014
    "Unity, Diversity, and Ministry"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:14-21
    Key Words: unity, diversity, ministry
    Paul says in Ephesians 3 that the church is the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of all time. The mystery was how God was going to make everything right, redeem his creation, save his people. But when Paul revealed God’s big solution, I imagine a whole lot of people--both Jews and Gentiles--scratched their heads and wondered if Paul had lost his mind. On so many levels the church as God conceived it just doesn’t make much sense to us. Why would God insist that all ethnic groups gather as part of one church, one body, one family? Why would God force people to love each other who have so little in common? The reasons are found in the wisdom of God. And God doesn’t always explain everything. But in Ephesians 4, Paul does give us a few really important reasons why God wants us to live out our lives as one unified church. We should listen.
  • Nov 9, 2014Don’t Lose Heart – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Nov 9, 2014
    Don’t Lose Heart – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    11.9.2014
    "Don't Lose Heart"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:17-22
    Key Words: fear, glory, pray
    We have a lot of people at East Point struggling with a lot of different things. Grief. Cancer. Divorce. Job loss. Family trouble.  Disease. You name it, and someone here probably is struggling through it right now. Some of those hardships and heartaches are public and we know about them, while others remain private.  But God knows. And God does care. Everything God has ever done in his relationship with his creation shows that he cares about us. That does not mean that he only does things that make us happy. He is not Santa Claus. He is a wise, loving parent who knows what we need and who knows--better than we do--that he has lots and lots of children and a great big world to care for. As we look into Ephesians 3, remember that God is in control. And as we look into our own lives and wrestle with our own struggles, remember again that God is in control. So don't lose heart.
  • Nov 2, 2014you were… but now… you are…
    Nov 2, 2014
    you were… but now… you are…
    11.2.2014
    "you were... but now... you are"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:1-10
    Key Words: change, peace, one
    Change, everyone says, is hard. It's uncomfortable. It's inconvenient. Sometimes change even hurts. That's all true if we're already comfortable when the change comes; it's then that we resist new birth with new boundaries. But for those who are not comfortable, for those who are already hurting or drifting in uncertainty, change can be a welcome thing. You can probably think of times in your life when change came like iced tea on a scorching August day, because it refreshed you and gave you the energy to keep moving. But you can also remember the times when change was the last thing you wanted, because life was just where you wanted it to be. But life with God does change things. And it isn't always easy.  The way we look at the world is different. The way we understand ourselves is different. Everything, really, becomes different and often in ways we never imagined.