Relief from Evil Spirits
Ghost Stories: Week 2

Ghost Stories: Week 2

In 1 Samuel 16, a “tormented” King Saul is refreshed by the music and company of a young musician — David. Saul’s ascent to the throne wasn’t what he saw coming in his life, and it appears as if Saul is now lonely at the top and gripped by some sort of darkness. From that place, it’s connection with David that makes him feel better. We are wired for connection, and in this story we are reminded of the power of relationships built on trust, vulnerability and love.      

Scriptures: I Samuel 10:17-24, 16:13-23

Series Description: I Samuel is a book of stories. Stories that dig deep into the hear, motivations and decisions of individuals and people groups. And perfect for Fall, there are even a few ghost stories and supernatural elements. These stories drive some important narratives in the book and have meaningful messages for us today.

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Chasing Ghosts
Ghost Stories: Week 1

Ghost Stories: Week 1

This sermon is the first in a series titled “Ghost Stories”.

Samuel nears retirement, there’s a question of who will follow him as Israel’s leader. Others in Israel are ready to ditch their current system in favor of a king, a change that would mean more than a change in governance and instead represents a desire to replace God as their king and chase “ghost gods.” Just like Israel, there are times when we chase ghosts, but our call to holiness challenges us to examine such pursuits.  

Scriptures: I Samuel 8, 12

Series Description: I Samuel is a book of stories. Stories that dig deep into the hear, motivations and decisions of individuals and people groups. And perfect for Fall, there are even a few ghost stories and supernatural elements. These stories drive some important narratives in the book and have meaningful messages for us today.  

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The Servants Knew
Refresh: Week 6

Refresh: Week 6

Summary: In this lesson we wrap up our series with a look at the first “sign” through which Jesus “revealed his glory” in John 2. Focusing on the perspective of the servants, we examine the transformative power of Jesus displayed in transforming water to wine and think about what it may mean for our own transformation. 

Scriptures: John 2:1-11, Romans 12:1-2

Series Description: Metaphor and imagery are important concepts in connecting the narrative of Scripture. One important element is water, which is presented in both real and metaphorical instances. We find that water in Scripture often carries with it notes of transformation, redemption and salvation. This series explores the narrative use of water over the course of Scripture, culminating with a look at baptism and the ways in which many of those same redemptive elements are experienced in the waters of baptism.  

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Baptism and Forgiveness
Refresh: The Transforming And Redeeming Waters Of Scripture

Refresh: The Transforming And Redeeming Waters Of Scripture

Summary: This lesson looks at baptism as an act of God’s grace — viewing baptism as something we receive more than something we do. In light of Jesus’ resurrection and life-giving sacrifice, we are called to emerge from the waters of baptism with confidence in our standing before God and assured of our place in his presence.
Scripture: Hebrews 9-10

Series Description: Metaphor and imagery are important concepts in connecting the narrative of Scripture. One important element is water, which is presented in both real and metaphorical instances. We find that water in Scripture often carries with it notes of transformation, redemption and salvation. This series explores the narrative use of water over the course of Scripture, culminating with a look at baptism and the ways in which many of those same redemptive elements are experienced in the waters of baptism.

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The Pouring out of the Spirit
Refresh Week 4

Refresh Week 4

Summary: Near the beginning of Acts, a longstanding Jewish prophecy of God’s spirit being poured out is fulfilled. In the fulfilling of this prophecy we find that the restoration of God’s people and the pouring out of His Spirit flow together in the waters of baptism. 

Scriptures: Numbers 11, Acts 2

Series Description: Metaphor and imagery are important concepts in connecting the narrative of Scripture. One important element is water, which is presented in both real and metaphorical instances. We find that water in Scripture often carries with it notes of transformation, redemption and salvation. This series explores the narrative use of water over the course of Scripture, culminating with a look at baptism and the ways in which many of those same redemptive elements are experienced in the waters of baptism.  

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The Gift of Living Water
Refresh: Week 3

Refresh: Week 3

Summary: John records the longest unbroken conversation between Jesus and any one person in John 4. The conversation is not with one of his disciples or a religious leader or even another Jewish person. It’s with a Samaritan — a Samaritan woman! This woman has come to a well thirsty, and her conversation with Jesus leaves her with something that a well could never give as Jesus calls her to experience the gift of living water. 

Scriptures: John 4:1-42

Series Description: Metaphor and imagery are important concepts in connecting the narrative of Scripture. One important element is water, which is presented in both real and metaphorical instances. We find that water in Scripture often carries with it notes of transformation, redemption and salvation. This series explores the narrative use of water over the course of Scripture, culminating with a look at baptism and the ways in which many of those same redemptive elements are experienced in the waters of baptism.

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Through the Waters
Refresh: Week 2

Refresh: Week 2

Summary: There’s a repeated theme in Scripture of people being saved by passing through or coming through the water. The renewal, redemption and regeneration that water brings are often also connected to God’s Spirit. In this lesson we explore some of those stories and look at the ways the New Testament writers connect that imagery to baptism.

Scriptures: Genesis 6-8, Exodus 14-15, Colossians 2:6-15

Series Description: Metaphor and imagery are important concepts in connecting the narrative of Scripture. One important element is water, which is presented in both real and metaphorical instances. We find that water in Scripture often carries with it notes of transformation, redemption and salvation. This series explores the narrative use of water over the course of Scripture, culminating with a look at baptism and the ways in which many of those same redemptive elements are experienced in the waters of baptism.

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Refresh: The Transforming & Redeeming Waters of Scripture
Refresh

Refresh

NOTE: Due to a technical difficulty, part of this sermon was not recorded. At the 30:10 mark, the audio cuts out and comes back a few seconds later. This represents where the missing content is, about 2-3 minutes of missing sermon. We apologize for the mistake.

Summary: Water in Scripture often has a renewing or transformative nature. But dark and chaotic waters are also used as imagery for danger and evil. In this lesson, we explore that imagery and the overarching narrative in Scripture of God having power over the dark waters and bringing order to chaos. 

Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-10, Revelation 22:1-5

Series Summary: This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series entitled Refresh. In this series we will look at the theme and metaphor of water that runs throughout the narrative of Scripture. The sea and water would have had a connotation of chaos and danger in the ancient world — and at times water is visualized and utilized with that understanding in Scripture. But water in Scripture also carries with it notes of transformation, redemption and salvation. We will take a look at some of the ways this plays out over the course of Scripture — in the ways that water connects Genesis and Revelation, in the story of Noah, in Jesus’ ministry and more — and end the series with a look at baptism and the ways in which many of those same redemptive elements are experienced in the waters of baptism.

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A Dirty Story about Simple Things
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This lesson is part of our “Back To School” activities. While there are specific lessons for students, teachers and others headed back to school, the story of Naaman has something for everyone!

Summary: “He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.” This is how we are introduced to Naaman, a man who is given a remarkably easy but dirty solution to a seemingly impossible task — curing his leprosy. His story has something to teach us about the power of simple things and the ways in which we can take notice of the work of God around us. 

Scriptures: 2 Kings 5:1-19

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The Power of Good Questions
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Rich: Investing According to Jesus (Week 4)

Summary: There’s a story in three of the Gospels about a rich young man who comes to Jesus with a question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” In Matthew’s account, this is the first of 6 questions in 11 verses. Questions are important — the questions we ask ourselves and the questions we ask others. So, what do the questions in this account — two in particular — have to say about money’s place in our lives and our relationship to God?

Scriptures: Matthew 19:16-26

Series Description: Jesus has a lot to say about money and about what it means to be “rich” — or better yet, he tells us toward whom we should be rich. (Spoiler Alert: It’s God.) Jesus seems to talk about money in terms of investing, encouraging us to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” So what if we asked ourselves a simple question: What am I investing in? 

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The Story of Two Gifts
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Rich: Investing According to Jesus (Week 3)

Summary: Mark tells us about one woman who gives an incredibly small offering at the Temple and another who gives an immensely valuable gift to Jesus. On one hand the gifts couldn’t be more different, but to Jesus the gifts look very similar. His responses to each gift teaches us something about giving and the ways in which we respond to others around us.     

Scriptures: Mark 12:41-44, 14:3-9

Series Description: Jesus has a lot to say about money and about what it means to be “rich” — or better yet, he tells us toward whom we should be rich. (Spoiler Alert: It’s God.) Jesus seems to talk about money in terms of investing, encouraging us to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” So what if we asked ourselves a simple question: What am I investing in? 

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The Shrewd Manager
Rich: Investing According to Jesus

Rich: Investing According to Jesus

Rich: Investing According to Jesus (Week 2)

Summary: What can a dishonest man teach us about how we use money? Jesus gives us an unusual parable in Luke 16 to help us address this question and examine the role of possessions in our life.

Scripture: Luke 16:1-13

Series Description: Jesus has a lot to say about money and about what it means to be “rich” — or better yet, he tells us toward whom we should be rich. (Spoiler Alert: It’s God.) Jesus seems to talk about money in terms of investing, encouraging us to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” So what if we asked ourselves a simple question: What am I investing in? 

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The Promises of Greed & Bigger Barns
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Rich: Investing According to Jesus (Week 1)

Series Description: Today, Warren begins a series about what it means to be “rich”. Jesus has a lot to say about money and about what it means to be “rich” — or better yet, he tells us toward whom we should be rich. (Spoiler Alert: It’s God.) Jesus seems to talk about money in terms of investing, encouraging us to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” So what if we asked ourselves a simple question: What am I investing in?

Today’s Summary: In Luke 12, Jesus tells a story about the fragility and empty promises of greed. This story has much to say to us as we think about our money, our stuff and what we attach to those things or seek from those things.   

Scriptures: Luke 12:13-34, I Timothy 6:17-19

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Good News for Everyone
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Today we welcome Doug Page to bring the message to The Vine. Doug Page is the Lead Minister at the Kaufman Church of Christ, where he has served in that role for 8 years. Doug is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and loves preaching and people.

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

In Acts 8 we encounter a man who had been excluded his whole life but is now welcomed fully and completely into God’s family. The Eunuch in Acts learned that in Christ the center of worship is now a table - where everyone is welcomed and given a seat.

God welcomed him into the family, and that is news so good that it calls for rejoicing.

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Paul & Peace (The Apostle: Week 4)
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For Paul, the resurrection of Jesus brought peace between God and people. The pursuit of peace becomes an important one, then, for Paul, who repeatedly encourages believers to live at peace with one another. In this sermon we look at the connections between the resurrection and peace and a story in which Paul looks to bring peace to a real-life situation.  

Scriptures: I Corinthians 15, Colossians 1:19-20, Philemon

Series Description: Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

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Paul and the Old Testament (The Apostle: Week 3)
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Paul quotes, references and alludes to the “Old Testament” (that’s not what Paul would call it) quite a bit. For Paul, Jesus was the key that unlocked the message and overarching narrative of Scripture. In this lesson we look at how Paul now looks back on Scripture in light of his new life in Christ and think about the implications for our lives, our approach to Scripture and more. 

Scriptures: I Corinthians 10:1-4, 15:3-4

Series Description: Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

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What Counts Now? (The Apostle: Week 2)
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Summary: Not too long after we are introduced to Paul, he undergoes a transformation and goes from someone who zealously persecuted the church to someone who proclaimed Christ with boldness and tenacity. To Paul, being in Christ - not perfectly keeping the law - means everything. He now has a new perspective regarding what “counts.” 

Scripture: Galatians

Series Description: Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

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Can He Say That? (The Apostle: Week 1)
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Today Warren begins a series about the Apostle Paul

The Apostle: A Series about Paul and the Man Behind the Words

Many of our thoughts about faith, church and Jesus come from the writings of Paul. What do we know about Paul the person that can help us understand what he wrote? And what threads and themes do we find over the course of his writings that give us insight into the things Paul valued and prioritized? We’ll think about these questions and others in this four-week series. 

Week 1: At times Paul uses some “colorful” and strong language to drive home his points, including language and phrasing that we may be surprised to find within our Bible. What leads Paul to write this way? And what can we learn from taking an honest look at his words and why he chose them?    

Scriptures: Philippians 3:1-8, Galatians 5

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God's Concern for Your Life: The Essentials
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For a second week, we have a guest preacher while Warren is out. This week, Lyle Burwell will deliver the message. Lyle grew up on a farm near Red Cloud, NE and graduated from Ozark Bible College, Joplin, MO, May, 1977. Over the years, he has held ministries in Arkansas, Montana, Kansas and Wyoming. We are blessed that he and his wife, Linda, are current members at The Vine.

Ephesians 2 tells us where we were, dead in our sins. Christ made us alive. Jesus explains how he made us alive and for what reason and for what our purpose is for now. Jesus said, I come that you may have life and have it more abundantly. God is concerned about your life, the essentials.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

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The Faith of a Step
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While Warren is on vacation, we are blessed to hear the Word brought to us from Katy Ann Herring, the Family Life Resident at The Vine. While working at The Vine Church, she is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary and is a 2018 graduate of Abilene Christian University.

Peter was bold enough to step out on the water knowing that only Jesus could defy all of nature and help him walk on water. Even though, Peter lets the waves that are crashing against him, and he starts to drown. Yet, he cries out for Jesus to save him. Peter expresses extreme faith along with extreme doubt.

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-34

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