Sanctuary @ MPPC
Summary: Sanctuary Messages @ Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Abby McHugh on 2014-03-23 : Jesus and Your Job / Just Because Our work is important, but somewhere along the way work that was created for us, became all about us. Many of us depend on our jobs to give us a sense of identity in a way God never intended. But God offers a creative solution: take a day - stop working - just because.
Scott Scruggs on 2014-03-16 : Jesus and Your Job / Discovering What You're Supposed to Do
Scott Scruggs on 2014-03-09 : Jesus and Your Job / God at Work Ever feel like your faith doesn't really connect to your job? It's a prevalent feeling for many, but this was never God's intention. Whatever your work life looks like and whatever season you may be in, God is at work in and through you.
Abby McHugh on 2014-03-02 : Better Together / Body Image When Jesus invites his followers into community he is not asking them to attend a program or sign up for an event. Rather, he invites them to bring all of who they are into authentic community with one another for the sake of reflecting all of who Jesus is to the world.
Scott Scruggs on 2014-02-23 : Better Together / There Is No 'Them' The single greatest threat to community is our delegation of certain, hard-to-love people as "them." Yet these distinctions ultimately create toxicity among us and counter the very essence of the community Jesus came to establish. Join us this Sunday as we consider one of the hardest and greatest questions of all: what does it really mean to love your enemies?
Zack Aumiller on 2014-02-16 : Better Together / Letting People In We all have problems and areas in our lives we need to grow. Our default is to try and cover up these parts of ourselves; a behavior that only compounds our feelings of shame. Yet when we have the courage to risk sharing our weaknesses with one another, we also risk experiencing the transforming power of grace.
Becky Ankerberg on 2014-02-09 : Better Together / We-Ness When we invite God into the center of community, we are able to live out his all-inclusive, loving way of relating with one another in ways that change us and transform our communities for the better.
Scott Scruggs on 2014-01-26 : I Quit / I Quit Living in Fear We live in a fear-driven world. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection, fear of being unsafe. And yet the most common command in the Bible is simply, "Do not be afraid." So how do we do that? How do we handle our fears and live with courage?
Nancy Ortberg on 2014-01-19 : I Quit / I Quit Comparing One of the greatest temptations that we face is the lure of comparing ourselves with others. And yet, when we walk with God, he invites us to live out of the freedom we were created for in deeper and more profound ways when we have the courage to say, "I Quit Comparing!"
Abby McHugh on 2014-01-12 : I Quit / I Quit Complaining For many of us, complaining is something we do well, maybe even habitually. While it seems harmless, complaining actually diminishes our capacity to trust God. But when we quit complaining, we may discover opportunities with God we�ve been missing all along.
Scott Scruggs on 2014-01-05 : I Quit / I Quit Making Excuses The reality is this: sin separates us from God and that is our biggest problem. As a result of this problem we hide, we make excuses and we blame. What if we were to quit doing these things and position ourselves to receive God�s transforming grace?
Britton Wood on 2013-12-01 : Why Does the Bible Say That? / Why Does The Bible Say That About Jesus? Scripture consistently affirms that it is only through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus that humans can be reconciled to God. This claim is often used as an attack against Christianity, portraying God as narrow-minded and exclusive. Yet, what if the opposite is true? What if the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is the most persuasive argument for an inclusive, all-loving God?
Scott Scruggs on 2013-11-24 : Why Does the Bible Say That? / Why Does the Bible Say That About Women? The Bible includes some curious and sometimes controversial statements about women. So what do these texts really mean and how do we read them in light of the life and ministry of Jesus?
Abby McHugh on 2013-11-17 : Why Does the Bible Say That? / Why Does the Bible Say That About Miracles? During his time on earth, Jesus performed all sorts of acts that from our modern perspective seem improbable and outlandish. He did things like walk on water, heal the sick and bring dead people back to life. What are we to make of these stories? Are they true? How do Jesus� miracles help us understand what it means to follow him?
Scott Scruggs on 2013-11-10 : Why Does the Bible Say That? / Why Does the Bible Say That About Hell? The Bible teaches that God is loving and merciful. The Bible also seems to paint a pretty terrifying picture of hell, a place where people experience eternal punishment and torment. So how do we reconcile God's love with what the Bible says about hell?