Music in the Wilderness


2015.02.22 - Kevin Makins, Alex Drumm, Jeff Wynands & Nimal Agalawatte - The Church Calendar

Music in the Wilderness

Mark 1:9-15

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Most sermons start with information, and then move from your brain to your gut. We had a question: what if we had a sermon that started with your emotions and then worked to your brain?

This lead to an experiment: a musical sermon!

What exactly is a musical sermon? Give it a listen and you’ll hear.

The text:

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.“

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

I've Got Good News, And I've Got Bad News... - The Sign of Jonah


2014.09.21 - Kevin Makins - The Sign of Jonah

I’ve Got Good News, and I’ve Got Bad News…

Matthew 12

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We begin our series on the story of Jonah by looking at… the Gospel According to Matthew. Obviously.

And as we do we dive headfirst into a CRAZY text about “The Lord of the Flies”, robbing strong men, awesome haircuts, trees producing fruit and the only sin God can’t forgive.

GET BEHIND ME SANTA! - Throwing Spears in the Devil's Territory

The Light of the World

2012.12.23 - Kevin Makins - GET BEHIND ME SANTA!

Throwing Spears in the Devil’s Territory

Matthew 4

Our apocalyptic Christmas ends with Jesus vs. Satan in the wilderness.

As soon as you mention “the devil” you have some clarifying to do. In our world people can often swing to extremes, either seeing satan in every doorknob or denying spirituality all together.

But the New Testament is consistently warning us that there is a spirit of the world at work, and if we are going to truly defeat evil we have to first do battle with the powers behind the scenes.

Along the way we talk about political powers, redemptive violence, Disney movies, the NRA, and throwing spears.

Music led by Aaron Craig - starts 37 minutes in.

Kevin Makins - Setting the Table: Fresh Manna Tomorrow

Matthew 4, Deuteronomy 6 & 8

The fifthteenth sermon of our 23 week series “Setting the Table” - exploring the narrative of Scripture.

Jesus comes out of Egypt, goes through the waters of Baptism, and enters the desert to fast for 40 days. It is at this point, when Jesus is most weak, that the tempter appears. 

What we have in Matthew 4 is a cosmic battle between good and evil, faith and doubt, greed and trust; a battle that will determine the fate of Jesus’ ministry, and of the world itself.