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Sunday sermons from Sojourners Church in Albert Lea, MN.

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Sunday sermons from Sojourners Church in Albert Lea, MN.

    Surpassing Work and Saving Work

    Surpassing Work and Saving Work

    Philippians 4:21-23

    The Secret to Contentment

    The Secret to Contentment

    Philippians 4:10–20
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    Sermon PreviewNo preview available, but note: this sermon both concludes the Advent 2019 series and resumes the Philippians sermon series.
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    The Gift of Giving

    The Gift of Giving

    2 Corinthians 8:1–9:15
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    God So Loved, He Gave

    God So Loved, He Gave

    John 3:16–18
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    Sermon PreviewThis week, we’ll be looking closely at one of the most familiar passages in the Bible: John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Familiarity with this passage can dull our response. God so loved, he gave! This isn’t just true when God sent Jesus into the world; God has always loved by giving. We saw two weeks ago from Genesis 1–2 that God loved Adam and Eve by creating a world filled with abundance and a garden for them to live in and enjoy God’s very- goodness.
    Tragically, as we saw last week in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve were tempted by the Serpent to distrust God’s loving generosity on display for them and instead try to secure their own blessing through disobedience. Their disobedience had disastrous results. We left off with Adam and Eve cast out of the provision and presence of God in the garden with nothing but a promise that one day an offspring of the woman would crush the head of the Serpent. Going into Genesis 4 and beyond, we ask: “Whose story will they believe? The story of the God of the Gardens or the Story of the Serpent?” The outlook isn’t very hopeful.
    This week, we’ll see that when hope seems lost, God does something surprising: he gives again. First to Noah, then to Abraham, then to Abraham’s descendants. All through the Old Testament, God so loved, he gave! God proves again and again and again the true story: He loves his image-bearers. He will care for them. He will bring them into a land filled with beauty and abundance again. He will one day give a Serpent-crushing Savior to his people.
    How will his people respond to his loving generosity? Will they believe him or continue to believe the Serpent? That’s the story we’ll hear together this weekend. Join us at 10 am at the Skyline Plaza to worship together the God who gives!
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    Thorns and Thistles

    Thorns and Thistles

    Genesis 3:1–24
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    Sermon PreviewThis weekend is week three of our advent series: “Delighting in the Generosity of God.” Last weekend, we saw from Genesis 1–2 that God created a world where everything was “very good” and planted a garden full of bounty and beauty. And he created Adam and Eve in his image and placed them in this garden to savor his gifts and spread his generosity throughout creation. Like Adam and Eve, we were created to live in and extend this garden as we enjoyed God’s generosity.
    Looking around us in 2019, we can see something went terribly wrong. With even a cursory glance, we see a world around us filled with scarcity and brokenness; a world where there doesn’t seem to be enough and many people experience extreme lack. And we see others fight over and hoard what little there is. And if we look inside ourselves, we see our own disappointment with what we have and our desire for more. The story our world tells us now seems very different than the story we saw in Genesis 1–2. What went wrong? How did we go from bounty and beauty to thorns and thistles?
    This is the story of Genesis 3. Because Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s false story of a god who hoards the best for himself, they ate of the forbidden fruit and unleashed an avalanche of destruction into God’s very good creation. This weekend, we’ll look at the story of Genesis 3 and trace the path from distrust to disobedience to disaster. But we’ll also see the true story of the generosity of God continue to bring light to darkness as God promises a descendant of the woman who will one day crush the head of the serpent. Would you join us this Sunday at 10 am at the Skyline Plaza as we hear this story together?
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    All Things Bright and Beautiful

    All Things Bright and Beautiful

    Genesis 1:1–2:3
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    Sermon PreviewLast week, we began our advent series: “Delighting in the Generosity of God.” We saw from Luke 12 that whether we have plenty or lack, we are often preoccupied with “enoughness” rather than the God of more than enough. We see a world of scarcity around us and struggle to believe God is really generous. Our preoccupation with enoughness prevents us from enjoying God as a generous giver and from seeking his kingdom and imitating his generosity. We remain preoccupied with enough because we see a world full of scarcity and believe the wrong story.
    Jesus’ solution is to look at God’s care for creation as evidence to point us to the true story—the Story of the God of the Gardens. This week, we will turn to the beginning of Genesis to look at the beginning of this story. We’ll see that in the beginning, God created a world filled with abundance and created us to live in this world, savoring and spreading his generosity. To see the world like Jesus saw the world and to live free from anxiety and in obedience to the Father as Jesus did, we need to see this story with fresh eyes and let it frame our thinking. Would you join us this Sunday at 10 am at the Skyline Plaza as we do that together?
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