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Elm City Vineyard Church Talks is a collection of talks from Elm City Vineyard Church, a faith community in New Haven, CT.

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    • Religion & Spirituality

Elm City Vineyard Church Talks is a collection of talks from Elm City Vineyard Church, a faith community in New Haven, CT.

    Hope in Heaven: Rootedness in Christ's Supremacy

    Hope in Heaven: Rootedness in Christ's Supremacy

    In the first two weeks of our teaching series on the book of Colossians, we've explored the "hope laid up in heaven" (Col 1:5) that the gospel articulates, good news that "bears fruit" in the communities to which it has come all over the world. While Christ's supremacy has been "proclaimed to every creature under heaven," the rule and reign of God is not yet "all in all" (as 1 Cor 15:28 puts it), and Paul urges the Colossians to "continue...steadfast in the faith" (Col 1:23).
    In v. 24, Paul—who, after all, is writing from prison (4:3)—makes clear that his having become a "servant" of the gospel (1:23) involves "suffering" (1:24) and no small amount of "struggle" (2:1). Deepening roots of faith in Jesus, Paul suggests, result not (only) in comfort, but (also) in costly service in pursuit of the kingdom of God. Join us this Sunday as we invite the Lord's formation and encouragement to "continue steadfast in the faith" especially when our faithful service in response to the good news of Jesus leads us into suffering.
    - Series Description -
    Stories are so important to our culture. Whether it’s the story of our country or our family or even our favorite novel, stories have the power to ground us, inspire us, and give us hope. This summer, we’ll be studying the letter to the Colossians that hones in on a really important story for all of humanity: the Gospel (or good news) of Jesus. This Gospel story isn’t only in the Bible. It’s happening. Paul says it’s even connected to hope laid up in heaven for us. Need some more hope this summer? Come and get your fill from a story you can join.

    • 55 min
    Empty: Empty and Filled

    Empty: Empty and Filled

    We conclude our post-Easter teaching series, Empty, on the Sunday that concludes Eastertide in the church calendar: the feast of Pentecost. We've explored the idea that empty things-- like the empty tomb of Easter morning-- can be places of blessing. When we empty our schedules, wallets, resumés, beds and more to be present to God we can experience his life-giving abundance.
    Join us this Sunday when we'll empty out some of the time we typically devote to teaching to engage with the Lord and be filled with the Holy Spirit whose coming to the fledgling post-Resurrection church we celebrate on Pentecost.
    - Series Description -
    Following our Easter service exploring the power of the empty tomb, we will spend several weeks looking at how resurrection changes emptiness. Because of the resurrection, we know that empty things can be blessed. And some things need to be emptied to be consecrated for blessings that go far beyond what we can see. How do our schedules, wallets, contacts, and more need to be emptied in order for us to experience God’s abundance? Come and learn more.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Empty: Empty Beds

    Empty: Empty Beds

    Join us this Sunday as we continue our Empty series. We will focus on the Empty Bed. Is it a site of restless anxiety or a place of reflection and peace? Sometimes, our culture's messaging on sex and our trust in God's goodness in this tender area of our lives determines whether we hide in shame or isolation or whether we open up this part of our lives to God and others. We become open not because our romantic life is perfect (whatever that would mean) but because we'd rather have a loving God speak to us—personally and communally—than the broken messages we can get otherwise. As we hear God speak, we can try ourselves to be part of a healing culture that empties toxic lies around sex and relationships in order to be open to God's fullness and abundance regardless of our relationship status.
    - Series Description -
    Following our Easter service exploring the power of the empty tomb, we will spend several weeks looking at how resurrection changes emptiness. Because of the resurrection, we know that empty things can be blessed. And some things need to be emptied to be consecrated for blessings that go far beyond what we can see. How do our schedules, wallets, contacts, and more need to be emptied in order for us to experience God’s abundance? Come and learn more.

    • 54 min
    Empty: Empty Teacups | The Power of Our Words

    Empty: Empty Teacups | The Power of Our Words

    The Bible talks a lot about power of the words that come out of our mouths. Proverbs says that death and life are in the power of our tongue. Are our tongues producing words of life or words of death? Join us this Sunday as we discover if our mouths are full of gossip, slander, and lies or truth, encouragement, and edification.
    - Series Description -
    Following our Easter service exploring the power of the empty tomb, we will spend several weeks looking at how resurrection changes emptiness. Because of the resurrection, we know that empty things can be blessed. And some things need to be emptied to be consecrated for blessings that go far beyond what we can see. How do our schedules, wallets, contacts, and more need to be emptied in order for us to experience God’s abundance? Come and learn more.

    • 39 min
    Empty: Empty Contacts

    Empty: Empty Contacts

    When we come to Jesus, we are not only joined to him, but to his people—to his household. In the way of Jesus, our identity as members of his household takes precedence over all other memberships and identities, and, humanly speaking, becomes the locus of all our other relationships. To continue the “Empty” series, this week’s sermon will be called “Resetting our Relational Center: Emptying Ourselves to Make Room for a New Community." Our guest speaker, Andy Saperstein, will help us explore some of the graces, challenges, and adventures we encounter as we make room to live out our identity as the people of God.
    - Series Description -
    Following our Easter service exploring the power of the empty tomb, we will spend several weeks looking at how resurrection changes emptiness. Because of the resurrection, we know that empty things can be blessed. And some things need to be emptied to be consecrated for blessings that go far beyond what we can see. How do our schedules, wallets, contacts, and more need to be emptied in order for us to experience God’s abundance? Come and learn more.

    • 39 min
    Empty: Empty Resumé

    Empty: Empty Resumé

    It is easy to live our lives thinking that are worth is in our accomplishments. Thankfully, Jesus has a list of accomplishments that are different than our own. They are freeing and completely free. Child. Reliant on God’s power. One who discerns the way of Jesus with him, not alone. This is the way to a life where we don’t withdraw from the world; instead, we remember who we are - God’s beloved, and continue in the path God has called us, empowered by the Spirit to deal with trial and challenge. Listen to hear more practical strategies for finding our worth in a God who chose us before we accomplished anything.
    - Series Description -
    Following our Easter service exploring the power of the empty tomb, we will spend several weeks looking at how resurrection changes emptiness. Because of the resurrection, we know that empty things can be blessed. And some things need to be emptied to be consecrated for blessings that go far beyond what we can see. How do our schedules, wallets, contacts, and more need to be emptied in order for us to experience God’s abundance? Come and learn more.

    • 44 min

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