Union Church Vision
Chris Brister - August 18, 2019
The vision of Union Church is to see a gospel saturated, multi-ethnic family formed out of Auburn and Opelika that advances the mission of Jesus in our city and beyond.
Marks of Maturity #9 - Courage
Chris Brister - August 11, 2019
Mature Christians understand that because God is with us, we never have to be afraid and therefore can live lives of deep courage.
Marks of Maturity #8 - Generosity
2 Corinthians 8:8-10
Chris Brister - July 28, 2019
Mature Christians understand the root of salvation is undeserved generosity, and therefore as beneficiaries of that undeserved generosity, it makes logical sense to lead sacrificial and generous lives.
Marks of Maturity #7 - Servant Posture
Chris Brister - July 21, 2019
Mature Christians, following Christ’s servant example, find a contentment in the gospel that results in an instinct to serve rather than be served.
Marks of Maturity #6 - Faithful Presence
Chris Brister - July 14, 2019
Mature believers will be marked by an individual consistency and faithfulness, and the life of the Christian community will be marked by a faithful presence within the culture.
Marks of Maturity #5 - Deep Friendships
1 John 4:7-12
Chris Brister - June 30, 2019
Mature Christians are shaped by deep friendships inside the church and invest in deep friendships outside the church.
Marks of Maturity #4 - Gospel Fluency
Chris Brister - June 23, 2019
Mature Christians view the Gospel as our primary language, therefore we study it’s nuances so that we can both speak and listen fluently as we go through the world.
Marks of Maturity #3 - Fruit of the Spirit
Chris Brister - June 16, 2019
Mature Christians not only have orthodox beliefs but internalize those beliefs so that it will eventually produce godly postures and actions towards others.
Marks of Maturity #2 - First Hand Knowledge of Jesus
Chris Brister - June 9, 2019
Mature Christians should have a first hand relationship with Jesus rather than a second hand cultural awareness of Him.
Marks of Maturity #1 - Self Awareness
Chris Brister - June 2, 2019
Mature Christians should have a sober judgment of themselves so that they can accurately apply the gospel to their unique wounds, wirings and sins.
Chris Brister - May 19, 2019
Israel was supposed to be a vineyard - producing fruit for the nations and pointing back to the original source of power in the garden. If we hope to produce fruit, it will only happen if we are connected to Jesus - the true vine.
The Ego On Trial
1 Corinthians 3:21 – 4:7
Chris Brister - May 13th 2019
Most believers think the gospel is a way to improve your case and impress the Judge, Paul argues the gospel removes you from the courtroom entirely.
Ambassadors of Christ
2 Corinthians 15:17-21
Chris Brister - April 28th 2019
When you are baptized, you are commissioned as an ambassador of Christ with the responsibility of both demonstrating and declaring the gospel.
1 Corinthians 15:17-22
Chris Brister - April 21st 2019
Christians are not just people who believe in the resurrection. We are people that are shaped by the resurrection.
Ephesians Part 12 - The Armor of God
Chris Brister - April 14th 2019
Paul's final directive to the Ephesian church is to stand firm in the midst of our ongoing spiritual war.
Ephesians Part 11 - The Gospel at Home and Work
Chris Brister - April 7th 2019
The gospel sets both the content and the tone of the relationships between parents and children and employers and employees.
Ephesians Part 10 - Husbands And Wives
Chris Brister - March 31st 2019
The gospel shapes the practical roles of husbands and wives while also illustrating Jesus' love for the church.
Ephesians Part 9 - Walking In The Light
Chris Brister - March 24th 2019
The gospel is not only our basis for salvation but also the basis for our daily behaviors.
Ephesians Part 8 - Behaviors of the New Self
Chris Brister - March 18th 2019
Paul lays out a list of do's and dont's so that the Ephesian believer's practical behaviors reflect their theological beliefs.
Ephesians Part 7 - The New Self
Chris Brister - March 3rd 2019
In order to walk out our true identity, Paul offers a 3 step approach to repentance.
Ephesians Part 6 - Unified diversity... leading to maturity
Chris Brister - February 24th 2019
The ministry of Jesus was given to the church through a diversity of gifts so that the body would be equipped to advance the kingdom and grow in maturity.
Ephesians Part 5 - Paul’s Unique Insight
Chris Brister -February 17th 2019
The religious violence of Paul's background uniquely positioned him to understand and explain the depth of the gospel and the primacy of the church.
Ephesians Part 4 - The Peacemaking Church
Chris Brister - February 10th 2019
Jesus' work restores our vertical relationship with the Father as well as our horizontal relationships with people - resulting in the groundbreaking creation of the multi-ethnic, multi-class, multi-cultural church - which remains His primary vehicle for making peace.
Ephesians Part 3 - Learn To Sit
Chris Brister - January 27th 2019
Before we accomplish anything for Christ, we first need to understand our identity as being seated with Christ in his finished work.
Ephesians Part 2 - A Prayer for Fullness
Chris Brister - January 20th 2019
In the second half of Ephesians 1, Paul offers very little new content but includes a powerful prayer for his readers to deeply understand both the fullness of the doctrine of union with Christ as well as their responsibility to embody the fullness of Christ in the world.
Ephesians Part 1 - The Foundation of Adoption
Chris Brister - January 13th 2019
Paul opens Ephesians with an outburst of praise, outlining the many blessings and privileges we have in Christ. The source of these blessings; personally, corporately and cosmically all can be understood through the lens of adoption, and therefore should be foundational to our understanding of the gospel.