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Exodus Part 7 - Passover

Exodus 12: 21-28

Chris Brister - October 20, 2019

The Passover is the central ritual of Hebrew life which explains who God is, what He has done and who we are as a result.

Exodus Part 6 - The Final Plague

Exodus 11:1-10

Chris Brister - October 13, 2019

The final plague highlights both the brutal reality of sin and evil as well as God’s significant response to sin and evil.

Exodus Part 5 - Unconditional Surrender

Exodus 7:1-13

Chris Brister - October 6, 2019

The plagues demonstrate God’s power to punish sin as well as his power to save his people from slavery.

Exodus Part 4 - Bad to Worse

Exodus 5:1-9

Chris Brister - September 29, 2019

How should we respond when the promises of God and the evidence around us don’t add up?

Exodus Part 3 - Theology, Identity, Action

Exodus 3:9-12

Chris Brister - September 22, 2019

God reveals who He is to Moses, in light of that theological reality Moses and the Hebrew people understand who they are and out of that identity they understand how they (we) are to live.

Exodus Part 2 - Prequels and Sequels

Exodus 2:23-25

Chris Brister - September 15, 2019

Chapter one of Exodus gives us the back story of Hebrew slavery and chapter two gives us the back story of the Hebrew liberator, Moses. Embedded in the details of both we see patterns emerge of how God rescues and protects his people.

Exodus Part 1 - The Exodus Shaped Bible

Luke 9:28-31

Chris Brister - September 8, 2019

The story of Exodus is not just one story in one part of the Bible, rather it is the overarching narrative of the entire Bible. Exodus is how God engages this world by setting the captives free so they can worship Him by embracing their true identity as children of God.

Where Else are We Going to Go?

John 6:1-71

Chris Brister - September 1, 2019

Following Jesus is incredibly difficult, incredibly scary and many times doesn’t make a ton of sense but following anything else will kill your soul.

Union Church Environments

Matthew 28:18-20

Chris Brister - August 25, 2019

Union Church makes disciples (gospel learners, family members and kingdom ambassadors) through participation in our three environments; house churches, the worship gathering and the prayer meeting.

Union Church Vision

Jeremiah 29:4-7

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

Philippians 1:27-28

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

Philippians 2:3-8

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

Jeremiah 29:4-7

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

Luke 13:10-17

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

Galatians 5:16-24

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

John 9:25

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

Romans 12:3

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.

Abide

John 15:1-11

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.

Easter 2019

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

Ephesians 6:10-23 

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

Eph 6:1-9

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

Ephesians 5:22-33

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

Ephesians 5:1-14

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

Ephesians 4:25-32

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

Ephesians 4:17-24

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

Ephesians 4:1-16

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

Ephesians 2:1-10

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

Ephesians 1:15-23

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

Ephesians 1:1-14

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.