CURRENT SERMON SERIES

You have probably heard it said that the only thing in life that is constant is change. But what do you do when one season ends and a new one begins? Life changes can be exciting and stressful because we do not know what comes next. So, how do you best navigate life’s biggest transitions? Join us each Sunday, August 13 through September 10, for this 5-week series as we look at navigating change in your life.


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OUR PAST SERMON SERIES
2017

OUR ONCE UPON A TIME
(August 6, 2017)

Once upon a time Jesus stood against the injustice of an empire and the hypocrisy of the temple.  He introduced God as father. He taught his followers to love their enemies and forgive everyone. But he taught a way of thinking, believing, and behaving that, though it was foreign and impractical, changed the world forever. Jesus isn’t finished changing the world. He calls on each of us to stand against injustice, love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and follow him. What will our Once Upon a Time story be?

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ASBURY AT THE MOVIES
(July 2 - July 30, 2017)

Average movies entertain us. The best ones inspire us. So what can movies tell us about our own lives? Plenty! During this sermon series we dive into some of Hollywood’s biggest hits from the past year to unpack spiritual truths for our lives. It is both fun and insightful!

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GAME OF THRONES
(June 4 - June 25, 2017)

In the age of Prophets and Kings, the Prophets were God’s voice for the nations of Israel and Judah. These prophets had the difficult task of staying faithful to God in the face of opposition, adversity, and pressure from powerful kings. During this sermon series we learn valuable lessons of faithfulness and perseverance for our own spiritual journeys from these ancient stories.

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ADDRESS THE MESS
(April 23 - May 28, 2017)

Whether we’re religious or not, we all have at least one thing in common: we’ve all made some messes in our lives. You’ve said things like, “I messed that up,” “I made a mess of that,” or, “My life is a mess.” We’ve all been in, are in, or are only one decision away from a mess. During this sermon series we learn about a powerful connection between our messes and our relationship with God. 

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HOLY WEEK
AND EASTER SUNDAY
(April 9 - April 16, 2017)

Holy Week, the final week of Lent, is the most significant week of the Christian year. Through it we reflect on Jesus’ last week of his life here on Earth. It is when we celebrate the good news that in his death and resurrection we are all continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace. 

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THE BAD BOYS OF EASTER
(March 26 - April 9, 2017)

In the days and weeks preceding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, three men found their way into the story. Each refused to abandon his quest for control and surrender to the Savior of the world. How can we avoid the mistakes they made?
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LET FAITH ARISE
(February 19 - March 19, 2017)

Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you. Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good. In other words, imagine what it would be like to have perfect faith. This 5-part series looks at five things God uses to grow your faith.
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ADDICTION AWARENESS SUNDAY
(February 12, 2017)

If we are honest with ourselves, each of us could name someone or something to which we have been or are addicted to. During Addiction Awareness Sunday at Asbury, Bill Arnold, Director of Congregational Care, explores some of the attractions and aversions that fill our hands and the stages towards freedom, hope and finding the grace to let it go.
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WHO NEEDS GOD
(January 8 - February 5, 2017)

We are humanity, and there is no limit to what we can accomplish together. We have been everywhere, from the highest peaks to the deepest valleys. We have seen everything from the smallest elements to the farthest corners of space. We have cured diseases…made a heart beat again…made the “impossible” possible. Which leads us to wonder…Who Needs God?
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2016
DOWN TO EARTH
(November 27 - December 24, 2016)

His parents gave him the name Jesus, but the prophets, shepherds, wise men and angels addressed him by other names – titles really. He was Messiah, Lord, Savior, Emmanuel, The Word Made Flesh and The Light of the World. This Advent we explore the meaning of these titles and what they tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.
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HALF-TRUTHS
(October 30 - November 20, 2016)

“Everything happens for a reason”...“God helps those who help themselves”...“God won’t give you more than you can handle” They are simple phrases. They sound Christian – like something you might even find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth – yet they also miss the point in very important ways. During this sermon series we search for the whole truth of the promises God makes to us. 
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RELIGION & POLITICS
(October 23, 2016)

As another presidential election approaches, we see how polarized and divided our country has become. As Christians, we can either be responsible for further dividing our nation, or try to bring healing and create a healthy country where people work together.
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BE RICH
(September 18 - October 9, 2016)

Christians should be the most generous people on the planet because of God’s generosity toward us. We need to show our communities that our faith is more than just sermons and songs. Everyone gives something somewhere. We define our generosity by our random acts of goodness. But generosity is more than that. Generosity is the premeditated, calculated, designated emancipation of personal financial assets. When you become generous, you give more, save more, and consume less.
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REMEMBERING 9/11
(August 28 - September 11, 2016)

The events of September 11, 2001 are permanently etched in our minds. As our nation prepares to mark the 15th anniversary, we will reflect on the events of that day through the lens of the Christian faith by remembering the stories of both the hate and the heroism of 9/11.
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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
(August 7 - 21, 2016)

For the athletes who compete in Olympic Games, journeys filled with years of dedication, training and perseverance bring them to the glory of Olympic competition. The scriptures are filled with Olympic terms and metaphors urging us to use the commitment of an athlete to be what God would have us to be. This sermon series offers coaching and lessons from ancient and modern Olympic athletes for our journeys of faith.
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ASBURY AT THE MOVIES
(July 10 - 31, 2016)

Every great movie points us toward the human condition. We resonate with certain movies because they show us what it is like to be human. What we have to remember is that the Gospel is God’s answer to the human condition. Anytime a movie accurately portrays the human condition it points us toward the gospel. This summer series explores various aspects of the human condition portrayed in popular films from 2015 and see where each one points us toward the gospel.
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NOAH AND HIS ARK
(June 5 - 19, 2016)

"Noah and his Ark"... from the simple children’s Bible story to the Hollywood blockbuster version released in 2014, the story of Noah frequently raises questions: Did it really happen? Why are there flood stories in different cultures and religions around the world? Has Noah’s ark been found? Why would a loving God destroy the earth with a flood? During this sermon series we explore the deeper meaning of the story of Noah and its message for us today.

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CATCHING FIRE
(May 1 - 29, 2016)

Two thousand years ago, a gathering of people in a middle-eastern city began a movement that would circle the globe and leave its mark on individuals and cultures on every continent. This movement would eventually become known as The Church. The Church is a movement — and it’s still moving. "Catching Fire" explores stories of the earliest gatherings of Christians and what that means for us today.
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BAD BLOOD
(April 3 - 17, 2016)

Bad blood can infect any relationship. When there is bad blood in a relationship, the easiest thing to do is to let resentment and bitterness grow without addressing the issue. Lack of peace about a relationship robs you of peace in your own life and the quality of our lives is only as good as the quality of our relationships.
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THE GOSPEL OF LIGHT
(February 14 - March 27, 2016)

John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. He includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in the entire Bible: “The Word became flesh…”, “For God so loved the world…”, “You who are without sin cast the first stone…”, “I am the resurrection and the life…”, and “I am the way, the truth and the life.” His writing is filled with rich images and profound truths to help us understand who Jesus is, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “might have life in his name.”
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STARTING OVER
(January 10 - February 7, 2016)

We all make bad decisions in life. Sometimes those decisions have terrible consequences. What do you do when it all falls apart? Your career, your marriage, your dream . . . How do you pick up the pieces and begin again? How can we avoid repeating past mistakes? This series helps us discover how to avoid repeating past mistakes when we find ourselves starting over again.
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