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Listen to weekly sermons from First City Church in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Latest Episodes

Romans 8 | No Codemnation

Romans 8 is considered by many to be the greatest chapter in the whole of Scripture. It has been called the "inner sanctuary within the cathedral of Christian faith; the tree of life in the midst of the Garden of Eden;" and "the highest peak in a range of mountains." This one chapter powerfully articulates the whole of the Christ life - our salvation in Christ; our union with Christ; our identity as children of God; our putting sin to death; our walking by the power of the Spirit; our living with hope of Christ's return; and our being sustained by the powerful love of God. If ever a single chapter of the Bible could speak to our lives, it is Romans 8!

-1 sAPR 19
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Romans 8 | No Codemnation

Easter

Livestream and Liturgy Guide | 4.12.2020 Liturgy & Song Lyrics

-1 sAPR 12
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Easter

Life in Quarantine | Service

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise, and as we continue to adjust to the "new normal" of social distancing, it can be easy to become self-focused and even self-centered in how we live. Survival and protection become our number one priority. While protecting ourselves and working to help mitigate the spread of the virus are important, as disciples of Jesus we live by a greater truth. Even in a season of pandemic, the church is called to love, serve, and sacrifice for others. We don't merely look out for our own interests. We show the love of Christ by seeking to serve and meet the needs of others.

-1 sAPR 5
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Life in Quarantine | Service

Life in Quarantine | Contentment

It is one of the most used and most posted verses in the Bible: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It has served as an inspirational quote to encourage and motivate us in our work, school, sports, marriage, parenting, on and on…any time we face a challenge, there is Philippians 4:13 to encourage us. It is a clear, encouraging shot of truth. But how many of us know its meaning in its original context? Far from being a general word of encouragement, Philippians 4:13 offers a particularly relevant and precise word of hope to us in this season of having our lives upended by COVID-19.

18 MINMAR 29
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Life in Quarantine | Contentment

Life in Quarantine: Peace

Guide to Using Livestream and Liturgy for Family Worship (PDF) 3.22.20 Liturgy (PDF) | 3.22.20 Song Lyrics (PDF)| Liturgy song list on YouTube Submit Prayer Requests or Needs

-1 sMAR 22
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Life in Quarantine: Peace

Habits of Grace | Evangelism

It can be easy for us to think of the habits of grace as focused more on personal devotion. My walk with Jesus comes down to my private discipline in the habits of grace along with my avoiding sin. While such things are important, if the personal and private is all we see and understand the habits of grace to be, we have far too small a picture. We miss that the grace of God actually compels us beyond ourselves, that being transformed by grace is to desire that others experience the grace of Jesus as well. Also, giving our lives to sharing the gospel of Jesus strengthens us in grace by putting us in a posture of dependence and trust. Indeed, few things will spur spiritual growth quite like the habit of evangelism and making disciples.

38 MINMAR 8
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Habits of Grace | Evangelism

Habits of Grace | Generosity

Let's be honest, one of the biggest critiques of the church we hear is "the church is just after your money." From greedy televangelists to greedy pastors, far too many leaders have exploited the generosity of the church to pad their pockets and build extravagant lifestyles. The result can be skepticism, even hostility, whenever the topic of giving and money comes up. And yet...the Bible has much to say about money and giving. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be generous and kingdom minded with our money. Rather than being controlled by a love of money and comfort, we are driven by love of God and others that frees us to bless others and give to the mission of the church. And this habit of generosity shapes us. It conforms us into the image of Christ who was extravagantly generous with us!

46 MINMAR 2
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Habits of Grace | Generosity

Habits of Grace | Community

We are wired for community. As God exists in community (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), so we, as those made in the image of God, were created to exist in community. We thrive physically, emotionally, spiritually when we live in healthy relationship to others. And yet, too often, our experience of community is broken. We sin against others, and we are sinned against. We isolate and withdraw or seek to use community for our own purposes. Rather than community being a blessing, it becomes a heavy burden. But the gospel calls us to something better! God's purpose in Christ is to reconcile us not only to himself but to one another. Jesus is building his church, a community that loves and serves and is devoted to one another! We are strengthened in the grace of God, we experience blessing, as we live in community as God designed.

36 MINFEB 24
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Habits of Grace | Community

Habits of Grace | Rest

Tim Kreider writes "If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: 'Busy!' 'So busy.' 'Crazy busy.'” My guess is you can resonate with the reality of business. We are busy, busy people. Our lives are full. And business isn’t inherently bad or sinful; we should embrace life and live it! But...in the midst of all that business, are you resting? Are you restful? Are you allowing your body and soul to be refreshed and rejuvenated and renewed? Is Christ and his Spirit and his kingdom defining your schedule and shaping your heart, or is it business? Do you live with peace, hope, joy, and love, with a sense of freedom of soul, or is the business causing angst, anger, frustration, cynicism, and exhaustion, a sense that you are a slave to your schedule and all the things you “must” get done?

41 MINFEB 17
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Habits of Grace | Rest

Habits of Grace | Confession

Scripture teaches that confessing sin is a path to forgiveness and freedom. Confessing sin is a part of what it means to put faith in Christ and believe the gospel. Confessing sin is how we experience ongoing renewal. It is essential to our becoming disciples and essential to our growth as disciples. And yet...it is a practice we often don't engage enough. Perhaps the idea of confessing sin carries a strongly negative meaning: I have to beat myself up and tell someone the bad things I have done, or God just wants to keep me on a perpetual guilt trip. Or maybe you have confused biblical confession (which leads to repentance, faith, and renewal) with the "getting real" confessions prevalent in our culture that champion "authenticity" but stop short of true repentance and faith. Both of these approaches will keep us from the power of God's grace found in the practice of confession.

40 MINFEB 10
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Habits of Grace | Confession

Latest Episodes

Romans 8 | No Codemnation

Romans 8 is considered by many to be the greatest chapter in the whole of Scripture. It has been called the "inner sanctuary within the cathedral of Christian faith; the tree of life in the midst of the Garden of Eden;" and "the highest peak in a range of mountains." This one chapter powerfully articulates the whole of the Christ life - our salvation in Christ; our union with Christ; our identity as children of God; our putting sin to death; our walking by the power of the Spirit; our living with hope of Christ's return; and our being sustained by the powerful love of God. If ever a single chapter of the Bible could speak to our lives, it is Romans 8!

-1 sAPR 19
Comments
Romans 8 | No Codemnation

Easter

Livestream and Liturgy Guide | 4.12.2020 Liturgy & Song Lyrics

-1 sAPR 12
Comments
Easter

Life in Quarantine | Service

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise, and as we continue to adjust to the "new normal" of social distancing, it can be easy to become self-focused and even self-centered in how we live. Survival and protection become our number one priority. While protecting ourselves and working to help mitigate the spread of the virus are important, as disciples of Jesus we live by a greater truth. Even in a season of pandemic, the church is called to love, serve, and sacrifice for others. We don't merely look out for our own interests. We show the love of Christ by seeking to serve and meet the needs of others.

-1 sAPR 5
Comments
Life in Quarantine | Service

Life in Quarantine | Contentment

It is one of the most used and most posted verses in the Bible: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It has served as an inspirational quote to encourage and motivate us in our work, school, sports, marriage, parenting, on and on…any time we face a challenge, there is Philippians 4:13 to encourage us. It is a clear, encouraging shot of truth. But how many of us know its meaning in its original context? Far from being a general word of encouragement, Philippians 4:13 offers a particularly relevant and precise word of hope to us in this season of having our lives upended by COVID-19.

18 MINMAR 29
Comments
Life in Quarantine | Contentment

Life in Quarantine: Peace

Guide to Using Livestream and Liturgy for Family Worship (PDF) 3.22.20 Liturgy (PDF) | 3.22.20 Song Lyrics (PDF)| Liturgy song list on YouTube Submit Prayer Requests or Needs

-1 sMAR 22
Comments
Life in Quarantine: Peace

Habits of Grace | Evangelism

It can be easy for us to think of the habits of grace as focused more on personal devotion. My walk with Jesus comes down to my private discipline in the habits of grace along with my avoiding sin. While such things are important, if the personal and private is all we see and understand the habits of grace to be, we have far too small a picture. We miss that the grace of God actually compels us beyond ourselves, that being transformed by grace is to desire that others experience the grace of Jesus as well. Also, giving our lives to sharing the gospel of Jesus strengthens us in grace by putting us in a posture of dependence and trust. Indeed, few things will spur spiritual growth quite like the habit of evangelism and making disciples.

38 MINMAR 8
Comments
Habits of Grace | Evangelism

Habits of Grace | Generosity

Let's be honest, one of the biggest critiques of the church we hear is "the church is just after your money." From greedy televangelists to greedy pastors, far too many leaders have exploited the generosity of the church to pad their pockets and build extravagant lifestyles. The result can be skepticism, even hostility, whenever the topic of giving and money comes up. And yet...the Bible has much to say about money and giving. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be generous and kingdom minded with our money. Rather than being controlled by a love of money and comfort, we are driven by love of God and others that frees us to bless others and give to the mission of the church. And this habit of generosity shapes us. It conforms us into the image of Christ who was extravagantly generous with us!

46 MINMAR 2
Comments
Habits of Grace | Generosity

Habits of Grace | Community

We are wired for community. As God exists in community (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), so we, as those made in the image of God, were created to exist in community. We thrive physically, emotionally, spiritually when we live in healthy relationship to others. And yet, too often, our experience of community is broken. We sin against others, and we are sinned against. We isolate and withdraw or seek to use community for our own purposes. Rather than community being a blessing, it becomes a heavy burden. But the gospel calls us to something better! God's purpose in Christ is to reconcile us not only to himself but to one another. Jesus is building his church, a community that loves and serves and is devoted to one another! We are strengthened in the grace of God, we experience blessing, as we live in community as God designed.

36 MINFEB 24
Comments
Habits of Grace | Community

Habits of Grace | Rest

Tim Kreider writes "If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: 'Busy!' 'So busy.' 'Crazy busy.'” My guess is you can resonate with the reality of business. We are busy, busy people. Our lives are full. And business isn’t inherently bad or sinful; we should embrace life and live it! But...in the midst of all that business, are you resting? Are you restful? Are you allowing your body and soul to be refreshed and rejuvenated and renewed? Is Christ and his Spirit and his kingdom defining your schedule and shaping your heart, or is it business? Do you live with peace, hope, joy, and love, with a sense of freedom of soul, or is the business causing angst, anger, frustration, cynicism, and exhaustion, a sense that you are a slave to your schedule and all the things you “must” get done?

41 MINFEB 17
Comments
Habits of Grace | Rest

Habits of Grace | Confession

Scripture teaches that confessing sin is a path to forgiveness and freedom. Confessing sin is a part of what it means to put faith in Christ and believe the gospel. Confessing sin is how we experience ongoing renewal. It is essential to our becoming disciples and essential to our growth as disciples. And yet...it is a practice we often don't engage enough. Perhaps the idea of confessing sin carries a strongly negative meaning: I have to beat myself up and tell someone the bad things I have done, or God just wants to keep me on a perpetual guilt trip. Or maybe you have confused biblical confession (which leads to repentance, faith, and renewal) with the "getting real" confessions prevalent in our culture that champion "authenticity" but stop short of true repentance and faith. Both of these approaches will keep us from the power of God's grace found in the practice of confession.

40 MINFEB 10
Comments
Habits of Grace | Confession
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