Cross Section from the Summit View Church of Christ
By Kevin Jensen
For the Summit View Church of Christ community, Cross Section offers a mix of faith-based stories about experiences that have shaped our lives as followers of Jesus, brief and inspiring messages from the Scriptures, dives into topics related to Christian living, and each week’s sermon (in case you missed it).
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — We don't know his name, but God did, this man to whom God sent Philip the Evangelist. Though the man was a foreigner and to some degree an outcast, God loved him and wanted him in his family and kingdom. God knows our names, too, and wants us in his family and kingdom whether we are foreigners or natives, insiders or outsiders, near to God or coming from a place far from him. Text: Acts 8:26-40
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When Philip proclaimed Jesus in a certain Samaritan city, that city was full of joy! The message of Jesus fills us with joy as it connects us to God. But to keep that joy, we must keep our faith sincere, focused on pleasing God rather than ourselves. Text: Acts 8:4-25
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — The first movement of the story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is all about the terrible evil in this world, the evil that brought about Stephen's death. But in the second movement, Jesus was there! And Jesus' presence when Stephen was killed made all the difference. Text: Acts 6:8 to 8:4
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When the first ethnic division arose in the early church, the apostles appointed seven men to address it—men who were prototypes of deacons, who in turn help the church and its elders carry the glorious, heavy burden of church leadership and ministry. Texts: Acts 6:1-8, 1 Timothy 3:8-13
This episode covers the sixth and final segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), exploring a few final references to angels as we wrap up the Old Testament portion of our study of The In-Between.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Jesus said peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called children of God. In a tense moment, the great Jewish teacher Gamaliel was a peacemaker, speaking up to warn the Sanhedrin against executing the apostles. God calls us to be, like Gamaliel, people who act out of wise humility to bring peace. Texts: Acts 5:27-42, Matthew 5:9, James 3:13-18
This episode covers the fifth segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile). We examine appearances of heavenly beings, sometimes in surprising forms, in the prophetic visions of Zechariah 1-6, including an appearance of Satan in Zechariah 3.
This episode covers the fourth segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), studying appearances of angels in Daniel 6, 10, and 12. Of special interest in this lesson are an angel's involvement in the story of Daniel and the Lions' Den, glimpses of spiritual warfare at the national and international level, and the Bible's first clear prophecy of the resurrection of the dead.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When should Christians refuse to obey the government? When should they submit and obey? This study explores the New Testament's basic teachings and principles that help us determine how best to respond to government authorities in a way that brings honor to God. Texts: Acts 5:12-42, Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:11-17, Mark 12:28-31
This episode of "The In-Between" covers the third segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), studying mysterious angelic beings—and a bizarre appearance of a human hand—in Daniel 5 and 8-9.
This episode of "The In-Between" covers the second segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile), studying angelic appearances and involvement in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 4 and in Daniel's 7 in Daniel 7.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The Bible's book of Acts is often called "The Acts of the Apostles," but perhaps it would be better titled "The Acts of the Holy Spirit." The Spirit drives the action in Acts, building God's church, guiding it, spreading the good news of Jesus, convicting people's hearts, and growing God's kingdom. This same Holy Spirit who worked so powerfully in the time of Acts still works powerfully in God's church today. Text: Acts 2:1-21 and selections from Acts
This episode covers the first segment of Section 7 (The Spiritual Realm During and After the Jewish Exile). It focuses on two sections of Ezekiel: one (from chapter 28) that describes a "guardian cherub" sometimes thought to be Satan, and another (from chapters 40-47) in which an angel serves as a sort of tour guide for Ezekiel through a vision.
This episode covers the fourth segment of Section 6 (The Spiritual Realm in Judah after the Fall of Israel). We examine the "men," especially the "man clothed in linen," in Ezekiel 8-10, and also the mysterious "man" who appeared in the blazing furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — As we consider appointing a new elder for our church, we look at what the apostles Paul and Peter taught about what it means for elders to serve as shepherds over God's flock. Texts: Acts 20:17-38, 1 Peter 5:1-5
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — A tragedy in the young church became the best bad news it could have heard and a source of strange hope: God loves his church enough to discipline us so that we may receive eternal life. Text: Acts 4:32 to 5:16.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When the first great persecution hit the young church, it must have discouraged the believers. But they responded in the best possible way: they prayed. And so they became a model for us whenever we face discouragement in our faith. Text: Acts 4:23-37.
This episode covers the second segment of Section 6 (The Spiritual Realm in Judah after the Fall of Israel). This class looks especially at occurrences of, and warnings against, attempts to communicate with the dead. We delve deeply into why people might seek to speak with spirits of the departed and how we might minister to them. We also examine the story of an angel saving Judah from an enemy army and a prophecy foretelling that God will one day punish "the powers in the heavens above."
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — What is the good news (the "gospel" of Jesus? In this third of three lessons on the good news, we look at the glorious fellowship shared in the very early church. Through our rich fellowship with one another, we live out the good news of Jesus. Text: Acts 2:36-47.
This episode covers the fourth segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom) and the first segment of Section 6 (The Spiritual Realm in Judah after the Fall of Israel). In three passages from the book of the prophet Isaiah, we examine the Bible's sole text describing seraphim, another warning against consulting mediums and spiritists, and the text that spawned our culture's identification of Lucifer as Satan.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — What is the good news (the "gospel" of Jesus? In this second of three lessons on the good news, we focus on forgiveness—what it means, how it works, and how it blesses our relationship with God. Text: Acts 2:22-41
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — What is the good news—the gospel—of Jesus? The book of Acts describes this good news in a few ways, beginning with the good news of the Messiah, Jesus, whom God sent to address the mess that the world is in, including the messes that we ourselves have caused. Through Jesus, God brings us forgiveness and hope in this broken world, and fills us with joy. This lesson launches a new sermon series, Filled with Joy, from the book of Acts. Text: selections from Acts 1-2
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In this Easter Sunday sermon, we consider how Jesus' suffering and resurrection remind us of a great truth in life and, more importantly, in God's purposes in our lives: First comes suffering, then comes glory. Text: Luke 24
This episode covers the third segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom), focusing on two stories from 2 Kings involving the appearance of chariots and horses of fire to the prophet Elisha as symbols of angelic power from God to accomplish his will in Israel.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Even on the cross, at the end of his life, Jesus trusted God. Because he trusted God, he forgave, he showed mercy, and he entrusted his spirit to God. In his death, Jesus showed us how we should live. Text: Luke 23:32-56
This episode covers the second segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom). We look at glimpses of the in-between realm in three stories from 1 & 2 Kings during the time of the prophet Elijah: an angel provides sustenance to Elijah, the prophet Micaiah recounts his vision of God's heavenly throne room and the conversation he witnessed there, and the angel of the Lord gives instructions to Elijah.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — When he shared the sacred bread and cup at the Last Supper and linked them to his body and blood, Jesus taught and modeled three ways in which sharing in the Lord's Supper should transform our relationships with one another. Text: Luke 22:1-30
This episode covers the final segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom) and opening segment of Section 5 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's Divided Kingdom). From Section 4, we cover two references to angels in Psalm 78 and two brief explorations of the state of the human spirit after death in Ecclesiastes. Beginning Section 5, we consider the story of a prophet in Israel who lied about a supposed appearance of an angel.
Jesus’ Parable of the Tenants called the ancient Jews to consider whether they were giving God what he was due as the rightful Lord of Israel. In the same way, it calls us today to consider whether we are giving God the fruit due him as Lord of our lives—and especially whether we are showing proper honor to Jesus, the Son whom God sent to reconcile us to himself. Text: Luke 19:45 to 20:19
In this fourth segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), David faces the angel of the Lord, who brings punishment on Israel for David's sin. Also, we consider what some of David's psalms say about angels, including cherubim.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Faith in different people can express itself very differently: as people bringing babies to Jesus, as a rich ruler wanting to be saved, as a blind man begging for sight, as a tax collector ready to turn his life back to God. But in all its odd shapes, faith in God always involves pursuit of Jesus. Then it faces a question: When we come to Jesus, will we follow him? Text: Luke 18:15 to 19:10
In this third segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), we examine three recurring themes that arise in the stories and psalms of David and continue elsewhere in Scripture: (a) similarity to angels used to describe character or power; (b) angels praise and exalt God; and (c) not much goes on in the realm of the dead (or does it?). Download worksheets for "The In-Between" at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — With three parables, Jesus explained how God feels about sinners who turn to God and are saved. How does God feel about them? He is filled with joy! Jesus calls us to share in that same joy, and to come to him trusting that he will rejoice over us, too. Text: Luke 15
In this second segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), Israel's King Saul does what God has forbidden: he consults a medium in order to speak to the spirit of a deceased person. And it works! Can human beings really speak to the dead? Why does God prohibit such an act? What does this tell us about the situation of people who have passed from this life? Find the Section 4 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Responding to a dispute over an inheritance, Jesus warned his listeners to be on guard against greed, and to seek what makes one rich toward God. Then we will not be selfish or scared, but—trusting in God our good Father—we will be generous to use what God gives us to bless others. Text: Luke 12:13-34
In this first segment of Section 4 (The Spiritual Realm During Israel's United Kingdom), an evil spirit from God comes upon King Saul. Does God have evil spirits? Does he send evil spirits upon people to punish them? What does this tell us about the spiritual realm? And what warnings and encouragement does this story offer us today? Download the Section 4 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In explaining who we should consider our neighbor, Jesus told the shocking story of the most unexpected person modeling godly behavior for us by not choosing who his neighbor should be, but by choosing to be a neighbor to a person in need. (This lesson was shared over Zoom because in-person services were closed due to weather.) Text: Luke 10:25-37
The angel of the Lord appears to Gideon and then to the soon-to-be parents of Samson. In both cases, he brings prophecies of God's work to rescue Israel from its enemies. And in both cases, the recipients of the message seem not to understand at first who it is that is speaking to them. Their responses remind us to diligently and wisely seek God's will, testing the messages we receive to find what is true and what God really does desire of us. Download worksheets for The In-Between at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Following Jesus requires a cross-centered attitude, an attitude of selflessness. This attitude sets the self aside, rejects pride and practices humility, and gives full devotion to Jesus as Messiah and King. Texts: Luke 9:18-26 & 9:43-62
The commander of the army of the Lord appeared to Joshua. Who was this being—God, Jesus, or an angel? What do his words mean for us today in politics, war, and any kind of conflict? Also, the angel of the Lord speaks to Israel, and Deborah refers to the angel of the Lord in her song. Download the Section 3 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In this lesson, we examine three teachings of Jesus from his Sermon on the Level Place and consider how obedience to the teaching of Jesus builds a solid foundation for our lives, so that we can withstand every storm of life. Text: Luke 6:17-49
In this week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings, our focus is the fascinating story of Balaam, the angel who confronted him, and (of course) Balaam's donkey. Can animals see angels? Do angels need swords? And why does God send angels in the first place? Download the Section 2 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Three times in Luke's gospel, Jesus heals someone on the Sabbath, knowing that doing so would arouse criticism. Yet he did so intentionally, to show his love for people and to help us learn how to prioritize the commands of God. Texts: Luke 6:6-11, 13:10-17, 14:1-6
In this week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings, we study prohibitions in the Law of Moses against attempts to communicate with spirits of the dead and against involvement in sorcery and divination. Download the Section 2 worksheet at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — In three consecutive stories in Luke's Gospel, Jesus commits an offense against the Jewish religious establishment. Who did he think he was, doing such things? He thought he was a doctor sent to heal the spiritually sick—and he thought of them as people God loves and wants to help. Text: Luke 5:12-32
In this week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings, we consider the representation and significance of cherubim in Israel's decoration of the ark of the covenant, the tabernacle, and the temple. Download the worksheet for Section 2 at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html. Images used in this lesson are found at https://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/bs-ark-covenant/ (images 3 & 12) and https://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/solomon-temple/ (images 8 & 11).
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen — Why would the people of Jesus’ own hometown try to throw him off a cliff? At first, they seemed delighted by him and his teaching. But when his teaching became too demanding—when he called them to turn their hearts to God—his townspeople turned against him instead. Text: Luke 4:14-44
This week's class on the spiritual realm between God and human beings examines the appearance of an angel in the burning bush, the "destroyer" sent by God at the first Passover, and the angel who led Israel from Egypt to the promised land. Worksheet available at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Guest Sermon by Jim Mendenhall. In Thessalonica, the apostle Paul reasoned with the Jews from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that Jesus was the Christ. What might Paul have shown them from Scripture? Scripture continues to persuade us of the truth about Jesus today, and it strengthens us as we continue in faith through a difficult time. Text: Acts 17:1-4
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Mary wasn't expecting to be expecting. Joseph wasn't expecting to be a father so soon. The shepherds of Bethlehem weren't expecting to encounter angels. But our God does the unexpected—in the life of Jesus, and often (more subtly) in our lives today. Text: Luke 1-2
In this week's class, we study an important appearance of Satan in the opening of the book of Job and what that appearance tells us about this evil, enigmatic person. We also examine a few references to angels and to the realm of the dead in Job. Bible texts in this episode come from the book of Job. Find a link to the class worksheet in the episode notes at www.summitviewchurch.net/podcast.html.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When the angel Gabriel delivered wonderful messages to Zechariah and to Mary, both individuals questioned him; both had doubts. Gabriel responded to them very differently, striking one mute but explaining God's plan to the other. Why the difference? Zechariah and Mary demonstrated different types of doubt. And from Gabriel's responses to them we learn not to be afraid of doubt, but to let it prompt us to pursue the truth. Text: Luke 1
In this week's class, we study angelic appearances to members of the family of Abraham, guiding that family and communicating God's deep concern for them as God works to fulfill his promises to Abraham. This episode is a recording of our Senior Adults & Friends Bible Study via Zoom in their study of "The In-Between," an exploration of the Bible's teaching about angels, demons, the devil, heavenly and dark spiritual powers, and the state of the dead between death and resurrection. Bible texts in this episode come from Genesis 21-48. Download the worksheet at www.summitviewchurch.net/podcast.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — What does God teach us to do when we're anxious? This strange year, 2020, has been a year filled with anxiety. But God helps us, in part by teaching us how to navigate anxious times. This lesson takes us through seven bits of instruction from the apostle Paul—five commands and two promises of God—to help us live godly lives without being anxious. Text: Philippians 4:4-9
In this week's class, we examine the story of a lengthy angelic visit to Abraham and his nephew, Lot. Abraham met two angels and a third, mysterious being. These heavenly beings bring prophecy for Abraham's wife Sarah, foretell God's intentions concerning Sodom and Gomorrah, and then carry out God's judgment on Sodom. This episode is a recording of our Senior Adults & Friends Bible Study via Zoom in their new study of "The In-Between," an exploration of the Bible's teaching about angels, demons, the devil, heavenly and dark spiritual powers, and the state of the dead between death and resurrection. Bible text in this episode comes from Genesis 18:1 to 19:29. Worksheets are available at http://www.summitviewchurch.net/class-materials.html.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — God is at work in us when we suffer. From Peter's first letter, this lesson draws out three purposes of God behind our suffering and three responses Peter calls us to have to our suffering. Texts: selections from 1 Peter
This episode is a recording of our Senior Adults & Friends Bible Study in their new study of "The In-Between," an exploration of the Bible's teaching about angels, demons, the devil, heavenly and dark spiritual powers, and the state of the dead between death and resurrection. This episode delves into the first appearance of the devil in Scripture, the first appearance of cherubim, and the first appearance of the "angel of the Lord" to a human being. This lesson was recorded on December 2, 2020. Texts include selections from Genesis 3-16. Worksheets are available with the episode notes at www.summitviewchurch.net/podcast.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The Jews who rebuilt the temple in the 500s BC pressed on in spite of troubles and did not lose heart because they believed God was with them. When the church faces troubles, we do not lose heart, but cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving, which reminds us that the God who has helped us in the past will help us again. In every difficulty—even today—we look to God to help us, and we are thankful. Texts: Colossians 3:15-17 and selections from Ezra 4-6 & Colossians
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Like the Jews who watched as the foundation of the second temple was laid—some of whom rejoiced while others wept—we too sometimes experience both joy and sorrow at the same time. This is appropriate before God, and the ability to express both joy and sorrow simultaneously will help us navigate this pandemic-plagued Thanksgiving holiday. Text: Ezra 3
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Touched with sudden grief, the Shunammite woman neither gave up on God nor ran away from God. Instead, she pursued God. In her pursuit of God in the midst of her anguish, she is a model for us when we pray. Text: 2 Kings 4:8-37
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Lament gives us language out of which to cry out to God during our times of grief and pain. This lesson describes the typical structure of a lament psalm and takes us through three examples. Texts: Psalms 13, 12, and 6.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The apostle Paul prayed that, short time or long, those hearing him speak about Jesus would become a follower of Jesus, as he himself was. This is our perspective as Christians, whether we're dealing with a pandemic or working to share our faith: short time or long, like Paul and Jesus and God himself, we will endure, praying and keeping our eyes on our long-term goal. Text: Acts 26:12-32
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall, Summit View Church of Christ — A certain woman performed an act of great kindness for Jesus at great cost to herself. Others objected, but Jesus commended her, saying, "She has done what she could." We cannot do everything, but we can do what we're able. And like this woman, we honor the Lord when we show kindness or serve at some cost to ourselves. Text: Mark 14:1-9
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — We've learned, over the past several months, that we need to keep our plans flexible, because life can change quickly. The Bible's book of James reminds us that we don't know what will happen tomorrow—so we need to submit our plans to God. We practice Faithful Flexibility when we say, as James teaches us, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." Text: James 4:13-17
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — This pandemic has reminded us that just because all is well with us does not mean that all is well with everyone else. Followers of Jesus are called to see and to notice the difficult situations others are experiencing, and to respond with compassion. And when we help others in need, we help Jesus himself. Text: Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — We are one body, the body of Christ, and each person is a part of it just as every member of the body is a part of the body. God himself has put the members of the body together as he intended, granting honor to each part, so that each part may care for every other part. Even during the pandemic, we are one body, caring for one another, and working together for the kingdom of God. Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
This new sermon series, "Lessons from a Virus," examines lessons we can learn from the current pandemic and apply to the Christian life. To begin with, we learn to never say something will never happen: We may have thought a pandemic would never strike us, but here it is! Similarly, Peter warns the church not to say the Lord's judgment will never come. We need instead to remember that God has judged the earth before and has promised to judge it again. Then, taking God's warning seriously, we can live holy and godly lives as we look forward to the Lord's coming. Text: 1 Peter 3:1-14
So many great heroes of faith have gone before us—so many more than Hebrews 11 could list! They witness to what we cannot see with our eyes, that God is faithful. Jesus, most of all, witnesses to the faithfulness of God and models how we can run the race of faith. With our eyes on Jesus, who endured through suffering and opposition, we can run our race well until we, like him, receive a glorious reward from God. Text: Hebrews 12:1-3
Kevin Jensen explains why Revelation was written to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia and how their situation calls us to stay away from every "god" that might compete for our devotion to Christ today. Text: Revelation 1-3
Sunday Sermon by Jack Campbell, 9:00 a.m. service at the Summit View Church of Christ • To Christians tempted to go back on their faith in Jesus, Hebrews 11 speaks a message urging them forward in the faith that many before them have kept, doing what seemed impossible and accomplishing it by the power of God. Texts: Hebrews 11:32-40, Judges 6:14-16
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • So many people of faith have gone before us that if we tried to remember them all, we would run out of time. Some were strong and accomplished great things; others suffered greatly, yet left us a great testimony to the faithfulness of God. Text: Hebrews 11:32-40
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • Rahab became a model of faith when she, a Caananite prostitute, put her faith in God and helped the Israelites. As a result, God transformed her life—and he does the same for us when we put our faith in him. Texts: Hebrews 11:31, Joshua 2:1-16 & 6:20-25
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • Anything is possible for God, and everything is possible for those who believe. Israel believed in the power of God, and by faith the new nation crossed the Red Sea on dry land and conquered Jericho. Texts: Hebrews 11:29-30, Exodus 14:5-31, Joshua 6:1-20
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ • Moses, like his parents, braved danger and refused to be deterred by distraction or fear as he pursued the will of God. Considering disgrace for Christ’s sake greater than anything Egypt had to offer, he focused his vision on his future reward, served God boldly, and, by faith, saved the people of Israel. Texts: Hebrews 11:23-28 and selections from Exodus 1-12
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen. Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, patriarchs of Israel and heroes of faith, each demonstrated their faith by leaving one last blessing to the next generation when they died. What blessing did they leave? Assurance and instruction in the faith, so that those who followed after them might carry on the faith and be blessed by God. (Texts: Hebrews 11:20-22, selections from Genesis)
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen. How did Abraham pass the impossible test of faith? He passed it by faith—faith that reasoned that God can even raise the dead. Faith in God’s power to raise the dead is faith that can overcome every obstacle and pass every test. (Texts: Hebrews 11:17-19, Genesis 22:1-19)
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Why do the men always get all the credit? Sarah, too, was a person of great faith, just like her husband, Abraham. True, she laughed when she first heard God’s promise—but we don’t always start off strong in faith. Her faith grew and held, though, and she became a model of the faithful person who remains faithful even when they do not receive all of God's blessings this side of eternal life. (Texts: Hebrews 11:11-16, selections from Genesis 11-21)
Kevin Jensen presents a key to understanding the book of Revelation: noticing how Jesus' identity and appearance challenge the authority of the Roman emperor, calling Christians enduring social pressure and sometimes persecution to choose between the emperor and Jesus himself as the object of their ultimate allegiance. (Text: Revelation 1)
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When God calls us to follow his leading into strange, new paths in our lives, we recall the faith of Abraham, who obeyed God’s command to go to the promised land, though Abraham did not know where he was going. There he served God faithfully, and his children and grandchildren—and even we today—were blessed because of his faith. (Texts: Hebrews 11:8-10, Genesis 12:1-9)
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Noah demonstrated his faith by taking seriously God's warnings of things not yet seen, and in doing so he saved his family from the great flood. He is a model of faith for us who, like him, have received warnings from God concerning judgment to come and are called to act in faith to save ourselves and many others. Texts: Hebrews 11:7, Genesis 6:9 to 7:12
As we resume in-person worship services for the first time in four months, we remember Paul's concern for the young church in Thessalonica when he was separated from it suddenly—and his prayer for their well-being until he and they could be together again. Lesson by Kevin Jensen, from 1 Thessalonians 2:17 to 3:13.
Sunday sermon by Kevin Jensen - We know very little about Enoch. Yet what we do know inspires us to grow in faith, to walk with God, and to look ahead to God's rewards for those who seek him. From Hebrews 11:5-6 and Genesis 5:1-24.
The Israelites heard that God would help them, and they were encouraged. Then circumstances got tough, and they despaired. Don't let circumstances keep you from listening to God. A devotional thought for today from Jim Mendenhall.
It's hard to make plans right now. The COVID-19 virus throws all schedules and agendas awry. So this is a great time to practice the spiritual discipline of "faithful flexibility": being flexible because we acknowledge God as sovereign over our schedules and plans. Thoughts by Kevin Jensen from James 4:13-17, Proverbs 16:3, and Psalms 20:4 and 33:10.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — Faith is not blind. It is built on the evidence of God’s great actions in the past, evidence so convincing that it persuades us to imagine that God will be faithful again, as he has always been. Abel was a model of faith for us, even though he was killed by his brother. His faith still speaks to us today, for he resisted sin and gave his very best to God. From Hebrews 11:1-4 and Genesis 4:1-16.
Timothy was a man the church could respect as genuine in his faith and love—and he is a model for us to follow. Jim Mendenhall brings us another instructive devotional thought in this continuing series.
Conversation with Johnny Gallegos, teacher, student, husband, and father of three young children on the challenges of teaching, studying, and parenting during the pandemic. Includes thoughts on the message of Ecclesiastes for helping us keep our focus on God during this difficult time.
Sermon by Kevin Jensen, Summit View Church of Christ — God's presence and rule in our lives is like a mighty river that brings life wherever it flows. God offered humanity this river in the beginning, will restore it to his people at the end, and offers to let us drink deeply of it today. Texts: Genesis 2:8-15, Ezekiel 47:1-12, Revelation 22:1-5 & 22:17
Third-grade teacher Caralee Thomason and college professor Bill Wayenberg join Kevin Jensen for an in-depth conversation on their experiences as educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics range from teachers' learning curve in online communication technologies to how the pandemic has highlighted the gap between the haves and have-nots in the public school system, and from there to the latest expectations for what education might look like next fall. Recorded June 11, 2020.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, June 14, 2020 — As God's breath (his Spirit) renewed the life of Israel after the nation's destruction by the Babylonians, and as God breathed new life into Jesus to raise him from the dead, so God also breathes new life into us by his Spirit. Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Two ministers from our neighborhood—Curt Still from the Church of Christ in Grandview, Washington, and Derrick Allen from the Church of Christ in Ellensburg, Washington—join Kevin Jensen for a discussion on what it's been like to minister to churches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversation ranges from how they're doing personally to how their churches are handling social-distancing requirements to what we can do to keep one another encouraged. Recorded on June 8, 2020.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, June 7, 2020 — Many of us must worship alone in our homes for now. But we are not alone. We stand in a long heritage of people who have worshiped God alone or in small groups, because of isolation or perhaps because of persecution. Even today, many believers can only display their faith in hiding, lest they be discovered. Through the Holy Spirit, we are linked to them—and not only to them, but also to our ancestors in the faith and to one another.
Kevin Jensen interviews two members of our church, Beth Luke and Onyi Amanari. Both are Family Nurse Practitioners and Doctors of Nursing Practice, and both are on the front lines of caring for the sick in the Yakima community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss what it's like to be a medical worker during this time, what we can and shouldn't do to fight the spread of the virus, and the people who they see are being impacted the most by the virus.
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen, May 31, 2020 — As we encounter uncertain economic times, and as the threat of a loss of income and even bankruptcy looms for many, how should we who follow Jesus think about wealth and poverty?