Bible Text: Acts 26 | Speaker: Keith Jagger | Series: Life Together *The first few minutes were not recorded due to technical issues. In the ninth of eleven sermons on community, Keith continues to illustrate how Christian community can either suck the life out of you or provide you with a deep sense of meaning for life.  A community full of truly confident people can add great meaning to your life. While confidence is the sensation that our treasures are safe, that we have nothing to lose in any particular situation, communities are full of people at various stages of confidence. When we listen to the stories of Paul in his later life, we find a man who went from false confidence to insecurity to true confidence, which builds up those around him. During his speech to King Herod Agrippa II, Paul shows us just what kind of confidence is attainable for a person who has put their bodily health and reputation in the hands of God.

Bible Text: Acts 17:16-34 | Speaker: Keith Jagger | Series: Life Together In the eighth of eleven sermons on community, Keith continues to illustrate how Christian community can either suck the life out of you or provide you with a deep sense of meaning for life.  Christianity adds a particular meaning to our lives and instructs us to join those who want to make the world a better place. In Christianity, we are part of something bigger, something that honors but goes beyond tolerance and the secular narrative of progress.  Christianity respects other faith traditions, but it poses in humility that Jesus's way is the best way forward for our civilization, with a hope in the future Day when God sets everything right. What will we do now to anticipate that Day?

Bible Text: Acts 13-14:28 | Speaker: Keith Jagger | Series: Life Together In the seventh of eleven sermons on community, Keith continues to illustrate how Christian community can either suck the life out of you or provide you with a deep sense of meaning for life. This message concludes the teaching on Paul's first missionary journey where Paul showed tremendous selflessness, a profound willingness to engage, and a diligence that God used to open the door of faith for the gentiles. Illustrating how we must focus our efforts, remember why we're doing what we are doing, and be gentle with ourselves if we want to finish important tasks, Pastor Keith invites the GR community to dream about the mission of our local church.

Bible Text: Acts 10:1-11:18 | Speaker: Keith Jagger | Series: Life Together In the fourth of eleven sermons on community, Keith continues to illustrate how Christian community can either suck the life out of you or provide you with a deep sense of meaning for life. This message introduces the second of two idols that sucks the life out of community: exclusivity. When God finds it alive and well in the earliest Christian community, he intervenes. Illustrating the difference between human intimacy and Godly intimacy, Keith explores the vision given to Peter, in which God opens Peter’s eyes to the inclusion of the gentiles…to those who fear God and do what is right. Christian community adds meaning to your life when the community offers spaces for intimacy for whomever wants to seek it.

Bible Text: Acts 4:32-5:11 | Speaker: Keith Jagger | Series: Life Together *Note: The first couple minutes were not recorded due to technical issues. In the third of eleven sermons on community, Keith continues to illustrate how Christian community can either suck the life out of you or provide you with a deep sense of meaning for life.  This message introduces one of two idols that can suck the life out of community: self-sufficiency.  God intervenes when he finds this idol alive in the earliest Christian community. Showing how our culture today is a culture of individualism, Keith explores the sin of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 4.32–5.11 as a determination to remain self-sufficient.

Bible Text: Acts 3:1-26, Acts 4:1-18 | Speaker: Keith Jagger | Series: Life Together In the second of eleven sermons on community, Keith begins preaching about Grassroots and how it is inspired to be a church that gives life rather than sucks life out of us.  Focused on Acts 3.1–4.31, we see how Peter preached to the crowds and to the religious leaders courageously.  We notice that, though humans are sometimes wicked and that God may seem far, the gospel that Peter preached was about the nearness of God and recovery of our identity as sons and daughters of God.  Church gives us life when we ensure that our preaching remembers human dignity and reminds us that God is very near.