An Audience of One

Today’s message is on Matthew 6, the first few verses especially.

Jesus says the foundation of existence is not a random universe; a giant, meaningless machine; quarks; or photons. It is a person, a personal God of immense power, wisdom, and love.

Soren Kierkegaard in Purity of Heart wrote about the idea of people living as though we have an audience which consists of just one, our God.

Jesus came all the way to Earth and experienced utter rejection, so that we can know love and acceptance.

Whose approval are we seeking, that of man or that of God?

Peace Love or War

The passage for today is Matthew 5:38-48.

Jesus’ intent is to confront and address anything in His kingdom that would threaten loving relationships.

This Biblical love is loving someone not because we like them, prefer them, or because they appeal to us; we simply love them because God loves them.

Love is about caring for others, not self. It is an action, a verb, for the other.

How do we love our enemies?

  1. Develop the capacity to forgive.
  2. Recognize our own sin and shortcomings.
  3. Pray.
  4. Love your enemies, praying for those who persecute you.
  5. Pray for our ability as a new creation in Christ to love those who do not love us back.

Truth and Lies?

Last Sunday spoke on lies, using Matthew 5:33-37 as his text. Do we consider our words important, meaningful? Do others? How credible are we when we speak? Why? Can we have our yes be a yes and our no be a no?

  • Many times we end up using pressure, guilt or a song and dance to impress other people with our sincerity in order to get them to do what we want.
  • If I believe I have to watch out for myself, I will keep lying out of necessity. It’s only if I trust there is a greater reality (God’s reality), that I can let go of lying.
  • Jesus promises when we live in the freedom of death to self and in the power of forgiveness of the cross, we receive a new strength we could never generate on our own.

Here is the bulletin for the week.

Happily Ever After?

In this message, Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached a message on a very difficult topic, divorce, using Matt 5:31-32, Deut 24:1-5, and Ex 21:7-11.

It is very common today, and based on Scripture was not unheard of back then either.

Jesus is not giving laws; He is describing true, surpassing goodness.

Thinking of the equality in creation of man and woman, Jesus is saying that divorce is undoing creation because it is unraveling shalom.

God’s first divorce recovery program is a place called Calvary, and the price for the course, which Jesus paid in full, is on bloodstained Cross.

The Spirit

This week’s message is on the Holy Spirit. Pastor Jeremy covered John 15:26-16:15 and Acts 2:37-38.

The Holy Spirit has never left the church and He will never leave the church.

What I want to suggest is that the Holy Spirit empowers, comforts, and assures.

The Holy Spirit does not come to make bad people good; rather, He comes to enable dead people to live.

“The purpose of all God’s saving work is to create for Himself a people wholly capable of obedience” Gerhard Von Rad

Here is today’s bulletin.



Today Pastor Jeremy Peugh continued preaching on the Sermon on the Mount, covering lust today as seen in Matt 5:27-30.

If we live for desire, we will end up the slave of desire.

The real problem isn’t our eye or our hand, it is our heart.

There is freedom, grace, and healing for anyone who will honestly come to God and step into the light.

Jesus isn’t negating attraction; in this passage look is a self-serving stare.

Here is the bulletin for today’s service.


Today’s message is on Matthew 5:21-26. Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on anger.

Anger is:

  • a response to a thwarted will.
  • a will to harm.
  • contempt that leaks out of us.

How to live in the Kingdom:

  1. Make reconciling broken relationships a higher priority than being religious.
  2. Initiate genuine kindness to your enemy.

Be intentional about feeding your mind.

Reflecting the Cross is what we are supposed to do.

Is the main cause of anger others,self, or something else?

In anger God’s will is not being done.


When We Get Things Wrong

The passage for today’s message is Matthew 5:17-20.

Beware of glittering vices: qualities that look like virtues, but they make us proud, arrogant, and unloving, so they end up destroying our souls.

Christianity is not about following the rules or breaking them; it is about following Jesus.

Know the book. Do the book, but do not stop there. Step into the Kingdom.

2018 Faith Promise

Today we had a guest speaker, Rev. Brian Becker, the Director of International Ministries from Point Loma. He spoke to us about missions using Acts 16:16-34 as his passage. He spoke of holy annoyances using this passage. How do we deal with these?

Later on, as part of our Faith Promise Sunday, Pastor Jeremy and Missions Director Tom spoke to us as well about this.

Here is the bulletin.

Overcoming Evil

In today’s message Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on overcoming evil, using Matt 5:13-16 as a guide.

  • To indulge evil, to oppose evil, is to oppose God’s Kingdom.
  • Suffering happens to you; evil happens in you.

Psychology’s fundamental attribution error:

  1. When I do something wrong I attribute it to having difficult circumstances.
  2. When others do something wrong, I attribute it to bad character.

A kingdom will typically work to improve or increase its sphere of influence. Whose kingdom are we advancing?

Whose job is it to oppose evil? This is the job of the church, His church.

Where are you needed? Whom should you be talking to? Who needs to hear the Gospel?

The Good Life

The passage for this message is Matthew 4:23-5:12. Here is the bulletin.

The church is not a museum for saints; it is a hospital for sinners.

In the Bible, the word blessed actually addresses a question that haunts the human race; “who has the good life?”

Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount strongly contrasts the world’s view of the good life.

To be in the Kingdom means to be blessed no matter what happens.

The first rule of God’s Kingdom is this; no pretending.

Cup and Covenant

In this message, Pastor Brian preached on Mark 14:12-72. Several essentials, mysteries, and keys of the Christian faith are addressed in this section of the Gospel of Mark.

The Passover meal is transformed by The Last Supper.

Blood must be shed, on our behalf, for the forgiveness of sins.

Peter and the rest all said they would never disown Him.

Gethsemane is an ultimate test for Jesus; He nearly dies here.

When you hear others say Jesus didn’t claim to be God, consider His I Am statements and the reaction of Jewish leaders to them.

They all drank and swore allegiance at the table, and then fell away. They all betrayed or left Him, would we?

The Need for a Traitor

In this message Pastor Bryant Dougharty preached, on the need for a traitor.

Some questions and points that were asked or made include:

  • What would you give to honor God?
  • What is too far for us?
  • Are you committed to this Christ?
  • Are we loving others?
  • What do we think of Christ’s Kingdom here on Earth?

Here is the bulletin for the week.


Trouble in the Temple

Today’s passage is Mark 11:12-19. Pastor Jeremy primarily discussed consumerism, mentioning but not dwelling on the Markan sandwich where cleansing of the temple is surrounded by the cursing of the fig tree.

Consumerism is caused by:

  1. Ease and laziness
  2. Selfishness
  3. Ignorance

Our job is not to attend or simply go to church; rather it is to be the church.

A way out:

  1. Focus on God.
  2. Focus on our call.
  3. Focus on others.

What Kind of King is Jesus

The passage for today is Mark 1:1-11 regarding the Triumphal Entry which is called Palm Sunday by some.

Let us consider the meaning of subversive. It is an attempt to overthrow a system of power or authority, often by people working secretly from within.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a subversion of our culture.

The people wanted a subversion of the status quo. They were laying palms looking for Him to take power.

The elite wanted a subversion of the national power (Rome).

The way that Jesus is subversive in the world is to give His life for it.

Death and violence do not get the last word.


The Right Way of Life

In this message, Pastor Jeremy Peugh wrapped up a series on Epiphany for 2018 by discussing 1 Cor 6:11-20.

We are a part of the counter story. God calls His people, both out of the world and to be an ambassador to it.

We need:

  1. Ears that hear the Kingdom.
  2. Eyes that see the Kingdom.
  3. Bodies that become the Kingdom.

Here is the bulletin for the week.


The Holiness of Jesus

Consider Matthew 11:16-19;8:1-4;Luke 7:36-50 and see the below.

Priestly Prophetic
1 Purity 1 Justice
2 Sin was something that was seen as contagious 2 Taking action against sin
3 Separation from anything or anyone who would make them unclean 3 Righting social wrongs in Israel
4 Holiness by separation and/or distance 4 Holiness by action

Does God want us to be pure or just? Yes

Real purity contaminates impurity; real holiness contaminates sin.

Jesus was a friend of sinners.

Lepers were seen as unclean or outcasts.

Is the Parable of the Good Samaritan about being unclean or about helping another in need?

A Life Led by the Spirit

Today Rev. Chelsea Peugh preached on Romans 8:1-17.

The Old Testament Law could not defeat sin, it could only detect it.

Where do we need to claim the freedom that we have in Christ, so we can live it out more boldly?

Examine all the living by the flesh versus living in the Spirit differences in verses 5-17.

Fleshly desires v5 Spiritual desires v5
Eternal death v6 Peace and Eternal Life v6
Hostility toward God v7 Children of God v14,16
Doesn’t submit to God’s Law v7 Adoption into Sonship v15
Can’t please God v8 Affirms us as God’s children v16
Slaves living in fear v15 Heirs of God v17
Co-heirs with Christ v17
Share Christ’s suffering/glory v17

Where do we find ourselves on this chart? Which places in our lives do we need to allow the Spirit to take the lead?

We deserve rags but we are given riches.

We share in Christ’s suffering, in order that we may also share in His glory.

Our Gifts

Today we celebrate Epiphany regarding the Magi or Wise Men coming to see Jesus, seen in Matt 2:1-12.

Who do you see God to be and what do you believe He has really done for you?

Gods in the ancient world were not the object of enthusiastic pursuit. People sought the gods for protection and assistance, not relationship.

Thinking of the wise men’s gifts to Jesus, let us consider ways we can be givers, stewards, of time, talent, and treasure.

There are groups of people. Some are givers, asking if I don’t give who else will give; takers, who ask if I don’t take care of me who else will; and matchers, who want to feel fair, and give some back to feel even.

The wise men gave intentionally, traveling a distance, to give in a deliberate intended way.

The wise men gave extravagantly, not bringing left overs or non precious things. These were special not routine gifts. May we do this also, as God calls us. There ought to be things we should like to do but cannot because our giving excludes them.

The wise men gave together, as a group. Multiple givers make us able to do more. Many hands make light work.

They also gave joyfully, which may be hard for us to connect with. God loves a cheerful giver.

Here is the bulletin for this week.