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Hear the second sermon in the series on Philippians!

In this sermon on Philippians 1, Pastor Sean talks about the importance in growing in both head knowledge and heart knowledge as we live out our faith in love. Preached on June 18, 2017, as the second sermon in the series on Philippians.
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Don't miss the first sermon in the new Philippians series:

Sermon on Philippians 1:1-11, preached by Pastor Sean Baker on June 11, 2017, as the first sermon in a series on Philippians.
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We will be grilling bbq chicken and feasting together! Everyone is welcome! Meet your neighbors and enjoy activities.

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Creston Church and our neighbors on Buffalo are partnering to host several fun summer events! Mark your calendars - you won't want to miss out.

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The church in Acts was:
1) a learning church
2) a loving church
3) a together church
4) a worshiping church...
5) a growing church
Which of these do you see in your own life or church community? Which of these is a challenge you need to work on? Listen to Pastor Sean's Pentecost sermon for a deeper look at these characteristics:

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In this sermon on Acts 2:42-49, Pastor Sean Baker looks at the main characteristics of the church in Acts: 1) a learning church 2) a loving church 3) a together church 4) a worshiping church 5) a growing church These are signs that the Holy Spirit is working among God's people. Which of these do you...
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Join New City Neighbors, Creston Church, and 4th Reformed Church in watching the three-part film series, Race: The Power of An Illusion. This series looks at race through the lenses of science, history, and social institutions to challenge some of our most deeply held beliefs. Each film, last approximately one hour, will begin at 7 p.m. at 4th Reformed Church (1226 Union Ave NE) with a brief discussion afterwards.

Part 1: The Difference Between Us: Wednesday, June 14
Part 2: The Story We Tell: Wednesday, July 12
Part 3: The House We Live In: Wednesday, August 9

Out of town on Memorial Day? It's not too late to hear Sunday's sermon from our very own Hannah Lee!

In this sermon on Acts 2:14-41, recent seminary graduate Hannah Lee explains how repentance is also a gift of the Spirit. Preached on May 28, 2017.
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Left to our own devices, we falter, and even the best show we can put on doesn't amount to much, But when we rely on God and he shows up, he equips his church, and amazing things happen through us and despite us. Hear Pastor Sean's latest sermon on the Pentecost story here:

Even at our best, we are often a bumbling, rag-tag group of people like the disciples. And yet, God gives them - and us - the task of spreading his gospel to the ends of the earth. This is not something we accomplish by our own power, but by God's power within us, through the Holy Spirit. Without th...
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"It is not out of the ordinary for God to take our very worst moments and bring something beautiful out of them." Hear Pastor Sean's sermon from this past Sunday:

Using the text from Acts 1:12-26 about the early church, Pastor Sean Baker reminds us that even though our lives and our plans might be very messy, God is in the business of making beautiful things out of messes. "It is not out of the ordinary for God to use very bad situations to do very good thing...
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Hear Pastor Sam Lee's sermon from Ascension Sunday:

In this sermon on Acts 1:1-11, Pastor Sam Lee tells the story of Jesus' ascension into heaven. Rather than abandoning his disciples, Jesus is equipping them to carry on his mission until he comes again. Because of this, nothing we do for the Kingdom is wasted. And we do not need to stare at the sky…
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Being God's witness doesn't mean doing spectacular things, but recognizing and naming the spectacular things God is doing, based on these sorts of questions:
1. What have you been learning about God?
2. What have you seen God doing?
3. What are you thankful for?
4. How has God changed you?...
Hear Pastor Sean's latest sermon for some answers to these questions in our church community, and to get thinking about how you would answer them in your own life.

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Being a witness is not about doing amazing things; it's about recognizing and naming the amazing things God is already doing in our midst. Consider these questions as a starting place: 1) What have you been learning about God? 2) What have you seen God doing? 3) What are you thankful for? 4) How has...
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Hear Pastor Sean's latest sermon on the resurrected Christ.

After Jesus was raised from the dead, he had a physical body that could eat and be touched. This went against the gnostic beliefs that the physical was bad and the spiritual was good. God created the spiritual and physical, and he cares about both. And although we currently live in a world of decay,...
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Hear Pastor Sean's sermon from Easter Sunday:

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15, preached by Pastor Sean Baker on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, as the final sermon in the Lenten series, "Clothed with Christ."
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In his latest sermon, Pastor Sean explains the historical and cultural significance behind the mysterious events of Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday, the crows cried out, "Hosanna, blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" And yet, their expectations of Jesus did not line up with what he came to do, and they missed the point. In this sermon on Luke 19:28-44, Pastor Sean Baker explains the historical significance behi...
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Hear Pastor Sean's latest sermon on the importance of forgiveness, both for ourselves and for others.

In this sermon on Colossians 3:12-14, Pastor Sean Baker compares unforgiveness to holding a handful of hot coals: our hand becomes disfigured by what we cannot let go of. He encourages us to forgive those who have wronged us, and also to ask for forgiveness from those we've hurt, giving them a chanc...
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Hear Pastor Sean's latest sermon in the Lenten sermon series, "Clothe Yourselves with Christ."

Sermon on Luke 18:9-14, preached by Pastor Sean Baker on March 26, 2017 as part of the Lenten sermon series, "Clothe Yourselves with Christ."
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Hear Pastor Sean's sermon on what true kindness looks like, based on the story of David and Mephibosheth.

In this sermon on 2 Samuel 9, Pastor Sean Baker uses the story of David and Mephibosheth as an example of how we should show kindness to others. This is not a shallow "be nice" sort of kindness, but a deep, hospitable kindness to those whom it is hard to love, even when it is inconvenient or not in…
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