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Author: Kevin Jensen

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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).
240 Episodes
Sunday Sermon by Guest Speaker Rudy Kantu — Divisiveness in the church (as, for example, in lawsuits against each other, such as were happening in the church in Corinth) shames the church and makes it difficult to share the message of the gospel. Christians need to mature in Christ so that we can share God's message with credibility.  Texts: selections from 1 Corinthians 6 and other texts
Sunday Sermon by Guest Speaker Rudy Kantu — A message calling the church to full commitment to God in order that we might be well-equipped to share the gospel with others.   Texts: selections from 1 Corinthians and other texts
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Mary, sister of Martha, honored Jesus with an extravagant and beautiful gift—but Judas objected, preferring that the gift be sold and the money be given to the poor. Jesus' response calls us to check our priorities in how we use the money and resources God has given us, and to appreciate every gift that people might bring to God.   Text: Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-8
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — When Mary and Martha were grieving the loss of their brother Lazarus and Jesus knew he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, why did Jesus weep? Did he weep out of his own sorrow over his friend's death? Was he angry with the unbelief around him? Did something else prompt his tears? In Jesus' tears, we glimpse how Jesus feels about death and how he—the one who will call the dead back to life—joins us in our grief.  Text: John 11:1-44
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The sisters Martha and Mary, when their brother Lazarus became sick, quickly sent an urgent message to Jesus to let him know. But Jesus, who could have healed Lazarus, did not come in time. In response—even though they had great faith—the sisters were deeply disappointed. We, too, are disappointed with God sometimes. What should we do when God lets us down, when he doesn't meet our expectations of a good and loving God?  Text: John 11:1-44
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — If Jesus were personally coming to your house to stay a while, what would you do? Sweep the floor? Send the kids to stay with the grandparents? Martha opened her home to Jesus, and she was busy and worried because of all the preparations that needed to be made—and upset because her sister Mary was not helping her! Yet Jesus said Mary had chosen to do something even better, something we, in all our busyness, should do as well. Text: Luke 10:38-42
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Paul, as an apostle of Jesus, could have ordered Philemon to do the right thing and receive his runaway slave back mercifully. But Paul did not exercise his apostolic authority; he did not take a confrontational, forceful approach. He took a soft approach, as Jesus did with us and modeled for us to do with one another. Text: Philemon
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — One day, Philemon's runaway slave, Onesimus, returned to Philemon's home with a letter from the apostle Paul. Runaway slaves were usually punished harshly, but Paul asked Philemon to receive Onesimus back graciously. Why? And why did Paul send Onesimus back to his master at all? What do Paul's instructions to Philemon teach us today about our relationships with one another in the family of God? Text: Philemon
Sunday Sermon by Ryan Ferguson — What is true freedom, the kind of freedom that comes only from God through Christ? This lesson explores the freedom that God provides—freedom that calls us not to indulge in our own desires, but to grow in the fruit of the Spirit and in love for one another. Texts: Galatians 5 and selected texts
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — It might be easier to be godly in all our normal, mundane, everyday activities if we could see the end result from the beginning—see the blessings our godliness would produce. But great people of faith like Joseph, Daniel, Tabitha, and the widows of 1 Timothy 5 could not foresee the results of their daily godliness, yet they were faithful to God in their everyday tasks. Like them, when we are godly in all the little things God gives us to do each day, we find God to be faithful, and we receive a rich blessing. Texts: Genesis 39:1-6a, 39:20-23, 41:46-49, 41:53-57; Daniel 1:1-6, 1:18-21, 6:1-4; Acts 9:36-42; 1 Timothy 5:9-10
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — Some days are filled with the mundane: wake up, get yourself ready, take care of the kids, go to work, come home, clean the bathtub, and so on. Where's the thrill in serving God in ordinary, everyday tasks, when we see no miracles and hear no voice from heaven? From the story of Ruth and Boaz, we look at principles for serving God—and enjoying life with him—on the most ordinary days. Text: Ruth 2
Sunday Sermon by Thomas Yukich, Preaching Ministry Intern at the Washougal Church of Christ, in conjunction with the Northwest School of Discipleship — The direction we're looking in life matters, both when we're driving (Keep your eyes on the road!) and as we walk with God. From Peter's first letter to the church, we examine some directions we need to look in order to live faithfully for God. Text: 1 Peter 5:1-11
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In Jesus' Parable of the Lost Son, a father demonstrates the profound mercy of God by forgiving his disgraceful but repentant son. But there's another son in the story too, and when he witnesses this forgiveness, he is furious—because forgiveness isn't fair. Text: Luke 15:11-32
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — The shame of our past sins haunts us, but in Christ we receive a new identity and shame's power over us is taken away. We look at the story of the apostle Paul, who called himself the worst of sinners because he had once persecuted God's church. Yet God transformed his life, took away his shame, and entrusted him with the dignity of serving Jesus and the church. Texts: selections from Acts, Galatians 1:13-14, 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — In Judah in the 700s BC, God's people were in trouble, threatened with Assyrian invasion. But they did not turn to God for help. Instead, they ran to Egypt to find security in a military alliance. Why do we human beings run everywhere but to God for help? But when we come to him, he is eager to help us, and he delivers us. Text: Isaiah 30:1-22
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — How do we apologize to God? From Psalm 51, David's great psalm of repentance, we look at steps we can take to tell God we're sorry for our sin, so that we may receive his mercy. Text: Psalm 51
Sunday Sermon by Kevin Jensen — How does God respond when we repent of our sin and turn back to him? In this opening lesson of the series, "Turning Around," we discuss the meaning of repentance and how Jesus responded when Peter repented of a very serious sin. Text: John 21
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — Thoughts on the importance of prayer and thanksgiving in the life of the Christian. Text: Colossians 4:2
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — One of the most important components of our worship to God is thankfulness as we remember and share his many blessings. Text: Colossians 3:16-17
Sunday Sermon by Jim Mendenhall — As we walk with God in gratitude and honor him, he fills us with peace beyond our comprehension. Text: Colossians 3:15
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