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This is The Orchard Church, a podcast where the Word of God is taught to point people to Jesus Christ and help them to look more like Him.
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Jude: Contend for the Faith

Jude: Contend for the Faith

2019-10-0800:37:20

Jude was written at a time when Christianity was under severe political attack and aggressive spiritual infiltration. This small, but powerful book was written to believers as a call to fight for the faith as truth is under attack. Join us Families Pastor Jason Holmes walks us through Jude 1:1-4, showing us how this timely message is just as relevant today as it was in Jude's time, and how we can rest in God's promise amongst intense spiritual warfare that we are called, beloved, and kept once and for all.  Jude Sermon Series - Week 1 of 4 - 10.06.19
We’re in a series called Life Together. We are looking at how Jesus brought the church into existence; a whole are generation of people impacted by these three events: the death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.The gospel and what is taught and lived amongst the church is meant to impact how we see people, the way we experience life, the way we think about life, and the way we live out our lives everyday.Join us today as Lead Pastor Sam Shaw talks about how people will decide what they think about Jesus in this generation by how we live, what we are, and what we do.Life Together Sermon Series - Week 4 of 4 - 9.29.19
We’re in a series called Life Together. We’re learning what it means to be brothers and sisters in the family of God. We have been studying how God is a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - three persons in relationship with one another - one God. Having made us in His image, God made us to have relationships. The problem is there is a lot of drama in our relationships.It’s a real challenge to develop deep friendships. Even in our families there’s lots of drama and areas of conflict, all due to a three letter word that we all are afflicted with: sin.Join us today as Lead Pastor Sam Shaw talks about how sin is not only personal, it's social, and answers the question: How do Christians deal with situations that divide us?Life Together Sermon Series - Week 3 of 4 - 9.22.19
Life Together: Let's Do It

Life Together: Let's Do It

2019-09-1600:33:12

There are two ways to read the Bible and understand the story of your own life. You can either see the Bible and your life as primarily about you, and God has a part in it. Or you can see the Bible and your own life as primarily a story about God and you have a part in it. We all start out in that first category. We all have a tendency to read the Bible and think God might have a part, either big or small, but the story really is about us. What God really wants to do is change the way we read the Bible. He wants to change the way we see our own lives. God wants to reorient our mind to a new way of thinking. Join us as Lead Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through Hebrews 3:12-14 and Hebrews 10:23-25, detailing how God uses people and circumstances to shape the way that we think and the way we live our lives.Life Together Sermon Series - Week 2 of 4 - 09.15.19
Why are relationships so essential to people flourishing? Why do we all long for community? NASA found they couldn't send a man into space alone for any length of time without severe risk to their health. The army trains instructors to never have just one person alone in a foxhole, but to always have two. Because they understood that people enlist because of love for country, but they will fight and die for their brother. Why is that? Why is solitary confinement one of the worst punishment you could put somebody in? And why is it that when we feel isolated it’s like torture?Join us as we embark on a series called “Life Together,” where we will be  be talking about the fact that God uses other people in our lives to shape us. He uses other people to make us into who we deeply desire to be and what he wants us to be.Life Together Sermon Series - Week 1 of 4 - 09.08.19
Labor Day Weekend: Finish

Labor Day Weekend: Finish

2019-09-0300:35:06

Do you remember anything from the 2002 Winter Olympics? In the last lap of the 1000 Meter Small Track Speed Skate event something very unusual happened that became one of the greatest moments in Olympic sports history. Entering the final lap of the race, Australian racer Stephen Bradbury trailed far off the pace in last place. On the final turn, the Chinese racer slipped, knocking the American racer down. The Korean racer fell, tripping the Canadian racer. Steven Bradbury skates across the finish line untouched, winning the Winter Olympic gold medal for the first time in Australia’s history. He won the gold simply because he finished the race. It seems that many of us today are so eager to quit. It's easier to check out. We give up on our marriages. We are willing to give up on our jobs. We give up on our families… on our commitments. Join us as Lead Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through the last chapter of Paul's last letter. Paul's last words ring with resolute determination that by God's strength we would not fall away, but instead finish the race well.Labor Day Weekend - 09.01.19
Table Talk: Continue

Table Talk: Continue

2019-08-2600:27:58

During the Stalin era in Russia, the Marxist government derided the Bible as a book full of legends, myths, and old wives’ tales. It even established an anti-Bible museum in Moscow to convince the Russian people. The authorities seemed afraid that people would read it and believe it, so they put them in prison and in labor camps for reading the scripture. Why? Perhaps they feared that this unique book had the power to change people’s lives. Part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is immersing our lives in his word. Sadly, most Christians neglect giving themselves to the very sacred scripture which is able to make one wise for salvation through faith in Jesus. God speaks and communicates with us through His word so we must continue to pursue Christ in love through His word.Table Talk - Week 4 of 4 - 08.25.19
Table Talk: Pursue

Table Talk: Pursue

2019-08-1900:29:57

Christian fellowship is a means of grace and it is a necessary context for sanctification. Pursuing Christ together means seeing our partnership in the gospel as we fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The gospel creates community and when our fellowship is true; it is the apologetic for belonging to Jesus (John 13:35). Christians should not gather on Sunday only to fulfill some weekly observance of cultural norms or to check a box. Christians should know each other, get close, and stay close as a family who gathers, interacts, encourages, exhorts, and inspires one another to love and good deeds. The Orchard is not a group of acquaintances, this is a loving family, formed by Jesus to worship together as a happy family pursuing Christ together. Table Talk Sermon Series - Week 3 - 08.18.19
Table Talk: Rhythms

Table Talk: Rhythms

2019-08-1200:22:49

Change is a part of life. Seasons, weather, time, and even we change. Sometimes these changes seem dramatic and we feel as if they happened overnight. Other times it seems as if time stands still. People in different stages of life view time differently but eventually we all conclude that time stands still for no one and it moves too fast. How can we keep up as time moves faster? How do we keep dancing when the rhythm changes? As the first chapter of 2 Timothy came to a close, Paul refers to the widespread flight among Christians in the Roman province of Asia (1:15). Onesiphorus was the only one commended for his faithfulness so Paul exhorts Timothy that he needs the strength of God’s grace to endure. Each season of life has its own unique set of challenges so we need to recognize our “Rhythms” and embrace the changes for the sake of the gospel and making disciples.Table Talk Sermon Series - Week 2 - 08.11.19
Table Talk: Fearless

Table Talk: Fearless

2019-08-0500:19:23

Some of the best conversations happen around the table and this series has been designed to help us think wisely as disciple makers. The table is a great place to tell stories, share ideas, and grow together. So join us around the table for some Table Talk that we pray will be helpful as we make disciples together. In the book of 2 Timothy, Paul addresses his beloved child in the faith named Timothy. It seems that Timothy's father was an unbelieving Greek, but his grandmother and mother were Jews who demonstrated a "sincere faith." They were the genuine article and they possessed the type of faith which had come to characterize Timothy as well. Paul invites us to ponder the powerful impact that mothers and grandmothers can have on children. Even though the work of parenting can seem mundane and thankless, the boy these women raised has become the man that the apostle Paul relies on and thinks of in his most desperate hour.Table Talk Sermon Series - Week 1 of 4 - 08.04.19
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