Downtown Community Church

Sinopsis

Love God. Make Disciples. Be Great Neighbors. Tallahassee, FL. We meet on Sundays at 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am at 231 E Palmer Ave. Learn more at downtowncommunitychurch.com

Episodios

  • Quit Limping

    Quit Limping

    23/11/2020 Duración: 37min
  • Our Lust For Egypt

    Our Lust For Egypt

    16/11/2020 Duración: 29min

    The story of the Exodus from Egypt is one of God raising up a leader, Moses,  to lead his people out of slavery. However, as things get difficult throughout the trek between Egypt and the Promised Land, the people of Israel cry out in complaint to Moses: “You should have left us in Egypt! It was better for us in Egypt!” The reality is that there were very few things that were good about the 430 year subjugation of Israel under Egypt. So, why did Israel look back so favorably on their time in Egypt as they wandered through the wilderness?The reality is that we all have a tendency to prefer the certainty of slavery over the uncertainty of faithfully trusting in God. It’s easy to look back with a positive slant on how things used to be, even when the past is as extreme as slavery to a nation. This may play out in our lives through waiting on a right romantic relationship or living with generosity. Each of these circumstances require faith that God will provide for our needs. The temptation in either situati

  • The Elephant  Donkey In The Room Pt. 3

    The Elephant & Donkey In The Room Pt. 3

    09/11/2020 Duración: 35min

    In the same way that getting berated over leaving a bowl in the sink is a disproportionate reaction to the offense, political opinions are also prone to elicit disproportionate responses. In fact, politics are more divisive than religion. The majority of us would respectfully agree that we each have a freedom to practice religion, yet have no problem lobbing insults at the opposing political camp. Politics are so charged and provoke such strong emotional responses because they play on these two emotions: fear and hope. Note that fear and hope are emotions, and not necessarily information. Fear can be described as the backdoor to hope, and hope is the backdoor to fear. They are intimately connected because they are both future oriented.  This connection is incredibly important because at the end of the day, what we fear has the ability to control us. Jesus came to take control of our entire lives. Matthew 10 shows us how we can be rooted in this reality and trust God with it. Jesus says he is se

  • The Elephant  Donkey In The Room Pt. 2

    The Elephant & Donkey In The Room Pt. 2

    02/11/2020 Duración: 35min

    When Jesus walked on planet earth, his kingdom was open to everyone. With a diverse population of believers come diverse sets of beliefs and opinions. This is the tension we feel as Christians. The truth is that every political position claims a part of Jesus. Yet, we should be united as a body of believers, and, as Jesus prayed, our oneness will be our witness. Yet, where does our unity end and disagreement begin? In a diverse and polarizing world how do we actually live this out?In the early church, the differences between Jews and Gentiles went far deeper into history and were far more all-encompassing than any division we face here in America. Romans 14 is highly instructional for how to pursue unity within a diverse church that’s filled with potential for division. We are to aggressively embrace with personal interest those in the church who think differently than us.  We should do so without trying to debate or judge the person with whom we disagree. Yet, we should each be fully convinced in what w

  • The Elephant  Donkey in the Room, pt. 1

    The Elephant & Donkey in the Room, pt. 1

    26/10/2020 Duración: 31min

    Voting season is the most polarizing time of the year in our country. While common sentiment would lead you to think that religion and politics are the two things that  you should never bring up in conversation, the reality is that either the world will teach us how to think about politics or the Word of God will teach us. Politics are so divisive because we all have skin in the game. For many of us, there is a real fear of the impact that will be made based on who wins an election. When we fear loss our pride often kicks in to try and prevent that loss. To make it more complex, both the liberal and conservative sides can pick certain Bible verses and constructs to prop up their agenda. This is why an oft used statement by both sides is, “I don’t see how you can be a Christian and vote for _______.”  This begs the question, how do we act as the Church in such a politically divisive climate? In John 17, Jesus prays over all those who will come to faith with a singular purpose: that they may

  • UI: Religious Obligation or Relationship?

    UI: Religious Obligation or Relationship?

    19/10/2020 Duración: 36min

    To this point in the book of Nehemiah, almost every outcome has come out ideally; enemies plot against Nehemiah, but they are not effective in their attempt to halt his leadership. Despite all adversity, the wall is built in 52 days. The Law is read to the people, and they repent emphatically. In verse 13, the narrative shifts a little bit as Nehemiah spends years away from Jerusalem. When he returns and the Israelites have turned away from honoring God, his reaction is to say to God, “Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds.” Israel broke every religious resolution that they made before God. Somewhere along the way, their religious responsibilities lost their importance. So often for us, our story is the same: we have moments of religious fervor that give way to blatant disobedience. We get stuck in sin, even when we see time and time again how disobedience does not end well in our life or other’s. The only way from this pattern is to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, which alway

  • UI: Obedience

    UI: Obedience

    12/10/2020 Duración: 32min

    This sermon series has been going on for 15 weeks now. While we may have gained some insight or new convictions, many of our lives look the same now as they did 15 weeks ago. How do we begin to implement God’s plan for us to influence others with our lives? Why don’t we start? Nehemiah 11 shows the slow beginnings of reinhabiting the city of Jerusalem after the wall was complete. It is apparent that it was much easier to rally people to build the wall than it was to rally people to live within the city that the wall fortified. This is because we as people get more excited about an event that has a start and end date than we are about day to day obedience. We love to build the big things, but we rarely like to live the normalcy of life in the thing God has called us to. We look for the big thing to do for God while neglecting the small moments of obedience.  Because of this, we need accountability around the small steps of faith that we can easily neglect. God works mightily in the small incremental steps

  • UI: In The World And Not Of It

    UI: In The World And Not Of It

    05/10/2020 Duración: 30min

    Most of us would agree that we as Christians are largely not as influential as we are called to be. As we have been working through the book of Nehemiah, we find that when we add value to those around us by meeting practical needs, it causes spiritual renewal. We know that we are called to be “in the world and not of it,” but we all lean more heavily to one side. Either we are so set apart that we are unhelpful to the world, or we are so worldly that there is no differentiation between us and those that are isolated from God. Like a snowglobe, we are not made to be like furniture that sits and collects dust, and we are not made to be played with as a toy so much that we become broken. When we create a false dichotomy between being set apart and useful to the world, we miss out on the mission of God to focus on the morals. In reality, engaging in the mission of God will cause you to live morally. In Nehemiah 10, the people pledge fidelity to God as they establish actions that will set them apart.

  • UI: The Faithfulness of God

    UI: The Faithfulness of God

    29/09/2020 Duración: 36min

    We often take for granted the faithfulness of God throughout the entirety of our lives. Yet, when we remember the faithfulness of God, it restores our faith in God. The Lord has shown us covenant faithfulness that is based not on our own faithfulness, but on His faithfulness. Nehemiah 9 shows a glimpse into the history of Israel, focusing particularly on God’s faithfulness standing in juxtaposition to Israel’s unfaithfulness.  The root of our unfaithfulness is that we don’t listen to and we don’t remember the Lord our God. In Deuteronomy 8, Moses warns the people that they will enter into the Promised Land, gain wealth and success, and believe it’s because of their own strength and ability that they achieved it, and consequently be tempted to forget God. In other words, our pridefulness to think that we don’t need God leads us to stop listening and stop remembering.  We have all failed God repeatedly, yet he has never failed us. His Gospel is that He will uphold his side of the covenant, and die in

  • UI: Repentance

    UI: Repentance

    21/09/2020 Duración: 39min

    Coming face to face with our own sin is highly uncomfortable. Our most natural reaction to facing our own sin is to hide from God. In Nehemiah 8, when the people of Israel heard the law being read over them for the first time, they were deeply sorrowful. They felt this need to mourn and hide because they saw where they did not measure up. Yet, Nehemiah declared this day not to be a day of mourning, but a day holy to the Lord. He called the people to celebrate repentance. Because of the reality that God rejoices over those who repent, we, too, can experience joy in repentance. Repentance doesn’t have to lead to us hiding from God, but can become an opportunity to celebrate. 

  • UI: Guardrails

    UI: Guardrails

    14/09/2020 Duración: 34min

    On a winding mountain road, guard rails serve to create margin between where we are and the present danger that lies over the edge. While most of us would agree that such guardrails are important on the roads, we so often  live in relationships, marriages, and in our financial dealings  without any guardrails in place. Worldly wisdom proves to be completely insufficient for speaking into these areas. In Nehemiah 7:1-4, Nehemiah takes proactive steps to close the gates of the city to protect it at times of the day when it is most vulnerable. For Christians, our most common response to the parts of our lives that are vulnerable is to hide. Just as Nehemiah appoints the people in the city to watch the gate, so should we appoint those in our lives who have skin in the game to act as safeguards in our lives over the places where we are most vulnerable. God calls us from wherever we start our journey to a place of holiness. It is ok to start far away from a standard of holiness, but setting up guardrails

  • UI: Under Pressure

    UI: Under Pressure

    08/09/2020 Duración: 38min
  • A Church of Groups, Not a Church With Groups

    A Church of Groups, Not a Church With Groups

    31/08/2020 Duración: 35min

    The entire purpose of this sermon is to show you the importance of getting connected into groups. The importance of community is a principle that applies to you whether you believe it or not. In Ecclesiastes 4, King Solomon teaches why it is important to be surrounded in community. Two people can work better than one can by themselves. When one person falls, it is good to have another to help them up. In a world that is exceedingly filled with projecting an idealized version of ourselves, it is exceedingly important to be deeply known by others. If our struggles are not known, we cannot correct them. If you want to grow spiritually, you must be known by others spiritually.

  • UI: Distracted

    UI: Distracted

    24/08/2020 Duración: 37min

    If you’ve ever tried to accomplish anything of significance, you are aware of our tendency to be distracted from important work. For almost everything in life, it’s easy to get distracted. If we could ever truly accomplish the most important things before anything else, it would change our lives. Nehemiah stands as an extraordinary example of refusing to be distracted, as he says, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down,” (Neh. 6:3). We all have a great work to prioritize. The reality is that we are going to say no to something. So, why wouldn’t we pre-decide what we’re going to say no to? It may be your marriage, your schooling, your Bible reading, or anything else that is your “wall”, your “great work”. Because Jesus died for it and called us to it, we are able to say no to lesser things to say yes to the great work we have before us. 

  • UI: Be Resilient - Sustainable Immediacy

    UI: Be Resilient - Sustainable Immediacy

    17/08/2020 Duración: 37min

    When we hear a call to justice, we are often stirred up in emotion, as we all believe that service to the marginalized and vulnerable is important. Yet, we don’t often have a sustained sense of immediacy towards such passions; we have difficulty having obedience in the same direction over a long period of time. What we find when it comes to having the right actions towards justice is that what we do is the outcome of why we do it. For Nehemiah, his reason for working toward justice was simple: it was because of the fear of God.  Put differently, when we see who God is we will do as God says.  Furthermore, because Nehemiah’s actions lined up with his words, he had moral authority, and people listened to him and did what he said. We should have a view of who God that leads us to obey what God says. 

  • Uncommon Influencers: Justice - Adrian Crawford

    Uncommon Influencers: Justice - Adrian Crawford

    10/08/2020 Duración: 42min

    God’s people are called to apply pressure to places that are devoid of His justice. We are commissioned to be God’s representatives for justice on Earth.We can often use politics and other guises to hide behind the call we have to administer justice. The injustice we see in the world should bother us. In Nehemiah chapter 5, Nehemiah fights injustice by applying pressure emotionally, mentally and physically. This response changes the injustice around him. We should allow ourselves to be burdened emotionally to the point that we treat our lives as “no longer our own”, the same way Jesus did. 

  • UI: Be Resilient - Product vs. Process

    UI: Be Resilient - Product vs. Process

    03/08/2020 Duración: 30min

    Most of us see other people’s needs to gain more resiliency, but can be blind to our own. We have a tendency to quit on tasks in the “messy middle” once we’ve gotten tired from the work we’ve already done, but the end is not yet in sight. In Nehemiah 4, Nehemiah models obedience in the process of building the wall while trusting God with the finished product. When we focus on the product, we gain a false sense that we are the ones in control rather than God. We are able to fully engage in obedience while remembering that the Lord controls the outcome. Because God wants relationship with us, and relationships are always about the process rather than the product, we gain resiliency by enjoying and engaging with God on a daily basis. 

  • UI: Be Resilient - Reframe

    UI: Be Resilient - Reframe

    27/07/2020 Duración: 30min

    Influence, by definition, creates resistance. We expect resistance in order to grow in the physical realm, but are often surprised or stifled when we face spiritual opposition. In order to be successful in the face of opposition, we must be resilient. According to a 2019 Barna Research study, only 10% of 20-29 year-old confessing Christians in the U.S. are resilient disciples of Christ. The reality is that most of the resistance we face as believers is not functional opposition, but an accusation against what we are doing. When we reframe opposition, it gives us an opportunity to build resiliency. The beginning of Nehemiah chapter 4 highlights the opposition faced by the repairers of the wall and what their response was. Nehemiah models prayer and trust in God as the overseer of all opposition (Neh. 4:4-5), and the people model a response toward work regardless of the resistance (Neh.4:6). Our first step to being resilient is shedding our fear of resistance to gain a mind to work in the face of opposition.

  • Uncommon Influencers Week 4

    Uncommon Influencers Week 4

    20/07/2020 Duración: 32min

    Nehemiah 3

  • Uncommon Influencers Week 3

    Uncommon Influencers Week 3

    13/07/2020 Duración: 37min

    Nehemiah 3

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