May 12, 2024

Summer 2024 Sermon Series: Genesis – Past & Future

Origin and creation. Songs and history. Heroes, villains, and people with mixed motivations. Genesis serves us, not simply as a story of the past, but as a book that uses history to look forward and into the future. Genesis points God’s people to Jesus: our need for him, his work on the cross, and his covenant with us that God is still fulfilling. This series seeks to use episodes from Genesis’ history to show us who God is and how he always intended to rescue his chosen people through the grace and forgiveness of Christ.  

Listen to sermons from our series “Genesis: Past & Future” on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

October 30, 2023

Sermon Series: Acts – How the Gospel Spreads

We are at our core an evangelical movement. While we operate as a church, our main purpose is not the establishment of a church polity or the preservation of a permanent institution. Instead, as an evangelical focused church, we are about seeing the good news of Jesus shared, spread, accepted, and multiplied. One way to infuse and deepen this evangelical spirit into our church is by studying and rejoicing in the way the earliest churches were captured and caught up in this spirit and mission.

Listen to sermons from our series “How the Gospel Spreads” on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

October 16, 2023

Snapshot “Show Notes”

We usually like to take some time in our worship gathering to highlight the story of an individual in our community, hearing what God is doing on the micro-level. But we’ve also made it a goal to regularly use these “Snapshots” to highlight issues of societal injustice. We feel it was especially important to resume the practice of Social Justice Snapshots to address a particularly-challenging moral question facing Ohio voters in three weeks regarding Ballot Issue 1 about reproductive rights and abortion access. The Bible says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). So, in everything, we want to encourage you to practice Christian faith in how you approach things like this.

For those who would like to personally study some of the Bible passages that were referenced during the Snapshot interview, a list of Scripture references is included below:

  • 1 Corinthians 10:31
  • Romans 8:1
  • Romans 8:38-39
  • James 1:27 (See also the following)
    • Deuteronomy 10:18
    • Deuteronomy 14:29
    • Deuteronomy 16:11
    • Deuteronomy 16:14
    • Deuteronomy 24:19-21
    • Deuteronomy 26:12-13
    • Deuteronomy 27:19
    • Job 22:9
    • Job 31:18
    • Psalms 94:6
    • Psalms 146:9
    • Isaiah 1:23
    • Isaiah 9:17
    • Isaiah 10:2
    • Jeremiah 7:6
    • Jeremiah 23:3
    • Ezekiel 22:7
    • Zechariah 7:10
    • Malachi 3:5
  • Mark 10:13-16
  • Job 10:8-12
  • Psalm 139:13-16
  • Ecclesiastes 11:5
  • Luke 1:41-43

Listen to the Snapshot at the beginning of the recording labeled “The Gospel Is… Just (Week 3)” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

October 2, 2023

Sermon Series: The Gospel Is…

As we move into a post-Christian culture, a result is not simply skepticism regarding Christianity and its goodness, but a lack of understanding, and even ignorance of its claims. This series is an invitation to simplicity and to first things. What is the gospel of Jesus Christ? What is the good news? While these are simple and basic questions, the answers are enormous, beautiful, and utterly life-changing. The short series looks at a basic answer to the question: What is the gospel? And each week points us to the centrality of Christ to everything that we believe.

Listen to sermons from our series “The Gospel Is…” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

September 8, 2023

Sermon Series: Getting Out

In the past decade, we’ve witnessed a rapid acceleration of the shift towards a Post-Christian society in North America. Furthermore, the COVID-19 Pandemic forced the Church to be more “Inward” and “Upward” but less “Outward.” Now, however, we’re noticing a return to socialization and spiritual engagement.

Listen to sermons from our series “Getting Out” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

April 28, 2023

Sermon Series: Spiritual Disciplines

Jesus is the embodiment of each of the Spiritual Disciplines, and practiced them himself. He did this because he understood that disciplines trade earthly and worldly things for a far better gift: God himself.

Listen to sermons from our series “Spiritual Disciplines” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

March 7, 2023

Sermon Series: Last Words

All of the words that Jesus spoke are powerful. Still, there's something significant about the last words that Jesus spoke in the hours leading up to his crucifixion. This Lenten series immerses us in some of those last words of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels. This is a more theological series, ruminating and reflecting on the divinity and humanity of Jesus as well as what was accomplished on the cross.

Listen to sermons from our series “Last Words” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

January 31, 2023

Sermon Series: Life of Surrender

The old has gone, the new has come. We are new creations in Christ Jesus. What does this mean? How does this work itself out?

Religion is an aspect of one’s life, it may have a say on many different facets of how a person thinks or acts, but it ultimately has boundaries, and bends to who we are as individuals. Christianity, on the other hand, breaks the mold and breaks our rules of autonomy and self-governance. God makes it clear throughout his word that what he is after is not a piece or part of us. Instead, God wants all of us, to the extent that God uses words like death, denial, and loss to describe our former lives. When we are saved by God, and called by his Spirit, we do not know at that point the full extent of the surrender being asked of us, but we step out in faith and willingness to give up our rights and autonomy for the surpassing greatness of belonging fully to God. We are called to a life of surrender, even though none of us knows the full extent of what God will ask us to give up and give over to him.

The Corinthian church wrestled with this reality as well, and how to live and conduct themselves in light of what Christ had done for them. While there are cultural differences between the Corinthian church and our church, and not everything written in 1 Corinthians can be directly applied, we can, with wisdom and discernment, see God’s call on our lives and culture as well. The series focuses on laying a foundation for life surrendered to God, and then looks at separate pressing cultural issues that God calls us to surrender to him and his goodness.

When we surrender to God’s good plans for our lives, it is not simply self-denial, or asceticism, rather, it is trading the perishable for the imperishable, folly for wisdom, and the things that are now, for an unimaginable glory.

Listen to sermons from our series “Life of Surrender” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

January 8, 2023

Sermon Series: Prayer and Encouragement for a New Year

The New Testament Book of Ephesians tells us that the Gospel that is for everyone. Jews and Gentiles. Insiders and outsiders. For the folks that have it all together, and the folks who don’t. For the church kids and those who don’t know, don’t understand, and seem so far away. The Gospel is for everyone. It is a global religion, there is no racial or geographic center, think about how it spread. And we figured reminding ourselves of these truths would be an excellent way to start 2023.

Listen to sermons from our series “Prayer and Encouragement for a New Year” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

November 28, 2022

Sermon Series: Hope in Exile

The Hebrews lived in sorrowful exile, knowing it was their own evil and corruption that led them there. It was a time of sorrow and confusion. Some leaned into personal holiness and rule following, hoping that moral purity would restore the fortunes of their nation. Others adopted the culture and sought ways to profit from their predicament. Others placed their hope in other sources, like through political alignments with other countries or spiritual alignments with other gods. In the midst of this, the prophets offer their people a future hope in a Savior-King. By examining what a few of the Old Testament prophets had to say about Jesus, we can similarly cling to hope as exiles in a season of Advent.

Listen to sermons from our series “Hope in Exile” on Spotify and Soundcloud.

H2O Church
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Kent, Ohio 44240