On Sundays August 28-October 30, you’re invited to our fall sermon series through the Book of James. The book of James was written by the half brother of Jesus. James was a leader in the very first Christian community. During his 20 years of leadership, the church experienced hard times that included famine, persecution, and poverty.  Despite these difficulties, James lived with wisdom and courage. 

 

The book of James is really a letter of wisdom. Instead of writing to an audience of one church community, as Paul did, James wrote to all Christians to encourage them to live out their faith. The book is full of short wisdom speeches and metaphors that helped the early Church follow the teaching of Jesus. As we study this book together you’re going to see that James letter is primarily influenced by the book of Proverbs and Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. In chapter one James gives an overview of almost every topic he talk about. Then in chapters two through five he will expand on each of these topics. We hope that you will make a commitment to be at Coastline for this entire series as we talk about faith that works. 

 

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  • Date Preached:  September 18, 2022
  • Series: Vision Sunday
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  • Speaker: Neal Benson
  • Scripture: Luke 15
  • Proverbs 29:18 says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV). Vision can be defined as “the state to be able to see or the ability to plan for the future with imagination or wisdom.” At Coastline we like to take one Sunday a year to specifically focus on the vision of our church. This vision is a big dream that requires us to trust in a big God and work together in unity. None of us can accomplish it alone - it requires each of us to play a unique role in God’s kingdom for God’s glory. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches from Luke 15 and shares our new vision. 

  • Date Preached:  September 11, 2022
  • Series: James: Faith that Works
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  • Speaker: Neal Benson
  • Scripture: James 2:1-13
  • James, the half-brother of Jesus, was a leader in the early church. He was known for his compassion, leadership, and influence over the early church. In this letter he writes very practical ways to live out their faith. In James 2 we have a long example of why we are to treat everyone the same in Christ. Another way to say it is that we are not invited to show favoritism to anyone. In this time period, Jewish people coveted recognition and honor from others. It was typical to give a better seat to the wealthy people in the church. James wasn’t going to allow culture to influence the teaching of Jesus. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches on James 2:1-13. We learn the gospel changes how we see, treat, and care for people. 

  • Date Preached:  September 4, 2022
  • Series: James: Faith that Works
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  • Speaker: Blaze McEntee
  • Scripture: James 1:19-27
  • In week two of the James sermon series we're going to take a deeper look into how we should approach God’s word. Why does James speak about our conduct? How does he tell us to receive God’s word? What might we be missing in our personal time of devotion in God’s word? As we seek to answer these questions, we'll see that there is a difference between receiving instruction and applying instruction. The genuineness of our faith is evident in how we apply God's word and instruction in our lives. Listen in as Blaze McEntee explains that the way we live isn't what determines our salvation; instead, our salvation should determine how we live. 

  • Date Preached:  August 28, 2022
  • Series: James: Faith that Works
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  • Speaker: Neal Benson
  • Scripture: James 1:1-18
  • The book of James is a letter of wisdom full of short wisdom speeches and metaphors that helped the early church follow the teachings of Jesus. As we study this book together, you’re going to see that James' letter is primarily influenced by the book of Proverbs and Jesus' teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. In chapter one, James gives an overview of almost every topic he will talk about. Then in chapters two through five he will expand on each of these topics. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches about finding joy in our trials and our position in life and how to not be deceived by the things of this world.  

  • Date Preached:  August 21, 2022
  • Series: Formed: Be Made New
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  • Speaker: Neal Benson
  • Scripture: John 15
  • In John 15, Jesus uses an agricultural example to teach a spiritual lesson about remaining rooted in Christ. As time passes, those remaining in Christ will undergo deep transformation as they are formed in His image. The disciplines and the formations we’ve studied over the last ten weeks are powerful tools in shaping us, but without remaining in Christ the formation they bring may be fleeting. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson focuses on abiding in Christ in the final sermon of the "Formed" sermon series!

  • Date Preached:  August 14, 2022
  • Series: Formed: Be Made New
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  • Speaker: Neal Benson
  • Scripture: Psalm 1
  • A recent study found that 71% of Americans say the Bible is the word of God. Another study tells us that only 48% of Americans interact with their Bible three to four times a year. In Psalm 1 we learn the value of Scripture and how the blessed person is formed through spending regular time in Scripture. One of the primary reasons that people don’t read their Bible is they don’t think it’s applicable. In Psalm 19 we read that the Law of the Lord is perfect. We learn that God’s precepts are trustworthy. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches us how regular time in God’s word forms the direction of my life. 

  • Date Preached:  August 7, 2022
  • Series: Formed: Be Made New
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  • Speaker: Neal Benson
  • Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18
  • This summer at Coastline, we’re talking about being formed in our relationship with Jesus. Part of that formation involves fasting. Most of us would prefer to talk about anything but fasting. Fasting reminds us of our vulnerability. Fasting reminds us of our relationship with food. When we stand before God hungry, we suddenly know who we are. We are ones who are poor that are called to be rich in ways we don’t understand in this world. We are the ones who are broken who have been mended by the grace of Jesus. We are the ones who are empty that are longing to be filled not with the perishable but with the imperishable food of God. Listen in as Neal Benson shares how fasting continually sets our minds back on the Lord.

  • Date Preached:  July 31, 2022
  • Series: Formed: Be Made New
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  • Speaker: Doug Meye
  • Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3
  • This week in our Formed sermon series, we'll see that the Holy Spirit is the key to all transformation. Regardless of the means God uses or the spiritual discipline involved, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that brings about formation. We however, must do our part and allow the Holy Spirit to do his part. Listen in as teaching pastor, Doug Meye, explains that gospel authenticity invites the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • Date Preached:  July 24, 2022
  • Series: Formed: Be Made New
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  • Speaker: Teller Emmer
  • Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25
  • Our community is a very powerful tool in our spiritual formation. It will inevitably make us more or less like Jesus. Listen in as Community Life Pastor, Teller Emmer, talks about how we become the average of the people we spend the most time with. Is our community making us more like Jesus, spurring us on to love and good deeds? Or do we become a different person when we are with them, acting one way on Sunday and another with our friends or at work? 

  • Date Preached:  July 17, 2022
  • Series: Formed: Be Made New
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  • Speaker: Neal Benson
  • Scripture: Psalm 96
  • When you talk about worship in a church the first thing that most people think about is worship through music.  But when we look at the entirety of Scripture, we read that worship is more than singing. In Psalm 96 we are instructed to sing a new song to the Lord; however, Psalm 96 is about more than singing. It shows us that worship includes singing, sharing the good news of Jesus, and giving. Listen in as Pastor Neal Benson teaches us that worship is not about what we feel, but who we know.



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