Longing for Joy (Isaiah 9:3)

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Our Heavenly Father has put in each of us a deep desire for joy. We crave more than just sleep, eat, work, repeat. In the deepest part of our souls, we want to know:
Can my life have real and lasting meaning? 
Can I be loved unconditionally? 
Can I know the Almighty God who created me? 
Isaiah 9 answers all of those questions with an emphatic "Yes!" and declares that when the Messiah (Jesus) comes, He will fulfill our longing for joy. 

Longing for Light (Isaiah 9:1-2)

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Advent is a season when the church remembers Christ’s first coming as we long for His second coming. One way to recognize that the Christmas season is upon us is the lights—lights on homes, in windows, on Christmas trees, and more. This has become part of our culture each year, but there is deeper meaning to all of these lights. Christmas is truly all about a dark world that is longing for Light.

Surprising Repentance (Jonah 3:1-10)

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Our mission is to invite people into a life-changing relationship with Christ and his church. Finding salvation in Christ isn't only about intellectual belief, but about tangible action--what God's word calls repentance--or turning to him. This Sunday, we'll see an incredible picture of surprising repentance, and from not only the wicked Ninevites, but from the wayward prophet Jonah and even from...God himself.

The Power of an Imperfect Prayer (Jonah 1:17-2:10)

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Are you ready? Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33). Either as a consequence of our own sin or simply the fallen world around us, we will all experience times "in the depths." So what will you do when these times of "distress" come? From "the pit"--for the first time in this book--Jonah prays. This Sunday we'll learn from Jonah about why prayer, even an imperfect one, is so powerful especially in times of trouble.

God's Grace for Hypocrites and Pagans (Jonah 1:4-16)

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How did you become a Christian? Some of us were raised in the church for many years, while others came to Jesus at a later age with little previous understanding of Christianity. Our passage this week makes clear that both religious and irreligious people need God's grace. The Lord in his mercy will not leave Jonah to run from him, even as the religious prophet persists in his proud, hypocritical rebellion. And yet we're also surprised by the irony of God's grace at work in the pagan sailors whom Jonah encounters. This Sunday we'll see in depth the consequences of sin but also how neither hypocrites nor pagans are outside of the reach of God's amazing grace.

Saying No to God (Jonah 1:1-3)

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Jonah is not about the fish. There is a fish in the story, of course, but this little book is really about God--and us. This is one of the most riveting, shocking, and penetrating narratives in all of Scripture. It shows us the depth of our brokenness, and the even greater depths of God's grace. We dive in head first this Sunday, as Jonah's flight away from God raises the question for us: What happens when God's command contradicts our own deepest desires?

Prayer: With Any Sincere Request You Get the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:1-13)

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The disciples have asked Jesus to teach them to pray. In the center of Luke 11:1-13 is the Parable of the Midnight Request. The moral of the story? If a grouchy father will stubbornly get up at midnight and give his neighbor who without shame requests bread for his guest, then imagine what our heavenly Father will do for his children who come to him in need.

Where Is Your Treasure? (Luke 12:13-34)

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This Sunday, we're continuing our 3-week series on parables of JesusPaul Leslie will be with us to preach God's word on the Parable of the Rich Fool. Paul and his family are members at Tremont Temple Baptist Church and he has served churches in Cambridge and Arlington. He'll share with us about how to overcome worry in our lives, especially related to our finances.

When Forgiveness Doesn't Work (Matthew 18:21-35)

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Forgiveness is one of those things that might sound easy on the surface, but it can be incredibly difficult deep down. If we're honest, sometimes it seems like forgiveness isn't working even though God's word says it's supposed to.

This week, we begin a short series on Parables of Jesus called The Moral of the Story. Dr. Ed Keazirian, one of Pastor Josh and Whitney's beloved seminary professors, will explore this topic of forgiveness in Jesus' Parable of the Unjust Servant.

How To Be Rich (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

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Did you know that Jesus talks more about money in the Gospels than he does about heaven and hell? Our finances are intimately personal and extremely powerful. Money is a crucial sign and source of our spiritual growth! This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday, which is the annual day we intentionally explore the topic of our finances. Our hope is that we all would "excel in this grace of giving" together.

Serve: God's Grace at Work (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35)

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This Sunday, we conclude our Vision Series about our strategy for living out our inviting mission: Rhythms of Grace. We've explored how worship recalibrates our hearts, and how God's power works when we connect in community. Finally this week, we'll see that to serve is evidence of God's grace at work in us and through us--and of course a place to invite others. Worship. Connect. Serve. Invite.

Connect: The Power of Community (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35)

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"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." We continue in our Vision Series about our strategy for living out our mission: Rhythms of Grace. This week, we'll observe how the early church valued and leveraged fellowship with one another--another simple rhythm that is powerfully able to bring life-change.

Read Sermon Transcript Here.

Worship: Recalibrating Our Hearts (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35)

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This Sunday is Vision Sunday! It was 148 years ago this month that representatives from dozens of churches all over Boston gathered to celebrate and affirm us as "a regular Baptist church." This weekend we'll reflect some on our past and look toward our future. We know our mission is to invite Boston and beyond into a life-changing relationship with Christ and his church. But the question we'll explore on Sunday is: How? How do we accomplish this big mission? What is our practical strategy?

The Boundaries of Love (2 John 7-13)

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After the Elder John's introduction and his command for the church to love one another, this Sunday we come to his warning about false teachers. How should we respond to false teaching and teachers? How much disagreement should we tolerate among those who claim to be Christians? Is it ever loving to reject, divide, or disassociate from people because of their teaching? This week we'll see one more time in 2 John how God's word brings truth and love together.

The Command to Love (2 John 4-6)

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In light of the division and attack from false teachers in the church at Ephesus, John the Elder now comes to his primary purpose for writing. It's a gentle command to those who are still faithful to Christ: Love one another. But how does their love for each other relate to resisting false teaching? According to John, what does it look like practically for us--Ruggles--to love one another? We'll explore these questions and more as we continue our series in this short but powerful letter.

The Foundation of Love (2 John 1-3)

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This Sunday we begin a journey through one of the shortest books in all the Bible--a pastor writes encouragement and instruction to a struggling church. In the first three verses this Sunday, we'll see not only the powerful love that should characterize our church, but also the foundation--the root--of our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

No Faith, Some Faith, More Faith (Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43a)

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In this one incident of Jesus healing a young man (told in three Gospels), we hear three conversations about faith and doubt: Jesus' comments to religious leaders who had no faith, a brief but revealing dialogue between Jesus and the boy's father about faith and doubt, and Jesus' de-briefing instructions to his disciples about their need for more faith in prayer.  Who will you relate to most?

Toward a Sustaining Faith (Matthew 14:22-31; 1 Peter 1:3-9)

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This Sunday we consider faith and doubt from Peter’s success and failure at water-walking. Peter’s faith was fickle -- lots of “successful failures” in which Peter successfully and courageously stepped out, and then failed miserably. Sound familiar? But toward the end of his life his faith expression is strong and solid. Our purpose Sunday is to study how we can nurture a faith that will endure and become increasingly vital, sustaining us throughout our lives.