Sermon Recap: Don’t Steal


If you’re just finding this site, or it’s been a while since you’ve visited, it might seem that today’s title is jarring. Why are we discussing the act of stealing? We have jumped into sifting through the 10 Commandments – week by week – and here we pick back up with the weekly Sermon Recap with Commandment number 8: Thou Shall Not Steal. It seems simple enough, right? Let us dive in with Lead Pastor Andrew Bach for more insight.

The motivation to obedience is unique to Christianity because of the uniqueness of Jesus. Jesus is the only thing leading us to obey out of our identity rather than for our identity. In Jesus, we get to obey freely from a place of acceptance rather than an imprisoning place of obeying for acceptance. As we look at the Laws of God, we have to remember that the Gospel is news in the past tense; Jesus has already accepted who we are.

Exodus 20:1-2: “And God spoke all of these words saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.'” 

The preamble emphasizes this point: I, God, am your rescuer, and you have already been rescued. Now, here is what freedom looks like: His Law. We obey His commandment not so we can be free, but rather so that we can live free.

Exodus 20:15: “You shall not steal.”

Stealing: taking something for yourself that doesn’t belong to you. Stealing is offensive to both the individual and it’s offensive to humanity. It is human to have things under our care, and it’s what makes us feel human. Stealing is trampling on the care-taking rights of another human being; they lose a part of the world that was theirs to care for.

Genesis 1:26-29: Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.'”

There are two types of stealing:

  1. Wrong taking:
    1. There’s the obvious: breaking into cars, taking candy from a store,etc.
    2. (And the not so obvious): stealing time, which looks like not paying bills on time, being a poor employee on the clock, etc.
  2. Wrong keeping:
    1. Ephesians 4:28: “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”
      1. According to this passage, you fall into one of two categories: you are either a thief or a radically generous person. Everything we have belongs to God, and He has given us these things not to own but to steward.
      2. Are you doing what God wants you to do with His money of which He has made you a steward? The Bible says everything belongs to God.
      3. It is sinful to steal, and it is sinful to work out of greed. However, it is honoring to God to work in order to give.
    2. Malachi 3:8-10: “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
      1. Are you looking for a way in, to give to God what is His, or are you looking for a way out?

Ephesians 4 gives us three options:

  1. You can steal
  2. You can work to live
  3. You can live to give

If you live to give, then your entire life becomes an expression of grace. We want to not be remembered for what we had, but for what we gave.

We steal because we don’t trust that God will provide what is best for us.

Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” 

The key to not stealing is to trust God, and choose to trust Him rather than to choose comparison. His invitation says, “Trust me. I’ll be your helper”. And, he is worthy to be trusted, because He gave us the most precious gift in Jesus Christ so that we might find life and contentment and hope in Him.


Join us on Sunday as we continue to discuss God’s Law!

21 Days of Prayer


We’re now on our 2nd day of 21 Days of Prayer, but don’t fret if you haven’t started yet! There is plenty of time to jump in with us as we intercede for our nation for 19 more days.

Each day includes a devotional, prayer points, and a church and Lead Pastor from the Antioch Movement to cover in prayer as we pray for our nation.

As we journey in prayer together we will be praying for the US Elections, but also for so much more than that. Regardless of who our next elected officials are, our nation will need a great move of the Holy Spirit to be restored.

Our primary text in prayer will be Isaiah 60:1-3. During our three weeks of prayer we’ll be praying through each verse of this passage with great hope that God’s people will “arise and shine” in this generation.

So join us! Download the prayer guide here and come with us as we intercede for God to move through our nation. Each of us has a powerful part to play in interceding for God’s will to be done here on Earth.

Click to download a PDF of the 21 Day Prayer Guide.



Psalms and Proverbs

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This week, we had the incredible honor of hearing from Renae Burford, speaking about the condition of our heart and how to keep it carefully. Specifically, we dove into Proverbs 4.

Throughout this series – Psalms and Proverbs – we have been reminded of this truth: however our current situation looks, and however it turns out, God is who He says He is.

Proverbs 4:23: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” 

Friends, we are made to make it for the long haul. God did not create us for a sprint of faithfulness, but a marathon of faithfulness. To make it to the end as loving, believing people, we must guard and watch over our inner persons.

The determining factor of the life you experience has everything to do with your heart, and the truth that flows from it. The world tells us that what we produce is a correlation with our circumstances. In truth, your circumstances have nothing to do with your productivity or our sense of fulfillment; rather, your productivity and how you enjoy it is directly related to the condition of your heart. Because of this, we have to keep our hearts, and guard them because they are so precious.

Luke 6:45: The good person our of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of his heart his mouth speaks.” 

When we talk about the heart, it can feel abstract. So, practically, what do we need to do?Thankfully, the Bible provides guardrails that are as relevant today as they ever were:

Proverbs 4:20-22: “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.” 

John 15:7-8: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” 

Ephesians 3:17: “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love…” . Jesus is the Word of God, made flesh.

Romans 10:10: “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confessed and is saved.” 

A heart of good condition comes from knowing the Word of God. To know the Word is to have a holy fear of God, and those who fear the Lord lack no good thing.

Returning to Proverbs 4:23, we look at our verse of interest: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”  Vigilance, defined, is the careful state of keeping careful watch over potential dangers.

There is danger around us that has so many faces, but it is rooted most deeply in unbelief of the heart.  A lot of us hold on to unbeliefs and the world reiterates those and perpetuates them as being factual. Eventually, the unbelief crowds out the belief; we become bitter, distracted, frustrated, and resentful. But, the longer we live and choose to take care of our hearts, the more we produce and the more we enjoy doing it.

Where is it that we fail most in taking care of our hearts?

  1. We procrastinate.
  2. We spend time perfecting our facades than we do getting to the root of our unbelief.
  3. We do the work. And, the more we work, the easier it becomes. Know the Word of God, because those places of unbelief will be more readily identifiable.

What are your deeply rooted unbeliefs? Where can you ask God for help in your unbelief? How do you remove unbelief? Believe! Ask God to increase your belief, for apart from Him, we can do nothing.

The way to experience and enjoy producing fruit with Jesus for the entirety of your life is to own your own heart. Invite Jesus in and let him take hold, and not any one else or any other circumstance. The very mission of Jesus was and is your heart. Keep it carefully, because you are worth it, and he wants you to experience abundant life through belief.

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Join us on Sunday to hear the first of our next series! 

Sermon Recap: Relational Resolves, Pt. 3


Thus far, we have taken a look at two relational resolves, by which we as members of the church choose to relate with others: Honor and Healthy Conflict. Today, we break down Relational Warmth, and how to apply it practically and lovingly in our lives.

Our third relational resolve encourages us to decide in advance that we are going to be warm to others. Specifically, this looks like enthusiasm, affection, and kindness in engaging every person we encounter. God’s kindness is abundantly toward you. It is unchanging. It is mighty and ferocious and huge, and therefore we are called to love and warmly engage others greatly as His children.

He loves to meet our disappointment with His kindness, and He loves to meet our failure with His kindness. For you, specifically and intimately, His arms are wide open, and He desires to overwhelm you with kindness.

Luke 15:1-6 tells the Parable of the Lost Sheep, a depiction of the kindness of Jesus: “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ Then Jesus told them this parable: Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’” 

His affections are toward you. It is out of His abundant kindness that we are encouraged to be warm to all others.

Colossians 3:12-15: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29-32.

1 Peter 3:8 furthers yet the importance of biblical warmth, “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble”. 

As believers, we are being carried through the process of sanctification, to look more like Jesus every day. To have the process of sanctification working in us means that we have the power and authority to love others outlandishly. Being warm with other people  is the calling on our loves by the will of God. Being relationally warm is more than a suggestion; to have a calling by God over our lives is grand beyond measure! We put on the clothing of relational warmth because we have first received it immensely from Jesus.

We live in Seattle (though this notion of coldness toward others certainly is not limited to Seattle alone), where indifference tends to characterize relationship. When did being cold become trendy? When did being “nice” become synonymous with being “boring”? This isn’t true at all! Being nice doesn’t mean we are boring; rather, it means we are clothed in the Spirit, representing kindness and affection and enthusiasm toward everyone. We, as people of God, reject the idea that the Seattle Freeze is the norm, and instead hold ourselves to a standard of heavenly norm.

As with our other relational resolves, there are 4 Practicals for Relational Warmth:

  1. Acknowledge people
  2. Use eye contact
  3. Use physical contact
  4. Practice inclusion

We haven’t done anything to earn God’s warmth toward us. Therefore, we are open and welcoming to others in return, because it is a gift that has already been given to us. We choose to put on relational warmth because of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are His chosen ones, holy and beloved, called to live as Jesus lives.

Galatians 5:22-23 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” 

We are called to aggressively, purposefully, intentionally love others, because this is exactly how we are loved by Him.

Need to do some catching up? Check out our sermon recaps about honor and healthy conflict on the blog!  


Sermon Recap: Relational Resolves, Pt. 2


In this sermon, lead pastor Andrew Bach discusses a challenging, but important and biblical relational resolve.

As a church, we – Mosaic – landed on 5 relational resolves to help us become the body of Christ as Jesus calls us to be. These Relational Resolves have principally guided how we relate with people, and they have helped tremendously to set our culture as church.  However, these are more than just points of discussion for aspiration; we live them, constantly looking to Jesus for strength and wisdom to do so.  Every so often, we need to review these, and decide again that this is indeed how we will relate with others.  In the first sermon, we discussed honor. Today, we discuss healthy conflict, a biblical calling for us as His people.

This discussion, though perhaps less sweet than others, is important, because there are ways that God intends for us to engage each other in healthy conflict and ways that God does not. If a part of Mosaic’s culture is healthy conflict, then we have a chance at long term relationships.  However, unhealthy conflict is a quick way to division and broken relationships.

As a people that love Jesus, we have to make a resolve.  We will have healthy conflict.

The Bible speaks about this in detail, because God knows that people have varying perspectives, and therefore have conflict. His intention for us is conflict characterized by grace and patience, in order for relationships to grow and exemplify Him.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. [13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:12-13 ESV.

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him. Luke 17:3-4 ESV.

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. Ephesians 4:26 ESV.

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV.

We know the Bible has a lot to say about healthy conflict. Here, Andrew provides principles for us to understand how to practice what we preach.

  1.  The goal of healthy conflict is Authentic Unity.
    1. Specifically, this means that we don’t just pretend to ignore the differences we encounter. Instead, we work through them, together, to the glory of God.
    2. The goal is more about being unified than it is about you being right. Body of Christ: we must work together to accomplish the purposes and plans of God. It’s not about you proving your right. Rather, it matters that we stay together.
  1.  The person is not the problem.
    1. Our battle is never against people. Ultimately, your problem is not with this person.
  1.  Truth must be spoken in love. 
    1. We cannot be afraid of conflict. We have the hard conversations, from a place of desiring unity, and we trust and hope that conflict will always lead to the best possible outcome in the end.  Therefore, we don’t shy away from speaking the truth.
    2. Seek to understand rather than to be understood. To speak in love, recognize how you communicate through tones, facial expressions, and word choice.
    3. Assumptions matter. Ask questions. Actively listen.
    4. Understand what heavenly Love is, exemplified by Jesus. Love is not flattery, and love is not making sure people feel good. This is hard, but to make others feel good is the easy way out. Understand that healthy conflict is loving, and discipline the delivery.
  1.  Forgiveness is a matter of the heart, and forgiveness has no limit.
    1. We are commanded to forgive.  This is one of the most powerful aspects of our relationship with Jesus.

Practice Healthy Conflict, for the goodness of God and His people.

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Matthew 18:15-17 ESV.

In healthy conflict, we follow the process found in Matthew 18:

  1. Approach the person alone
  2. Approach the person in a small group
  3. Approach church leadership

All 3 steps are taken with these 2 important truths in mind:

  1. The church is a unified body
  2. Forgiveness has no limit

Just as Jesus forgave, we must follow suit and forgive others as well – with love and authenticity.


Check back soon for more Relational Resolve series recaps! 


Tijuana (By Numbers)

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In March, a group of college students traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, on a mission: to do as Jesus asks us, “Go out into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). As a church, this is our calling, both within the city of Seattle and outside to all the world. We take mission trips to reveal the love of Jesus to unreached corners of the world, and this was an opportunity for a group of students to see God move in incredible ways.

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A typical day in Tijuana included morning worship, followed by equipping by a local pastor from All People’s Church or Mosaic, and then following the lead of the Spirit for the remainder of the day in reaching and connecting with others. The team performed a dance and a drama in public spaces, and then shared the gospel while someone translated. It is amazing how even through a drama -without verbal communication – God can bring people to Himself. The students and leaders also had the opportunity to partner with the local church in by assisting in outreach and a variety of ways.


Though numbers cannot describe the depth of joy or represent the experiences our students had in Tijuana, they do give an awesome picture of God’s hand in the city during the trip. Here’s what we saw:

  • 104 people give their lives to Jesus
  • 25 people radically healed
  • Over 350 people came to the Easter service at All People’s Church (Tijuana). Of those 350, 30 people gave their lives to Jesus. The church has an average attendance of 90 people
  • Several students said it was their first mission trip, and some their first time sharing the Gospel with someone.
  • Our students were filled with passion and came back even more envisioned for the people in our own city
  • We have a group the does outreach on Thursdays (in Seattle) and up to 10 or more people come on their own time and are willing to pray and show the love of Jesus to people! It’s incredible. We are seeing people in our very own city touched by the love of God by stepping out and doing something that is seemingly awkward or risky.
  • Our students came back with a fiery passion for Jesus! Our college ministry is thriving and they are forming spaces for people to pray early in the morning and worship together.
  • Lifegroups are thriving
  • People are already excited for the next spring break trip
  • Students came alive in Tijuana and experienced God in a way they never had before. And it hasn’t stopped. God is good!

At Mosaic, there are so many opportunities to be part of our mission. This summer, we are sending groups internationally to continue to be a part of God’s great plan for salvation for all people. Come, and join us!

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Sermon Recap: Relational Resolves, Pt. 1


Lead Pastor Andrew Bach leads us through a series titled “Relational Resolves”. The first of the series, presented April 17th, addresses the value of honor in relationship with others.

Backed both scientifically and experientially, the sense of smell is the most prominent of the five senses in triggering memories. However, more important than even our physical smell, which prompts memories, is our spiritual smell. As believers, we must ask ourselves the question: what kind of aroma do we present when we walk into a room? What kind of aroma do we want to present, as ambassadors of the Kingdom?

Before walking into any room, we must decide how we choose to relate to others. It is important that we make a resolve to be a blessing to all those we encounter, before even our first encounter of the day. If we do not choose to be a blessing, we have the tendency to let external factors – the weather, the money in our bank accounts, for example – dictate the attitude we have toward others. A relational resolve is this: the decision to relate with others in a particular way, no matter the circumstance.

Mosaic’s first relational resolve is to honor people. As followers of Jesus, we are not primarily called to self-expression. Rather, we are called to honor others, and to put honor on every other person before ourselves.

1 Peter 2:17 calls us to honor all people: “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”

The calling is simple, but the activation is not always easy. We are prone, because of sin, to judge others rather than to honor them. We are called to wash away all priority and sense of superiority, and to make the resolve to honor everyone. Importantly, we don’t have to honor everything a person does, but we are called as a people to honor who a person is.

Rarely does the bible command competitive nature, except in the case of Romans 12:10: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  By definition, to honor is to value. To honor someone is to acknowledge their fixed value as a creation of God. He made every person, and therefore every person is valuable at a fixed price. To honor others is to honor God as the Creator. In the act of honoring others, we use prophetic encouragement to call out who a person is – call out their identity and bestow honor upon them – even before we see the fruit of their life.

Honoring isn’t just about acknowledging others, it’s about preferring them. We don’t honor others for us; we honor others for them. “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:2. 

Jesus calls us to die to ourselves, so that we may find life and life abundant.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you not only look to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4. 

To honor others looks like empowering them. It looks like giving others choices, rather than telling them what to do. It looks like intentionally seeking to maximize others’ potential before our own. It looks like understanding and supporting someone else’s vision. It looks like being on time. It looks like scheduling something and showing up. It looks like greeting people in a welcoming manner. It looks like listening, and assuming the best. It looks like cutting off gossip rather than feeding into it. It looks like finding the gold in others and calling it out, proclaiming it aloud.

We learn how to best honor by looking at the life of Jesus, exemplified in Philippians 2:5-11: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

This, too, is imperative to know: just as all others have a fixed value, you have a fixed value, too. When we have a hard time honoring others, it’s often because we ourselves do no feel worthy of honor. But do not forget that you are worthy of Jesus emptying himself of God and coming to earth to die on the cross, so that you may be saved. We honor others because of how Jesus honors us, perfectly and outlandishly.


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