Sun, Jul 12, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 36 secs
Followers of Jesus imitate his kingdom mission. Fortunately, we do not work alone, in our own power, but in Jesus's presence by the power of His Spirit. John offers his slant on the Great Commission. In this text, he records Jesus's symbolic breath, promising the Spirit and calling his disciples to live an inspired life to make an impact for the kingdom. The same calling applies to us today.
Sun, Sep 08, 2019
Duration: 47 mins 12 secs
Followers of Jesus have been entrusted with a life changing message. The Gospel, the Good news, tells a public truth about the world. That is, Jesus, is the king who has defeated sin and death and brought, fulfilling God's promises by bringing salvation to all people. Paul expected Timothy to share this good news. Jesus expects us to, as well. Sharing the Good News does not require eloquence, but it does demand urgency.
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 49 secs
After Jesus rose from the dead, he made a few appearances. One of the most famous was a roadside conversation with Cleopas and friend as they journeyed to Emmaus. At first, they did not recognize Jesus, recounting to him his own tragic death. Crucifixion and resurrection, of course, were part of God's grand plan, spelled out in Scripture. Jesus makes this known, then himself, before he leaves his traveling companions. Both the resurrection and Scriptures serve as a vital link to God yet today.
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Duration: 41 mins 47 secs
Unlike the other religious leaders of his day, Jesus excelled at showing mercy. He looked through their sickness and sin to their needy hearts. So he invited the sick and sinner to follow him. Many did. Zacchaues stands out among them. This sinner, tax collector, and conspicuously short man first responded to Jesus' merciful gaze with a few little steps. Perhaps, God intends us to reflect the mercy of His Son.
Sun, Apr 07, 2019
Duration: 41 mins 49 secs
Jesus invited followers to accompany him as he spread word of God's kingdom. They learned from him, helped him, and eventually carried forth his message. These followers did not always fit the societal mold, but what made them exceptional was their commitment to Jesus. A band of female followers sets the tone for this series of unlikely followers. They reflect Jesus's generosity.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Duration: 40 mins 38 secs
Living to impress others offers no lasting peace. Others will crucify you. Criticize you. Change their standard of right or wrong based upon popular opinion or circumstance. Living to impress others is no way to live. Fortunately, there is another way. A better way. It is living to please God by embracing the good news about Jesus. The apostle Paul stresses this in the opening of his letter to the Galatians.
Sun, Sep 02, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 30 secs
Jesus sent his apostles to advance the good news of His resurrection and kingly reign. The church has lived as sent people ever since. Of course, being sent has a precedent in the Old Testament: Abraham, Moses, and Israel were sent people. And when sent people know their purpose and hear others praise God for their work, they fulfill their task with vigor.
Sun, Aug 05, 2018
Duration: 41 mins 40 secs
Jesus is the cornerstone to the church. When Luke wrote his gospel account and sequel (Acts), he wanted his readers to be convinced of Jesus' works and committed to his work. In our skeptical and busy age, the need for conviction and commitment remain relevant. This sermon traces six key aspects of Jesus' ministry so church members better know their Savior, Messiah, and Lord.
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
The Christian life is not a solo performance. God links his people together in grateful, loving relationships to help us work for his good. He calls us to be team players, which is not only counter cultural, but also difficult when you feel like you let the team down (or it lets you down). Nevertheless, the call to link arms remains.
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Envy is an enemy to gratitude. When we spend more time lamenting what others get rather than what God gives, it spoils our souls. Jesus exposes this tendency in his parable of the Pay Day.