8
Feb
2016

Transfiguration: Glory and Cross

Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, for the Transfiguration of our Lord, about how Jesus sets a contrast between glory and the cross, and what Moses and Elijah spoke about with Jesus on the mountaintop. 

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8
Feb
2016

Birth Pain & New Birth

Guest preacher Rev. Mark Bowditch preaches a Sermon on Mark 13:1-10, 24-37, about the coming birth pains in the end times, and how they will precede the new birth of the kingdom of God in Christ Jesus. 

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25
Jan
2016

One Body, Many Members, One Spirit

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, about the unity of the body of Christ. How are the members of the body intended to work together? How are they uniquely different? What are the sins that are peculiar to the Christian body, as Paul describes here? What is the goodness of God's design, and our worth and place in it?

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11
Jan
2016

In Baptism we are His

Sermon on Luke 3:15-22, for the Baptism of Our Lord, about the significance of Jesus entering the waters of Baptism, what it meant for His mission and purpose, what it means for us, and what John meant by Jesus will baptize with Spirit and with fire. What is Jesus role in both judgment and salvation? What did the prophet Isaiah say of this in chapters 42-43?

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4
Jan
2016

Our Childhood Pattern

Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, for the 2nd Sunday after Christmas, about the visit of the 12 year old Jesus and Mary and Joseph to the Temple. What do we learn from our limited window into Jesus' childhood? What does it teach about the value of worship and the study of God's Word, in raising children? How has Jesus provided for us a family?

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21
Dec
2015

Faith is not opposed to waiting

Sermon on Luke 1:39-45, for the 4th Sunday in Advent, about Elizabeth and Mary, and their encounter rejoicing about the coming birth of Jesus, the Savior. What does it mean to wait in hope and joy for Jesus? Why is faith not opposed to waiting? What are the blessings of discipleship that Elizabeth and Jesus both proclaimed? How is an infant, still in the womb, and an aged woman, equally seen as vessels of the Holy Spirit, and recipients of His gifts?

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14
Dec
2015

Calm, Cool, and Collected

Sermon on Philippians 4:4-7, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about what the place of joy is in this world of violence, war, and bad news. How can we genuinely rejoice in the Lord always? What is the relationship between Christian joy and peace, and how do we receive them? How do they shape the attitude and spiritual life of disciples? What is the place of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving in the life of the Christian?

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30
Nov
2015

Enter the King

 Sermon on Luke 19:28-40, for the 1st Sunday in Advent, about Jesus' entry into Jerusalem as king. What is different/unique about Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, from all the kings and generals that entered the city before? What was the goal and outcome of His entrance, both into the world and to the city of Jerusalem? Who were the real enemies? Who did Jesus "disarm?" As part of His kingdom, what is the role of disciples as a "city on a hill?"

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30
Nov
2015

In a position to give thanks

Sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-20, for Thanksgiving, about having an attitude of thankfulness in all circumstances. How do we learn from the example of the Israelites? What does God's providence show?

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23
Nov
2015

God’s Justice

Sermon on Isaiah 51:4-6, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about how God's justice would stand as a light for the peoples, and how God brings His justice into the world. What is the difference between human forms of justice and God's? Why do earthly hopes of peace and justice disappoint us, while God's will prevail? How did Jesus perfectly display God's justice?

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16
Nov
2015

Sermon on Daniel

Sermon on the Book of Daniel, especially 12:1-3, for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost. How Daniel received prophecies about what lay ahead for God's people, and how he found certainty in anxious times, and what is our one constant in times of chaos and uncertainty? How did Daniel respond to the visions he received? How does chapter 12 expand to a universal vision for all believers, and speak of the resurrection of the body, and the just and the unjust? Who writes our names in the book of life?

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9
Nov
2015

Abundance and poverty, emptiness and fullness

Sermon on Mark 12:38-44, for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' teaching about the scribes and the widow's mites. How does being a religious or spiritual leader, pose particular temptations? Which of those temptations do we all share? How is the widow who brought her small offering to the Temple, a contrast to the pretense and show of others? How do we escape our temptations to self-flattery and ego, and find a humble and sincere trust in God?

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2
Nov
2015

Purifying God’s Children as He is Pure

Sermon on 1 John 3:1-3, for All Saints' Day, about how God calls us His children, how He calls us saints, and purifies us. What is a saint, and what are misconceptions about being a saint? What is purity, and how do we get or maintain it? How do we have worth before God?

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26
Oct
2015

Our Forever Great High Priest

A sermon on Hebrews 7:23-28, for Reformation Day, about how Jesus is our Forever High Priest, and how and why He is greater than the priesthood and intercession of the Old Testament/Covenant. Why did God swear by oath to make Jesus our High Priest? What does it mean that His priesthood stands forever, and He saves us to the uttermost?

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19
Oct
2015

The Living Word of God

Sermon on Hebrews 4:1-16, for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, about the Living and Active Word of God, sharper than any two-edge sword. What are obstacles to hearing God's Word? What must be combined with the Word, to benefit from God's promises?

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