24
Aug
2015

Lip Service

Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Pharisees' question to Jesus about handwashing, and the bigger implications of the discussion about traditions of men vs. the commandments of God. What was the core problem of their worship? How is the sinful flesh stopped? What makes for true worship from the heart, that is not empty lip service?

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17
Aug
2015

Eat My Flesh

Sermon on John 6:51-69, for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, the final part of Jesus' Bread of Life sermon, where He talks about how we must "eat His flesh and drink His blood" to have eternal life. What is the food He is talking about? How do we eat it? Why does Jesus pull together so closely the physical and spiritual? Is He talking about the Lord's Supper here?

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10
Aug
2015

The Marvelous Disturbance

Sermon on John 6:35-51, for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, part 2 of Jesus' Bread of Life Discourse, where He disturbs the crowds by teaching that He came down from heaven, only those whom the Father gives Him and draws to Him will believe--and that this is God's will, for everyone to believe in Jesus and have eternal life. How does the promise of eternal life fill us with joy and peace now, to transform how we live?

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3
Aug
2015

Your Stomach’s in it, but not your Heart

Sermon on John 6:22-35, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' "Bread of Life" discourse, where Jesus teaches that He is the True Bread come down from heaven. What does it mean to labor for bread that perishes, and how do we work for better bread? How does God draw us to Him?

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27
Jul
2015

From Hardness to a Trusting Heart

Sermon on Mark 6:45-56, for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' walking across the water to the disciples in the boat, and the challenge of their hardened and unbelieving hearts. How does God address our unbelief? What is the meaning of the courage and new heart that Jesus gives us?

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23
Jul
2015

Lessons and Loaves

Sermon on Mark 6:30-44, for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, about the feeding of the 5,000, and the lessons it teaches about rest, God's provision, our resources, trusting in Christ, and His power to use what He has given us to serve the needy.

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13
Jul
2015

Misidentified

Sermon on Mark 6:14-29, for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, about the execution of John the Baptist, and Jesus' being misidentified by Herod and others as being John, risen from the dead. What is the contrast between kingdoms of men, and the kingdom of God, as represented by Jesus and John? What are the consequences of continued, unrepentant sin, and ignoring conscience? Where does the courage come from to stand and speak the truth when it is unpopular? How are we saved from our sin?

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6
Jul
2015

Marriage

Sermon about the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., and about how Christian's respond to a society that is unwelcoming to the Gospel. What is the authority by which the church speaks? What is the identity of a Christian disciple, and what calling does that place on their life? How does the church speak or respond to those outside the church, or who do not receive the teachings of Jesus? Texts from Mark 6:7-13, Psalm 146:3-4, and 1 Corinthians 5 & 6.

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6
Jul
2015

We Need Jesus

Sermon on Mark 5:21-43, for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, about the healing of the woman with a chronic bleeding problem, and the raising of Jairus' daughter. How do we deal with chronic illness and death? How do we wrestle with God's answers and timing to our prayers? What is Jesus' perspective as He enters the situation?

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22
Jun
2015

The Immense and human-sized God

Sermon on Job 38:1-11, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Father's Day, about God's answer to Job's complaint. God speaks from the whirlwind, in a sort of "Father to son talk". Why does God humble Job? What does Job long for in God, during his suffering, and how is that longing fulfilled in Christ Jesus? How do we face suffering?

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15
Jun
2015

“Body and Home”

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, about life in this physical body, and the experience of aging, suffering, and death. What is the Christian attitude toward the body? How is it informed by the future hope of the resurrection? What is our purpose and value in the present life and body?

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8
Jun
2015

Worship Instruction: Why we do what we do, part 2

Sermon on the Service of the Sacrament, explaining the parts of the liturgy and worship space and symbolism that surround the Lord's Supper. Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Benediction. Why worship is a "W" not an "M".

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1
Jun
2015

Worship Instruction: Why we do what we do

Sermon on the "Service of the Word", for Trinity Sunday, explaining what the various parts of the worship mean, and how our understanding of worship is shaped by the Bible. How does God give out His gifts, and what is our response? Worship is centered on God in Christ Jesus.

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27
May
2015

The Holy Spirit

Sermon on John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15, for Pentecost Sunday, about the giving of the Holy Spirit, and His threefold convicting work of convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. How the Trinity acts in unison to bring people to salvation in Jesus.

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18
May
2015

Take the Stand

Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15, for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Confirmation Sunday, about what it means to testify or give witness to Jesus, and what is the testimony of God. Why is God's testimony greater than man's? Jesus' resurrection as God's testimony of who He is.

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