Sermons by Joshua Hartwigsen

Sermons by Joshua Hartwigsen

Citizenship in Jesus’ Kingdom

This lesson begins a series exploring Jesus’ kingdom in effort to help us better understand what he expects of us as people who claim citizenship in his kingdom and what those expectations look like in practice. This first lesson considers the unexpected nature of Jesus’ kingdom and what it means for its citizens.

Bring Them Up

We have, in our nation, dedicated today to honor fathers. Good reasons motivate Fathers’ Day; not only do we love our fathers (for those of us who were blessed with good fathers), God also commands people to honor their fathers (Ephesians 6:2). Rather than expressing honor by buying gifts, Paul instructs us to honor fathers by obeying them (Ephesians 6:1-2). The command to honor fathers through obedience carries the expectation that fathers provide honorable teaching that focuses on raising children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). This lesson considers what that teaching looks like as a reminder to all of us about the honored place God intends fathers to occupy.

Return from Exile

This lesson, delivered on our first Sunday the 151st Street church family returned to worshipping in the building after a long absence due to the coronavirus, explores parallels between our time away and the theme of exile in the Bible as a way of helping us think about our current situation. Luke 4: 16-21

The Way of Jesus

The coronavirus pandemic, its economic fallout, and nationwide protests against police brutality and racial equality have disrupted our country. This lesson considers some of Jesus’ teachings that outline his expectations for the thinking and behavior of his followers, expectations that should shape our response to the issues disrupting our nation.

Dwelling with God

This lesson continues an exploration of King Solomon’s life, considering how he models for us both the look of the growth God desires in our lives as well as the challenges that confront that growth. In particular, this lesson looks at Solomon’s prayer dedicating the temple he built and the attitude of penitent humility it expressed.

Choosing God’s Wisdom

This lesson continues a series considering the story of king Solomon, an individual whose life reveals both the look of growth and the challenges that seek to prevent growth. This lesson will explore Solomon’s request for wisdom from God in 1 Kings chapter three, how that request for God’s wisdom played a role in his growth, and what insights that request offers to us about our own growth.

Groomed to Succeed

This lesson introduces a series considering the story of king Solomon, an individual whose life reveals both the look of growth and the challenges that seek to prevent growth. In particular, this lesson will survey the story of Solomon’s ascension to the throne, showing how his growth as king came from the help he received that enabled him to become king.

I Shall not Want

This lesson explores the well-know twenty-third psalm. The psalm, written by Israel’s king David, considers the confidence and security David felt in his relationship with God and offers insights into the blessings that await all others who enter into a relationship with God.

God’s Majesty in our Rule

This lesson explores Psalm 8, David’s poetic consideration of the important place God has given to humanity within His creation. David’s psalm offers us an important reminder of our importance to God and of the place He has given to us in His creation.

A Man after god’s Heart

The Bible identifies David as a man after God’s own heart yet it also reveals numerous failures that populated his life. This lesson will consider the balance between God’s praise of David and the problems that were a part of his life to help us better understand our own relationship with God.

Tell Me The Story

This lesson considers the purpose for which God created worship – to train the hearts and minds of His people by retelling the Bible’s stories.

God is…Holy

God censored Moses for failing to respect His holiness in Numbers chapter twenty, a censor that illustrates the importance of holiness to God’s identity. We will therefore consider that story as a starting point for thinking about God’s holiness and its meaning for our lives.

God is…Just and Merciful

God revealed Himself to Israel through His interactions with the nation and, in His response to the nation’s incident with the golden calf, He revealed both His justice and His mercy. This lesson explores that story to help us better understand God’s identity and its meaning for our lives.

God is Generous

The memorable, Old Testament story of God giving Israel manna to eat in the wilderness illustrates more than God’s care for the needs of His people; it also reveals His generous character. We will therefore consider the story of God’s manna as we continue to explore the things He revealed about Himself through Moses.

God is Faithful

– This lesson continues our exploration of God’s character as revealed in the story of Moses by considering how God’s remembrance of His covenant with Abraham (Exodus 2:23-25) evidences the faithfulness that defines Him.