Sermons by Joshua Hartwigsen
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.
Devotional for Sunday, March 15th — Trust in the Lord.
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.
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.
This lessons explores worship, considering what it is and why we do it.
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 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.
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.
– 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.
God’s kingship offers one of the early, important things He reveals about Himself. This lesson considers God’s sovereign identity and begins a series exploring some of the things God revealed about Himself through Moses.
Ever-present, all-knowing, all-powerful – these tend to be the words we sometimes resort to when describing God. Or maybe we rightfully describe God as love, as the God of justice and mercy. But how often do we describe God as the God of beauty? This lesson will consider God’s use of beauty in the Bible to reveal Himself and what it means for us.
Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus’ charge to his disciples to take the message about him throughout the world reminds us that Jesus expects big things from his people. Jesus’ expectation motivates the mission our elders have given to the 151st church family. This lesson will offer a few reminders about our mission and its intersection with Jesus’ expectations.
Exodus records the curious incident of Moses’ face shining after he talked to God. Rather than an oddity in Israel’s history, the story offers another way God worked to reveal Himself to Israel and to readers of the Bible.
Exodus 19:5-6 – God’s covenant with Israel sought to establish a relationship with God and the nation that, in turn, sought to (re)establish God’s relationship with the world. This lesson considers God’s relational agenda and what it means for us today.
Exodus 6:7 This lesson considers God’s repeated announcement in the book of Exodus that He was going to reveal Himself to Israel, Egypt, and the world. In considering those announcements, the lesson will explore why God needed to reveal Himself and with that need tells us about both humanity and ourselves.
John 17:20-23 — Just before his death, Jesus prayed that his followers would be united. This lesson will look at how the New Testament develops Jesus’ desire for unity and consider what that unity means for our lives.
Luke 1:26-33 — Nativity scenes portray Jesus’ birth but they often present it in ways that loses the tensions that surrounded that event. This lesson takes advantage of the holiday season to consider the contrasting circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth and how they establish a pattern that defined his life and offer a patter that should also shape our lives.
John chapter six records a lengthy conversation Jesus had with a crowd that ended with many of them abandoning him. When Jesus asked his apostles if they also wanted to leave, Peter replied, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life
Mathew 28:18-20 This lessons considers what it means to be a disciple of Jesus so that we can better understand the life we claim as Christians today.