Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

God’s Curious Bible

Timothy 3:16-17 This lesson considers some of the features of God’s Bible that make it an unexpected book and explores how those features play a role in shaping our understanding and application of its contents.

Righteousness and Justice

This lesson explores the Bible’s presentation of righteousness and justice, which refer to an ethic of human relationships based on God’s character, and offers specific applications for our relationships based on Jesus’ revelation of God’s character. Genesis 18:19

Without Application

Scripture: Psalm 23 Our culture pushes us to application. We want to get through the principles quickly so that we can get to the practical application. But some passages are meant to be pondered at length before we rush to do something about it. Many passages of Scripture have great impact with no direct command to do anything.

Thinking of You

Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11 We know that fellowship among Christians is important, and many passages teach about it. However, Philippians 1 gives a very personal description of it. Paul cared deeply for the Christians in Philippi, and the closeness and love of their relationship shows in this passage. In all his prayers for them, he could pray with joy and thanksgiving. Paul’s in an example to be imitated. Additional Referenced Scripture: Acts 16:15-16, 20-21 Philippians 1:3 Philippians 1:4-5 Philippians 1:6 Philippians 1:7-8 Philippians 1:9-11

God Is Love

Scripture: 1 John 4:7-12 More than being a God who loves, our God IS love. He cannot do anything that isn’t loving, even if we don’t understand how love fits in. The ultimate expression of his love is not that he sacrificed someone for our sins, but he sacrificed His Only Begotten Son for our sins. In response, we are called to love one another. This is the first of four lessons related to the fact that our God is love.

Unchanged

Scripture Reference: Genesis 2:24 What is the Bible’s clearest & simplest statement explaining marriage? For all the different ways man has conducted it’s marriage vows over the centuries, there is one statement about marriage that the Bible repeats four times. What’s amazing is that this statement remains unchanged. Before we can defend our idea of marriage, we should recognize God’s profound and concise statement about this special relationship He created. As is so often the case, understanding God’s intention and expectation helps us to understand Him and live more hopefully and joyfully.

Grow in the Small Things

Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Abram has all the markings of adulthood. He is of age. He has struck out on his own. Abram worships God wherever he goes. He is married, and although childless, cares for his nephew Lot. Is Abram’s faith ready for adulthood? Genesis 12 is an illustration of the concept in 1 Corinthians 1:26 where God uses seemingly small things to shame those who boast in their strength. Before Abram becomes the great father of our faith, God uses everyday challenges like hunger and fear to humble Abram and keep him focused on living faithfully. Much of our Bible’s credibility comes from its willingness to critique even its greatest heroes.

God’s Love for Us

God’s Love for Us Scripture: Romans 5:6-11 God is love. He chose to love Israel even though they were “the least of all peoples.” In the same way, he chose to love us even though we were weak, ungodly, sinful and God’s enemies. Every thing Jesus did, from miracles to teachings to rebukes, and ultimately going to the cross, was done because he loves us. The entire gospel story is built on the fact of God’s love for people who don’t deserve to be loved that much.

God’s Love for Israel

Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:6-11 The story of Israel is the story of God’s love. God chose flawed people, such as Abraham, to create His special people. God chose weak, ungodly and rebellious Israel to be His special treasure on earth. Even the commandments of God, against which Israel so often rebelled, were the gift of a loving God. They were God’s people because of His love, and they should obey His commands for the same reason. Additional Referenced Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:32-36 Deuteronomy 4:37-40 Deuteronomy 7:6; 1 Peter 2:9-10 Deuteronomy 4:7 Joshua 25:2-3, 15, Genesis 22:8; Deuteronomy 7:11 Deuteronomy 8:5-6 Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:5; Romans 11:1; 10:13

God Is Love

God Is Love Scripture: 1 John 4:7-12 More than being a God who loves, our God IS love. He cannot do anything that isn’t loving, even if we don’t understand how love fits in. The ultimate expression of his love is not that he sacrificed someone for our sins, but he sacrificed His Only Begotten Son for our sins. In response, we are called to love one another. This is the first of four lessons related to the fact that our God is love.

Three Good Reasons

Scripture: John 1:1-5 John wrote his Gospel to produce faith in Jesus as God’s Son. He begins by offering 3 good reasons to believe in Jesus: He is the Word; He made all things; He gives light to live by.

Armored Christians

Armored Christians Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20 The Ephesian Christians were surrounded by the enemy. The threat often looked physical, but in reality it was a spiritual battle. God called and equipped them as a united fighting force to withstand the attacks of Satan.

Altered and Glistening!

Scripture: Mark 9:2-9 The transfiguration of Jesus is unlike any other miracle or event in his ministry. This affirmation from heaven prepared Jesus to enter the last, and most challenging, phase of his earthly ministry. The experience humbled, impressed and confused the 3 disciples. It exalts Jesus above even the most honored of Old Testament heroes.

Walking in the Church

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-6 The context of Ephesians is the role of the church, and the nature of life in the church. In the church, Christians are called to treat each other kindly, to work together to build the body, and to live godly lives that speak well of the church. Standard doctrines are hardly mentioned in the second half of Ephesians. The “worthy walk” is described in terms of lifestyle and relationships among Christians.

The Impressive Power of Jesus

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 Jesus was an excellent teacher and people were impressed by the things he said. But they were amazed – even fearful – when he displayed his power through miracles. Here was a man who could control nature by his words, who could command evil spirits, raise the dead and heal illnesses when no one else could find a remedy. Those who came to Jesus were often desperate, and came to Jesus hoping that he could help when no one else could. That’s exactly what we all need to realize.

The Church and the Plan

The Church & the Plan Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14 The church will usually be a marginalized minority in the eyes of the world, but she is the precious and planned gathering together of God’s people. As God works his plan, some, such as Old Testament Israel, will be chosen to fill special and exclusive roles. That is the case of today’s church. No other group can fill the role that God has planned for and given to the church. To claim Christ, but opt out of the church, is to disregard God’s plan.