Sermons from October 2018
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 Is being a “new creation” a metaphor, or is it a literal reality? Whichever it is, it is the result of the death and resurrection of Jesus. On the cross, Jesus dealt with our sin problem and gave us an eternal hope. Oddly, Paul doesn’t deny that the troubled Corinthian church was made up of “new creation” people, but he encourages them to have a better grasp on what it means to be reconciled to God. He doesn’t call us to be good enough to become a new creation, but calls us to live out the new life that God has granted to those who die with Christ in baptism, and rise with him to live a new, forgiven life.
Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20 Sometimes we have a passage of Scripture all wrong. In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus taught us how to encourage repentance and seek reconciliation when a brother (or sister) has sinned against us. He was not teaching about “church discipline” or disfellowship. He calls for unexpected, and unpleasant, action when attempts to reconcile fail. On both points, traditional explanations of this passage miss the mark.
James 5:11 One can easily and quickly point to things in the Bible that seem to contradict James’ assertion that God’s purposes are “compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). This lesson will consider the larger Biblical story and explore how it reveals God’s compassion and mercy and how the things it reveals should fine expression within our lives.
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24 We can claim that our “heart” is in heaven, but our treasure might tell a different story. The Bible helps us identify what qualifies as real treasure. If we have fake treasure, we have reason to be concerned, and we will have eternal regrets. Real treasure is a more about faith than sight.
AM Sermon: Joy, Gentleness & Peace Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9 Philippians is not a textbook on theology, but an inspired apostle writing a letter to help “dear brethren” learn to enjoy God’s blessings to the fullest. Christians are challenged to rise above the troubles of this earth and rejoice in the Lord who has better things planned. We don’t “have it all together,” but we have tools that only God’s people have. Our troubles are temporary, but our joy is eternal.
Numbers 6: 24-26
Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” But other passages explicitly and implicitly call us to make judgments of people and of actions (e.g., right or wrong, sin or not sin). How are we to “judge” when it is good to judge and when it is not? Do purpose and intent make a difference? Acts 3:13 Acts 4:19 Acts 13:27 Acts 26:8 Luke 6:37 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 Galatians 6:1-5 Matthew 23:4
Scripture: Philippians 3:12-16 For as long as we live on earth, we will struggle to see how much better is the greatness of heaven than the attractions of earth. Paul’s accomplishments as a young Jewish man were impressive, and were not evil things, but they couldn’t match the reward that God had reserved for him in heaven. So Paul pressed on – reached forward – and pressed toward the prize of the upward call of God. He was (as are all Christians) a citizen of heaven living as a foreigner on earth. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Philippians 3:4-6 Philippians 3:7-11 Philippians 3:20 Philippians 3:21