Sermons from November 2018
Matthew 27: 45-54
PM Sermon: Thanks to All Scripture Romans 12:3-8 In 1624, John Donne wrote, “No man is an island, Entire of itself.” He was merely echoing what Paul had written centuries earlier about Christians, “We, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” As we go through life, we are taught, helped, encouraged and nurtured in manifold ways by uncountable numbers of people. Some make a great impact and others only a small one, but they all contribute to who we are and what we can do in the kingdom. It pays to pause and be thankful for each one of them.
Scripture: John 14:19-24 It is important that churches consistently ask the question, “Is it biblical?” We might not always get the answer right, but it’s certain that we won’t find the answers if we don’t ask this critical question. God gave Old Testament Israel the unique blessing of having his word in writing. In times of unfaithfulness, they forgot that they even had God’s written word. That wouldn’t have happened if they had been asking if the things they were doing were biblical.
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12 If the crucifixion unlocks the door of the gospel, even the unlocked door would have remained closed without the resurrection, and much of the biblical story would be meaningless. Old Testament prophecies and New Testament preaching give great prominence to the resurrection. The crucifixion was a powerful and necessary event, but alone, it left the disciples frustrated and afraid. Even before the coming of the Spirit in Acts 2, the disciples had been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 We often think only of our vertical relationship with God when we think of the purpose of “worship services.” By the very fact that whatever we do in these assembles we do together, fellowship becomes a part of it. The church is a distinct community, and this distinctiveness shows when we come together. The church is a loving community, and the loves shows best when we are together. Each “act” of worship is an expression of community, and sometimes the horizontal element is more obvious than the vertical.
Scripture: John 19:14-19 The crucifixion of Christ is a powerful story; a disturbing story; a glorious story. He came to save us by dying for us. At every turn, men opposed him, but in their opposition, they aided his cause. Today, great efforts are made to make sure that punishments and executions are quick and painless. The crucifixion of Jesus was drawn out as long as possible and planned to be as painful as possible. The total ugliness of Christ’s death declares the horrible ugliness of our sins. When we face the horror of the cross we can better appreciate the depth of God’s love for us.
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-12 Christ is the center of the gospel, but that in no way makes the church unimportant or optional. Fellowship is a word frequently used to describe the special bond that exists between us, God and each other. The Greek word translated “fellowship” (koinonia) refers to what it is that we have in common that makes the church a special community. The idea of community suggests the closeness of relationships and the life of many members acting in community, rather than the simple faithfulness of an individual Christian.