Sermons from 2019
Colossians 4:2 The story of Nehemiah opens and closes with prayer; he never stops praying. This lesson keys in on the effect that persistent prayer has on Nehemiah. By turning to God in prayer in Nehemiah 1:4-11, Nehemiah begins with the admission that the last thing the problems before him need are any traces of his arrogance or pride.
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.
Untethered Luke 15:1-2 This is a family talk about wisely preparing ourselves to be set loose into a captivating online & digital landscape. The Bible offers Godly thinking and wisdom for how and when we engage in life online.
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.
Philippians 4:13 Value can be found in taking time to reflect on past experiences to help one think about both the present and the future. This lesson consequently considers this year to help us prepare for the coming year.
Acts 10 — The idea of world-wide evangelism forms an important part of the history of Christianity, especially in the United States. Good reason exists for that focus – Jesus commissioned his church to do that very thing. This lesson will therefore consider Peter’s interaction with Cornelius in Acts 10 as a way of helping us better understand the mission Jesus has given to us.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17–Every year people across our nation pause to celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday intended to remind us of the good things in our lives. This lesson takes advantage of that focus to consider the place God expects thankfulness to have in our lives.
Outside the Camp Hebrews 13:8-16 Sometimes, serving the needs of others results in insult and reproach. Serving like Jesus demands courage. Just like when Jesus went outside the camp to die on the cross to meet our spiritual needs.
David’s lament over king Saul’s death in 1 Samuel 1 might seem surprising given the very difficult relationship between the two men. This lesson will explore David’s response to Saul’s death and consider what lessons it offers to us
We have a responsibility to represent Jesus to our world, which raises the question, “How well do we understand our world?” This lesson, consequently, considers a few findings reported by the Barna Group (a non-profit organization that tracks trends in the thinking and practices of Christian religion in the United States) that offer us some insights into evangelism in our world.
Paul included a general command in his final comments to the Colossians – Christians are to “walk in wisdom toward outsiders” (Colossians 4:5). While his comment about walking in wisdom focuses on conversations with non-believers (Colossians 4:6), that wisdom offers an expression of the larger discussion Paul has in his letter about Christian living. This lesson considers that discussion and its meaning for our practice of evangelism.
God, in the Bible, gives His people a very real, very pressing mission. Understanding that mission prepares us to think about this month’s theme – following Jesus means dedicating one’s life to declaring his sovereign identity and its meaning for peoples’ lives. This lesson will therefore offer a big-picture understanding of the mission God gives to us and its meaning for us.”
Hosea 11:1-9 Hosea’s message addressed the northern kingdom of Israel, a nation formed from the eleven Jewish tribes God stripped from king Solomon as punishment for his disregard of his covenant relationship with God (1 Kings 11:9-13). Even though God formed the Israel in response to Solomon’s unfaithfulness, the northern kingdom did not pay attention to Solomon’s example and itself embraced unfaithfulness (2 Kings 17:7-17). God consequently sent Hosea to deliver to Israel a message of coming punishment and future restoration.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-11–While the Bible teaches about God’s generous forgiveness, it also includes passages that point out its limits. This lesson will consider some of those passages to help nuance our understanding of God’s forgiveness.
Jesus’ responded to his disciples’ debate about “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” with a surprising teaching – the greatest are those who purposefully give up status (Matthew 18:1-4). His comment prompted a conversation with his disciples about forgiveness that this lesson explores.
Matthew 11:28-30 We need rest. Do we think about how we rest? Do you think God understands our need for rest better than we do? Sunday morning we’ll study the concept of rest as physically & spiritually renewing as well as the rest God promises in Christ.
God calls Christians “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). Conforming to Jesus’ image means pouring one’s self into the template of his life and teachings. That pouring, however, reveals areas where Jesus acted very differently than we might act. We will consider one of those areas in this lesson – Jesus’ practice of forgiveness – and think about what his example means for our lives.
Jesus condemned the scribes and Pharisees for neglecting “the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faithfulness” in Matthew 23:23. This lesson will consider why he included faithfulness in his list of weightier matters, how God develops it in the Bible, and the place it should consequently have within our lives.