Sermons from October 2022
How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts
As a parent, I worry about my sons. While I experience the usual worries about injury and happiness, my most profound and persistent concerns center on the culture they inhabit and how it influences their thinking. I know I am not alone. My parents felt the same fears about me, and I know other parents wrestle with similar concerns for their children. And so, I worry about my boys, as I am sure you worry about your families. But what…
Moses Implored the Lord
The New Testament repeatedly reminds its readers that evangelism occupies a central and non-negotiable place in Jesus’ expectations. Yet that expectation makes people uncomfortable. Therefore, we have been considering features of that responsibility over the past few weeks by studying stories from the Hebrew Bible that offer us insights into Jesus’ evangelistic expectations. In this lesson, we will explore Moses’ intercession for Israel in Exodus chapter thirty-two and consider how it models for us the intercessory role we have as Jesus’ representatives in the world.
Please Send Someone Else
NBC debuted a new game show in 2001 called “Fear Factor.” An instant hit, the show pitted people against one another in stunts designed to test them physically and mentally under the premise that the activities forced them to confront their ‘fears’. The voyeuristic pleasure that spurred the rise of reality television in the early 2000’s played a role in the show’s popularity, which drew on viewers’ recognition of how fear impacts thinking and behavior. Good reasons generally prompt fear’s…
Now I See
Now I See Mark 8:22-26 One man needs Jesus’ second touch to clear up his blurry eyesight. Meanwhile, Jesus’ followers depend on His repeated questions & commands to more clearly grasp He is a crucified & risen Messiah.
Here am I, Send Me
God has filled His Bible with numerous stories that all revolve around a limited set of messages. The diversity of those stories offers readers a variety of ways to engage God’s will and its place in their lives. Consequently, some stories will impact us more than others. The account of Isaiah receiving a prophetic commission from God in Isaiah chapter six particularly resonates with me. So, we will consider Isaiah six and think about what insights Isaiah’s commission offers us into the evangelistic commission God gives to all of us.