Sermons from September 2023

Sermons from September 2023

Hope is Real

1 Corinthians 15:12-19–I did a Google search for quotes about hope. After a few minutes of scrolling through its algorithm-curated the results, I realized that none of the quotes I saw came from the Bible’s numerous passages about hope. Hope occupies a vital place in one’s life, but the hope offered by the world possesses a greeting-card-like ambiguity focused on one’s aspirational efforts. In contrast, the Bible’s hope builds on the specific actions of God through Jesus. This lesson will…

TOUGH QUESTIONS: How can you say there is only one true faith?

Ephesians 4:1-6 — A variety of influences have converged in our nation over the past century, fundamentally altering how people perceive truth. We live in a culture that now believes individuals must be allowed to interpret truth against the shifting and unique circumstances of their lives. Today, truth often comes prefixed with possessive pronouns – “my truth,” “your truth,” “their truth,” etc. Against that backdrop, Christianity’s claim that “Jesus rightly demands the allegiance of every human being – regardless of…

Followers of God

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 A key to a great game is clear rules all players commit to following. But for there to be enjoyment, there needs to be a commitment to the one enforcing the rules. In Deuteronomy 4, Moses recaps God’s rules and laws for Israel. Moses calls Israel to remember God the Law-giver who is a fearful presence and consuming power. He is to be taken seriously. Yet, this fearful and consuming God can be followed. Those who seek to…

Tough Questions: Ancient Answers for Modern Questions

Paul makes a bold assertion about the Bible in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – the Bible offers instruction in “righteousness” for all people, places, and times. However, his claim raises a crucial question – how does an ancient book offer relevant guidance for people living in a time and culture far removed from the one that birthed the Bible? This lesson introduces a series examining some of the challenges confronting Christians that raise tough questions about things like the reality of suffering, the complexity of sexuality,…