Sermons

April 10, 2017

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me 3

As the shadow of the cross stretched across Jesus’ final days he told a parable depicting final judgment Jesus indicated that the King of the Universe separates the righteous from the unrighteous like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The King holds the practice of compassion as the basis of the judgment of the nations (Gentiles). This challenges some or our theology of a reduced Gospel fixated on the afterlife rather than the world of the here and now. To Jesus, the practice of compassion reveals real faith.
April 10, 2017

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me 2

God’s Torah specified how the people of Israel were to treat foreigners. Since foreigners were vulnerable in the land they could have been subjects of abuse and exploitation. God forbade all mistreatment of foreigners reminding Israel that they too had experienced oppression as foreigners in the land of Egypt. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan in which a despised foreigner did the will of God in reaching out with compassion on a Jew victimized in his own land. This sermon examines several Old Testament texts wherein God instructs Israel to demonstrate compassion on the foreigners.
April 10, 2017

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me

People of faith practice hospitality toward strangers. Abraham and Sarah entertained God’s messengers through their caring actions. This sermon reflects on Genesis 18:1-15, Hebrews 13:1-3, and Jesus’ word’s in Matthew 25:31-40.
April 10, 2017

A Decade of Destiny and a Fresh Start

Jesus appeared to the disciples on the first Easter evening. He mysteriously passed through locked doors to speak words of encouragement and hope. He shattered their guilt, despair and shame. Jesus gave them (and us) a new purpose and equipped them (and us) with a new presence. This sermon reflects on John 20:19-22.
April 10, 2017

Worship + 2: The Centrality of Worship

This sermon is based on Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:19-25. It is the first sermon in a series of two called Worship+2. This sermon calls on every hearer to make three commitments. It calls for every member to commit to (1) attend worship regularly, (2) find a place to grow and (3) find a place to serve. This first sermon emphasizes the need for regular worship.
April 10, 2017

An Early Funeral Sermon, Facing Your Own Death

This is the third in a series on death. Christians sometimes worry about those who died outside the faith. This sermon addressees the confidence that we can have in committing them to God. Then this sermon helps us face our own death, urging us to make the most of our time while we are alive to fill the world with God's love. What will your legacy be
April 10, 2017

When We Say a Final Goodbye to a Loved One

How shall we Christians say our final farewells to loved ones? This sermon is a second in a series on death. In this sermon we explore the use of the funeral and the great and precious promises that Christ brings us.
April 10, 2017

O Death, Where is Your Sting?

Death is an unpleasant and painful subject. Yet, we cannot avoid it. Everyone faces the death of loved ones and eventually their own death. Christians have a unique understanding of death that stands in contrast to several other belief systems. In our community of faith we must deal with this topic. This sermon is an introduction to the topic and will be followed by two other sermons addressing death.
April 10, 2017

Extravagant Holy Waste

This sermon develops the Old Testament practice of tithing. The tithes provided the resources and food for an annual feast for the whole nation of Israel. They lavished this on themselves and included the poor, widows, the fatherless and alien residents living among them. The tithes also provided a social safety net for the most vulnerable in Israel.
April 10, 2017

An Invitation to Test God

This is the second sermon in the series on the Christian practice of proportional giving. This sermon explores the New Testament teaching on tithing. The New Testament does not command tithing as a legalistic requirement. Giving is a matter of the heart. Jesus observed that the destitute widow who contributed her two leptons (a small amount) gave more than the wealthy who contributed out of their abundance. This sermon challenges the hearers/readers to give without reluctance and with good cheer.