Sermons

Living By the Spirit

Living By the Spirit

We all know what it's like to aspire to be a good person and to fall short of our goals. We have chosen our own way, rather than Gods, and the consequence has been a rupture in that relationship. When we want to live right, we struggle to know what God's will is, and...

Jesus Changes Our Identity

Jesus Changes Our Identity

As we explore the implications of the good news, we have to wrestle with how Jesus Changes Our Identity. If Jesus (the crucified and risen) is our Lord, then we have to think differently about who we are. Jesus gives us a new family. So our obligation to fellow...

Christians and Power

Christians and Power

It's not a secret today that outside of the church, people are wary about Christians and Power. Those who claim to follow Jesus often do a poor job of following his command to love even their enemies. The church often feels two opposing forces. On one hand, we want to...

The Gospel is Jesus

The Gospel is Jesus

Our spiritual eyes give us a distorted picture of reality, which the Gospel (Good News) can correct. But often we define this good news as a transaction: if I believe in Jesus, I'll go to heaven." But this misses the mark. It's not a statement about our eternal...

Jesus and Religious Outsiders

Jesus and Religious Outsiders

Sometimes insiders are too invested in what they believe to see when something new is happening. We might need the perspective of an outsider to see what is truly going on. This is especially true with Jesus and Religious Outsiders. Israel's leaders, Herod and the...

Following Mary’s Example

Following Mary’s Example

Mary's reaction to the angel's news that she's going to bear the messiah is a masterclass in humility and faithfulness. Following Mary's Example, we can take God's promises seriously, and respond with humility when God decides to use us. Zechariah receives a divine...

Peace In Troubled Times

Peace In Troubled Times

When life is hectic, sad or stressful, rejoicing is not our normal reaction. When Paul tells the Philippian church that they should always rejoice, he shows how we can find peace in troubled times. Our confidence in Jesus' victory, in his closeness and in his...

Our Humility and God’s Mercy

Our Humility and God’s Mercy

When we prepare for Jesus' return, it's fitting for us to look at the mistakes God's people made in the lead up to his first coming. The Jewish religious leaders thought they were righteous by keeping the letter of the law. Jesus showed that this form of righteousness...

Putting Our Hope In God’s Agenda

Putting Our Hope In God’s Agenda

During Advent, we celebrate how Jesus is the fulfillment of God's people's hopes. But this is only true if our hope is for God's kingdom to come. If instead, we're pursuing our own agenda, God's kingdom isn't the thing we hope for, but the thing we dread. Jesus is...