Sermons

Fulfilling the Law

Fulfilling the Law

In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus tells us that his ministry is fulfilling the law. By saying this, Jesus forces us to look at the Old Testament Scriptures in a whole new light. He's saying that the stories we teach in Sunday School foreshadow his reign. He's also suggesting...

Salt and Light

Salt and Light

Jesus calls believers to be salt and light, metaphors that communicate the church's role as participants in God's mission of restoring creation. In the beatitudes, Jesus said that God sees the injustice and difficulty of people living in a broken world. These...

Good News For the Poor

Good News For the Poor

Jesus' first announces God's arriving Kingdom is to the down and out. In the opening of his most famous teaching, Jesus tells us God sees injustice and he promises to fix it. This is good news for the poor. The Sermon opens with the beatitudes, a list of nine...

Faith or Disbelief at Easter

Faith or Disbelief at Easter

A Choice Between Faith and Disbelief It's easy to see how Good Friday was a crisis to Jesus' disciples. But it's easy to overlook how the empty tomb was also a crisis. On Friday, the disciples lost their dreams for God's deliverance from a Messianic King (since he was...

Good Friday – When God Fails

Good Friday – When God Fails

The Good Friday story, taken apart from Easter, helps us grapple with God's apparent failures. Israel's situation was dire. They could only keep the faith because they believed God would soon send a king to save them. But Jesus' disciples understood that Jesus was...

Palm Sunday

People often misunderstand the Palm Sunday story. They see it as a high point in Jesus' ministry before the crushing betrayal of Good Friday. We what the story tries to tell us. The crowds welcome Jesus so he can accomplish their agenda. They want the Romans Out. They...

Spiritual Warfare

In the last few weeks, our lives have changed in ways none of us could have anticipated. when 2020 began COVID-19 was a blip on the radar in China. Yet a few months later, we're dealing with both a global pandemic and an economic crash. These are uncharted waters for...

Power in God’s Kingdom

In today's message, we look at how power is used in God's kingdom. In Ephesians 5:21-6:9 Paul talks about how Christian relationships should work. While people often use the passage to justify the subordination of women, there's a lot more going on. This is because...

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