Sermons

Love Like God Does

The Incarnation Challenges to Love Like God Does What would Make Jesus willing to come to earth and live as a human being at the margins of society? The birth of Baby Jesus is an expression of God's love for the world. But it is also a template for the church,...

Joy In Uncertain Times

Joy, unlike happiness, is a disposition that we can have all the time. It can be challenging to have joy in uncertain times. But to have joy, we must have something that can't change or be taken away. The birth of Jesus serves as such a source of joy. Israel's story...

God’s Assurance of Peace

In this week’s sermon, we look at the theme of peace. Isaiah, The Old Testament prophet, called the promised Messiah the Prince of Peace. But if Jesus is God's assurance of peace, don’t Jesus’ own words about his coming to bring a sword, rather than peace contradict...

Trust in God, Not in Outcomes

Traditionally, the first Sunday of Advent is about hope. So in this week's sermon, we examine the nature of hope. Hope is built on expectation. But how often does reality fall short of our expectations? In this sermon, Peter looks at how believers need to trust in...

Kingdom Prayer

Kingdom prayer is prayer that calls God's kingdom to earth. It is a way of praying that makes requests of God while recognizing that its fulfillment involves my faithful obedience. The most striking example of Kingdom Prayer in the New Testament is the Lord's Prayer....

Interdependence In the Church

In Ephesians Chapter 4, Paul lays out a vision for Christian leadership that values interdependence in the church. Since we tend to evaluate leadership by the skills of individual leaders, Paul asks the church to change paradigms. Rather than trying to create singular...

Showing Mercy to the Least of These

In Matthew 25 Jesus says that he will judge believers according to whether they showed mercy to those at the margins. What is going on here? It seems that Jesus is telling believers that they must treat others like family. Since the church is a family its members...

Proclaiming the Gospel

What does 'Proclaiming the Gospel' Mean? The gospel is the good news of what God has done and is doing in the world. But it is also a way of viewing reality differently. Just as natural eyes see Jesus' death as a failure, eyes of faith see it as God's greatest...

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