Category Archives: discipleship

  1. WWJD? (Philippians 2.1-13) [sermon 5-13-18]

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    May 11, 2018 by jmar198013

    Back in the ’90s, I used to wear lots of flannels, my wallet on a chain … and a WWJD bracelet. Sometimes looking at that bracelet and asking, “What would Jesus do?” made me a little less jerky than I’d have been otherwise. In fact, the first place that question should be applied is in our social interactions and relationships with others. And that’s basically the point Paul made in Philippians 2.1-13.

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  2. Paul’s gratitude for insincere preachers (Philippians 1.1-18) [sermon 5-6-2018]

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    April 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the first 18 verses of Philippians, we find out that Paul is in prison. And while he’s locked up, some preachers have gone out with selfish ambitions to make a name for themselves and get under his skin. But Paul insisted, “I’m glad, and I’ll continue to be glad.” Even about the insincere preachers. If we can learn the secret to Paul’s gladness, maybe it will help us rejoice in the midst of frustrating times.

  3. The church and “The Breakfast Club” (Acts 9.1-19) [sermon 4-15-18]

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    April 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    What does the story of Ananias and Saul in Acts 9.1-19 have in common with the ’80s Brat Pack classic, “The Breakfast Club”? Quite a bit actually. The church today has a lot to learn about our mission from Ananias and Saul. And from “The Breakfast Club.”

  4. God bless Doubting Thomas! (John 20.19-31) [sermon 4-8-18]

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    April 4, 2018 by jmar198013

    Thomas is famous for his doubt, but how often do we notice Thomas’ faith? This message calls our Doubting Thomases in the church to be skeptical enough to doubt their doubts. And for the rest of church to abide with our doubters, just as the other disciples did for Thomas.

  5. Jesus calls you by your name (John 20.1-18) [Easter sermon 2018]

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    March 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    For my Easter sermon this year, I’m focusing less on the resurrection event itself; and more on Jesus’ post-resurrection interaction with his disciple Mary. She only recognizes it’s him when he calls her by name. Earlier in John, Jesus said he was the Good Shepherd who calls his sheep by name, and they know his voice (John 10.3-4). And so Mary’s experience with the risen Jesus becomes a paradigm for future generations of disciples–like you and me.

  6. “It is finished” (John 19.30) [Good Friday sermon 2018]

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    March 26, 2018 by jmar198013

    In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished.” What did he mean by that? And what does that mean for us, and for our world?

  7. Glory, redefined (John 12.12-27) [sermon 3-25-18]

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    March 23, 2018 by jmar198013

    Just after a big parade where the people celebrated Jesus as King, he said: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” The glory he was talking about wasn’t the cheering crowds waving palm branches as he rode into town. It was in his death on the cross–when he was “lifted up from the earth”–and his resurrection. What does this story teach us about what glory really means?

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