Category Archives: discipleship

  1. Who suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried [sermon 9-30-18]

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    October 1, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed tells us that Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried.” When we suffer, God does not give us a list of reasons for evil and suffering. Instead, he gives us his Son, Jesus, who has also suffered because of evil, to be our brother and friend when we hurt.

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  2. I believe (sermon 9-2-18)

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    September 6, 2018 by jmar198013

    The first words of the Apostles’ Creed are, “I believe.” In the Bible, belief or faith isn’t primarily about accepting a fact, or what we think in our minds. It’s about the quality of our relationship with God. Trusting in God’s faithfulness to us, in every aspect of our life, for the rest of our lives.

  3. Doing the impossible with God (Ruth 4)

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    August 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    Have you ever had to do something that seemed impossible? The book of Ruth shows us Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz in impossible situations, having to make choices that seem impossible. Those impossible situations don’t end in the final chapter. But we also see God doing things through them that seem impossible. And God can still do impossible things for, in, with, and through us. “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

  4. Courageous Dorothy (2 Timothy 1.7; Revelation 21.1-5) [sermon 7-22-18]

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    July 25, 2018 by jmar198013

    In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy’s courage isn’t without fear. Instead, her courage stems from her deepest fear: not getting home to Kansas. In the same way, the Christian’s greatest fear is not getting home to God. And that fear should inspire us to live boldly.

  5. If God is love … (1 John 4.7-12) [sermon 7-8-18]

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    July 8, 2018 by jmar198013

    1 John 4:8 famously tells us that “God is love.” This raises a couple of interesting questions: What does it mean for God to “be” love? And if God is love, what does that mean for how Christians are called to live?

  6. The feedback loop of joy (1 John 1.1-4) [sermon 6-24-2018]

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    June 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    The main themes 1 John keeps returning to are light and love. 1 John 1.1-4 prepares us to open our eyes to God’s light, and open our hearts to God’s love. These verses show us a feedback loop for sharing our faith with others. It begins with our relationship with God through Christ, and then sharing our story with others to bring them into fellowship. The feedback is joy, which is our incentive to share our stories with even more people.

  7. 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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