Category Archives: discipleship

  1. Signs, frescoes, and basal ganglia (John 2.13-25) [sermon 1-21-18]

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    January 19, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Jesus stormed the temple with a whip, it was a sign that great changes were ahead. God was doing something radically new through Jesus. The religious authorities resisted those changes, which is absolutely normal. We’re basically wired to resist change. But some changes are healthy and necessary. What needs to change in our lives and our churches to allow God to continue the work begun in Christ through us?

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  2. What we’re here for (John 1.19-34) [sermon 12-31-2017]

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    December 31, 2017 by jmar198013

    What’s the church here for? In this sermon I make an eyebrow-raising claim: The church is here to do what John the Baptist did in John 1.19-34.

  3. God in the furnace (Daniel 3) [Sermon 12-3-17, Advent 1)

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    December 2, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Daniel 3, God didn’t keep his faithful saints from going into the fiery furnace. But God did go through the fires with them. What can we learn from their experience to give us hope in this life? How will we change when we truly trust that God goes with us in everything?

  4. Here comes the sun, here comes the Son (Isaiah 9.1-7; John 8.12) [sermon 11-19-2017]

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    November 17, 2017 by jmar198013

    Isaiah 9.1-7 is addressed to “the people walking in darkness.” These are people who’ve lost everything, and entered into a long, cold, lonely winter of life. But Isaiah foretold that a “great light” would shine upon them one day. That prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus–who breaks the long, dark winter of sin, shame and death.

  5. Let justice roll down like waters (Amos 5.21-24) [sermon 11-12-2017]

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    November 10, 2017 by jmar198013

    The prophet Amos told the people of Israel that God hated their worship, and their songs of praise were off-key in God’s ears. Why? Because God would prefer a river of justice and mercy to flow from his people, than a stream of worship from people whose lives aren’t transformed. What would it mean if believers truly committed to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream”?

  6. God builds his temple (1 Kings 8.1-13; John 2.19-21) [sermon 10-29-17]

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    October 27, 2017 by jmar198013

    The temple Solomon built in 1 Kings expressed God’s desire to dwell among humanity. This desire became flesh through Jesus. And it continues through the church, as God dwells among us.

  7. God sees to the future (Genesis 22:1-14) [sermon 09-17-2017]

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    September 15, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Genesis 22.1-14, God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac as a burnt offering. And Abraham goes out to do it.

    What kind of God is that? And what kind of father is Abraham?

    Perhaps God is the kind of God who calls us to offer our future on the altar, trusting that God will see to our future. And maybe Abraham is the kind of person who shows us how deep that trust must go …

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