Category Archives: grace

  1. 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?

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  2. Neighboring 101 (Exodus 20.12-16) [sermon 6-10-18]

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    June 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    In Exodus 20.12-16, God teaches his people how to be the kind of neighbors they’d like to have as neighbors.

  3. The Sabbath: resting in God’s amazing grace (Exodus 20.8-11; Matthew 5.17-20) [sermon 6-3-18]

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    May 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    It’s easy to hear the Ten Commandments as a list of “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots.” But God’s Word about the Sabbath is a word of pure grace, that reveals God as a giver more than a demand-maker. It’s literally God telling his people to take a day off. In this message, I explore the creational and ethical dimensions of the Sabbath. And talk about the new significance Jesus brings to the Sabbath, we we find our rest in him.

  4. God’s first Word is grace (Exodus 19.1-6; 20.1-3; Matthew 22.34-40) [sermon 5-27-18]

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    May 23, 2018 by jmar198013

    Most people probably think of “the Ten Commandments” (in biblical Hebrew they’re called the Ten Words) as a list of do’s and don’ts. But what if we understood them as words of grace? As words God speaks to people he has saved so they can live safely? God’s first Word to Israel was, “I am your God who brought you out of a life of slavery.” This message invites you to ask, “What has God done for me? What has God delivered me from?”

  5. 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.

  6. 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.”

  7. “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?

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