Category Archives: hermeneutics

  1. Samson as a type of Christ (Judges 16.26-30; Hebrews 11.32-34)

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    July 10, 2018 by jmar198013

    What if Samson was more than just an entitled strong man who met a tragic end? What if he was an Old Testament figure of Christ?

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  2. 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?

  3. Three lies that keep us from God’s light (1 John 1.5 – 2.2) [Sermon 7-1-18]

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    July 1, 2018 by jmar198013

    1 John 1.5 – 2.2 tells us that God is light, and we must walk in the light as God is in the light. But John also knows three dark lies we sometimes believe that cause us to walk in the darkness. And he also knew three truths to combat those lies.

  4. 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.

  5. The Tenth Word: Breaking bad habits of the heart (Exodus 20.17) [sermon 6-17-18]

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    June 16, 2018 by jmar198013

    Coveting is more than a feeling. Its a series of choices that emerge from habits of the heart. The way to guard against coveting involves cultivating new habits of the heart: compassion and empathy.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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