Category Archives: hermeneutics

  1. I am baptized (Matthew 3.1-17) [Sermon 1-13-19]

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    January 16, 2019 by jmar198013

    Matthew 3 tells the story of Jesus’ baptism. That raises an interesting question: If Jesus never sinned, why did he need to be baptized? He was baptized for us; because we need him to baptized. He was plunged into us before we are ever plunged into him. Because Jesus was baptized, our baptism gives us everything we need.

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  2. The magi’s star, and us (Matt. 2.1-23) [sermon 1-6-19]

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    January 9, 2019 by jmar198013

    Long ago, God placed a star to shine in the sky, to lead strangers to Christ. Now God has placed the church in the world, to shine and lead other people to Christ.

  3. Jesus’ family quilt (Matthew 1.1-17) [sermon 12-30-18]

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    December 30, 2018 by jmar198013

    In a family quilt, each square remembers an ancestor. Matthew began his story of Jesus by showing us his family quilt. Jesus’ family quilt is full of foreign women and notorious sinners. They are all sewn into his family quilt by God’s grace. We are also squares sewn into Jesus’ family quilt by grace. Jesus didn’t disown his ancestors, and he will not disown us, either.

  4. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) [sermon 12-16-18]

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    December 17, 2018 by jmar198013

    Jesus says the church is the light of the world. We’re supposed to shine, so that others see the good we do and glorify God. But we often don’t feel like the light. Because we know the dark places we’ve been, and the darkness that dwells in us. In this message, we look to a fun source for tips on how to be the light of the world: fireflies.

  5. Out of the darkness (1 Peter 2.9) [Sermon 12-9-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    1 Peter 2.9 says believers are called to tell the story of how Jesus has called us out of darkness, into his amazing light. This message retells three stories from the Gospels of Luke and John of people who were called from the darkness, into Christ’s amazing light. What about you? What’s your story? And how will you tell it?

  6. The light shines in the darkness (Genesis 1.3; John 1.5) [sermon 12-2-18]

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    December 9, 2018 by jmar198013

    For the last 1500 years, as the dark days of winter set in, the church has celebrated Advent. A time of waiting for Christ, the light of the world, to be born. John 1:5 says: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.” This is the gospel of Christ in one sentence. The darkness of sin, shame, and death cannot extinguish His light. But He can and will chase away the darkness in us.

  7. Untwisting Scripture: Gun control edition

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    November 29, 2018 by jmar198013

    As the public debates surrounding gun violence and gun control have grown more heated, culture warriors on either side of the discussion have cherry-picked passages of scripture to defend their arguments. One of the more bizarre uses of scripture to emerge from these debates is when Luke 22.35-38 is commandeered to argue that Jesus commanded us to buy weapons. In this edition of Untwisting Scripture, I weigh in on this application. And show other passages that are more appropriate to current debates.

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