Category Archives: Holy Spirit

  1. Seek first God’s Neighborhood and righteousness: life in God’s Neighborhood, part 2 (Matt. 6.33) [sermon 2-3-19]

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    February 3, 2019 by jmar198013

    The second message of three on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – 7) from our series in Matthew’s Gospel, “God’s Neighborhood.” This message focused on Matt. 6.33, and what it looks like when we seek first God’s kingdom (neighborhood) and his righteousness.

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  2. Recognizing and resisting temptations (Matthew 4.1-11) [sermon 1-20-19]

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    January 22, 2019 by jmar198013

    Right after Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the wilderness. Not to commune with God, but to be tempted by the devil. Why would the Spirit do that? And what can we learn from this story about how to recognize and resist temptations?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Amen! [sermon 11-25-18]

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    November 25, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed tells God’s story from creation to new creation. From birth to death to resurrection. And at the very end, it calls on us to say, “Amen!” to this story. What if “amen” isn’t just the word we say at the end of a prayer? What if “amen” is a way of life before the God who has said, “yes” to us–and will continue to say, “yes”?

  6. One holy Christian church, the communion of saints [sermon 11-4-18]

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    November 5, 2018 by jmar198013

    Manuscript of my sermon at Central Church of Christ for November 4th, 2018. From our ongoing series,¬†We Believe, using the …
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  7. I believe in the Holy Spirit [sermon 10-28-18]

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    October 29, 2018 by jmar198013

    The ancient Apostles’ Creed says, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Yet, the Holy Spirit is probably the most misunderstood and neglected Person of the Godhead. Which is incredibly tragic, because the Bible teaches us in many ways that we cannot live without the Spirit.

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