Category Archives: Holy Spirit

  1. 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.

  2. 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”?

  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the Father’s right hand [sermon 10-14-18]

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    October 16, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed reminds us that Jesus has ascended into heaven, where he rules at the Father’s right hand. But don’t believe for a minute that just because Jesus is in heaven, it means he has left you or the world behind! Jesus is our representative in heaven. And from heaven, he is able to be present anywhere and everywhere in this world.

  6. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary [sermon 9-23-18]

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    September 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    When Sojourner Truth, a former slave, spoke up for women in 1851, she drew strength and dignity from the virgin birth of Christ. For her, it wasn’t just a weird doctrine in the Bible–it was personal! To believe in the virgin birth is to believe that nothing is impossible with God. What if we had a church full of Sojourner Truths–with the audacity to believe in a God of limitless possibilities?

  7. In God the Father, Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth

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    September 13, 2018 by jmar198013

    The Apostles’ Creed begins the same way the Bible does: With God. Specifically, with the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this message, we explore the three ways the Apostles’ Creed describes the first person of the Trinity: God the Father; Almighty; creator of heaven and earth. We learn, among other things, that this means our lives and our world are not accidents.



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