Category Archives: Paul

  1. 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.

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  2. Paul’s gratitude for insincere preachers (Philippians 1.1-18) [sermon 5-6-2018]

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    April 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the first 18 verses of Philippians, we find out that Paul is in prison. And while he’s locked up, some preachers have gone out with selfish ambitions to make a name for themselves and get under his skin. But Paul insisted, “I’m glad, and I’ll continue to be glad.” Even about the insincere preachers. If we can learn the secret to Paul’s gladness, maybe it will help us rejoice in the midst of frustrating times.

  3. Making Known the Unknown God (Acts 17.16-31) [sermon 4-29-18]

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    April 24, 2018 by jmar198013

    How can we spread the word about Jesus in a culture where people don’t know much about God, and the Bible no longer holds the authority it once did? Paul’s sermon from Mars Hill provides a clue. He preached the gospel to them without ever quoting the Bible, using the words of pagan poets. This provides a compelling agenda for cultural engagement for the church today.

  4. 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.”

  5. Untwisting Scripture: “Rightly dividing the word of truth”

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    March 20, 2018 by jmar198013

    In the last episode of Untwisting Scripture, we looked at a phrase from 2 Timothy 2.15, “study to shew thyself approved.” In this follow-up episode, we examine another: “rightly dividing the word of truth.” In popular dispensationalist hermeneutics, this is taken to mean recognizing the “divisions” in scripture among various dispensations. But is that Paul really had in mind?

  6. Healing Christ’s broken body (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) [sermon 8-27-2017]

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    August 25, 2017 by jmar198013

    In 1 Cor. 11.17-34, Paul envisions the Lord’s Supper not only as a time to remember the body and blood of Christ; but to heal the divisions in the body of Christ, the church. Jesus’ body was broken so his body, the church, would be whole.

  7. God makes a way out of no way: Exodus, Jesus, and baptism (Romans 6:1-11) [sermon 8-20-2017]

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    August 18, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Romans 6, Paul combines narratives from the Exodus and the death and resurrection of Christ to help us understand the story baptism tells–and gives us to tell.

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