Category Archives: Sermons

  1. God’s first Word is grace (Exodus 19.1-6; 20.1-3; Matthew 22.34-40) [sermon 5-27-18]

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    May 23, 2018 by jmar198013

    Most people probably think of “the Ten Commandments” (in biblical Hebrew they’re called the Ten Words) as a list of do’s and don’ts. But what if we understood them as words of grace? As words God speaks to people he has saved so they can live safely? God’s first Word to Israel was, “I am your God who brought you out of a life of slavery.” This message invites you to ask, “What has God done for me? What has God delivered me from?”

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  2. Dreaming together (Acts 2.1-21) [sermon 5-20-18, Pentecost Sunday]

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    May 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    What do you wish someone had told you when you graduated high school? I wish someone had told me to hold on to my dreams … but not so tight that I couldn’t be open to God’s dreams for me. This sermon, focusing on Acts 2.17-18, serves as both a message to graduating seniors and to the church as a whole. Because the passage we’re focusing on shows us that God inspires our dreams–and calls us to keep dreaming together.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. The power of song (Acts 16.16-34)

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    April 18, 2018 by jmar198013

    The songs of praise we sing to God have the power to move heaven and shake earth to its foundations. Just ask Paul and Silas.

  7. 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.”

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