James 4:13 - 5:6
James 4:1-12 is another section where he begins by addressing a behavior issue (quarreling) but continues to go deeper until he identifies a root cause. Look in your own heart and you’ll see a lot of root cause. The antidote needs to be more. Thank God He gives more!
John 1:35-42; 15:4-5; 20:17
Baptism is often described as a 'public declaration of a personal decision.' But in baptism, we're not declaring that we’ve crossed the finish line. Baptism is actually declaring that we’ve just started out. When Jesus's disciples start out with him, he says, "Come and you will see." And the decision declared in the waters of baptism never anticipates all that will be seen.
* This sermon was presented at our annual park service. As such, the recording quality is not on the same level as some of our other sermon recordings. Also, the first couple minutes were not recorded.
After having looked at the damage our words can do (vv. 1-12), James now shows us how the meekness of wisdom works. Meekness of wisdom? That's quite a contrast from the behavior that's making headlines nowadays. Yes, and that's why it's desperately needed.
As we seek to live out what we believe, James calls our attention to a key area where we get tripped up: words matter. Our tongues get us into trouble. But more than just looking at the damage our tongues can do, James directs our attention to the source of the problem. Will we resolve to live what we believe?
* We experienced some technical difficulties with this recording. There is a section partway through where a few minutes of the recording are missing.
Today's sermon title is from a song written by Rich Mullins, where he writes, "Faith without works is like a song you can't sing / It's about as useless as a screen door on a submarine." Do you find yourself wondering why your experience of faith falls flat? Maybe you need to change some doors on your submarine. Listen to the message to find out how.
When we think about the attributes of God, does his impartiality ever make the list? We often recognize His omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence, etc., but do we recognize that He is not a respecter of people, in that He blesses and judges impartially?
We begin a series in James, a letter calling us to a living faith and to living our faith. Life is hard and we're often tempted to rely on things other than our generous Father to get us through. Let's let James guide us in living out what we believe.
As followers of Jesus, we are "good-news-izers." We are to share with others the hope and forgiveness we have through Jesus. The trouble is, we don't always know how to do this well. This Sunday, we'll learn how to let the Holy Spirit and Scripture do the work when we join in the conversation.
This Sunday is Vision Sunday where we look ahead to what God is calling us to be and do in the coming year, as well as celebrate all He has done in the previous year. God is calling us to live out a Trinity Way of Life. Crucial to this call is Our Powerful Praxis, where we walk in the Spirit, centered on Christ and sent into the world.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
With all that's going on in life, we need to hold fast to the true Gospel, knowing that it is powerful in its working. The Apostle Paul writes this from a prison cell, so he knows what it means to rejoice in the 'unbound' Word!
As the resurrected Jesus physically leaves his disciples, He blesses them. The disciples, in turn, return to Jerusalem to continually bless God. When Tomorrow Begins Today, we adopt a posture of living the blessing with the whole of our lives.
Luke 24: 36-43
The resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and they can't quite wrap their heads around this new reality! So He invites them to touch and see. This week we'll explore the sense, significance and substance of what it means to live life with the resurrected Jesus. He really does change everything!
We linger another week on the road to Emmaus. The resurrected Jesus shows himself to be the focus of the story of our lives, recognized as we live out the symbols of the story in our lives. Because of the resurrected Jesus, we are to live the Book and live the Table.
Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here; He is risen!0 The generous God gives a generous gift: the gift of the resurrection. And nothing is the same. Because of the resurrection, we have a new past, a new future and a new present. And all God's people say....
Luke 23: 44-56
As we draw closer to Easter, we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem as King. He's a King beyond our categories bringing a peace beyond our hopes. What is our response to this coming King?