Sermon Archives

April 14, 2022

The Towel of Jesus

True Disciples of Jesus are those who bear the True Likeness of Christ. We are true image bearers when we bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim release to the captive (Luke 4:18-19). We are true image bearers when we give the hungry food, give drink to the thirsty, visit […]

April 10, 2022

The Great Divestiture

On Palm Sunday, we remember how Jesus rode into Jerusalem, acclaimed by the crowds as the promised Messiah who would free them from oppression. We remember, too, how quickly the crowd turned on Jesus, completely misinterpreting and condemning him for his mission of service. Paul reminds us, however, that a life devoted to serving others […]

April 3, 2022

Always a New Day

Our future is filled with promises: the promise of faith; the promise that God is not finished with us yet; the promise that one day all that is now blurry will become clear; the promise of new and eternal life in Jesus Christ. We hear those promises and believe them to be true, which is […]

March 27, 2022

The Embassy of Heaven

Reflecting on this passage, Bible scholar N. T. Wright writes: “The world has never before seen a ministry of reconciliation; it has never before heard a message of reconciliation. No wonder the Corinthians found Paul’s work hard to fathom. It didn’t fit any preconceived ideas they may have had. He was behaving like someone who […]

March 13, 2022

Your Future Self

The ministry of Jesus reminds us that if we put too much focus on our current self, we short-change ourselves and our church. When we put our future self in charge, focusing on crucifixion and resurrection, we can love one another with sacrificial love and experience new and liberating life. In this season of Lent, […]

March 6, 2022

Welcome to Church

Do you remember the first time you walked through the church door? For some of you, this has been your church family since you were born. Others of you came to our congregation more recently. It makes no difference when you started, you found welcome here. If you hadn’t, you wouldn’t have stayed! This is […]

March 2, 2022

Such an Imposition

Ash Wednesday is all about impositions. In a few minutes we will impose ashes on our foreheads to remind us that we are “ashes and dust,” mortals whose life is finite, human creatures of a sovereign God. Smearing ourselves with ash is not something we typically choose to do, so the church imposes them upon […]

February 27, 2022

Lifting the Veil

It is in the context of this new, unveiled reality that we do our ministry as disciples of Jesus Christ. Paul writes, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond […]

February 20, 2022

Unreasonable Love

To underscore the impudent nature of God’s graciousness, Jesus refers to the practice of buying and selling in the marketplace. “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (v. 38). Merchants rarely “pressed down” or “shook […]

February 13, 2022

The Blessing That Counts

It really does no good to count our blessings. Nor does it help to count our misfortunes. When Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor…the hungry…and those who weep,” he is bearing witness to the truth that God oversees creation, and that God is not finished with us yet. God will inevitably bless us, for it […]

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