Sermons from 2019 (Page 3)

Woe, Woe, Woe, Woe, Woe, Woe, Woe!

The sermon is based on Matthew 23:13-32 (NIV) Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees 13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.[14] [a] 15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have…

The Enemy of Neighborly Love

There is a brief moment of silence at the end of the sermon followed by closing prayer. The sermon is based on Luke 10:25-37 (NIV) The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your…

Stones of Remembrance

The sermon is based on Joshua 3 & 4 (CEB) Directions for crossing the Jordan 3 Joshua took down the camp early in the morning. He and all the Israelites marched out of Shittim and came to the Jordan, where they stayed overnight before crossing. 2 At the end of three days the officers went through the middle of the camp. 3 They commanded the people, “As soon as you see the Lord your God’s chest containing the covenant and the levitical priests carrying it, you are to…

Faith is patient. Faith is persistent.

The sermon is based on Haggai 1-2 (CEB) The challenge to rebuild 1 The Lord’s word came through Haggai the prophet in the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month on the first day of the month, to Judah’s governor Zerubbabel, Shealtiel’s son, and to the high priest Joshua, Jehozadak’s son: 2 This is what the Lord of heavenly forces says:    These people say, “The time hasn’t come,        the time to rebuild the Lord’s house.” 3 Then the Lord’s word came through Haggai the prophet: 4         Is it time…

Habakkuk: “The righteous will live by faith”

The sermon is based on Habakkuk 1-2 (CEB) 1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw. The prophet complains 2 Lord, how long will I call for help and you not listen?        I cry out to you, “Violence!”            but you don’t deliver us.3 Why do you show me injustice and look at anguish        so that devastation and violence are before me?There is strife, and conflict abounds.4         The Instruction is ineffective.            Justice does not endure            because the wicked surround the righteous.        Justice becomes warped. The Lord responds 5 Look among the nations and watch!        Be astonished…

Micah’s New Vision for Jerusalem

The sermon is based on Micah 3-4 (CEB) Micah justifies the coming destruction 3 But I said:Hear, leaders of Jacob,        rulers of the house of Israel!    Isn’t it your job to know justice?—2         you who hate good and love evil,            who tear the skin off them, and the flesh off their bones,3         who devour the flesh of my people,            tear off their skin,            break their bones in pieces,            and spread them out as if in a pot,                like meat in a kettle.4 Then they will cry out to the Lord,        but he won’t answer…

The Book of the Twelve

The sermon is based on scripture from Hosea 2 & 11 (CEB) Hosea 2 (CEB) Proclamation of wrongdoing 2 [a] Say to your brother, My People, and to your sister, Compassion: 2 Level a charge against your mother; plead with her!    She is not my wife,        and I am not her husband.    Let her remove prostitution from her presence,        and adultery from between her breasts,3     or else I will strip her naked        and expose her as on the day she was born.    I will make her like a desert,        and turn…

Unanswered Prayer

The sermon is based on James 5:13-18 (CEB) 13 If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy, they should sing. 14 If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be…

Doers of the Word

The sermon is based on James 1:21-27 (CEB) 21 …welcome the word planted deep inside you—the very word that is able to save you. 22 You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. 23 Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. 24 They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. 25 But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and…

Living by Faith

The sermon is based on Romans 1:16-17 (CEB) 16 I’m not ashamed of the gospel: it is God’s own power for salvation to all who have faith in God, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 God’s righteousness is being revealed in the gospel, from faithfulness[a] for faith,[b] as it is written, The righteous person will live by faith.[c]