Sermons

What if Death and Taxes weren't Certainties
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
No one escapes death. No one. But what if some one did. The question would be numerous. How? Why them? What about everyone else? Join us this Easter as we consider the One who came and beat death.
Tenebrae Service
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Tenebrae Service --- this worship service is filled with scripture, songs, and symbols. We will be examining the last seven words of Christ. We will celebrate communion. And we will picturing the impending death of Christ by extinguishing a candle after we look at each saying of Christ. Please join us and invite a friend.
Destination Rome
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” -- Acts 23:11(ESV) And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him. -- Acts 28:15-16 (ESV) I’ve heard people say that they were looking for God’s will. When they say it, I think of Indiana Jones. If they look hard enough, decipher the clues, and avoid the booby traps then, just maybe, they will find it. Just make sure you use the right amount of sand to offset the weight of that idol. This kind of quest comes with the assumption that if we could discover God's specific and exact hidden plan, then life would be easy peasy. But I have a feeling that if God laid it all out in vivid detail to us, our response would not be joyful embrace, but screaming and running in terror. God has a purpose and plan for each of us. It’s not as mysterious as many think, yet discovering it won’t make life simple. Just ask Paul. He knew he was going to Rome, but the twists in the road to get there were numerous. This week, we close out the book of Acts in our series: Gospel on the Move. In a way, these chapters are the climax of the adventure. Paul will finally see the culmination of a 3+ year old promise from God. But this becomes also an open ended story. I want to encourage you to take some time and read through these chapters as you prepare for Sunday. Also ask yourself the question "what might be God’s plans and purposes for me"? Most of the time we are silent and imprisoned in a maze of self-consciousness. But when we do muster up the courage to speak about our faith, often we are unsure about what to say. We are afraid of an argument or idea that we have never heard of. We think we need every answer. And we fear that they may really look at us. One peek behind the curtain of our life will reveal the mess. Is that you? The book of Acts has displayed for us the story of the early church and it's mission. While we live in a different time, with different challenges, and different questions, the gospel remains the same. This week we will unfold the story of Paul's time before Agrippa the King. His family had been a brutal enemy of Christ and his followers. What would Paul say? I encourage you to take a few minutes to read through Acts 25-26 and get yourself familiar with the account before Sunday.
Paul On Trial: Agrippa
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.” -- Acts 26:28-29 (ESV) Most of the time we are silent and imprisoned in a maze of self-consciousness. But when we do muster up the courage to speak about our faith, often we are unsure about what to say. We are afraid of an argument or idea that we have never heard of. We think we need every answer. And we fear that they may really look at us. One peek behind the curtain of our life will reveal the mess. Is that you? The book of Acts has displayed for us the story of the early church and it's mission. While we live in a different time, with different challenges, and different questions, the gospel remains the same. This week we will unfold the story of Paul's time before Agrippa the King. His family had been a brutal enemy of Christ and his followers. What would Paul say? I encourage you to take a few minutes to read through Acts 25-26 and get yourself familiar with the account before Sunday.
Paul On Trial: Felix
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.” -- Acts 24:5-8 (ESV) Revolutionary! Cult Leader! Blasphemer! These were charges leveled at Paul by the Jewish establishment lawyers. These weren’t new allegations. The crowd at Thessalonica had called Paul and his companions, ‘men who had turned the world upside down’ (Acts 17:6). Riots and revolution did seem to follow them everywhere. How would Paul respond? Would he come out with guns blazing and scripture flying? Would he respond like Christ at his trial by being silent? How would you respond? What if your life hung in the balance? This week we will look at Acts 24 and Paul’s trial before Felix. This passage gives a view into how Paul saw himself and his relationship to the secular government, to the religious establishment, and to God. I encourage you to take a few minutes before Sunday morning and read it through.
Gospels, Church, Mission
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Coming into the NT. How does the Story come together? Who is the one we were looking for?
A Theology of Crappy Things
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. - James 1:17-18 (ESV) The grace of God is a beautiful truth. When we realize what God has done for us it can be overwhelming. But when we encounter difficulty and tragedy, our rest and awe of the grace of God can grow dim. How do we continue to see God’s grace even in the difficulties of life? As we come together this week we will consider God’s good gifts to us by looking at James 1. I’m excited to have Jon Wymer open up God’s word to us. Jon has joined us for the last few months. He is here on temporary assignment to the Redstone Arsenal. But in civilian life he is the pastor of York EV Free Church in York, Nebraska. It's been great to get to know him. I’m looking forward to what he shares with us.
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