May 19, 2019 “Jesus for the Underdog”

Sermon Summary – Jesus had a ministry to needy, disadvantaged, and marginalized people. He brought good news and hope to people trapped by sin. He was a voice for the underdog. A disciple of Jesus not only learns form Him, they seek to imitate Him and become like Him. As such, Christians are to be the body of Christ to those in need physically, emotionally and spiritually. As God gives you time, ability and opportunity – ask what Jesus would do if He walked in your circumstances. Be the body of Christ to a hurting world.

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:14-30

May 12, 2019 “Trials Strengthen Us”

Sermon Summary: What’s it take to be spiritually mature and complete? James 1:2-4 tells us trials and testing mature us. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry He was tested and tempted by the devil for 40 days. The devil is a real being, with limited power, who tries to exploit our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. He wants to destroy the good work of God in this world. Jesus resisted Satan’s attacks by appealing to the Bible. If you’re facing a trial right now, trust that God knows what He’s doing. Trust Him to reshape and complete you. He has your best in mind.

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-13

May 5, 2019 “Repentance Produces Fruit”

Sermon Summary – John the Baptist broke a 460-year prophetic silence when God gave him a message of repentance (Luke 3:2). Repentance means to turn from sin. It’s not just going through the motions. Repentance means you acknowledge what you’ve done that’s wrong, you feel sorrow for it, and you change your behavior. There are many things we repent of and turn from. For the growing Christian, repentance never ends. The Holy Spirit continually reveals to us things we need to change. Be encouraged! God is kind and patient with us in the area of repentance (Romans 2:4).

Scripture Reading: Luke 3:1-20

April 28, 2019 “Where Are You at Home?”

Sermon Summary

Summary from Last Sunday: Where Are You At Home?

     Luke is writing an accurate, utterly reliable, account of the life and teachings of Jesus. In the 30 years between Jesus’ birth and his adult ministry years, Luke gives us the only story we have, when Jesus is 12 years old.

     Already, by 12, Jesus had a pretty good grasp of his identity, as God the Father’s Son. This compelled Jesus to be in his Father’s house, and about his Father’s business. Yet Jesus was also an obedient son to Joseph and Mary. He lived in 2 worlds, with 2 homes, and 2 fathers. He had human and divine allegiances, but Jesus’ ultimate allegiance was to his heavenly Father. Christians also have dual allegiances. Are we aware of our identity as God’s child? Are we compelled to be about our Father’s business? If we examined ourselves, deep down on the level of soul, what would we find?

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:41-52

April 21, 2019 “Easter- God’s New Creation”

Sermon Summary: Christianity was, from the first, a resurrection movement. Without the resurrection there would be no church. Resurrection means life after death in a new eternal body. Jesus’ resurrection was the “first fruit” of all who die in Christ.

In addition, Christ’s resurrection on the first day of the week, marked the beginning of God’s new creation. Whatever we do in faith and obedience that reflects God’s kingdom values will last, (I Corinthians 3:11-13). Be encouraged, your labor in the Lord is not in vain (I Corinthians 15:58), in addition to the hope of transformed, resurrection bodies. The resurrection did change everything!

Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31

April 14, 2019 “Godly Wisdom”

Summary –

     In Moses’ parting speech to the Israelites he told them to choose to love God with their mind, personality, desires, and their whole being. Choose to love God who Moses describes as great, a rock, perfect, just, faithful, unable to do wrong, right, our father, our creator, our shield and guard, caring, a jealous protector, angered by sin, and one of a kind.

     Just as Moses was concerned for the spiritual life of the Israelites, may we be concerned for others who don’t follow Christ. Nonbelievers are prisoners of war, the enemy’s captives.

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 32:1-7