A few years ago we tried something new that just didn’t work out. I have decided to spare you the details but we made a few slideshow presentation videos and since I never throw anything away the ones we produced still exist on YouTube.
As we begin Holy Week here is a sermon titled “The Gospel Changes Things” with scripture texts and images. To share the Gospel is why Jesus came into the world. The Church has the potential to do a lot of good in the world but above all else sharing this message is what we are called to.
In preparation for the Passion week and Easter, I’ve been preaching a series of sermons on things that Jesus said. Before we started, a 4-part series seemed like a lot. Now I almost wish we had started in January!
Most of these are taken from the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. They all try to cover too much ground for a single sermon, but let’s be honest: Jesus said some good stuff! I hope you enjoy.
Here’s a couple of posts that have been getting increased traffic this week what with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend and all. Hopefully no preacher is looking for material at this late date but hey, I’m not here to judge.
This Mother’s Day Sermon was written in response to some gripes, actually. What many are looking for on Sunday morning, even mothers in the crowd, is the Gospel. Many in the crowd, including a few mothers, don’t want to hear another man read Proverbs 31 and tell them what biblical womanhood looks like.
A year later Instead of a Mother’s Day Sermon I preached about relationships. God is relational and a relationship with his people is what he most desires. Each relationship we develop, including with our mother/ with our children, helps us understand some aspect of what our relationship with God is like.
I talked to my mother yesterday, but will not see her on this Mother’s Day. She called to say my card arrived and that she enjoyed the Easter pics of her granddaughter. Her birthday is in a couple of weeks, and we’ll get there in plenty of time for that.
Last Wednesday I asked the question “Would Jesus burn a Koran?” I was responding to recent events in the news regarding Terry Jones and his Gainesville, FL church. Jones and company will be hosting Burn a Koran Day on September 11th, marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.
That post was somewhat stream of conscience as I worked through the issues and hoped we would all arrive at the same conclusion. I have worked those ideas into a sermon, with more focus on exactly what Jesus would do and why. The major points are:
In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches us to live counter-culturally. He speaks on anger, retaliation, going the extra mile, turning the other cheek, and the golden rule. Continue reading →
Last year I read a rant from a woman that refused to listen to one more preacher read Proverbs 31 and tell her how to be a godly woman. Right or wrong, she made a couple of good points. 1) She has a good teaching pastor that opened the Bible each week, delivered a solid scripture-based sermon and shared the Gospel. Mother’s Day each year turns into a one hour Hallmark card. 2) There are those in the church who may have lost a parent, or a child, or perhaps are disappointed they cannot become parents. Honoring mothers can be especially painful for those that have tried and failed. And we personally know what that’s like. So, here is the sermon I preached on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010.
God is relational. He seeks a relationship with his people, who in a general sense are all his children. Let’s begin with the relationship of marriage. Continue reading →
As I began preparing to preach on Mother’s Day, I searched the internet just to see what other preachers would be doing that day. What I ended up reading instead was a blogpost and comment thread about how most woman are unhappy with the Mother’s Day sermons they’ve heard in the past. Some felt the day should not be celebrated in church at all, while others thought the church should recognize mothers in some way and then the pastor should preach his message. More than a couple of commenters said that whatever text he was using, what they wanted to hear preached was the gospel! Amen to that. The general consensus was that too often the Mother’s Day sermon comes off as “light” and that wasn’t what the church needed. Continue reading →
At the end of Matthew’s Gospel (28:16-20) Jesus gives his disciples the Great Commission. In Mark’s account (16:15), Jesus commands the disciples to “preach the gospel to all creation.” This was the first verse I ever memorized as a child. In the King James it reads “to every creature.” The wording in Matthew is a little different. We’re not just to preach the gospel, we are to make disciples. What’s the difference? Continue reading →
Today that is the question. We clearly read in scripture where God has ordained certain events to take place. God establishes thrones and kingdoms on the earth, to serve in certain instances, as instruments he uses to bring about his righteous judgment, or at other times to show his mighty hand. He is the Lord of history. But.. what about free will? If humanity has the will to choose for himself, how does God predestine historical events? That my friend is the right question.
Okay, I’m going to cheat. I’m not exactly going to answer these quesitons, but give you some useful information as you work it out. In Genesis chp. 50, Joseph tells his brothers “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many peopleshould be kept alive, as they are today.” They had evil in their heart when they sold Joseph into slavery, but God used it to bring about his purpose and plan.
Consider this passage from Acts 2:23 “this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” God’s plan of salvation called for Jesus to die as a sacrifice. The evil men of the first century, whom Peter is preaching to in Acts, carried out God’s plan in order to bring salvation.
Man does what he wants; God gets what he wants.
Let’s try something new. Below is video of this sermon being preached on Sunday, May 18th. Sorry about the sound quality. This is my first attempt at uploading digital video. (The video made me nervous; I’m normally a better public speaker than a writer.)