Sermons on Nature of being a Christian

Sermons on Nature of being a Christian

May 5: We Love One Another

  May 5: 6th Sunday of Easter This is the second sermon of a 2-part series entitled “How Shall We Love?” The night before his death, Jesus gave his Disciples a “new” commandment: to love one another. This naturally begs the question, What does this love look like? This short series will only begin to unpack what active love looks like. Today’s worship theme is Loving as the key to joy. The main point is that joy comes from abiding…

April 28: We Bear Fruit

  April 28: 5th Sunday of Easter This is the first sermon of a 2-part series entitled “How Shall We Love?” The night before his death, Jesus gave his Disciples a “new” commandment: to love one another. This naturally begs the question, What does this love look like? This short series will only begin to unpack what active love looks like. Today’s worship theme is living to glorify God, not self. The main point is that the best fruit we…

April 14: Look Who’s Smiling!

  April 14 – 3rd Sunday of Easter Other sermons in this series“Depths of Love” #1: Union with Christ #2: Look Who’s Smiling (this sermon) Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-7 Here’s a question: What makes God smile? What brings the Lord happiness and joy? One of my favorite artistic renderings of Jesus is this. It’s commonly known as Laughing Jesus. Taking a cue from this painting, here’s a similar rendering of Jesus. And another one. I like these paintings of…

April 7: Union With Christ

  April 7 – 2nd Sunday of Easter Other sermons in this series“Depths of Love” #1: Union with Christ (this sermon) #2: Look Who’s Smiling Scripture: 1 John 1:1-2:2 On my way to work this past Wednesday morning I did something a bit foolish and stupid, all because I wasn’t fully consciously engaged in what I was doing. I was the second car at a red light, waiting to turn left onto Pinegrove Ave. At some point, my mind went…

March 17: Whoever Serves

  March 17 – 5th Sunday of Lent Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves (this sermon) #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) Scripture: John 12:20-33 I was talking with a young couple this week who got engaged at a Franky Avalon concert. But not just at the concert, it happened onstage during the concert. And Franky…

Feb 25: For the Sake of the Gospel

  Feb 25 – 2nd Sunday of Lent Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel (this sermon) #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) You’ve probably heard it said, “I should’ve left home when I was 13 and I knew everything!” What parent hasn’t been accused by their teenager of being utterly clueless about teen-aged…

Feb 18: Trust While Tossed

  Feburary 18 – First Sunday of Lent Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed (this sermon) #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 A lot of people use the daily devotional Jesus Calling. Each devotion is written using the voice of Jesus, as if it’s Jesus speaking the words on the page to the…

Feb 4: What Is My Ministry?

  February 4: 5th Sunday after Epiphany Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 and Mark 1:29-39 Over the course of life, each of us has far more experiences than we could possibly remember. They probably number in the millions if you include the most mundane experiences, such as washing your hands or turning on the television. Some of them we do so often or are so common that we don’t even realize they’re happening. But there are other occurrences that stick with…

January 21: The Hilly Road Leads to Life

  January 21 – Wesley Covenant Renewal Service Scripture: Mark 1:14-20 Go to: Wesley Covenant Renewal Service (written liturgy) [17:00 minute mark in the above video] Have you ever heard the philosophical query, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is one bite at a time. One online source attributes this question to Desmond Tutu, who famously asked this question when talking about how one goes about facing large challenges. An elephant, obviously a large animal, is eaten one…

Jan 7: “Are We There Yet?”

  January 7 – Baptism of the Lord Sunday Scriptures: Mark 1:4-11; Acts 19:1-10 Growing up, our family drove to Florida at least once a year to visit my Grandpa and Grandma Wilson. The first day of driving wasn’t so bad. For one thing, we had adrenalin working for us. But mostly, during that first day, we always seemed to be flying as we made it through four states—Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee—and then stopping in a fifth, Georgia. Ticking…