Sermons of 2021

December 26 – The Struggles of those involved in Bringing us Jesus

Scripture(s): Focus – Luke 2:1-12; Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2

Our lives are full of struggles.  It is easy when we think about the beauty of the nativity to forget that those people had struggles too.  Yet, we all know how we respond when God is doing a new thing among us.

December 19 – The Shadows of Christmas

Scripture(s): Luke 2:25-35; Matthew 2:16-18

When we are seeking God diligently, we are surprised by shadows. We read of the hope and the joy of the Christian life, and we can start to assume that the joy we are promised removes the struggles. That is happiness, not joy. The joy we are promised does not remove the struggles, it overcomes them. We even see it in the first Christmas.

December 12 – The Sacrifices of Mary

Scripture(s): Luke 1 26-40

Let us consider the cost Mary was willing to pay to be a part of God’s story.  Let us note her cost and then ask if we treat God with the same worth.

December 5 – Surprised by God’s Call

Scripture(s): Luke 1 5-25; 57-66

Do you think the parents of John the Baptist struggled like we do? Were they human?  Did they have doubts and struggles with God’s call on their life?  Let’s look and learn today about God’s working in their lives, and how they responded to Him.  

November 28 – Christ’s Gift, Our Giving

Guest Speaker – Al Pietsch

Dominant Thought: In Jesus we have a life to live which should be shown in how we give.

November 21 – Pray!

Scripture(s): 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Paul starts his good doctrine section to Timothy with this simple command from Jesus – pray! It isn’t complicated or difficult. Prayer becomes difficult when God’s people struggle appreciating its value. God’s call to pray reminds us of this: God is passionate about the souls of people.

November 14 – When We Fight for Grace, What is At Stake?

Scripture(s):1 Timothy 1:18-20

There are three things that the Bible declares are hard to “hype”… 1. The horrible nature and consequence of sin. 2. The glory and majesty of God. 3. The profound importance of the simple gospel of grace. God urges us in our passage today to fight for the simple gospel of grace because life depends upon it.

November 7 – God’s Patient Love

Scripture(s): 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Personal testimonies have the ability to do more than just tell about our past. They have the ability to shine on the goodness and glory of Jesus. Paul’s testimony does this. Paul’s testimony shows us why he always points us to Christ as the source of any goodness Paul had.

October 31 – Why the Law?

Scripture(s): 1 Timothy 1:8-11

Human laws are written because of specific problems. Some are obvious. Some appear silly. The silly laws remind us that following the law doesn’t automatically make a person good. Sometimes we get confused by that. We are confused because we have confused law keeping with being good. We need to be clear about what makes a person good.

October 24 -Keeping our Eye on the Ball

Scripture(s): 1 Timothy 1:1-7

At some point in our history we started making following Jesus synonymous with simply knowing about Him. When Jesus called the disciples, He called them in order to make them, “fishers of men.” That calling has not changed. He calls us to become like Him. That means growing more not just knowing more.

October 17 – Count the Cost

Scripture(s): Luke 14:25-33; John 6:66; Matthew 10:24-25; John 13:14-15; 15:20-21

Life in America is just soft enough that we don’t often have to wrestle with the question of cost as we are beginning our relationship with God in Christ. This means that if we run from this question because it is hard or uncomfortable then even small challenges to our faith become temptations to compromise our faith. Can we honestly say that we are ready for the big challenges?

October 10 – The Unexpected Source of Christian Conviction

Scripture(s): Romans 8:1-8; 1 Peter 3:13-15; Hebrews 4:11-13; 1 Peter 1:14-16, 22-23; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Real conviction comes when we do what Joshua challenged the Israelites to do: choose this day whom you will serve. As believers in Christ that only comes when we consistently choose to live our lives in the Spirit.

October 3 – Live by Faith in the One Who Has Saved You

Scripture(s): Revelation 3:14-22; 2 Corinthians 4, 6; Luke 9:23-26; Romans 12; Galatians 2:20; Romans 1:16-17

The unexpected happens. That is what we are talking about this month. When the unexpected happens and we are not accustomed to walking in Biblical faith, we will not know what to do.

September 26 – Live in the Grace Received

Scripture(s): Romans 12:9-21

Romans 12 is a very practical chapter in the midst of a very deeply theological book. Why is it so practical? It is practical because grace is practical. It is practical because living out the grace we have received is essential and so easy to talk ourselves out of.

September 19 – Saul then David – Christ is the Chief Stone

Scripture(s): 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (other assorted verses)

This is what the comparison between Saul and David does. It shows what it looks like for God to truly be treated as King in a person’s life.

September 12 – Judges – When Sin Reigns

Judges 1-2; Romans 6:12-23

When we are warned about sin, many times our understanding of sin’s consequences is simplistic.  However, sin does not just have one consequence.  It has many.

September 5 – Moses – The Glory of Christ (Part 2)

Scripture(s): Acts 7:17-53; John 3:12-15; John 5:45-47; John 6:32-33, 47-51; John 6:47-51; Romans 9:14-24; Romans 10:5-11, 19; 1 Corinthians 10:1-12; Hebrews 3:1-13; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Hebrews 12:18-29

Paul says in Philippians that every knee shall bow to Jesus. He says in Ephesians that Jesus is He who fills all in all. These statements are familiar to us. Are they more than slogans to us?

August 29 – Moses – The Glory of Christ (Part 1)

Scripture(s): Acts 7:17-53; John 3:12-15; John 5:45-47; John 6:32-33, 47-51; John 6:47-51; Romans 9:14-24; Romans 10:5-11, 19; 1 Corinthians 10:1-12; Hebrews 3:1-13; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Hebrews 12:18-29

Paul says in Philippians that every knee shall bow to Jesus. He says in Ephesians that Jesus is He who fills all in all. These statements are familiar to us. Are they more than slogans to us?

August 22 – Faith – Knowing that God Takes You Through

Scripture(s): Genesis 37:2-11; 37:12-28; 39:5-20; 40:9-15; 23- 41:1Genesis 50:17-20; 1 Peter 4:12-19

Jacob’s son Joseph knew something about following God through suffering.  He experienced it.  We aren’t told when, but at some point he learned something that helped him in his time of suffering.  It is a lesson that gives hope in our faith in our times of suffering.

August 15 – Jacob, God Pursues Us

Scripture(s): Genesis 28:10-22

God’s love for you is extravagant. It does not always make sense to our sensible way of thinking.  However, that is how love truly is. Just how far will God go to reach your heart?

August 8 – Abraham, The Life of Faith

Scripture(s): Genesis 12:1-4

Many people declare that they believe in God.  Many also say that they have faith.  However, we must remember that faith must be built with the right material.  If it is not, our faith will not stand.

August 1 – Noah, God’s Grace When Life is Bad

Scripture(s): Genesis 6-7(and assorted verses)

There is a commonality between all salvation testimonies. That commonality is our awareness of sin. Yet, we so often run from God when we discover we are sinning. Perhaps we do so because we misunderstand grace. We make it something that God is forced to do. By looking again at God’s interaction with Noah, we see grace is something God longs to do.

July 25 – Jesus, Jesus How I Trust Him

Genesis 2-3

The Old Testament has an overarching purpose – to tell us about Christ. It tells us who He is directly through the prophets. Through God’s redeeming history with people like us we discover who He must be to us .

July 18 – Don’t Give Up on One Another

Scripture: James 5:19-20

When we think about investing ourselves in a struggling Christian’s life, do we ever pause and wonder if it is worth it?  Are we tempted to give up on one another? Are we ever tempted to give up on the body of Christ? We need to think deeply about refusing to give up.

July 11 – Using Our Words Well By Praying

Scripture(s): James 5:13-18

In the area of prayer, living out our faith is pretty straightforward. Talking about prayer is not faith.  Reading books on prayer is not faith.  What will show that we believe in the power of prayer?  Praying.

July 4 – The Importance of Words

Scripture(s): James 5:12

Our words are very important to God.  He says in Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Even words we don’t necessarily mean matter. This means that we better use our words carefully.

June 27 – Good Words for Hard Times

Scripture: James 5:7-11

The world paints two pictures of how we are to think of life. In our advertisements it presents a life of bliss  that comes from buying that next great thing. In our philosophical rhetoric the world presents a life of warfare in which you are either a guilty oppressor or a suffering victim. I want to know, are those really our only choices: live in bliss or horrendous warfare? It’s no wonder so many live discouraged and defeated lives. God offers a different view of the ups and downs of life that leads us to truly understand life and His work in it.

June 20 – Guest Speaker Warren Jernstad

June 13 – What’s The Big Deal about Stuff?

Scripture: James 5:1-6

When we think about investments, the most important principle is trust.  The only reason people make a financial investment in a company is they trust that the company will be worth their investment.  As believers in Christ, we must ask the same question.  Is what we trust worth that trust?

June 6 – Leave God Out OR Bring Him In?

Scripture(s): James 4:13-17

It is not always easy to separate planning for the future from leaving God out of our plans. They look so similar. In James 4, God gives us the direction we need to stop leaving God out of our lives.

May 30 – Judging Others

Scripture(s): James 4:11-12

Judging people is not about declaring an action good or evil. It isn’t even about confronting sin. Judging people happens when we declare by direct statement or how we treat a person that they (not their action) are evil and thus unacceptable. When we treat someone as ‘unclean’ because of something they have done we are judging them.  God has not only told us not to do this, but He also tells us why.

May 23 – Submission as the Way to God’s Wisdom

Scripture: James 4:4-10

Satan so tempts us to embrace a faith (and a life) that is a poor substitute for real faith or real life. Knowing this, how do we get to where God truly wants us? The answer James gives is not popular today. The answer is submission.

May 16 – When the Conflict is Us

Scripture(s): James 3:13-18

James makes immediate application to the truth that we must honestly pursue the wisdom of God. When we struggle with others we are tempted to think that the source of the conflict is the problem in front of us. Sometimes we blame the other person completely. Yet, God points out that the source of our conflicts can be inside us!

May 9 – The Incredible Value of Women

Scripture(s): 2 Timothy 1:1-5 (Acts 16:1-3); Ruth; Hannah; Jehoshaba

I know of no group that judges themselves harsher than women. I know very few women who act proud. I know of no women who believe they never make mistakes. I know many women who doubt their worth. Yet the Bible is full of examples of women who have made profound contributions into the lives of others.

May 2 – Counterfeit Wisdom Just Doesn’t Work

Scripture(s): James 3:13-18

When we talk about living for God we need to address the fact that we can short-circuit discipleship in our life.  We short-circuit discipleship when we put God’s activity into our lives but not His thoughts.  We need to think His thoughts after Him. This caring about God’s opinion is the beginning of wisdom.

April 25 – Solving the Tongue Problem

Scripture(s): James 3:6-12

The Proverbs say that the wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands. How do we do that? We do it by claiming we believe one thing and then regularly doing the opposite. We see this most often in how we use our words.

April 18 – Value What God Values

Scripture(s): James 3:1-5

Matthew 12:35  “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 36  “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

April 11 – As Good as Promised (part 2)

Scripture(s): John 20:1-28

The resurrection is the pivotal event of the gospel of Jesus. In it we can see the approval of God upon the sacrifice of His Son. It the resurrection we also see a profound power that calls us to respond.

April 4 – As Good as Promised (part 1)

John 20:1-28

The resurrection is the pivotal event of the gospel of Jesus. In it we can see the approval of God upon the sacrifice of His Son. In the resurrection we also see a profound power that calls us to respond.

March 28 – The Cross, God’s Love Proclaimed

Scripture(s): Romans 5:6-11

We struggle with value. We struggle with valuing ourselves. We struggle with truly valuing others. God doesn’t.

March 21 – The Necessary Proof of Faith

Scripture(s): James 2:14-26

To some, faith is an enigma or an untouchable substance like air. The Scriptures, however, declare that Christian faith can be seen touched and felt. In other words, if you have faith, it should be obvious.

March 14 – What Sin Attacks

Scripture: James 2:8-13

When we talk about solutions to specific sins, it is easy to be overwhelmed by sin after sin.  However, understanding our sin problem as a whole gives us wisdom in dealing with each individual sin.

March 7 – Living in Grace (A Warning)

Scripture(s): James 2:1-7

Everyone wants the blessing of God.  However, there is a right way and a wrong way to seek that blessing.  James identifies a common shortcut that we can be tempted by.  He then challenges us to a better way.

February 28 – Real Christians Prepare their Hearts

Scripture(s): James 1:19-27

In our lives we must make sure that we are truly ready to receive the blessing of God.  That preparation is not by making our houses and barns bigger to hold the stuff.  The preparation is not by planning what we will do with the blessings when they come.  The preparation we need is to make the heart ready to be used by God.

February 21 – Spoiled Pleasure

Scripture(s): James 1:12-18

Is our problem that we seek to be happy, or is our problem that we settle for happiness that will not last?  Even though these verses  continue to talk about struggles, it is these truths which will truly prepare us to also seek real blessings.

February 14 – A For Attitude

Scripture(s): James 1:9-12

Understanding life and its struggles is more that just putting facts together.  We have to interpret those facts. Where does that interpretation happen? That interpretation happens in the crucible of our attitude.

February 7 – Struggling for the Good

Scripture(s): James 1:1-8

Trials are anything which call to us to depend on Jesus to be our true joy rather than a substitute to push back our fears or helplessness. Trials are anything which sand off our self-centered sins and make us more like Jesus.  Trials are anything that demand for us to respond in faith in order for our response to please Jesus. Quite a pickle, aren’t they?! The only way to know if we will walk in faith is to walk through them.

January 31 – Faith Should Change Us

Scripture(s): James2:14-17

Enjoy this overview of James as we begin our new study of the book of James -Faith in Action!

January 24 – A Primer to Understand the Scripture (part 2 of 2)

Scripture(s): 2 Timothy 2:14-17a

January 17 – A Primer to Understand the Scripture (part 1 of 2)

Scripture(s): 2 Timothy 2:14-17a

The Bible declares to us that all Scripture is inspired by God. This means that the whole Bible gives us what we need to become like Jesus.  Each part of the Bible is a different tool for our growth. Do we know what each tool is good for?

January 10 – What Have We Learned in 2020?

The truths we have seen this year in Scripture are the ones that we need in the crucible of life. They aren’t unusual truths. They are just essential ones.

January 3 – The Christian’s Walk

Scripture(s): 1 Thessalonians 4

Have you ever heard of the Christian walk? This walk is how the Bible describes the commitment of the Christian life. Our special guest, Warren Jernstad shares with us an overview of our Christian walk and the significant choices we make.

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