Sermon Archives

Pastor Matt
January 1, 2017

New thing

New thing

What we learned throughout Advent is that Christ’s coming changes things and moves us from brokenness to wholeness. The prophet Isaiah reminds the Israelites (and us) that God is a deliverer. God is also in the business of making things new (me, you, heaven and earth, all of creation) and doing new things, so we […]

December 18, 2016

Joseph

Joseph

Nothing that Mary or Joseph has done, and nothing they could ever do, can earn the favor they’ve received from God as the chosen parents of Jesus Christ. Their “worthiness” is not determined by anything they’ve done. God chooses, over and over again in scripture, to work through people who seem completely unworthy. They are […]

December 4, 2016

Want vs. Hope

Want vs. Hope

We’re called to accept – to “aggressively lay hold of” one another, to help each other see the hope held out to us in scripture. The Bible is full of accounts of broken people who screw up repeatedly, but it all points to the remedy, the solution, in Jesus Christ. We’re all in the same […]

November 27, 2016

From Rage to Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace

From Rage to Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace

“Advent” is a coming or arrival. It’s a season of to be reminded of the hopeful expectation of the coming of Christ, the Messiah, the Deliverer. It’s also a season of movement – movement from wherever we are to where God is calling us and movement from brokenness to wholeness. One of the most common […]

November 13, 2016

Mission starts at the Cross

Mission starts at the Cross

In John 11, Jesus calls Lazarus out of a tomb, raising him from death to life and inviting the bystanders to participate – freeing Lazarus from his grave clothes so that he could put on new life. This miraculous sign caused the religious leaders to start plotting to kill Jesus. Their focus is completely misplaced. […]

November 6, 2016

Jesus Washing Feet

Jesus Washing Feet

Up to this point in the Gospel of John, the writer has painted a picture for us of Jesus, the light, who came into the world to bring life. Now, in chapters 13-17, the writer shows us how God loves us, beginning here in chapter 13 with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. He does it […]

October 30, 2016

Feeding the 5,000

Feeding the 5,000

Jesus sits down to teach and, once again, starts with a question that seems ridiculous. “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” Six months’ wages wouldn’t be enough to feed all of those people, and he knows it. But, the disciples bring what they have, which isn’t even theirs to begin […]

October 23, 2016

The Man at the Pool

The Man at the Pool

Jesus, as he approaches the man at the pool at Bethesda, knows this man’s condition and asks, “Do you want to be made well?” It’s a simple, and yet extremely important, yes or no question. The man responds with the reason he believes it is impossible for him to get well. It was a yes […]

October 2, 2016

Jesus & Nicodemus

Jesus & Nicodemus

Nicodemus, much like most of us, is probably afraid of what others think of him, so he comes to Jesus under the cover of night. Nicodemus, much like all of us, is in need of re-making. The important thing is he comes to Jesus, and Jesus doesn’t accuse or ridicule him. After all, “God did […]

September 25, 2016

Wine and Whip

Wine and Whip

It isn’t about the wine. It isn’t about the whip. What does Jesus do? He shows up in real life; he takes something normal and replaces it with something extraordinary – the best! “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but […]

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