May seem an obvious question to be asking: Who is Jesus? But just as the crowds in Jerusalem were asking that Palm Sunday, Pastor Jim suggested that we, too, should ask if we really know and live as if Jesus is who he is.
Lots of time spend looking forward to Christmas day; the preparations, the anticipation, etc. Well enough, but now what? Pastor Jim walks us through the 2nd Chapter of St Matthew’s gospel which reveals an amazing story; at least as fascinating as what let up to the birth of Christ.
Not quite Palm Sunday, but Pastor Jim’s sermon was fantastic on the subject! Wow! Almost unbelievable how God/Jesus made history come together that last week of Jesus’ earthly life.
As Jesus preached to good new of the kingdom to the crowds in Judea and Galilee, many, if not all, had tons of issues just like people do today. Yet Jesus did not look at them accusingly, but with compassion. Sure, they should have chosen better; sure they should not have continued with their bad habits. But Jesus saw their need and reached out in compassion. Healing them. Teaching them. Loving them.
You can have a lot of things right; be in the right place; be with the right people… but you might still not really ‘be ready’. In the parable in Matthew 25 10 virgins were had so much in common, yet only 5 entered the chamber of the bridegroom for the wedding celebration. 5 others were told: “I don’t know you.” They were not really ready. Are we? This is the question Pastor Tim Whalen asks us in today’s sermon.
God’s vision for the church has always been the same; expressed in various ways, but the same vision, nonetheless. One way of looking at this vision is through the perspective of the “Six Greats”: the great promise, the great commandment, the great commission, the great witness, the great mission and the great multiplication. Pastor Dan walks us through this in today’s sermon.
Pastor Dan continues his series on the Kingdom of God.
“Hear then the parable of the sower. “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” (Mat 13:18-23) Continue reading The Secrets of the Kingdom, Part 2 – Matt 13:18-23 (Sonnenberg)
We have discovered over the course of Pastor Dan’s current sermon series- The Kingdom of God -that there is perhaps quite a bit more to this subject than many of us knew. This week Pastor Dan talks about the “secrets” of this kingdom.
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Continue reading The Secrets of the Kingdom, Part 1- Matt 13:10-23 (Sonnenberg)