We were so pleased to have a former Stonebridge Elder preaching for us today! Randy’s topic “Repentance” has been a subject of both our adult discipleship class and also the Women’s Thursday Bible study. Randy’s focus was on John the baptizer and his message “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” And that message is a appropriate to listeners in 2021 as it was in the day John preached it.
Faith. Belief. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? As most of us admit, we struggle to have faith when we can’t see the outcome. When we struggle to make sense of our world and lives. Randy Meyers shares his own story about his cry for God to help his unbelief. Its a story that makes the gospel account from Mark 9 really come to life.
The Transfiguration of Jesus. ?? What is this all about? Our Ruling Elder, Randy Meyers, takes us on a short journey to explore why this story is in the gospels at all. In isolation it might not seem to fit as well as we might think. But understood in context, Randy certainly helps put this event into the important place that all the writers of the gospels wanted it to have. You will understand why if you listen to the sermon yourself.
Jesus talked about having the faith of a mustard seed… small faith we might call it. Very well. But Randy Meyers reminded us today that God also calls us to “large faith”. Growing faith. A faith that moves men and women to believe and do great things for God. Randy shares four stories that illustrate this challenge.
“The Gate between Peril and God’s Power”
Hebrews 11:1-13. 1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. Continue reading A Growing Faith- Heb 11:1-13 (Meyers)
I could argue that today’s sermon was equally suited for the first Sunday of a new year, but in any event, Randy challenged us to really consider what God’s will for Stonebridge Church might really be. (Hint: our ‘comfort’ was not a part of that description.) Randy’s interpretation also shed light on Colossians and that it might better be understood as written to the entire church, as opposed to us individually. You will benefit if you listen, so here’s the link.
Randy Meyers shared Sunday from Philippians 1 – not a passage you might think of a particularly “Christmas”. But it was “Christmasy” enough, and to also say it was very encouraging would be an understatement. I hope you will were encouraged and filled with anticipation as you prepare for Christmas this year. And if you were not able to be with us, you can the link below to listen – its there just for you!
Do bad things happen to good people? In our second to last in our Genesis series, Randy Meyers shows us that the “bad” that happened to Joseph- and there was a lot of bad -was actually God’s intentional plan… “You meant if for evil, but God meant it for good, to save many souls alive…” Oh, that we would have such and attitude when we face “things” in our lives. (Sorry, no recording this week. We had some technical difficulties.)
A name can reveal more than you might think. Consider the name “Jacob”: it conjures up thoughts of deceiver, slippery, trickster. Yet in the Genesis story of Jacob, we see one of the Patriarchs of the faith as one in need of God’s grace – exactly as we are today. Ruling Elder Randy Meyers makes an engaging case. Listen online if you missed being with us Sunday morning.