Some sins appear, at least superficially, to be more easily avoided than others. Think of murder or adultery; these seem to be pretty ordinal. You either commit them or you don’t.* But when the Bible commands us to “put away anger”, hmm, that presents a real problem for us. Anger is an emotion every human being experiences. And every human responds to that emotion, or lives out that emotion is some fashion or another. So what to do? For one, you can listen to Randy’s talk about it.
Randy Meyers draws the attention of the congregation to what may not be the most well-known event of Genesis, but arguably one which most explicitly foreshadows the work of Jesus on the Cross. Randy’s hope is that it will lead us to desire to respond to the testing of our faith in a way that grows our confidence in God’s promises.
Last time Randy Meyers preached he taught on the message preached by John the Baptizer: Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. Today, Randy shifted his focus to how Jesus continued in the same vein- Repent, and believe the gospel!
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.