It is fitting that today’s sermon is Pastor Dan’s last sermon at Stonebridge Church. Last week Dan talked about Elders; this week his focus turned on the Pastors or Teaching Elders of the church. What Paul says to Timothy about their remuneration, how and when they should be disciplined, and in importance of recognizing those truly called to this work.
Pastor Dan has faithfully served Stonebridge Church for over three years and we pray God’s blessing on he and his wife, Beth, as they move into another area of service.
The word ‘only’ is an important word in the Bible. It clarifies many things, particularly about who Jesus is. Jesus is the only mediator between man and God. Why does Jesus qualify for this unique, special office or calling? In his Sunday sermon, Pastor Dan pointed out some very specific qualification or attributes of Jesus which made him “the unique one”.
The second Sunday of Advent Pastor Dan explores on of the best known and well loved ‘songs’ in all Scripture: Mary’s Song which we also know as the “Magnificat”. Mary’s entire being erupting in adoration, in wonder, in praise, in glorifying the Lord of Hosts who has blessed not only she- a humble peasant teenager -but who brings down the proud and lifts us those humble human beings who look to Him.
This first Sunday of Advent pastor Dan shifted our attention slightly from looking back to when Jesus came, to the encouragement the apostle Paul gave the Corinthian church in his first epistle to them. They had all kinds of issues but Paul wrote words of encouragement. Why? Because Paul knew that the God who provided redemption and salvation through Jesus first coming, was able and willing to complete that work in time and eternity.
It feels like being a “generous giver” is an accepted mantra of Christianity. In today’s sermon, Pastor Dan sheds light on a text that perhaps comes at the teaching of generous giving from a slightly different perspective than you might think. The apostle Paul is challenging the Corinthian church not to forget their promised generosity. The reason why? Well, it might surprise you, so take a listen and find out!
Three years with his disciples; now Jesus is departing and there will be a paradigm shift. In Acts 1, Luke reports how Jesus in his last days on earth called the disciples to a mission, he encouraged them not to drift away from that mission and he clarified why it was so necessary for him to leave. We can take away some important principles for our church today, as Pastor Dan shared in his sermon.
How are we to relate to where we live? We get a pretty good sense when we read Jeremiah. The Jews were ‘captives’ in Babylon- a representation of the God-hating world -yet Jeremiah encourages them to… ‘ settle down… plant gardens and eat the produce…give your sons and daughters in marriage… have grandchildren…’ . They were also to seek and pray for the prosperity and peace of Babylon. Wow, what a command! And is there a lesson for us today? You bet. Listen to Pastor Dan’s sermon and find out!
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.