Today is the day we all have been waiting for. It is the day God offers us a reset by his mercy and grace. In this sermon, we take the perspective of someone sitting in the sanctuary as Isaiah 61 is read to us. We wrestle with the weight of Jesus’ words: “Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” We discusses what those words meant to the people then and what they mean to us now. Its implications are further reaching and more costly than we’d expect.
Nothing is ever as it seems at a wedding. There is always something happening behind the scenes. In John 2, there is a problem hidden behind the scenes of a wedding. Without transformation many lives will be changed forever. In this sermon we explore the way God transforms the world and how we can partner with Him.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not limited by what limits us. Paul refers to this as the “mystery of the Gospel.” It is something that is hidden from us in plain sight. Once it has been revealed, however, it changes the way we see everything else. In this sermon, we discover the ways in which the Gospel seems to be limited. In doing so, we encounter a whole new Gospel that we never knew existed. It is a Gospel that is not limited by what limits us.
Christmas comes at us like a trap (financial, relational, schedule, and emotional). When we become trapped by the most insignificant things of Christmas we will miss the most significant one. In this significant trap we will either fall into the sin of pride (signifcance) or the sin of insignificance. The story of Christmas reminds us that when Christ came He did not come from a significant place or family. Rather, he came from the most insignificant ones. The message of Christmas is this: God has a significant purpose for people trapped in insignificant places.
The Lord, our God, is in our midst. Have you seen Him? When life is not merry and bright, God’s presence can become eclipsed from our lives. In this sermon, we are reminded that an eclipse does not determine existence. Rather, God is with us in ways we cannot always see or know. But, we can still experience the joy of the Lord by rejoicing in His presence.
What if Christ did not come? What if Christmas did not happen? For many of us, we know all to well what it is like when Christ does not come. Life is absent of love. It is full of wickedness and evil. We feel forgotten. It in this middle of this that Malachi receive a dream of a White Christmas…that Christ will come! This is Good News for some and Bad News for others; both of which have implications for us today.