Sermons on Service

The Greatest Servant

Sermon text: John 13:12-17 All four gospels recount Jesus’ time with the disciples the night before His crucifixion. But only John records Jesus washing the disciples’ feet while they were in the upper room. It was an unheard of act for a Jewish man, especially one with Jesus’ credentials. Yet He humbled Himself to wash the feet of His followers. In so doing, Jesus taught a valuable lesson about servanthood.

Connecting for the Kingdom

Sermon text: Ephesians 4:11-16 This first sermon in the series “More Than Checking the Boxes” looks at why being part of a regular Bible study matters. A follower of Jesus Christ should be a lifelong student of His Word. To that end, Jesus designed His church to lead believers toward Christian maturity.

Doing It God’s Way

Sermon text: Judges 7:1-22 In this last sermon of our three week study of Gideon, the climactic battle with Midian occurs. Though it isn’t much of a battle. Instead of using conventional methods, Gideon is led by God to take a very different direction. Israel is given a great victory by God, and we can learn some important lessons. First, when we do it God’s way, God is the One who receives the glory. Second, God will encourage us along…

When God Calls, Part 2

Sermon text: Judges 6:25-35 In the second sermon of the series on Gideon, we focus on stepping out when called. Gideon’s experience shows that there are a number of real possibilities when a believer heeds God’s call. Changes may be needed, either internal or external. Furthermore, one’s commitment to God could put them at odds with others. On the other hand, some people may actually be attracted to the mission God has ordained.

When God Calls

Sermon text: Judges 6:11-16 God calls people to do all sorts of things. The call could be to a whole new life pursuit or to a short assignment. Regardless of the length or difficulty of the call, God will always be there leading and equipping. Yet we often push back against His call at first blush. God’s call to Gideon shows us some of the ways we do this.

We Can Help

Sermon text: 1 Peter 2:17 In the midst of a fractured world, Christians have an opportunity to bring people together. We have the message of hope that so many need to hear. But the church must separate itself from the rampant shrillness that marks so much of modern discourse. Instead we must value people the way that God does. We must love our fellow Christians. We must fear God and get in line with His plan. And we must give…

A Clean Break

Sermon text: Ephesians 4:17-24 The default human condition is alienation from God. This life is marked by spiritual blindness and an appetite for all sorts of sinful thoughts and actions. Someone surrendered to Christ should no longer have these characteristics. Instead, believers should be holy and righteous.

Defining Moments

Sermon text: Esther 4:10-5:4 We all face challenges in life. Some of these situations can seem too big to overcome. Queen Esther faced a life-threatening predicament of her own. How God led her through that defining moment in her life teaches us how to approach our own tough times.

The Difference

Sermon text: Matthew 5:13-16 Early in His Sermon on the Mount Jesus challenges His followers to impact the world. He tells us that we are to be salt and light to a lost and dying generation. This speaks to what we do and why we do it. We must be different than those who don’t know Jesus as their Lord. And when they see the difference, we can lead them to a saving knowledge of Jesus as well.

Lessons from a Donkey

Sermon text: Mark 11:1-11 On the first Palm Sunday Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. This was in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. We really don’t consider the donkey much in the whole panorama of the triumphal entry narratives. But we can learn a lot from this humble animal used by our Lord.