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Sermons for June and July 2019

Outer Banks Presbyterian Church

Rev. Dr. Jody Moore

June 9: Acts 2:1-19: On this Pentecost Sunday, we will hear the story of the first Pentecost where the disciples were gathered together and wondering what was next for them.  God sends the Holy Spirit to equip them to spread the Gospel. We will discuss the Holy Spirit and its role in our lives as believers. Pentecost is also the day that the church was established.  We will consider the ways that God has blessed the church in its 2,000 years of existence.

June 16: John 16:12-24: As Jesus is preparing to die and leave behind his disciples, he promises to leave them the Holy Spirit.  Jesus also explains how God will turn their crying and pain into joy. Whenever we have a need, Jesus simply reminds us to come to God in prayer and we will be sustained by God’s tender care.  As we honor our high school and college graduates, we will consider Jesus’ promise to be with us through all the changing circumstances of our lives.

June 23: 1st Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a: How do we know what God is trying to tell us?  In 1st Kings, the prophet Elijah is in a desperate situation, so he turns to God.  Elijah prays and seeks God, but he does not hear God in the wind or the earthquake. Elijah finally hears God in the “sound of sheer silence.”  Do we take the time to listen to God or are we too busy living our own lives and focusing on our desires? How can we make space in our lives to listen for God?  

June 30: 2nd Kings 2:1-2, 6-14: The prophet Elijah is a mentor to the prophet Elisha.  As he prepares to go to heaven, Elijah passes on his mantle and offers his blessing to Elisha.  As Christians, having friends and mentors who believe in us and care about us makes a huge difference in our faith development.  How can we nurture those kinds of meaningful relationships in our own lives?

July Sermon Series on “Action Required”

The Bible repeatedly talks about all of the many ways that God has blessed us with life, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation.  In response to God’s love for us, we are called to engage in a radically different way of loving, seeing, and doing in the world.  Our Sermon Series in July will consider four passages from Luke’s Gospel that show us what “Action Is Required” and how we can live faithfully as Christ’s disciples.  

July 7: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20: Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs to do works of power in his name.  Jesus’ followers, including us, have been sent out to bring God’s kingdom ever since.  What specifically is God calling us to do? How can we make a difference? How will Jesus’ teachings help us as we seek to spread his good news?  

July 14: Luke 10:25-37.  Through the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us about what it means to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  The parable invites us to consider: Who is our neighbor? How are we called to respond as individuals and as a community when we deal with groups or individuals who are struggling?  What does it mean to love others in our daily lives?

July 21: Luke 10:38-42. Jesus visits with Mary and Martha.  Martha is busy with her chores and household work, while Mary sits with Jesus’ and enjoys his company.  Jesus commends Mary, telling her she has chosen the better course. Jesus certainly calls us to serve as Martha is doing, but there is also a time for us to sit, listen, and learn.  Are we prioritizing time for intentional faith development? While there is always an excuse for why we may believe that we do not have enough time to read the Bible, pray, or worship God, Jesus reminds us that we need to make our relationship with him our highest priority.    

July 28: Luke 11:1-13. Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray and gives us the Lord’s Prayer as a model for how we can communicate with God.  Jesus teaches us to be persistent in our prayer lives. Prayer is a powerful, holy mystery. We will explore the nature of prayer.  What is important for us to do when we talk with God? Does God answer our prayers? How can prayer become a more vibrant part of our devotional lives?  




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