April 01, 2020

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Sermons for January & February

The Rev. Dr. Jody Moore

 

Sermon Series: January 12- February 16, 2020

New Year, Same Promises

 Whenever we look ahead to a new year, we think about new beginnings. Sometimes we try new routines or make new commitments. We vow to make changes to our diet, exercise habits, or lifestyles, but in spite of those resolutions, most things stay the same. This may be the cause of disappointment, but it is helpful for us to remember that God’s truths also do not change. Rather than focusing on the latest trends, let us spend the first part of the year reflecting on God’s unbreakable, consistent promises. We will spend six weeks considering God’s eternal promises and their meaning for us today.

 

January 12, 2020

Matthew 3:13-17

 God’s Promise of New Life. On this Baptism of the Lord Sunday, we will read the story of Jesus’ baptism by John. Jesus sought out baptism as a mark of God’s grace at the beginning of his ministry. Through the waters of baptism, God gives us new life. What does our baptism mean to us as Christ’s followers? What promises do we make as a congregation when someone is baptized? We will be ordaining and/or installing three individuals as ruling elders in the Class of 2022.

 

January 19, 2020

1st Corinthians 1:1-9

 God’s Promise of Faithfulness. In Paul’s opening greeting to the Christian church in Corinth, he speaks of the many ways that God has been merciful and extended grace to us. Paul also highlights God’s reliable faithfulness. While we human beings sometimes let one another and God down, we can always depend on God, who is faithful, trustworthy, and true.

 

January 26, 2020

Matthew 4:12-23

 God’s Promise of Ministry. Jesus calls his first disciples away from their fishing boats to follow him so that they can fish for people. They immediately left their boats to go and serve him. Ever since, Jesus has been calling ordinary women and men to be his disciples. Jesus equips us for ministry today, empowering us with spiritual gifts and the support of brothers and sisters in Christ. We will have our annual congregational meeting following the morning worship service.

 

February 2, 2020

Matthew 5:1-12

 God’s Promise of Blessing. Jesus offers nine Beatitudes, ways that we are spiritually blessed when we face difficulties or adversities. The promise of the Beatitudes is for something good to emerge from the dust of the hardships we face. What does it mean for us to be blessed by God? How can we as a church and as individuals be blessings to others?

 

 February 9, 2020

Matthew 5:13-20

 God’s Promise of Guidance. How do we live in response to the blessings that God has offered us? Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, which means we are invited to share the Good News through our actions and our words with all who are hurting. God provides guidance and instruction as we seek to make a difference in the world.

 

February 16, 2020

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

 God’s Promise of Freedom. God has set before us choices about how we live and what we pursue. Deuteronomy puts our choice in stark terms: will we choose life or death? Jesus came to break us free from the chains that are holding us back. Will we embrace the freedom that God longs for us to experience?

 

February 23, 2020

Matthew 17:1-9

 Jesus takes three of his disciples up to the mountain to pray when something amazing happens. Jesus is transfigured and Moses and Elijah appear by his side. These disciples have a mountaintop experience of faith as they are filled with a sense of awe at God’s presence. We will discuss mountaintop experiences of faith and how they can continue to sustain and inspire our faith.

 

February 26, 2020 (Ash Wednesday)

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-23

 Jesus instructs us about the motivations for our piety. He warns against showing off our faith so that others will admire how religious we are. Instead Jesus hopes that our actions will be guided by the proper motivations and the desire to grow closer to God.

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