Sun, Aug 27, 2023
Duration: 40 mins 20 secs
People are messy. This applies to the church. God's people are not immune to sin. We think too highly of ourselves. We create stumbling blocks for ourselves and others. We wander. Hence, Jesus envisioned the church as a community of correction and exhortation. We confront others without accusing them. We insist on holiness. This is called church discipline. It has formative and corrective applications. It helps bring structure where messes abound. (NOTE: Around 34:40, the audio dropped out. Part of the sermon was lost. The quality of the last five minutes of the recording is not as good.)
Sun, Jul 23, 2023
Duration: 48 mins 39 secs
Jesus has good things to say. He has hard things to say. His teachings provide insight on living as his disciples. A key quality of faithful followers is to listen well. This means sorting through deception, clearing the distractions, and putting his words into action.
Sun, Feb 14, 2021
Duration: 50 mins 44 secs
Jesus called his disciples to a "above and beyond" way of living the law. While others looked for loopholes or ways to manage their behavior, Jesus addressed true, heartfelt obedience. He systematically works through six examples of Hebrew law, showing how each is an opportunity for elaborate love. Rather than dissect the six case studies, this sermon will focus on the overall strategy. Jesus wants whole bodied obedience to affect every relationship for the disciples. He not only delivers the message, but also provides the model. His love is elaborate.
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
Learning is verified by our application. Practice, not study, perfects. All our Bible reading, ministry training, and Sunday School lessons mean little if we do not DO what we have been taught. In the Great Commission, Jesus challenges us to teach others to obey everything he commanded. We should be PRO*DO.
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 10 secs
Teaching is not reserved for the professionals. When the people in the church embrace God's ideal picture of #LifeTogether, they are filled with the Word of Christ and it flows out of them. Everyone who learns from God has something to pass on. This sermon closes with four examples.