Sun, Aug 23, 2020
Duration: 40 mins 21 secs
Paul prays for his readers. He does not them to walk in the dark, but to live with clarity, hope, and strength. His prayer not only thanks God for his ongoing work in them, but also outlines several requests. Knowing they are in a spiritual battle, he uses prayer to bolster them. Prayer does this. Ultimately, his intercession centers on the idea of clarity. They needed it. We need it. Clarity about our identity, destiny, capacity, and Jesus's victory are essential to walking in the light.
Sun, Jul 12, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 36 secs
Followers of Jesus imitate his kingdom mission. Fortunately, we do not work alone, in our own power, but in Jesus's presence by the power of His Spirit. John offers his slant on the Great Commission. In this text, he records Jesus's symbolic breath, promising the Spirit and calling his disciples to live an inspired life to make an impact for the kingdom. The same calling applies to us today.
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
Duration: 43 mins 12 secs
Love calls us to UP our game. We may put UP and shut UP in order to build UP others. These actions are expressions of patience and kindness, two positive aspects of love expressed by the apostle Paul in his magisterial chapter on love. Moreover, these aspects of love are essential to God, modeled by Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.
Sun, Mar 08, 2020
God gives each of us a set of passions, experiences, skills, and abilities. Furthermore, we each have distinct opportunities to use these gifts (or talents) to uplift others. God-given gifts are not a bragging right, but a stewardship matter. This sermon will showcase spiritual gifts and other talents, imploring the church to leverage them for others in the church and everyday life.
Sun, Jan 05, 2020
Duration: 45 mins 15 secs
Every year we get only so far in our goals, resolutions, and dreams for becoming different. The reality is this: willpower can take us only so far. If we really want to become different, we need God's Spirit and spiritual community. Paul writes about this to the Corinthian church. He asks his readers to dive deep into life with God and his people to make a major difference in the world. This sermon launches the annual theme at Leesburg Grace: Immersed.
Sun, Aug 04, 2019
Duration: 46 mins 10 secs
God had a wonderful, vulnerable plan for keeping his kingdom plan marching forward: he tasked men and women to live it and pass it along to the next generation. Like the game of tag, there are not "take backs." The newly appointed IT person has to find someone else to pass it along. Paul tagged Timothy. Timothy would tag others. And on and on. Fortunately, succession plans are not purely up to us. God provides an IT factor to empower us.
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 38 secs
Followers of Jesus have a perfect example in Jesus. He is the model. His kind of life is the ideal. The apostle Paul agonized to see the life of Christ formed in them. This, of course, is not easy because we are often at war with ourselves -- the selfish jerk within. Fortunately, we have an advocate: the Holy Spirit also moves within to make our character like Jesus's. This sermon considers the Spirit's part and ours in become more like Jesus.
Sun, Mar 03, 2019
Duration: 40 mins 15 secs
God raises his children as a Free-range Father. He is not anti-rule, but provides enough moral guidance to let "good things run wild" (Chesterton). Sadly, we allow external codes and internal drives define what is right. We enslave ourselves to laws or lusts. God frees us so we can love. Living with a relentless sense of duty or crippling sense if guilt is not God's desire. No: Our Free-range Father calls us to range free.
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Duration: 46 mins 49 secs
The Holy Spirit is shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. We know what the Spirit does; we don't always know how the He works. Bu the book of Acts records his falling, fitting, filling, fortifying, and focusing of the early church. There is no church without the Spirit.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Duration: 41 mins 36 secs
If you're under 65 years old, the word "submit" makes you cringe. You are self-sufficient. You make your own rules. You follow the beat of your own drum. Thus the biblical call to "mutual submission" startles you. Take the test: Seven Signs that Submission Is Not Your Strong Suit." You'll see. And once you admit you try to hard to control others, you might consider letting the Spirit take greater control in your #LifeTogether.