Luke Sermon Series: The Bird’s Eye View

We are now in our tenth week into Luke, and so far all we’ve seen are miracle and interactions. No preaching and no parables. Why does Luke place such a huge emphasis on the Life of Jesus?

This week Sam Williamson will take us through the first extended sermon of Jesus, the Sermon on the Plain (along with parts of the Sermon on the Mount). Instead of looking at each command separately, brush stroke by brush stroke, we will look at the whole canvas at once (just like the original listeners), and we ask: What is the broad meaning of the entire sermon?

The Bird’s Eye View paints a very unique and startling picture.

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 for worship.

Luke Sermon Series: The Lord of the Sabbath

Observing the Sabbath was one of the ten commandments (with the longest description), and the prophets continued to highlight its neglect among God’s people. How then can Jesus just dismiss it in a pinch when his disciples are hungry?

 

Are all God’s commandments equally dismiss-able when they are inconvenient? Or is the Sabbath something special?

Join us Sunday as we discuss Jesus as Lord of the Sabbath, from Luke 6:1-11

Lord of the Sabbath Passage

1 On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”

3 And Jesus answered them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” 5 And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

6 On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. 8 But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there.

9 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” 10 And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored.

11 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Luke Sermon Series: Why has the healing of the paralytic confused Christians for centuries?

Centuries ago, a paralytic and his friends aggressively pursued a healing; and Christians for centuries have been confused by Jesus’ response.

What was so confusing? What was it so difficult to swallow? And how can that change our lives today?

Join us Sunday as Sam speaks to us on the Healing of the Paralytic from Luke 5:

17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.

18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.”

25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. 26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

Luke Sermon Series: The Great Catch

John closed his gospel with these two sentences: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” And Luke begins his gospel with his intention “to write an orderly account for you … that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”

If there are thousands of stories about Jesus (that would fill the whole world), why did the gospel writers choose these stories? Why did Luke choose to tell of the Great Catch?

Join us Sunday as Sam speaks to us about seeing Jesus in the miracle of the great catch of fish.

The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

I have been accused of many things in my life–some fairly and some not–but I have never been accused of too much gentleness.

And yet “gentleness” is a command of God and a fruit of His life in us. How do we grow in the Fruit of the Spirit? How do we grow in the very virtues we find most difficult?

Join us Sunday as Sam Williamson speaks to us of growing in the gentleness of God.

 

The Song of Songs

No discussion of Jesus’ invitation to intimacy can be complete without wandering into  the Song of Songs.  Join us Sunday as we take a taste of this great poem of human love and intimacy, which is a foretaste, a prelude, pointing towards Jesus’ passionate love and his longing to know us, His bride.

What does this ancient middle-eastern, romantic (sometimes edgy) poem have to show us about intimacy with God?  About what does that look like?  About how does Jesus see us?  About how are we to see Him?  And what stands in our way?  How will we respond to His passion for us and his pursuit of us?

Song of Songs2:8-14

The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
11 for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.

Upcoming Sermon: Seeing the Resurrection through Isaiah 53

The Apostle Paul claimed that he preached the cross, and only the cross. And yet later in that same book, 1 Corinthians, he claims that if Christ wasn’t raised, all his preaching was in vain, and that of all people, we are to be pitied most.

How does the resurrection teach the cross, and how does the cross teach us about the resurrection?

Join us this Sunday as Sam Williamson speaks to us of Isaiah 53 and the resurrection of our Lord.

Is. 53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Sermon: On the Road to Emmaus

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central theme of our faith, so we’re taking a few extra weeks past Easter to continue looking at it.  This Sunday we’ll discuss the intriguing Bible study Jesus held with the two disciples on the way to Emmaus.

What about these disciples is so common with us 2,000 years later?  Come Sunday and let’s discuss.

Invitations to Intimacy: Practicing His Presence

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

In one of the most magnificent and comforting promises ever given, Jesus promised He would always be with us.  But it certainly doesn’t always feel that way.  How might we live our lives and experience our relationship with the Lord so we sense His Presence more consistently?  Come Sunday and let’s talk about it!

 

Seeking God and “Welcoming & Confronting Doubt”

No matter how strong and confident we are, we all succumb to doubts from time to time.  Abraham was no exception.  So what can we learn from Abraham about how to look at our doubts, and how to deal with them?

And just WHAT is going on in this strange chapter of Genesis, when Abraham expresses his doubt to God?  Come Sunday and let’s talk about it!

Read Genesis 15:1-21