Messages on Discipleship
Today, on this Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, July 11, 2021, we begin a seven week journey through Ephesians. The first part, chapters 1-3, deal with the theological questions that ask “why are we doing this?” The second part, chapters 4-6 ask the question “how do we go about living this way?” In today’s introduction, we look at Ephesians 1:3-14 and explore what the author of Ephesians was trying to share with the folks who would hear this letter read aloud.…
When Jesus ascended to heaven, he left instructions for his disciples to go, teach, and remember. What do those instructions mean for his followers today?
When Jesus declares to his disciples that they are now friends, what does that mean? Are they buddies? Or does he mean something else entirely? Join us as Pastor Wayne explores some possible cultural insights into Jesus’ statement in John 15:9-17.
Our scriptures for today tend to describe Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Through Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18, an image of caring and encouragement is portrayed. Jesus tells us that the sheep will hear his voice and know him. But do we listen for his voice? And if we listen for his voice, do we do as he commands? Join us for this worship service on the 4th Sunday of Easter. We examine the character of the Shepherd and the…
For the Apostle Paul, the Gospel wasn’t a special knowledge or a set of rules. It was a relationship… a relationship with the living Christ. In other words, the good news wasn’t about what you know, but who you know. Join us as we look at Philippians 3:4b-14.
Anger is an emotion that can tear us apart. However, righteous anger can lead to transformation that brings us closer to the kingdom of God. Our scriptures are Exodus 12:1-14 and Psalm 149. Anger leads us into the wilderness where transformation can take place.
On this 16th day of August, we continue with the third Sunday in the series “Because God.” Our Gospel lesson, Matthew 15:21-28, is a difficult passage to hear. .. and a difficult passage to read and understand. Jesus is rude to the Canaanite woman who seeks help for her daughter who is possessed by a demon. There is no denying this fact. Jesus calls her a dog. But she persists. And Jesus offers her grace and healing. We don’t have…
Our lesson this morning is based upon Romans 10:1-15 and Matthew 14:22-33. Have you ever felt like Peter did when he stepped out of that boat to meet Christ and he began to sink under the waves? Pastor Wayne shares what it is like to have doubt and what it is like to share the presence of Christ with others in this second week of the sermon series “Because God.”
Today’s message based upon Romans 8:26-39 reminds us that nothing can separate us from God’s love through Christ. This is a message that we need to hear in this time of pandemic when a virus is separating us from one another.
Imagine what our world would be like if we had taken the advice from the old hymn and opened our eyes to see all of the people, opened our ears to hear all of the people, and opened our hearts to love all of the people. All. Of. The. People. Join us as Pastor Wayne closes out this series with a call to love as Jesus loves. Our scripture is Matthew 10:40-42.