Messages on Discipleship

Messages on Discipleship

Three Simple Rules: 1. Do No Harm

There was a very successful reform movement to the Church of England in the eighteenth century. It was founded by a quirky priest named John Wesley. This movement required accountability to a faith that was active. This movement eventually became a church in North America, the Methodist Episcopal Church. The General Rules of the Methodist Societies served as the core of this movement. They are: Do no harm. Do good. Attend to the ordinances of God (or observe the spiritual…

Root of Conflict

Our text this morning is James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a. Earthly wisdom calls us to a “might makes right, what’s in it for me” frame of mind. Heavenly wisdom is “pure, peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair and genuine.” Heavenly wisdom calls us to submit to God, not our base nature. ** Note that the worship services for September 26 and October 3 will be online only due to a COVID-19 exposure. In person worship will resume on…

Taming the Tongue

Our sermon series on the letter from James continues this morning with James 3:1-12.  We’ve all heard the saying, “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me.” It’s a lie. Words can do great damage. We have a responsibility as followers of Christ to focus our words on healing, hope, and encouragement.

Living Life – Giving Thanks

The author of Ephesians gives us an outline for living our lives in a messy world. The prescription? Stay grounded in God, be prepared for what happens, and be thankful for what you receive. The text today is Ephesians 5:15-20.

A Life Worthy

As we enter into this fourth Sunday of the worship series on Ephesians, we’ve completed the first three chapters which deal with theological concepts. As we move into the fourth chapter, the author shifts to putting the theology into practice. Some might say that he moves from “preaching to meddling.” Our text this morning is Ephesians 4:1-16. Join us as we are reminded that we are all part of the body of Christ, a body where there is “one faith,…

Setting Our Hope

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.…

Ascension 2021

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?

Jesus is our Friend

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.

Can You Hear Me Now?

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…

Knowing Christ

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.