Messages from July 2021

Messages from July 2021

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Someone once said that “God loves us and there is nothing that we can do about that! Thank God!” In our lesson from Ephesians 3:10-21, Paul not only reminds us that we, as the church, are invited to experience the mystery of God, but that we, are invited to share that mysterious experience with everyone that we meet. We are all adopted into God’s family. To God, all means all and in Southern, all means “all y’all.” Thanks be to…

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.…

True Freedom 2021

On this July 4th, 2021, we hear a lot about freedom. But what does that really mean? John 8:31-36 gives us a clue. Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free. The Gospels tell us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. So why do we seek to find salvation in political “messiahs” instead of turning to the one true God?