Following Jesus – Making Disciples – Changing the World

Sermons from 2015

Above All

(Luke 14:25-35) –  The entrance of Jesus into this world and into our lives demands a response from each and every one of us.  As the Lord himself teaches us, we are called to place Jesus “Above All.”

A Tale of Two Banquets

(Luke 14:1-24) – Jesus knows all about what it means to attend and host a great banquet.  And He reminds us not to settle for the so called ‘banquet’ that this world offers, when God is preparing a ‘kingdom feast’ that is beyond comparison!  The invitation has gone out….  The question for us is, ‘Will we be attending?’

Enter In

(Luke 13:22-30) – Often, people are bothered by Jesus’ unique claims to be the only ‘way’ of salvation.  They think this means that God is trying keep people out of heaven.  But, nothing could be further from the truth.  Jesus explains that the door is narrow – not because God is keeping people out, but because people won’t enter in!

Small Beginnings

(Luke 13:18-21) – We’ll also learn from scripture, how God specializes in using what seems like insignificant spiritual ‘inroads’ to bring about serious influence and expansion for His Kingdom.  Like a mustard seed, or a pinch of leaven, all God needs is an ‘entry point’ to bring change to our lives…our community…and our world!

Walking the Text in Turkey

“Walking the Text in Turkey: Loving God & People as a Counter Cultural Community” – There is nothing like actually visiting New Testament places to make the story of Christianity come alive!  Ken & Jeanie Schneider share about the faith-lessons they learned while walking in the steps of Paul and other first century believers in Turkey.

Wake Up Call

(Luke 12:35-13:9) – Ever been surprised by an unexpected guest?  Well, there’s no ‘guest’ more important for us to be ready to welcome than the Lord Jesus when He comes back to earth.  As disciples, we want to be found ready, faithful, on fire for Him when he comes!

Life Beyond Greed & Worry

(Luke 12:13-34) –  “Greed” (the pursuit of ‘more’ earthly luxuries) and “Worry” (the preoccupation with ‘enough’ daily necessities) dominates much of our lives.   Yet, Jesus teaches that our lives are meant for so much more! Instead of ‘storing up’ or ‘stressing out’ about stuff, He calls us to seek first His Kingdom and trust the Father’s provision for His children.

Choosing Faith Over Fear

(Luke 12:4-12) Do we trust and reverence God more than we fear the opinion & opposition of people?  The answer we give to that question  has huge ramifications for our faith!  Jesus modeled for us a life that consistently chose faith over fear – and He call us as His disciples to do the same.