“Faithful”

This is the fourth sermon in the series “Revelation: A Vision of Christ,” preached on July 21, 2019. Read the letter to the church in Smyrna in Revelation 2:8-11. The children’s sermon referenced in the sermon was on Daniel 3. Q. What are some of the pressures you feel to downplay your Christian faith or …

“First Love”

This is the third sermon in our sermon series through Revelation, and the first in a miniseries through Revelation 2-3, looking at the 7 Letters to the 7 Churches. The Letter to the Church in Ephesus can be read in Revelation 2:1-7. Q. Have you seen or found Jesus to be among His churches? Is …

Christ-Minded

This is a sermon given for the Church of Springfield, on Independence Day Weekend, during our annual Outdoor Worship Service. Read Philippians 2:1-11 for yourself. Q. Do you think of yourself as basically selfless, or selfish? How do you justify that self-concept? Would others agree with you? What would they say if you asked them? …

“Alpha and Omega”

Due to user error (I didn’t hit “record” on my phone before preaching like I thought I did) there is no audio recording of this week’s sermon. My apologies. If you would like to download the full text for this sermon as a .pdf, the file is attached below. Thank you for your patience. — …

Revelation: A Vision of Christ

This is the beginning of the new sermon series through the book of Revelation. Read the beginning of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” in Revelation 1:1-8. Q. Which of “America’s Four Gods” (Baylor Religion Survey, 2006) do you find yourself believing in most often? The Authoritarian God: God is both deeply engaged in the world, …

“For Good”

This is the last sermon in the “For Good” sermon series for the Easter season. This sermon focuses on Genesis 50:20, where Joseph tells his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Q. What moments of your life …

“The Dynamics of Guilt and Grace”

This is the fourth sermon in the “For Good” preaching series, preached on May 26, 2019. This sermon covers all of Genesis 42-45. The passage read is Genesis 45:1-15. Guilt locks us into our old patterns and locks us away from connection with God and others. Q. How have others used guilt against you, to …

“Entrusted”

This is the third sermon in the “For Good” preaching series, preached on May 19, 2019. We pick up Joseph’s story where we left off, at Genesis 39:20.Read the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30. Reflect: Q. This week, are you more aware of God’s abundance in your life, or the world’s scarcity? Have …

“Not at Home”

This is the second sermon in the “For Good” preaching series, preached on May 12, 2019. Read this chapter of Joseph’s life in Genesis 39. Q. What does it mean to you, to call God “Father”? Is it a positive experience of love? Or does it also carry other connotations or impressions? Q. When have …