Sermons on Mission

Sermons on Mission

Salt and Light

The Word Salt and Light (Matt. 5:13-16) As Jesus began his public ministry, he gathered disciples in order to teach them how to live for the Kingdom. As he once encouraged them to be salt and light, we are called to the same lifestyles as his followers. CONTEXT Since we could not make it to God, God came to us in the person of Jesus. Jesus called a group of disciples together in order to model and to multiply Kingdom…

Working While Waiting

Working While Waiting (Titus 2:11-15) People tend to drift to either passively waiting on Christ’s return or actively working while ignoring his return. We are to show zeal in our work while we wait. Salvation (Titus 2:11) The grace of God appeared.  It was not summoned, warranted, or earned. Salvation by grace knows no concept of merit. Sanctification (Titus 2:12) The gospel will produce godliness. God’s grace enables us to say “no” to sinful desires and “yes” to godly desires. Anticipation (Titus 2:13) We neglect heavenly hope when we focus on earthly experience. Jesus is either liar, lunatic, or Lord. Purification…

On the Clock

On the Clock (Titus 2:9-10) – While we are on the clock vocationally, we are also on the clock missionally.  Even if your job isn’t in the ministry, you are in the ministry. The concept of slavery in biblical times is extremely different than slavery in modern times. Old Testament teaching regarding the positive treatment of slaves was countercultural at the time. During the time of the New Testament, people were not bondservants due to ethnicity, literacy, or nationality. From every type of socioeconomic class, people would volunteer…

Practical Heretic

Practical Heretic [Jonah 4] – It is worthless to agree with a theology that we cannot embrace.  We must fight against the tendency to withhold from others the same grace that benefited us. Main Points A practical heretic is someone who mentally affirms correct theology yet practically denies it. Don’t refuse to give the grace that you have been given. You will experience great peace when you remove yourself from the center of your universe. Jonah’s problem with the conclusion of this…

The God of Second Chances

The God of Second Chances [Jonah 3] Despite our sin, God provides second chances.  Not only does he show grace to us, but he can show grace through us. Main Points No matter how many times I veer off course, God always has a plan for me to arrive at my destination. Instead of reproofing the messenger, God simply repeats the message. God doesn’t rub our noses in our mistakes. As ambassadors, we herald a message that we did not compose. The…

A Fish Named “Grace”

A Fish Named “Grace” [Jonah 2] – No amount of rebellion is greater than God’s love.  His relentless pursuit of us often finds us in the lowest possible places. Main Points  We are all sinners – we all rebel in our quest for independence. The fish was evidence of God’s grace – not his anger. God gives wrath to his enemies and discipline to his children. God appointed a fish to be at the right place at the right time to digest a…

Anywhere But Nineveh

Anywhere but Nineveh [Jonah 1] – It is not beyond God to call us to difficult and unexpected tasks.  If we attempt to flee, God proves that he can always outrun us and get us right where he wants us to be. Main Points God uses previous appointments to prepare us for upcoming assignments. It is not beyond God to call us to difficult and unexpected tasks. Don’t allow the prejudices of your heart to hinder you from sharing the grace of…

For Such a Time as This

Esther 4 Esther was used by God for a kingdom purpose.  Just like Esther, God doesn’t need us, but he wants us. Main Points Two Extremes: 1) God could never use me, 2) Of course God will use me. Do you believe that God wants to use you for his Kingdom purposes? Do you acknowledge that God is not dependent upon you for his Kingdom purposes? Even when God seems behind the scenes, his plan is always front and center. Levels in…