Sermons (Page 2)

Sermons (Page 2)

Jesus Doesn’t Fit Into Your Box

The religious leaders of the day became increasingly frustrated because Jesus didn’t minister in the way they deemed appropriate. We must stop trying to fit Jesus into our religious boxes and realize that He came to do something new. Mark 2:18-22 18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding…

Open Your Home for Ministry

As Jesus gathered disciples, He befriended sinners in home settings.  Acknowledging the needs of those around us, we should open our homes and open our hearts to minister to those in close proximity to us. Mark 2:13-17 13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to…

We Need Forgiveness More Than Healing

When Jesus forgave a man who came looking for healing, He revealed our need and His authority.  As we attempt to bring people to Jesus, we must seek to address their greatest need – their need for forgiveness. Mark 2:1-2:12 2:1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to…

Jesus Isn’t Afraid of Your Mess

Moved with pity, Jesus touched and cleansed a leper who lived on the fringes of society. With the needs around us, we must be willing to place ourselves into messy situations in order to see redemption in others. Mark 1:40-45 40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”42 And immediately…

Early Riser

Jesus prioritized time with His Father early in the morning to prepare for the day’s assignments.  If we are to follow His example, we must carve out intentional time for spiritual growth. Mark 1:35-39 35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for…

Ministry Can Happen Anywhere

Jesus ministered at religious gatherings and at relational gatherings. If we understand the power of God, we will live in such a way that acknowledges that ministry cannot be hindered by a time, place, or situation. Mark 1:21-34 21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.23 And immediately there was in their…

Jesus Uses Ordinary People

Jesus called ordinary men to follow Him into an extraordinary work. As disciples of Jesus, we must also redefine our purpose to become fishers of men and join Him in His work to reach others. Mark 1:14-20 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon…

Make Your Father Proud

Jesus pleased His Father in what He did and in what He didn’t do. As followers of Jesus, we should seek to imitate His obedient lifestyle.

Make Room for Jesus

John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ arrival.  We must make room for Jesus in our own lives to join Him in His Kingdom work.

Your Mission Is Too Small

Your Mission is Too Small Isaiah 49:1-7 God blessed the nation of Israel in order to be a blessing to all other nations, but eventually, they refrained from sharing that salvation with others. After the work of Jesus in our lives, we are called to go outside the walls of the church to multiply as we make disciples and plant churches. Observations The coming Messiah was promised to bring about spiritual deliverance (Is. 49:1). The Servant of the LORD deserves…

Entrust Everything You’ve Got Into Another

Entrust Everything You’ve Got Into Another 2 Tim. 2:1-7 Paul instructed his disciple, Timothy, to take everything he had learned and entrust it with others who would turn and do the same thing. To multiply disciples, we must be intentional with our relationships for Kingdom purposes. The Great Commission Recap (Matt. 28:18-20) Commission to the World – Mission Partnerships Commitment to the Church – Church Ministries Commandment for Discipleship – Gospel Groups Communion with Jesus – Worship Services The Teacher…

The Great Omission

The Great Omission Matt. 28:16-20 After Jesus’ resurrection, he commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations. Instead of committed disciples obeying the Great Commission, we can revert to becoming consumers who succumb to the great omission. The Kingdom is composed of disciples who have a commission to the world, a commitment to the church, a commandment for discipleship, and a communion with Jesus. Commission to the World Jesus does not expect the world to come to…

The Risen King & the Running Disciples

The Risen King & the Running Disciples Matt. 28:1-15 On Easter Sunday, the disciples eagerly shared the joy of Jesus’ resurrection. If Jesus has truly defeated sin and death, we should fervently run to the world in order to multiply disciples with the news of his salvation. The Empty Tomb (Matt. 28:1-7) The angel didn’t roll the stone away for Jesus to be freed from death but for the disciples to be freed from unbelief. Even Jesus’ death and resurrection…

When the Cherubim Laid Down His Sword

When the Cherubim Laid Down His Sword Matt. 27:45-54 Ever since sin entered the world, Mankind had been barred from reentering the presence of God. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil was torn and we were invited back to commune with God. The cherubim denied sinners’ access to the presence of God after the Fall of Mankind (Gen. 3:24). The cherubim served as blockades from the holiness of God even in the glorious visions of the prophets (Ezek.…

You Can’t Make It On Your Own

Colossians 4:7-18 You Can’t Make It On Your Own In Paul’s concluding remarks to the Colossians, he provides personal comments regarding specific ministry partners.  Within these comments, Paul models the type of friends that a disciple will need to continue towards maturity. Why Mention These People? A commitment to Jesus is a commitment to His people. Our beliefs and our behaviors were never intended to be lived out in isolation. You are deceiving yourself if you think you can live…

Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity

Colossians 4:2-6 Make the Most of Every Evangelistic Opportunity Instead of waiting for unbelievers to come to the church, the church is meant to go to the unbelievers out in the world.  By making the most of every evangelistic opportunity, disciples engage in Kingdom work by the way they pray, walk, and talk. Pray for Opportunity (Col. 4:2-4) Be devoted to a spiritually alert prayer life. Instead of praying to get out of your circumstances, pray that God will use…