Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
by Bill Johnson
Seeing what God sees.
Seeing what God sees.
Let's talk openly and honestly about giving. Taking our cue from the generosity of God and the example of Macedonian Christians, we will be encouraged to be generous in our offering of both ourselves and our money.
How do our personal finances look? Do we have a budget? Are we crippled with debt? In this sermon, we will discuss the value of being honest and responsible with our personal finances. Does scripture give us a roadmap to achieve good personal/family finances?
Let's explore the place of money in the life of followers if Jesus. Here we highlight our struggle to be honest about money. Our interaction with money is part of discipleship and our walk with God.
It has been said more than once that we have been created to do life together. In doing life together, we are tasked with doing things on this earth to impact the earth. Some might call this our purpose for living. In scripture, we are reminded in numerous accounts that God intends for his people to work together to do something special on this earth. What does the Bible reveal about our story together?
It is amazing to see how the human experience has developed since the creation of humans. We find a striking similarity of the human condition over the many generations since the beginning. The bible has astonished us in that, although it was written thousands of years before today, it reveals much about who we are. How will a robust reading and study of scripture help us understand who we are more fully?
Throughout the pages of the scriptures, we meet God over and over again. It is impossible for the pages of Scripture to contain a full definitive view of God, but it does a really good job of giving us a glimpse of God. It is up to us to take cues from scripture to embark on our own journey of understanding. What does the Bible tell us about God?
God's mission for our church must remain the focal point of our story as a church.
During this season of Advent let the Prince of Peace come and abide with us, and remind us that He never left. He is Love.
During this season of Advent let the Everlasting Father be the one who protects you, the one who provides for you. He is our Joy.
During this season of Advent let the Mighty God be the one who rescues you, the one who is your hero. He is our Peace.
During this season of Advent invite the Wonderful Counselor into the best of rooms, your heart. He gives us Hope.
The kingdom of God is a party and we are all invited, so let's celebrate!
Don't waste the talents God has given you (they're God's talents, you know).
Maybe there's more here about rich exploitation of the poor than what we care to see or believe. Let's take a closer look.
In both of these stories the hearer is told to give up control of the things God does and to be proactive in what they can do. In other words, rather than trying to figure out the soil just scatter seed. But maybe more importantly, be good soil.
Two men went up to the temple to pray...
Are we so focused on our own goodness that we miss out on the goodness of God?
To a Jewish person in the first century, a Samaritan was anything but "good". The Jews hated the Samaritans and the Samaritans hated the Jews.
To many in the day of Jesus, his teachings regarding the Kingdom of God were unfair. Some categorized his teachings as backwards and upside down. It seemed like Jesus' teachings always favored the small, the weak, and the underdog. Those who wanted to be powerful, in first place or the greatest, just didn't get what Jesus was talking about. This is one of those parables that makes people complain "this is backwards" or this is "unfair".