This message is comes out of John 2:13-25 that recounts Jesus clearing out the temple. We look at the many types of issues that prevent us from experiencing a meaningful life of worship. Every season of our lives has it's own realities of normal life that can crowd out a life of devotion.
A follow up message to "Jesus Still Heals", addressing the place of God's presence, faith and unbelief through the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. Mark 9:1: I tell you the truth, you will not experience death until you see the Kingdom of God coming in glory and power.
This sermon looks at the beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12 in light of the giving of the 10 commandments in Exodus 19 & 20. The self revelation of God in Exodus on Mt. Sinai and the teaching of Jesus on the mount are tensions that the best disciples sometimes fail to understand. Hebrews 12:18 says: "You have not come to a physical mountain to something that can be touched, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom and whirlwind as the Israelites did at mount Sinai." Yet, many Christians today or people seeking truth often hear about a God that does sound and seem to act like the God of fire, darkness, gloom and whirlwind. We talk about this challenge in this sermon.
Celebrating the good fruit of the reformation: This sermon looks at some of the ways the protestant reformation impacts our lives today in the Evangelical church. Here are some of the ways: A married pastoral ministry, scripture translations in modern languages, the example of challenging systems from within or without, expanding the priesthood of all believers and celebrating the common life as vocation and sacred.