"Spring" Tagged Sermons

“Love Is the Goal”

Who is the most loving person you know? What is it that makes them so loving? The church in Corinth was divided and disrupted by people who thought they had it all. They were missing something very important–love. Because God is love (1 John 4:8), our Christian faith is best demonstrated in the way we love. Love is the goal, not supernatural experiences, not our own comfort, or increasing our own glory. What is the value of

“The Lord’s Supper: Eat Together, Stay Together”

The thing that was supposed to bring the Corinthian church together was splitting them apart – the Lord’s Supper. Instead of worship and care for each other, they were so absorbed in themselves people were starving around them and they didn’t seem to care! In fact, their practice was so contrary to Jesus’ intentions (John 13:2-5, 34-35), they couldn’t even truly call it the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20). The Lord’s Supper is a gift to the church to show that Jesus gave His life for His people and brings them into one united body. Because it is so precious a gift, we need to practice it rightly.

“The Other-Centeredness of Worship”

What is worship all about? If we listen to many churches and churchgoers, we might be led to think it is about “YOU”. Were you inspired? Were
you entertained? Did you have a good experience? Did you feel comfortable? With our culture of individualism, it is easy to forget that 1) God is
the audience of worship (not “you”) and 2) we worship together in community with others. This brings us to the issue of head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11. In a topic like this, we must separate timeless biblical principle from cultural artifact. While head coverings are not a universal and
timeless requirement, the practice of humility in worship (before God and
others) continues through eternity. This passage helps us set proper expectations in worship, properly prepare for it, and to actually worship in a
way that glorifies God and assists our neighbor.

“The Rebuilding Initiative”

Haggai 1 (ESV) The Command to Rebuild the Temple 1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: 2 “Thus says the Lord of…

“Humility in Humble Times”

1 Peter 5:5-14 English Standard Version (ESV) 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all…

“Elders and God’s Care for His People”

Jesus had a plan to care for His people once He ascended to heaven. The “Good Shepherd”, who cares for His people (John 10:11), provided for His people through “elders”. None of us is alone in our challenges of suffering, temptation, sin, conflict, and guilt. This passage is written to leaders, reminding them that Jesus cares how they treat His people. Following the model of Jesus, “Christian leadership” is “shepherd leadership”.

“Out of the Quarantine He Emerged”

Luke 24:1-12 (ESV) The Resurrection 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by…