Waiting for Christ’s Return

Being ready for Christ’s return isn’t a matter of knowing when it will occur, it is rather a question of being faithful to the tasks we have been given. You don’t need chats and diagrams to understand what Jesus said in Mark 13, just simple faith in your savior.

Dry Bones

God took Ezekiel out to a valley where dry, human bones littered the ground and asked him, “Can these bones live?” Jeremiah had foreseen the destruction that took place there. Jesus used the valley as a metaphor for hell. Yet, the message God gave Ezekiel was  a message of hope grounded in the power of God’s Word and Spirit.

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As Sure As Yesterday’s Sunrise

Christians sometimes forget God has promised us a wonderful new heaven and a new earth. But God hasn’t forgotten and His promises are as sure as yesterday’s sunrise.This is the third sermon in the series “Messages of Hope from the Revelation to St. John.”

 

For Thomas and for You

The later part of John’s Gospel recounts two times that Jesus came to his disciple and showed them that he lived and had risen from the dead. As Thomas and the others believed, they received eternal life from their God and Lord. These things were written down and preached throughout the world so that you would also believe that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and receive eternal life by faith in him.

Holy Places, Holy People

There are holy places, holy things, and holy people. In John 2, Jesus cleanses the temple by making a whip of cords and driving out the people who were using it as a market and the animals they were selling. People can be holy, too. Jesus, of course; but also, you!

Outline

  1. Introduction: A young woman with a sense of the holy.
  2. The holiness of God’s temple and how it was abused.
  3. The action Jesus took.
  4. Holy spaces today and their proper use.
  5. Why Jesus considered his body to be a temple.
  6. His prophecy concerning his death and resurrection.
  7. How you are made holy by baptism and holy communion.
  8. You are holy to the Lord.

Come with Me

The end of the first chapter of John’s Gospel recounts how Jesus gathered his first disciples near the place where John the Baptizer was working. How did he connect with them? What did they think of him? Why did they go with him? We invite you to come with us during the coming year as we follow Jesus through the Gospels.

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Four Good Gifts from God

The Gospel of Jesus Christ began with the Word of the Prophets, the water of Baptism, and the coming of Christ, who would bestow the Holy Spirit on God’s people.

John prepared his people to receive Christ and the Spirit he would give using the prophetic Word and the water of Baptism.

That such God has given and still gives such gifts is great and good news you’ll want to hear.