Sermon Series: The Armor of God
February 24: The Armor of God: The Sword of the Spirit
Matthew 22:34-40, Brad Clayton
Words are powerful. In the first chapter of Genesis, God created by speaking. Jesus often had debates with the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus stood on mountainsides and inspired people with His words. Scripture refers to the word of God as a sword of the Spirit. How are we called to use God's word as we follow the path of Christ?
March 3: The Armor of God: Clothed in Prayer
Ephesians 6:18-20, Brad Clayton
After Paul describes the armor of God, he finishes by asking for prayers. He asks for prayers for all the saints and prayers for himself. Even when our faith is strong, even when we trust in God's righteousness, salvation, and peace, we still need prayer. Prayer changes the world in many ways, and most of all it changes us.
Lent 2019: Restoration
Our world seems so broken and worn out. Relationships are severed. We have frayed minds and torn hearts. We feel lost and alone and disconnected from one another. What we need most of all is for God to restore us. We need God to find us where we are and bring us back to where we belong. We need restoration in our homes and in our communities. We need our faith to be restored, and that can only come through the promise of Jesus Christ.
March 6: Ash Wednesday
Not Forgotten, Psalm 22
So often in the midst of pain or suffering, we wonder if God has forgotten about us. We don't understand how our world could be so full of pain if God is still active and working. The Psalmist asks this same question in Psalm 22, and Jesus asks the same question from the cross: "God, have You forgotten me?" Our faith reminds us that God's steadfast love endures forever, and throughout the season of Lent we are called to remind those who feel lost and forsaken that God loves us still.
March 10: The Source of Restoration, Luke 4:1-13
Jesus is tempted in the wilderness and many of these temptations seem like good ideas. If Jesus turned stones into bread, He could feed the hungry. If He proved God's power, then more would believe. If He bowed down to the tempter, then Jesus could control the whole world. But Jesus knows that restoration does not come from these simple acts of power, but only through the faithfulness of God.
March 17: Follow the Footsteps, Philippians 3:17 - 4:1
Paul encourages the Philippians to imitate his faithfulness and live like citizens of heaven, to live as if God has already restored the world. Of course this is a difficult task in a world that is still broken, but by living for Christ in a broken world, we each may be streams in the desert. We each may be examples of God's love.
March 24: Waiting on the Fruit, Luke 13:1-9
Our General Presbyter, Roy Martin, will be preaching today, sharing with us the Parable of the Fig Tree.
March 31: Reaching the Promised Land, Joshua 5:9-12
The people had wondered in the wilderness for generations, hoping to reach the promised land. God fed them little by little, but finally they found food in the promised land. When times are bare, we often look to God for hope, but when we are doing well we often forget to give thanks for all that God continues to provide.
April 7: What a Waste, John 12:1-8
We are called to be good stewards and to help those in need. When Mary anoints Jesus, it seems like a pretty big waste. But Mary uses this nard to foreshadow the stories to come, to stories of Good Friday and Easter. What might seem like a waste leads to our restoration.
April 14: Waving Palms, Luke 19:28-40
Jesus arrives to restore Israel to its former glory -- at least that is what they thought. But God has a plan for Jesus, a new glory that is beyond our imagination. Jesus is not like the kings of the past. Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and Earth.
April 21: Risen, Luke 24:13-49
The stone is rolled away. The tomb is empty. The disciples are afraid because Jesus is missing. But the empty tomb brings us incredible joy -- the joy of hope restored, the joy of captives freed, the joy of everlasting life.