Seven: That You Might Believe
Below you will find our current preaching series. You may click on the Scripture to read this week’s Scripture lesson in the English Standard Version. Beginning with the March 19 sermon you will be able to click on the sermon title and hear an audio of the worship service.
March 5, 2017
Jesus’ first sign in the Gospel of John is turning the water into wine. Just as John transforms water into wine, he can transform your life.
March 12, 2017
We often get tied up on our worthiness to receive blessing from Christ, but this passage shows that even those most would consider unworthy are worthy in the eyes of Christ.
March 19, 2017
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to move us from a place of comfort and stagnation to a place of healing and witness.
- “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” – UMH 349
- “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us” – UMH 381
- Have Thine Own Way, Lord – UMH 382
March 26, 2017
God’s power is amazing and in our world where we have information instantly, where we can watch any TV show anytime, and see our loved ones through our phones, we forget just how amazing God’s power is.
April 2, 2017
John doesn’t tell the story of the Last Supper the way Mark, Matthew, and Luke do. However, in this miracle of the feeding of the multitude, we see a glimpse into the Last Supper and are reminded that this meal is one that nourishes us spiritually.
April 9, 2017
While we may not be physically blind, we are often blind to the will of God. Christ has the authority and power to open our eyes to the will of God.
April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday
What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us today and how do we live as resurrected people?
We say that we want to have an impact and make a difference in our community, but we often do things just because we have always done them. Unfortunately, things we did 10-20 years ago, no longer make the impact they once did. What are some strategies we can employ to make a lasting impact in our community?
April 23, 2017
Sermon Title: “Identify”
Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:34-40
You cannot make a lasting impact in your community if you have no idea who you are trying to impact.
April 30, 2017
Sermon Title: “Vision”
Once you know who you want to serve, you have to have a clear vision about what you want to accomplish.
May 7, 2017
Sermon Title: “Mission”
Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:7-14
The mission of the church should be what helps you accomplish your vision; therefore, your mission should be the mission of the church.
This series is based on the Scriptures used during our Vacation Bible School. This series is designed to get our children and adults excited about VBS. I hope that our children are encouraged to invite a friend to VBS. I also hope that our adults are encouraged to come and volunteer for our VBS.
May 14, 2017
Sermon Title: “God’s Heroes Have Courage”
Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 25:18-31
We often believe we lack the courage to do the right thing for God. However, as Abigail shows us, when it is the right thing to do, God will give us the courage to do it.
April 21, 2017
Sermon Title: “God’s Heroes Have Wisdom”
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:41-52
Part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is having the wisdom to discern how God is calling you to love and serve.
May 28, 2017
Sermon Title: “God’s Heroes Have Hope”
Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:2-11
Jesus lays out the challenges that 1st Century Jews faced in the Beattitudes. They are similar challenges people face today. This message will remind the congregation that we have hope in the midst of trials.
June 4, 2017
Sermon Title: “God’s Heroes Have Power”
Scripture Reference: Acts 2:1-4
The Holy Spirit gives God’s people and Jesus’ disciples incredible power to go out and change the world.
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is a world-wide phenomenon both in the literary genre and in television. Its success is due to its compelling story lines and characters. The reader and viewer identifies with the families and will ultimately choose sides. In ancient Israel, despite being the chosen people of God, they desired to have a human king. What ensued was civil war, scandal, division of the kingdom, and ultimately exile. As in Game of Thrones, the characters are very relatable, and we are called to choose sides. Ultimately, as the prophets declare, we must choose the side of God. What kingdoms have we set up in our world today? How has religion been abused in the political world of America? Drawing on the major themes of Game of Thrones, this preaching series will look at 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, and 2 Chronicles to address the challenges of their society and how they speak to our society and how they can inform us.
August 6, 2017
Sermon Title: “A Game of Thrones”
Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 8:4-9
The people of Israel put their faith in a man rather than the God that delivered them and called them his chosen people.
August 13, 2017
Sermon Title: “The Dangers of the Quest for Power”
Scripture Reference: 2 Kings 11:1-3
The quest for power on earth often leads to dangerous consequences.
August 20, 2017
Sermon Title: “Family Ties”
Scripture Reference: 2 Samuel 15:1-12
Power has a way to turn father against son, mother against daughter, brother against brother, and sister against sister.
August 27, 2017
Sermon Title: “Legitimacy”
Scripture Reference: 1 Kings 1:11-21
God uses those whom others will discard to achieve his will.
September 3, 2017
Sermon Title: “Bella Donnas”
Scripture Reference: 1 Kings 16:31-33
The queens of Israel had great influence over the husbands; sometimes this influence achieved the will of God, other times it went against the will of God.
September 10, 2017
Sermon Title: “Brotherhood”
Scripture Reference: 2 Samuel 23, selected verses
Like David’s Mighty Men, God has equipped you with what is necessary to be his Mighty Men, and God needs Mighty Men and Women.
September 17, 2017
Sermon Title: “Monarchy, Subjects, and the Faith”
Scripture Reference: Amos 2:6-8
God judges the faithfulness of his people by their actions towards others.
Caring People=Transformed People
Among all of the other things that Christ is, he was a healer. He modeled for us that we are called to heal people, and not just people within our fellowship. Jesus healed all people that were brought to him. He sends the disciples out to heal people. This series is designed to be the launch pad for group of volunteer congregational care ministers who assist the pastor in caring ministries in the church. It is my hope that after this series we will have 3-5 volunteers who will recognize God’s call on their life to be congregational care ministers.
September 24, 2017
Sermon Title: “Jesus: Faith Healer”
Scripture Reference: Mark 6:53-56
Jesus was a healer, both of people’s faith and of their bodies. If we are followers of Christ, then we must be healers as well.
October 1, 2017
Sermon Title: “We All Need Stretcher-Bearers”
Scripture Reference: Mark 2:1-12
At some point in our lives, we are going to need someone to carry us through a difficult time and get us to Jesus.
October 8, 2017
Sermon Title: “Jesus Sends Us Out to Care and Heal”
Scripture Reference: Luke 10:1-9
The work of caring for people is not limited to just one or two people in the congregation. Jesus recognized this and sent seventy-two out to heal the sick, cast out demons, and care for people.
Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
John and Charles Wesley focused much of their Advent preaching and hymn writing towards Jesus’ return. A Wesleyan focus on Advent requires our hearts to recognize the first advent of Jesus, but also to direct our hearts to his second advent. How is Jesus showing up in the world today and in your own life? This series is meant to give people an opportunity to observe a holy Advent, and to prepare them to see Jesus in the coming year.
December 3, 2017
Sermon Title: “Waiting in Hope”
Scripture Reference: Psalm 130:5-8
We wait for when the Lord will return; but as we wait we are to be disciples and work towards bringing the kingdom of God here on this earth.
December 10, 2017
Sermon Title: “Yearning for Peace and Light”
Scripture Reference: Isaiah 9:6-7
Jesus was given to us. We didn’t have to do anything, act a certain way, or do certain things. We are given Jesus; the expectation is that we will give Jesus as well.
December 17, 2017
Sermon Title: “Singing for Joy”
Scripture Reference: Psalm 113
We should all sing praise to the Lord all of the time because we have been blessed beyond measure.
December 24, 2017
Sermon Title: “Jesus is Coming”
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:8-16
We are so busy with our jobs that we often miss out on Jesus. The shepherds leave their jobs to go see Jesus.
December 31, 2017
Sermon Title: “Living by Faith”
Scripture Reference: Micah 5:2-5
The people of Israel lived in faith for centuries waiting for the Messiah. We should live by faith by serving Jesus until he returns.
Fanny Crosby, 1820 – 1915, is one of the most beloved hymnists of all time. Blind shortly after birth, she was a student and accomplished poet at the New York Institute for the Blind, even performing for U.S. Presidents. Saved at the Eighteenth Street United Methodist Church in New York City, she turned her poetry to hymn writing. It is believed she composed over 8,000 hymns, many under different names because hymnal editors would often limit the number of hymns by the same author. Her hymns have stood as a testament to a faith that is demonstrated by her life and her words.
January 14, 2018
Sermon Title: “I Am Thine, O Lord”
Scripture Reference: Romans 8:9-17
We are children of God, controlled not by sin but by the Spirit. Through Christ we can count on future glory.
January 21, 2018
Sermon Title: “Blessed Assurance”
Scripture Reference: 1 John 5:10-12
The assurance we have of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
January 28, 2018
Sermon Title: “To God Be the Glory”
God loved us first; in his great mercy, he sent his Son, and through him, all can find glory in salvation.
February 4, 2018
Sermon Title: “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior”
Scripture Reference: Luke 18:35-43
When everything is going against us, do we believe that if we cry out, “Do not pass me by,” Christ will hear us?
February 11, 2018
Sermon Title: “Rescue the Perishing”
Scripture Reference: Luke 4:14-21
Jesus came to seek the lost, heal the sick, release the prisoners, and preach good news to the poor. As his followers, this should be our focus and ministry as well.