Sermons (Page 2)

Sermons (Page 2)

Sanctity and Civility: Compassion and Complexity

Sermon by Pastor Joshua Demi For the past few weeks, we have been talking about the The Bible talks about how we ought to to relate to one another amongst differences.  We started by talking about how our identity is ultimately in Christ.  All people’s ultimate, their most fundamental identity is in God, all people are made in the image of God, and all believers are in Christ, have “put on Christ” in Paul’s words, and whether else we may…

Sanctity and Civility: A Tale of Two Friends

Primary Text: Job 36:24-32 “Remember to extol his work,     of which mortals have sung. 25 All people have looked on it;     everyone watches it from far away. 26 Surely God is great, and we do not know him;     the number of his years is unsearchable. 27 For he draws up the drops of water;     he distills[q] his mist in rain, 28 which the skies pour down     and drop upon mortals abundantly. 29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,     the thunderings of his pavilion?…

Sanctity and Civility: Fighting the Real Battle

Primary Text: Ephesians 6:10-12 Introduction and Sermon by Pastor Joshua Demi Introduction Our text for today is not the one printed in our bulletin or projected on the screens.  I had intended to preach a sermon series about conflict and the church that would begin with practical lessons from scripture about how to deal with conflict, which would build to a discussion about how these practical lessons fit into the bigger picture of the nature of conflict and where the…

Named and claimed

4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming…

Thinking Biblically: Reading the Bible as a Whole

Primary Text: Hebrews 111:-12: Scripture quotes in this sermon are from the NRSV, unless otherwise cited. Although it was not read in it’s entirety in two of the three services, Hebrews 11 is included here in it’s entirety. 11 ” Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is…

Thinking Biblically: Introducing Prophecy

Primary Text: Zephaniah 3:14-20 All scripture references in this sermon are from the NRSV, unless otherwise noted. 14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;     shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart,     O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,     he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;     you shall fear disaster no more. 16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion;…

Thinking Biblically: Wisdom Literature

Primary Text: Job 28 1 “Surely there is a mine for silver,     and a place for gold to be refined. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth,     and copper is smelted from ore. 3 Miners put[a] an end to darkness,     and search out to the farthest bound     the ore in gloom and deep darkness. 4 They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation;     they are forgotten by travelers,     they sway suspended, remote from people. 5 As for the earth, out of…

Thinking Biblically – Reading the Epistles

What does it mean to thrive?  What does it mean to live abundantly?  Was Tolkien right?  Is it true that all that is gold does not glitter, that not all who wander are lost, that the old that is strong does not wither, that deep roots are not reached by the frost?  Paul’s implicit answers to questions like these, permeate this ancient and famous expression of hope.  So, let’s take a moment to walk through it, so that we can…

Thinking Biblically: The Gospels – Reading the Parables

  Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.“Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do…