Sermon: The Holy Spirit

[This sermon was part of a series on the Apostles’ Creed. It may be helpful to read the creed and its exposition in the Heidelberg Catechism, which were recited corporately prior to the sermon.] In our journey through the core teachings of the Christian faith, we have arrived at God the Holy Spirit. The Spirit…

Sermon: Philadelphia

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Revelation, chapter 3, beginning in verse 7. Revelation is in the New Testament – the last book in the Bible. We have been listen to God’s word this summer from the book of revelation in order to tune our hearts to the gospel in a…

Sermon: Living After Easter

What do we do now? Many of us had to get up and get to work on Monday. Sunday was Easter. We heard the amazing true story that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, died and then rose again from the dead. He who had died was now alive again. The tomb is empty. Jesus…

First Glance: John 21

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15) The story of Jesus’ breakfast on the beach with the disciples is one of restoration. Peter, who…

First Glance: Acts 15:1-35

For Moses has been preached in every city since the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath. (Acts 15:21) Acts 15 begins with the church in conflict about entrance in the community. The members of the party of the Pharisees believed that the Jewish rite of circumcision should be required of…

First Glance: John 9:1-41

“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.” (This word means Sent). John 9:7 The ninth chapter of John tells the story of a healing and its aftermath. Jesus is traveling with his disciples when they come upon a man who has been blind from birth. The disciples inquire whether there is some…

First Glance: Jonah 4

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Jonah 4:9 Chapter 3 of Jonah ends with what would have seemed the perfect opportunity to celebrate. The disaster is averted, the people saved, God decided not to destroy Nineveh! People should…