Sermon: Begin with Prayer

Turn in your Bibles with me to Acts, chapter 1, verses 1 through 14. Acts 1:1-14. Acts is the fifth book in the New Testament, right after the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Acts was written by Luke as a companion to his account of the gospel. It picks up right where the... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Go In & Go Out

I invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to Exodus, chapter 30. Exodus 30:17-21. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. This winter we are exploring the intersection of worship and mission. We are looking at how God instructed his people to worship in the tabernacle, how that pointed ahead to Christ, and what that... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Isaac in Gerar

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, our rock and our redeemer. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Genesis 26. Genesis 26. Genesis is the first book in the... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Heart of God

Father, we lift up our hearts to you, asking that you would shape us by your word to trust you completely and that you would lead our hearts to beat like yours for the nations. Amen. If we were writing the book of Jonah, we might have wanted to end it with chapter 3. That... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Overthrowing Nineveh

Father, open our ears to hear your Word. Open our hearts to receive it. Open our mouths to speak it. In Jesus’ name, Amen. When I was sixteen, I went to church camp for a week during the summer. It was a camp I loved, the very place where a year before God had called... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Praying for Mission

Father, may your Word be our rule, your holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. This winter, we are fixing our focus on the call of God upon the congregation here at Bethel. We are called to “Share Christ in Community.” What does that look like? How are... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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