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…

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…

Sermon: Thessalonica, Beroea, and Athens

Lord, open our ears to hear your Word. Open our lips to speak your truth, and strength our feet to walk the path you have placed before us. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Acts 17. Acts is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,…

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…

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…