Sermons from February 2018

Sermons from February 2018

Great Expectations

Why do we fail to launch? Or, to ask it another way, why do we fail to initiate our God-given mission? One reason might be because we possess unrealistic or unfulfilled expectations. Such appears to be the case with the most notorious character in all of scripture. What do we know about Judas and how might his expectations affected his decision to betray Jesus? More importantly, how might our expectations prevent us from launching like Judas? Sermon Handout 14 Then one…

Under Throne

After completing the presentation of Jesus’ letters to the seven churches, John’s vision takes us to the throne room of God where John does his best to describe an infinite God with finite words. He compares what he saw to precious gemstones, natural phenomena, and bizarre creatures. The one thing that is consistent throughout his description is that all of the activities in this heavenly scenario were described in relation to the throne because the point of this vision was…

Don’t Get Comfortable

Don’t Get Comfortable (Handout) Why do we fail to launch? Or, to ask it another way, why do we fail to initiate our God-given mission? One reason might be because we have settled into a comfort zone, a figurative place or situation in which we operate with ease, feel safe, and experience minimal discomfort. Today we will examine three instances in Scripture where comfort zones were hindrances and from them discover what makes comfort zones so dangerous to our mission.…

Critical Condition

Jesus’ final letter to the seven churches of Asia was written to the church in Laodicea. This congregation, like the one in Sardis, received no commendation from Jesus. All they received were criticisms and corrections. What was the problem in this prosperous congregation that prevented it from being successful? Why was Jesus so critical of these Christians, and how does His message to the church in Laodicea serve as a warning to us? Sermon Handout 14 “And to the angel of…

Man On The Run

Sermon Handout Why do we fail to launch? Or, to ask it another way, why do we fail to initiate our God-given mission? One reason might be because we disagree with the assignment. Such appears to be the case with Jonah. Jonah is the notorious prophet who said, “No,” when God said, “Go.” But why did Jonah refuse to go? Today we will examine the motivations behind Jonah’s failure to launch in hopes that we won’t make the same mistake.…

Little Things

Jesus’ sixth letter in the book of Revelation was to the church in Philadelphia. This is the only congregation in Revelation to receive no criticism and no threat of persecution. As a result, one would assume that this is the church of which most people would want to be a part. Unfortunately, many might not place their membership here simply because it was a small congregation. Yet, we know that big things can come in little packages. So, what is…