Sermon Archive

Two Fathers That Count

A collaboration between the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, Send Relief is here to help you make a difference in your community and the world around you—because compassion ministry opens doors to the gospel. Sharing the love of Jesus is central to everything we do at Send Relief. Whether it’s responding to natural disasters, caring for refugees and displaced families, fighting human trafficking at home and abroad, supporting adoption and foster care efforts and strengthening communities facing economic and physical…

Where Do I Begin?

The Great Commission was given to Jesus’ followers to share God’s love to the entire world. That would be a BIG dream or goal. It can seem even more daunting because the Great Commission is a command to achieve. How is that possible? Where do I begin? Join us in a one-off message on how Paul modeled for us a way to make disciples of all nations in Romans 10. Passage (read it): Romans 10 Principle (know it): Practice (do…

A Woman’s Place

How would you finish this statement, “A woman’s place is ______________”? Depending on when this is asked, who answers, and the culture in which the conversation takes place, there is no limit to the number of possible responses. But the very idea that there is a “place” for women is something Jesus challenged in one of His most revealing comments about women and their role in His movement. Join us for the final message in Glass Ceilings, where we see…

And Also, Some Women

Ancient historical documents contain little information about or by women. Because of this, it can be difficult to develop an accurate picture of women throughout much of human history. One startling exception is the Bible which contains numerous pictures of women in the ancient world. Luke, a first-century physician and historian, was especially committed to recording the names and stories of women in the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. Join us for part four of Glass Ceilings…

Leveling the Playing Field

Cultures throughout history have always had specific social hierarchies. Still today, there are groups and classes of people who benefit from simply being born into a certain family or because of the language they speak or the color of their skin or because of their gender. But Jesus consistently leveled the playing field by recognizing the faith and value of all people. Join us for part three of Glass Ceilings where we will see Jesus’ response to the interruption of…

Double Standards

Since the time of Adam and Eve, there have been obvious double standards for men and women in almost every area of life. Luke frequently pairs stories of men and women together to highlight Jesus’ love and mission to redeem all of God’s creation. Join us for part two of Glass Ceilings where we see how the response of a Roman Centurion and a prostitute demonstrate Jesus’ radical grace and His universal offer of salvation for everyone regardless of who…

Mothers and Sons

There is a special connection between mothers and sons. As Jesus encountered a grieving mother in the town of Nain, He performed one of His most miraculous signs by raising the widow’s dead son. This not only brought the son back to life, it rescued this poor woman from a life of certain destitution. It’s not hard to imagine Jesus envisioning His own mother on the day of His crucifixion as He responds compassionately to this hopeless widow. Join us for the first sermon in the Glass Ceilings series as…

Fundamentals

It has been said that everything we really need to know in life was taught in kindergarten. The basic fundamentals of being human are so simple a child can understand them, yet so profound that we spend our entire lives trying to live them out. Jesus’ directions for how to be human are shockingly simple, abundantly clear, incredibly memorable and profoundly practical. But even after more than 2000 years, Jesus’ directions are still rarely applied. G.K. Chesterson put it best,…

Dealing with other Humans

Part of what makes “humaning” so hard is that we have to do it with other humans. The world teaches that the best way to deal with other people is to respect their humanity by not doing to them what we wouldn’t want them to do to us. In fact, this is the basic principle of the modern justice system and our basic concept of human rights. But a world built solely on what we “don’t” do is not a…

Your BLEST Life Now

#Blessed has become synonymous with material wealth and personal wellbeing. Even the sincerest believer will describe financial security, health, and a good reputation as “a blessing.” But Jesus’ definition of blessings and curses are very different from what people describe as blessings today. Join us for part two of How to be Human as we explore Jesus’ counterintuitive instructions for living our blest life now and later. Passage (read it): Luke 6:12-26 Principles (know them): To live your BLEST life…

Rhythm of Life

Medical science has concluded that a lack of sufficient rest can be responsible for everything from heart disease to certain types of cancer. The Bible was way ahead of medical science. Embedded in the earliest pages of the Old Testament, the Creator invites His creation to take a day off every week. By the time Jesus came on the scene, religion had weaponized this gift and made it a burden. Join us for part one of How to be Human…

Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt

There is a shadow of doubt over almost every aspect of our lives. From economic uncertainty and political instability to questions about environmental sustainability and global health, we are regularly confronted with conflicting theories about what to believe and how we should respond. At the end of the day, every choice we make requires a measure of faith. The question is not whether or not we have faith, but in what or whom we will place our faith. Join us…