Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Religious Skubala

The people of God are routinely warned against profanity. From Proverbs in the Old Testament, to the words of Jesus in the Gospels, and throughout the New Testament, believers are constantly warned about the dangers of an untamed tongue. So what could possibly have driven a man who wrote the majority of the books in our New Testament to cuss? Join us for part 6 of Losing My Religion where we look at one of the most provocative words recorded…

House of Cards

On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as the cathedral at Netre Dame burned. Estimates for rebuilding the cathedral are now approaching 2 billion dollars. The secular French government has committed to its reconstruction, “no matter the cost.” For many, Notre Dame and buildings like it stand as a representation of their religious traditions. For others, it is more about national pride and the cathedral’s history, art, and architecture. The deconstruction of such buildings is a tragedy affecting…

Bad Religion

The word “religion” stirs all kinds of emotions in us. They may be positive emotions associated with faith, traditions, and our connection with God. Or, they could be negative memories of manipulation, hypocrisy, or abuse. You might expect the Bible to offer a purely positive definition of “religion,” but in reality, the Bible offers more warnings about the dangers of religion than a positive defense of it. Join us for part three of Losing My Religion where we explore the…

The Holy Hand Grenade

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. It is considered by many to be the foundation of two major world religions. It has been used by all kinds of people to justify all kinds of good and bad things done in the name of religion. But what if the Bible is not primarily a religious text, but a record of the failure of religion? What if the Bible is not the treasure, but merely the map pointing us…

Licking Cups

Recent surveys have revealed that a growing number of people no longer identify with any religion. They do not claim to be protestant or catholic, they are not affiliated with Islam or Hinduism, they simply claim no religious affiliation. They have come to be known as “nons.” If this group were its own religion, it would be the fastest growing in America. Jesus was a friend to the irreligious. He attracted the sinners and the tax collectors while the religious…

Unlimited

When we think about boundaries it is easy to think only about those boundaries God has set for us, but it is also important to consider how God Himself has chosen to work and relate to us within certain boundaries. Why would an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God restrict Himself to the boundaries of time, space, temptation, and suffering? Join us for the conclusion of the Boundaries series to learn the answer and to discover the secret to living the unlimited…

The Prison of Pain

There has never been a society more averse to suffering than ours. We have perfected the art of reducing, eliminating, medicating – and if all else fails – hiding pain and suffering. But pain and suffering are an inescapable part of the human condition. The question is, to what end? Do the boundaries created by our frail bodies and the pain and suffering we endure in this life tell us anything about God? Join us for the next installment of…

Sex and Marriage

Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s, it might appear as if our society has become more and more sexually promiscuous. In reality, however, we’ve probably just become more open about the promiscuity that has always existed. The early church faced a culture that had very destructive beliefs and practices related to human sexuality. One of the things that set early Christians apart was their understanding of the beauty and sacredness of human sexuality as designed by God.…

Temptation

You may not consider temptation to be a boundary God uses to direct your path, but throughout history, great people of faith have struggled with all kinds of temptations. Some successfully resisted, and others gave in, but all came to understand that the temptations they faced were boundaries marking out God’s place of protection and provision. Even Jesus faced intense temptation as He began His public ministry. In part six of Boundaries, we will consider the temptations Jesus faced and…

Credit Limits

Money is perhaps the most recognizable of all boundaries. Most of us have been in a situation where we have felt the constraints of not having enough money to do what we wanted or even needed to do. The Bible has a lot to say about money and how we use it – not because God needs our money – but because money and how we think about it is so deeply connected to our spiritual well-being. Join us for…

Making Time with Jesus

Have you ever wished for more time? Maybe it was so you could meet a deadline, or for a vacation to last a little longer. We have all felt like we are running out of time. In fact, the Bible tells us that our days are numbered! Time is an immovable boundary that forces us to make choices with what we will do with the limited time we have. “In the fullness of time,” the Bible says, Jesus entered into…

Fences, Neighbors, and Good Samaritans

The relationships we value create boundaries in our lives. A commitment to our spouse, our responsibilities to our children or parents, and the needs of friends all create certain limitations in our lives. These relational boundaries can be very difficult to identify and are frequently crossed. This creates relational conflict that impacts our lives in significant ways. Join us for part three of boundaries where we will look at four stories from the Bible the illustrate appropriate relational boundaries and…