Sermons by Gary Lee Webber (Page 3)

Jesus and Death Row Inmates

Even as Jesus was dying on the cross, He proved to be a friend to sinners. Jesus was crucified between two other men who had also been condemned to die. Both of these men were guilty. Both had been convicted. Both men would be dead within a few hours and both men were in close proximity to Jesus. But only one would accept Jesus’ offer of friendship. Join us for part five of Jesus: Friend of Sinners as we consider…

Motley Crew

As Jesus assembled His disciples, He was not looking for the religious credentials you might have expected. Instead, He called fishermen, tax collectors, political malcontents, and otherwise completely unremarkable people. Join us for part four of Jesus, Friend of Sinners as we explore how God chooses and uses a motley crew to reach a diverse world.  Passage (read them): Luke 5:27-39 Luke 6:12-16 Principles (know them): Old Wine: Religion                     New Wine: JesusOld Wineskins: Priests               New Wineskins: The Priesthood of all Believers Old Wine: The Law     …

With Friends Like These

If Jesus was a friend of sinners, then it stands to reason that people who follow Jesus should be friends of sinners, too. But how, exactly do we do that? Join us for part three of Jesus, Friend of Sinners as we see how four of Jesus’ earliest followers modeled the kind of friendship that can changes sinner into saints. Passage (read it): Luke 5:17-26 Principles (know them): Friends of sinners . . . . . . genuinely care.. . .…

Unclean!

Social distancing and mask mandates have made us all more aware of the potential for contamination. In Bible times, people who were infected with various diseases were required to yell, “Unclean!” as they made their way in public. Masks, social distancing, and yelling “unclean” are all motivated by the same idea — unhealthy people contaminate healthy people. It doesn’t work the other way around. A sick person doesn’t get well because they are touched by a healthy person … unless…

Before and After

Even the most basic reading of the Gospels tells us that Jesus was loved by sinners and repeatedly challenged and questioned by the religious people of His day. In fact, Jesus’ harshest words were not directed towards people far from God, but rather to those who claimed to be the closest. Then why does it seem like the church caters to the religious and resists the “sinners” of our day? Why do sinners often resist the church and Jesus’ followers…

Rejected

When Nazareth’s favorite son showed up to preach His first public sermon, He received a lot of support from the crowd. But Jesus quickly moved from hero to zero when His friends and neighbors threatened to kill Him for something He said. What turned Jesus’ hometown crowd against Him? Join us for part five of Inception to learn how embracing God’s mission challenges our preconceived notions and reveals hidden biases. Passage (read it): Luke 4:14-30 Principles (know them): Racism is…

Temptations

Nothing makes us aware of the power of temptation more than a determination to avoid temptation. Start a diet and suddenly everything not on your diet becomes a temptation. Make the decision to stop a habit or abstain from something and suddenly the thing that you are trying to avoid has a power that it didn’t seem to have before. Join us for part four of Inception where we learn from Jesus that every temptation is an invitation for transformation.   Passage (read it): Luke 3:21-22…

Origins

Genealogies are found throughout the Bible. Luke, being a good historian, included Jesus’ genealogy as part of his Gospel account. While these long lists of difficult to pronounce names are often overlooked in our Bible reading and study, it is important to understand why the Gospel writers and the early Christians thought they were so important. Join us for part three of Inception where we look at Jesus’ family tree to understand where Jesus comes from, who He is, and where He…

Prepare the Way

How should followers of Jesus respond to the chaos and discord of the world around us? The launching of Jesus’ ministry offers us an unexpected answer. Join us for part two of Inception where we explore the message of Jesus’ cousin John and how that message and Jesus’ response helps us begin the process of changing the world around us. Passage (read it): Luke 3:1-20 Principles (know them): The mission to change the world begins with the person in the…

The Good Doctor

How did we come to know and believe the stories of Jesus? Dr. Luke begins his Gospel with a description of how and why he wanted to capture the story of Jesus on paper. Join us for the first message in Inception as we explore the development, reliability and purpose of the Bible. Passage (read it): Luke 1:1-4 Principles (know them): The development of the Bible: A synthesis of human witness and divine inspiration 2 Timothy 3:15-16 & 2 Peter…

Above and Beyond

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 Who we are: We ARE the church! What we do: We make disciples and equip those who do. How we do it: Gather, Grow, Go! What’s Next? Above and Beyond: Ephesians 3:20-21 Gathering above and beyond.We will…

Be Ready

We are all ready to turn the page on 2020, hoping and praying that 2021 will be a better year! But with so many things out of our control, is there anything we can do to ensure that 2021 is a better year? Join us online for the last sermon in The Fullness of Time series where Pastor Gary Webber will share three examples that twelve-year-old Jesus set for us that are sure to make this a year that makes…