A people of faith, our call to share in community with one another is not just about loving thy neighbor. Jesus says that our call as people of faith is to share as family with one another. We mourn together, rejoice together, weep together, and laugh together. This is not just our church, this is our family.
When we only do what we do because of surface level rationale like, “the Bible says so,” we tend to be dis-interested or marginally engaged. Knowing why we do something is necessary for deep faithfulness. This is vitally true for serving others. If we don’t know why we serve, can we really serve well?
We are so quick to point out the faults in others, especially as it gives us a beneficial leg-up or increase in personal well-being. But Jesus refuses to engage with those who skew the Biblical word for personal gain. On which side of the proverbial line in the sand do you stand?
It’s one thing to know the biblical text. It’s another to be willing to follow it without question. How often do we engage in theological debate simply to avoid share love with those we choose to hate?
The celebration of Christmas is about a reminder that the world today does not need a new savior. We have a Savior, and he doesn’t live in a gold-adorned high-rise.
Jesus is God’s material gift to humanity even still today. What if we used this giving model for our giving to others at Christmas?
At the call of the prophet in Isaiah 51, today we receive a State of the Church report, where we look back to see from where we have come, to look around and acknowledge where we are today, and to hear the vision of what God may have in store for us in the future.
The witness of God’s will in the life of Jesus Christ proves God’s love for all humanity, regardless the color of their skin, their perceived or expressed gender or sexual identity, their faith or lack thereof, their country of origin or their country of citizenship.
There is an ancient debate in the religious community that pits the law against God’s grace. Which is more important? Is the law still important given Christ’s sacrifice? John Wesley tackles these hard questions in this sermon.
We should not blame God for Adam’s sin; instead, we should bless God for using that singular act to lay the framework for the witness of truth and love through the sacrifice of the Son of God.