31Mar

S8E49: The Coming Kingdom (Journey to the Cross pt. 7)

Sermon #437

Like so many other stories in the Bible, the account of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem is so familiar to us that we might just gloss over it's deeper meaning.  What we see in these eleven brief verses in Mark's gospel is that Jesus is who he says he is - the very Son of God, God of very God, and complete and utter master over time and space.  And what we might deem as human failure after such a great victory, God considered to be the ultimate victory over sin and death.  This Palm Sunday I pray that you will hear these words anew and learn from God's Spirit as we celebrate God's coming kingdom.

Mark 11:1-11

Recorded at Hudson UMC on March 28, 2021

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30Mar

S2E47: Hosanna! (Palm Sunday 2015)

Sermon #106

The Palm Sunday narrative is a very familiar one that even non-Christians know.  More than the fact that the crowds welcomed Jesus one day and a week later condemned him, we today can learn from this text that sometimes the change we desire is not the change that God has planned.  But rather than lament the fact that our will is not done, we need to counter our human nature and trust in Him completely. So grab your Bible, turn it to Mark chapter 11, and prepare your heart and mind as we join the crowds singing Hosanna!

Mark 11:1-11

Recorded at Hudson UMC on March 29, 2015 (Originally published May 13, 2015)

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24Mar

S2E46: We Wish to See Jesus (Lent 2015)

Sermon #105

Jesus' ministry began with the Jews, God's chosen people whom he came to save.  But in today's text we see a group of non-Jews seeking to find Jesus, and to see what all the comotion is about.  Like the Greeks, we need to see Jesus revealed to us, not just as a great teacher, not just as a worker of miracles, but as the very Son of God who came to the world He created, to save it from sin and death.  So grab your Bible, turn it to John chapter 12, and prepare your heart and mind as we declare, We wish to see Jesus.

John 12:20-33

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on March 22, 2015 (Originally published May 11, 2015)

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23Mar

S8E48: The Hour Has Come (Journey to the Cross pt. 6)

Sermon #435

Chapter 12 of John's gospel marks a turning point in Jesus' ministry.  While the previous eleven chapters were demonstrating through Christ's teaching and miracles that he is God, now we see Jesus setting his face to Jerusalem and the cross, and it begins when a group of Greeks come to Philip seeking Jesus.  Jesus announces that now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified, but not in the way that we would think.  We would think of his glory being demonstrated in being crowned on a throne, but Jesus' glory came as he was nailed to a cross.

John 12:20-33

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on March 21, 2021

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19Mar

S4E08: The Gospel in One Verse pt. 2

Sermon #188

We've been looking at what the gospel is, and we get that the gospel is the good news.  But sometimes in order to understand the good news, we first have to hear the bad news.  Today as we continue our look at the Gospel in one verse, we are going to see why the bad news is really bad, and how that makes the good news that much better.

John 3:13-17

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 18, 2016 (Originally published September 22, 2016)

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17Mar

S4E07: The Gospel in One Verse pt. 1

Sermon #188

John 3:16.  We see it everywhere we look, at football games and golf tournaments, there's usually someone holding up a sign that says John 3:16.  Even non-Christians are sometimes able to quote this verse.  As Christians, we understand that this single verse of scripture holds the entirety of the gospel, and yet many of us are confused as to what the gospel is, exactly.  Today on Guerrilla Christianity, we will look at what the gospel is, why it matters, and how to find it in its entirety in this one verse, John 3:16.  Now, if you would, open your Bible to John chapter 3 and prepare your heart and mind as we find the gospel in one verse.

John 3:13-17

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 18, 2016 (Originally published September 21, 2016)

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15Mar

S8E47: Looking to the Cross (Journey to the Cross pt. 5)

Sermon #435

There is an odd story in the book of Numbers that involves venomous snakes biting the people (sent as a judgment by God for their disobedience).  Instead of removing the snakes, God instructs Moses to put a bronze serpent on a pole so that anyone who is bitten by a venomous snake can look at it and live.  Jesus tells us in John chapter 3 that the bronze serpent is a type of the cross, meaning that God was pointing to Jesus on the cross in that moment.  So what can we learn about the cross from that story?  We will be looking at that and more in today's message in our Lenten series, Journey to the Cross.

John 3:14-21 (Numbers 21:4-9)

Recorded at Hudson UMC on March 14, 2021

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10Mar

S2E45: What’s Wrong Here? (Lent 2015)

This week as we continue our Lenten journey we encounter a Jesus that we don't often see or even want to think about.  Jesus' righteous indignation at the Temple moneychangers and merchants was justified, but what was he really angry about?  We take a deeper look into the practice of sacrifice and why the moneychangers were necessary, and perhaps uncover some of the reason Jesus drove them out of the temple.  It's a powerful image that can help us understand our relationship with God today.  So Grab your Bible, turn it to John chapter 2, and prepare your heart and mind as we ask the question, "What's wrong here?"

John 2:13-22

Recorded at Hudson UMC on March 8, 2015 (Originally published April 13, 2015)

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8Mar

S8E46: The Message of the Cross (Journey to the Cross pt. 4)

Sermon #434

We can sometimes find ourselves frustrated when sharing the gospel with our friends and neighbors.  We wonder to ourselves, why don't they get it?  After all, we get it!  But Paul reminds us in his letter to the church in Corinth that those who are unsaved simply cannot understand the gospel, because it is foolishness to them.  In fact, it takes a move of the Spirit for us to finally understand what it means that we were sinners and deserving of God's wrath, but God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die the death we deserve, so that we may live forever in His name.  To the world it's nonsense.  To those of us who are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on March 7, 2021

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5Mar

S2E44: Our Misdirected Hearts (Lent 2015)

Sermon #103

Jesus told us that we are to deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him.  In this day and age, however, we are so far removed from crucifixion as a means of execution that we don't fully understand the weight of his words.  Today we take an in-depth look at what it means to deny ourselves, and why we need to take up our cross - our instrument of execution - daily.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Mark chapter 8, and prepare your heart and mind as we examine our misdirected hearts.

Mark 8:31-38

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on March 1, 2015 (Originally published March 9, 2015)

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