10/30/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Something to Drink”
Sermon – Something to Drink
Matthew 25: 31-46. In one of his last times with his followers, Jesus paints a picture of the whole human family brought together at the end of time. The Son of Man separates the people, the righteous from the unrighteous. One aspect of what divides the two groups comes down to something as simple as “how did you respond to human need.”
Scripture – Matthew 25: 31-46
10/23/11 – John Kwan – “Not One, But Two”
Sermon – Not One, But Two
Matthew 22: 34-46. In today’s scripture, we find that Jesus is being challenged yet again. A lawyer, an expert in the Torah, poses a question to Jesus in the hopes of entrapping him in some form of blasphemous teaching about the law. Jesus responds to his question and in the process offers a key to unlock understanding the law.
Scripture – Matthew 22: 34-46
10/16/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Image Problem”
Sermon – Image Problem
Matthew 22: 15-22. A group of religious and political opponents ask Jesus a question to which there is no easy answer, hoping that he will stumble. Jesus finds a way to turn the question around, leaving them (and us) with a deeper question to ponder.
Scripture – Matthew 22: 15-22
10/09/11 – Earl Butler – “Happiest Place on Earth”
Sermon – Happiest Place on Earth
Colossians 3: 12-17. In this week’s scripture, we see Paul concerned that the church in Colossae was reverting to pagan and old traditions opposite of Jesus’ teachings. Instead of scolding them, he gracefully gives them instruction of life habits that are more appropriate.
Scripture – Colossians 3: 12-17
10/02/11 – Jonathan Chute – “Be My Guest”
Sermon – Be My Guest
Matthew 22: 1-14. In this week’s gospel, Jesus describes a king who prepares a wedding feast to celebrate the marriage of his son but then discovers that none of the originally-invited guests still plan to come. The king is determined to hold the banquet, so he sends his servants to gather anyone who wants to come. EVERYONE is invited, but if you don’t want to be there, you don’t have to come – and you don’t get to stay. So, implies Jesus, it is with the kingdom of God.
Scripture – Matthew 22: 1-14