One of Martin Luther’s greatest Reformation insights was that in the Bible, God speaks with two voices: the Law and the Gospel. In the Law, God tells us what we are to do; in the Gospel, he gives us grace and new life. Law exposes our flaws; Gospel heals them. Law makes demands; Gospel gives promises. Discover how you can listen for these “two voices” through this sermon based on 1Timothy 1:3-9 and Matthew 5:17-20.
On All Saints’ Sunday, we thank God for the saints who have gone before us into glory and we also reflect on our own calling to be saints. Today’s sermon, on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and Matthew 16:21-28, echoes Martin Luther’s desire to put the Cross at the center of Christian faith and life with the conviction that “the Cross is where saints are made."
On the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Pastor Paige opened with the story from John 12:20-36a of some Greeks at a festival who told Jesus’ disciple, Philip, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus." The Greeks longed to be insiders like the disciples. On Reformation Sunday, we celebrate the great truth Martin Luther discovered when he dove into God’s Word 500 years ago: we are saved by grace through faith. That makes us all insiders. We are able to have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, not because we earn it, but because God gives us his love as a free gift through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. The sermon ends with ideas for how we can live out that great gift today, and share God’s grace with those around us.
On this stewardship Commitment Sunday, Pastor Eric challenges us to look at what the real commitments in our life are. The good news of the Gospel is Christ’s commitment to us, which can become the rock on which we build lives of devotion to the work of God. The sermon draws from Isaiah 44:1-5 and Matthew 7:24-29. Listen and be challenged and encouraged!
Christians are called to be generous. But when we think about faith and money, we often tend to think about God wanting to take more of our money. Exploring 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 and Matthew 6:24-33, Pastor Eric calls us to see God first and foremost as Giver, not taker, and to consider how God’s generosity can empower us to be generous in our lives.