In this beloved story from John 11:1-45, Jesus dramatically raises his friend Lazarus from the dead. But don’t we all have a little bit of Lazarus in us? Parts of us that are at best lost and hurting, if not outright dead? Listen to hear how Jesus summons all of us to new life, even though this means risks, and how he calls us to be a community where we who once were dead are “unbound.”
We continue hearing the rich stories from the Gospel of John where Jesus interacts with ordinary people and creates a stir with his words and deeds. Pastor Paige puts the congregation into the story of John 9:1-41. She explores why the characters in this story were so upset and confused by Jesus healing a man who was born blind. Shouldn’t that miracle be something to rejoice over? Jesus takes the most humble of elements, dirt and spit, and uses them to create a miracle. How might Jesus be using the ordinary materials of our lives to transform us and others today?
In John 4:5-42, Jesus offers those who believe in him "living water." But what most often keeps us from finding true refreshment for our souls is that we want to keep God squeezed into our ideas, leaving us with only enough space in our hearts for little "sips" of God.
Nicodemus, a religious leader, comes to Jesus at night. They get into a deep discussion of how God creates faith, and how we become children of God (John 3:1-17). Nicodemus doesn’t fully comprehend the free gift of God’s love and grace, but as he talks with Jesus, he moves in the direction of greater insight. Jesus compares the Holy Spirit to the wind, and invites Nicodemus to consider how God’s Spirit is on the move. Jesus points Nicodemus to the fullness of God’s love, for everyone, everywhere, in one of the most famous verses in the Bible: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16).
We can resist anything, except temptation, right? On this first Sunday in Lent, we hear two very different stories of temptation: Adam and Eve tempted by the serpent in the Garden (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7), and Jesus tempted by the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). Looking at these encounters, we discover why we can’t face temptation on our own, and how Jesus can reshape our heart and mind, so that we can think faithfully, truly, and well when we encounter evil.
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of spiritual renewal and refocusing. The prophet Joel called God’s people to “return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2:1-2, 12-17). Looking at his words and King David's great prayer of confession in Psalm 51, we consider why “repentance” is so important: we cannot cross a distance we don’t admit is there.
We ended our sermon series on the great “I AM” statements of Jesus with the promise of John 15:1-13, where Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Pastor Paige explored the question, “How can I make a difference?” and helped us think about the various ways we bear fruit in our lives when we stay connected to the true vine that is Christ.
Who will you become? What is the “real you,” your “true self?” In John 14:1-6 & 12-14, Jesus reveals himself as our Way into a life that is true and eternal. It is so easy to settle for a “false self,” one that is so much less than who Jesus saves and calls us to be. Listen and hear how Jesus can set you free to become the person God created you to be!
Christians are not immune to struggles. Trials and difficulties can either drive us further from God, or bring us closer to him. Learning how to face struggles faithfully is an essential part of growing into Christian maturity. But the real answer isn’t about us, it’s about Jesus. In John 11:17-26, Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He does not promise to eliminate our struggles, but to give us life that will overcome them.
Apologies for the sound quality on this sermon; there was a microphone issue!
It can be hard to know who we can trust, when many competing voices are trying to get our attention and our loyalty. In John 10:11-21, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” He explains why he is a shepherd (the sheep know his voice) and why he is a good and trustworthy one (he lays down his life for his sheep). Jesus is not content to keep his flock small, either. He wants the good news of his love for all people to spread, so others will hear his voice and be drawn into his flock. Jesus never forces our trust. He wins it by proving himself to be the one who loves us above all others, by laying down his own life for us, his sheep.
When we look to Jesus, the light of the world, (John 8:12-16, 25-30) we can see our lives, our Savior, and our path forward more clearly. In this sermon in our series on the “I AM” statements of Jesus, Pastor Paige describes how Jesus calls us to move from the darkness of sin into the light of his love, and how we can share the light of Christ with others.
In this sermon in our series on the "I AM" statements from the Gospel of John, Pastor Eric challenges us to consider whether we are striving for what truly matters: Jesus, the Bread of Life. The sermon is drawn from John 6:25-35.
The 2016 election felt like "the end" for many, either in a good way or a bad way. In this sermon, preached on the Sunday after the election, Pastor Eric helps us to understand events in a Gospel perspective. The prophet Malachi (Malachi 4:1-2a) and the apocalyptic preaching of Jesus (Luke 21:5-19) call us to faithfulness to the true Lord of heaven and earth, and to compassion for all people.
As part of 2016's Generosity (Stewardship) Campaign called "Change My World," Pastor Paige looks at how our faith and generosity can make an eternal impact on our community. The sermon is based on Luke 12:22-34.
In John 10:1-10, Jesus uses a series of images to invite us into a deeper, more abundant life. Pastor Eric lifts up the challenge that the voices we listen to shape our identity, and that only by listening to the voice of Jesus can we become our true selves. As we discover more of who Jesus is, we discover more of who we are called to be.
On a cold and snowy day in Milford, Pastor Paige preaches on the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist from Matthew 3:13-17. This sermon begins our series looking at who Jesus is, and how we can find our true selves only by finding the One who saves us.