Sermon of July 8, 2012–“Ready or not, here I come!”

Mark 6:1-13 6:1 He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.  6:2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What…

Sermon of June 10, 2012–“Binding the Strong Man”

Mark 3:20-35 3:20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 3:21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 3:22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the…

Sermon of April 15, 2012–“Sunday Evening”

I’ve honestly never noticed the sentence that comes right after the “Peace be with you” statement of the Risen Jesus. I guess I’ve always just focused on that peace which passes all understanding. However, this year what came to me very strongly was the sentence which comes after the Peace: “As the Father has sent…

Children’s Easter Lesson: How to Live Like Jesus

http://youtu.be/IvYUq301J7s

For several weeks leading up to Easter, Ryan’s lessons for the older youth (preteen/teen) and my lessons for the younger youth paved the way for the story of Easter. Ryan unvelied the personalities and history of each disciple as I taught the younger kids (ages 4+) various things about Jesus’s life. And more recently, I have been collaborating with Mrs. Graham on lessons for the children she cares for in the nursery (ages 0-3).

For the week of Easter, our groups joined together for the Easter lesson. Ryan’s most regular Sunday school attendee, Miriam, presented the other children with a lesson she prepared herself. The children have all been taught about Jesus’s birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection so her lesson focused on one of the most important things of all—how to live like Jesus.

Why did I entrust one of the most important lessons of the year to a youngster? Well to start, I enjoy being creative with my lessons. It keeps the kids interested and it makes church fun. Also, children learn best from other children. Her peers are much more interested in what she has to say than what I have to say. And sometimes the teacher learns just as much, if not more, than the student. In this case, Miriam applied what she had learned from Ryan about the disciples by actually being a disciple herself by teaching this lesson and spreading the word of God to the other children.

Jesus, as a teacher, had many ways in which he disciplined his students. And discipline does not mean punishment. God did not come to earth as man to punish us…he could have easily done that from above. He came down as Jesus to TEACH us a better way of living and to free us from our sins. In Latin, the word discipline actually means “to teach” and just as you would teach a child how to behave, Jesus taught us how to live.

Sermon of February 26–“Called to Inconvenience”

We began our sermon series for Lent called–The Power of Kingdom Living–and the focus is how to live day by day in a complex, confusing world. My focus this week was a little known prophet, Miciah ben Imlah from 1 Kings Chapter 22. He prophesied about the truth, even though he knew it might cost…

Sermon of February 12, 2012–“The Greatest Show On Earth”

Photo: Copyright Paul McIlroy and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: 24Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive…

Thursday Morning Update–January 19, 2012

Dear Friends and Members of Emmanuel Reformed Church, This Sunday is the Third Sunday after Epiphany and in worship we will be talking about the call to the disciples, as recorded in Mark’s Gospel Chapter 1. We will also be Affirming the Ministry of Ryan Lucas, who is a Member in Discernment and Student in…

Sermon of January 15, 2012–God’s Choice, Not Mine

This past Sunday’s sermon was a reflection on Jesus’ calling the disciples as we have it in John’s Gospel, Chapter 1:43-51. I’ll get another crack at a similar story this upcoming Sunday when I’ll be preaching on Mark’s version of the calling of the disciples in Mark 1:14-20. God’s Choice, not mine