Our Father’s World

Passage: Matthew 6:25-34 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus repeatedly commanded his disciples: “Do not be anxious”. Never has this message been more needed than now, and nobody embodied this message more than Jesus himself. It is striking that, as many reasons as Jesus had to be anxious,…

Hope From Outside

Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In our culture today, we are experiencing an unprecedented loss of hope. From the ongoing pandemic to societal divisions to political gridlock, never have we needed a collective sense of hope more than we do now—and yet never has it seemed more elusive….

The Christian’s Treasure

Passage: Matthew 6:19-24 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus gets to the heart of things (literally) by addressing what we treasure. In fact, all that Jesus commands in the Sermon on the Mount will be possible only if we have Christ as our treasure—and the consequences of treasuring…

Seeking and Finding Joy this Season

Read below a report of two recent Christmas meals provided by our Evening Service and Downtown Dinner teams. Both are examples of God’s kingdom being shared and a practical way of proclaiming “great joy that will be for all the people” We have ventured forth to encourage meeting in person, face-to-face, more fully connecting, with…

Benedictus Restored

Passage: Luke 1:67-79 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary We all long for a world invested with meaning and hope, and we are a people hungry for praise. And yet, disappointment with God can shut our mouths to praise. Zechariah’s story, in Luke 1, is a story of how God brings people…

God Reorders Power

Passage: Luke 1:46-56 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Mary’s Song, or the Magnificat, situated at the beginning of Luke at the start of the Christmas story, is an ideal transition between the Old and New Testaments. It highlights the Old Testament themes of longing, desire, oppression, justice, mercy, faithfulness and trust,…

A Child’s Prayer

Passage: Matthew 6:7-15 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 stands at the literary and the thematic center of the whole Sermon on the Mount. If we can pray like Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer, it will grow us into the beautiful community Jesus is…

True Colors

Passage: Matthew 5:48-6:6; 6:16-18 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary In Matthew 5:48, Jesus says that we must be “perfect”—literally whole, or complete—“as our heavenly Father is perfect”. In many ways, this is the unifying theme of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is seeking disciples whose lives are “whole”—whose deeds match…

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