Passage: Matthew 5:13-16 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection https://nscbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Sermon0926.mp3 Sermon Summary In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins by describing the character of the Christian community (Matt. 5:2-11). In the section that follows, Jesus describes the mission of this community, and the impact that it is called to
Passage: Matthew 4:23-5:12 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection https://nscbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/0919.mp3 Sermon Summary Jesus created an “upside-down” kingdom by blessing those whom nobody else considered “blessed”—those with nothing. This was as revolutionary in Jesus’ day as it is in ours—and as shocking as a beggar sitting on an empty box
As we kick off another fall season and try to organize ourselves around perhaps new schedules and demands, I would like to share from my experience the value of committing to a small group. One thing I have learned is that life is full of surprises, some good and some
Passage: Excerpts from Matthew 4-7 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection https://nscbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/0912.mp3 Sermon Summary Today, many people ignore Christianity because the church itself seems not to take Jesus’ teachings seriously. It is crucial, therefore, for the church today—and in every generation—to embody the radical difference that Jesus makes in
Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:8-14 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection https://nscbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/sermon0905_1.mp3 Sermon Summary At the end of Ecclesiastes, the narrator (a separate writer from the Preacher) reemerges, commenting on and summing up the Preacher’s attempts to find the key to life “under the sun”. First, the narrator affirms that even
Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection https://nscbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/sermon0829.mp3 Sermon Summary Death is a tragic reality that every one of us must face in a fallen world. The Teacher in Ecclesiastes is aware of this, and in Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 he instructs us in how to live wisely in
Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection https://nscbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sermon0822.mp3 Sermon Summary We live in a world marked by time, chance, and randomness—a world where our best work can be wiped away by circumstances outside of our control. In Ecclesiastes 11:1-6, the Teacher helps us come to grips with
Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection https://nscbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Sermon0815.mp3 Sermon Summary Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 helps us navigate the unfolding experiences of our life as they come, when we don’t know what they’re all adding up to. In Ecclesiastes 3, the Teacher observes a riddle that is at the heart