Sermon Preview: March 25
In the book, A Wrinkle in Time, the young heroine receives strange gifts from her celestial protectors as she prepares to face the ominous IT. In addition to an odd pair of glasses, she is given the gift of her faults. She doesn’t realize the necessity of that gift until she is face to face with evil, but I won’t ruin the the rest of the story for you! In our sermon text for Palm Sunday, we read about a strange gift that King Jesus gives the church in Philippi (and you and me, too): the mind of Christ. What do we do with this strange gift, and how should it shape our pilgrimage this side of our heavenly inheritance? Join us this Sunday as we consider Philippians 2:5-11 and the strange gift from King Jesus.
Sermon Preview: March 18
With every passing year, the gap between what Christians profess to believe and what they actually do believe (and therefore do in light of that belief) grows. A recent survey by George Barna reveals that only 17% of Christians have a Christian worldview. Many of us, it seems, are just as influenced by political, spiritual, and materialist claims contrary to Scripture as we are by the Bible itself. I believe this gap widens in our own lives when we are confronted by circumstances that make us less willing to trust and follow God. So, John the Baptist is a good example to us of how to live in light of the gospel promises of God, when it seems like life isn’t going our way. Join us this Sunday as we conclude John 3 with John the Baptist exalting Jesus again for his fearful disciples.
Sermon Preview: March 11
This week, we turn to what is perhaps the most well-known verse of the entire Bible: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This verse comes in the middle of Jesus’ dialogue with Nicodemus, which we began last week. What does it mean for God to love the world? “Love” is such an emotionally charged word—does God love like we love? Join us this Sunday as we consider the love of God made manifest in the person and work of his Son.
Sermon Preview: March 4
On February 21, 2018, Billy Graham died at the age of 99. The evangelist was famous for his friendships with presidents, his worldwide crusade ministry, and his many books. Perhaps his best-known book was published in the 1970s, How to be Born Again. It chronicled the heart of the preacher’s constant message across the world: you must be born again. Today, 3 in 10 Americans claim to be born again, but there is significant confusion among Christians and unbelievers alike over what that means exactly. Is it a political position, does it reflect some kind of religious experience, do only really bad people need to be born again? In John 3, Jesus meets with Nicodemus, an influential Jewish religious leader. He tells this very good man that he must be born again in order to see the Kingdom of God. Join us this Sunday as we explore what that means for Nicodemus and for you and me. ~Pastor Eric Landry
Sermon Preview: February 25
If I were to use movie genres to describe the Gospel of John, last week’s text was a romantic comedy (the wedding at Cana) and this week’s text is action/adventure. The “terminator Jesus” we see here at the end of John 2 is very different from the winemaker Jesus at the beginning of the chapter. He doesn’t distance himself from a difficult situation. He jumps in with both feet…and a whip! But, like all good movies, there’s a story underneath all the action. Join us this Sunday as we consider Jesus’ purifying work—in the Temple of Jerusalem and in each of our own lives today. ~Pastor Eric Landry
Sermon Preview: February 18
The Kingdom of God is like a party! Jesus’ first miracle illustrates the heavenly life that he promised to reveal to his disciples—a life in which the empty promises of the Law are filled with the joy of the Gospel. This Sunday, we turn to John 2 and the miracle at Cana of Galilee, when Jesus turned water into wine. Join us and see the happy implications for you and me who have been united to a greater bridegroom whose blood has become for us the wine of the new covenant. ~Pastor Eric Landry
Sermon Preview: January 28
Ever since Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office, presidents and chief executives in the private sector have sought to use the first hundred days of their new term to achieve immediate victories, set the tone for the future, and provide clarity and motivation to their teams. John 1:19 is the first day of Jesus’ first week of public ministry. Instead of clarity and motivation, however, the first seven days of Jesus’ public ministry begins with confusion and misidentification. “Who are you?” John the Baptist is asked by a delegation of religious authorities. His answer—his testimony—not only sets the stage for Jesus’ public ministry, it also gives us our marching orders as witnesses of Jesus in our own place and time. Join us this Sunday as we turn to John 1:19-34. ~Pastor Eric Landry
Sermon Preview: January 7
We’re beginning a new sermon series in the Gospel of John this Sunday. The New Year is a great time to revisit the story of Jesus, because our hope for the future is only as secure as our grounding in the person and work of Christ for us. Even though this Gospel isn’t about us, it is for us—Jesus is the Word who is life, and that life is the light of all men. No matter what future you are staring down this New Year, I want you to have the unshakeable confidence that the Word that spoke life into being holds your life in his hands, and the darkness will not overcome it. ~Pastor Eric Landry