The world measures success in dollar signs and electoral votes, but Jesus measures success in table fellowship and transformation. How is the King our guest, our host, even the meal we share? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on Luke 19:1-10.
Luke 18:9-14 tells the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector. With which one do you identify? With which one did Jesus identify? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on this important passage.
What comes to mind when you think of the word “confession”?
Maybe the word reminds you of someone confessing to a crime in front of a judge or jury. Maybe you think of a written statement in a police station. Perhaps you remember a relationship that deepened – or collapsed – when something was confessed.
Maybe the word brings to mind a picture of a person sitting in a closed room and speaking to a priest on the other side of a screen. Maybe you remember a bedtime prayer or a youth camp where you confessed your sins to God.
Maybe the word “confession” makes you uncomfortable. Maybe it just doesn’t mean anything at all to you.
I would like to suggest that confession should play a role in our spiritual growth and development. Confession is part of the way in which we experience God’s love and new life. Continue reading
What is justice? How do we define it? What is God’s idea of justice? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on this topic, based on Luke 18:1-8.
Jesus celebrates faith in the most unlikely of people: a Samaritan leper in Luke 17:11-19. The King crosses borders; will we? Listen to Pastor David’s message:
Do you know the “Great Commission” – those words Jesus said to his disciples at the end of Matthew’s gospel?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
I have often heard preachers and teachers comment on that pesky word “go,” as in, “go and make disciples.” In the Greek language of the New Testament, the word “go” is a participle, like our English words “going” or “walking” or “reading.” A participle indicates some kind of action, but it is not the main verb of the sentence. In the quote above, “make disciples” is the main verb, and it is an imperative, a command. The general feel of this sentence, then, shouldn’t be the two-fold command “go and make disciples,” but rather something more like “as you are going, make disciples.”
The reason people explain it this way is to suggest that making disciples is the most important work that we have as followers of Jesus. I think that’s true. And it’s to emphasize that you don’t necessarily have to go anywhere – to an overseas mission field, for instance – in order to make disciples. The danger, though, is that we can separate the intentionality of “going” from the activity of “making disciples.” That is, we can relax and lay back, waiting for the next opportunity to show up for us to make a new disciple. “As you are going,” you know, when you get around to it. Continue reading
What is faith, really? How can Jesus increase our faith? And what difference does this make to Jesus? Listen to Pastor David’s sermon on Luke 17:5-10.