John 15:1-15. Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches…No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” Let’s explore the image of the vine as it relates to the church.
Matthew 16:13-18. Jesus said to Peter, “On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” That statement was both a promise and a prediction. No matter what happens, the church of Jesus Christ will not be destroyed. Kingdoms come and go but the church will endure forever!
In the first chapter of Revelation, John sees “seven golden lampstands,” which are the church. What makes a lampstand a good image for the church? What is being communicated about the nature and task of the church with this image?
What is the church? Why is it important? Do we need it? These are questions we will consider in the new sermon series “Images of the Church”. Here are just some of those images: body, building, community, household, vineyard. Please consider with us these fascinating images.
From Luke 24:1-12. After Jesus appeared to the women at the tomb, they told the disciples and Peter came running. He looked into the tomb and went away “wondering to himself what had happened.” So what does all this mean? What is the basis of our celebration on Easter?
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the beginning of the end of his work on earth. In so many ways, Jesus is a king like no other.
The kingdom of God was a favorite theme for Jesus. Naturally, the disciples had some questions about it. Where is it? What does it look like? Who is in it? Let’s be disciples and ask the same questions.
From Matthew 19:16-30. When Jesus is approached by a rich man who is interested in following God, an interesting thing happens. When the young man realizes the cost of discipleship, he turns away. The reason is simple – he loved money more than anything else. It is easy to condemn him, but we would do better to ask ourselves a question. What is our greatest treasure?
In Matthew 18:21-35, Peter has a question for Jesus. “How many times should I forgive the one who sins against me?” Jesus’ answer is quite unnerving: forgiveness should never end – forgive always. Now that’s a tall order!
In Mark 9:33-37, Jesus is moving toward the cross, close to the time of his departure. A three-year training program for the disciples is about to end. So what is the chief concern of his disciples? They want to know which one of them is the greatest. Really? Have they learned nothing? Or, are we just like them?