Sermon for November 26, 2017

Scripture readings: Ezek. 34:11-16, 20-24; Ps. 100 Eph.1:15-23; Matt.25:31-46 Sermon by Martin Manuel from Matthew 25:31-46 Responding to King Jesus Introduction Today is Christ the King Sunday---the last Sunday during what the lectionary calls "ordinary time"---the time between Pentecost and Advent. Our readings today appropriately address the truth that God is the good shepherd, and his faithful sheep respond to his loving, protective care with worship. There is also a warning to those who don't respond. [caption id="attachment_5680" align="aligncenter" width="284"] (source)[/caption] As our shepherd, Christ deals with predators who threaten his flock. It's in that context that Matthew tells us of the time when Jesus returns... Read the article

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Sermon for November 23, 2017

This sermon is for Thanksgiving Day (November 23). It could also be used for a pre- or post-Thanksgiving worship service. Scripture readings: Deut. 8:7-18; Ps. 65 2 Cor. 9:6-15; Luke 17:11-19 Sermon by Josh McDonald from Luke 17:11-19 Double Stranger---Double Grateful Introduction In Luke 17:11 we find Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem, traveling along the border between Samaria and his home area of Galilee (see the map below). This means he was journeying in what was considered "no-man’s land," for Samaritans and Jews went out of their way to avoid contact (for the history of this rift, click here). [caption id="attachment_5799" align="aligncenter" width="415"] (source)[/caption] The Samaritans were descendants of the... Read the article

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Sermon for November 19, 2017

Scripture readings: Judges 4:1-7 and Ps. 123 (or Zeph.1:7, 12-18 and Ps. 90:1-12) 1 Thess. 5:1-11; Matt. 25:14-30 Sermon by Lance McKinnon from Matthew 25:14-30 God's Got Talent Introduction In our Gospel reading today, we're taken to Matthew's account of Jesus' Parable of the Talents. Reading this parable on the Sunday before Thanksgiving is a helpful reminder of how a response of thankfulness plays out in our journey with Jesus. What this parable is not about This parable could easily be viewed as an admonition concerning stewardship of everything from our spiritual gifts, money, time, abilities and, of course, our talents. The problem with that approach is that the focus can end up being on our talents, and how well we manage... Read the article

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From Greg: Our journey from trial to abundance

Dear ministers of Jesus, [caption id="attachment_5219" align="alignright" width="151"] Greg and Susan Williams[/caption] At our recent Denominational Conference held in Orlando, Florida, GCI President Joseph Tkach announced that I will be replacing him as President when he retires at the end of 2018. Many people congratulated me and shared other positive responses---none more positive than the kind words spoken by Mrs. Norva Kelly. [caption id="attachment_5908" align="alignright" width="211"] Ron and Norva Kelly[/caption] Norva recounted the many conferences she and her husband Ron have attended in their long, storied history with GCI. She mentioned that this might be the last Denominational Conference they would be able to... Read the article

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Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 5 (conclusion)

Here is part 5, which concludes the essay Clarifying Our Theological Vision by Gary Deddo, with an introduction from Joseph Tkach. This essay has been published serially here in Equipper. To read each part, click a link: introduction, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. To read the full essay in one article, click here. For the related essay, Covenant, Law and God's Faithfulness, click here. For the related essay, The Church and Its Ministry, click here. foundational insights and conclusion By Dr. Gary Deddo The purpose of this essay, which we'll now conclude, has been to clarify key concepts related to GCI's incarnational Trinitarian theology in a way that is consistent with the renewal God has granted us, including the transformation of our doctrine... Read the article

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Kids Korner: Let’s play “Simon Says”

This Kids Korner is from GenMin national coordinator Jeff Broadnax. This month, as we step into a new season of children's ministry, let's play the game Simon Says. [caption id="attachment_5818" align="aligncenter" width="333"] (source)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_340" align="alignleft" width="157"] Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives. (Proverbs 22:6)[/caption] I imagine you're familiar with this game. It teaches children to outwit, outlast and outplay their friends to become the lone survivor (no desert island involved!). All you need to excel is patience and a keen ability to listen for the words "Simon says" before following the instruction given. Our version of the game... Read the article

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Sermon for November 12, 2017

Scripture readings: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Ps. 78:1-7; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:1-13 Sermon by Linda Rex from Matthew 25:1-13 Join the Party! Introduction Our Gospel reading in Matthew 25 tells us the story of "the unfaithful servant." It's been interpreted in several ways---often in terms of a particular end-time point of view. But let's see what it says when we view it through the "lens" of Jesus---considering both who he is (as Son of God and son of man) and what he does (his mission and ministry). The wicked servant The context of the story includes Jesus' story (beginning in Matt. 24:45) that tells of a wealthy master who charged his lead servant to care for the other servants while he was away on a long trip. As the story... Read the article

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Sermon for November 5, 2017

Scripture readings: Joshua 3:7-17 and Ps. 107:1-7, 33-37 (or Micah 3:5-12 and Ps. 43) 1 Thess. 2:9-13; Matt. 23:1-12 Sermon by Linda Rex from Matthew 23:1-12 Look to Jesus, Not Moral Religion Introduction In our Gospel reading today, Jesus admonished us to look to him to find a better way of relating to God. According to Jesus, the teachers of the law (the scribes) and the Pharisees---Jewish religious leaders in his day---had a place in "Moses' seat"---God-given authority within the house of Israel. However, as we learn in Hebrews 3, Moses is the servant in the house, whereas the Father is its builder and Jesus is the house itself. Moses is not the ultimate authority when it comes to the things of God, nor are the scribes and... Read the article

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Our journey with Jesus

In the October issue of "Equipper" (articles and sermons linked below) we continue our celebration of GCI's ongoing journey of renewal. From Greg: Our journey from trial to abundance Greg Williams shares an encouraging message from Norva Kelly concerning GCI's journey with Jesus from trial to abundance. Clarifying Our Theological Vision, part 5 Gary Deddo concludes his series, looking back at two topics addressed in the essay: the Christian life and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Kid's Korner: Let's play "Simon Says" Jeff Broadnax encourages us to begin with the who and why of children's ministry before proceeding to the what and how. RCL sermons for November Here are five sermons synced with the Revised... Read the article

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