what a statement about Gospel/Christian ministry

Perhaps there has never been a greater and more clearer statement about the Gospel/Christian ministry than what Paul writes to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 4:5:

“For what we proclaim is not ourselves”

Now that is absolutely a loaded statement. Think about that for a while.

Again, there may have never been a better statement ever about the Gospel ministry.

leading up to discipleship

This past Sunday I preached on Luke 5:1-11. You can listen to the sermon here.

As we are walking through the Gospel of Luke, Sunday after Sunday, we are really beginning to see what Luke meant in 1:1-4 when he tells Theophilus that he is writing this to him as “an orderly account” of the life and ministry of Jesus.

So in chapter 5 when we read (Luke writing to Theophilus) that Jesus is calling his first disciples, there is such a nice context. And there is such great detail to help us understand what discipleship looks like and where discipleship comes from.

Here are my 6 observations from Sunday’s sermon from Luke 5:1-11:

  1. “Pressing in… to hear the Word of God”   vv.1-3
  2. Obedience   vv.4-5
  3. Reward   vv.6-7
  4. Humility & Recognition  vv.8-9
  5. Fishers of men   v.10 (also check out Jeremiah 16:16)
  6. Followers   v.11

Followers of Jesus are not following Jesus blindly. Not at all. Followers of Jesus (disciples) are following Jesus because they have come to know him and understand him as the most awesome and satisfying there is. They see His worth, and so they follow Him.

in case you have forgotten, or just haven’t heard it in a while

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above. Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning  new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, Great is Thy faithfulness! Lord unto me!”

Travis Jones – pictures and words

My great friend Travis Jones.

You may or may not know Travis. You may remember him as “Larry Jones.” Either way, he is pursuing a career in Sociology and Public Speaking. This video is an attempt to be invited to an awesome conference called TED Full Spectrum. Please check out the video. Link to it on your facebook. And encourage other people to view Travis’ YouTube video.
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Lets listen more to the ladies

Something interesting came out in my Easter sermon on Sunday.

Men should listen more to what women say!

Let me show you where we got this from God’s Word.

I was preaching on “the road to Emmaus” from Luke 24:13-35. And in this passage the two disciples who are making the 7 mile walk to Emmaus are ironically telling Jesus about what has happened in the last 3 days concerning Jesus. In verse 22 they say “some women of our company amazed us.” Well then verse 23 goes on to say that the women amazed them by saying that they had been to the tomb and found empty and some angels had told them that Jesus was no longer dead, but alive. Well here is where it gets humorous. The very next statement, which is verse 24,  says “Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said.

What is really great about this passage is that all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell us that women were the first ones at the tomb on that first Easter Sunday morning. Then the ladies go to tell the other disciples. Mark writes in 16:11 & 13 that “they would not believe it” and “they did not believe it”. So as you know, they go running there to see for themselves.

John writes that it was specifically Peter and John running to the tomb with John being faster (What detail to the story! Also note that John is the one writing and just happens to mention that he runs faster than Peter. So awesome!)

All this to say that when Luke writes in 24:24 that they “found it just as the women had said” we are seeing that they all should have believed the women.

There is great truth in this. Most often, women DO know what they are talking about.

Lets all listen more to the ladies!

new members packets


I want to remind everyone that the New Member’s Packets are ready. Beginning next Wednesday evening May 4th, I will lead the whole church (not just new members) through this helpful packet on “what it means to be a member of our church”. This will be done in 5 sessions. Five straight Wednesday evenings.

After everyone in the church has been led through the packet, we will then periodically offer “New Members Classes” to those people who are seeking to become members of our church.

This has been a long time coming, but it is finally here and I am really looking forward to it. Please make plans to be a part of it.

Easter Worship

Here is a picture of our Sunday Morning Worship service from yesterday. It was taken from the balcony.

Easter Day is such a meaningful time. Family and the worship of the Risen King Jesus are the priority as they should be. I’m already looking forward to this coming Sunday to do it again!

Maundy Thursday Service – 6:30 pm

This Thursday our church is having a special Lord’s Supper Service at 6:30 pm. We encourage you to be here. This service will prove to be very powerful in your life as you begin preparing for worship this upcoming Easter Sunday.