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Jesus Calls Sinners to Repentance

Text: Luke 5:27-32
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 25, 2014

If you were going to start a church, whom would you pick for your core group?  Jesus chooses some of the most unlikely people, including Levi the tax  collector who was despised by his countrymen as a thieving collaborator with the occupying Roman enemy.  When Jesus dines with Levi and his friends who are also sinners, the  Pharisees are upset.  Jesus responds with one of the great statements in all of Scripture: 

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  

What a  privilege it is to be a sinner who has been called by Jesus!

38 The Apostle Paul, Part 6 of 6: From a Jerusalem Riot to a Prison in Rome!

Speaker: Joelee Chamberlain

37 The Apostle Paul, Part 5 of 6: A Riot in Ephesus!

Speaker: Joelee Chamberlain

Why Bread and Wine?

Text: Various Texts
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: May 18, 2014

An evening service sermon from Craig Marshall.

Jesus’ Authority to Forgive Sins

Text: Luke 5:17-26
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 18, 2014

What do you most want from Jesus?  Some people yearn for health.  Others would like material prosperity, or perhaps a transformation in their relationships.  What we need most from Him, however, is the forgiveness of sins.  If Jesus had come merely as a great healer, we would still be in our sin and would be forever lost.

Jesus, after declaring the nature of His messianic mission (4:18-21), demonstrates His authority over the effects of sin in the world as He casts out demons and heals the sick.  In this week’s climactic passage He goes further as He asserts and then proves His authority to forgive sins.

This passage is full of drama as a paralytic’s friends are so determined to get him into Jesus’ presence that they lower him through the roof of the house where Jesus is speaking.  The drama is heightened as Jesus forgives the paralytic and then challenges the Pharisees and teachers of the Law who had come to investigate his ministry.

If you have time, read the parallel accounts in Mark 2 and Matthew 9.

As we look at this passage ask yourself:

  1. How is this story similar to the healing of the Leper  5:12-16)?
  2. What can we learn from the example of the  friends of the paralytic?
  3. There is a children’s book about this passage entitled “The Good Friends”.  What title would you give this story?

God’s Presence is Our Gift

Text: Psalm 73
Speaker: Darrin Smith
Date: May 11, 2014

An evening service sermon from Darrin Smith.

The Greatness of God

Text: Isaiah 40:12-26
Speaker: Ryan Wentzel
Date: May 11, 2014

As we look at Isaiah’s incredibly encouraging message in 40:12-26, we will consider the greatness of our God.

Remember Your Pound of Flesh

Text: Joshua 5: 1-9
Speaker: Greg Enright
Date: May 4, 2014

An evening service sermon from Greg Enright.

The Cleansing of the Unclean

Text: Luke 5:12-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 4, 2014

It is hard for any of us to comprehend how hard the life of a leper would have been in first century Galilee.  Their bodies became physically deformed and they were social outcasts. It was a living death.  This week’s passage tells the story of one leper who had the boldness to plead with Jesus to heal him.    Jesus shows his compassion by touching and healing this man.

The situation of the leper is a picture of our spiritual condition.  We are unclean and unfit for God’s presence.  Jesus, in His great compassion, cleanses all those who come to Him in humble faith.

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