The kingdom of God seems so small, and the things of this world seem so big, but we have it backwards! The parables of Matthew 13 point show God's extravagant love for His tiny creatures.
This is the sermon that Pastor Mike preached on Pentecost.
For our sermon today, Pastor Mike opens up about his life under a brutal dictatorship in Ghana. Pastor Mike saw corruption and oppression everywhere, but the officer core seemed to do very well. Growing up, Pastor Mike and his friends resolved to get physically fit and join the army. That was the way to getting rewards. Transitioning, Pastor Mike notes that the sins of Israel brought God's judgement, and throughout history, Worship of God did not bring rewards on earth. But that is not the purpose of the Gospel. Listen as Pastor Mike goes through the ultimate reward.
The congregation rejoices for two reasons. The first is after a battle with ilness, Pastor AJ has returned to us hole and healthy once again! By the grace of God, he has returned to us to preach on this most joyful Reformation Day! Today marks the 499th anniversery of Martin Luther's 95 theses and the beginnings of the restoration of Christ's church.
There is no more fitting topic than conclude our three part Sermon series on Christian Worship. Listen as Pastor AJ links Christian worship. Soli Deo gloria!!
In our sermon this week, Pastor Mike Okine begins a three part sermon series on proper Christian worship. Worship is not just something we do, but also something God does for us. In our text today, the Pharisee goes to the temple confident in his own righteousness, stands in the middle of the temple and boasts about his piety for all to see. The tax collector by contrast approaches God as a humbled sinner in need of repentance and worships in the correct way.
In our sermon today, Pastor Mike touches on a very important subject: Scripture as the foundation of our faith. Likening it to a favorite food, Pastor Mike notes that God-Breathed scripture is the source of knowledge of salvation. Sticking with Scripture will keep believers wise for salvation.
In our Old Testament reading today, Pastor Matt expounds the greatness of redemption in the story of Ruth and Naomi. After Naomi's life headed south, she sends her daughters away. However, Ruth out of love, remains behind to care for her mother. Asking us who the Ruth in our lives is, listen as Pastor Matt uses this story to illustrate the redemptive power of love.
Our sermon this Sunday focuses on Jesus teaching his disciples a lesson on humility, a lesson that all of us sinners could take to heart. In our text today, Pastor AJ notes that humility is the word that ties this gospel passage together. Listen as Pastor AJ extols the humility that Christ showed for us on the cross, and our need to be humbled by both asking for forgiveness for our sins, and not denying the forgiveness of others.
In our sermon this Sunday, Pastor Okine is dealing with an oft missunderstood text. In our text today, Jesus tells a parable about a manager and money. Jesus explains that we cannot serve both God and money. While money is not directly evil, it is necessary for us to function in this world, we should use money to serve the community, not just serve money as God.