Out of all the things that Jesus was, he is perhaps best known as a master teacher. What made his teaching so effective? How is it that his lessons still resonate and confound us some 2,000 years later? And what was he trying to teach us, really? Pastor Jason illustrates one of Jesus’ methods by focusing on the parables, particularly those that inform us about the kingdom of God. Four readings of the parables (Mark 4:3-8, & 14-20, and Mark 4:26-29 & 30-32) are included in the podcast.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” We know that Jesus had great compassion for the children of his day. And we try to live up to his example by showing that love for children still today. This week, we hear from our own Linda Mintener, as she talks about how following Jesus has led her around the world to care for orphaned children in China. She tells stories of children supported by the Chinese Orphans Project at First Baptist and tell us how we can get involved and help out too.
Pastor Jason begins a new sermon series: Following Jesus. In this series he explores the questions – Who was Jesus really? Who was he for and what was he about? And what does he mean for my life, here, now, in the day to day? In this first installment, Jason answers the question of who Jesus is for by looking at three stories from the early part of his ministry. The sermon texts are Luke 4:1-13, Luke 4:14-30, and Luke 5:1-11.
For this last sermon in the series about how not to care, Pastor Jason explores three big ideas: Imperfection, Sadness, and Frustration. All of these take up a lot of our energy and emotion from day to day and all three could use a little consideration about how much we should really care about them. The sermon text is Philippians 4:4-7. Included in the podcast is the feedback from the congregation.
Pastor Mark talks about the fallacy of trying to be in control of our lives, and learning to “let go and let God.” Included in the podcast is the subsequent feedback from the congregation.
Failure is a part of life. Every life. For every person. We know that we aren’t perfect and yet we can’t stop trying to be! And we care a lot about our own failures — especially when those failures are called out by someone close to us. But should we care so much about our failures? And why do we? And how might we stop? And what does God have to say about it? The sermon text is 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Of course we should care. There is so much to care about. Hunger, war, racism, natural disasters. Our kids, our families, our friends our health. Our bills, our jobs, our homes, our church, our schools.
The list is overwhelming . And we care about it all. But is it possible that we care too much? Is it possible we care about too many things? Or the wrong things? Do we make ourselves less effective (not to mention less happy) by spreading our care so thin?
Pastor Jason explores these questions, drawing on his travels during his sabbatical, and on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
Pastor Jason, who has just returned from his sabbatical, talks about three big ideas: evangelism and reconciliation, stress and worry (“don’t worry, be happy”), and teamwork (“if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”). The sermon texts are John 3:16 and Matthew 6:34. Included in the podcast is the discussion period with the congregation after the sermon.
Luke 9:1 states, “Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases…” What is authority? Webster defines it as the power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior. Are we fully using the authority that has been given to us as disciples of Jesus Christ? Christ’s disciples must walk in the authority so freely given to bring about both physical and spiritual healing. What are you doing with the power and authority given to you by Jesus? The sermon text is Luke 9:1-6. The Rev. Jackie Colbert, interim Common Table pastor, preaching.
Pastor Jackie reminds us that, as the universal church of Jesus Christ and individually as Christ’s disciples, we have a job to do. We are to proclaim the gospel and further the kingdom of God here on earth. Jesus gave this charge to his disciples before He ascended back to His heavenly Father. This charge is still relevant for current disciples, but Jesus didn’t leave us hopeless or helpless. We have the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Jackie admonishes us to wait, receive and act: wait obediently on God, receive the Holy Spirit, and act, being empowered by the Holy Spirit. The sermon text is Acts 1:3-8 and Acts 2:1-2. Discussion by the congregation is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jackie Colbert, interim Common table pastor, preaching.