Sermons

Reclaiming Our Missional Identity

Today Our District Superintendent Tom Taylor preached to us using Luke 5:1-11. Let us recall that we describe ourselves as a Christian, holiness, and missional church. How does it look if we reclaim our missional identity, embracing Missio Dei to the best of our ability?

We are all called to make disciples, all of us.

Are we maintenance minded or mission minded?

Are we willing to take risks for the mission of God, where miracles and faith are required?

Are we willing to be obedient to Him? Let us keep in mind Jesus’ statement; he who loves Me will obey My commandments. God continues to change us as we obey.

How great are the rewards, both now and in eternity, as we take the risks and obey Him?

Do we see how things and people are connected to each other, past present, and future? What about our connection to one another within the larger Christian church.

In Luke 5:8 Peter is convicted by Jesus as a result of what He has seen. What is Jesus’ response? Do not fear. Have courage.

God calls us to a new identity, a challenging arena. Christianity is not about comfort.

Have we lost sight that we are to be fishers of people.

Our Focus

In today’s message, Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on Matthew 6:22-24.

The idea is that to live well, to live in God’s Kingdom, we need to see clearly; specifically, we need to see the worth of things clearly.

Money can be a good and useful tool, but it is also a bad treasure.

We are shaped by whatever we desire, focus on, and devote ourselves to.

 

Treasures

Today Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on treasures, treasures in Heaven specifically, per Matt 6:19-21.

Let us consider treasures in Heaven today. Let us not be overly concerned about things, especially the wrong ones. The only difference between the junk in the junkyard and merchandise at the stores is just time; treasure is junk waiting to happen.

Jesus is very pro-treasure, and He gives the greatest investment tip of all time. “But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven…” One way we can do that is the Great Commandment, love God with your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.

God is so determined to treasure you that He sent His Son Jesus, to live, to teach, and then to die on a cross for you and not just you.

Every human being has an invisible price tag: eternal, image of God, worth the life of God’s Son.

Are we willing to treasure both ourselves and others as God does? Can we see others as He does, as people to love, to tell about our Lord and Savior?

Famine or Feast

The passage for today’s message is Matthew 6:16-18. Jesus is doing some teaching on not being like the hypocrites.

If Jesus fasted, why shouldn’t we? Why don’t we? Both Testaments of Scripture are full of examples of fasting.

Fasting, like athletics, requires training, practice. Will we train to run the race?

The spiritual disciplines are practices or activities that train us or give us power to live in the goodness of the Kingdom.

Our quest is to live in the kingdom, immersed in the power and love of God, not to see how many disciplines we can practice.

  1. Think of fasting as feasting on God.
  2. Think of fasting as caring.

In summary, fasting is in a way the Great Commandment, love God and neighbor.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

In this message Bryant Dougharty preached on the Lord’s Prayer, in Matthew 6:9-13. Here are some keys.

Why do we or should we focus on prayer? One answer is that prayer transforms us. We recognize God’s holiness and power, and get to call Him Father, because of our adoption into His family.

God’s kingdom is already here, so what is meant by Your Kingdom come? We are praying for our part in advancing His Kingdom. May we submit to His will even if the world is leading us otherwise. Do our hearts break for others whose lives are broken by habitual sin?

Do we trust God enough to provide for us, for our daily needs? Do we see Him as the ultimate provider?

Will we forgive others? This is hard, with loving our enemies among the hardest things we are called to do. See also Matthew 6:14-15 and John 20:19-23 about this.

God cannot tempt us but He may allow trials to occur in our lives which can lead to temptation and sin if we do not react in a Christ centered way. Will we love others out of their sin?

Does the rest of Matthew, 6:16-34, help shape the confidence with which we pray? It should. Look at the promises there. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself.

Our God is Holy

Today’s message on holiness was based on Psalm 99.

The holiness of God reveals all things and brings our sin to the surface.

That which we fear the most, we need the most. Consider being exposed or open to God, in a relationship where we are not in control.

We stand completely exposed before the judgment of a holy God, only to look up at our judge and see in His face the grace and truth of Jesus.

Here is today’s bulletin.

Our God is Loving

Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on how God is loving, using a few passages to illustrate it.

Jesus understood love as a God-powered condition, actively pursuing the good for everybody He come in contact with. Do we?

Genuine love seeks to be helpful according to the other person’s needs, not according to my natural preferences.

The idea is to aim at becoming the kind of person through whom loving actions flow.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

 

Our God is Relational

In today’s message Pastor Jeremy Peugh continued telling us about God, preaching to us about how God is relational this week. The passage for this week is Romans 8:26-39.

What we learn from a relational God?

  1. Learn to practice patience.
  2. Learn to work for hope.
  3. Learn to practice unity.
  4. Learn to work for peace.
  5. Learn to pray.

Here is the bulletin for the week.

Our God is Jealous

In today’s message Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on our God as a jealous God using Exodus 34:14; Deu 4:24; and Daniel 3:16-28.

Looking at Exodus 34:14 we see that Jealous is His name, among others. The Hebrew word for jealous is Qinah, a deep emotion of not having.

God has a passionate desire for you.

What is our response to a God who is jealous? Our response is to give God our entire lives.

Let us consider also Matt 6:24; we cannot serve two masters.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

Our God is Faithful

Today pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on God’s faithfulness. The passages for today are here.

Faithfulness is a test of many things, our convictions and priorities, our patience and resilience, and in the end, our desires.

God is faithful and cannot help but be faithful

God is committed to us; the question is how committed are we to Him?

Here is today’s bulletin.

Forgiveness

Today Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on Forgiveness, outlining it as a characteristic or attribute of God, using Ephesians 1:3-10 as the passage.

In response to God’s forgiveness:

  • Start off by saying thank You to God.
  • The next steps are confession and repentance, which we also see in Mark’s Gospel.

Let us also not forget to forgive others, allowing them to also forgive us.

Here is the bulletin for this week.

An Audience of One

Today’s message is on Matthew 6, the first few verses especially.

Jesus says the foundation of existence is not a random universe; a giant, meaningless machine; quarks; or photons. It is a person, a personal God of immense power, wisdom, and love.

Soren Kierkegaard in Purity of Heart wrote about the idea of people living as though we have an audience which consists of just one, our God.

Jesus came all the way to Earth and experienced utter rejection, so that we can know love and acceptance.

Whose approval are we seeking, that of man or that of God?

Peace Love or War

The passage for today is Matthew 5:38-48.

Jesus’ intent is to confront and address anything in His kingdom that would threaten loving relationships.

This Biblical love is loving someone not because we like them, prefer them, or because they appeal to us; we simply love them because God loves them.

Love is about caring for others, not self. It is an action, a verb, for the other.

How do we love our enemies?

  1. Develop the capacity to forgive.
  2. Recognize our own sin and shortcomings.
  3. Pray.
  4. Love your enemies, praying for those who persecute you.
  5. Pray for our ability as a new creation in Christ to love those who do not love us back.

Truth and Lies?

Last Sunday spoke on lies, using Matthew 5:33-37 as his text. Do we consider our words important, meaningful? Do others? How credible are we when we speak? Why? Can we have our yes be a yes and our no be a no?

  • Many times we end up using pressure, guilt or a song and dance to impress other people with our sincerity in order to get them to do what we want.
  • If I believe I have to watch out for myself, I will keep lying out of necessity. It’s only if I trust there is a greater reality (God’s reality), that I can let go of lying.
  • Jesus promises when we live in the freedom of death to self and in the power of forgiveness of the cross, we receive a new strength we could never generate on our own.

Here is the bulletin for the week.

Happily Ever After?

In this message, Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached a message on a very difficult topic, divorce, using Matt 5:31-32, Deut 24:1-5, and Ex 21:7-11.

It is very common today, and based on Scripture was not unheard of back then either.

Jesus is not giving laws; He is describing true, surpassing goodness.

Thinking of the equality in creation of man and woman, Jesus is saying that divorce is undoing creation because it is unraveling shalom.

God’s first divorce recovery program is a place called Calvary, and the price for the course, which Jesus paid in full, is on bloodstained Cross.

The Spirit

This week’s message is on the Holy Spirit. Pastor Jeremy covered John 15:26-16:15 and Acts 2:37-38.

The Holy Spirit has never left the church and He will never leave the church.

What I want to suggest is that the Holy Spirit empowers, comforts, and assures.

The Holy Spirit does not come to make bad people good; rather, He comes to enable dead people to live.

“The purpose of all God’s saving work is to create for Himself a people wholly capable of obedience” Gerhard Von Rad

Here is today’s bulletin.

 

Lust

Today Pastor Jeremy Peugh continued preaching on the Sermon on the Mount, covering lust today as seen in Matt 5:27-30.

If we live for desire, we will end up the slave of desire.

The real problem isn’t our eye or our hand, it is our heart.

There is freedom, grace, and healing for anyone who will honestly come to God and step into the light.

Jesus isn’t negating attraction; in this passage look is a self-serving stare.

Here is the bulletin for today’s service.

Anger

Today’s message is on Matthew 5:21-26. Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on anger.

Anger is:

  • a response to a thwarted will.
  • a will to harm.
  • contempt that leaks out of us.

How to live in the Kingdom:

  1. Make reconciling broken relationships a higher priority than being religious.
  2. Initiate genuine kindness to your enemy.

Be intentional about feeding your mind.

Reflecting the Cross is what we are supposed to do.

Is the main cause of anger others,self, or something else?

In anger God’s will is not being done.

 

When We Get Things Wrong

The passage for today’s message is Matthew 5:17-20.

Beware of glittering vices: qualities that look like virtues, but they make us proud, arrogant, and unloving, so they end up destroying our souls.

Christianity is not about following the rules or breaking them; it is about following Jesus.

Know the book. Do the book, but do not stop there. Step into the Kingdom.

2018 Faith Promise

Today we had a guest speaker, Rev. Brian Becker, the Director of International Ministries from Point Loma. He spoke to us about missions using Acts 16:16-34 as his passage. He spoke of holy annoyances using this passage. How do we deal with these?

Later on, as part of our Faith Promise Sunday, Pastor Jeremy and Missions Director Tom spoke to us as well about this.

Here is the bulletin.

Overcoming Evil

In today’s message Pastor Jeremy Peugh preached on overcoming evil, using Matt 5:13-16 as a guide.

  • To indulge evil, to oppose evil, is to oppose God’s Kingdom.
  • Suffering happens to you; evil happens in you.

Psychology’s fundamental attribution error:

  1. When I do something wrong I attribute it to having difficult circumstances.
  2. When others do something wrong, I attribute it to bad character.

A kingdom will typically work to improve or increase its sphere of influence. Whose kingdom are we advancing?

Whose job is it to oppose evil? This is the job of the church, His church.

Where are you needed? Whom should you be talking to? Who needs to hear the Gospel?

The Good Life

The passage for this message is Matthew 4:23-5:12. Here is the bulletin.

The church is not a museum for saints; it is a hospital for sinners.

In the Bible, the word blessed actually addresses a question that haunts the human race; “who has the good life?”

Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount strongly contrasts the world’s view of the good life.

To be in the Kingdom means to be blessed no matter what happens.

The first rule of God’s Kingdom is this; no pretending.