2020 Sermons

2020 Vision

We begin the year with a series of sermons exploring how we look at our connection to the world. Sermons will be listed with the most recent at the top.

links to an archive of our older sermons are also available at the bottom of this page. (The break in the numbering reflects the quarantine when our Daniel series was interrupted).

Acts 20:20 provides a proper focus for the mission of the church. The rest of the sermons of this series will be taken from Daniel.

Daniel 1:1-8 - The methods used by the surrounding culture to force us to conform to their identity.

Daniel 1:9-21 - Daniel's first interaction in Babylon lays the foundation for his resistance in later events.

Daniel 2:1-23 - We evaluate the basis of our viewpoint by contrasting the Chaldean assumptions with Daniel's observations.

Daniel 2:24-49 - In order to offer Nebuchadnezzar the correct view of his kingdom, Daniel had to have the correct perspetive.

Daniel 3:1-18 - The triumph of what we know over what we feel puts risk and reward in proper perspective.

Daniel 3:19-30 - Three men knew that the best example they could be came when someone tried to make an example of them.

Daniel 4:1-18 - Daniel's steady determination shows results as Nebuchadnezzar matures in character and demeanor.

Daniel 4:13-37 - What is it about Daniel's interaction with Nebuchadnezzar that allows him to feel compassion for a tyrant?

Daniel 5:1-31 - From age 20 to 90, Daniel has to deal with the rejection of God by several generations. What saw him through it?

Daniel 5:29-6:28 - Daniel publically maintains both his spiritual and religious integrity, even as an old man.

Zoom Sermons (on different themes) during our covid-break weren't recorded

Daniel 7:1-28 - A vision of a succession of kingdoms and sufferings promise us that God will eventually say 'Enough!'.

Daniel 8:1-27 - In the most distressing of times, God gives a message of daily dependence on His guarantee.

Daniel 9:1-19 - Daniel's prayer offers two uncomfortable observations concerning blame and remedies.

Daniel 9:20-27 - The vision Daniel received promised the Coming of Christ despite difficult times.

Daniel 10:1-21 - An angel gives us some insight into the connection between our struggles and their battles.

Daniel 11:1-15 The miscalculation of the Jews serves as a warning not to confuse the spiritual and the secular.

Daniel 11:16-28 - The rise of a vile dictator reveals the ability of God's people to deceive ourselves if we are not vigilant.

Daniel 11:29-46 - Evil times call for heroic efforts to defend God's cause.

Daniel 12:1-13 - How do we respond when the two questions we ask the most go unanswered?

Unmasking Religion

Some concepts of original Christianity have become concealed centuries of culture and religious confusion. We will attempt to remove some of these masks.

Confusion over the transition from old to new covanant has led some to live a hybrid faith.

A useful device has all the necessary components in working order.

What motives does God desire to move me to obedience? Do we ever outgrow the need for all of them?

How does God prefer that I perform my spiritual and religious service for Him?

How do we reconcile living under a law of liberty while being slaves of Christ?

Is it as simple as 'don't judge'? In many cases yes, but it all depends on the definition.

Economy of the Gospel

Exploring the evangelization of our world through economic metaphors used throughout the bible.

A value as old as America itself compromises the way we view ourselves and how we hold the gospel.

Two short statements summarize the difficulty of our choice between the gospel and the things we value in life.

The gospel economy operates most efficiently on principles that wouldn't be financially logical.

How do we determine the value of things, and how do we give the gospel practical value?

Questions Jesus Askeds

Jesus asked 163 different questions during his ministry. Some of them are metaphorically applicable to today's life (with a little rewording), but some of them he would probably ask exactly the same way. We will expound on several of these questions in this series of lessons.