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Stand-Alone Sermons 2018

Here you will find the sermons that were preached in 2018 to stand on their own, rather than in a series.

April 1 – Fools for Christ – Mark 16:1-20
April 8 – Who Are We? – John 21:1-14
May 6 – The ABC’s of Spiritual Living – Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Joshua 24:14-15, Philippians 2:1-13
May 27 – Be There. Be Hope – Mark 6:45-51
June 17 – Do It Anyway – Mark 4:1-8,13-20
June 24 – Testify to Love: Do All the Good You Can – Galatians 6:7-10
July 15 – Touched by Jesus – Mark 5:21-43
July 22 – Touched by Jesus 2.0 – Mark 5:21-43
September 9 – Food for Life – Proverbs 16:24, James 3:1-12
October 28 – Called, Grown, Equipped & Sent – Matthew 4:18-22, 28:16-20

Called Grown Equipped & Sent

District Superintendent Rev. Blake Busick was our guest preacher for our service as we celebrated paying off our mortgage and being debt-free. The discipleship journey begins with being called, then we grow and are equipped and then we are sent to tell others. (Matthew 4:18-22, 28:16-20)

food for life

Food for Life

“Sticks and stones may hurt bones, but names will never hurt me?” How true do you find this old expression? Do our words matter? There is a proverb that compares our words to honeycomb, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” And the apostle James gives us some wisdom about how we should guard our words. The words that we speak and hear feed us and can be life-giving or life-destroying. (Proverbs 16:24, James 3:1-12)

do it anyway

Do It Anyway

Jesus calls this story the parable of the sower. It is not so surprising that the seeds in the good soil grew. The surprise is that the sower threw his valuable seed everywhere. Our extravagantly wasteful sower God never gives up on us calls us to take risks and be equally generous in mission. (Mark 4:1-8, 13-20)

who are we?

Who Are We?

[A sermon given by guest speaker Lynda Jamieson.] Where are we fishing? Have we been casting our nets in the wrong place? The risen Christ calls us to cast our nets on the right side of the boat; we can trust that as we do so we will see experience resurrection and see the Lord. Which is the right side for Sierra Pines UMC? (John 21:1-14)

fools for christ

Fools for Christ

Christ’s resurrection is not an April Fool’s joke or hoax. No one has rolled the rock away from the tomb and stolen Jesus’ body as a trick. Jesus’ crucifixion was not faked so that he could come back and say April Fool! But Christ’s appearance was a surprise. Jesus had cryptically said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19) and they had not understood him. But now, death has been defeated. (Mark 16:1-15, 20)