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Sermons by Ben Sadler

Sermons by Ben Sadler

The origin of relationships

Humans were not made to be alone. The Bible tells us what we instinctively know by nature. We are social creatures who were designed to live in families of mutual commitment and love. In Genesis 2, God shows us how that first family came to be when he designed Adam and Eve to be married to one another. We live according to God’s good design when we make the same lifelong commitment to our spouse for the good of our…
praise, joy,gladness

Song of Our Savior

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. One of the top hits in the Psalms playlist, Psalm 23 is well-known but often misconstrued. We often hear this at funerals or see it on artwork, but we don’t really understand what the Psalmist David meant by it. We will take a deeper look at this psalm to understand how our Good Shepherd walks with us through thick and thin. Sermon Text: Psalm 23 Preacher: Pastor Ben Sadler
forgiveness, baptized, heaven, suffering, sin, divorce, politics, sexuality

How do we support people with different views on sexuality?

We are all equal in Christ, and every person we meet should be treated with love and respect as a child of God. But even amongst Christians, this looks different – particularly in how they interact with those in the LGBTQ+ community. Should Christians support the LGBTQ+ community? What does it look like for a Christian to truly “love the sinner, but hate the sin”? How can Christians support people whose beliefs and lifestyles are different than what God teaches…
forgiveness, baptized, heaven, suffering, sin, divorce, politics, sexuality

What does God say about divorce?

God created marriage in such a way that man and woman “become one flesh”. Marriage is supposed to be a sacred bond that lasts until death. But we know that’s not always the case. Marriages are tricky relationships because of our sinful nature. So what does God say about divorce? Are there situations where it’s okay to get divorced, or should people stay in marriages no matter what? What happens in future relationships for people who have been divorced? To…
forgiveness, baptized, heaven, suffering, sin, divorce, politics, sexuality

Why does God let bad things happen?

We know that being a Christian doesn’t guarantee us care-free lives. But the weight of the world often gets heavy. We see senseless violence, suffering and pain, hardship, and strife everywhere we look. Some of the most faith-filled people endure more difficult trials than we can ever imagine. We can’t help wondering why these bad things happen in our lives and the lives of those around us. We know that God has the power to prevent all of it. So…
forgiveness, baptized, heaven, suffering, sin, divorce, politics, sexuality

Do you have to be baptized to be saved?

Most likely, you’ve witnessed a baptism, and maybe you’ve been baptized yourself. You hear the pastor explain the sacrament of baptism, seen the application of water on the head and the heart, and prayed over the person. But why is baptism important? Is baptism necessary to go to Heaven? When should you be baptized? And what happens to those people who weren’t or couldn’t be baptized before death? To answer these questions, we’ll dig into the account of Pentecost in…
grief, joy, anxiety, anger, depression, witnessing

God & Depression

Elijah has just experienced God at work in a great victory over the prophets of Baal. But he soon despairs of his own life. As he flees from Jezebel after a great victory, he feels lonely, isolated, and fearful. He wants to die. In this difficult time of depression, God strengthens and refreshes Elijah with the truth. When you feel depressed, it can seem like nothing will ever get better. You feel alone, isolated, and afraid. But through the support…
grief, joy, anxiety, anger, depression, witnessing

God & Anger

As he and his people wander the desert, Moses is tired. The walking is exhausting, but even worse is the constant complaining from his people. They don’t trust that the God who rescued them from the Egyptians and parted the Red Sea for them would provide for them as they journeyed to the Promised Land. And so, when God tells Moses to speak to the rock to provide water to the Israelites, Moses’ trust faltered. His anger bubbled over and,…
grief, joy, anxiety, anger, depression, witnessing

God & Joy

The book of Philippians is all about finding joy and contentment in whatever circumstance you find yourself. It’s even more powerful when you realize that Paul, the author, brings this message even though he wrote this book from prison. Through his Spirit-inspired words, we learn that we can find joy in all situations, no matter how tough. On this Confirmation Sunday, we rejoice as young adults in our congregation confirm their beliefs in Jesus and become members at Victory. Faith…

New Life (Easter at Victory)

On the first Easter, the resurrected Jesus appeared to the women at the tomb and to his disciples, and it changed everything. Despair turned to hope. Grief turned to joy. Because Jesus is alive, we too have new life. This new life means we can put our old ways behind us. We can “set our minds on things above”, living lives of love inspired by the love God showed us when he forgave all our sins through Jesus. The old…

Be Content

In the final two commandments, God explains that we need to be content with what we have: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house and You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. We often look at the houses and material possessions around us and want what we don’t have. But nothing on Earth will fulfill us. True contentment comes only from God. Scripture: Philippians…

Have Integrity

Through the Seventh Commandment, God tells us: You shall not steal. When we steal from others or take in another dishonest way, we are not only harming our communities; we are harming our relationship with God. To show love to others and God, we can serve in our communities to make improvements and protect those who live there. Scripture: Luke 12:15 Sermon Text: Exodus 20:15