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Sermons by Bill Limmer

Sermons by Bill Limmer

mission, welcoming, joyful, fun, connected

Joyful and Fun

Worshiping Jesus isn’t always easy. It means sacrifice. It may even lead to persecution. And yet, we can worship the Lord with joy, even in the face of persecution, because God gives us strength and hope. At Victory, we share the joy of faith honestly, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. In worship and throughout everything we do, we find ways to share Jesus with joy and fun. Sermon Text: Acts 4:23-31
mission, welcoming, joyful, fun, connected

Welcome to Victory: Mission

Before Jesus ascended into Heaven after his resurrection, he gave his disciples their mission, “You will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth,” (Acts 1:8). Jesus wasn’t just talking to the disciples; he was talking to us. We are called to reach people with Christ’s victory, sharing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection with all people. This is our mission at Victory. We share Jesus in church every week, but most importantly in our communities and day-to-day interactions…
enemy, need, judge, forgive

When It’s Difficult to be Patient…Judge With Wisdom and Grace

Opinions are polarizing. We get entrenched in our own viewpoints about life. We judge others who don’t have the same viewpoints, lacking the patience to understand them. Meanwhile, we don’t recognize or choose to ignore the flaws in our own reasoning and lifestyles. Jesus, the only person who had the authority to judge, chose to listen and understand. And, rather than judging, Jesus chose to demonstrate patience with those who had gone astray. Would our lives be different if we…
enemy, need, judge, forgive

When the enemy is near…show love

It’s easy to love people who love us; anyone can do that. But when people judge us, persecute us, or drive us crazy, love becomes more difficult. Jesus, however, showed us how we can love our enemy. He loved even those who caused him to suffer. Despite our sin, he loved us enough to die for us on the cross and take away our sins forever. How would our lives be different if we loved our enemies as we love…
integrity, serve

When what’s Right Isn’t Popular…Act with Integrity

We’re surrounded by people who try to keep others happy. It’s often easier to say and do what’s popular; it’s more difficult to stay true to what you know is right. Jesus offended a lot of people with his “radical” views on religion. Rather than worrying about winning the approval of the crowds and the priests, he spoke with authenticity about his mission to save those dead in their sins – all of us. How would our lives be different…
faith, repent, kidding

Repent and Know God

Jonah finally follows God’s directive after getting spit out by the fish.  He heads to Ninevah to tell the people of their impending destruction. The people repent, and God forgives them. Well done Jonah and thank you God! Sharing the Law and the Gospel is the easiest and also the most difficult thing in the world. But God calls us to share Him with the world, even when it’s difficult because he is a patient God who wants all people…
faith, repent, kidding

No Way!

God calls Jonah to go to the city of Ninevah and help them see the errors in their ways. Instead, Jonah gets on the next boat out, gets himself thrown overboard, and ends up in the belly of a big fish. He says, “No way!” to God. But God is patient with Jonah, and he’s patient with us too. Even when our faith is weak and we doubt his plan for our lives, when we tell him, “No way!” when…

Everyone’s Welcome To the Table

David wrote in Psalm 23, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”  Jesus invites us to the Lord’s table where we gather to eat his true body for the forgiveness of sins.  Christians gather regularly around the table at potlucks and family dinners to fellowship together and encourage each other.  And then, there’s heaven. God’s table evokes images of salvation, story-telling, satisfaction, and singing – joy beyond the most amazing spread. But you probably have…

Promises: Present Authority

We want to share God with others and live according to His Word. But it’s a struggle. We’re scared, and we feel alone. God, who has the authority, promises to be there for you as you carry out the work of making disciples. You can be confident as you do His good works that he listens to you, cares for you, and is always there for you. Scriptures: Deuteronomy 31:6 Sermon Text: Matthew 28:19
new, answer, condemn, authority

I’ll Answer

Through trials and challenges, we struggle to pray. We don’t know that there will be an answer or that God hears our prayers. But we can rest in God’s promise that he hears our every prayer, whether spoken or unspoken. This promise gives us the confidence to pray boldly, knowing our Heavenly Father listens to our every word. Scriptures: Psalm 116 Sermon Text: John 16:22-24
faithful, self-control

Faithfulness, Not Convenience

It’s hard to stick to our promises to ourselves to stay healthy when it’s more convenient to go through the fast food drive-through or skip a workout. It may be easier to skip your daily devotion or going to church to make sure you’ve got time to get everything else done, but what’s the result of this? God is always faithful to you, and being intentional about spending time with him helps you set priorities straight, making time for the…
faithful, self-control

Joy, Not Pleasure

When our favorite sports teams win, we celebrate. When we complete a major project, we are ecstatic. As we monitor our bank accounts, we find satisfaction when we see the amounts increase. These experiences are full of happiness and pleasure. But we don’t have to feel happy and pleased to experience joy. Joy comes from knowing our eternity is secure in Jesus. Scriptures: Psalm 16:5-11 Sermon Text: Nehemiah 8:10