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Sermons by Bob Johannes

Sermons by Bob Johannes

light, assurance, preparing, mess

Christmas… And Then This Mess?

We celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus at Christmas. But then… the mess is still there. In the Bible, we hear of the terrible tragedy of the deaths of the children of Bethlehem at Herod’s hand. And we see mess around us. But still, Jesus is near. Jesus is our example, so we can confront our sinful nature and recognize our need for him as our Savior. Sermon Text: Matthew 2:1-18
united, one, prayer, diversity, purpose

United Against One Enemy

We are not to fight against human beings. That just leads to more division and hostility. Our true enemy is the devil and all his dark forces that are at work behind all that is evil. We are to work together to find our common spiritual enemy with spiritual weapons. Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:10-17
faithful, self-control

Patience and Forgiveness, Not Judgment

We quickly judge the world around us and the people in it. Rather than taking people’s words and actions in the kindest possible way, we quickly assess their sin and dismiss them. We lack patience to see people and situations for what they truly are: opportunities to show and share the love of Jesus. God demonstrates the most extreme patience with us, forgiving our sins over and over. Scriptures: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21-35
need

What if…we had all we need?

We put in a ton of effort worrying about having the things we need. Whether these “needs” are actually survival requirements or things we just think we have to have, we forget the fact that the Giver of all things knows our needs. God has already taken care of the only thing we truly need: forgiveness. Scriptures: Matthew 6:25-34 and or Mark 2:1-12 Sermon Text: John 13
believe, fair, shame, alive, good news

What If…We Didn’t Worry About Fair

Everyone wants justice and fairness. Christian life isn’t meant to be easy or fair. Look at Jesus: he was perfect, yet he was arrested, beaten, and crucified. By redirecting our focus from fairness to forgiveness, we can learn to thank God that he isn’t fair, because we definitely don’t deserve the grace he has unfairly given to us through Jesus. Matthew 26:47-56
fear, strong, teaching,gospel,ambassodors

Christ’s Ambassadors

Christians are often labeled as bigots or backward. But, in a post-Christian world, we will be ambassadors to foreign tribes, behaving diplomatically toward neighbors who have been told the worst about Christianity. Sermon Text: Jeremiah 29:5-7 and Luke 10:25-37