Sermons by Bob Johannes
The Miracle of Healing
Because of the corruption and sinfulness of this world, our bodies breakdown and eventually we die. And yet, Jesus sometimes heals our bodies in miraculous ways, pointing us to our final and ultimate healing at the resurrection. In this sermon, we will learn about the miraculous healing of a man who was born blind and how this miracle not only symbolizes physical healing, but also the spiritual enlightenment that comes with belief in Jesus. Sermon Text: John 9:1-12 Preacher: Pastor…
One reason we might not start a conversation with God is guilt. We don’t feel worthy to speak with a holy and righteous God. But God encourages us to come to him with our guilt and sin so that he might forgive us and renew our relationship with him. Sermon Text: Psalm 32 Preaching Pastor: Pastor Bob Johannes
Where did sin come from?
Right at the start of the Bible, we read in Genesis how God created a perfect earth with perfect people. However, things didn’t stay perfect forever. God’s creation used the free will given to them by their Creator to be tempted by Satan, thereby staining the world forever. But is this where sin actually started – in the Garden of Eden? Or did it start when Satan fell from Heaven? And why did God allow this to happen at all?…
Ash Wednesday is the day that begins the season of Lent, a time of repentance and reflection. When we take time to worship on this day, we realize our sin and our deep need for a Savior. Sermon Text: Mark 10:17-31
God & Country
When God created all things, he created two kingdoms: one here on Earth, and one in Heaven. As Christians, we have confidence that we will one day join God in the Heavenly Kingdom for eternity. However, we sometimes get confused about what we’re to do here in the earthly kingdom. In a society that isn’t always aligned with our Christian values, we might forget our earthly kingdom is only temporary. Ultimately, God is in charge of all things, including our…
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 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
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
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
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
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