Text: Luke 5:1-11 and John 21:15-19
Synopsis: The word “brainwashed” came to mind when I thought of discipleship, until years ago I read a book called “The Cost of Discipleship” written by a Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany who refused to go along with most of his fellow pastors in following Hitler and turning a blind eye to justice. He was tortured and eventually killed in a concentration camp. Now, the word “brainwashed” comes to mind when I think of today’s society that has lost touch with righteousness and holiness, and doesn’t stand for much outside of ourselves.
Sermon Series: “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”
Synopsis: “I can skip this Sunday because I’m not a leader. Never have been. Never will be.” But the act of skipping church is itself an act of leadership that affects others. Since every person has leadership roles, we might as well polish them up.
Text: Luke 7:1-10
Synopsis: Did our church really make faith the #2 priority to focus on this year? Isn’t faith for weaklings to fall back on when they can’t do something themselves? Yet the greatest faith Jesus ever encountered was that of a Roman military officer who understood the power of authority. Hmmmm.
Sermon Series: “New Beginnings”
Text: Luke 2:21-40
Synopsis: The Christmas story would not be complete without Simeon and Anna. Who?? Although they rarely appear in a Christmas play, their supporting roles are every bit as important as the shepherds and wise men. And so are our supporting roles in life.