Description:On Palm Sunday, crowds shouted, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Jesus did indeed come in the name of the Lord, but He is more than one who comes in the name of the Lord, He is the Lord. Sometime before Palm Sunday, Jesus told his disciples about the incredible blessing of seeing Christ for who He is. When Jesus reveals Himself to us, we are given a gift. Do you know Jesus? Have you been given a glimpse into the reality of who Christ is? Praise God for it. Because, eyes that see Jesus for who He is are blessed. This sermon will examine the blessings of God revealing Himself to mankind.
Description:Before sending out the seventy, Jesus shared the cost of discipleship. Then He encouraged His followers to pray that God would send workers into His harvest, because the harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. When the seventy lived their lives with God’s Kingdom priorities, they experienced a joy that can only come from serving Christ. When we use the gifts that God has given to us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, lives are changed. Serving God brings joy. And, if God is using us, as His children, we can rejoice that our names are written in heaven.
Description:In Luke 9:51-62, Jesus showed His followers the cost of discipleship. Knowing that He was walking towards the cross, and having already challenged His disciples to take up their crosses daily and follow Him, Jesus revealed the priorities of the Kingdom. Living our lives with God’s priorities means that we will clash with the priorities of others around us. This sermon will challenge us to live for Christ and His Kingdom.
Description:Jesus disciples had experienced some highs and lows in their walk with Christ. They had been used by God to accomplish supernatural things. And then, all of the sudden, they hit a dry patch in their spiritual lives. Instead of relying on God’s power, the disciples argued about things like who was the greatest in the Kingdom of God and whether or not someone who wasn’t a disciple could be used by God to accomplish God’s purposes. When we get our eyes of Christ and onto ourselves, we are faced once again with how ugly our lives without Christ truly are. In this sermon we’ll see the greatness of Christ on display, and the importance of exalting His name above all others.
Description:Not long after Jesus told the disciples about the demands of the Kingdom of God, some of them experienced something so supernatural that it helped shape the direction of their lives. The Transfiguration of Jesus was a momentous event. For a brief period of time, the disciples were given a glimpse into what the kingdom of God looks like. The Transfiguration has much to teach Christians today about Jesus, about life, about death, about suffering, about victory and ultimately about God’s Kingdom.
Description:The Bible has been called, God’s love letter. All throughout the Bible we find beautiful and tragic stories related to love. There are stories of faithfulness and infidelity of sacrifice and selfishness, there are stories of deep friendship and love shown to strangers. This sermon will look at some of the Bible’s love stories and will help us understand what true love looks like, and how the power of Christ’s love can transform any relationship.
Description:Church membership is a gift. At the moment of our salvation, we became part of the universal church. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 tells us that we are part of the body of Christ, and individual members of it. We are part of His church. The universal church and the local church are not mutually exclusive. All throughout the New Testament, we see followers of Jesus living their lives in the contexts of local churches. These churches were one of the greatest gifts in the lives of the believers. Just as we respond to our salvation with gratitude, so we should respond to being part of a church body with gratitude. This sermon will challenge us to take one last look at our perspective the local church, and to embrace the unique role that God has for each one of us.
Description:Our walk with Jesus is not taken alone. We share the journey of faith with those closest to us. God has given us the gift of family, as the fertile soil where faith takes root, grows, and produces fruit. And as faith is nurtured in the family, we witness and remember, together, the faithfulness and power of God, and serve him together as His church.
Description:Too often, church conflicts are caused by one person’s preferences not being met. Healthy churches are filled with people who say, “I will not let church be about me.” Jesus set the ultimate example of servanthood, giving His life for the church. The word servant appears 57 times in the New Testament. As Christians we are called to be servants like Christ, putting others ahead of ourselves.
Description:The Bible is explicit in teaching us that God desires church leaders to live lives that are above reproach. The job of a pastor, elder, or deacon is a high calling, and requires Christ’s church to rise up in prayer for our leaders. This sermon will challenge us to pray for our leaders like never before.
Description:Jesus loves when His people love each other. There is beauty and power in a unified church. In Ephesians, the Apostle Paul taught us that our unity is a demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life, that it demonstrates the Lordship of Christ in our church, that it can be had even amongst great diversity, and that unity results in spiritual maturity. This sermon will challenge us to be a source of unity in the church.
Description:There is a big difference between being a member of a gym, or a country club, or a shopping warehouse and beign a member of a church. Church membership means that we are committed to using the gifts that God has given us to build up Christ’s church. Membership means that even though we are different; we work together, we love each other, we recognize that we are part of the whole, and that we do everything that we do and say with love. This sermon challenges us to look at the privilege and responsibilities that come with being a member of Christ’s church.
Description:A new year is a great time to look back at the previous year, to look ahead at the year to come and to look within at who you are. This practical sermon will take a look at nine values that those who have made an impact for Christ throughout the centuries have embraced.
Description:The greatest gift humanity has ever been given is Jesus Christ. In Luke 19:10, Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Christmas is about a Savior who came into a needy world to rescue the souls of men and women. The Christ child who was born in a manger would later say, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” That’s what the angel said would happen to Joseph when he announced Christ’s birth. “21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” This Christmas Eve we praise God for our Savior who was and is the Gratest Gift Ever Given.
Description:Jesus is the Son of God, who willingly came down from Heaven, not to do His own will, but the will fo Him who sent me. God’s will for Jesus was that He would pay the sacrifice for our sin. Jesus lived in utter submission to the Father and so should we. What is it that God is calling you to do this Advent season? May you have the courage to like Jesus say, “Not my will, but yours be done.”
Description:When the angels pronounced that Jesus was born, they spoke of good news of great joy that was for all people. Jesus is joy! When speaking about one of His life’s purposes, He told his disciples that He came to give life and give it abundantly. Life with Jesus brings joy. The thief comes to steal and destroy, but Christ gives us life to the full. This Christmas season is a time to reflect upon the joy that life in Christ brings and gives us opportunity to share that joy with others.
Description:Jesus came to earth as the Servant King. When the wisemen visited Herod, the chief priests and the scribes told Herod that Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, quoting the Old Testament prophet Micah. Micah said that Messiah would come as a ruler who would shepherd his people. Jesus would later say that He didn’t come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Christ calls His followers to live as servants too. This Advent Season, look for opportunities to serve like our Servant King.
Description:Jesus didn’t come to earth to abolish the law and the prophets, but to fulfill the law and the prophets. The birth of Christ was a momentus occasion in the history of this world. Every day of his earthly life, Jesus was the perfect fulfillment of Old Testament Law and Prophecy. The Jews referred to the books of the law as the way, the truth and the life. Jesus is literally, The Way, The Truth, and The Life. He fulfilled over 350 Old Testament prophecies in His life, unequivocally proving that He is the Promised Son of God.
Description: Jesus’ followers had seen Him reveal glimpses of who He was. In a defining moment, Jesus would ask Peter one of life’s most important questions, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter’s answer was beautiful, and it also brought a surprising revelation from Christ. If Jesus is God, then we must embrace not only His cross, but the cross that He calls us to bear as well. Living for Christ requires that we die to our own agenda and adopt His agenda.
Description:Little by little, Luke’s Gospel has been showing us glimpses into who Jesus is. In Luke 9:10-17, Jesus performs an astonishing miracle. With just two fish an five loaves of break, Jesus feeds a massive crowd, numbering 5000 men. Essentially creating something out of nothing, Jesus shows Himself to be the Lord of Creation. His miraculous feeding gives us glimpses into the God who provides satisation, salvation, and is ultimately our only source of true sufficiency.
Description:When Jesus sent the first apostles out, He empowered them, gave them a message, a model for ministry, and ultimately caused their actions to make people ask the question, “Who is man?” This sermon will challenge us to live our lives on mission, empowered by the Holy Spirit to introduce people to Christ.
Description:When Jesus returned home from healing a demon possessed man in Gerasenes, He was greeted by a large crowd. The people near Capernaum had grown to love Jesus and the power that He possessed. As Jesus’ influence grew, so did the expectations of His time, His healing, and His miracles. Citizens from the most influential to the least wanted a piece of Jesus. In Luke 8:40-56 we learn some valuable leadership lessons from our Messiah. In the middle of incredible demands for His attention Jesus showed that every request matters to Him. He heals an insignificant woman and raises a famous man’s daughter from the dead, and teaches us important lessons along the way.
Description:Just the sight of him was enough to strike fear in the residents of the Gerasenes region. He was a man who was possessed by so many demons that the only name that fit was Legion, for man demons had entered him. When the demoniac of Gerasenes encountered Christ he was set free. His life would forever ring as a testimony to the power of Christ to help us overcome anything in life. When Christ sets us free, we are free indeed.
Description:Jesus is the Creator, Sustainer and Goal of the universe. He is more than capable of helping us through the storms of life. Our storms are God’s way of bringing us into a deeper walk with Him. Jesus proved Himself to be Lord of Creation as the wind and the waves obeyed His words. Where is your faith? Make sure it is squarely in Him.
Description:How does your heart respond to the Word of God? Everyone who encounters the teachings of Christ responds in one of four ways. We can respond to Christ’s teaching with hard hearts, shallow hearts, conflicted hearts, or sincere hearts. When we hold fast to the Word, with honesty and goodness, Christ allows us to bear fruit. This sermon will take a look at the marks of mature faith.
Description:When Jesus was invited to eat at the home of Simon, a prominent Pharisee in Galilee, no one could have anticipated that the town harlot would show up and anoint Jesus’ feet with ointment. The woman clearly loved Jesus. She had a troubled past, but at present she was walking in faith and repentance towards God. The exterior religion of the Pharisees was concerned with outward appearances. Jesus was and always has been concerned with the heart. He saw what others couldn’t see in the woman. He saw a woman whose sins were forgiven, and her response to God’s great grace was to shower Christ with adoration in the form of tears an ointment. This sermon will challenge us to look at how we love Christ and how we respond to His grace in our lives.
Description:Sometimes it’s difficult to keep trusting God. When Jesus isn’t who we expect Him to be, or He doesn’t move in the way that we expect Him to move, our faith can be shaken. It even happened to John the Baptist. This sermon will take a look at how to trust God when it looks like our world is falling apart. Even in the darkest of days, God is sovereign. He is in control, He is not surprised, and He is working through our suffering for His glory and our good.
Description:I will talk about what it means to practically live for Jesus by Acting Justly, loving mercy and Walking humbly with God
Description:Lisa Rambo, Speaker, Trainer, and Former Contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” from River Community Church, Hudson, WI speaks at Woodbury Community Church.
Description:In Ephesians 3:1-13, Paul gives us a picture of what it means to be centered in Christ in the way he lives his life. By centering ourselves in who Christ is and aligning ourselves with Him, we can effectively be used by Him in our daily lives where He has placed us to reach people in His name.
Description:We are divided within ourselves between our head and our heart. How do we get our heart’s deepest desires to be good and have our will follow suit? We try to overcome our heart problem by sheer force of will. Or we want to believe in logic alone as our method of redemption. Or we may even give up on morality altogether. But everything we try apart from the gospel leads to failure or worse. In 2 Cor. 5:17 we see that the gospel means becoming a new creation. God is making us new creations every day—if we let him! If you are in Christ—if you are letting Him arrange your heart—you are and are becoming a new creation with a new heart that desires and chases after God.
Description:God is entirely other, right? In our times suffering or the minutiae of everyday life, we can get the impression that God is distant and unable to relate to us. The biblical story into which we are invited, however, introduces us to a God who has come near to us. In Jesus, God doesn’t only recognize our struggles but has broken their grip on us.
Description:Romans 12 calls us serve the Lord faithfully and sacrificially. It is important to understand our giftedness and humbly be engaged in building and extending God’s work through His church.
Description:Drew will preach about the story of the Good Samaritan, and draw parallels to the racial tension that is seen in the United States today. In a traditional reading of this parable, you may be led to believe that the main point is we are to “go and do likewise.” Pull yourself up of the couch and do something. However, with this reading, compassion is the key. With this gift of compassion, we see the world in a whole new way. We desire to pay the price to heal, to reconcile, to bring people to Jesus for our wounds and their wounds to be healed.
Description:Habakkuk was a contemporary of the prophet Jeremiah, living in a time when the ancient kingdom of Judah was crumbling under the pressure of internal corruption and the coming storm of the conquering Assyrians. He was unique among the prophets because he did not speak for God to the people of God, but instead spoke to God about God's people. And his question for God then, is the same question many of us ask today, 'God, why don't you do something about the evil that seems to be taking over and winning the day in the world in which we live?' God answered Habakkuk's question (and ours) with a sobering warning and a life-giving promise...
Description:In Paul's letter to the Galatians the apostle reminds and encourages us that Jesus Christ rescued us from the curse of the law and redeemed us so that we might by faith receive the promised Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that empowers us (Christ-followers) and enable us to live our lives free from the slavery of sin in obedience to Christ. It is only in the power of God's Spirit that we can live our lives as God intended and experience all the joy, freedom, and peace His Spirit provides us.
Description:It’s so easy to let things take precedence over our relationship with God. Whether its material possessions, busyness, or even the “quest to live a moral life”, these are idols in our lives and will always leave us stranded. But Christ offers us a better way!
Description:Every seven years, Woodbury Community Church blesses their pastor with a sabbatical. This is Pastor Brian’s last Sunday before his sabbatical begins. This sermon focuses on the seasons that each of us go through in our lives. Pastor Brian talks briefly about his sabbatical, but also encourages each person to ask, “What season of life am I in?” and “What is God trying to teach me in this season?”
Description:Fathers and mothers have an incredible responsibility to train up their children in the ways of the Lord. Celebrating what God did at Vacation Bible School and in Haiti last week, this sermon will look at the importance godly parenting and mentoring, and teaching the next generation about Jesus.
Description:In Malachi 6, we see a picture of the Priests who were focused on anything but a wholly devoted worship of God. The rebuke they received from God directly applies to us in our day today. In many ways we have disregarded and trivialized our worship of God, completely missing out of the purpose of why we were created to do so. We must reorient ourselves to Christ, focusing on His greatness and reflecting His holiness.
Description:When Jesus and His disciples entered into a village after a day’s journey, they were greeted by the familiar and sorrowful songs of a funeral. Jesus had performed many miracles up to this point, but He had not raised a dead man back to life. Here, in the town of Nain, Jesus showed compassion to a grieving widow, who had lost her only son, and in the process showed the region what great power and compassion He possessed. This sermon will challenge us to recognize the power of the God that we serve, and to commit ourselves to being people who reflect His compassion and live in His power.
Description:Faith is a word that is often times misunderstood. The author of Hebrews defined it as “the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” Many people claim to have faith, but there was a man in the New Testament whose faith was so strong that even Jesus was amazed at it. What does a faith that amazes Jesus look like, and is it possible to have such faith today?
Description: What are you building your life upon? True followers of Jesus recognize that their lives are to be built up on Jesus. This sermon will take a practical look at what it really means to live a life that has been constructed by Christ Himself. We’ll look at the essential building blocks of true followers of Jesus.
Description:Jesus called His disciples to take a close look at themselves. All good trees bear good fruit, and bad trees bear bad fruit. Every Christian needs to take time to take an inventory of their life. What is your life producing? Is it consistent with the life of a follower of Jesus? If not, perhaps you aren’t truly His child. This sermon will challenge us to look at our lives with the eyes of Jesus.
Description:In Luke 6:37-42, Jesus showed His disciples how to be the type of person that others want to be around. With strong words about judgment, condemnation, forgiveness, and giving, Jesus showed that true followers of Him live examined lives that go the extra mile to show grace, generosity, and acceptance. In a world where we are continually bombarded with the message that Christians are too judgmental, we’ll look at the difference between judging with condemnation, and judging with moral discernment.
Description:Kingdom living is sometimes referred to as upside down living, because it goes against all of the rules. Loving our enemies is something that is difficult to hear in the day and age of ISIS. It was also tough to hear in the day of Jesus. But, Jesus didn’t mince His words. He talked about loving our enemies, and He showed how to do it, going to the cross for the very people who put Him there. Loving our enemies goes beyond simple words. It means putting action to our faith with people who don’t like and sometimes hurt us very much.
Description:After calling out the apostles, Jesus began to teach them. The disciples and a great multitude were present to hear Jesus incredible teaching at the Sermon on the Mount. He began His sermon with an exposition on the blessings that come from following him, and the curse of living for this life only. Kingdom living is focused on Jesus, recognizing that our hope is in Him. We live this life with eternity in our hearts, sharing Christ’s love with others in the here and now.
Description:Jesus had lots of disciples. Men and women from all over the Sea of Galilee had followed the rabbi who was unlike any others. Twelve men would be chosen for a special honor. They would be apostles of Jesus Christ, and little did they know it at the time, but God would use them to transform the world. The apostles of Jesus were chosen after Jesus spent time in prayer. Jesus was constantly in prayer over the decisions that He made. We’ll take a look at these twelve ordinary men who God used to accomplish extraordinary things.
Description:Religion in the days that Jesus lived in had become nothing more than stale ritual. Religious leaders were more concerned about the letter of the law than the spirit of the law. Jesus broke the rules of organized religion, and in doing so gave us a glimpse into the heart of God. Followers of Christ are people who are concerned with saving life, giving hope, speaking truth and lifting up Jesus’ name. It’s something that the religious police in Jesus’ day couldn’t tolerate, and something that if truly lived out will shake up people today as well.
Description:In Luke 5:33, Jesus is challenged by the religious elite as to why His disciples didn’t fast like the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees. His answer revealed much about who Jesus is. Nothing and no one in this life will ever satisfy the cravings in the heart of men and women like Jesus. In the first of the parables in the book of Luke, Jesus revealed how precious He is and the truth that He brings.