Preaching Series

PREACHING SERIES WINTER 2019

 

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Imagine those disciples, walking Palestine’s dusty roads, absorbing Jesus’ teaching while sharing his journey. Imagine Nicodemus sitting on that rooftop in evening’s coolness, all the while under Jesus’ gaze, following his train of thought and being led into new ways of thinking. Imagine that marginalized woman, Samaritan yet, seeking the isolation of a deserted well, yet finding instead Jesus’ acceptance, and challenge, and surprising revelation.

Oh, to have been there, face to face! To hear the tenor of Jesus’ voice (what was it like?). To be drawn by the compassionate embrace of his eyes. To know, firsthand, his disarming insight, yet feel simultaneously his invitation to open inquiry.

To be right there, feet on the ground, would have been so good. Yet, through the Gospels, even at this distance, we enter in. Those first century records, in encounter after encounter, allow us to meet with Jesus, up close and personal. As he debates the Devil, challenges the rich young man, draws faith from the Canaanite woman, affirms Peter’s revelatory insight and rebukes his misguided passion, we hear his words, catch sight of his heart, understand his priorities, and, if we’re willing to listen, perceive his redirection for our own lives, right here, right now.

The Spirit of Jesus himself is intent to lead us into truth, into this personal encounter with Jesus.

May we have ears to hear, wills to choose, and feet and hands to engage.

Face to Face with Jesus:

                        Jan 20            Luke 4:1-13                           The Devil

                        Jan 27            John 3:1-21                           Nicodemus

                       Feb   3                                    Missions Week

                       Feb 10                                    Missions Week

                       Feb 17            Matthew 8:5-13                    Faith-Filled Centurion

                       Feb 24            Luke 7:1-10                           Simon the Pharisee

                       Mar   3            John 4:1-26                           Woman at the Well

                       Mar 10            Luke 18:18-30                      Rich Young Man

                       Mar 17            Matthew 15:21-28               Canaanite Woman

                       Mar 24            Matthew 16:13-28               Peter (Confession & Rebuke)

                       Mar 31            Mark 10:35-45                      James & John

                      April   7            Luke 20:1-47                        Scribes & Pharisees

                      April 14            Luke 22:7-38                        Disciples at Last Supper

                      April 21            John 20:1-18                        Witnesses at Empty Tomb

                      April 28            John 21:1-25                        Peter (on the Beach)