Today Pastor Matt Johnson asked Who is in and who is out, when it comes to the ministry of Jesus? Pastor Matt told the congregation that even Jesus had to grow and mature to include all people in his ministry. Matt explained that God’s spirit will also guide us to open our hearts to be a hospitable community to all people.
This is the blog which contains the worship sermons for First Presbyterian Church McMinnville, Oregon done each Sunday at 9:30 am. This blog is posted to every Monday on a weekly basis.
Today Pastor Matt Johnson explained that the Parable of the Sower stresses the importance of listening to Jesus. Some will listen and understand and others will listen but don’t want to understand. Matt told us that hearing and understanding is the secret to God’s Kingdom.
This week’s sermon was a number of testimonial’s given by members of the congregation each testifying how Jesus Christ played an important part of their lives.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson continued his sermon series from the book of Mark. He explained that in this passage, Satan was the strong man and Jesus was the thief. Jesus stole the world away from Satan by bringing the Spirit of the living God into people’s lives. Pastor Matt ended his sermon with the question, “What is the source of your life?”
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson told the congregation that Jesus was the greatest theologian of all time. Pastor Matt said that God’s Kingdom has already come because it began with Jesus’ arrival! Matt told us that God’s rule is available right now to anyone who repents and believes.
This Sunday, a guest pastor, Reverend Chris Murphy told the congregation that Jesus was a refugee. Joseph and Mary had to flee to save Jesus’ life or he would have been killed. Reverend Murphy’s point was that we must have compassion for refugees and all who are vulnerable due to race, gender, nationality or religion.
Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon this Sunday was about God fulfilling his promises by sending Jesus of Nazareth. Although Jesus came, God’s Kingdom will not be fully established until Jesus comes again, Matt said. The good news of Christmas is that everyone is invited to share in the kingly glory of God!
Pastor Matt Johnson sermon this Sunday was focused on being obedient servants of God. Pastor Matt told us we show obedience by our body language as well as our words. Matt noted that an obedient servant finds joy in obedience.
Pastor Matt Johnson’s Advent message this Sunday focused on grace as a gift from God. Pastor Matt told the congregation that grace is often hard to accept. However, he said we can’t control grace only God can. Matt emphasized that, “The arrival of Jesus is a message of grace that has and will change the world!”
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke this Sunday about how Israel imagined the coming of our Lord. Matt told the congregation that there were four Servant Songs that influenced Israel’s imagination. Finally it became clear to Israel, as it is clear to us today, that a servant had arrived in Jesus of Nazareth. As we enter Advent we have hope that Jesus will come again.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon was on self-pity. Pastor Matt told us that it’s O.K. to pray like Asaph prayed in Psalm 77. It’s O.K. to be honest with God. However, we need to then shift our thinking and remember “God’s Mighty Deeds” so we can shift from despair back to hope, as Asaph did.
Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon this Sunday was about living for God’s kingdom in this 21st century world. Pastor Matt said we need to remember there is just one true God and he wants to have a relationship with us. Matt also pointed out that we can live as an extension of God’s live in this hurting world.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson focused on the importance of both individual and corporate confession. Pastor Matt told the congregation that we are forgiven because of God’s character. We are redeemed through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
This Sunday, Pastor Matt Johnson emphasized that in prayer God comes first. Pastor Matt told us that a certain phrase from Psalm 62 provides structures for our prayers. That phrase is: “My soul waits for God alone.” Matt reminded us to wait on God and put our trust in God because God alone is our refuge and strength.
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson sermon was about a transition out of disorientation into a new orientation. Matt told us that God’s people were changed forever after the resurrection, and brought closer to the Father. When people today recognize God in our midst and decide to follow God their lives are changed forever, from disorientation to orientation.