This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon was about human attempts to try to understand the Trinity. Pastor Matt explained that the Trinity is complex and mysterious but it is essential because God wants a personal relationship with us. “God’s nature is relationships.” Matt said.
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Today Pastor Matt Johnson reminded the congregation that God sent the Holy Spirit about 2,000 years ago on Pentecost. Pastor Matt noted that this fulfilled God’s promise (to send a helper). Therefore, Matt concluded that, “God is with us and within us.”
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke about the complex reality of our world. Pastor Matt noted, as in the scripture passage (Acts 16:16-24) that not every religious proclamation points toward Jesus. Therefore the church needs to be the example in this mixed up world.
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about the importance of obeying God rather than people. Pastor Matt suggested two basic ways to handle confrontation: trust that the Holy Spirit is at work and participate in a diverse community in faith. Finally Matt suggested taking Jesus’ approach in a conflict. Don’t respond immediately but take a “crucial moment to pause.”
Pastor Matt Johnson spoke about the Bible being unlike an encyclopedia. It is a place to encounter God, find the resurrection and acknowledge it. Pastor Matt noted that because we belong to God, death is not something to fear.
This Sunday in place of Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon, there was a dramatic reading of The Passion from Mark 14:1 to 15:47. Pastor Matt, Jeff Sargent, Julia Sargent and Barb Schoof were the readers.
Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon today was focused on the woman who anointed Jesus. Pastor Matt described the hearts of five characters in this passage: 1) the chief priests, 2) the woman, 3) those in Simon’s house, 4) Jesus and 5) Judas. Jesus described the woman’s action of anointing him for burial as a beautiful thing. Finally, Matt posed a question, “Do I love Jesus like that woman?” Matt said, “We can be generous, not only with our money but with our hearts.”
This Sunday Pastor Matt Johnson spoke about living each day as if it really matters. Pastor Matt told the congregation not to worry about when Jesus will return. When we try to predict the future we are pulled away from the center, which is Jesus, Matt explained.
This Sunday, Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon was focused on the only temple for worship in Israel. Pastor Matt told the congregation that Jesus was angry because outsiders weren’t allowed to worship in the temple. Matt explained that Jesus not only ended the entire temple system then, but introduced a whole new way of praying for all people.
Today Pastor Matt Johnson defined “incarnational ministry” and explained that this was what Jesus did. He explained that the Way of Jesus was the Kingdom of God which was very different that the kingdom of this world. Pastor Matt told us that the Way of Jesus was the Way of the cross and it still is today.
Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon today was about the disciples and even people today lacking an understanding about God’s Kingdom and about Jesus. Pastor Matt said, though, “We can be sure Jesus knows who we are.” He suggested that reading the Bible prayerfully helps answers to become more clear.
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.
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?”