Sermons from July 2017

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July 23, 2017 – Hope Is Suffering


7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Scripture: Romans 8:12-25 Sermon: Hope in Suffering  In Romans 8:12-25, Paul weaves a number of intimacy metaphors together. Family, child parent, sibling with Christ, new birth and adoption. Each of these allows for a place that each of us can connect to the passage and understand Paul’s point – God claims […]

July 30, 2017 – Our Weakness to God’s Glory


8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST   Scripture: Romans 8:26-39 Sermon: Our Weakness to God’s Glory  Paul has been leading us to these verses. Paul has been walking us slowly here through the pitfalls of First Century Jewish and Christian thought. Our weakness does not stand in the way of God’s ultimate desire to be connected to […]

July 9, 2017 – Accepting Grace Is Hard


5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Scripture: Romans 7:15-25 Sermon: Accepting Grace Is Hard  Cheap grace is easy. When we just think we can take advantage of the gift without any response or responsibility, when we don’t have to take stock of ourselves and look into the mirror with honesty, when we don’t have to wrestle or […]

July 2, 2017 – Overcoming Sin


4TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – COMMUNION Scripture: Romans 6:16-23 Sermon: Eternal Living A life centered in Christ is open to continuous reflection and change of heart. At the end of the day, it’s about having a heart that is willing to give to others the same grace, and mercy, and unconditional love that we have […]