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July 14, 2019: What Can We Do?

Pastor Jason preaches on the story of the Good Samaritan. Jason asks the question of why we so often fail to offer help when we see someone needing help, e.g. the homeless. He considers the question of what we can do in our modern lives to help those living on the streets and offers some suggestions of things we can do to help. Jason goes on to talk about how we act like the priest and the Levite in the Good Samaritan story and become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution. To really be the Good Samaritan means addressing the reasons so many people wind up living on the streets in our city. The sermon text is Luke 10:25-37; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

June 30, 2019: “In his right mind”

Pastor Michael preaches on the story of Legion, who is possessed by demons. After Jesus rids him of the demons, he is found sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and is in his right mind. Michael applies the story to the tendency of churches to go off-track during a time of transition, and offers some suggestions on how to stay on-track. The sermon text is Luke 8:26-39; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

June 23, 2019: Confessions of Repentant Parishioner

Carolyn Cross, guest preacher, talks about her faith journey and having an intimate love relationship with God. The sermon text is Ephesians 4:1-7, 29-32. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

June 16, 2019: “Justified by Faith”

In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote, “We are justified by faith”. That means we are made right with God by our faith, and not because of what we do or don’t do, not because of living up to some standard that someone else wants to put upon us. We are loved by God, not because we are so great, but because God is great. Faith fills us with hope that we too will share in God’s glory. We have hope that the love of God will pierce the darkness of a chaotic world. The sermon text is Romans 5:1-5; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.

June 9, 2019: “They were all together in one place.”

Pastor Michael preaches on the first Pentecost, when the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is important for each of us to set aside some time to be open to the Holy Spirit to empower us, to inspire us, to motivate us to do what God is calling this church to do. May we be filled with the Spirit. The sermon text is Acts 2:1-13; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

June 2, 2019: “That They May Be One.”

Pastor Michael preaches on Jesus’ prayer that we may be one – one with ourselves, one with God, and one with fellow believers. In the transition we are experiencing at First Baptist, we strive for oneness and unity, while recognizing that we are not yet there, that there are divisions and differences in the congregation. We pray that God is leading us toward unity. The sermon text is John 17:20-26; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 26, 2019: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

Pastor Michael, transitional minister, declares, “Given its history, First Baptist is exactly where it needs to be.” Michael offers three reasons for this assertion. First, after the ending of a long-term pastorate, we are following a well-researched trend common in transitions. During the transition, feelings of anxiety, of denial, of excitement, of confusion are common. Change occurs, with a variety of emotions. Second, we are seeing people stepping up to the plate and renewing their commitment to God and to this church. Finally, First Baptist is at a good place, because God is with us. Therefore, we should not let our hearts be troubled during this transition. The sermon text is John 14:18-31. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

May 19, 2019: “… leads to Life.”

Using the story of Peter being criticized for eating with uncircumcised men, our guest preacher, Marie,focuses on our tendency as Christians to exclude people who are different, to divide ourselves into groups of “us” and “other”. We do this even inside the body of Christ – the church. Just like Peter, we are reminded that God is doing a new thing, and we should not call unclean that which God has cleansed. God is expanding what it means to be faithful to make the Good News accessible to more people. We need to continually ask ourselves, “God, how is life coming forth anew in this community, for today, and for tomorrow?” We are being called to repentance and to embrace the new thing that God is doing, that which leads to life. The sermon text is Acts 11:1-18. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, Executive Minister of the Wisconsin Region, preaching.

May 12, 2019: The World Beloved

The Bible says that we should love one another, since God loves us. What is love – in a New Testament context? Love in a New Testament contest is loving my neighbor; it is loving my enemy. Love according to Jesus is feeding my sheep – all of them. Pastor Jason offers some suggestions for experiencing God’s love and challenges us to be bearer’s of God’s love by loving one another. The sermon text is 1 John 4:7-21. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

May 5, 2019: “I’m Going Fishing”

Pastor Michael tells the story of the risen Jesus appearing to the disciples at the Sea of Galilee, where they had gone fishing. After fishing all night, the disciples caught nothing. But Jesus told them where to cast their nets, and they hauled in a huge load of fish. What does it mean for First Baptist to go fishing? How can we be attuned to the voice of God to know where and how to cast our nets, to fish? The sermon text is John 21:1-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

April 28, 2019: Resurrection Peace

The risen Jesus brought the message, “Peace be with you!” to his disciples. Indeed Jesus is the supreme peacemaker. But the recent events of shootings in churches, mosques, and synagogues reminds us that Jesus’ message is needed now more than ever. How are we to be peacemakers in this violent time, even when some of those instigating violence profess to be Christians? Pastor Michael offers some thoughts on this important question. The text is John 20:19-31. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

April 21, 2019: “I have seen the Lord!”

Pastor Michael tells the story of Mary Magdalene discovering that Jesus’ tomb is empty and that Jesus has been resurrected from the dead. Mary proclaimed to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” Pastor Michael asks, “In what ways do we see the Lord today?” The sermon text is John 20:1-18. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

April 14, 2019: “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Pastor Jason proclaims that there will always be a church of Jesus Christ. We don’t know what it will look like in future, whether there will be denominations or not, or whether it will have buildings or not, what organizational structure it will have, but the Spirit of God will always be at work to give new life to the church. What does this mean for the church today? This realization opens up new possibilities for the church; we can afford to consider new ways of ministering to people, to take risks with bold ideas. The sermon text is Luke 19: 28-40; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.