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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.

April 7, 2019: The Anointing

Pastor Michael uses the story of Jesus’ anointing to illustrate two essential activities of the Christian life – worship and service. Michael asks: How do we maintain the balance of worship and service in our daily lives? How do we recharge ourselves and maintain a focus on serving the poor, the vulnerable, the powerless? The sermon text is John 12:1-8; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, interim pastor, preaching.

March 31, 2019: Lost and Found

Pastor Michael tells the story of the prodigal son, who was lost and then returned to his father; he became found. Pastor Michael then asks, What is being found in our church, and in our individual lives, that has been lost? Often times we feel lost, but God always finds us. What does God have for us as we look to finding the lost – the lost in ourselves and in our community? The sermon text is Luke 15:1-2, 11-32. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, interim pastor, preaching.

March 24, 2019: Repent or Perish (!!??)

Pastor Michael tells the parable of the fig tree that wouldn’t bear fruit. The owner wants to cut it down, but the gardener argues for giving it another year to bear fruit. Jesus calls the people to repentance so they do not perish. The Christian life is one of continual repentance; one in which we become sensitive to the things in our lives that hinder us from God, that keep us from “bearing fruit”. And so we continually reorient our lives to follow Jesus more closely. During this time of Lent, how is the Spirit calling you to repent, to make some changes? The sermon text is Luke 13:1-9; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, interim pastor, preaching.

March 17, 2019: Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem

On this second Sunday in Lent, we have the story of Jesus being warned by the pharisees that Herod is out to kill Jesus. But Jesus is not to be turned away from his goal of going to Jerusalem, since He foresees that His work will be consummated there. The sermon text is Luke 13:31-35. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

March 10, 2019: Comfort, Power and Status: why we want them and what we do to get them.

Pastor Jason tells the story of the devil tempting Jesus at the start of his ministry, offering him an easy path to comfort, power, and status. How do we pursue comfort, power, and status? What are we tempted to serve or to give away to achieve comfort, power, and status? What is pulling us away from worshipping God? The sermon text is Luke 4:1-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

March 3, 2019: Listen to Jesus

Pastor Michael tells the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, where God says, “This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to Him!”. Pastor Michael’s thesis is that we listen to Christ when we listen to one another. But true listening is a difficult skill, so how do we do it? Pastor Michael offers some suggestions for the process of listening. The sermon text is Luke 9:28-36. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.

Feb. 24, 2019: Sermon on the Plain: “Love Your Enemies”

“Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who abuse you; to him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also…”; with these ideas and more, Jesus continues to describe the kingdom of God as turning upside down the prevailing values of the day. By satirizing the prevailing culture, Jesus is subverting it. The sermon text is Luke 6:27-38; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart preaching.