Compass: Do You Know Where You’re Going To?

(Sermon preached on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Maranatha Church, Cambridge)
Read through Matthew 6:1-34.
What is the most important goal or purpose of your life? What are you living for or pursuing? Is your life, the way you are presently living it, a God-glorifying life? These are tough questions that cut to the very heart of what it means to be human. If you were to explain your life to Jesus, could you make a good case to Him that you were seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness first??? Continue reading ‘Compass: Do You Know Where You’re Going To?’ »

Compass: Admitting When We’re Lost

(Sermon preached on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Maranatha Church, Cambridge)
Read through Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
In response to criticism from the religious leaders for welcoming and eating with ‘sinners’, Jesus tells three parables about the lost being found. In this familiar parable of the lost son, notice that while the one son is reunited with the father, the other son remains estranged from the father. Which begs the question, which son is the lost son? Continue reading ‘Compass: Admitting When We’re Lost’ »

Hearing Jesus (He’s talking to YOU!!!)

(Sermon preached on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Maranatha Church, Cambridge)
Read through John 21:15-25.
As you read this passage, notice how Jesus speaks personally to Peter, and addresses his own heart issues. Jesus does not let Peter shift the focus to John (“the other disciple”), making it clear to him that “you must follow me!” Too often we use the bible to judge others, instead of letting the bible judge us. As far as Jesus is concerned, other peoples’ sins are like ‘specks of sawdust’ to me, compared to my own sins which are ‘planks’ to me (Matthew 7:3-5). At the same time, my sins to others are ‘specks’, while their sins are ‘planks’ to them. In other words, allow the Spirit to deal with your own issues, and let the Spirit deal with others for their issues.
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Hearing Jesus (even through bad sermons)

(Sermon preached on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Maranatha Chruch, Cambridge)
Read through Luke 24:13-35.
As you read this passage, reflect on how the disciples eventually knew it was Jesus speaking to them. Is it possible that Jesus is speaking to us – like He did these disciples – and yet we are unaware of it? What if instead of judging the sermons we hear (or the bible passages we read) as good or bad, easy or hard, we would ask ourselves the question, ‘what is Jesus saying to me?’ Continue reading ‘Hearing Jesus (even through bad sermons)’ »