September 01: “What Do These Symbols Mean?” (Genesis 8:6-12; 9:8-17; Matthew 26:26-29) In most places of worship, there are symbols in a variety of places: etched in the altar; stitched on paraments; hanging on walls; displayed in stained glass; etc. Sometimes we know what they represent, sometimes we don’t. This message will bring clarity and revelation to common worship symbols.
September 08: “What Is Holiness?” (Leviticus 20:22-26; 1 Peter 1:13-16) “Holiness” is a word that tends to bring negative reactions, even from those who follow Jesus! It strikes us either as something impossible to attain, or as something entirely undesirable to be. This message will reveal that true biblical holiness is both desirable and attainable!
September 15: “What Is the Wesleyan Quadrilateral?” (Psalm 19:7-10; 119:9-16; Romans 12:1-2) Unlike a quadrangle, the quadrilateral isn’t a geometric shape; like the quadrangle, it’s about “four”—not four sides/angles, but four “tools”. What those tools are, what John Wesley had to do with them, and how we are meant to use them will be the focus of this message.
September 22: “Why and When Do We Baptize?” (Matthew 3:13-17; Romans 6:1-4) Some Christian denominations (like Methodist) baptize babies; some (like Baptists) don’t. Why the difference? What about re-baptism? This message on the first of our two United Methodist sacraments will respectfully deal with both sides, and give the rationale for why we do what we do.
September 29: “Who Can Take Communion?” (Mark 14:22-25; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34) Different Christian denominations have differing standards when it comes to partaking the Lord’s Supper, which is the second United Methodist sacrament. Some put age limits, or membership requirements, or at least the “bottom line” that the receiver must be a believer. This message will apply biblical theology along with two simple but power true stories to help us discern who can come to the Communion Table of Grace.
SERMON THEMES FOR OCTOBER
CALLED TO COMMITMENT
October 06: “Wholistic Stewardship, Total Commitment” (Luke 14:25-33; 1 Peter 4:7-11) This introduction to a seven-part series this month and next will make clear that stewardship isn’t simply about money, but a whole range of things of which we’re to be faithful stewards, AND that stewardship is essentially the practical living out of our discipleship, to which we’re to be deeply committed. October 13: “No Good Thing Happens Apart from Prayer” (Philippians 4:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19; James 5:13-18) As committed stewards and disciples, we are to be continually in prayer in many ways at many times and with many individuals. Prayer is the catalyst and foundation of all we do and the ministries we live out. Practical opportunities will also be shared.
October 20: “His Word Is His Commitment—As Is Ours” (Psalm 1; Luke 4:16-21; Acts 8:29-35) Jesus IS the Word, as John 1 makes clear; but His word is also truth—AND it is a faithful word! His Spirit inspired scripture writers to compose the Bible, and WE are called to proclaim His written Word, explain its truth, and to be committed to living it out in our day-to-day lives.
October 27: “Pomp Is for Sunday, Worship Is for Every Day” (1 Chronicles 16:23-34; Hebrews 10:19-25) Jesus not only faithfully attended the Temple every Sabbath, He also communed with the Father daily. His commitment to intimacy with and praise of God is our example as stewards and disciples. Should we offer Him any less?
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