Fathoming Our Father

The story of the Prodigal Son is a popular one. Does it help you understand God? What about the creative and maternal aspects of God?

Message on the Prodigal Son
  1. Jesus talked about God as “Father”. The church often does as well but what are some of the maternal aspects of God?
  2. Which brother do you more readily identify with? Are you more like the older brother who remained faithful? Or are you more like the younger brother who had to hit bottom before returning home?
  3. Is the image of an indulgent father figure helpful for you when you think about God? What other images of God help you in your understanding of the divine?

Open Arms

This sermon explores the story of the woman who wept and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. Topics involved include: grace and forgiveness.

Sermon February 24, 2019
  1. Do you believe that God’s grace and forgiveness come first or do you believe it is the other way around? Some other way?
  2. How welcome are those “other” people in your church and community?
  3. It has been suggested that this sermon should have ended with an altar call. Do you agree?

Pulling Weeds

Sermon on the wheat and the tares or weeds. Explores proper Christian behavior toward those who may seem to be pesky weeds in our life.

Message for February 17

How good are you at spotting the weeds in your life?

Why would Jesus say the wheat and the weeds must grow up together?

What are you doing to become a fruitful head of wheat?

Gone Fishing

When God calls us to leave the shores of our safety.

February 10, 2019

Are you busy washing your nets on the shore of life where it is safe?

How is God calling you?

Is there any particular person or group of persons for whom you feel a great deal of compassion? Might that be God putting that compassion in your heart?

In what deep waters might Jesus be calling you to go let down your nets?

Upsetting the Fruitbasket

1st Sunday of February

Galatians 5:22-26

What are the fruit of the Spirit?

Have you ever felt like God was upsetting the fruit basket of your life?

Do you see any potential dangers or pitfalls to a heavy emphasis on following the Spirit? What are the advantages?