Sermons on Spiritual Growth

Jonah (3) — Running Back to God

            This morning, we pick up in our study from the book of Jonah.  In just a few moments, we’ll be in chapter 2 if you’d like to be turning there.  But first, let’s take a moment to review where we’ve been.  In the first verses of Jonah, we read, “Now the word of the Lord came…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (4)

            This morning, we bring our study of the Lord’s Prayer to a close.  It all began when the disciples of Jesus came to him in Luke chapter 11 and they asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1).  And Jesus taught them to pray using these words: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (3)

            For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the Lord’s Prayer.  Since this is a prayer that is quoted by people both young and old, I thought it would be interesting to find out how children pray the Lord’s Prayer.  I heard about one child who actually thought God’s name…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (2)

            Last week, we saw that the disciples of Jesus came to him with a request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1).  And Jesus responded by giving them what we often refer to as the Lord’s Prayer.  He said, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (1)

            The 11th chapter of the gospel of Luke begins with these words:  “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…’” (Luke 11:1)             The disciples had been with Jesus for months, maybe even years at this point. They had…

Salvation Brings Change

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at a couple of men whose lives were changed by an encounter they had with Jesus.  Two weeks ago, we looked at Jairus, the synagogue leader, and we saw that Jesus brings hope when voices around us tell us that there is no hope.              And…

My Story (4) — I Decided to Go

This morning, we’re going to finish up our four-week series of lessons entitled “My Story.” If you missed the past three weeks, let me bring you up to speed. We’ve been discussing the fact that we are all creating our life stories, that one day we will all look back and tell stories about our…

My Story (3) — I Decided to Stay

This morning, we’re in the third week of a four-week series entitled “My Story”. If you missed the last two weeks, let me quickly catch you up. All of us have a story that we tell about where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and where we’re at. And it’s important for us to realize that…