Sermons on Spiritual Growth

People Are Listening (Acts 12-28)

Have you ever noticed that if you’re holding a camera and you point the camera at something, the thing you’re pointing the camera at suddenly becomes much more interesting to everybody else?  Pointing is a powerful thing.  Try it for yourself when you’re out in public: find the least interesting object around, something totally ordinary,…

Serve Like Jesus (Mark)

            I heard recently about someone who used to get annoyed when he felt like preachers were being too repetitive.  He said, “First, they tell me what they’re going to tell me, and then they tell me, and then they tell me what they’ve told me. Why do you have to tell me three times?…

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…