Contributed on Nov 5, 2014
In this sermon, we discuss the things we have to contend with that make interpreting the Bible challenging, then we discuss a method for interpretation, including the matter of the silence of Scripture.
Introduction: A. How many of you enjoyed Jay Leno’s “Headlines” segment on the Tonight Show? 1. Let’s begin with some actual headlines collected from local, national, and international newspapers that are rather ambiguous. a. It’s clear what the writer was trying ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2014
This sermon discusses the different roles assigned to men and women in the church and explores the biblical basis for those roles.
Introduction: A. Phyllis Trible wrote an article titled, “If the Bible’s So Patriarchal, How Come I Love It?” 1. In the article she recalls a story from her childhood when a woman missionary came and taught her Sunday School class. 2. The missionary was teaching the girls ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2014
Jesus answers the question: "Who Is Jesus" with the words..."I am the Way and the Truth and the Life."
Introduction: A. The story is told of a father who sat in his recliner trying to read his magazine, but he kept being interrupted by his little daughter. 1. Finally, in desperation, he tore a page out of his magazine, on which was printed the map of the world. 2. Tearing it into small pieces, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2014
The church is the people of God and we should strive to simply be the church that Jesus built.
A. Introductory comments. B. Today’s sermon begins a series of lessons that I plan to deliver in the coming weeks. 1. I’ve titled the series UR Church – Be the church of Christ. C. The story is told of a young girl was sitting with her grandmother, who had presented her ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2014
This sermon explores important principles that help ensure that we are being the church that belongs to Christ
Introduction: A. I like the story told of the man who was shipwrecked on a beautiful, deserted South Pacific island. 1. Five years later, he was discovered by a passing a naval ship. 2. Upon their arrival at the shore the rescue party was met by the shipwreck survivor. He said, “I'm so ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2014
It is important to restore not only the form of New Testament Christianity, but also the heart of New Testament Christianity. One word that sums up the heart of New Testament Christianity is COMMITMENT.
Introduction: A. I like the old story told of the preacher and song leader who didn’t like each other very much and refused to cooperate with each other. 1. One week the preacher preached on commitment, and how they should dedicate themselves to service. The song leader then led the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2014
In this sermon, we explore two questions: What is Biblical Authority? and How do we know that the Bible is the Word of God?
Introduction: A. The story is told of a collector of rare books who ran into an acquaintance and they began to talk about books. 1. The man told the collector that he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box and he mentioned that “Guten-somebody-or-other” ...read more
Contributed on Nov 17, 2014
In this sermon, we learn that we must obey the Gospel to be saved, and we learn how to obey the Gospel.
A. I want to start with a true story: Jorge Rodriquez was new to our country and did not speak English. 1. He had no lawyer the day he appeared in court for hitting a parked car while driving drunk. 2. He went before the judge with what he thought was his “trump card.” 3. ...read more
Contributed on Dec 8, 2014
In this sermon, we explore a number of things about worshiping in song.
Introduction: A. We are in a sermon series called UR Church – Be the church of Christ. 1. We are learning about the church that Jesus built and how we can continue to be that church. 2. We have been learning about restoring the form and heart of NT Christianity. 3. We have talked about ...read more