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What did you expect?

Posted in , Jesus by LifeSpringChurch on July 9th, 2017

This week's sermon came from Matthew 11.  John the Baptist is in prison, and he wants to know if Jesus is the real deal.  The sermon explores the question of expectation.  What did John expect?  What did the disciples of Jesus' expect (of John and of Jesus).  

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Welcome Mat

Posted in Jesus, follow me, evangelism by LifeSpringChurch on July 2nd, 2017

Matthew 10 is called by some "the limited commission" - because Jesus sent his disciples out to a limited audience, the Jews.  In this commission, Jesus also limits the self-control that the disciples might otherwise have exercised on such a venture.  The sermon looks at 5 principles from this commission that generalize to our own context.

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Character Produces Hope

Posted in Jesus, crucifixion, Christ, death of Christ by LifeSpringChurch on June 20th, 2017

The text for this sermon comes from Romans 5:1-8.  The sermon looks at the victory Christ achieved in his suffering and death and the implications of that victory for the way we look at current events.  

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Give An Account

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 27th, 2017

This sermon has a two-fold - to engage in a theological exercise and to determine the meaning of this parable for modern-day readers.  Is God the stern, unforgiving master in the story, or is the master incidental to the real message?

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A Wedding and a Banquet

Posted in Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 19th, 2017

David Lose calls this parable "an ugly parable" for good reason.  It has wedding invitees that turn down the king's invitation to his son's wedding banquet, violence, distruction of a city, and kicking a poor man out of the banquet who actually accepted the invitation.  The sermon explores what is going on in another one of Jesus' parables.  This one was addressed to the Jewish religious leaders who had rejected Jesus.

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Lost Sheep

Posted in , Jesus, parable by LifeSpringChurch on March 13th, 2017

This sermon comes from Jesus' parable about a shepherd who leaves 99 sheep, safely pastured, to go find one lost sheep.  Listeners would have seen the believed the shepherd in the story to be foolish for putting the 99 at risk.  Whch helped drive home Jesus' major point about the importance of a single person in the mind of Christ. The sermon explores the way Jesus regarded the "little one."

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Setting Priorities

Posted in Jesus, kingdom by LifeSpringChurch on March 5th, 2017

In Matthew 13:44-46 Matthew recounts the two parables that Jesus told about "treasure" that people found and spent their whole wealth in order to possess.  It's a stunning idea, and Jesus connects it to the value of the Kingdom of God.  Those who recognize the wealth of the kingdom go on to sell everything to possess it.  As a result we have the stories today of Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, and a host of other people who went on to give their lives for the work of God.  That is this the concern of this week's sermon.

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Sin and the Lord’s Prayer

Posted in Jesus, prayer by LifeSpringChurch on February 27th, 2017

This sermon completes the Lord's Prayer series.  It looks at the last two phrases in the prayer, "forgive us our sins" and "lead us not into the time of trial."  The sermon emphasizes the way in which a forgiveness ethos is characteristic of the kingdom of God.

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Praying for Bread

Posted in Jesus, prayer, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on February 19th, 2017

This sermon looks at the third concern of the Lord's Prayer - daily bread.  It looks at the role that bread plays throughout the Bible and asks what the implications are of a disciple of Jesus caring about bread for others and not merely for self.

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Our Father

Posted in Jesus, prayer by LifeSpringChurch on February 5th, 2017

This sermon begins a 4-week series on the Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6:7-15.  The sermon lays a foundation for the remainder of the series as well as examining the opening phrase of the prayer, "Our Father....hallowed be thy name."

For resources mentioned in the sermon go to our website to find two printable documents.

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