Jesus gives the church our Great Commission, which is given with All Authority, to include All Nations (including where we live in daily life), and involves our teaching All Things to make disciples, and is done with Jesus, who by the Spirit is with us All the Time, till the end of time.
This sermon presents the scriptural reasons why it is important that each church member reaches out to visitors. The message encourages church members by providing valuable information along with easy to apply steps for meeting and starting a visitor relationship.
We explore the right attitude of believers toward their sinfulness, as taught by our Lord in the first four beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount.
Luke 5:33-39; Matthew 6:16-17
Last week we studied the why of fasting. This week we get more specific and try to understand how and what fasting looks like in our lives.
Too often, we struggle with prayer because we misunderstand the nature of prayer. Prayer isn’t a duty to be performed. Instead, it is communion with God. In this sermon, we’ll see that our prayer life can be transformed when we use it to relate to God as our heavenly Father.
Jesus commands his church to make disciples. How should we do this? And what does this look like at East Madison? In this sermon, we’ll answer these questions as we understand Jesus’ great commission to the church.
The first disciples faced many barriers to obeying Christ’s command to “go and make disciples.” Those barriers still exist today. Jesus, however, anticipated every barrier, fear, and objection. He answered them with two powerful statements.
In the second half of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus turns our attention from God (how he makes himself known, his moral rule, and his purposes) to our own needs, material, moral, and spiritual. This continuing pattern for our own prayer remind us regularly of the extent to which we depend upon the Lord for every aspect of our life, and the extent of his grace in those whom he holds as his children
Prayer can be hypocritical, faithless, and even un-Christian. But Jesus teaches us a better way to pray. In the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, he focuses our priorities upon God’s name, kingdom, and will.
God expects his children to pray to him. Most of us, however, are like the disciples who said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” There is honesty in the disciples’ request; they wanted to know how to do something they had already been doing for quite a while. Didn’t they already know how to pray? This admission reminds us, if we’re honest, that prayer isn’t as simple as it sounds. We struggle with self-discipline, with focusing our thoughts, and with knowing what to say. Have I prayed long enough? Is God disappointed in my frail prayer life? Jesus’ response is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer. A close study of this model prayer will answer a lot of our own questions about prayer. So today we begin a four-part series on the Lord’s Prayer.