Come to Jesus (Luke 9:18-27)

SERMON POWERPOINT Sunday, November 21, 2021  Brad Barrett Luke 9:18-27 Come to Jesus Years ago a good friend was telling me of a challenging yet encouraging day with his boys.  Their backyard bordered a farm field.  One day the boys were out playing in the open field and getting too far from the house.  So dad hollered at them to come back.  Well, they looked at dad for a moment.  What did they do?  They turned the opposite way and…

Jesus Sends the Twelve and Feeds the Five Thousand (Luke 9:1-17)

In this week’s passage we see Jesus continuing to reveal his power over his spiritual enemies and bringing restoration to a world that is broken and bruised by sin and death — and he does so in dramatic fashion, feeding thousands of people with a mere five loaves and two fish. If we look closely, we will see a calling to Christ’s disciples that echoes forward to us today.

Do Not Fear, Only Believe (Luke 8:40-56)

Though overwhelming sin and circumstances can lead to an understandable fear and despair, Jesus Christ proves that trusting in him is far more reasonable. He gently and firmly calls us to such a faith.

Extraordinary Forgiveness and Love (Luke 7:36-8:3)

SERMON POWERPOINT Sunday, October 17, 2021  Brad Barrett Luke 7:36-8:3  Extraordinary Forgiveness and Love A man grew up in the Washington, D.C., area with quite a rebellious lifestyle.  He mocked God in high school and college. He was immersed in the drug culture. Later God forgave him and saved him, and he became a pastor.  He continued to live and serve God in that same area.  He was familiar with his old neighborhoods, the same places he formerly did great…

The Authority and Compassion of Christ (Luke 7:1-17)

SERMON POWERPOINT Sunday, October 3, 2021  Brad Barrett Luke 7:1-17  The Authority and Compassion of Christ I just finished reading a book about a WWII U.S. Army platoon that was captured by the German Army in the Battle of the Bulge.  One theme in the book was recounting Adolph Hitler’s utter brutality over a 10+ year history as ruler over Germany. It’s not uncommon in world history for rulers to have extraordinary power and authority, and be known also for…

Fasting & Sabbaths (5:33-6:11)

SERMON POWERPOINT Sunday, September 19, 2021  Brad Barrett Luke 5:27-6:11  The Physician of our Souls Series: Luke Sermon:  The Physician of our Souls  Luke 5:27-6:11 Verse:  Luke 5:32 ESV  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Description:  If someone is familiar with the Bible and you want to stab them in their heart, there is one word that will do it:  Call them a Pharisee. The Pharisees were a Jewish religious order in the first century, and…

The Good News of the Kingdom of God (Luke 4:31-44)

We all long for a world where chaos, brokenness, and death are no more. 2000 years ago someone came to earth declaring such a world, actually a new kingdom. Jesus of Nazareth came revealing an other-worldly power and authority—the kingdom of God—to restore all that is broken in us and in our world. This Sunday we will see Jesus and worship him as the King who has come and is coming again soon to reign over his glorious kingdom and make all things new and right.

Bring Your Nothing (Luke 4:16-30)

Please open your bibles with me to Luke chapter 4.  Today we get to look at Luke’s account of the beginning of Jesus’s public ministry. It is a puzzling exchange! At first people seem to be excited about Jesus. Then he says some things that, if you don’t have the Old Testament memorized (raise your hand quick if you do?) Seem extremely cryptic, after which they try to kill him. (well, that escalated quickly….) I’m hopeful today that as we…

The Last Adam (Luke 3:23-4:15)

I’m very excited for today’s sermon. I get to recite to you a list of 76 names, all of which are very difficult to pronounce! It really is a great section of scripture.  No seriously though, this is going to be a good day, the genealogies first, but then we get into a very strange exchange: one of only four or five appearances of the devil in the entire bible, and he’s talking directly with Jesus!  Genealogies were used by…

Preparing the Way for the Lord (Luke 3:1-22)

After more than 400 years of silence from God and enduring much political and moral upheaval, Israel was presented with an extraordinary moment. God sent a prophet named John (a.k.a., the Baptist) whose message was one of repentance, baptism, and forgiveness to turn hearts toward God in preparation for a coming Savior who would change the world. This Sunday we will look at God’s remarkable faithfulness and mercy and also see how John’s message is just as relevant for us today as it was centuries ago.

That We May Know Him (Luke 3:23-4:15)

This Sunday we begin a new sermon series diving into the great story of the Savior of the world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, written by a man named Luke. The author’s purpose for writing is clear: he wants the reader to have greater certainty of what he has heard about Jesus. Whether you are a member of Stonebrook or simply seeking to understand who Jesus really is, we will read Luke’s Gospel to know Jesus better and to trust him more, for we will discover there is no one like him.

First of all, Pray. The Effect of the Gospel on the Gathered Church

First I’ll set the stage, the context of the letter. The Apostle Paul had an interesting problem on his hands.  He had spent three years with the church he started in Ephesus, living with them and instructing them night and day, imparting to them the whole counsel of God.   After this he wrote them a definitive letter reminding them of The Gospel and instructing them in how they were to conduct themselves.   Now, just a few short years…

Words of Life or Death

Who among us has never uttered words that we deeply regret, some unhelpful, some destructive? This Sunday we will look at the wisdom of God regarding our words, what we say and what we type. By the grace of God through his Son we can learn to “tame our tongue” to bring good, not harm, to build up, not tear down.

Good Government

God-Honoring Authority Article (1) If you’re like me, you’re amazed by the polarization in society. (2) The social media mobbing. The cancel culture. The wild conspiracy theories that many people are actually believing. And this polarization is nowhere more intense than in politics. (3)It seems like the rhetoric on both sides is so extreme, whether it’s over systemic racism, critical race theory, defunding the police, supporting the police, immigration reform, election reform, abortion rights, rights of the unborn, discrimination because…