Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

Luke 7:36-8:3 – Extraordinary Forgiveness and Love

In a remarkable story in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus powerfully contrasts a self-righteous Pharisee with a sinful woman. The man looks with disdain on her, while she reveals a deep love for Jesus that springs out of the forgiveness he has granted. What can we learn from her? She models to us humility and faith that discovers the riches of God’s grace and results in a deeper love for Jesus.

Luke 7:18-35 – The One Who is and is to Come

While in prison, John the Baptist hears reports of Jesus’s ministry. Many things line up with his expectation of the Messiah, but many things do not. He sends his followers to ask Jesus directly “are you indeed the Messiah, or are we waiting for someone else?” Jesus’s unusual response inspires trust in God for those who believe and repent, but for those who are righteous in their own mind, no response he could give would be sufficient.

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

In our passage this week, we will see Jesus in action once again, this time in two remarkable stories, one of healing a dying man, and the other raising a dead man to life. We must ask, who is this Jesus? Who else speaks and acts with such authority that is combined with tender compassion? The answer: there is no one like him, no one else who is worthy of our trust and admiration.

Luke 5:33-6:11 – Fasting & Sabbaths

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…

Luke 5:1-26 – We Have Seen Extraordinary Things Today!

In this week’s passage, we are introduced to four sets of people: the first disciples, a leper, a paralytic and his friends, and the pharisees. Through his interactions with these four very diverse people, Jesus shows us that he has the power, willingness, and authority to heal and forgive sin for anyone who comes to him in faith.

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

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.

Luke 4:16-30 – Bring Your Nothing

In this week’s passage, Jesus proclaims that the long awaited “year of the Lord’s favor”, is here! In his very brief sermon he tells his hometown, the people he grew up with, that he is, in fact, the Messiah. In two strange analogies to Old Testament stories, he tells them the surprising nature of his ministry: God’s grace is free, is open to the gentiles, and we should receive it as humbly as a widow and a leper. This shocking claim enrages the town. And we should ask ourselves, how do we respond?

Luke 3:23-4:15 – The Last Adam

In this week’s passage, we will Jesus, the descendant of King David, and of all our “father” Adam, and also, most importantly, the Son of God, face temptation from our adversary, the devil himself. We will be encouraged as Jesus faces temptation, just as Adam did, and just as we do: as a human. Using the same resources we have available to us, the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit, and reliance on God’s promises and commands in his word.

Luke 3:1-22 – Preparing the Way for the Lord

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.

Luke 3:23-4:15 – That We May Know Him

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…

Zechariah 3 – The High Priest’s Dirty Robes

We are continuing our series through the minor prophets this morning in Zechariah. Please turn there with me. Zechariah is the longest of the minor prophets. Same chapter count as Hosea, but more words. It has been called “little Isaiah” – because it picks up on many of the same themes and uses similar imagery.  The book is very complex and as far as an efficient summary and outline of the book as a whole, I don’t think I can…

Haggai- Be Strong for He Is with us

This Sunday we will look at the brief yet powerful prophetic book, Haggai. Through this man Haggai, God called his people to awaken from their slumber and do the work of rebuilding the Lord’s house, the temple. In spite of Israel’s dark history, the people responded quickly and obeyed the Lord by beginning the reconstruction. Yet just a month later, they began losing heart until the Lord spoke to them again, this time to be strong and do the work, for he is with them. Not only do we marvel at God’s call to his people Israel, we will discover similar calls he gives to us today.

Zephaniah – The Day of the Lord

1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. Zephaniah 1:1 (ESV) We know a lot about Zephaniah from this one verse! Zephaniah has the most complete genealogical listing of any of the prophets, and it’s here for a reason. He was the great, great, grandson of one of the few faithful kings of…