Jesus on Thanks

Text: Luke 17:11-19
Rev. Paul Hahn

Some in the Eastern Orthodox tradition have considered thanklessness to be the eighth deadly sin. With all of the riches of God’s grace and mercy that we enjoy in Christ, why is it that we have to be commanded to be thankful? The grateful Samaritan leper in today’s text teaches us that thankful people have eyes to truly see, feet that move them toward Jesus and whole lives laid out before him in gratitude. May we remember that only thankfulness will keep us at the feet of our savior.

Jesus on Growth

Text: Matthew 13:31-33
Rev. Paul Hahn

What truly matters in this life is the kingdom of God. Today’s parables of the mustard seed and the leaven teach us how God’s kingdom will grow, from small to large, across time, from hidden to revealed and involving all kinds of people. The applications for us are to not discount the small things of God, to stick with what he is calling us to do, to lose our lives for the sake of others and to actively seek out those who may be different from us.

Rejoice with Me!

Text: Luke 15:11-32, Deuteronomy 21:18-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today we take a look at the “lost and found” Parables of Luke 15. The light of the Old Testament law shines insight to our understanding of God’s amazing mercy, grace and love that calls everyone to celebrate the Gospel of Jesus our great Savior!

Celebrating the Gospel

Text: Leviticus 23:1-10
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Today’s sermon title comes from a part of the mission statement of Mercy Church. Did you know that God commands us to celebrate? Today’s text outlines an entire year’s worth of celebration that He ordained, but it’s celebration for a purpose and unto the Lord.

Prayer Life: Why Pray?

Text: Proverbs 15:8, 26, 29, 33
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Did you realize that Scripture teaches that the prayers of the lost are not heard by God? What a great burden and responsibility that places on believers to be in prayer for the lost since we, through the righteousness of Christ, have access to the throne of grace! Not only is God ready to listen to us at all times, but He actually delights in our prayers.

Personal Relationships

Text: Proverbs 18:22, 24
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Relationships are an integral part of life so it’s not surprising that the Proverbs have much to say about them. In its typical direct style, we receive much instruction, both blunt and winsome, regarding every manner of human relationship. In marriage, singleness and friendship, we are encouraged to pursue excellence so that we may be a blessing to those whom God places within our reach.

Evangelism & Apologetics

Text: Proverbs 26:1-12
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The Proverbs are brutally honest, and frequently contrast the fool with the believer. Today we reflect upon how God defines a fool in the Scriptures. In addition, we consider the call upon the believer not to rejoice in the consequences of the fool’s folly, but rather to have pity and reason with them from the Scriptures.

Celebrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Worship, Community & Mission

Text: Matthew 16:13-28
Pastor Curt Stapleton

On this Sunday when we celebrate our church’s 10th anniversary, we reflect on a chapter that touches on how God establishes and grows churches. In the arena of evangelism, everything turns on the answer to the question, “Who is Jesus?”. The text answers beyond any doubt that the Son of Man is the Son of the living God.

Moses, a Dying Man Preaching unto Dying Men

Text: Psalm 90
Rev. Peter Green

If we’re willing to honestly reflect, all of us are mortal and all of us are under judgment for our sin. But thanks be to God that death and sin do not have the final word! Because of His steadfast love (chesed), the dust of our mortality is replaced by an eternal future with our everlasting God, and our sin is covered by the righteousness of Christ.

God’s Providence and Your Planning

Text: Proverbs 16
Pastor Curt Stapleton

In a way our finite human minds can never fully comprehend, the Bible clearly teaches both God’s sovereignty and our responsibility. The doctrine of glorification must be present in the midst of our planning. Our plans will get frustrated from time to time. However, because we know the One who knows our future, we are able to delight in Christ and seek His glory.