Sermons by Wes Gunn (Page 3)
The Christmas story is told from four perspectives- all of which enlarge our understanding of what God was doing through birth of Jesus. Ultimately, their goal is more than information, but to lead us to a place of belief.
In the Christmas story darkness is represented by Herod, who works to extinguish the light coming into the world. But as John reminds us, darkness always looses to the light.
Holidays can hard for many reasons. If you’re in a difficult season John has some great encouragement about the light that overcomes the darkness.
Is it a tragedy when a young missionary is killed serving abroad? Or is there a greater tragedy? Paul’s mission work in a difficult city provides a framework for how to think about current events.
What would it be like to receive an invitation from God to a party, but turn it down because you had something better to do? Jesus tells a story that exposes our excuses as a cover for different priorities.
Our sometimes ridiculous excuses are a way we minimize our sin. But if we are always minimizing, we are never growing from it. This message is a challenge to stop excusing and start killing our sin.
When God asks seemingly impossible things of us, he isn’t trying to set us up for failure, but lead us to obedience in his strength. Moses had a hard time getting that (and most of us do to!). We must learn to trust in God’s ability more than our sufficiency.
We think “if I had more, I’d give more.” But the opposite if often the reality. Paul reminds a young church that it is joy that fuels generosity, not wealth.
Unfortunately accidents and disasters get our attention in ways that normal life doesn’t. In fact, we may listen to voices we might have earlier ignored. Paul is ignored when he warns about an upcoming disaster. But the shipwreck gives him a platform to be a voice of hope.
A simple story about a shepherd and a sheep that wanders off is a powerful illustration Jesus uses to teach the heart of God. It will also shape your heart.
It is not always easy to tell when our emotions have gone out of bounds and are wrecking our faith. Elijah was a man of God, but it didn’t make him immune from struggling with this. God gently brings him back to a place of obedience.