Sermons on Ministry
Choosing Joy in Mistreatment
In Matthew 5 Jesus says people who experience mistreatment for his name are blessed. In fact, they choose joy in midst of it. How can we develop persecution-proof hearts?
The Glue of Community
Human nature uses people to our own selfish advantages. Jesus flips our natural tendencies upside down and leads by example to show us how community should really function.
Rest as Delight
The Sabbath in Jesus’ day had lots of rules. God’s heart for Sabbath wasn’t rule keeping, but restoration. It was a gift pointing to a person: Jesus.
Jonah: The Reluctant Missionary
Thoughts from Psalm 23 and the book of Jonah. Hal Ward vnministry.com
Did God Choose Me or Did I Choose God?
How much of the world has God determined in advance? Do we really have free choice? Did God choose me or did I choose God? For Further Reading: hand in Hand:The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by Randy Alcorn
You’ve Got Mail
Individual churches have both strengths and growth areas. In the beginning words of Revelation, Jesus has some messages he wants delivered to some specific churches. We get the benefit of reading their mail.
The gospel can bring amazing and powerful change…if we persevere to allow God to work through us.
How Transformation Happens
The story of Zacchaeus is taught to kids, but also challenges adults. It’s a reminder of God’s heart for lost people and the obstacles they face in seeing Jesus.
The Answer Isn’t More Religion
A religious leader approaches Jesus with some questions. Jesus’ answers come as a surprise.
Fighting Solitary Conceit
The pandemic has made gathering difficult over the last two years. An essential function of what it means to be a church is rooted in the gathering of community. We all need community to feel encouraged, to flourish and to thrive.
Why We Need Leaders Who Grow Us Towards Maturity
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul provides the foundations of what godly leaders do in helping the church toward maturity.
Kicking Up Dust
In Acts 6 the church faced a problem due to its growth that could have fractured it. How the Apostles handled it became an example for commissioning leaders.