No Judgments, Just Jesus

Sermons by Rich Vincent

Lent 2 – Hope Against Hope: Believing God’s Promises (Romans 4:13-25)

The Apostle Paul reveals what is at the heart of saving faith: believing God’s promises no matter the circumstances, even when one “hopes against hope”. It is God’s faithfulness that we have faith in, not our own. Opening Hymn: “Praise to the Lord” Ministry of Music: Ed Muelling – “Amazing Grace with My Chains Are Gone” Closing Doxology: “Praise God from Whom…

The Three Theological Virtues: In Praise of Faith, Hope, and Love (Colossians 1:1-7)

Paul writes from prison to a church he has never personally visited. He expresses his joy over their obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He delights in their faith, hope, and love. Join us for our “After the Through the Bible Zoom Chat” at 7:30 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87042421327​ Password is the same for regulars. Contact Jenny or Rich if you need it.

Lent 1 – Secret Service: When Spirituality Rings Hollow (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)

Our spirituality should be simple, pure, and honest. We do not practice piety to be noticed by others but to please God. Good works like almsgiving, prayer, and fasting should be done, first and foremost, for God’s sake, regardless of human recognition or reward. God wants our hearts and not just our hands. Wholeness and integrity are the goal. Opening Hymn: Worship…

The Christian’s Battle Cry: Praying Over the Pieces of the “Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:14-24)

Chained to Roman soldier, imprisoned for his faith, the Apostle Paul uses a soldier’s equipment to describe the virtues Christ’s followers must “put on” in order to fight the good fight of faith. Christ’s followers wage a different kind of war than the world expects – a spiritual battle of truth, righteousness, and peace. All are facets of love. Paul concludes by…

Epiphany 4 – Drop Your Stone! The Clenched Fist and the Open Hand (John 8:2-11)

The religious leaders attempt to trap Jesus using “human bait” but Jesus refuses to play their game. The relevance of the whole event is best captured in Carl Sandburg’s quote, “The single clenched fist lifted and ready, Or the open asking hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.” Opening Hymn: Fairest Lord Jesus Closing Doxology:…

The Armor of God, Part 1: Truth, Justice, and Christ’s Way of Peace (Ephesians 6:14-15)

Paul begins his description of God’s subversive and counter-cultural “armor” by speaking of the importance of truth, justice, and peace-making. He is opposed to fighting the world’s powers in the world’s way. Instead he calls us to follow in the way of Christ and be a “soldier of truth, justice, and peace” in a world of deception, injustice, and division. Join us…