No Judgments, Just Jesus

Sermons by Rich Vincent

Ordinary Time 5 – “Let Anyone with Ears, Listen!” The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)

Jesus’s favorite method of teaching was telling stories — stories that have the possibility to disarm us, inspire us, and transform us if we are willing to “dig deep” into them. In today’s story, sometimes called “The Parable of the Four Soils,” sometimes called “The Parable of the Sower”, and sometimes called “The Parable of the Hundredfold Harvest”, we learn important truths…

Grace Under Pressure: Authentic Ministry in an Idolatrous World (2 Corinthians 6:1-7:4)

After five chapters defending his apostolic legitimacy, Paul concludes by listing all the tragedies and triumphs of his ministry and pleading for the Corinthians to open their hearts wide to him – to return his love and commitment with their love and commitment. This is a beautiful passage with much to teach us about encouragement, integrity, love, and purity. Join us for…

Ordinary Time 2 – Cruel Eviction: When the Chosen are Frozen (Genesis 21:8-21)

In this story, believers behave badly and the collateral damage of their actions harms others. Yet, God remains committed to bless all – those within the Abrahamic covenant, and those outside of it. In this story, God blesses the outsider who is rejected by the believers, thus demonstrating God’s love for all. We may be recipients of God’s gracious covenant, but there…

Cracked Pots: Treasure in Earthen Vessels (2 Corinthians 4:1-15)

For those obsessed with external manifestations of power and glory, Paul demonstrates how the Gospel is communicated in and through our weaknesses, frailties, flaws, and cracks. God hides the “treasure” of the Gospel in common, ordinary, fragile “clay jars”. With this awareness, Paul encourages the Corinthians by speaking of the extraordinary power of God revealed in very ordinary people. Join us for…

Outshined! New Covenant Ministry (2 Corinthians 3)

Wednesday’s Through the Bible Study is now live and streaming. The passage we are studying includes my favorite verse in Scripture: “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit”…