Jesus’ and the Ethic of Gratitude

This sermon is based on Matthew 6:1-4. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: “Just do the right thing” sounds easy enough, but how do we know what the right thing is? “Just do what the New Testament says” sounds like good advice until you are confronted five times with “greet one another with a holy kiss” and other such anachronisms. “Just do what Jesus says” sounds great until you read the Sermon on the Mount with its prohibitions on anger, lust, divorce, and oaths, as well as its “turn the other cheek,” “give your coat,” “go the extra mile” and “love those who persecute you” philosophy. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but “knowing and doing the right thing” is far more complicated than it first appears. So, what are we to do? We seek God’s wisdom from above, from beyond, from

Jesus’ Justice Ethic

This sermon is based on Luke 6:20-26. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: “Just do the right thing” sounds easy enough, but how do we know what the right thing is? “Just do what the New Testament says” sounds like good advice until you are confronted five times with “greet one another with a holy kiss” and other such anachronisms. “Just do what Jesus says” sounds great until you read the Sermon on the Mount with its prohibitions on anger, lust, divorce, and oaths, as well as its “turn the other cheek,” “give your coat,” “go the extra mile” and “love those who persecute you” philosophy. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but “knowing and doing the right thing” is far more complicated than it first appears. So, what are we to do? We seek God’s wisdom from above, from beyond, from

Jesus and the Ethic of Forgiveness

This sermon is based on Matthew 6:9-15. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: “Just do the right thing” sounds easy enough, but how do we know what the right thing is? “Just do what the New Testament says” sounds like good advice until you are confronted five times with “greet one another with a holy kiss” and other such anachronisms. “Just do what Jesus says” sounds great until you read the Sermon on the Mount with its prohibitions on anger, lust, divorce, and oaths, as well as its “turn the other cheek,” “give your coat,” “go the extra mile” and “love those who persecute you” philosophy. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but “knowing and doing the right thing” is far more complicated than it first appears. So, what are we to do? We seek God’s wisdom from above, from beyond, from

Jesus and the Ethic of Love

This sermon is based on Matthew 7:12 and 22:34-40. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: “Just do the right thing” sounds easy enough, but how do we know what the right thing is? “Just do what the New Testament says” sounds like good advice until you are confronted five times with “greet one another with a holy kiss” and other such anachronisms. “Just do what Jesus says” sounds great until you read the Sermon on the Mount with its prohibitions on anger, lust, divorce, and oaths, as well as its “turn the other cheek,” “give your coat,” “go the extra mile” and “love those who persecute you” philosophy. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but “knowing and doing the right thing” is far more complicated than it first appears. So, what are we to do? We seek God’s wisdom from above, from

Jesus and the Ethics of the Kingdom

This sermon is based on Matthew 5:17-20. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: “Just do the right thing” sounds easy enough, but how do we know what the right thing is? “Just do what the New Testament says” sounds like good advice until you are confronted five times with “greet one another with a holy kiss” and other such anachronisms. “Just do what Jesus says” sounds great until you read the Sermon on the Mount with its prohibitions on anger, lust, divorce, and oaths, as well as its “turn the other cheek,” “give your coat,” “go the extra mile” and “love those who persecute you” philosophy. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but “knowing and doing the right thing” is far more complicated than it first appears. So, what are we to do? We seek God’s wisdom from above, from beyond, from

Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount

This sermon introduces our new teaching series and is based on Matthew 5:38-48. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: “Just do the right thing” sounds easy enough, but how do we know what the right thing is? “Just do what the New Testament says” sounds like good advice until you are confronted five times with “greet one another with a holy kiss” and other such anachronisms. “Just do what Jesus says” sounds great until you read the Sermon on the Mount with its prohibitions on anger, lust, divorce, and oaths, as well as its “turn the other cheek,” “give your coat,” “go the extra mile” and “love those who persecute you” philosophy. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but “knowing and doing the right thing” is far more complicated than it first appears. So, what are we to do? We seek God’s

A Woman at the Tomb

This sermon is based on John 20:1-18 and concludes this teaching series. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Usually, when we say that a person is an individual after our own heart, it is because we have seen similarities to things that we enjoy. A man who loves coffee is a man after my own heart. A woman who loves movies is a woman after my own heart. Anyone who loves big dogs is a person after my own heart. But is Jesus a man after my own heart? Or more to the point: Is he a man after your own heart? In all honesty, I am not so sure that Jesus and I have that much in common. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really like Jesus and I am so thankful for all that he has done for me; but

A Sinner Up a Tree

This sermon is based on Luke 19:1-10. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Usually, when we say that a person is an individual after our own heart, it is because we have seen similarities to things that we enjoy. A man who loves coffee is a man after my own heart. A woman who loves movies is a woman after my own heart. Anyone who loves big dogs is a person after my own heart. But is Jesus a man after my own heart? Or more to the point: Is he a man after your own heart? In all honesty, I am not so sure that Jesus and I have that much in common. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really like Jesus and I am so thankful for all that he has done for me; but if hard pressed, I am

A Woman and a Disciple

This sermon is based on Luke 10:38-42. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Usually, when we say that a person is an individual after our own heart, it is because we have seen similarities to things that we enjoy. A man who loves coffee is a man after my own heart. A woman who loves movies is a woman after my own heart. Anyone who loves big dogs is a person after my own heart. But is Jesus a man after my own heart? Or more to the point: Is he a man after your own heart? In all honesty, I am not so sure that Jesus and I have that much in common. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really like Jesus and I am so thankful for all that he has done for me; but if hard pressed, I am

A Failed Disciple and a Gift of Grace

This sermon is based on John 21:15-19. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Usually, when we say that a person is an individual after our own heart, it is because we have seen similarities to things that we enjoy. A man who loves coffee is a man after my own heart. A woman who loves movies is a woman after my own heart. Anyone who loves big dogs is a person after my own heart. But is Jesus a man after my own heart? Or more to the point: Is he a man after your own heart? In all honesty, I am not so sure that Jesus and I have that much in common. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really like Jesus and I am so thankful for all that he has done for me; but if hard pressed, I am

A Sinful Woman with a Gift of Love

This sermon introduces our new  sermon series and is based on Luke 7:36-50. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Usually, when we say that a person is an individual after our own heart, it is because we have seen similarities to things that we enjoy. A man who loves coffee is a man after my own heart. A woman who loves movies is a woman after my own heart. Anyone who loves big dogs is a person after my own heart. But is Jesus a man after my own heart? Or more to the point: Is he a man after your own heart? In all honesty, I am not so sure that Jesus and I have that much in common. Don’t get me wrong, I really, really like Jesus and I am so thankful for all that he has done for me;

The Knack of Sharing the Gospel, Part 3

This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Let’s be honest: for most of us, the idea of sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is really bad news. Talking about spiritual issues with those around us is a sure way to lose friends and annoy people. But again and again, we are called to be Jesus’ witnesses to those around us (I know, that’s more bad news). But what if we could develop a skill (what some may call a “knack”) that makes witnessing less of a chore and more of a relationship? What if evangelism wasn’t trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line, but rather, loving the people God puts in our path? And what if we could learn these skills so that we could have a knack

The Knack of Sharing the Gospel, Part 2

This sermon is based on Acts 3:12-21. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Let’s be honest: for most of us, the idea of sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is really bad news. Talking about spiritual issues with those around us is a sure way to lose friends and annoy people. But again and again, we are called to be Jesus’ witnesses to those around us (I know, that’s more bad news). But what if we could develop a skill (what some may call a “knack”) that makes witnessing less of a chore and more of a relationship? What if evangelism wasn’t trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line, but rather, loving the people God puts in our path? And what if we could learn these skills so that we could have a knack of

The Knack of Sharing the Gospel

This sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 20-28. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Let’s be honest: for most of us, the idea of sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is really bad news. Talking about spiritual issues with those around us is a sure way to lose friends and annoy people. But again and again, we are called to be Jesus’ witnesses to those around us (I know, that’s more bad news). But what if we could develop a skill (what some may call a “knack”) that makes witnessing less of a chore and more of a relationship? What if evangelism wasn’t trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line, but rather, loving the people God puts in our path? And what if we could learn these skills so that we could have a

The Knack of Blessing Others

This sermon is based on Matthew 5:14-16. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Let’s be honest: for most of us, the idea of sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is really bad news. Talking about spiritual issues with those around us is a sure way to lose friends and annoy people. But again and again, we are called to be Jesus’ witnesses to those around us (I know, that’s more bad news). But what if we could develop a skill (what some may call a “knack”) that makes witnessing less of a chore and more of a relationship? What if evangelism wasn’t trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line, but rather, loving the people God puts in our path? And what if we could learn these skills so that we could have a knack of

The Knack of Having Spiritual Conversations

This sermon is based on Colossians 4:2-6. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Let’s be honest: for most of us, the idea of sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is really bad news. Talking about spiritual issues with those around us is a sure way to lose friends and annoy people. But again and again, we are called to be Jesus’ witnesses to those around us (I know, that’s more bad news). But what if we could develop a skill (what some may call a “knack”) that makes witnessing less of a chore and more of a relationship? What if evangelism wasn’t trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line, but rather, loving the people God puts in our path? And what if we could learn these skills so that we could have a knack of

Are You Thirsty?

We welcome our guest speaker, Adam Feldman, to our pulpit this Sunday with a sermon based on John 4:7-15. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Let’s be honest: for most of us, the idea of sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is really bad news. Talking about spiritual issues with those around us is a sure way to lose friends and annoy people. But again and again, we are called to be Jesus’ witnesses to those around us (I know, that’s more bad news). But what if we could develop a skill (what some may call a “knack”) that makes witnessing less of a chore and more of a relationship? What if evangelism wasn’t trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line, but rather, loving the people God puts in our path? And what if we

Knack One: Prayer

We begin our summer teaching series this week, "Developing a Knack to Share." This introductory sermon is based on Acts 4:23-31. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: Let’s be honest: for most of us, the idea of sharing the good news of Jesus with our friends is really bad news. Talking about spiritual issues with those around us is a sure way to lose friends and annoy people. But again and again, we are called to be Jesus’ witnesses to those around us (I know, that’s more bad news). But what if we could develop a skill (what some may call a “knack”) that makes witnessing less of a chore and more of a relationship? What if evangelism wasn’t trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line, but rather, loving the people God puts in our path? And what

Putting on the Whole Armor of God

We were pleased to have our director of international ministries, Chris Zang, deliver this sermon, a companion to our series, Paul and the Revolution of Grace. This sermon is based on Ephesians 6:10-18. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: At River’s Edge, we talk a lot about grace. We talk about saving grace, amazing grace, irresistible grace, unconditional grace, common grace, pure grace, unmerited grace, enabling grace, sacrificial grace, sustaining grace, superabundant grace, and marvelous, infinite, matchless grace. And we warn about cheap grace, falls from grace and children who were not born on Tuesday (because only Tuesday’s child is full of grace). But talk, like some forms of grace, is cheap. And sometimes, we use the word without knowing exactly what it means or how it works itself out in our lives. And sometimes, we forget how revolutionary grace was

The Revolution of Grace Makes Us Gracious

This sermon is based on Galatians 6:9-10. You can also view each week's sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A SERIES OVERVIEW: At River’s Edge, we talk a lot about grace. We talk about saving grace, amazing grace, irresistible grace, unconditional grace, common grace, pure grace, unmerited grace, enabling grace, sacrificial grace, sustaining grace, superabundant grace, and marvelous, infinite, matchless grace. And we warn about cheap grace, falls from grace and children who were not born on Tuesday (because only Tuesday’s child is full of grace). But talk, like some forms of grace, is cheap. And sometimes, we use the word without knowing exactly what it means or how it works itself out in our lives. And sometimes, we forget how revolutionary grace was back then and how revolutionary it is today! In this series, we want to look at how grace changes everything--our puny definitions, our misunderstandings, our limited

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