Sermons by Shawn Reese

Sermons by Shawn Reese

Extravagant Hope: The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 If Jesus has brought the Kingdom of God, why is evil still happening?  This Sunday we explore the parable of the wheat and weeds which helps us with that question. In the parable, the wheat and weeds are not to be separated until the final harvest, the final judgment. Ultimately, we are reminded again that God will bring justice and will reward the “righteous,” promising that they will shine like the sun forever and ever!This is our extravagant hope.

The Extravagant Sower

Matthew 13:24-30 This week we will look at the parable of the sower from Matthew’s Gospel. The key to this parable is the word “understand.” A way to understand the word understand is to think “stand under.” If we “stand under” the Word sown in our hearts, we will be transformed (from seed to tree) and naturally bear fruit which is Jesus’ primary calling of this parable. Come this Sunday to explore this famous parable.

Introduction to the Parables

Mark 4:1-20 After spending 8 weeks in the book of Acts, we now begin our summer series, Overflowing Extravagance, Studies in the Parables of Jesus. Jesus taught mainly in parables, story-analogies. In fact, they are ordinary stories of ordinary people in ordinary places doing ordinary things. And, yet, they are intended to engage, cause reflection and compel action. Come Sunday as we begin to explore Jesus’ compelling parables.

Easter: The Dance of the Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 He has risen!  The man who was dead and buried on Friday, was alive on Sunday morning.  He is the living one!  And because he is the living one, life wins!  God wins!  The good news of Easter is that God wins, but, also, that those who are in Christ will win too! That’s what Paul is trying to get across in his resurrection chapter, 1 Corinthians 15.  We will soak in verses 20-28 this Sunday, but I encourage you to read the entire chapter in preparation.

We would Like To See Jesus

John 12:12-33 We take a break from our Joshua study this Sunday to enter into the story of Jesus as told by John. I invite you to soak in John’s version of Palm Sunday this week, when some Greeks show up asking to see Jesus. It’s the same question you and I ask everyday, isn’t it? We want to see Jesus.