Category Archives: Sermons

How did Jesus’ disciples understand “the kingdom”?

Throughout the gospels the Bible records Jesus “preaching the kingdom”, but what did this mean, and what did the disciples following Jesus in the first century understand this kingdom would be?

This lesson based upon Acts 1:1-11 walks through a few key scriptures in the Old and New Testaments to give listeners a bit of perspective as to the first century Jewish understanding of the coming kingdom, and why their understanding was incorrect.

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In part 2 of this lesson (coming next week), we’ll examine a correct understanding of the kingdom based upon Peter’s sermon in Acts 2.
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The Principle of the Path: Direction, Not Intention, Determines Destination

Anyone who’s been on lots of road trips has been lost at some point, and nobody gets lost on purpose.

Why do we get lost? Because we’ve gone in the wrong direction. We’ve taken a wrong turn. We’re on the wrong path.

Every path has a destination, and even though where we are may not be where we intended to be in the beginning, the fact is we got there because of the path we were on.

Life, much like travel, operates under this simple principle: whatever road you’re on determines your destination, and direction, not intention, determines where you’ll end up.

This week I had the pleasure of introducing a new preaching series at Lake Merced Church discussing the Principle of the Path based on Proverbs 7:

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For more preaching like this, visit the westcoastwitness.com Sermon Archive.

Study help: The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley. Special thanks to Buddy Bell for turning me on to this material.
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Finding Ourselves in the Story of Jonah: Love Your Enemies

I never knew the depth of brutality possessed by the Assyrian nation before digging in to Jonah chapter 1. As one historian states, the Assyrians were arguably the most violent, sadistic people ever to exist.

How would you feel if God called you to preach to a group of people known for ripping the flesh off their living victims in front of their families and loved ones (among many other horrible practices)?

Jonah had good reasons to run away, but doing so was contrary to the will of God. What lessons does God intend us to learn from the story of Jonah? How does this apply today?

I share a couple of thoughts in this lesson, but would love to hear more.

Who are your Ninevites? What is your Tarshish? What was/is the “great fish” in your life? How has God helped you overcome your fears and taught you to love your enemies?

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