Here’s the Secret

7Sep

Here’s the Secret

Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus and his disciples have entered the district of Caesarea Philippi, some twenty miles north of the Sea of Galilee. He asks the disciples who people say he is. Most people see Jesus as some sort of prophet, but Jesus wants to know who the disciples think he is. Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus then announces that Peter is blessed for this answer and that upon this rock Jesus will build the new Israel, bestowing on Peter and his fellow believers the authority to bind and loose.

 

Scripture reading by Pastor Keith Aurand

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded September 3, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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We Belong to Jesus

7Sep

We Belong to Jesus

Philippians 1:27-2:4

After Paul details his personal circumstances as a prisoner in chapter one, verses 12-26, he moves on in his letter to encourage his readers. In the passage before us Paul exhorts the Philippians to steadfastness, unity and humility. First, he calls on his readers to "stand firm" together for the gospel, striving against all opponents in verse 28, through suffering in verse 29, and conflict in verse 30. He then goes on to encourage his readers to engage in a determined oneness of intent in chapter two, verses 1 & 2. Finally, he encourages his readers to take on humility in verses 3 & 4.

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Slater

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 27, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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To Live is to Die

22Aug

To Live is to Die

Philippians 1:12-26

 

Paul begins his letter to the Philippians with a thanksgiving and prayer for the church in verses 3-11. He then touches on his personal situation in verses 12-26. The passage before us reminds us to let Christ be exalted, whether in our day-to-day living, or in the day of our dying.

 

Scripture reading by Debbie Huyck

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 20, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Size Doesn’t Matter

14Aug

Size Doesn’t Matter

Philippians 1:1-11

As is typical of Paul's letters, following the greeting he gives thanks and prays for the welfare of his readers. His thanksgiving is by no means an oblique prayer on behalf of his readers, rather it is made directly to God for the wonderful work he is performing in the Philippian congregation. Paul probably has in mind the financial contribution the congregation is making to his missionary work. Paul then prays for the perfection of his readers; he prays for their spiritual insight so that they might reap the full harvest of righteousness - the fruits of God's redeeming love.

 

Scripture reading by Chuck Garrigues

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded August 6, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Know Who You Are

27Jul

Know Who You Are

2nd Corinthians 5: 11-21

Knowing who you are can be a hard thing to figure out. But God has given us a book (the bible) to read and discover who we are not only in Christ but in this world.

 

Scripture reading by Grace Sheedy

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Director of Family Ministries

Recorded July 23, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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I Wonder

24Jul

I Wonder

Mattthew 13:1-9/18-23

Jesus used many stories, or parables, when speaking to the crowds. These stories compare something familiar to something unfamiliar, helping us understand spiritual truth by using everyday objects and relationships. Jesus’ parables compel listeners to discover truth, while at the same time concealing the truth from those too lazy or too stubborn to see it. To those who are honestly searching, the truth becomes clear. We must be careful not to read too much into parables, forcing them to say what they don’t mean. Each parable has a central meaning unless otherwise specified by Jesus. Let’s now listen to the parable of the 4 soils.

Scripture reading by Pat Korth

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded July16 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Prescription for Exhaustion

17Jul

Prescription for Exhaustion

2nd SAMUEL 7:1-14

 

Scripture reading by Pat Merhing

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Director of Family Ministries

Recorded July 9, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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We Are Free

11Jul

We Are Free

ROMANS 6:12-23

In our passage today Paul explains that a person can be subject to only one of two masters; we are either beholden to sin, promoting an ever-increasing burden unto death, or we can listen to God, promoting an abundance of right-living unto life eternal.

 

Scripture reading by Ceiline Kashishian

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded July 2, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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Warning Tough Decisions Ahead

2Jun

Warning Tough Decisions Ahead

 

Proverbs 3:1-12

 

How to keep God in your decision making when the world is all around us.

 

 

Scripture reading by Pastor Keith Aurand

Sermon by Elizabeth Ware, Dir of Family Ministries

Recorded May 28, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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Jesus is Enough

8May

Jesus is Enough

John 10:1-10

Following the healing of the blind man and the confrontation with the authorities that developed after the healing, chapter 9, Jesus describes a pastoral scene to the gathered crowd. Jesus notes that sheep follow their shepherd. The shepherd enters the sheepfold by the gate, the sheep recognize him and they follow him. A stranger, on the other hand, someone like a thief or a robber, climbs over the fence and the sheep, who don't recognize his voice, run away from him. Jesus goes on to develop two images found in the illustration and ascribes them both to himself. First, Jesus is "the gate for the sheep” in verses 7-10, and second, he is "the good shepherd” in verses 11-18. When Jesus brings us to the Father he calls himself a Door, when he takes care of us, a Shepherd.

 

Scripture reading by Kent Walters

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded May 7, 2017

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA

 

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