Summer Sermon Series - "Grace Full Living"
Just like spring is a time of new life and summer is a time of growth, our Christian life has seasons of growth and transition. Sometimes the growth comes easily, sometimes the growth is a challenge. As Christians living in a sinful world we sometimes face challenges in our life. The season of Pentecost offers an opportunity for Christians to allow the Holy Spirit to enable their faith in Jesus Christ to grow despite the challenges that we may face. Paul writes: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved!” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Once we were dead in our sins, but now by God’s grace we have been made alive in Christ! We have been grafted into Jesus and made a branch of the Vine by the power of the Spirit in Holy Baptism. We stay connected to Jesus, our Vine, by hearing the preaching of God’s Word, by receiving forgiveness through the Lord’s Supper and by daily renewal through our baptism. This is how our life in Christ grows: by the power of the Spirit working in our hearts through God‘s grace!
Green is the color for the season of Pentecost.
Green is the color of growing plants and life. As growing plants need water and nourishment, our faith grows through baptismal renewal and growing in God’s Word and receiving the forgiveness offered in the Lord’s Supper. Pentecost is a season of “Grace-Full Living” as we become "Alive in Christ!” The Holy Spirit enables our faith to continue to grow as we “Love Jesus, Love God’s Word and Love People!”
July 14/15 Grace-Freely - Ephesians 1:3-14
July 21/22 Let's get to Work! - Ephesians 2:1-10
July 28/29 Living with Spiritual Strength - Ephesians 3:14-21
August 4/5 Living in Unity - Ephesians 4:1-16
August 11/12 Renewed Life in the Spirit - Ephesians 4:17-5:2
August 18/19 Living as Children of Light - Ephesians 5:6-21
August 25/26 A Life of Love - Ephesians 5:22-33
September 1/2 Fighting the Fight! - Ephesians 6:10-20