Today’s sermon text is a powerful glimpse into the hearts of several people … Jesus, focused on his impending death, is attempting to give his followers a gospel focus. The woman just loves Jesus and wants to give him her best. Jesus’ disciples on the other hand are ready for a lesson in self-denial. Today’s communion service is all about a simple question, ‘are we offering Jesus our best?’ When we really understand the gospel, self-denial will be as natural to us as breathing.
My Best for His Glory
Pastor Jeff Beckett
March 31, 2019 • Pastor Jeff Beckett • Matthew 26:6-13
Crowns of Thorn and Gold
April 21, 2019 • Pastor Jeff Beckett
In today’s sermon we conclude our seven-week journey called 40 Days to a Cross, 3 Days to a Crown. It has been a journey of denying self, taking up our cross and following Jesus. Culminating today, with resurrection Sunday, we are going to talk about the cynical crown of thorns from Jesus’ crucifixion, transitioning to the powerful crown of eternal glory that Christ earned with his blood and resurrection, a crown he shares with us through faith. Today we would like to fit each of you for a crown!
His Cross, My Crossroads
April 14, 2019 • Pastor Jeff Beckett
(Matthew 16:24) We approach the end of our 40 Day Journey. For six weeks we have considered the value of denying self and taking up a cross. This is the way Jesus declares he must be followed. But He did more than talk about it. He literally showed us how that type of self-denial works. Today we will look to Jesus’ death, and in particular His 7 comments while on the cross, as we consider His life of self-denial … and ours.
Cheers and Jeers
April 7, 2019 • Pastor Jeff Beckett
This week in “40 Days to a Cross” we examine the cheers from Palm Sunday, and how quickly those cheers turned to jeers and cries for Barabbas by the end of the week… then, even shouts of “crucify him!” by week’s end. It seems impossible that people could be so fickle, but in truth the cheers were never for Jesus… they were for the idea of a political savior and a powerful healer. We often find ourselves following Jesus superficially and temporarily, looking only for what he can do for us. The message today is designed to challenge us to examine whether we follow Jesus because of what we want, or because of what He wants. Perhaps the ultimate proof of real “self-denial” is found in the ability to offer Jesus what he really wants…. all of us.