Sermon Series

I Have Seen With Joy!

Finding Joy Sermon Series

November 4th, 2018

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost.

Reverend Dan is preaching.

1 Chronicles 29:10-18

It all comes from the LORD.  Why is it that God would give so generously to all of us?  We know that we are far from the people that God has created us to be and yet as the psalmist writes, “My cup runneth over.”

How is it that we can live lives that spill over for good into the lives of people around us?  It is in our giving.  We see joy when we see how the gifts that we give back to God are used to change the world for Him.

There is joy in giving because we are giving back to the GIVER in a sure and certain hope that those gifts will change the world.  When we give like that, there is always joy in the giving.

Though now for a little while ...

Finding Joy Sermon Series

October 28th, 2018

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost.

Reverend Dan is preaching.

1 Peter 1:3-9

Death hurts.  There is no getting around that.  It could be the finality of it.  It could be the new normal that we are all forced to create in the wake of losing someone we loved so dearly.  That pain and that suffering is something that, “though now for a little while” can speak to as we go through those difficult times of death and loss in our lives.

If we have an eternal perspective on the lives that we live here, we can say, “though now for a little while” in regards to the hurt and pain we feel.  In the text for today we are being called into the eternal as we live lives that are all terminal.

Do you exist in the eternal or in the terminal?

Finding Joy in Jubilee

Finding Joy Sermon Series

October 21st, 2018

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost.

Pastor Paul is preaching.

Leviticus 25:8-13

You perhaps noticed a theme developing thus far in this series, the realization that joy is not obtained through accidental encounter but rather through intentional pursuit.

In the early years of the nation of Israel, God would remind His people of the need to pursue joy by instituting the “Year of Jubilee”, a time in which people were liberated, property was restored, and life was intentionally simplified.  Perhaps there’s something of value in this tradition even for Americans today, namely that joy can be found just as sufficient in the act of giving things up and simplifying our lives as it is by adding to them.

Have you created space for joy in your day to day?  Let’s consider together.

Joy is Suffering?

Finding Joy Sermon Series

October 14th, 2018

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost.

Reverend Dan is preaching.

James 1:2-8

It almost seems to be strange to see the words joy and suffering in the same sentence.  The text from James today, believe it or not, can teach us that there is actually joy in the midst of suffering.

These few short verses speak to us of some very certain life truths.  We learn that trials, temptations, and struggles will come into each and every one of our lives at one point or another.  It is in the way that we deal with them and in the way that we let them work on and in us that will dictate whether or not we are able to see the joy that is in the midst of all our trial, temptations and struggles.

Can you find the joy in the midst of them?

Is My Joy Complete?

Finding Joy Sermon Series

October 7th, 2018

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost.

Reverend Dan is preaching.

John 15:9-17

No one can take your joy away…………….once it is complete.  I think that before our joy is complete we mistake our human emotions for joy.  We think that happiness is joy even though the two are completely different.  Happiness, like all human emotions, comes and goes. 

Why is it that I can be happy one moment and then someone cuts me off in traffic and all of a sudden that happiness then gets traded in for anger and fury?  Emotions and joy come from two completely different places. 

We cannot experience that joy until it is made complete.  Jesus in the Gospel of John helps us figure out how he is the one that makes it complete.

Sermon Series - Finding Joy: October 7 - November 11, 2018

Finding joy?  I think that many times it can better be said as CHASING JOY.  Everyone wants joy in their lives.  Everyone is looking for a way, a place, a moment where joy can come to life in their lives.

The question is what is joy and is it something I get or is it something that is given to me?  We live in a very divided world and that division seems to be getting wider and deeper with each passing day.  Can joy be found in the depths? Can joy be given in the midst of the great expanse?

The answer is YES.  Are you willing to go and get it?

We Charge Others

Jumpstart Sermon Series

September 30th, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost.

Reverend Dan is preaching.

Act 2:42-47

There is power in the “We.” There is power in the “We” when there is
purpose behind the power. I know that God can use me for good things in the world but I know that God can do far more with a whole church that is charged with the power of his son, Jesus Christ, working hand in hand with the Holy Spirit.

The text today shows us what can happen when “WE” come together behind the one purpose of serving and showing Jesus Christ in the world by what we do. There are a lot of people and groups that have energy, but we are called to have power.

At RRUMC we are charged so that we may charge others.