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Listening to God's Story

As theologian Mike Goheen notes in his book, A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story, preaching is an element of worship that deserves special attention. It is a powerful means by which God’s people may be nurtured and empowered for their missional calling.

Every Sunday, we seek to preach Christ and for us this means at least three things: “First, wherever we are in the Biblical story, our preaching will be oriented to and from Christ. The goal of preaching is to make Jesus Christ present. Second, Christ himself comes clothed in the gospel, and so the message is more than words; it is the power of God unto salvation. The message itself becomes the power of God to transform lives.” And third, as Lesslie Newbigin has noted, “The business of the sermon is to bring the hearers face to face with Jesus Christ as he really is.” Jesus is not simply a personal savior. He is Creator, Lord of history, Redeemer of all things, and final Judge.

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Sermons by Matthew Burns

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November 27, 2022

Tamar's Hope

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Unexpected Advent Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:1-6, Genesis 38

November 20, 2022

The Firstborn from the Dead

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1-26,51-58

November 13, 2022

Gifted Worship

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1-7, 1 Corinthians 14:1-4,22-33

November 6, 2022

Love, for the Gifted & Talented

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27-31, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

October 23, 2022

The Right to Refuse

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 8, 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31– 11:1

October 16, 2022

Bodies & The Body

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, 1 Corinthians 6:11-20

October 9, 2022

Follow the (foolish) Leader

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:18,25, 1 Corinthians 3:5-9,16-18,21– 4:1, 1 Corinthians 4:9-13

September 18, 2022

The Message of the Cross

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:18– 2:5, 1 Corinthians 3:1-4

September 11, 2022

First Things First

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: First Things First Topic: Sermon Passage: Acts 18:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

September 4, 2022

The Art of Caring Well - Protecting the Vulnerable

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Art of Living Well Topic: Sermon Passage: Proverbs 31:1-9, Proverbs 14:20-21, Proverbs 22:22-23,26-29, Proverbs 13:23, Proverbs 24:10-12,17-18, Proverbs 29:13, Proverbs 25:21-22

August 28, 2022

The Art of Planning Well - The Future

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Art of Living Well Topic: Sermon Passage: Proverbs 27:1, Proverbs 6:6-8, Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 16:2-4,33, Proverbs 19:21, Proverbs 31:10,20-21,25

August 14, 2022

Where to Look

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 104

August 7, 2022

The Art of Companionship - Friendship

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Art of Living Well Topic: Sermon Passage: Proverbs 26:18-19, Proverbs 20:6, Proverbs 18:24, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 25:20, Proverbs 27:6,9-10, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 22:24-25, Proverbs 27:17

July 31, 2022

The Art of Family - Discipline

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Art of Living Well Topic: Sermon Passage: Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 10:1, Proverbs 27:8, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 20:7, Proverbs 30:11-14, Proverbs 3:11-12

July 24, 2022

The Art of Words - Speaking & Listening

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Art of Living Well Topic: Sermon Passage: Proverbs 18:20-21, Proverbs 11:12-13, Proverbs 27:14, Proverbs 15:28, Proverbs 9:7-9, Proverbs 15:4

July 3, 2022

The Art of Seeing Well - Pride & Humility

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Art of Living Well Topic: Sermon Passage: Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 26:12, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 21:4, Proverbs 15:25, Proverbs 25:27, Proverbs 30:1-4

June 26, 2022

The Art of Living Well - Wisdom

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Art of Living Well Topic: Sermon Passage: Proverbs 1:1-7, Proverbs 8:1-11, Proverbs 9:1-6,13-18

June 12, 2022

The Thoughts and Prayers of Jesus

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 17:1-9,15-26

June 5, 2022

Can I Get a Witness?

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 15:26– 16:15

May 29, 2022

The Forever Friend

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 14:15-27

May 22, 2022

Do You Love Me?

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 15:1-25

May 15, 2022

153 Fish

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 21:1-14

May 8, 2022

The Twin, the Wounds, and the One Lord

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 20:19-31

May 1, 2022

Until Jesus Calls Her Name

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 20:11-18

April 17, 2022

Fools Rush In

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Easter Topic: Sermon Passage: John 20:1-10

April 10, 2022

Palm Sunday and the Donkey King

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: John 12:12-23

March 27, 2022

The Lord who Kneels

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: John 13:1-17

March 6, 2022

The Friend Who Comes Too Late

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: John 11:1-44

February 27, 2022

Transfiguring What We See

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 9:1-15

February 20, 2022

A Meal That Stays With You

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 6:32-52,60-69

February 13, 2022

Do You Want to Get Well

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 5:1-15

February 6, 2022

A Woman and an Empty Well

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 4:1-26

January 23, 2022

Born, again

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 3:1-21

January 2, 2022

Jesus, when the wine runs out

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Sermons In John Topic: Sermon Passage: John 2:1-11

December 26, 2021

The Amazing Story of Christmas

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: John 1:1-5,14

December 24, 2021

Peace Child

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Special Services Passage: Hebrews 11:1,24-28,13, Luke 2:1-7, Isaiah 1:1-4,7,16-18, Isaiah 2:1-5, Isaiah 7:1,10-14, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 11:1-10, Isaiah 55:1-3,8-13, Isaiah 56:1,6-7, Isaiah 60:1-5, Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 2:8-20

December 19, 2021

The Return that Turns Everything

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-11

December 12, 2021

New Breath in the Land of Death

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-8

December 5, 2021

Light in Darkness

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-5

November 28, 2021

A Tender Word to Wounds

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: This Great Hope Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 40:1-11

November 7, 2021

Two ways to be lost & the open Question

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 3:10– 4:11

October 17, 2021

Once More, From the Heart

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 2:1– 3:3a

October 10, 2021

Salvation Belongs to God

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:17– 2:20

October 3, 2021

Looking for God in the Past

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 90:1-12,17

September 26, 2021

The Church Before the Watching World

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:4-16

September 19, 2021

The Small Man & The Lord of the Sea

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:1-17

September 12, 2021

The Word of the Lord & the Runaway

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Jonah, the Not-"For" Prophet Topic: Sermon Passage: Jonah 1:1-10

August 29, 2021

Lord's Prayer

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: The Lord's Prayer Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:5-15

August 8, 2021

Which mountain? What shakes?

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Hebrews 12:18-19,22-29

June 6, 2021

The Most Distinctive Mark

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: 1 John 4:7-13,16a,19,21

May 9, 2021

No Other Gospel

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Galatians 1:1-10, Galatians 2:11-14, 19-21

May 2, 2021

The Gospel and the Church Letter

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Acts 15:1-14; 19-21

April 25, 2021

The Gospel and The Ethiopian Disciple

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Acts 8:26-39

April 18, 2021

The Gospel in the Church Kitchen

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: A Conflict, A Crisis, A First Topic: Sermon Passage: Acts 6:1– 7:2, 44-53

April 4, 2021

Easter, remember?

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Easter Topic: Special Services Passage: Luke 24:1-12

March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday & The Sad King

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Lent in Mirrors Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 118:19-23, Luke 19:28-44

March 21, 2021

Zacchaeus Worth Looking

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Lent in Mirrors Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 84:1-4, 10-12, Luke 18:35– 19:10

February 21, 2021

The Good Samaritan

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Lent in Mirrors Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 10:25-37

February 14, 2021

The Mountain

Speaker: Matthew Burns Passage: Psalm 36:5-9, Luke 9:28-45

February 7, 2021

Just Say the Word

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 103:1-5, Luke 7:1-17

January 31, 2021

The Lord of the Sabbath

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 92:1-5, Luke 6:1-16

January 24, 2021

Catch and Release

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Psalm 90:14-17, Luke 5:1-11

January 10, 2021

John Calling - Good News

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 3:1-22

January 3, 2021

Commit

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Do Not Be Afraid Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 2:41-52

December 27, 2020

Christmas Consolation

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Do Not Be Afraid Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 2:22-40

December 24, 2020

Light in the Darkness

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Special Services Passage: Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2

December 20, 2020

On Earth, Peace

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Do Not Be Afraid Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 2:1-14

December 13, 2020

Joseph, Do Not Be Afraid to Come Down

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Do Not Be Afraid Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 1:18-25

December 6, 2020

What Kind of Greeting is This?

Speaker: Matthew Burns Passage: Luke 1:26-45

November 29, 2020

Zechariah, Do Not Be Afraid

Speaker: Matthew Burns Series: Do Not Be Afraid Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 1:5-25

November 22, 2020

Put on Christ

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Colossians 3:1-4,12-17

July 28, 2020

Sabbath, Rest, and Manna in the Wilderness

Speaker: Matthew Burns Topic: Sermon Passage: Exodus 16:1-5,11-15, 21-32