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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 John Vriesma

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February 25, 2024

Zeal for Your House Will Consume Me

Speaker: John Vriesma Series: Traveling Light - Lent in the Gospel of Mark Topic: Sermon Passage: Mark 12:1-17

June 18, 2023

Do You Have Good Eyes?

Speaker: John Vriesma Topic: Sermon Passage: Matthew 6:19-24, Proverbs 22:9

June 11, 2023

Whose Name is on Your Uniform

Speaker: John Vriesma Topic: Sermon Passage: Numbers 6:24

April 16, 2023

I am the Resurrection and the Life

Speaker: John Vriesma Series: I AM Topic: Sermon Passage: John 11:17-44, Revelation 2:12-17

April 3, 2022

Here is Your Mother; Here Is Your Son

Speaker: John Vriesma Series: Lent Topic: Sermon Passage: John 19:17-27

May 17, 2020

Grace Not Judgment

Speaker: John Vriesma Topic: Sermon Passage: Luke 7:36-50

October 20, 2019

Living Water or a Cistern

Speaker: John Vriesma Topic: Sermon Passage: John 7:1-44

December 9, 2018

The Prince of Peace

Speaker: John Vriesma Topic: Sermon Passage: Isaiah 9:1-7

November 25, 2018

Bragging About What Matters

Speaker: John Vriesma Topic: Sermon Passage: Jeremiah 9:23-24